Carnival Vista, which was taken out of service earlier in July for drydock repairs, will return to homeport Galveston TX 4 days earlier than expected to offer a special voyage to Cozumel, Mexico departing on July 23.
Repairs to the two azipods of Carnival Vista, the main propulsion system of the ship, were originally requiring the vessel to take a 17-day hiatus. A total of 3 cruises were canceled due to the emergency repairs.
The repairs occurred in a floating dry dock facility which was deployed by Netherlands-based Boskalis. Carnival Vista was loaded on a semi-submersible heavy transport vessel "Boka Vanguard" and docked at Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport) for repairs.
According to Lars Ljoen, Carnival Cruise Line's executive VP of marine operations, "the groundbreaking procedure made possible by Boskalis is a revolutionary way to ensure Carnival Vista's repairs are completed in a safe, timely and efficient manner."
Following the 4-day cruise departing on July 23, with tickets currently on sale, Carnival Vista is scheduled to resume her year-round schedule of 7-day Caribbean voyages from Galveston TX, beginning on July 27.