Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday took delivery of Carnival Vista, its largest ship at the 133,500 gross tons and a capacity for 3,954 passengers at double occupancy.
The Vista has some unique features, including the cruise industry's first IMAX theater; a brewery that will make three kinds of beer; a suspended cycling attraction called the SkyRide; and the Seafood Shack, a specialty restaurant selling traditional New England fare such as fried clams and lobster rolls.
A zone just for families will offer the Family Harbor staterooms and lounge. Havana staterooms offer cabana-like accommodations, private patios with hammocks and its own pool area.
The WaterWorks aqua park has the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, the longest water slide in the Carnival fleet.
The Vista is headed for Trieste, Italy, where the ship will depart on its maiden voyage on May 1. After a summer of sailing in Europe, the Vista will cross the Atlantic and embark on two cruises from New York. It will launch year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami in late November.