Sun, sea and sensational onboard amenities. Sounds like the makings of a memorable cruise vacation. And it is – because cruising just keeps getting better and better.
Here’s what’s going to make your jaw drop in 2013:
Lights, camera, action – Thrill Theatre comes to sea
Strap on your seatbelt; it’s going to be a bumpy night: The Thrill Theatre aboard the new Carnival Breeze – sailing year-round to Caribbean ports from Miami – is a multi-dimensional, immersive and interactive experience that’ll make you feel like you’re part of a movie.
This is but one killer amenity you’ll find on the 3,690-passenger ship. Others include a 300-plus-foot-long water slide, a ropes course and outdoor fitness area and Bonsai Sushi – Carnival’s first full-service sushi restaurant.
Come springtime, Carnival debuts the new Sunshine (formerly the Destiny), following a $155 million spit-shine. The 3,006-passenger ship will emerge from dry dock with newly designed coffee bar, plushy cigar bar and poolside Guy’s Burger Joint (as in Fieri) – all also on Carnival Breeze. The two ships will have “dive-in” movies, the interactive Hasbro, The Game Show and The Punchliner Comedy Club Presented by George Lopez.
Sleep under the summer sky – in Antarctica . . . in a tent
Developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, this once-in-a-lifetime cruise adventure amenity puts cruise passengers in the boots of explorers like Earnest Shackleton: Camping in a two-person tent on the frozen landscape that is Antarctica.
Hurtigruten has added (optional) overnight camping to its Antarctica sailings, a bragging-rights life list quest that allows pioneer-minded souls the chance to unzip their tent flap and emerge into a White Continent sunrise. Accompanied by experienced expedition guides, Hurtigruten passengers will be supplied with all cold-weather needs and take part in guide-led activities like walks, talks and listening to polar sounds.
Sneak a peek
Ever want to peek behind the curtain? Enter the door marked “Crew Only”? Cunard is giving passengers the chance to see the back of house operations on brand new Behind the Scenes tours.
Poke around the Medical Centre and its x-ray room. Check out the escalators in the Galley and shiver your way through the Butchers Shop as you learn from the executive chef and provisions manager how food is prepared and the amount served (11 tons by 230 chefs – daily!). On Burma Road, visit the Crew Bar and Officer’s Wardroom and learn where your wait staff unwinds during downtime.
Guests also tour the forward Mooring Deck, the Engine Control Room and the dressing rooms and costume store (with 3,000-plus costumes) in the Royal Court Theatre. Along the way, you’ll meet those responsible for the ship’s day-to-day operations; at tour’s end pose for a group photo with the ship’s captain. The 3 1/2-hour tour is offered aboard all three Cunard Queens and includes a goody bag and tour memento.
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