Carnival’s Latest And Greatest Ship, Carnival Vista, To Call Galveston Home In 2018
After 16 years of cultivating the cruise business in the State of Texas, the Port of Galveston is pleased to announce that Carnival Cruise Lines will homeport their newest, largest, and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, in Galveston.
The Carnival Vista will operate year round service to the Caribbean beginning September 2018.
“16 years ago Carnival pioneered year-round cruising from Galveston. Over the years they have dramatically increased their presence at the port with newer and larger ships and a greater variety of itineraries. The Port ranks as one of Carnival’s most successful homeports and their decision to deploy their newest ship is a testament of their confidence in the port’s continued success as one of the nation’s top cruise ports”, said Peter Simons, Interim Port Director.
Beginning September 23, 2018, the 133,500-ton ship will offer two distinctly different week-long western Caribbean itineraries from the Port of Galveston, visiting the region’s most popular destinations. The first itinerary includes calls at Montego Bay; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, while the other features visits to Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan); Belize; and Cozumel.
“We’re delighted to continue our expansion at the Port of Galveston with the spectacular new Carnival Vista, which is a wonderful addition to our Texas fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, who added that Carnival has extended its contract with the Port of Galveston through 2025.
“Deploying our newest, largest and most innovative ship to Galveston clearly demonstrates our confidence in the market and the popularity of Carnival Cruise Line in Texas. The port has done a fantastic job accommodating our growth and we’re sure our guests sailing from Galveston will absolutely love Carnival Vista,” she added.
Carnival Vista, which debuted in 2016, will join Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor sailing year-round from Galveston. Together, these three ships will carry more than 650,000 guests annually from Galveston – the most of any cruise operator.