Carnival Cruise Line to get third Vista-class ship in 2019

Carnival Vista

Carnival Cruise Line will grow and update its fleet in 2019 via a ship swap with sister brand P&O Cruises Australia.

Carnival will add a sister ship to the Carnival Vista, a vessel that was originally designated for Carnival Corp.’s P&O Cruises Australia brand. The Carnival Splendor, which was delivered in 2008, will be transferred in 2019 to P&O Cruises Australia in conjunction with the change.

The new ship, as yet unnamed, will be the third in the class, which was launched last year with the debut of the Carnival Vista. The second in the class, the Carnival Horizon, is also to sail for Carnival Cruise Line and is scheduled for delivery in 2018.

The 133,500 ton Vista ships carry 3,954 passengers at double occupancy and are 18% bigger than the Carnival Splendor, which carries 3,006 passengers.

In a statement, Carnival president Christine Duffy said the addition of additional Vista-class ships would enable Carnival to offer the Vista-class experience from different homeports and create new itinerary options.

Specific itinerary, homeport and ship details for the third vessel have yet to be announced.

The Vista “has proven to be the most innovative and popular ship we’ve ever introduced,” Duffy said.

MSC Cruises – MSC Meraviglia the start of construction

Since 2004, the capacity is MSC fleet grew by additions of ships by 800 percent. In 2014, 1.67 million passengers traveled on MSC ships. Until 2022, the company expects to achieve a doubling of passenger capacity with the use of 7 new ships. Growth is expected to be transported mainly by two new generations of ships, namely by ships of the Vista-class and the Seaside generation . A total of 5.1 billion euros will be invested.

msc meraviglia pool deck

MSC Meraviglia pool deck – Photo: MSC

On April 20, 2015 then served in the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, the first steel-section for the MSC Meraviglia, the first ship of Vista-class made. “Meraviglia” in Italian means as much as “miracle”.The “miracle” is to be measured with 167,600 gross tons and have 5,700 guests. The MSC Meraviglia is traveled routes in the western Mediterranean in their first summer. As the central entry and exit ports of Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona are provided.

Regarding the size of the new Royal Caribbeans has just asked in service Anthem of the Seas to compare.The 163 000 tonnes measured Norwegian escape , she takes in October 2015, the service on, ranked in a similar order of magnitude. Both ships created / caused by MEYER shipyard in Papenburg / Ems. These ships offer a wealth of technical finesse. Nevertheless, it is MSC Crociere checked if the company full-bodied speaks of the largest and most innovative cruise ship that has ever been built by a European shipping company.

STX France takes to rebuild that since March 2014, more than 400 employees of various teams have been working to define the characteristics of the ship. The MSC Meraviglia should be one of the greenest, safest and most technologically advanced ships in the industry. Stresses the shipping company that ships Vista-class thanks to its extremely flexible to easily create in each cruise port in the world. Identification of the vessel will be a three-deck-reaching, covered promenade.

In May 2017, the ship should be adopted. The second ship of this class is 2019 operation. Two other ships of the class could Bauorder to join until 2022. In the implementation is still a second new generation of cruise ships, the Seaside class. Such vessels shall be 154,000 gross tons and 323 meters in length slightly smaller than the Vista-class ships. They should go in November 2017 and in May 2018 service.

MSC Cruises’ Two New “Seaside” Vessels


It’s hard to believe that a decade ago, the MSC Cruises fleet was only made up of a handful of ships, most of which were second-hand tonnage. Now, the line has just announced a deal with Italian shipyard Fincantieri for two brand-new ships to join the popular cruise line’s current fleet of 12 modern megaships. What a difference a decade makes.

MSC's new "Seaside" class of cruise ships will debut in 2017-2018. Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises.
MSC’s new ‘Seaside’ class of cruise ships will debut in 2017-2018. Rendering courtesy of MSC Cruises.

Dubbed Seaside, these two ships will be the largest vessels ever constructed by Fincantieri, and the largest to ever sail for MSC. Purpose-built to cruise the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America, each vessel will be 1,060 feet in length, with a width of 135 feet. Towering 230 feet in height, they will carry up to 5,300 passengers along with a crew of 1,413. The new vessels will have a total gross tonnage of 154,000.

For MSC Cruises, it’s a special moment. The company says the two ships represent the last piece of its plan to double the capacity of its fleet by 2022. With the arrival of the new ships MSC Cruises will reach a capacity of about 80,000 passengers a day.

The €700 million vessels will boast sea-level promenades that will circumnavigate the sides of the ships with outdoor deck spaces, shops and restaurants. They will also combine the best features of MSC’s previous vessels, including the highly-popular MSC Yacht Club, along with new technology that allows for greater efficiency including reduced fuel consumption and advanced safety systems that the company says go “beyond what is required by international regulations.”

In addition, both ships will feature expanded deck space and panoramic glass elevators.

Below the MSC Video of Both Classes; Seaside and Vista Class

 MSC Two New Ship Classes Seaside and Vista

Both ships are as-yet-unnamed. The first Seaside-class ship will debut in November of 2017, with MSC taking delivery of the second in May, 2018. MSC also holds the option for a third Seaside-class vessel with Fincantieri that could be exercised if the company wishes.