Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new video series showcasing the construction of its newest "Fun Ship," the Carnival Vista.
Host Peter Gonzalez – who has traveled to 30 countries to create videos showcasing the “Fun Ship” fleet – takes viewers to Monfalcone, Italy, to document Carnival Vista’s 26-month construction.
In the first video, “Birds’ Eye View,” Gonzalez dons a hard hat and ventures high above the Fincantieri shipyard to demonstrate the size of Carnival Vista while highlighting the process for cutting and assembling the 150,000 tons of steel needed to build the 1,055-foot-long vessel – the largest in the Carnival fleet.
Gonzalez visits Fincantieri’s fabrication bunker, where he follows workers as they cut six-ton steel panels that are conjoined into 1,000-ton sections positioned via crane to form Carnival Vista’s superstructure. Once the exterior build-out is completed, workers will begin installing amenities such as SkyRide, a suspended cycling experience, a new 455-foot-long tube slide called Kaleid-o-Slide, and more.
Future segments in the series include preparations, both on board and ashore, to create the line’s first on-board brewery, a below-deck look at the ship’s technical spaces, and the logistics of installing the three-deck-high IMAX Theater.
Carnival Vista is scheduled to enter service from Europe on May 1, 2016, and then reposition to New York for a series of voyages in November 2016 followed by the launch of year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.