In episode five in the Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista video series, host Peter Gonzalez takes viewers on a tour of the ship’s IMAX Theater – the first ever on a cruise ship – as well as the innovative accommodations that will be featured aboard the new 130,000-ton vessel which is currently being constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The video, which can be viewed here, examines the logistical challenges of installing the massive three-deck-high screen that will comprise the IMAX Theater, which is part of the Carnival Multiplex that also includes the Thrill Theater, a multi-dimensional cinema experience, and a concession stand. Workers must cut through the ship’s hull to install a series of three panels weighing a collective 7,300 pounds. The 182-seat IMAX Theater will showcase the latest Hollywood blockbusters, IMAX classics and IMAX documentary content.
Gonzalez also visits Fincantieri’s stateroom warehouse where the Carnival Vista’s 1,977 cabins are pre-fabricated. It is a painstaking process as each stateroom - from unique tropical-themed Havana cabins and the new Family Harbor accommodations to cove balcony staterooms closer to the water line - is constructed individually and then placed within its respective location on board.
The newest, largest and most innovative “Fun Ship” to date, Carnival Vista is set to debut May 1, 2016, in Europe before repositioning to New York in November to operate a pair of 11-day voyages then launch year-round Caribbean service later that month.