The lease has extended Carnival’s tenure with PortMiami through 2028, with an option for an additional seven years. The lease requires Carnival to sail the Vista out of Miami for at least 24 months within the first three years of the ship’s launching. The ship will sail 18 cruises to Europe beginning in May 2016 before heading to New York for a series of cruises.
In 2015, PortMiami expects nearly 1 million passengers to sail on a Carnival ship out of the port. The port is currently the cruise capital of the world with over 4.5 million passengers embarking on a cruise from Miami each year.
Carnival currently pays $36.5 million in rent and receives $9.5 million back in incentives from the county. The county will also spend up to $10 million upgrading Carnival’s cruise terminals at the port.
The Carnival Vista will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Carnival Cruise Lines at 133,500 gross tons and will carry nearly 4,000 passengers.
The ship will be bringing many new features to the cruise industry. The vessel will have the first IMAX at sea as well has family stateroom that include free in-cabin babysitting.
The lido deck will have the largest waterworks at sea that will include a 455 foot long waterslide. It will also include the first cycling track at sea that will be 150 feet above the water and 800 feet long.
Caribbean itineraries for the Carnival Vista will be released in the coming months.