The Carnival Vista has arrived back in Florida and she was in the festive mood with a holiday message. The cruise line has shifted its mood this month which has been essential for the crew and the entire industry.
Another Carnival Cruise Ship Back in Florida
The Carnival Vista arrived in PortMiami on Wednesday morning following several other ships in the fleet that have also arrived back in recent weeks. To continue with the holiday spirit the Vista-class vessel was lit up with “Happy Holidays” along with a Christmas tree.
It’s a nice message to see especially during these difficult times. However, it’s not easy to get that message across. Crew members need to plan which balcony stateroom lights to switch on and no doubt that’s a lot of running around the decks in and out of doors to get the final result. It was worth it!
The Carnival Vista is currently docked at PortMiami along with Carnival Sunrise. Carnival ships have been making their way back to the United States to start preparing for operations next year. Ships have been mainly anchored in the Bahamas to await their turn to head home.
It’s been the same case on the U.S. West Coast and just yesterday Cruise Hive reported on the Carnival Panorama finally arriving back to Long Beach after an eight-month absence.
What’s Next for Carnival Vista?
So right now, the Carnival ship only has a limited number of crew members on board. The cruise line will be working on getting more crew to the ship so they can help prepare for cruises in 2021.
A lot needs to be done before cruises resume and the Miami-based cruise line needs to follow the requirements from the CDC for the Conditional Sailing Order. Carnival has not yet decided on trial sailings so maybe that could be a factor in the new year. Health measures need to be implemented and crew trained.
Even though the ship returned to Miami, Florida, she will restart sailings on March 5, 2021, out of Galveston, Texas. The first cruise back will a 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary and it will be a Sailabration voyage to celebrate the cruise line’s 50th birthday! Calls include Belize, Mahagony Bay, and Cozumel along with a special meetup with other Carnival cruise ships.
Carnival Vista is the first in her class at 133,500 gross tons and a guest capacity of 3,934 at double occupancy. The ship can carry 1,450 international crew members and entered service in 2016.