Posted by: rajtravel | September 20, 2011

New Carnival cruise ship takes to water for first time


Industry giant Carnival’s next cruise ship has taken to the water for the first time.

The Miami-based line says the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze was “floated out” on Friday from a dry dock in Italy where it has been under construction for nearly a year — one of the last major milestones before the vessel’s debut next June.

The initial stages of a cruise ship’s construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is completed, the dry dock is flooded with water and the ship is floated to a wet dock facility where construction continues.

In keeping with maritime tradition, the shipyard that is building the Carnival Breeze held a “coin ceremony” on Friday aboard the Carnival Breeze before it was floated out. The milestone-marking ceremony involves welding a commemorative coin to a ship’s mast.

Like a number of earlier Carnival ships, the Carnival Breeze is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The next major milestone for the ship — sea trials in the Adriatic Sea — will take place early next year.

Like the Carnival Magic, which was christened in May in Venice, Italy, the Carnival Breeze will debut in Europe before heading across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Following an inaugural 12-day cruise from Venice departing June 3, 2012, the ship will operate a series of 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona through Oct. 25, 2012. After a trans-Atlantic crossing, it’ll sail year-round from Miami beginning Nov. 24, 2012, offering alternating six- and eight-day cruises.

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