Car­ni­val Vista gets Texas home

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL -

Texas is now home to one of cruise gi­ant Car­ni­val’s newest and big­gest ships.

The 2-year-old Car­ni­val Vista on Sun­day ar­rived at the Port of Galve­ston to op­er­ate year-round sail­ings to the Caribbean.

The 3,954-pas­sen­ger ves­sel was pre­vi­ously based in Mi­ami, where it is be­ing re­placed by Car­ni­val’s newest ship, Car­ni­val Hori­zon.

Billed as one of the big­gest cruise ves­sels ever to be based in Galve­ston, Vista will op­er­ate seven-day west­ern Caribbean itin­er­ar­ies from the city ev­ery Sun­day. Two itin­er­ar­ies are planned – one to Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica; Grand Cay­man; and Cozumel, Mex­ico; and the other to Roatan, Hon­duras; Belize; and Cozumel.

Vista joins the 2,974-pas­sen­ger Car­ni­val Free­dom and 2,974-pas­sen­ger Car­ni­val Valor in sail­ing year­round out of Galve­ston. It’s re­places the 3,690-pas­sen­ger Car­ni­val Breeze, which is mov­ing to Port Canaveral, Florida.

Un­veiled in 2016, Vista was Car­ni­val’s first new ship since 2012. At 133,500 tons, it’s tied with the new Car­ni­val Hori­zon as the big­gest ves­sel in the Car­ni­val fleet.

No­table fea­tures on Vista that aren’t on Breeze in­clude an 800-foot­long pedal ride around the top deck and an IMAX The­ater. Both were firsts for the cruise in­dus­try when they de­buted on Vista.

Other ameni­ties on Vista in­clude a 455-foot-long wa­ter tube at­trac­tion that is part of one of the largest wa­ter parks in the Car­ni­val fleet. Pas­sen­gers are able to ride it on in­flat­able rafts.

– Gene Sloan

CAR­NI­VAL CRUISE LINE

The gi­ant Car­ni­val Vista will sail from Galve­ston, Texas.

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