PortMiami will be the year-round homeport for Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship to date, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, when it launches six- to eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning in December 2016.
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights, introducing groundbreaking features such as SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX Theater on a ship; Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first water tube slide, and RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first onboard brewery.
“PortMiami is our largest homeport and deploying our newest, largest and most innovative ship to Miami speaks volumes about our confidence in growing this important market,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. “Carnival Vista will not only offer our guests incredible onboard experiences but also will provide our valued travel agent partners with an exciting new ‘Fun Ship’ vacation choice to market to their clients.” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said, “PortMiami is one of Miami-Dade County’s most important and valuable economic engines, generating more than $28 billion annually for Miami-Dade County’s economy.
“Carnival Cruise Line’s commitment to homeport their largest and most innovative ship, the Carnival Vista, at our port will not only expand the port’s economic contribution adding more jobs to our local economy, but it serves a true testimony to Miami-Dade County’s status as the Cruise Capital of the World,” Gimenez added.
“PortMiami has been the home of Carnival Cruise Lines since 1972,” said Juan M. Kuryla, PortMiami director and CEO. “Carnival has played a major role in making PortMiami the leading port in the industry, and we are thankful for their continued partnership.”
Carnival Vista launches its new schedule from PortMiami with a special four-day cruise to Grand Turk departing Nov. 29, 2016. The ship will then sail on year-round six- and eight-day cruises beginning with an eight-day voyage departing Dec. 3, 2016. Six-day cruises feature Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, while a mix of different eight-day itineraries visit some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after destinations, including Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and La Romana (Dominican Republic).
The ship also will offer a combination of one-time voyages, including a five-day cruise departing Dec. 11, 2016, and seven-day voyages departing Dec. 17 and 24, 2016, that offer an exciting selection of ports including the Caribbean’s newest destination, Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic, as well as Mahogany Bay, Grand Turk, Belize, San Juan, St. Thomas and Cozumel, depending on the itinerary.
In addition to visiting breathtaking Caribbean destinations, guests can experience all the Carnival Vista has to offer — from the colorful Havana area with tropicsinspired staterooms and suites and Family Harbor with special accommodations and a new family concierge to delicious choices like Seafood Shack and new al fresco options at the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi and Cherry On Top, featuring a mixedto- order premium ice cream bar.
Carnival Vista is slated to operate an inaugural season of European cruises May to October 2016, before repositioning to New York, then launching year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami in November 2016.
Reservations currently are being accepted for the Carnival Vista’s new departures from Miami. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800- CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.