Carnival Cruise Line to add new Vista class ship by 2019

18 December 2016 (Last Updated December 18th, 2016 18:30)

The 133,500t cruise ship, to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was originally designated for the P&O Cruises Australia brand.

US-based Carnival Cruise Line is planning to include a new and the third ship to its fleet of Vista class series by 2019.

The 133,500t cruise ship, to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was originally designated for the P&O Cruises Australia brand.

In return, Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendor will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia by late 2019.

"Carnival Vista was named the best new ship of 2016 in the Cruise Critic Editors Picks awards."

The addition of the new vessel will allow Carnival to provide its Vista class experience from various homeports, as well as create new itinerary options across its fleet.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: "Carnival Vista, which was named the best new ship of 2016 in the Cruise Critic Editors Picks awards, has proven to be the most innovative and popular ship we've ever introduced.

“Consumer, travel agent and media reaction to the Vista class design has been extraordinary and we are elated to have two additional ships in this spectacular series now joining our fleet, Carnival Horizon, which is scheduled to be delivered in March 2018, and now a third in 2019."

The company expects to take delivery of two new 133,500t Vista class ships by 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Two new 180,000t Carnival ships are scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.

In September, Carnival announced that its cruise joint venture in China had entered into a non-binding memorandum of agreement (MOA) to order new cruise ships to be built in China.