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P&O Australia's 2019 newbuild is going to Carnival instead

Carnival will be getting its third Vista-class newbuild Carnival will be getting its third Vista-class newbuild (Photo: Fincantieri)

In late 2019, Carnival Cruise Line will be getting the 133,500gt newbuild that was originally designated for P&O Cruises Australia. At the same time Carnival Splendor will transfer to P&O Australia.

The ship will be the third in Carnival's Vista series, and offer many of the brand's most popular features, a wide range of accommodation types and a number of innovations unique to this vessel. Its name, homeport and itinerary details will be announced at a later date.

'Consumer, travel agent and media reaction to the Vista-class design has been extraordinary and we are elated to have two additional ships in this spectacular series now joining our fleet,' said Carnival president Christine Duffy. They are Carnival Horizon, scheduled to be delivered in March 2018, and now this third in 2019.

Duffy added the introduction of these ships to the Carnival fleet provides the opportunity to offer the Vista-class experience from a variety of homeports while creating new itinerary options across the balance of the fleet as the additional capacity is integrated into the deployment mix.

This would have been the first major cruise newbuild for Australia in modern times, and the largest vessel for the P&O brand there. P&O Cruises Australia president Sture Myrmell said Carnival Splendor is the right size for the market, and regional cruise infrastructure is not improving fast enough to support the planned 133,500gt newbuild.

The Vista-class ships are under construction at Fincantieri.

Posted 15 December 2016

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