Follow us live from the new Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream smallWe’ll be reporting live from Carnival Cruise Lines’ new ship, Carnival Dream, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 12, 13, and 14, 2009). You can follow our updates here, on Twitter (twitter.com/cruiseguide) and on Facebook (facebook.com/cruisenews).

In addition to our coverage, the official naming ceremony featuring Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, the ship’s godmother, will be broadcast live on the Carnival’s Web site, carnival.com/dream beginning at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Live streaming video of the invitation-only event will include an exhilarating dance performance, a nearly six-foot-tall champagne bottle and some other unexpected surprises. The ceremony will be hosted by Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald while the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream is docked in New York City.

A live chat offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions about the Carnival Dream and comment on the festivities will take place during the webcast as, well.

The Carnival Web site also features exclusive photos and videos of the ship’s facilities and features. Interviews on the site include various shipboard personnel, as well as Carnival’s interior architect, Joe Farcus.

The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream ushers in a new era in “Fun Ship” cruising, offering a host of innovations. These include Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park featuring the longest water slide at sea; Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue; more than 19,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and families; and a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, the largest in the line’s fleet.

The Carnival Dream debuted in Europe Sept. 21 and will operate a series of voyages from New York before repositioning to Port Canaveral, Fla., to begin year-round Caribbean service starting Dec. 3, 2009.