Carnival Cruise Line christened their newest and largest cruise ship in a naming ceremony in New York City. As part of the festivities, country music star Carrie Underwood held a concert on the ship for hundreds of Operation Homefront military families that included overnight accommodations, meals, activities, and entertainment.
Miss USA Deshauna Barber, the first woman serving in the U.S. military to ever hold that title, served as Carnival Vista’s godmother for the naming ceremony. Barber said, “I’m honored to serve as godmother of the brand new Carnival Vista and join a long line of strong, successful women who have fulfilled this time-honored role. In addition to serving as godmother, today was extra special as I had the opportunity to meet several Operation Homefront families and hear their stories. It is a day I’ll never forget.”
Carnival Vista first debuted in May and after sailing a season in Europe, the ship arrived in New York City for the naming ceremony and an 11 night round trip cruise to the Caribbean. After the 11 night cruise, the 133,500 gross ton Carnival Vista will re-position to the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami. Once in Miami, the ship will sail six and eight night cruises to the Caribbean. View Cruise Deals on Carnival Vista (6 night cruises from $419)
Carnival Vista brought many new features to the cruise industry including the first IMAX at sea and the first Skyride on a cruise ship. The ship has features designed specifically for families including the Family Harbor cabins and Carnival’s largest waterpark at sea.
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