The largest Carnival Cruise Line’s ship to date, 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, will be homeported in Port Miami year-round, when it launches 6- to 8-day Caribbean voyages beginning in December 2016.

Carnival Vista is currently under construction at Fincantieri shipyard, Italy. The new ship is expected to take cruising to new heights by introducing innovative features, such as the world’s first IMAX Theatre at sea; the suspended open-air cycling experience SkyRide; Carnival’s first water tube slide Kaleid-O-Slide; and RedFrog Pub with the line’s first brewery on board.

Carnival will further sustain its leadership position in Galveston by repositioning Carnival Liberty and Carnival Breeze to Texas in 2016. Both ships will join Carnival Freedom, which arrives in Galveston this Saturday. 

Carnival Liberty and Carnival Breeze will replace Carnival Triumph and Carnival Magic, respectively, in Galveston. Information on new homeports for Triumph and Magic, as well as on departures from San Juan year-round, will be provided soon.

With Carnival Breeze, Freedom and Liberty, Galveston will be home to three of the most innovative ships of the line, offering the widest array of itineraries to top destinations in The Bahamas, Mexico, Roatan and Belize. The three vessels will carry 600,000 passengers from Galveston annually, more than any other cruise operator.

Carnival president Christine Duffy said that Miami and Galveston were among their most popular points of embarkation. Deploying their newest, most innovative ships to these homeports spoke volumes about their confidence in growing these markets.