Carnival Cruises new ship the Carnival Vista’s maiden voyage is scheduled for May 1, 2016. The tonnage for the ship is 133,500 tons with a passenger capacity of 3,954.
The buzz: Carnival’s first new ship since 2012 will be its bigger ever but only by a tad. At 133,500 tons, the vessel will be about 4% larger than the four-year-old Carnival Breeze, on which its design is based and with which it shares many features.
New on the Carnival Vista will be an 800-foot-long sky ride around the top deck and an IMAX Theater — both firsts for the industry. The ship also will have a pub with a working brewery on site — a first for a line catering to North Americans (click through the carousel above for artist’s drawings of these and other new features planned for the Carnival Vista).
A brewery on a cruise ship? That’s the plan at Carnival
Among other notable new features: A record size, 455-foot-long water tube attraction that will be part of the largest water park in the Carnival fleet. Passengers will be able to ride it on inflatable rafts.
Itineraries: An initial season of Europe cruises followed by six- and eight-night Caribbean cruises out of Miami. The six-night cruises will feature calls at Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico. The eight-night cruises will vary between several itineraries that stop in such islands as Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Turk, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.
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