Carnival Vista is back in the Sunshine State again. The ship now offers year-round Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, repositioning from its previous homeport of Galveston, Texas.
The move was to make room for Carnival Jubilee, which will start sailing from Texas in late December.
To kick off the celebration, Carnival Vista’s Captain, Paolo Severini, was joined on board by David German, the port’s vice president of cruise business development, for a plaque exchange to officially welcome the ship and its team to Port Canaveral.
Inaugural Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Following its initial five-night cruise, the Carnival Vista will sail a variety of six- and eight-night cruises. These sailings will call to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, featuring Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Aruba, Curaçao, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau.
Port Canaveral is growing
Port Canaveral is now home to four year-round Carnival Cruise Line ships, including the Carnival Vista, offering three- to five-night cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas on the Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom.
The LNG-powered Mardi Gras also sails from Canaveral year-round. Additionally, Carnival Venezia, will join them in the 2024-2025 winter season.
Carnival Vista’s Features
Constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the Carnival Vista first set sail in 2016. Before repositioning to Galveston in 2018, the ship sailed week-long Caribbean cruises from PortMiami.
As the first in the Vista Class series of ships, the 4,000-guest vessel is known for its unique offerings, including the SkyRide, an open-air cycling experience, and the Dreamscape, a towering LED sculpture in the atrium.
In early November, the port reported receiving 6.8 million cruise passengers and hosted over 900 ships for the 2023 fiscal year.