Carnival Cruise Line has named the senior officers for its newest upcoming cruise ship, the Carnival Horizon. They are:
- Captain Luigi De Angelis – A 22-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Line, De Angelis joined the company as a deck cadet aboard the Carnival Imagination in 1995 and was named captain in 2010, Carnival said. During his Carnival career, De Angelis has been part of the start-up teams of five ships and most recently served as master of the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, during its inaugural season in Miami.
- Chief Engineer Rosario Capilli – Capilli joined Carnival in 1990 following a career in the tanker and cargo industries in his native Italy. He was named chief engineer in 2002 and has served in this capacity on a number of Carnival ships, including Carnival Vista during its inaugural season. During his 27-year Carnival career, Capilli has served on the start-up teams for three Carnival ships.
- Hotel Director Pierre B. Camilleri – Now in his 13th year with Carnival, Camilleri joined the company as hotel director after managing hotel and resort properties in his native Malta, as well as North Africa, Italy and China. He has served as hotel director on several Carnival ships and traveled to Italy to be a part of the inaugural teams for the line’s two most recent newbuilds – Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista.
The Carnival Horizon is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and will make its debut in spring 2018 with an inaugural, 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona departing April 2. The ship will then sail two seven-day Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona departing April 15 and 22, 2018, followed by a 10-day Mediterranean cruise departing April 29, 2018. After that, the ship will reposition from Europe to the United States with a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York, taking place May 9 – 23, 2018.
In the U.S. the ship will be based in New York for the summer, sailing four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean cruises, before repositioning to Miami for a schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises starting September 22, 2018. The ship will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami from September 20 – 22, 2018.
The ship will be part of Carnival’s Vista class and will be the first in the cruise line’s fleet to sail with Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, a water park inspired by the world of Dr. Seuss. At Cruise360 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Carnival President Christine Duffy told Travel Agent that the new park will be located on Deck 12, and will have a Cat in the Hat enclosed raft slide; a Fun Things enclosed body slide; a 150-gallon tipping bucket patterned after The Cat in the Hat’s famous hat; and a kiddie splash zone. The park builds on the line’s existing Seuss at Sea program.
Other onboard amenities will include a SkyRide bike ride in the sky, an IMAX Theater and a SportsSquare outdoor recreation area with a suspended ropes course. In terms of accommodations, the ship will have large, family-friendly staterooms and a special lounge in the Family Harbor area, as well as spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the ship’s Cloud 9 Spa.
For dining, the ship will host the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and Ji Ji Asian Kitchen.