Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri on Thursday celebrated the launching of two new and noteworthy cruise ships at two of the the group’s shipyards in Italy.
Fincantieri announced the launches in separate statements posted to its website on Thursday.
Fincantieri said that the Carnival Vista, the new flagship of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet and the largest vessel ever built for the company, was launched Thursday at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone. Meanwhile the Viking Sea, the second of three ships which Fincantieri is currently building for the new brand Viking Ocean Cruises, was launched today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona.
The Carnival Vista promises the ultimate family vacation experience, setting a new technological benchmark in terms of cutting-edge layout, extremely high performance and high quality technical solutions.
At 133,500 gross tons and 321 meters long, the cruise ship will be the largest vessel ever constructed for the cruise line. The vessel will have a guest capacity of 3,936 in 1,967 passenger cabins.
The launching was celebrated with the traditional “coin ceremony”, consisting in welding a silver dollar on the last deck of the ship. Godmothers of the ceremony were Heidi and Kye Heald, the wife and daughter of John Heald, Brand Ambassador of Carnival Corporation.
Carnival Vista is scheduled to in Europe in May 2016, but will then will reposition to New York for a series of voyages in November 2016 followed by the launch of year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.
Carnival Vista is the first of two 133,500-ton ships on order for Carnival Cruise Lines. The second so-far-unnamed vessel is set to debut in 2018.
The Viking Sea is the second of three ships Fincantieri is building for Viking Ocean Cruises, the new oceangoing cruise line of Viking Cruises.
The vessel will be delivered in spring 2016 and, at just 47,800 gross tons, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. The ship will have just 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.
The first ship in the series, Viking Star, was delivered in March. The third ship, Viking Sky, is scheduled for delivery in the beginning of 2017 from Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard.
Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 (of which 47 from 2002) and other 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards.