MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has taken delivery of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, at a traditional maritime handover ceremony at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard.
The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Trieste, Italy, where it will depart on its maiden voyage May 1, kicking off a summer schedule in Europe that runs through October. Following a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing Carnival Vista will operate a pair of 11-day cruises from New York in November then launch year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.
Carnival Vista’s unique features include the suspended cycling experience SkyRide, the first IMAX Theatre at sea and the RedFrog Pub & Brewery offering three different kinds of beer brewed on board.
Also new is Family Harbor with special family accommodations and a family concierge, along with the tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites featuring a dedicated pool area. The ship’s outdoor spaces include a massive WaterWorks aqua park, highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, the longest slide in the fleet.
“Carnival Vista is a spectacular addition to our fleet and we can’t wait for our guests to experience all of the ship’s exciting new features,” said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy. “Carnival Vista will provide our guests an opportunity to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories while offering our valued travel agent partners another exciting vacation option to market to their clients.”