The Magic of Carnival cruise ship construction

The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic will debut in May 2011. Carnival has created a fascinating interactive website detailing the step-by-step “How It’s Made’’ construction process for its largest-ever super liner. Image courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines

By Michael Coleman

Have you ever wondered how – even with the most-amazing of latest technologies – a modern-day cruise ship is constructed?

It’s an enormous undertaking even for the world’s most popular cruise line.

With less than seven months until its maiden voyage, the new Carnival Magic reached another construction milestone when it was “floated out” earlier this week from her outfitting quay at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The initial stages of a cruise ship’s construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded with water and the ship is “floated out” and moved to a wet dock facility where construction continues.

Carnival has removed the veil on the entire construction process by providing both exclusive images and video of the Carnival Magic’s construction at an amazing interactive website. Just click the “How It’s Made” icon at the top of the page for a rare look into the fascinating process of cruise ship construction.

The ship’s next major milestone — sea trials in the Adriatic Sea — is slated for early next year in anticipation of Magic’s May 1, 2011 European debut.

The most innovative “Fun Ship” in Carnival’s fleet to date, Magic will offer a host of new facilities and features including the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole with its own private label beer; Cucina del Capitano, an Italian family-style restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival’s captains to the table; and SportsSquare, an expansive sports complex featuring the first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea.

Other innovations include Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat, The Lanai, a wrap-around promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides and what the line bills as a “stunning’’ indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza.

The ship is slated to debut with a nine-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona May 1-10, 2011, followed by a series of seven-to 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Carnival’s first-ever departures from the Spanish port. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Magic will launch seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the largest cruise ship ever based in Texas year-round.

On the web: carnival.com

Carnival Dream to offer on-board social networking

The new Carnival Dream, debuting Sept. 21, will take seagoing technology to a new level with the introduction of the FunHub, a comprehensive shipboard intranet portal featuring the cruise industry’s first on-board social network, along with access to a wide variety of information on the ship’s services, facilities and daily activities.

Access to the FunHub will be available via 36 state-of-the-art stations located on decks three, four and five, including 12 within Ocean Plaza, Carnival Dream’s indoor/outdoor café and entertainment venue. Continue reading “Carnival Dream to offer on-board social networking”

Follow the refurbishment progress of Golden Princess

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As the Golden Princess begins the most extensive makeover ever undertaken by the company, Princess Cruises is inviting you to follow the progress through Twitter updates that will showcase a daily photo journal of the ship’s transformation. A first for Princess, the online posts will chronicle the dramatic changes throughout the ship during its drydock at Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia. Continue reading “Follow the refurbishment progress of Golden Princess”

Royal Caribbean CEO to answer questions in an online chat

Have you ever wondered how Royal Caribbean’s ideas are born? Or how inspirations develop into innovations like ice-skating rinks and Flowriders? Now’s the time to ask.

Join a live Q&A with Adam Goldstein, president and CEO or Royal Caribbean International at 3:30 p.m. EDT on April 29, 2009. Visit nationofwhynot.com/presidentsqanda.php to join the chat.

Follow us on the Ruby Princess this week

We’re onboard the Ruby Princess through Saturday and you can follow our updates on our Twitter page.

Twitter is a service which lets users post short messages with links to photos. But you don’t need to sign up to check out our updates. Just visit twitter.com/cruiseguide to see what we’ve been up to and click on the links in the comments to see our posted pictures. We also post all of our headlines on Twitter, so you may want to sign up to stay up-to-date with Cruise News Weekly. Also look for an upcoming Cruise Guide Ship Review of the Ruby Princess.

New online options from Princess highlight romance

Love is “exciting and new” at Princess Cruises in celebration of Valentine’s Day, as the line announced the christeners of Ruby Princess, Trista and Ryan Sutter, will join its Department of Romance as its newest experts, and that a new online community for all Princess Cruises romantics has debuted on Facebook. Continue reading “New online options from Princess highlight romance”