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Europe News - Posted 04/05/2016

New Cruise Ship for Carnival Boosts Italian Economy

Latest in long line of ships that has seen 30 billion euros in investment

Carnival Cruise Line recently took delivery of its latest cruise ship, the 133,500 ton CARNIVAL VISTA at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, on 28th April 2016

The massive vessel was handed over at a traditional ceremony at the shipyard and then it repositioned to Trieste. On 1st of May she then went on her maiden voyage to start a season of European cruises.

After this she will go to New York in November where she will undertake two 11-day cruises from the American port and then go to Miami to begin a year-round Caribbean service.

At the ceremony which was attended, among others, by the President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani and the mayor of Monfalcone, Silvia Altran, the shipowner was represented by Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc and Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, Fincantieri by its CEO, Giuseppe Bono.

The 133,500 gross tons and 323 metre long “Carnival Vista” is the thirteenth ship built so far by Fincantieri for the fleet of Carnival Cruise Line, and also the largest.

It has 1,967 passenger cabins, 785 for the crew, and it is able to accommodate 4,977 passengers on board, with a total capacity of over 6,400 people, including the staff.

The new unit will be a new technological benchmark says Fincantieri, in Europe and worldwide, in terms of cutting-edge layout, extremely high performance and high quality technical solutions.

The interior fittings will be of an extremely high level quality comfort, offering a wide range of onboard entertainments, such as an IMAX 3D cinema, a 5D cinema, a brewery with onboard craft beer production, restaurants, theatres, shops and wellness centers. Some of “Carnival Vista’s” innovations are an open-air bike course at 45 meters above sea level, the fleet’s biggest waterpark, the WaterWorks, with a 137-meters waterslide. Finally the Havana Area, a themed private and exclusive area, with cabins, open bars and an Infinity Pool. The access to this area is limited, during the day, only to those passengers whose cabins are in the Havana Area.

Fincantieri has, with this ship, now built 73 cruise ships from 1990 to today, 61 of which for Carnival’s different brands, while the other 22 are currently being designed or built in the Group’s yards and 10 of these are for the shipowners of the American group.

The cooperation between Fincantieri and Carnival Corporation has a remarkable strategic value not only for the shipbuilding industry but for the entire national economy, said the shipbuilders in their release and added that Carnival, thanks to the partnership with Fincantieri, is one of the major foreign investors in Italy injecting almost 30 billion euros into the Italian economy.

( The brand new Italian-built cruise ship )

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