23. September 2018 · Comments Off on CARNIVAL VISTA ARRIVES IN NEW HOMEPORT OF GALVESTON · Categories: ENGLISH CRUISE RELEASES, GENERAL · Tags: , , , , , ,

Together with Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor, Carnival Cruise Line Now Carries More Than 600,000 Passengers from Port of Galveston Annually–
The Most of Any Cruise Operator.

Choose Fun bumber sticker on the stern of the Carnival Vista docked at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal I. The vessel is a Vista-class cruise ship, at 133,500 gross tons, 1,055 ft long, 158 ft. wide at the pool deck, 27 ft. draft, 15 decks, 3,934 passengers, 1450 crew, with diesel-electric propulsion from two ABB Azipod XO units. The Carnival Vista offers two itineraries: a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Montego Bay, Jamaica and a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. By gross tonnage, she is the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Line's fleet. The ship was constructed in the Fincantieri Shipyard of Monfalcone and delivered in 2016. The Vista was christened in New York by its godmother, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. Barber is a motivational speaker and Captain in the United States Army Reserves./ Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

Choose Fun bumber sticker on the stern of the Carnival Vista docked at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal I. The vessel is a Vista-class cruise ship, at 133,500 gross tons, 1,055 ft long, 158 ft. wide at the pool deck, 27 ft. draft, 15 decks, 3,934 passengers, 1450 crew, with diesel-electric propulsion from two ABB Azipod XO units. The Carnival Vista offers two itineraries: a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Montego Bay, Jamaica and a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. By gross tonnage, she is the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet. The ship was constructed in the Fincantieri Shipyard of Monfalcone and delivered in 2016. The Vista was christened in New York by its godmother, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. Barber is a motivational speaker and Captain in the United States Army Reserves./ Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line solidified its place as the cruise leader in Texas with Sunday’s arrival of Carnival Vista – the largest ship ever homeported in Galveston. The arrival was celebrated with Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy and ship Godmother Deshauna Barber, the first member of the U.S. military to be named Miss USA, before the ship left on its first voyage from Galveston Sunday afternoon.

Carnival Vista is part of the line’s newest and largest class of ships and has been wowing guests out of Miami for the past two years with new features like the SkyRide aerial bike ride, an IMAX theater, onboard brewery, two dining venues developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, an expansive water park, and the Family Harbor accommodations with larger staterooms and lounge area.

Carnival Vista offers two distinctly different week-long western Caribbean itineraries from Galveston, visiting the region’s most popular destinations. The first itinerary includes calls at Montego Bay; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, while the other features visits to Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan); Belize; and Cozumel.  Carnival Vista joins Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor with year-round departures from Galveston. Together, these three ships operate more than 200 sailings each year carrying more than 600,000 passengers annually – the most in cruising.

“Carnival Vista brings Texas-sized fun to Galveston for guests of all ages and we are thrilled to celebrate the arrival of the port’s newest ship and show our appreciation for the local community,” said Duffy. “Carnival is Texas’ number one cruise operator and positioning one of our newest ships, Carnival Vista, in Galveston underscores our commitment to our confidence in growing this key market.”

Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown presents the key to the City to Christine Duffy President of Carnival Cruise Lines and Deshauna Barber, Godmother of Carnival Vista in the Liquid Lounge aboard the Vista. The Carnival Cruise Ship Vista arrives at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal I at the Port of Galveston on Sunday, 9/23/18. The vessel is a Vista-class cruise ship, at 133,500 gross tons, 1,055 ft long, 158 ft. wide at the pool deck, 27 ft. draft, 15 decks, 3,934 passengers, 1450 crew, 26 mph, with diesel-electric propulsion from two ABB Azipod XO units. Its amenities include SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience, an IMAX theater and an expansive water park. The Carnival Vista offers two itineraries: a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Montego Bay, Jamaica and a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. By gross tonnage, she is the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Line's fleet. The ship was constructed in the Fincantieri Shipyard of Monfalcone and delivered in 2016. The Vista was christened in New York by its godmother, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. Barber is a motivational speaker and Captain in the United States Army Reserves./ Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown presents the key to the City to Christine Duffy President of Carnival Cruise Lines and Deshauna Barber, Godmother of Carnival Vista in the Liquid Lounge aboard the Vista. The Carnival Cruise Ship Vista arrives at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal I at the Port of Galveston on Sunday, 9/23/18. The vessel is a Vista-class cruise ship, at 133,500 gross tons, 1,055 ft long, 158 ft. wide at the pool deck, 27 ft. draft, 15 decks, 3,934 passengers, 1450 crew, 26 mph, with diesel-electric propulsion from two ABB Azipod XO units. Its amenities include SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience, an IMAX theater and an expansive water park. The Carnival Vista offers two itineraries: a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Montego Bay, Jamaica and a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. By gross tonnage, she is the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet. The ship was constructed in the Fincantieri Shipyard of Monfalcone and delivered in 2016. The Vista was christened in New York by its godmother, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. Barber is a motivational speaker and Captain in the United States Army Reserves./ Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

 Rodger Rees, Director of the Port of Galveston is photographed with the Captain of the Ship, Andrea Catalini in the restaurant aboard the Vista. The Carnival Cruise Ship Vista arrives at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal I at the Port of Galveston on Sunday, 9/23/18. The vessel is a Vista-class cruise ship, at 133,500 gross tons, 1,055 ft long, 158 ft. wide at the pool deck, 27 ft. draft, 15 decks, 3,934 passengers, 1450 crew, 26 mph, with diesel-electric propulsion from two ABB Azipod XO units. Its amenities include SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience, an IMAX theater and an expansive water park. The Carnival Vista offers two itineraries: a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Montego Bay, Jamaica and a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. By gross tonnage, she is the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Line's fleet. The ship was constructed in the Fincantieri Shipyard of Monfalcone and delivered in 2016. The Vista was christened in New York by its godmother, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. Barber is a motivational speaker and Captain in the United States Army Reserves./ Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

Rodger Rees, Director of the Port of Galveston is photographed with the Captain of the Ship, Andrea Catalini in the restaurant aboard the Vista. The Carnival Cruise Ship Vista arrives at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal I at the Port of Galveston on Sunday, 9/23/18. The vessel is a Vista-class cruise ship, at 133,500 gross tons, 1,055 ft long, 158 ft. wide at the pool deck, 27 ft. draft, 15 decks, 3,934 passengers, 1450 crew, 26 mph, with diesel-electric propulsion from two ABB Azipod XO units. Its amenities include SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience, an IMAX theater and an expansive water park. The Carnival Vista offers two itineraries: a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Montego Bay, Jamaica and a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. By gross tonnage, she is the largest ship within Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet. The ship was constructed in the Fincantieri Shipyard of Monfalcone and delivered in 2016. The Vista was christened in New York by its godmother, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. Barber is a motivational speaker and Captain in the United States Army Reserves./ Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

CARNIVAL VISTA ARRIVES IN NEW HOMEPORT OF GALVESTON, Carnival Vista’s inaugural departure from Galveston. / Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

CARNIVAL VISTA ARRIVES IN NEW HOMEPORT OF GALVESTON, Carnival Vista’s inaugural departure from Galveston. / Photo © Carnival Cruise Line

The homecoming event was attended by local officials, travel agents and military families supported by Operation Homefront.  Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown presented Duffy with a key to the city and proclaimed Sept. 23 “Choose Fun Day” in recognition of Carnival’s brand campaign.  In support of the local community, Carnival made a $10,000 donation to Houston SPCA and an additional $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank.

“After 18 years of cultivating the cruise business in the State of Texas, we are thrilled to welcome Carnival’s largest class ship to her new home,” said Rees. “As one of Carnival’s most successful homeports, their decision to re-position their newest ship is a testament of their confidence in the port’s continued success as one of the nation’s top cruise ports. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial partnership.”

“Choose Fun” is a key component of Carnival’s ongoing Homeport Advantage campaign designed to heighten awareness of new ship deployments.  A bumper sticker adorned with the “Choose Fun” tag line was unveiled on Carnival Vista’s stern during the event.

Added Barber, “As godmother, Carnival Vista remains very near and dear to my heart and I’m proud and honored to be a part of the festivities to bring this spectacular ship to its new homeport of Galveston.”

The Homeport Advantage campaign also included a flyover in Houston, Galveston and the surrounding area earlier this month by the Carnival AirShip, a 128-foot long red, white and blue blimp emblazoned with #ChooseFun. Consumers who posted a photo of the AirShip in social media with #ChooseFun were entered into a sweepstakes awarding free cruises and other prizes and triggering a donation to St. Jude. 

Information source: Carnival Cruise Line

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