Carnival today took possession of its fleet's 16th ship. Carnival Pride -- a
mid-sized vessel weighing in at just 88,500 tons -- that was delivered to
the cruise line from Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki. The ship departs this
week from Helsinki to Miami on a 13-day transatlantic crossing and the
reason you haven't heard much about an inaugural transatlantic is because,
this time of year, the seas are at their most tempestuous!
After the usual new-ship-unveiling and inaugural festivities, Carnival Pride
will sail seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries out of Port
Canaveral on a year-round basis from January 12 onward.
In other positive fleet-expanding news, Carnival Pride's sister ship --
Carnival Legend, now in the final stages of construction -- was floated out
of her building dock and remained resolutely afloat. This ship will be
Carnival's first to sail a European itineraries when it launches in August.
Beyond these two new ships, Carnival still has four other vessels scheduled
for delivery between now and 2004 -- the 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle and the
110,000-ton Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory and Carnival Valor.