Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, completed its final sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise in April 2018.
Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the 3,974-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested Carnival Horizon’s sophisticated technical, mechanical and navigation systems, the company said.
As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Horizon is set to debut on April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from that port.
The ship will then re-position to the US with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York from May 9 to 23, 2018.
Following its summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning September 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami from September 20 to 22, 2018.
Launched in March this year, the 133,500 gross ton newbuilding is the company’s second Vista-class ship. The first ship from the batch, Carnival Vista, was handed over to the company in April 2016. In addition, the third Vista-class vessel is currently under construction at the shipyard in Marghera.
Featuring a length of 321.5 meters and a width of 37.2 meters, Carnival Horizon will be able to accommodate a total of more than 6,400 people on board.