The past couple of weeks have seen huge milestones for the new Carnival Vista! Carnival celebrated the Carnival Vista Maritime Coin Ceremony and Float Out! Check out these great photos that Carnival sent over!
In a time-honored maritime tradition, a ceremony was held earlier today aboard Carnival Vista at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, during which a commemorative coin was welded to the ship’s mast to mark a significant construction milestone.
The 133,500-ton Carnival Vista – the line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship – is set to debut in Europe May 1, 2016.
The coin ceremony – which dates back to the ancient Romans who believed that attaching coins to a ship provided divine protection – signifies the successful completion of Carnival Vista’s exterior outfitting.
It is a longstanding tradition to select a godmother – or “madrina” – to preside over the ceremony. In this case, however, Carnival selected a “godchild” – six-year-old Kye Heald, the daughter of the company’s Senior Cruise Director and Brand Ambassador John Heald, who handled her duties admirably.
With just 11 months until Carnival Vista’s maiden voyage, work continues on the ship’s unique on-board innovations which include the first IMAX Theater on a cruise ship, a suspended cycling experience called SkyRide, the line’s first on-board brewery, and Carnival’s first inner-tube raft slide, the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-Slide.
On July 6th Carnival announced that the Vista has been floated out from the shipyard and moved to a new location on the yard. This is a huge step forward towards the inaugural sailing on May 1st, 2016!
We will be sharing more news as the Carnival Vista gets ready to hit the open seas this next year!