Carnival Horizon

Carnival Horizon is a Vista-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. She is the 26th vessel in the Carnival fleet and is the second of Carnival's Vista-class, which includes Carnival Vista and Carnival Panorama.

Carnival Horizon departing Grand Turk.
Name: Carnival Horizon
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry:  Panama
Ordered: 19 December 2014[1]
Builder: Fincantieri, Marghera
Yard number: 6243
Laid down: April 2016[2]
Launched: 10 March 2017[3]
In service: 2 April 2018
General characteristics
Class and type: Vista-class cruise ship
Length: 323.63 m (1,061.8 ft)[4]
  • 37.2 m (122 ft)[4] (waterline)
  • 43.84 m (143.8 ft)[4] (max)
Draught: 8.2 m (27 ft)[5]
Depth: 14.1 m (46 ft)[4]
Decks: 15 passenger decks[5]
Installed power: MAN Diesel & Turbo 3x8L48/60CR + 2x14V48/60CR generating sets
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; Two ABB Azipod XO units
Speed: 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)[5]
  • 3,960 passengers[5] (double occupancy)
  • 4,977[5] (maximum)
Crew: 1,450 [5]

The ship has a tonnage of 133,596 GT[4] and a capacity of 3,960 passengers.[5] In 2019, she and her sister ship, Vista, were both superseded as the largest Carnival ship by their sister, the 133,868 GT Panorama.


Planning and construction

On 19 December 2014, Carnival Corporation announced a new order with Fincantieri for a second Vista-class ship to be similarly designed to her sister ship, Carnival Vista, making her the 26th vessel in the fleet.[6]

On 29 July 2016, Carnival announced the name of its second Vista-class vessel as Carnival Horizon.[7][8] Construction of the ship took 30 months, which included the steel cutting in March 2015, the keel laying in April 2016, and the sea trials in November 2017.[9]

Delivery and christening

On 28 March 2018, Fincantieri officially delivered Carnival Horizon to Carnival Cruise Line.[10][11]

On 1 March 2018, Carnival announced Queen Latifah as the godmother of the Carnival Horizon.[12] She christened the vessel on 23 May 2018 upon its arrival in New York City from a 14-day transatlantic crossing.[9]


Carnival Horizon embarked on its maiden voyage on 2 April 2018 from Barcelona for a 13-day Mediterranean sailing, visiting ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Malta.[13] The ship continued a series of cruises for a short season in the Mediterranean before repositioning to New York City in May for the remainder of summer 2018.[14] From New York, she operated cruises to the Caribbean and Bermuda before repositioning to Miami in September, where she currently offers year-round cruises to the Western Caribbean and eight-night sailings to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.[15]


  • On November 15, 2019, Brian Rice, a 51-year-old man from Brownsburg, Indiana fell four stories off a balcony to his death from a lower deck of the ship just as it was returning from Miami, Florida. The medical staff that were onboard the ship responded to the incident, but they unfortunately couldn't rescue him during the time when he fell. According to the medical examiner's office, it was revealed that Brian's death was due to blunt force trauma and not a suicide. It was also the second death which occurred on a cruise ship in 2019 nearly after four months when Chloe Wiegand, an 18-month-old toddler, died after falling from an open window on the 11th deck on the MS Freedom of the Seas which happened on July 7.[16]


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  2. "DRY DOCK WORKS START ON THE NEW CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE VESSEL". April 5, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. "FINCANTIERI: "CARNIVAL HORIZON" LAUNCHED IN MARGHERA". March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. "Carnival Horizon (9767091)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  5. "Carnival Horizon Fact Sheet". Carnival Cruise Line News. Carnival Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  6. "Carnival Corporation Announces Two New Ship Orders with Fincantieri – Carnival Cruise Line News". Carnival Newsroom. December 19, 2014.
  7. Gibson, Rebecca (August 1, 2016). "Carnival to name newbuild Carnival Horizon". Cruise& Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  8. Sayles, Jill (August 2, 2016). "Carnival Cruise Line's new ship to be named Carnival Horizon". Cruise Trade News. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  9. "New York City Welcomes Carnival Horizon". The Maritime Executive. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  10. Staff, C. I. N. (March 28, 2018). "Carnival Takes Delivery of New Carnival Horizon". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. "Fincantieri | "CARNIVAL HORIZON" DELIVERY". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. Sloan, Gene. "Queen Latifah to christen giant new Carnival cruise ship". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  13. Parker, Doug (April 2, 2018). "Carnival Horizon Sails First Cruise". Cruise Radio.
  14. "New Carnival Horizon Sails on Maiden Voyage from Barcelona – Carnival Cruise Line News". Carnival Newsroom. April 2, 2018.
  15. "Carnival Cruise Line's Three Newest Cruise Ships Headed to New Homeports". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  16. Vic Ryckaert (November 20, 2019). "Cruise ship death: Indiana father killed in fall from Carnival balcony". IndyStar. Retrieved December 16, 2019.

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