Following the new ship's inaugural season in the Mediterranean and New York, Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to homeport Carnival Vista in Miami, the Miami Herald reports.
The homeport plan is part of an extended lease with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami that would extend the tenure of Carnival Corp. through 2028, with an option to extend further through 2035. As part of the deal, Carnival will receive subsidies to promote its Miami cruises. In addition, the county will spend $10 million to upgrade Carnival's terminals.
Carnival Vista will debut May 1, 2016, with a 13-day cruise departing from Trieste, Italy, marking the first European voyage for Carnival in three years.
Mediterranean itineraries will be offered with port calls throughout Italy, France, Spain, Croatia and Turkey, as well as several new destinations for Carnival such as Crete (Heraklion), and Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; and Gibraltar. On October 21, 2016, Carnival Vista will embark on a special 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing and arrive in New York November 3, 2016, then operate a series of voyages from the Big Apple.
Carnival is currently offering a special deal on the new ship. Group bookings will save 50 percent on the initial deposit, bringing the deposit to $200 per person. Travel agents will receive eight amenity points, compared to the customary six points. These perks are available on cruises sailing between May 1, 2016 and October 21, 2016.