Each ship features unique innovations and designs

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

It’s been a busy time for the world’s largest leisure travel company. We’re talking about Carnival Corporation-operator of several top cruise lines. The company just announced it will be launching four new ships this year.
The upcoming lineup includes the Iona for P&O Cruises UK; Enchanted Princess for Princess Cruises; Mardi Gras for Carnival Cruise Line and Costa Firenze for Italian brand Costa Cruises.

About the vessels

Iona, which launches in May 2020, is the first new ship for P&O Cruises since the introduction of Britannia in 2015. A Grand Atrium provides the showcase of the ship with it panoramic views of the sea.

Thirty bars and restaurants will help quench passengers thirsts and appetites. And for the first time, they are offering a Freedom of Dining times.

The pamper prone passenger will be able to enjoy a variety of destination-themed treatments with locally inspired therapies. A few rejuvenating possibilities include the Nordic Cleanse or the Baltic & Ice Massage, inspired by the Nordic heritage of hot and cold therapies.

Enchanted Princess debuts in June 2020. The 3,600-passenger Princess MedallionClass ship echoes the style and luxury of its sister ships – Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess.

She will offer one-of-a-kind dining experiences.  The will be more pools and whirlpool hot tubs and world-class entertainment venues.  The ship also will feature breathtaking Sky Suites that boast the biggest balconies at sea.

That’s entertainment

Enchanted Princess will also bring new entertainment experiences.  One addition is Phantom Bridge, a world’s first game combining digital and physical elements for the ultimate immersive escape room. Another is Take Five, the only jazz theater at sea that offers iconic sounds, culture and history of jazz. And,  one-of-a-kind production shows like Rock Opera created exclusively for Princess Cruises.

Mardi Gras makes her bow in November 2020. Her name pay homage to TSS Mardi Gras (which launched in 1972), Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever ship. Her  groundbreaking attributes include the first roller coaster at sea, BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster. The thrill ride offers 360-degree views while guests race 187 feet above the sea with drops, dips and hairpin turns reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Guests can choose their own speed on the all-electric roller coaster so no two rides will ever be the same.

Fine dining and entertainment

Foodies will delight over the Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the first seagoing restaurant by the famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse. The restaurant will sit in the ship’s French Quarter, one of six themed zones on board offering a variety of food, beverage and entertainment choices.

Show-lovers will be treated to new experiences such as a first-in-fleet partnership with Family Feud, new high-tech Playlist Productions shows, a dedicated Punchliner Comedy Club, and new live music and entertainment options.

Costa Firenze arrives October 20, 2020. She is the second ship for Costa Cruises built specifically for the China market. Her design is inspired by the city of Florence representing centuries of Italian culture and history.

Like her sister ship Costa Venezia, Costa Firenze will offer a series of innovations designed specifically for the Chinese market, including a wide choice of Chinese food, Chinese-style karaoke and parties such as the “Golden Party” with surprises and gifts awarded every 10 minutes.

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