Construction begins on Carnival's largest-ever ship

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    Oct 15, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    Construction began in Italy on the largest cruise ship for Carnival Corp's flagship brand. To be called the Carnival Vista it will not break any records for size or capacity, but will simply become the largest ship in their mainline fleet. They call it a "keel-laying ceremony" but in reality ships are now built as prefabricated blocks so starting construction amounts to setting the first block in place at the bottom of the drydock.

    I like passenger ships and used to get excited when a new one was announced, but the fleets of today are largely cookie-cutters of one another, at best a slightly larger version of the same. Even the names are boring and interchangeable... if there isn't a Norwegian Vista soon I will be surprised.

    The last newbuild that was genuinely interesting to me was the RMS Queen Mary 2 just because they at least made an attempt to honor Cunard's history while also (at least briefly) becoming the largest passenger vessel. I was fortunate to cross the Atlantic on the QM2 and be aboard for her first arrival into New York.

    I'm curious about RCCL's monster ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas only because of the on-board amenities their sheer size makes possible. Has anybody been on there? I was on the Voyager when she was new and the largest passenger vessel afloat, and much-smaller Serenade more recently, which is still the best cruise I've taken.

    Construction begins on largest Carnival cruise ship ever
    - USA Today
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:09 PM GMT
    My partner recently was the cameraman on a YouTube series filmed for Carnival trying to attract a younger crowd. I'm not a cruise guy but he enjoyed it. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cjPOHdEbb6I He also just finished filming for another in the Mediterranean that has now gone to edit. See what you think.
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidMy partner recently was the cameraman on a YouTube series filmed for Carnival trying to attract a younger crowd. I'm not a cruise guy but he enjoyed it. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cjPOHdEbb6I He also just finished filming for another in the Mediterranean that has now gone to edit. See what you think.


    Cool, I will, thanks. That is interesting because years ago the party crowd was their demographic, while lines like Princess and Holland-America trended older. Since Carnival owns all three now, you would think they would try to market them each to specific crowds, but what do I know.
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    I think that is still true. Their problem is "younger crowd" on their boats now means 50. That is why they've started the YouTube series. It seems to be the case that a better indicator of the nature of the cruise is the size of the boat. The bigger the boat, the more it is about the boat and less about the ports. And vice-versa. Have a friend who did the last QE2 run. That's one cruise I wish I'd done.
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:45 PM GMT
    It is a shame that nothing practical has been done with QE2 since her retirement. I never sailed aboard but had the opportunity to explore while she was berthed in NYC.
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    That's RCCL not Carnival but that makes more sense to me.... they are very much about their sports activities. I hope they are successful in getting more guys who look like that on their ships ;-)

    Is that YoMuscleBoii some sort of celebrity I should recognize? He seems to have quite a lot of YouTubes, not just for them.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 15, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    You know as much about him as I do. Just a YouTube celebrity. Makes sense as a spokesman trying to attract a younger crowd. He is in great shape. The only other thing I know about him is he eats one meal/day, chicken and brown rice for lunch and has about 4% body fat. My partner says he's a good guy.
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    Oct 15, 2014 9:12 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidMy partner recently was the cameraman on a YouTube series filmed for Carnival trying to attract a younger crowd. I'm not a cruise guy but he enjoyed it. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cjPOHdEbb6I He also just finished filming for another in the Mediterranean that has now gone to edit. See what you think.


    Great films. They really show off the more adventurous side of the cruise and Josh's enthusiasm is very infectious.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 16, 2014 8:51 PM GMT
    Ya. Kind of surprised me, too. Almost has me rethinking cruises.
  • Kwokpot

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    Oct 17, 2014 1:40 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]ShiftyJK08 said[/cite]Construction began in Italy on the largest cruise ship for Carnival Corp's flagship brand. To be called the Carnival Vista it will not break any records for size or capacity, but will simply become the largest ship in their mainline fleet. They call it a "keel-laying ceremony" but in reality ships are now built as prefabricated blocks so starting construction amounts to setting the first block in place at the bottom of the drydock.

    I like passenger ships and used to get excited when a new one was announced, but the fleets of today are largely cookie-cutters of one another, at best a slightly larger version of the same. Even the names are boring and interchangeable... if there isn't a Norwegian Vista soon I will be surprised.

    The last newbuild that was genuinely interesting to me was the RMS Queen Mary 2 just because they at least made an attempt to honor Cunard's history while also (at least briefly) becoming the largest passenger vessel. I was fortunate to cross the Atlantic on the QM2 and be aboard for her first arrival into New York.

    I'm curious about RCCL's monster ships, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas only because of the on-board amenities their sheer size makes possible. Has anybody been on there? I was on the Voyager when she was new and the largest passenger vessel afloat, and much-smaller Serenade more recently, which is still the best cruise I've taken.

    Construction begins on largest Carnival cruise ship ever
    - USA Today
    [/quoteif you have the SLIGHTEST interest in cruise ship design then you owe it to yourself to try out the Oasis Class Ship. Coincidently, the Oasis LITERALLY just came out of drydock for repairs AND for substantial changes to their dining offerings, among other things.

    What sets the Oasis Class of ship apart from ALL other ship designs is the sheer width of the ship. It is really amazing how wide the ship is - IIRC it's wider than an aircraft carrier! Additionally, the ship has an aqua theater in the rear the features high diving aquatic shows - how cool is that? The best feature, though is Central Park; there is a PARK with real plants and trees in the middle of a cruise ship! Really, the ship is a REMARKABLE feat of engineering!

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    Oct 17, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    Kwokpot saidif you have the SLIGHTEST interest in cruise ship design then you owe it to yourself to try out the Oasis Class Ship. Coincidently, the Oasis LITERALLY just came out of drydock for repairs AND for substantial changes to their dining offerings, among other things.

    What sets the Oasis Class of ship apart from ALL other ship designs is the sheer width of the ship. It is really amazing how wide the ship is - IIRC it's wider than an aircraft carrier! Additionally, the ship has an aqua theater in the rear the features high diving aquatic shows - how cool is that? The best feature, though is Central Park; there is a PARK with real plants and trees in the middle of a cruise ship! Really, the ship is a REMARKABLE feat of engineering!



    I definitely am curious about it. Unfortunately we're a one-paycheck family right now so no cruises on the immediate horizon.
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    Oct 17, 2014 11:32 PM GMT
    I've been on the Allure of the Seas and to date, it's my favorite cruise. It took us 1.5 days to tour the entire ship because there is a lot to do! The 7 days I spent there went by so fast!