Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will be transferring the Carnival Splendor to P&O Cruises.

The Miami-based cruise line announced that Carnival Splendor will be transferred to P&O Australia in late 2019. The reason the ship is being sent down under is a new ship build was expected for P&O Australia in 2019, this new build will now be for Carnival Cruise Line.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:

“We are truly thrilled to have another Vista class ship joining our fleet, Carnival Vista, which was named the best new ship of 2016 in the Cruise Critic Editors Picks awards, has proven to be the most innovative and popular ship we’ve ever introduced. 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 – Carnival Horizon, which is scheduled to be delivered in March 2018, and now a third in 2019.”

This new ship order for Carnival Cruise Line will be the third Vista-class vessel at 133,500 gross tons. The ship will be identical design to Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon but with some new features. The ship will be built by Fincantieri in Italy and will be completed in 2019.

Duffy added that the introduction of these ships to the Carnival fleet provides the opportunity to offer the Vista class experience from a variety of homeports in addition to creating exciting new itinerary options across the balance of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet as this additional capacity is integrated into the deployment mix.

Carnival Splendor is currently based at Port Miami and sail Caribbean cruises. The ship is 133,300 gross ton and can carry over 3,000 passengers at double occupancy, it is the only ship of its class in the Carnival fleet.