Carnival Vista has taken another step closer to its delivery, as she was finally launched today. Her next step will be to have her interior fitted, and so we hope to see a few shots of that in the coming months, as Carnival will not take delivery of the new ship until spring 2016.
The launch of the ship saw the traditional “coin ceremony”, which sees a silver dollar wielded to the last deck of the ship. This is an ancient tradition in shipbuilding, and is still observed to this day.
There were two godmothers to the ship, and those were Heidi and Kye Heald, who are the wife and daughter to John Heald. He is the Brand Ambassador of Carnival Corporation – so no celebrity for this one then.
We suspect it will be a bigger occasion when Carnival takes delivery of Vista, although the launch was attended by Benoit Clement, another senior official of the cruise line. Gabriele Cocco, from the Fincantieri shipbuilders was also in attendance.