In the life-goes-on department, Carnival has just dedicated the first teen-only facility in its fleet. This one, called “Backstreet Club,” is on Fascination, which sails three- and four-day Bahamas itineraries and attracts one of Carnival’s highest percentages of families. The “Backstreet Club,” like Disney, which pioneered a similar teen coffee house-style facility when it launched Magic and Wonder, will have a CD jukebox stocked with hot rock, R&B and hip-hop tunes, along with karaoke, a library with age-appropriate magazines and a bar serving virgin frozen juice drinks. What’s different about this one is its techno-orient; there will also be a series of Apple IMac computers, all Internet accessible and Sony PlayStation 2 video games.
Carnival plans to roll out similar teen clubs on other ships that attract families, particularly those that operate on shorter-than-a-week itineraries. Next up: Imagination, which sails four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises from Miami.