The first keel block is lowered into place (Image: By courtesy of FINCANTIERI S.p.A. – All rights reserved)
Fincantieri laid the keel for Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class newbuild at its Marghera yard in Italy on 5 April.
Set to debut in 2018, the 133,500gt newbuild will carry almost 3,936 guests and has been designed as a sister to Carnival Vista, the newbuild will offer Fun Ship 2.0 dining venues and bars, and various industry firsts.
In addition, the ship will offer Carnival Multiplex; the first IMAX Theatre at sea; new dining venues; Carnival’s largest WaterWorks water park; SkyRide, the industry’s first pedal-powered open-air aerial attraction; the Havana Area, a themed private and exclusive area with cabins, open bars and a swimming pool; and more.
Carnival Vista will be delivered by Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard at the end of this month and debut on 1 May 2016. After her 13-day maiden cruise from Trieste, Italy, Carnival Vista will then offer a series of Mediterranean itineraries to destinations such as Italy, France, Spain, Croatia and Turkey. The ship will also make Carnival’s first visits to Crete and Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; and Gibraltar.
On 21 October, Vista will embark on a 13-day transatlantic crossing to the US and arrive in New York to operate a series of voyages from the city, before sailing to her year-round PortMiami homeport in December.