The 133,500 gross tonne Carnival Vista, which is currently undergoing repair work in a specialised floating dry dock vessel in Freeport Bahamas, is to return to service earlier than expected.
Carnival Vista was scheduled to return to her homeport of Galveston, Texas on 27 July 2019 but will instead now returned to the Port of Galveston on 23 July. The ship will sail a four-day cruise to the Western Caribbean.
The 2016-built Carnival Vista had been suffering from issues with her Azipods. As a result Carnival Cruise Line cancelled three cruises. Previous cruises where also altered due to low cruising speeds.
The repair operation of the ship’s Azipods has been a first-of-its-kind. The ship was loaded onto a large Boka Vanguard transport vessel in Freeport Bahamas, in partnership with Netherlands-based Boskalis who offered the floating dry dock vessel to the Grand Bahama Shipyard.
One of the floating dry docks at the shipyard has been out of action since April, when a crane collapsed.
You can see a video of Carnival Vista’s dry docking operation below: