Carnival Vista just returned from a successful sea trials in the Adraitic Sea. We’re now able to get a good glimpse of what Carnival’s next generation of ships will look like.

I would really like to know the reason behind the elongated stern. Not only does she have a pronounced duck tail, but she has an elongated mooring area just above it. Do you think it takes away from the exterior profile of the ship? Other than that, everything else looks incredible onboard. Can’t wait to see the finished interiors. 

Full press release from Carnival:

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, successfully completed its final sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise from Trieste, Italy, May 1, 2016.

Currently in the final stages of construction at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard, the 3,954-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested Carnival Vista’s sophisticated navigation, technical and mechanical systems.

Carnival Vista will offer a number of exciting innovations, including a unique suspended cycling attraction called SkyRide, the RedFrog Pub & Brewery, the Family Harbor staterooms and suites, the first IMAX Theatre at sea, and the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, the longest water slide in the fleet.

Following its May 1 inaugural sailing from Trieste, Carnival Vista will operate a schedule of eight- to 13-day Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Athens.  The ship will then reposition to New York in November for a pair of 11-day voyages then launch year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.