...Hiya fellow CCL enthusiasts! It appears that Carnival really thinks the SPIRIT class ships are going to catch on! Here's a press release that Carnival just released:
MIAMI, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) today announced that it contracted with Finland's Kvaerner Masa-Yards for the construction of a new 86,000-ton cruise ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines unit. The 2,124-passenger vessel, the fourth in Carnival's "Spirit-class," will cost approximately $375 million and is expected to enter service in spring 2004.
To be named Carnival Miracle, the new vessel will join sister ships Carnival Spirit, set to debut April 29, 2001, and Carnival Pride and Carnival Legend, which are expected to be delivered late 2001 and summer 2002, respectively, to build upon the company's leadership position in the cruise industry. "With its exciting array of on-board features, Carnival's 'Spirit- class' will usher in a new era in 'Fun Ship' vacations, and we are pleased to be working with Kvaerner Masa to add a fourth vessel to this innovative series," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival Cruise Lines' president.
Like its sister ships, the Carnival Miracle will encompass 12 passenger decks housing a variety of bars, lounges and dining areas, including a two- deck-high main restaurant, a supper club bordering the vessel's massive funnel and a poolside eatery offering casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a 24-hour pizzeria.
The 960-foot-long ship will also feature a spectacular wrap-around outdoor promenade, an enclosed 2,400-square-foot children's play area, a wedding chapel, a large conference center and an expansive "Nautica Spa" health and fitness facility. Eighty percent of the vessel's staterooms will offer an ocean view with 80 percent of those including private verandahs. Several levels of deluxe accommodations will be offered, as well. ...end...