On February 21st, Carnival Cruise Line ceremoniously cut the first piece of steel for Vista, its new ship set to debut in 2016.
The traditional steel cutting ceremony took place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, marking that construction is now officially underway for the new ship.
Carnival Vista will be styled as a “Fun Ship 2.0”, and will come with many of the features found onboard other Fun Ships in the company’s fleet . This means we’re likely to see many of the restaurants, bars and entertainment options that currently exist on sister ships like Breeze and Sunshine.
Speaking last year when Vista was announced, Carnival’s CEO Gerry Cahill was quick to point out that Vista will not be a carbon copy of the other Fun 2.0 ships – there will also be a number of differences onboard too:
“[Vista] will look different than Breeze, and it’ll have spaces that are different than Breeze. But it will have a lot of the same spaces [too].”
About Carnival Vista:
Details about the new Carnival Vista ship are still very limited, so far we know that Vista will be Carnival’s 25th ship. She will weigh an impressive 135,000 tons and she’ll carry 4,000 passengers. She’ll be delivered in winter 2016, though we do not yet know where she’ll be home-ported. Vista will be the flagship in her own class, “Vista Class.” She will also be the biggest ship in the company’s fleet when delivered, and she’ll have a different design to the other ships in the fleet.
Finally, we know that this ship is going to be “extremely connected to the ocean,” offering stunning views from multiple vantage points on the ship – her name is no coincidence: speaking at the announcement, Carnival’s Chief Marketing Officer explained how the company are now using ship names as a “touchstone for how we think about the design”.
“A lot of what we are thinking about for the design and the inspiration [for Carnival Vista]is the views out to the ocean,”
“At the end of the day, that is why people are cruising. They want the salt air. They want the ocean breeze. They want to look out and see the ocean.”
It’s likely Carnival will announce further details in the future, with tidbits on design innovations, details on itineraries and information about onboard activities being drip-fed over the next two years.
About Carnival’s Fun 2.0 Ships:
Carnival fans will know that the company have refurbished many of their ships during the last 2-3 years, as part of their extensive multi-million dollar renovation initiative, known as the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade. This has now set the precedent for new ships joining the fleet.
Fun ship 2.0 renovations included a whole range of new dining options, an exiting array of new themed bars and entertainment the whole family will love.