Before that happened last Friday, a ceremony was held aboard the Carnival Breeze at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. In a time-honored maritime tradition, a commemorative coin was welded to the ship’s mast to mark the occasion.
Following the coin ceremony, the dry dock facility was filled with water and the Carnival Breeze was floated out and repositioned to another dock where she will undergo final interior outfitting in preparation for her June 3, 2012 debut.
Carnival Breeze is scheduled to enter service June 3, 2012, with a special 12-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona, positioning the vessel for a summer schedule of 12-day Mediterranean cruises. Following its trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Breeze will launch year-round 6- and 8-day Caribbean cruises from Miami on Nov 24, 2012, becoming the largest Carnival ship to ever sail from that port.
Take a look at the float out and welding of the coin.
Images and video courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines