Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the new 133,500 GT Carnival Horizon at a ceremony held last month at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy. The cruise ship has a capacity of 3960 guests, plus 1450 crew, and is the second in the Vista-class and the 26th ship in Carnival’s fleet. She was designed and built to LR class.

Carnival Horizon

The naming ceremony for Carnival Horizon will take place in New York on 23 May. Following a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean sailings from New York, the cruise ship will reposition to Miami for a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning in September 2018.

Like its sister ship (Carnival Vista), Carnival Horizon is certified to LR’s ECO Notation, meaning that she was designed, built and operates in a way that exceeds current marine statutory environmental regulations. The ship also has an Intelligent Power Management System installed, which optimises diesel engine operational settings to reduce emissions and conserve fuel. Additionally, she has a ballast water treatment system that complies with the Ballast Water Management Convention requirements.

Carnival Horizon also features several noteworthy attractions including an IMAX Theatre, a brewery with onboard craft beer production, an 800-foot-long SkyRide and the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park with a 455-foot-long water slide.

“We are very pleased with the collaboration and teamwork with our valued partners at Fincantieri and LR to deliver this spectacular addition to our fleet,” said Mark Jackson, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, Carnival Cruise Line.

LR’s John Hicks, Global Passenger Ship Manager, Marine & Offshore, commented: “Carnival Horizon is a magnificent ship representing the latest collaboration between Fincantieri and Carnival, supported through the entire two and half year process by an excellent LR team of surveyors and plan approval specialists.”

The third vessel in the Vista-class series, Carnival Panorama, is currently under construction and scheduled to enter service from Long Beach, California in December 2019.

LR staff on the bridge with Carnival Horizon Captain Luigi De Angelis.

LR staff on the bridge with Carnival Horizon Captain Luigi De Angelis. 

Left-right: Tom Wright (Surveyor, Marghera Site Team), Valter Tissone (Senior Surveyor, Marghera Site Team), Captain Luigi De Angelis, Nicola Pietro Villani (Project Manager), Luciano Falcone (Team Leader, Marghera Site Team), Federico Renaldi (Surveyor, Marghera Site Team).