Carnival Splendor to leave the Carnival Fleet

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The Carnival Corporation has announced that they will build a third Vista class cruise ship to join the Carnival fleet in 2019, and that the Carnival Splendor will leave the fleet for P&O Australia. Carnival's third Vista class ship, 133,500 GRT with over a 4,000 passenger capacity, was originally supposed to join Carnival's subsidiary, P&O Australia. The ship will feature many of Carnival's iconic guest features. It is reported that the ship will also include a number of wide innovations unique to this ship.

The Carnival Splendor joined Carnival's fleet in 2007 and will leave the fleet for P&O Australia in late 2018. P&O will receive the Splendor instead of the new Vista ship.

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said that they are thrilled to have another Vista class ship joining their fleet. The award winning Carnival Vista has been popular with cruisers since being added to the cruise line’s fleet.

Carnival Cruise Line now has four cruise ships on order.  Carnival Horizon, the second Vista class ship, is currently under construction and will enter service in March 2018.  The cruise line also has two mega 180,000 gross ton ships ordered with delivery dates in 2020 and 2022.

Personally I'm surprised that Carnival isn't starting to get rid of their Fantasy Class Ships. They are the oldest ships in the fleet with their first, the Carnival Fantasy, being built back in March of 1990, making it 26 years old. The Carnival Splendor will only be 11 years old at the time of the transfer.