(2:00 p.m. EDT) — In a ceremony that’s unusual for the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Line launched the forward section of the second ship in Carnival’s Vista class at a ceremony in Castellammare di Stabia, Naples.
Christina Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line’s president, served as madrina (godmother) for the event. Usually, megaships like those in Vista class are built completely at large shipyards; water is flooded into the space where the ship was built to move it once it’s completed, in a ceremony called a float out.
In this case, the ship’s builder, Fincantieri, decided to build the ship in separate locations in order to create it more quickly. The forward section, which measures 118 meters in length and nearly six thousand tons, was built at the company’s small Castellammare yard, which is usually reserved for military vessels. The yard, which dates back to 1783, still builds its ships the old-fashioned way – on wooden planks that lead into the water.