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Carnival celebrates


To celebrate the US arrival of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Cruise Line held an overnight gala event Nov. 4 in New York featuring a concert for Operation Homefront military families by award-winning country music super star Carrie Underwood. The event also included the ship’s official naming ceremony with Miss USA Deshauna Barber – the first woman serving in the US military to hold the title – presiding over the ceremonies as godmother and releasing the ceremonial bottle of champagne that smashed over the hull of the massive 133,500-ton ship. Carnival Vista will operate a pair of 11-day sailings from New York before launching year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean service from Miami beginning Nov. 27. Pictured aboard Vista are, top row, Justin French, Carnival, Kathleen Mooney, Air Canada Vacations, Katharine Ann Mooney, John Mast, Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Bottom row, Todd Satterlee, Carnival, Helena Arruda, TravelBrands, Eva Batista, TravelBrands.