|Cruise News - 2002 - Carnival Cruise Lines|
Dateline: August 14, 2002
MIAMI (08/14/02) - A "pub crawl" on the new Carnival Legend will take adventurous guests on a legendary journey from the age of myth to a New Orleans jazz club and a cozy sports bar with images of famous athletes. The central theme of the newest of Carnival's 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Spirit class "Fun Ships" is great legends of the world. Slated to debut in Harwich, England, Aug. 24, Carnival Legend sports 16 lounges and bars with a variety of themes and unique atmospheres to fit any mood or taste.
An appropriate starting point for legendary libations is the bar in the nine-deck-high Colossus Atrium. Perhaps a glass of grappa would be the drink of choice in this bar, which is dominated by a towering mural of the Colossus of Rhodes on the atrium wall. Deemed one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the great bronze statue was erected in Rhodes 2,400 years ago. The mural depicts the statue standing at the harbor entrance surrounded by Greek triremes with the city of Rhodes in the background. Stylized Greek vases and neoclassical elements create an ambiance of high style.
During the day, Lido Deck provides a medieval theme in the Avalon Bar, located mid-ship and serving a variety of frothy, tropical concoctions. Corresponding to the theme are statues of a medieval castle at the Camelot Pool, an armored knight at the Avalon Pool and the figure of the mythological horned horse at the aft Unicorn Pool. Camelot Pool has a retractable domed ceiling in the event of inclement weather.
For pre-dinner cocktails, the Odyssey and Atlantis lounges offer quiet, intimate venues with live music and the same Greek neoclassical design elements found in the atrium. Then it's on to the Club Merlin Casino for some pre-dinner medieval-themed gaming. Named for King Arthur's famous wizard, the casino is adorned with paintings of damsels, knights and wizards on the walls. The castle-like atmosphere is completed with a suit of armor standing sentinel at the bar and shields bearing crossed swords and a knight's helmet mounted on the walls.
While waiting to be seated in the Golden Fleece Supper Club alternative restaurant, guests can relax at the bar with an aperitif and watch the chefs at work preparing aged steak and fine seafood entrees while enjoying live entertainment. There also is a sculpture of the Golden Fleece behind the bar, recalling the legend of Jason and the Argonauts. In keeping with the theme, the décor features Grecian-styled gold bas-relief ships and figures of Jason in black and gold.
After dinner it's time to settle in with a snifter of brandy to watch Carnival's latest Las Vegas-style show in Follies, the main show lounge on Promenade Deck. Recalling the days of the magnificent movie houses of the 1920s, Follies evokes the feeling of an open courtyard in a Mediterranean villa. Arches, turrets and stained-glass chandeliers create an opulent, expansive space while providing excellent sightlines for the two original productions created especially for Carnival Legend.
After the high-energy show, the relative quiet of Satchmo's Club is a great place to unwind with some soft dance music. Named after legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong, the club is decorated to resemble an old New Orleans bar with exposed brick, wrought-iron details, ceiling fans, café curtains and a false skylight recreating the ambiance of the Big Easy. Adorning the walls are black-and-white photos of Armstrong at different stages of his career.
Next door, the Dream Team bar offers plush, overstuffed sofas and comfortable bar stools to provide the perfect vantage points to quaff a brew and catch up on the latest sporting events. A tribute to sports greats from the past, the Dream Team bar features large photographs of legendary athletes and big plasma-screen televisions set off with red white and blue bunting like those found at Yankee Stadium. I
n the mood for some sing-along camaraderie? Billie's piano bar is an intimate, art deco-styled club where the piano player is the center of attention and everybody is a crooner. A stylish tribute to blues singer Billie Holiday, the room has walls of corrugated polished steel with porthole-shaped decorations featuring backlit pieces of fine wood. Stainless-steel musical bar lines with notes welded to them separate the banquettes and a faux 1930s-era oversized microphone decorates each table.
A late-night comedy act is appearing in the Firebird Lounge, all the way forward on Riviera Deck. Taking its theme from the old Russian folktale of a talented seamstress from a small village who is turned into a bird by an evil sorcerer, the Firebird is decorated with replica hand-painted Russian lacquered boxes, accented by lamps with frosted glass globes painted on the inside to create a soft glow.
After midnight, it's time to cap the evening with a turn on the floor of the Medusa's Lair dance club located on Riviera Deck. Legend has it that Medusa's face was so horrifying, it turned men to stone. In the dance club, giant three-and-a-half foot-high Medusa heads cover the walls, their four-inch-diameter strands of snake-like hair ending in a snake's head with lighted eyes. Table bases are snakes, too, with Medusa's snake-like hair curling up the wall and extending onto the ceiling. A wall of closed-circuit televisions flash images from the dance floor mixed with videos and special effects, while the sound system plays the latest dance music and a sophisticated light system makes the Medusa heads appear to move and change expression.
Carnival Legend will enter service Aug. 24 with a 12-day Northern
European voyage round-trip from Harwich followed by a 15-day
transatlantic crossing departing Harwich Sept. 5 and arriving New York
Sept. 20. From New York, the ship will operate two- and three-day
cruises-to-nowhere and 11-day Canada/New England sailings then sail on
six-day Bermuda cruises from Baltimore and Philadelphia in October.
Carnival Legend will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to
operate a two-day cruise-to-nowhere then launch year-round eight-day
Caribbean sailings from that port Nov. 10.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent,
call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit www.carnival.com
Celebrating "30 Years of Fun" in 2002, Carnival is the largest and most
popular cruise line in the world with 17 "Fun Ships" operating voyages
ranging from three to 17 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican
Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, New England, Canada, Bermuda
and Europe. The line currently has five new ships with an estimated value
of $2.3 billion scheduled for delivery between now and 2005.
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