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The Vista Class Family
April 13, 2016 - Between 2002 and 2010, Fincantieri's Marghera yard delivered 11 similar cruise ships to 4 different Carnival Corporation brands. Based on one prototype, the Vista Class family encompasses six vessels for Holland America Line, two for Costa Cruises, two for Cunard Line and one for P&O Cruises. The advantages of using a single prototype is obvious and it is very interesting to see how each cruise line has adjusted their Vista ships to specific requirements. ShipParade presents all eleven Vista Class ships, from Zuiderdam to Queen Elizabeth.
Holland America Line was trailblazer for the Vista Class ships. Their Zuiderdam was the first one to be delivered by Fincantieri in 2002.
Next up in 2003 was Oosterdam. She was named by Dutch royalty during an impressive ceremony in Rotterdam, Netherlands docked bow-to-bow with the line's Rotterdam. For our extensive report with many photos click here.
Another identical sister appeared on the horizon in 2004. Westerdam was named in Venice.
Originally intended for Cunard Line (the mast reveals the Cunard touch), the fourth ship in line was delivered to P&O Cruises and named Arcadia. This is the first ship in the class that had a restaurant/lounge added forward of the funnel. You will see this arrangement repeated on some later class mates.
A third sister to Zuiderdam is Holland America's Noordam which was delivered in 2006. She was the first in class to have an altered aft section to house more staterooms and therefore more passengers. After Noordam was delivered, her three older Holland America sisters and half-sister Arcadia were rebuilt according to the same principle.
Cunard Line received their first Vista ship in 2007. Queen Victoria was specifically remodelled for Cunard Line, making room for Grill Restaurants and a dedicated Grill class sun deck. Also note the different mast and funnel. Cunard style!
After Westerdam, Holland America ordered two more Vista ships with a modified design to increase capacity. An extra deck was added forward to house more staterooms. The Norwegian firm of Yran & Storbraaten was brought in to design some interior spaces, which give 2008-built Eurodam and her younger sister Nieuw Amsterdam a more contemporary feel. Looking for many more photos of Eurodam? Check out our on board report here!
With her huge yellow tube funnel, Costa Luminosa probably has the most striking look of all Vista Class ships. Delivered to Costa Cruises in 2009, she and her twin sister are used on world cruises.
In 2010, Fincantieri accelerated the construction of the Vista ships. Only 9 months after the birth of Costa Luminosa, Costa Deliziosa was welcomed to the wonderful world of cruising in February, 2010.
Next up is a sister to Eurodam. On July 2, 2010, Fincantieri delivered Nieuw Amsterdam to Holland America Line as 6th Vista class ship in their fleet.
The 11th and final Vista Class ship was delivered only 3 months after Nieuw Amsterdam. Cunard Line received the keys to Queen Elizabeth in October, 2010. Later that month, the ship was christened by Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton.
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