Carnival Vista headed to sea for the first time today as Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship began sea trials.
Carnival Vista will spend several days at sea as the ship’s performance and general seaworthiness will be tested. They will also test the ship’s propulsion, speed, maneuverability, stabilizers, and safety features (fire suppression & life saving equipment). One of the tests that will be run is the Crash Stop. The ship is pushed to maximum speed and then the propulsion system is turned off to see how much distance and time it takes for the ship to come to a complete stop.
Carnival Vista will be turned over to Carnival Cruise Line sometime in April. Crew will begin to arrive on April 12 and will live in hotels until the ship is ready for them to live on board.
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Carnival Vista is scheduled to debut on May 1, 2016 with a 13 night sailing to the Mediterranean. After a season in Europe, the ship will head to her homeport in Miami, Florida in the fall of 2016 and sail week long cruises to the Caribbean.
Carnival Vista heading out to sea for the first time
Photo Credit: Pierre via John Heald