Cruise NewsCarnival Vista Headed to PortMiami

Carnival Vista Headed to PortMiami

Carnival Cruise Lines has signed an extended lease with PortMiami and is planning on bring their largest cruise ship to date, the Carnival Vista, to the Cruise Capital of the World in late 2016.

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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.

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  1. Hey folks,
    Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world for one reason. It is the closest port to the Caribbean and fuel costs money. None of the ports you mentioned make economic sense for the newest ships in any fleet. Sorry folks, that’s just the way it is.

  2. I’m so glad to hear the exciting news at the carnival Vista it’s going to the Port of Miami I can’t wait tell the ship pull into the harbor I’ve been working at 23 years good news is good news

  3. We need Carnival to come to Panama City Florida or more ships to leave out of Jacksonville FL. AND FOR MORE DAYS. MAYBE A 10 or 12 day cruise.

  4. I think this stinks that Miami gets all the new ships and we get hand me downs (port of new Orleans) dream, conquest, elation, triumph, carnival needs to look at other ports for new ships to be home ported in new Orleans

    • Tony: I just told my friend the exact same thing!! She and her husband wants to take their first cruise; but she wants to port close to home which is Ga. I told her that most of the older ships without bells and whistles are the ones closer to Ga. New Orleans, South Carolina, Jacksonville etc. To go on Carnival’s newer ships; I told her that she would have to drive to Miami or Fort Lauderdale!! I would love for them to port their newwer ships with the WOW factor out of New Orleans or even Jacksonville Fl.

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