Vista-class cruise ship
MS Noordam, a Vista-class cruise ship, at Grand Turk Island, March 2007
|Builders:||Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, Italy|
|Operators:||Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises|
|Planned:||11 ships (including derived designs)|
|Length:||All except MS Noordam: 951 ft (290 m)
MS Noordam: 935 ft (285 m)
|Beam:||105 ft 9 in (32.23 m)|
|Decks:||11 passenger decks|
|Speed:||24-knot (44 km/h) maximum
Service speed 22 knots
|Capacity:||varies by configuration
1848–1952 (2 berths/cabin)
The Vista class is a class of Panamax-type cruise ships, built by Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, in Italy. Vista class cruise ships are operated by Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, and Costa Cruises. The ships are equipped with a diesel-electric power plant and an Azipod propulsion system. The ships are designed so that eighty-five percent of the staterooms have ocean views and sixty-seven percent have verandas; the extensive use of glass in the superstructure of Vista class ships is also reflected in the class name. Carnival Cruise Lines is constructing a ship (entering service 2016) named Carnival Vista, though it will not be a Vista Class ship.
The Vista class design was originally created for Holland America Line, using the Panamax guidelines to determine their designed size. A fifth hull which was originally intended for Holland America was transferred to Cunard Line in 2003 where it was planned to become the MS Queen Victoria. However, due to restructuring within their parent corporation Carnival Corporation & plc, as well as a later decision by Cunard that modifications should be made to introduce successful elements from the design of the RMS Queen Mary 2, the hull was again transferred to become P&O Cruises' MS Arcadia.
The second derivative design is Holland America Line's Signature class cruise ship, the MS Eurodam. While the same length as the MS Noordam, she has one more deck than the standard Vista class design, and her public areas and cabin placement have been significantly redesigned, especially on her upper-most decks. A second Signature class ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam, entered service in 2010.
Hybrid Vista/Spirit class
In 2007 Cunard took delivery of Queen Victoria the first ship in a class described as a hybrid design "taking the best parts from Aker Yards' [sic] built Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea, and from Holland America’s Vista class ships.". Subsequent ships based on this hybrid design include Costa Cruises Costa Luminosa Cunard Queen Elizabeth Costa Cruises Costa Deliziosa, entered service with Costa Cruises in February 2010.
The Cunard ships had a few additional changes including a stronger bow for direct transatlantic crossings, something Cunard ships have completed more regularly than typical cruise ships; and a large second balcony area over the Queens Room dance floor which is one of Cunard's signature features.
Ships by delivery date
- 2002: MS Zuiderdam
- 2003: MS Oosterdam
- 2004: MS Westerdam
- 2005: MS Arcadia
- 2006: MS Noordam
- 2008: MS Eurodam
- 2007: MS Queen Victoria
- 2010: MS Queen Elizabeth
- 2010: MS Nieuw Amsterdam
- 2010: Costa Deliziosa
Superseded by: Vista_Spirit_hybrid_class_cruise_ship
- Spirit class - a similar class of Panamax ships operated by Carnival Cruise Lines.
- Radiance class - a similar class of Panamax ships operated by Royal Caribbean International
- "Signature class" cruise ship - a similar class of Panamax ships operated by Holland America Line
- Coral Princess and Island Princess - A similar set of Panamax ships operated by Princess Cruises
- Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa - A set of Panamax ships operated by Costa Cruises derived from the Spirit Class and Vista Class designs.
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