Vista-class cruise ship

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  2. September 16, 2016 3:32 pm

The Vista class is a class of Panamax-type cruise ships, built by Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, in Italy. Vista class cruise ships are operated by Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, and Costa Cruises. The ships are equipped with a diesel-electric power plant and an Azipod propulsion system. The ships are designed so that eighty-five percent of the staterooms have ocean views and sixty-seven percent have verandas; the extensive use of glass in the superstructure of Vista class ships is also reflected in the class name. Note that Carnival Cruise Line launched a ship in 2016 named Carnival Vista, though it is much larger than and thus not a Vista Class ship.

The Vista class design was originally created for Holland America Line, using the Panamax guidelines to determine their designed size. A fifth hull which was originally intended for Holland America was transferred to Cunard Line in 2003 where it was planned to become the MS Queen Victoria. However, due to restructuring within their parent corporation Carnival Corporation & plc, as well as a later decision by Cunard that modifications should be made to introduce successful elements from the design of the RMS Queen Mary 2, the hull was again transferred to become P&O Cruises’ MS Arcadia.[1]

The second derivative design is Holland America Line’s Signature class cruise ship, the MS Eurodam. While the same length as the MS Noordam, she has one more deck than the standard Vista class design, and her public areas and cabin placement have been significantly redesigned, especially on her upper-most decks.A second Signature class ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam, entered service in 2010.

In 2007 Cunard took delivery of Queen Victoria the first ship in a class described as a hybrid design “taking the best parts from Aker Yards’ built Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea, and from Holland America‚Äôs Vista class ships.”. Subsequent ships based on this hybrid design include Costa Cruises Costa Luminosa Cunard Queen Elizabeth Costa Cruises Costa Deliziosa, entered service with Costa Cruises in February 2010.

The Cunard ships had a few additional changes including a stronger bow for direct transatlantic crossings, something Cunard ships have completed more regularly than typical cruise ships; and a large second balcony area over the Queens Room dance floor which is one of Cunard’s signature features.
2002: MS Zuiderdam
2003: MS Oosterdam
2004: MS Westerdam
2005: MS Arcadia
2006: MS Noordam
2008: MS Eurodam
2007: MS Queen Victoria
2010: MS Queen Elizabeth
2010: MS Nieuw Amsterdam
2010: Costa Deliziosa

Superseded by: Vista_Spirit_hybrid_class_cruise_ship

Carnival Corporation had two competing and very similar ship designs. Italian Fincantieri built Vista-class built for the Holland America and P&O Cruises and Finish STX built Spirit-class built for Carnival and Costa brands; both were Azipod, Panamax ships around 90 000 gross registered tonnes.

The visual differences between the ships include:

Vista class ships had an external observation lift mid-ship on both sides of the ship, a wider forward and aft deck-width and a tiered forward section on the passenger cabin decks. Vista class also tend to have an additional upper deck just forward of the funnel.

Spirit-class ships have an alternate wide-narrow-wide-narrow-wide deck width along their length and a flat forward section leading to the bow of the ship with small windows

The hybrid design was first launched for Queen Victoria in 2007.

The Queen Victoria has a modified stern while the rest has a better modified stern.

The hull, bow, and stern of the Vista Spirit hybrid class are Identical(but the stern of the Queen Victoria is slightly different).

2007 Queen Victoria Cunard Line Fincantieri 92,700 GT
2009 Costa Luminosa Costa Cruises Fincantieri 92,700 GT
2010 Costa Deliziosa Costa Cruises Fincantieri 92,700 GT
2010 Queen Elizabeth Cunard Line Fincantieri 92,700 GT


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