Yesterday’s naming ceremony for Carnival Glory, the largest ship ever to sail
from Port Canaveral, went off without a hitch. After the festivities – American
astronaut Sally Ride served as godmother -- the 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory
then sailed off for a special five-day inaugural cruise to the Western Caribbean.
It begins its regular sailings Saturday, alternating seven-day voyages to the
Eastern and Western Caribbean. Carnival Glory is the second vessel in the cruise
line’s Conquest class.
In other Carnival news, the company is laying the foundation for another new
ship. Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri – which just waved goodbye to Carnival
Glory two weeks ago – is already back to work on its next vessel for the line.
It has laid the first “building blocks” for sister ship Carnival Valor, which
is slated for launch in December 2004.