Fincantieri delivers China-bound Majestic Princess

Fincantieri delivers China-bound <i>Majestic Princess</i>

Princess Cruises’ first China-market cruise ship Majestic Princess has been delivered by Fincantieri (credit: Fincantieri/Princess Cruises)
 

Carnival Corp and Princess Cruises have taken delivery of Majestic Princess – their first international luxury cruise ship tailored for the Chinese market.

The official handover took place at the ship’s builder Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

“Majestic Princess has arrived and we are thrilled to add this new jewel to our crown representing the newest, most stylish and most luxurious flagship to our fleet,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president. “We are ready to deliver an exceptional international cruise vacation experience to our guests.”

“Fincantieri proudly delivers Majestic Princess today to our long-term partner, Princess Cruises,” said Fincantieri chief executive officer Giuseppe Bono. “The collaboration between Fincantieri, Carnival Corporation & plc and Princess Cruises to tailor Majestic Princess for China makes her special for us. We are proud to deliver this stunningly beautiful luxury cruise liner and highly value the partnership we have with Princess Cruises dating back to the 1980s. We will continue to deliver increasingly sophisticated ships in the future that serve the needs of our partners and their treasured guests.”

Majestic Princess will start its inaugural season in Europe until May and then embark on a repositioning cruise themed the Silk Road Sea Route journey to its new homeport in Shanghai where it will begin its first homeport season in July.

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Time to Party on the Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista is a cruise ship built for Carnival Cruise Line, which was delivered on April 28th 2016.[9] Sea trials were completed in March 2016. The ship’s maiden voyage is set to embark on May 1, 2016 from Trieste, Italy on a 13 day Europe Cruise that ends in Barcelona, Spain.

Design and construction

By gross tonnage, she will be the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Lines’s fleet. The ship is under construction in the Fincantieri shipyard of Monfalcone (Gorizia) and will be expected to be delivered by April 2016.

The first steel for the ship was cut in late February 2014, and the keel was laid in October 2014.[9] The Carnival Vista Coin Ceremony/Float out was done in June 2015. [10]

Carnival Vista is the first Carnival cruise ship fitted with ABB Azipod propulsion units since the 2004-built Carnival Miracle.

Home port

Vista will operate an inaugural season in the Mediterranean from May to October 2016 before repositioning to New York to offer a pair of round trip cruises.

She will then move to her new homeport in Miami in November 2016 where she will sail year around.

She will offer 6 and 8 day Caribbean cruises with ports of call such as Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire.
 

SkyRide new to cruising.

Features

Carnival Vista will have outdoor spots like Havana Bar & Pool, SkyRide at SportSquare (an 800-foot-long track suspended around its top deck that passengers can circle in pedal-powered capsules[12]), and Seafood Shack plus plenty of spaces like the first IMAX at sea. 
 
The Vista has custom Cuban themed staterooms and new Family Harbor staterooms. 
 
The Clubhouse features indoor activities like mini-bowling and arcade-style basketball, soccer, volleyball and table tennis. The ship will also have SkyGreens, a mini golf course on Deck 12.
 
Tonnage: 133,500 GT
Length: 1,062 ft (324 m)
Beam:
122 ft (37 m)
158 ft (48 m) at pool decks [7]
Draught: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Decks: 15
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; Two ABB Azipod XO units
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Capacity: 3,936 passengers (double occupancy)
Crew: 1,450
Name: Carnival Vista[1][2]
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry:  Panama
Route: 8-13 Day European cruise from May 2016 – October 2016
Ordered: 2012
Builder: FincantieriItaly
Cost: US$780 million
Way number: 6242
Laid down: October 14, 2014
Launched: 25 June 2015
Acquired: April 28, 2016
Maiden voyage: May 1, 2016
Identification: IMO 9692569
Status: In Service