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CARNIVAL'S NEW MS ELATION WORLD'S FIRST CRUISE SHIP TO FEATURE NEW AZIPOD PROPULSION SYSTEM




MIAMI -- Carnival Cruise Lines' new MS Elation is the first passenger vessel ever to feature the revolutionary new Azipod propulsion system, which provides advances in operations, maneuverability and fuel efficiency far exceeding that of any other system currently in operation.

The units were created by Kvaerner Masa-Azipod of Helsinki, Finland, a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Kvaerner Masa-Yards, the shipyard responsible for the construction of the Elation, as well as the other six vessels in Carnival's popular "Fantasy-class" series. The eighth and final ship in the series, the MS Paradise, the world's first smoke-free cruise ship scheduled to enter service in November, will also feature the Azipod system.

The Azipod cruise ship system is based on similar designs introduced in the last eight years on ice breaking tankers. Operational results were so significant that not only was a cruise ship version of the Azipods developed but experts predict this system will become the propulsion drive of choice on future cruise ship projects worldwide.

"The design of the Azipod system is based on simplicity and reliability," said Jim Rae, Helsinki shipyard supervisor for Carnival Technical Services. "What this means to a cruise line is propulsion units that are the most operationally superior of any available in the world. The dividends this system will provide in maneuverability, space and fuel efficiencies are immeasurable," he added.

The Azipod design is unique in that it pulls a ship through the water rather than push it like conventional propulsion systems. Azipods eliminate the need for rudders, long shaft lines, conventional drive units and stern thrusters thus taking up less overall space on board the vessel. They also make a cruise ship easier to steer and maneuver while fuel savings are achieved through improved hydrodynamic efficiencies. Overall noise and vibration reduction are also highlights of the Azipod system.

Carnival's Elation will feature two 14-megawatt Azipod units which are the equivalent of 38,080 horsepower.
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My dear DtW,

Now the thread has definitely derailed

And why bring in the big Carnivore
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You are right. Like MSBJ said,

"Back to the Partying!!"

Fat guys bellyflopping in Speedos!!

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You are right. Like MSBJ said,
Fat guys bellyflopping in Speedos!!
Yeah, the Fat guy won the competition
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Yes, he did but I got the bronze medal for technique....

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I think I would have a shot at a gold medal if they had a beer bong on a scooter contest

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I would give you the gold medal!!
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Someone posted this pic of the Costa Fortuna in Brazil. Apparently, those people know how to party!

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wow that is crowded; I found 4 speedos and 1 BassCrack - but noticed very few drinkers in the crowded
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Yeah, I see a few Speedos too and everyone seems to be tan and in shape for the most part.
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very interesting photo:

male to female ratio is opposite of what you normally encounter in the states; there appears to be way more men on board

also, agree that everyone appears to be fit

the ladies are more conservative with their pool attire then the men

and they all appear to be younger than their 40's
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very interesting photo:

male to female ratio is opposite of what you normally encounter in the states; there appears to be way more men on board
Sounds like Dave's kind of ship
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Riptide..I don't think DTW would agree with you on your last posting (VBG)
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maybe not but he's the one that likes to dress like this

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Hey Venice,

Glad to see you join the party!
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So DTW, are you going to do a virtual cruise like Kuki when you go on your cruise ? I'm sure if you did it would have the most hits in the history of these boards and of course you will have to have daily pictures of your exploits so we could live vicariously thru you, once again
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So DTW, are you going to do a virtual cruise like Kuki when you go on your cruise ? I'm sure if you did it would have the most hits in the history of these boards and of course you will have to have daily pictures of your exploits so we could live vicariously thru you, once again
I think Dave is going to be too busy and having too much fun to even think aboiut us
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I have done the "Live from the Enchantment" before. I think I can find time each morning to post and keep you up to date on all (well almost all) the happenings onboard. The pictures will have to wait until I get back.

Like this...

http://cruisemates.com/forum/viewtop...923&highlight=
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okay if you read DTW's review I just want to clarify that even though I know Dave and I am from Sarasota; that I AM NOT PLUMBER CRACK LOW RIDER GIRL.

definetly look forward to the pics from your cruise

oh yeah and Dave, sending some friends up your way to Jimmy B's this weekend- had such a blast up there and another couple got sick of hearing me talk about it; so they are staying the whole weekend at the Beachcomber and hanging at Jimmy B's.
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So I was out practicing my cruising in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday when I came across this pod of Dolphins. I call this picture "Swimming with Dolphins"



Then in anticipation of visiting Labadee, went to my own private island called Passage Key. At low tide, it is an island, at high tide, it is a sand bar.

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DTW..great pictures ! Keep your 2008 party calendar open for Feb 08, I have entered you into the contest tor 2 tickets to the exclusive 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Party. I think you could be a male model wearing Speedos and would take great pictures with the SI female models in their thongs (VBG)..maybe the party will be on a Royal Caribbean ship
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Thanks Venice, I will mark my calendar.
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DTW..great pictures ! Keep your 2008 party calendar open for Feb 08, I have entered you into the contest tor 2 tickets to the exclusive 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Party. I think you could be a male model wearing Speedos and would take great pictures with the SI female models in their thongs (VBG)..maybe the party will be on a Royal Caribbean ship
ahem, I think dave may need a personal assistant for his shoot - you know make sure he has everything he needs, a cold Budweiser on standby, that the speedos are perfectly adjusted, that sort of thing. *hint hint*
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Send me your resume and references... 8)
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hey your clock is getting shorter and shorter - when does your ship get back in? - I probably won't see your photos until I get back from my cruise. Knowing you you will have your posted within 24 hours of returning home. .

You know theere is a bunch of us who wished we were going with you guys. Party On!
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Less than a month now!!!
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Less than a month now!!!
you are getting closer to departure; don't even have to ask if you are excited but I bet the anticipation is killing ya; are you hearing calypso music in your sleep yet?
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You guys don't know a party. Wait until my lazy ace decides to upload my cruise photos and especially the ones from spring breaky on the carnival triumph .......now how do i insert pictures on here fools????? take care. [/img]
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Hey Carona Girl! Good to see you! Yes, MSBJ. We are getting pretty excited.

Mr Gore, show us your pics! I think I have a little more party experience under my belt but come on and show us. Partying 'til you puke doesn't count!
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Yes let's see some pics Mr. Gore. (Or do you prefer to be called junior?) If you can figure out how to post them
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