Evolutions of Fun

Carnival’s enhancement program will rejuvenate Fantasy-class ship pools

By: Terra Judge

Carnival Cruise Lines has unveiled the design details for its new resort-style pool areas and Carnival WaterWorks aqua parks on its eight Fantasy-class ships, part of the line’s $250 million Evolutions of Fun enhancement program.

“A quintessential part of the Carnival cruise experience centers around the ships’ pools and outdoor decks,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Carnival. “With the Evolutions of Fun program, we have focused very heavily on making these areas absolutely fabulous.”

The new resort-style main pool areas, located mid-ship on Lido Deck, will feature umbrellas to provide shaded seating along the tiled “beach” that will border the pool. Blue tile and yellow accents aim to reflect the Caribbean’s aqua water and yellow sunshine.

A thatched roof will cover one of the two whirlpools at either end of the swimming pool and faux palm trees and additional thatched roofing will enhance the resort-like styling.

Two bars and the outdoor food service area will also incorporate the thatched roofing and mosaic tiles.

The Carnival WaterWorks aqua parks will be introduced on Verandah Deck aft on Fantasy-class ships and will feature a four-deck high, 300-foot long spiraling tube water slide aimed to be the biggest, longest and most elaborate in the cruise industry. A separate 82-foot long triple-lane waterslide will be featured as well. A spray park will offer water fun for both kids and adults to cool off.

The first two ships to begin receiving these features, as well as Serenity adults-only deck areas, are the Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration later this year, with completion expected by the end of 2009.