Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama is a Vista-class cruise ship built for Carnival Cruise Line. Upon delivery, she became the 27th Carnival vessel and the final Vista-class ship in the Carnival fleet, joining her sisters Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. At 133,868 GT and 323 m (1,060 ft) long,[2][4] she is currently the largest ship of the Carnival fleet.

Carnival Panorama docked at Long Beach Cruise Terminal
History
Panama
Name: Carnival Panorama
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry:  Panama
Builder: Fincantieri, Marghera
Laid down: 11 January 2018[1]
Launched: 6 December 2018
Christened: 10 December 2019
Acquired: 29 October 2019
In service: 11 December 2019[2]
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Vista-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 133,868 GT[1]
Length: 323 m (1,060 ft)[3]
Beam:
  • 37.2 m (122 ft)[1] (waterline)
  • 48 m (158 ft)[2] (max)
Draught: 8.2 m (27 ft)[2]
Depth: 11.2 m (37 ft)[1]
Decks: 15 (passenger decks)[2]
Installed power:
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo 2x8L48/60CR + 2x14V48/60CR generating sets
  • 62,400 kW (83,700 hp)[1]
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; Two ABB Azipod XO units
Speed:
  • 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)[2] (service)
  • 23 kn (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
Capacity:
  • 4,008[2] (double occupancy)
  • 5,146[2] (maximum)
Crew: 1450[2]

Carnival Panorama embarked on her maiden voyage on 11 December 2019.

History

Planning and construction

In March 2015, Carnival Corporation and Fincantieri made an agreement for five ships to be delivered between 2019 and 2022.[5] On an announcement released on 30 December 2015, Carnival Corporation further established that the planned 4,200-passenger ship was set to be delivered to Carnival's sister brand, P&O Cruises Australia.[6] A year later, on 15 December 2016, Carnival Corporation announced that Carnival Cruise Line would receive a third Vista-class vessel, meaning the original order for P&O Cruises Australia was transferred over to Carnival Cruise Line.[7] The announcement stated that a delivery for the vessel was set for the fall of 2019.[7] On 1 December 2017, Carnival Corporation officially announced that the third and final ship in the Vista class of the fleet would be named Carnival Panorama.[8]

Construction officially began on the then-unnamed vessel on 7 July 2017 at Fincantieri's shipyard in Marghera with a steel-cutting ceremony.[9] The keel was laid on 10 January 2018.[10] Carnival Panorama was officially launched from the shipyard on 6 December 2018.[11] On 18 July 2019, she completed her sea trials in the Adriatic Sea.[12]

Delivery and christening

On 29 October 2019, Fincantieri officially presented Carnival Panorama to Carnival Cruise Line at the Marghera shipyard.[13] To travel from Marghera to Long Beach for her christening and debut, Panorama embarked on a 38-day journey that took her across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Strait of Magellan to sail up the western coast of South America, making stops in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Montevideo, Santiago, and Puerto Vallarta, before arriving at her destination in the Port of Los Angeles in the early morning of December 8 for final preparations.[14]

On the afternoon of December 9 she then moved to Long Beach for welcoming ceremonies. She then docked at her home port of Long Beach for the first time early that evening.

Carnival Panorama was christened on 10 December 2019 in Long Beach by her godmother, Vanna White, the hostess of American game show, Wheel of Fortune.[15]

Itinerary

The vessel is homeported at the Port of Long Beach, and she embarked on a three-day inaugural voyage to Ensenada. Upon returning to Long Beach, she will begin doing 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises year-round.[16] Ports of call in the Mexican Riviera cruises include Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta.[17]

Facilities

The vessel's public facilities will be similar to and evolve from those offered on the Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. One distinct feature is a Sky Zone trampoline park in place of the IMAX theater found on her older sister ships. The ship will continue to include a bevy of restaurants, shops, and activity venues, such as a Waterworks aqua park inspired by Shaquille O'Neal, and the Liquid Lounge, housing all of the shows onboard.[18]

References

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  14. Parker, Doug (2019-11-04). "Carnival Panorama Starts 38-Day Journey to North America". cruiseradio.net. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  15. Staff, C. I. N. (2019-11-22). "Vanna White to Christen Carnival Panorama". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  16. "Carnival cruise ship Panorama will debut in Long Beach, with a 455-foot slide in its water park". Press Telegram. 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
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  18. Kalosh, Anne (2019-10-29). "Fincantieri presents Carnival Panorama in Marghera". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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