The new flagship of Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, Carnival Vista, was launched today (June 25) at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone. The ship is scheduled for delivery in 2016 spring, with interior fittings currently beginning.
The launching was preceded by traditional well-wishing “coin ceremony”, which according to the ancient shipbuilding custom, consists of welding a silver dollar on ship's last deck. Godmothers of the launching were Heidi e Kye Heald, wife and daughter of John Heald, Carnival Corporation's Brand Ambassador.
The ceremony was attended by the Vice President New Builds & Refurbishment of Carnival, Benoit Clement, while Fincantieri was represented by Senior Executive Vice President Merchant Ships Business Unit, Gabriele Cocco, and Director of Monfalcone shipyard, Attilio Dapelo.
With the construction of Vista, Fincantieri consolidates its leadership position in building the biggest passenger ships in Italian shipbuilding history. At 133,500 GT, the 321-meter long Carnival Vista is the largest ship that Fincantieri has ever built for Carnival’s fleet. It features 1,967 passenger cabins, of which 785 for the crew, and is able to accommodate over 6,400 people, including the staff.
Carnival Vista will be a technological benchmark worldwide, in terms of extremely high performance, high quality technical solutions and cutting-edge layout. Interior fittings are expected to be of extremely high level quality, offering various onboard entertainments, such as IMAX 3D cinema, theatres, restaurants, a brewery (with beer production), wellness centers and shops.
A highlight of the innovations is the Havana Area, a themed exclusive area with open bars, cabins and a swimming pool. The access is limited only to those guests whose staterooms are in the Havana Area.