Carnival Spirit -- Green Thunder water slide
The Carnival Spirit underwent dry dock upgrades in early 2012 including the Green Thunder thrill slide, a see-through slide that rises 100 feet above the deck, plunges into a hairpin turn that goes out over the edge of the boat before coming back into a splashdown. (Carnival Cruise Line)
The Carnival Spirit came out of dry dock in February 2012 with a new water park. (Carnival Cruise Lines)
A couple of Carnival Cruise Lines
ships have emerged from recent dry docks sporting new enhancements. The Carnival Spirit, based out of the port of San Diego and the Carnival Miracle based out of Port Everglades
in Fort Lauderdale
both went under the knife and came out with some Serenity among other things.
Serenity, of course, is reference to the cruise line's adults-only retreat, which is present now on all by 3 of the company's 23 ships already, as well as the upcoming Carnival Breeze. The retreat on both ships feature a jumbo-sized whirlpool, chaise lounges, chars and hammocks, pool and full-service bar. The Miracle's version of the Serenity retreat also is located near food-service locale, Horatio's, offering snacks and casual meals.
The Spirit, which debuted in 2001 and was last refurbished in 2006, also got some seriously wet thrills added in the form of an aqua park that touts the unique Green Thunder water slide that rises nearly 100 above Deck 11 offering up a steep plummet into a hairpin turn that extends out over the ship's side before coming back into a splashdown. It's a spiral, see-through slide, in which riders travel more than 20 feet per second. The new aqua park also features a SplashZone with 150-gallon PowerDrencher dump bucket and more liquid play areas including another corkscrew water slide called the Twister.
The Spirit's 1,062 staterooms were also upgraded with flat-screen LCD TVs. While Spirit will spend the rest of the spring in San Diego and then head to Seattle for Alaskan itineraries before repositioning to Australia (with a stop in Hawaii) in the fall where it will operate 8- to 13-day Pacific Islands and New Zealand cruises.
The Carnival Miracle came out of a two-week dry dock with the Serenity retreat as well as the flat-screen TV upgrades to its 1,062 staterooms and updates to both the main pool and children's wading pool. Also updated was the nightclub with a more contemporary design as well as new furniture and carpeting.
The Miracle, which debuted in 2007 and currently sails from Fort Lauderdale on eight-day Caribbean voyages will migrate to New York in April, marking the line's first foray into year-round Caribbean service from the Big Apple.