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Carnival Destiny

November 1, 1996 Update

VENICE, Italy -- The Carnival Destiny, a new 101,000 gross-registered-ton cruise ship built for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines arrives in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 23, for official naming cermonies. The 892-foot vessel is the largest cruise ship ever constructed. Maximum passenger capacity is 3,360 with a crew of 1,040. The $400-plus million ship is so large, it's width makes it the first cruise ship not able to transit the Panama Canal, according to Carnival officials. Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines.


MIAMI -- On October 17, 1996, Carnival Cruise Lines took delivery of the world's first 100,000-gross-registered-ton cruise ship, the CARNIVAL DESTINY, which will enter seven-day Caribbean service from Miami in late November.

In dockside ceremonies at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where the massive, $400 million vessel has been under construction for the past two years, the Carnival corporate flag was raised on the ship's mast for the first time. Command of the vessel was turned over to Captain Giovanni Gallo, a 45-year-old native of Forio d'Ischia, Italy, who is a 20-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Lines' deck department.

"We are very proud of the role that Carnival Cruise Lines is playing in maritime history with the Carnival Destiny introducing the largest passenger vessel ever constructed," said Carnival President Bob Dickinson. "As the new title holder for world's largest, Carnival Destiny eclipses the previous ship to hold that distinction by a wide margin -- coming in at almost one-third larger," he added. Dickinson pointed out that Carnival Destiny incorporates all of the features that guests expect to find in a first-class resort including three double-decked restaurants, 17 bars and lounges, a nine-deck- high atrium, a showroom spanning three full decks that can accommodate the most sophisticated productions, four pools, a 214-foot-long water slide and a 15,000-square-foot spa. The Carnival Destiny features 1,321 cabins and suites; 480 of those have scenic balconies made of clear glass.

The ship stretches three football fields in length, and with a beam of 116 feet is the first passenger vessel too wide to transit the Panama Canal. Her massive diesel electric propulsion system can produce 84,933 horsepower. During her recent sea trials, Carnival Destiny exceeded 23 knots, or slightly faster than 26 miles per hour.


During the last week of October, the ship sailed to Venice, Italy, for two days of functions for the European travel industry. Included was the official naming of the vessel with the honors being performed by Lin Arison, wife of Carnival founder Ted Arison.

Following a trans-Atlantic voyage, the vessel is scheduled for two weeks of promotional activities calling in Boston, New York City and Newport News before arriving in her homeport of Miami where she will begin seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises on November 24, 1996.

VENICE, Italy -- At official naming ceremonies of Carnival Cruise Lines' new 101,000-gross- registered-ton Carnival Destiny on Thursday, Oct. 24, 1996 are Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation Chairman and CEO; Lin Arison, Carnival Destiny godmother; Bob Dickinson, Carnival Cruise Lines president and Ted Arison, Carnival founder and chairman emeritus. Photo by Jose Benavides, Carnival Cruise Lines.

VENICE, Italy -- The Carnival Destiny sailing out of Venice, Italy on her way to Boston. Photo by Carnival Cruise Lines.

Photos by Andy Newman of Carnival Cruise Lines.

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