(12:47 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival Cruise Line has unveiled a brand-new 44,500-square-foot production space called Carnival Studios, located near the cruise line's Miami headquarters in Florida.
The new studios will provide the line's production teams with dedicated space to finely-tune its entertainment offering, including five full-stage dance studios, eight dedicated music studios, a training room, a green room and offices for Carnival's entertainment department.
The studios will welcome bands, casts and technical teams who will utilize the space to rehearse and conceptualize new shows.
Carnival's vice president of entertainment, Sarah Beth Reno, said, "Whether it's our elaborate production shows, our popular rock bands or solo artists performing throughout the ship, entertainment is a huge part of the Carnival vacation experience and this spectacular rehearsal space provides us with unprecedented opportunities to develop exciting new choices for our guests."
Chris Nelson, Carnival's senior director of entertainment, added, "We designed the space to encourage interaction and engagement between everyone who works on our shows -- from cast members and musicians to technicians and backstage crew.
"It is in these sometimes intentional and sometimes impromptu collaborations that the strongest ideas take shape, inspiring synergy and building relationships that last a lifetime."
Carnival Cruise Line isn't the first cruise line to open a dedicated rehearsal facility for its production teams.
Norwegian Cruise Line launched Norwegian Creative Studios in 2013, while Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. unveiled a similar concept -- The Royal Caribbean Production Studio -- in partnership with Florida International University, in 2015.
--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.