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"Fantasy" has Multi-Million $ facelift


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MIAMI (Sept. 30, 2005) – Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,056-passenger Fantasy recently underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and emerged with a host of new and updated features and facilities, including new photo and art galleries, a nine-hole miniature golf course, and completely renovated health and fitness center.

The upgrades were completed during a 21-day scheduled dry dock that took place in Norfolk, Va. The Fantasy resumed its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., yesterday.

“The Fantasy – with its myriad on-board amenities and convenient and affordable Bahamas itinerary – is already a popular ‘Fun Ship’ vacation option with consumers. With these new enhancements, we’ve made a great ship even better with a host of new and expanded features,†said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

One of the most noticeable enhancements is in the ship’s 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival, which has been completely revamped and now features 11 private treatment rooms, including two couples massage rooms, a new relaxation/waiting room, as well as updated equipment, new carpeting, tile work and other cosmetic enhancements.

Featured on Sun Deck is a brand new nine-hole miniature golf course providing guests of all ages with a fun and exciting outdoor diversion.

Along Empress Deck is a new art gallery that is home to the line’s popular art auctions where guests can bid on a variety of pieces by the some of world’s most famous artists.

Other enhancements include a new photo gallery on Promenade Deck providing guests with an easy and convenient means for selecting their favorite photos taken during their cruise, as well as upgraded audio/visual equipment in a variety of public areas. These enhancements are in addition to a variety of cosmetic upgrades that include new tilework, carpeting and upholstery throughout the vessel. Updated galley and laundry equipment has also been installed to enhance guest service.

The recent upgrades follow a 2003 drydock which included the installation of a new lobby bar, a renovated promenade and updated cabins.

The Fantasy entered service in 1990 as the namesake vessel of Carnival’s “Fantasy-class,†which, with eight vessels, is the most successful series of cruise ships ever introduced.

The Fantasy departs Port Canaveral every Thursday on three-day cruises to Nassau, and every Sunday on four-day voyages to Nassau and Freeport. Prices start at $249 per person for three-day cruises and $279 per person for four-day cruises based on double occupancy.

The Fantasy is one of Carnival Cruise Lines’ 21 “Fun Ships†which operate voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda.

Two new ships – the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom and as-yet-unnamed 112,000-ton vessel – are scheduled to enter service between now and spring 2008.