When Carnival Vista arrived at its new homeport in Galveston, Texas on Sunday, the ship became the largest ship to have its homeport in Galveston. On hand for the celebrated arrival was the Carnival Vista’s Godmother, Deshauna Barber, the first member of the U.S. military to be named Miss USA.
Carnival Cruise Line now leads the pack to have the most passengers sail from Galveston. The addition of the 3,934-passenger Carnival Vista clinched it.
Port of Galveston’s close proximity to the western Caribbean enables Carnival Vista to offer two different seven-night itineraries to the western Caribbean, on alternating weeks.
Carnival Vista Itineraries
- Montego Bay, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico
- Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Belize and Cozumel
All are Sunday departures.
Sunday’s welcoming event was attended by local officials, travel agents and military families. Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line was presented a key to the city and in kind, Carnival gave a $10,000 donation to Houston SPCA and another $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank.
The “Choose Fun” tag line, as seen on the aft of Carnival Vista, is a key component of Carnival’s ongoing Homeport Advantage campaign to create awareness of the various Carnival ship homeports around the country.
Deshauna Barber added, “As godmother, Carnival Vista remains very near and dear to my heart and I’m proud and honored to be a part of the festivities to bring this spectacular ship to its new homeport of Galveston.”
Carnival Vista, just two years old, is one of Carnival’s largest class of ships. Some of the innovative features include SkyRide aerial bike ride, an IMAX theater, an onboard brewery, two dining venues developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, an expansive water park, and the Family Harbor accommodations with larger staterooms and lounge area.
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Photos: Carnival Cruise Line
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