Carnival’s new Vista Class ship will be the largest in the company’s fleet along with its sister, the CARNIVAL VISTA.
Miami-based Carnival Corporation has announced two new cruise ship orders with Fincantieri S.p.A., further cementing the bond between the world’s largest travel and leisure company and the world’s largest cruise ship building company.
The new as yet unnamed cruise ships will be constructed for Carnival Cruise Line and its Holland America Line brand.
Carnival’s 3,954-passenger vessel will be the second in its 133,500-gt Vista Class and is scheduled for delivery in March of 2018, following the CARNIVAL VISTA in Spring of 2016. Full details about the new innovations and amenities in this class of ship will be revealed in January.
HAL’s distinctive logo featuring the 1938-built liner NIEUW AMSTERDAM and Henry Hudson’s DE HALVE MAEN caravelle.
The Holland America newbuild will be the line’s second Pinnacle class ship and is scheduled for a November 2018 debut, following the first ship in the series, the 2,650 guest MV KONINGSDAM, which will enter service in February 2016.
“These beautiful new ships on order from Fincantieri signify our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible guest experience across our industry-leading brands,” said Arnold Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corporation. “New ships with the latest in features, accommodations and innovations really bring the modern cruise experience to life and will help us continue to grow new demand for cruising.”
“To have been once more chosen for such an important order is the best recognition for our skills,” said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer. “This is an extremely important sign, especially if we consider the shipbuilding industry’s present period of evolution, both in Europe and Asia.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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