In a ceremony that is quite unusual for cruise industry, Carnival launched the forward section of its second Vista class ship at a ceremony in Castellammare di Stabia, Naples.
Carnival Cruise Line's president, Christine Duffy, served as madrina (godmother) for the event. Megaships like those in Vista class are usually built completely at large shipyards and water is flooded into the space where the vessel was built to move it once it is completed, in a ceremony named a float out.
In this case, ship's builder, Fincantieri, decided to create the ship in separate locations in order to build it more quickly. The forward section, measuring 118 meters in length and nearly 6 thousand tons, was constructed at the company's small Castellammare yard, usually reserved for military ships. The yard dates back to 1783 and still builds its vessels the old-fashioned way – on wooden planks leading into the water.
Once Vista's forward section was complete, it had to be launched into water and sent to shipbuilder's Marghera shipyard, situated near Venice. It will be joined there to other currently being built sections.
The launching was attended by members of the press, Carnival executives including Duffy, Shahnaz Kashanipour, line's director of guest operations, John Heald, line's popular brand ambassador and several Fincantieri executives.
Vista 2, the yet-unnamed sister to Carnival Vista ship, will launch in 2018. Though physically identical to the first Vista, it will feature some surprises.