Carnival Venezia Debuts in New York

Carnival Venezia debuts in New York with special welcome events featuring Godfather Jay Leno along with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Carnival Venezia Debuts in New York


Latest Addition to Carnival Fleet to Set Sail with First Guests From New York Following Welcome Event with Godfather Jay Leno

Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Venezia debuts in New York City. The ship’s launch in New York coincides with the busy summer travel season and builds on an exciting period of growth for Carnival. This is the first of three ships to join the fleet over the next year. 

A welcome event kicked off the celebration Wednesday evening for the ship’s arrival to its homeport. The festivities continued Thursday morning in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal as the ship’s first guests boarded to sail.  

Inaugural Event Features Special Blessing and Visit by Carnival’s First-Ever Godfather

Carnival Venezia received a special blessing by Father Enrique Salvo of St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the special welcome event. Then, acclaimed comedian and television host Jay Leno became the first godfather named to a Carnival ship. Leno also performed a special comedy show exclusively for Carnival’s event guests.

Carnival Venezia Debuts in New York

“By highlighting his own Italian heritage, Jay is helping us celebrate the Italian theming guests will experience when they cruise on this beautiful ship,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We’ve heard great reviews from guests who sailed on the ship’s transatlantic crossing, and now I am so happy to welcome our first guests joining us from New York to enjoy what’s in store for them.”

The ceremony on Wednesday night also highlighted new entertainment programming and other concepts created for Carnival Venezia’s debut. The ship is the first to introduce “Carnival Fun Italian Style”. This adds Carnival’s signature fun to the vessel’s beautiful Italian theming. Carnival Venezia is architecturally styled after its namesake, the city of Venice, Italy. 

Guests Cut Ribbon and Embark on First Sailing from New York

Inside the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Thursday morning, Duffy greeted guests with a special event to welcome them on board the new ship. Captain Claudio Cupisti and some of the first guests to board from New York joined Duffy to cut a ceremonial ribbon and officially begin embarkation. 

Thursday’s departure from New York is taking guests on a four-day sailing that includes a visit to Bermuda. This summer, the ship will alternate between sailing four-, five- six- and eight-day sailings to the Caribbean, Bermuda, and ports in Canada and New England.

Carnival Venezia Debuts in New York

Carnival Venezia’s positioning from New York builds on the popularity of Carnival’s past summer sailing deployments from the port by offering a longer deployment plan that features a more varied itinerary portfolio.

Beyond the summer season, the ship will begin a new series of sailings on Sept. 29, 2023. These sailings alternate between eight- to 12-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, and The Bahamas. They will visit popular destinations like Saint Thomas, San Juan, and Aruba, along with four of Carnival’s private destinations: Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. In addition, select cruises will feature Miami as a port of call.

SOURCE Carnival Cruise Line


Are you excited to hear that Carnival Venezia debuts in New York? Do you have plans to sail on this new Carnival cruise ship this summer? Drop us an anchor below to share your thoughts on the ship’s new amenities and “Carnival Fun Italian Style” theming.

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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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