Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the line’s new ship, Carnival Horizon, debuting in Europe spring 2018, will sail with a massive LED "Dreamscape" atrium sculpture featuring artwork created by patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The three-deck high centerpiece will feature 33 different artistic creations from patients of St. Jude, one of Carnival's largest charitable partners.Carnival has raised more than $13 million for St. Jude since their partnership began in 2010.
It was announced at Carnival's Day of Play, an annual event held for children and their families at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee. The theme of this year's event was Carnival Playtime and kids and their families enjoyed popular board games inspired by Hasbro, The Game Show, featured on board Carnival ships. Face-painting, arts and crafts, and Carnival-themed giveaways were also offered.
Dreamscape will be a 24-foot funnel-shaped structure made up of more than 2,000 flexible LED tiles Each day, technicians on board program the rotating artwork based on the time of day, port or occasion.
The young artists were asked to create fun pieces with bright bold colors reflecting their personalities. The original St. Jude creations complement the more than 100 images that continually rotate throughout the day.
Carnival Horizon will offer a variety of new onboard features, including the first-ever Dr. Seuss-themed water park as well as a bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, and an IMAX theatre.
A range of accommodations will be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the Cloud 9 Spa, extra-large staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.
The ship is scheduled to take its maiden voyage April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona followed by four more voyages. It will reposition itself to the U.S. with a 14-day transatlantic crossing.