Carnival Cruise Line representatives at the handover ceremony (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)
Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its second Vista-class vessel, Carnival Horizon, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Italy on 28 March 2018.
Built as a sister to Carnival Vista, the 3,954-guest Carnival Horizon is the 26th ship in Carnival’s fleet and offers multiple innovations for guests. Onboard amenities unique to Carnival Horizon will include a new Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park; Bonsai Teppanyaki, Carnival’s first teppanyaki venue; and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse|Brewhouse, which serves barbequed dishes created by Food Network TV chef Guy Fieri and four new craft beers brewed onboard.
The vessel will also offer attractions that debuted on Carnival Vista, such as the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana enclave with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor featuring extra large accommodation and an exclusive lounge.
“Carnival Horizon is an absolutely stunning ship offering so many ways to ‘Choose Fun’ both inside and out,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “In addition to the many exciting innovations previously introduced on Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon offers some new one-of-a-kind features and attractions that make this ship truly special allowing our guests to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories.”
Carnival Horizon will embark on her 13-day maiden voyage from Barcelona on 2 April, marking the first of four sailings from the Spanish port. The ship will then operate a transatlantic crossing before arriving in New York, US on 23 May for an overnight gala and naming ceremony featuring godmother and Grammy award-winning musical artist and actress Queen Latifah.
Following a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean sailings from New York, Carnival Horizon will reposition to Miami, Florida in September to offer a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises.