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PROFILE AND REVIEW
Cruise line profile - Carnival Cruise Lines - Dream class - profile and review
Above: Carnival Dream.
Above: Carnival Magic.
Above left: Carnival Breeze.
Above right: Costa Disdema.
Left: Carnival Dream.
Below: Carnival Magic.
Above: Carnival Breeze.
Below Costa Diadema..
The Dream class consists of three ships that sail for Carnival
Cruise Line and one that sails for Carnival's Italian affiliate, Costa
Cruises. The three Carnival ships are: Carnival Dream, Carnival
Magic and Carnival Breeze. The Costa ship is Costa Diadema.
These are large cruise ships but far from the largest ships
sailing today. The three Carnival ships are 130,000 gross tons and
can accommodate approximately 3,700 passengers double
occupancy and 4,700 passengers at full capacity. The Costa ship
is slightly larger at 132, 500 gross tons and can accommodate
more than 4,900 passengers at maximum capacity..
The Carnival ships provide a mass market resort-style cruise
experience and are family-friendly. They are a transitional class
between Carnival's Conquest class and the line's Vista class. In
other words, they have some of the characteristics of the Conquest
ships and some of the characteristics of the Vista class. For
example, while the Dream class ships look similar to the Conquest
ships, their interiors are significantly different. With the first ship
in the class (Carnival Dream), Carnival started to move away
from the fantasy-interiors of the Conquest class. In the next two
ships (Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze), the interiors became
more and more like contemporary hotels thus blazing the way for
the interiors of the Vista class.
Along the same lines, the layout of the public areas of the
Dream class ships is similar to the layout of the Conquest ships.
However, on the Dream class ships, two of the decks allow free
access from forward to aft - - a feature that was followed in the
Vista class. In addition, the Dream class ships were the first to
have a half-mile outdoor promenade wrapping around the ship.
Although she was the last ship built in the
class, Costa Diadema is less revolutionary. For
her interior, Costa continued to use the same
designer who had designed the interiors of most
of its earlier ships. However, she does have the
wrap-around promenade, which none of her
Costa predecessors had,
All four ships were built by Italy's
Fincantierri shipbuilders. Carnival Dream was
delivered in 2009 and Costa Diadema entered
service in 2014.
The ships have a diesel electric power plants
and are propelled by conventional propeller
shafts. They can sail at approximately 23 knots
maximum. Three bow thrusters and three stern
thrusters enhance their maneuverability.