Carnival Cruise Line is starting the process of removing libraries from its cruise ships.
The cruise line is no longer building libraries on any new ships built, and ships with existing libraries are having them removed during renovation at dry dock, to make way for more space in other venues.
Traditionally, a cruise ship’s library is a smaller venue anyway, with a selection of books and often board games that passengers can borrow and use during their cruise.
Book selections would vary by ship, and board games weren’t always complete, showing that the cruise line wouldn’t put a lot of investment into the library once complete anyway.
And it has now been confirmed that, due to fewer guests using the libraries on the ships, the decision has been made to remove them and either add more bar space or expand other popular venues, such as the casino.
We have stopped building new ships with libraries. The reason is so we can have other bars, restaurants etc. there and the reason is also that, well, the amount of people who want to borrow a book and sit, in library silence on their Fun cruise was, we saw, getting less and less.John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador
Reaction on Carnival’s social media has been mixed – some past guests are sad that a traditional cruise feature is disappearing, while others didn’t even know that there was a library onboard.
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