Carnival spends millions on make-over for holiday

MIAMI -- Although Carnival is busy ordering new ships, it has not forgotten its older vessels.

The line gave the Holiday a multimillion dollar makeover that included a remodeling of its enclosed promenade and restaurant on the Lido Deck.

Enhancements also were made to the casino and the health center.

For clients with a taste for country music, Carnival created a country and western lounge in what was previously the Blue Lagoon game room and entertainment facility, located on the Promenade Deck aft.

The line converted the spot into Doc Holiday's, a venue featuring wooden tables and chairs, wooden fences with wagon wheels, cacti and carpeting with a Southwestern motif.

At the bar, passengers can check out resin-encased relics such as bullets and sheriff's stars.

The line promises guests will "literally saddle up to the bar" when they climb onto the bar stool.

Doc's has an extra-large dance floor for line dancing, a faux fireplace behind the bandstand, a new lighting system and a "star-studded" ceiling.

The furniture can be moved so Doc's can be used for meetings during the day.

Adjacent to Doc's is Cyber City, a new and smaller virtual-reality game center.

The casino received new carpeting and furniture, and new gaming tables and slot machines were installed.

The health and fitness center was expanded.

The Broadway Promenade, which pays tribute to New York's Great White Way, was also given a complete overhaul. Added were floor-to-ceiling replicas of acting-award statues.

The names of famous Broadway theaters such as the Empire and Palace are displayed in neon.

The Promenade area's new furniture is designed to be reminiscent of the Big Apple's classic taxicabs with checkerboard surfaces of white, yellow and black on tabletops and chairs.

One of the Promenade's original features -- a 1934 British-made bus called the Bette Astrup -- remains.

Also getting an overhaul was the Wharf Bar & Grille on the Lido Deck, which boasts new furniture and lighting fixtures.

Other cosmetic touches at the eatery included repainted artwork and decorative tiles.

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