Carnival Vista delivered and AIDAprima calls at Southampton

Carnival Vista

Carnival Corporation has taken delivery of its first Vista-class ship, Carnival Vista.

The traditional maritime handover ceremony took place yesterday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “Carnival Vista is a spectacular addition to our fleet and we can’t wait for our guests to experience all of the ship’s exciting new features.”

The maiden voyage for the 3,954-passenger ship will be on 1 May and she will spend summer in Europe. Carnival Vista will not be officially christened until she reaches New York in November.

AIDAprima

This week the Port of Southampton welcomed AIDAprima for the first time. From May the ship will visit Southampton every Monday as part of a week-long itinerary from Hamburg that also includes calls to Le Havre, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

The ship boasts a weather-independent “Beach Club”, water slides, a climbing garden, and a new Mini Club providing childcare for children aged six months and above. Infinity pools are located on the lanai deck and there is also a sky-walk.

The ship will be the first cruise ship in the world to be operated using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) when at berth in all the ports she visits on her European itineraries. Test operations will take place over the next few weeks. The ship does not have storage facilities for the gas on-board and so requires LNG trucks on the quayside to ensure the supply of LNG to AIDAprima whilst in port.

In other news Genting Hong Kong has completed of the acquisition of Nordic Yards’ three shipyards in Warnemunde, Wismar and Stralsund. The acquisition, announced back in March, will see the shipyard building new vessels for Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises, and Star Cruises over the next decade..

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises revealed its plan to send luxury cruise ship EUROPA 2 to Cuba for the first time. Across two itineraries in October and November 2016 the ship will call at Isla de la Juventud, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, and Havana.

Sirena Christening

Oceania Cruises christened its latest ship Sirena this week in Barcelona. The ship’s godmother, Claudine Pépin, delivered the traditional blessing, and a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne was smashed against the ship’s hull. The 684-passenger ship, a former Princess Cruises ship, was comprehensively renovated in just 35 days at a cost of nearly $50 million (£34.2 million).

(Photo credits to Carnival Cruise Line; AIDA Cruises; Oceania Cruises)