Fascination debuts club for teens

MIAMI -- The Backstreet Club, a facility for teen-agers, is now available aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Fascination. Carnival decked the club out with a CD jukebox, a dance floor and a sound-and-lighting system.

Geared for passengers ages 16 to 18, the club offers Internet access, video games and a "mocktail" lounge serving nonalcoholic versions of the line's frozen drinks. A karaoke machine and a library with teen-oriented magazines also are available.

According to Carnival officials, older teens comprise a significant portion of the estimated 350,000 children expected to sail on the line's ships next year. The teen club complements the Fascination's supervised activities and indoor and outdoor play areas, and adds to the line's complimentary Camp Carnival program for kids between the ages of 2 and 15. Carnival plans to add teen clubs to other vessels. The Imagination is next in line to be fitted with a teen club.

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