The construction of industry giant Carnival's next cruise ship passed a major milestone in recent days as the vessel successfully completed sea trials off the coast of Italy.
The 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, which will be one of the line's biggest ships ever when it debuts in June, hurdled a battery of standard tests while sailing under its own power in the Adriatic Sea, the line says. A contingent of officers, technicians and engineers were aboard the vessel.
The 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze has been under construction for nearly two years at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy.
With sea trials completed, only final interior work remains before the Carnival Breeze is delivered to Carnival by the shipyard. With its addition, the line will have 24 ships at sea.
The vessel will have several new-for-the-line features including a full-service sushi restaurant and an immersive, special effects-laden theater experience to be called the Thrill Theater. Read about how the theater will work.
A sister to the year-old Carnival Magic, the Carnival Breeze also will have an expansive deck-top sports complex called SportSquare and a water slide area called WaterWorks. Take our photo tour of the Carnival Magic.
Scheduled to set sail on its inaugural cruise on June 3, the Carnival Breeze will operate a series of Mediterranean voyages out of Barcelona through Oct. 25 before heading across the Atlantic on a 15-day repositioning cruise to the USA. On Nov. 24, the vessel will begin year-round, six and eight-day Caribbean cruises out of Miami.
By Gene Sloan, USA Today