Key West is one of the ports of call for a number of cruise lines including Disney and Carnival. These cruise lines regularly dock in this city to let visitors experience this fun-loving, sunny place with plenty of charm, lots of history and a little bit of touristy goofiness.
At the same time, it is home to palm-shaded streets lined with vintage saloons, painted bungalows and blooming tropical flowers. All of these exotic spots will help people cherish memories of their cruise that can last for a whole lifetime. There are several cruise ships that routinely dock at Key West harbor at various times of the year.
Refurbished in 2008 and built in 1995, the Carnival Imagination is one member of Carnival’s Fantasy Cruise Ship Class. Weighing approximately 70,000 tons, the ship can accommodate 2,050 passengers. It also has a passenger-to-staff ratio of two to one. When staying on this ship, people can enjoy a wide range of daytime water activities in two onboard swimming pools.
It also has three water slides and two hot-tubs. The adult’s-only Serenity Deck is a great location to relax. The ship also has a duty-free shop where people can indulge in a wide range of souvenir items at very affordable prices. In addition to having an Internet café, Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire ship.
At the same time, it has a full-service onboard salon and spa that provides a wide range of relaxing therapies and treatments. The ship spa’s signature treatment is the Bamboo Massage. Warm bamboo shoots of different sizes that have been soaked in oil are used to massage and roll away tension.
It also has a jogging track and outdoor sport court that is supplemented by a fully-equipped health gym that offers cardio and weight equipment along with fitness classes for passengers. The ship also provides Camp Carnival for children. This keeps kids engaged in play activities as well as pizza parties and movies during the day and well into the evening in order to give their parents some time alone.
The HAL Eurodam cruise ship signifies Holland America Line’s future generation of sea vessels. With a total capacity of 2,044 passengers, this is the largest ship ever constructed for the company’s premium line. It has 11 passenger decks that feature a number of new innovations such as a 50-seat lounge that is surrounded by panoramic views overlooking the vast ocean and a topside 144-seat Pan-American restaurant.
Aside from that, it has an Explorer’s Lounge Bar that offers the finest Italian food. It also has a reconfigured and enhanced show lounge that features a theater-style sitting along with a new imaging and photographic center. The line’s famous Explorations café is located on the Crow’s Nest starboard side. This provides a scenic backdrop for passengers who wish to surf the Internet, enjoy specialty coffees and take advantage of the music.
The Eurodam has 1,022 staterooms. These state rooms will provide passengers with a wide range of premium amenities such as flat panel TVs, Egyptian cotton towels, massage shower heads, fruit baskets and plush Euro-top beds.
Other features found inside the ship include an expanded Greenhouse Salon and Spa with hydro-pool and thermal suites, an innovative culinary arts center where cooking experts provide intimate classes and cooking demonstrations in high-tech onboard show kitchens and a youth facility that has a teens-only Loft.
On the technical side, the Eurodam contains the latest safety and navigation systems that include dynamic positioning abilities. The ship itself is propelled by the state-of-the-art Azipoid propulsion technology and powered by six diesel-fueled generators.
RCL Serenade of the Seas
Designed to meet every passenger expectation, the Serenade of the Seas features gracious service and spacious public areas. A glass-constructed, 10-story atrium along with glass elevators that face toward the seas are what makes this vessel unique among cruise ships that visit Key West.
At the same time, it has six dining choices to satisfy every passenger’s unique taste. They can either enjoy a juicy, thick steak in Chops Grille or dine to the calming sounds of waterfalls found at the ship’s Cascades Dining Room. Aside from satisfying their palate desires, people will find a dizzying array of leisure, recreation and sports onboard the ship.
The Serenade of the Seas’ fitness center contains high-tech exercise equipment. It also offers a wide range of spa services as well as fitness instruction. A climbing wall, game arcades, basketball courts, golf simulators, putting green and three swimming pools that include a special kids pool round out the options for any passenger’s physical activity.
The ship also has a vivid nightlife that continues well into the wee hours of the morning at the casino, the theatre and many bars where charismatic Las Vegas-style shows entertain and amaze. With all of these entertainment options, the Serenade of the Seas provides the active cruise that every passenger craves when enjoying a vacation of a lifetime in Key West.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation
The Celebrity Constellation cruise ship features a wide range of cabin categories in order to meet any passenger’s needs. At the same time, 60 percent of the accommodations feature verandahs. The Celebrity Constellations standard cabins average 170 square feet.
The ship’s décor features hotel-style white beddings with rust carpeting, light brown accents and striking red love seats. Cabins feature twin beds that convert to sofas, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and bathrobes.
It also has a 10,503-foot Aquaspa that features a fitness area with an aerobic area, advanced gym equipment, 16 treatment rooms that offer everything from tropical showers to Cleopatra hydrobath and a beauty parlor. The ship’s Riviera and Aquadome features two air beds, four swimming pools, a dance floor, sun shop and a bandstand.
Sports enthusiasts can find a wide range of activities to satisfy their athletic cravings such as a full-sized volleyball court, paddle-tennis tables, a compact football field and basketball court. The ship’s Sunrise Deck also features a jogging track, a golf simulator and the classic shuffleboard game. It is also home to several lounges and bars including the Platinum Club, a martini and posh champagne bar and the Cova Café that serves passengers with imported Italian pastries, chocolate and coffee.