Carnival orders a 3rd Vista Class ship, Carnival Splendor to leave the Fleet in 2019
15 December 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line announced that it will acquire a third Vista Class Ship from the Fincantieri Shipyard in 2019. The third ship in the Vista Class is one that was originally set to launch with Carnival Sister Cruise Line, P&O Australia. P&O Australia will instead acquire Carnival Cruise Line 113,000 GT ship Carnival Splendor at the end of 2019.
The decision is due to strategic growth for P&O Cruise Brand. The company states the decision “is designed to maintain the pace of P&O’s growth momentum”. “Having reviewed the market, we believe a 3000-passenger ship is the right sized ship for the P&O fleet”
Once the Carnival Splendor is transferred to P&O Cruises she will acquire a new name and look to fit the companies brand. The ship will be the 4th ship transferred to P&O Australia from sister cruise lines in the last 4 years.
Carnival Cruise Line now have 4 ships on order (2 Vista Class and 2 180,000 GT LNG powered ships) with delivery dating up until 2022. The company will now acquire a new ship every year from 2018 to 2020. As far as the third Vista Class ship joining the Carnival fleet no name or itinerary is known at this time and will be provided at a later date.