About the Ship: Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista at sea

Carnival Cruises 

Carnival Cruise Line launched the Carnival Vista in May 2016, and the ship's innovative new features make the ship one of Carnival's best. The Carnival Vista was Carnival's first newbuild since the Carnival Breeze debuted in 2012, and she remains the "baby" of the fleet until her sister ship, the Carnival Horizon, is launched in the spring of 2018. 

The Carnival Vista may be one of the youngest, but she is the largest ship in the Carnival fleet, measuring 133,500 tons, 1,055 feet long, and a passenger capacity of 3,934 (double occupancy). The Carnival Vista currently sails year-round to the Caribbean from Miami and moves to Galveston in September 2018 to sail to the eastern and western Caribbean year-round from that home port. Travelers of all ages will find things to love about the Carnival Vista, but family groups will especially appreciate its activities for kids and their parents and grandparents.

This article provides photos and tantalizing details of some of the great features of the Carnival Vista.

  • Outdoor Fun and SportSquare
  • Multiplex Entertainment Center and Indoor Fun
  • Dining and Drinking on the Carnival Vista
  • Sleeping on the Carnival Vista
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Outdoor Fun on the Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista Outdoor Fun
Linda Garrison

This Carnival ship is packed with over 100 onboard activities. Much of the fun on the Carnival Vista is outdoors. Given its name, it's certainly appropriate for the cruise ship to include outdoor sports with great vistas of the sea. 

One of the most popular features is SkyRide, which provides panoramic views from 150 feet above the sea. The Carnival Vista SkyRide is the cruise industry's first pedal-powered open-air aerial attraction. Guests pedal recumbent bikes around an 800-foot suspended track found 150 feet above the sea. While pedaling, they'll get some exercise and great panoramic vistas of the sea. The SkyRide is located in the Carnival Vista's expanded outdoor sports park called SportSquare. And, it's not nearly as difficult as it looks!

Those who have traveled on the Carnival Magic or the Carnival Breeze will recognize the SkyCourse at SportSquare, the Carnival Vista's outdoor activity park. The SkyCourse is a suspended ropes course near the SkyRide.

One new feature at SportSquare is a new indoor sports hangout called The Clubhouse at SportSquare. It features mini-bowling, ping-pong, arcade basketball, and sports video games.

The Carnival Vista has the largest WaterWorks water park in the Carnival fleet. The park includes lots of wet and wild fun, such as the new Kaleid-O-Slide, which is Carnival's first-ever water tube attraction. Riders use either one or two-person inflatable rafts to float on a 455-foot adventure of twists, turns, and kaleidoscopic visual effects.

Don't worry if the weather is bad. The Carnival Vista also has plenty of indoor activities and entertainment.

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Carnival Vista Indoor Activities and Entertainment - IMAX and More

Carnival Vista Multiplex
Carnival Cruises

Carnival is partnering with IMAX to bring its guests the first IMAX Theatre at sea in the new Multiplex. The IMAX screen is three decks high, and guests can watch action-filled Hollywood movies and IMAX classics and documentaries. Also found in the Multiplex is the Thrill Theater, which has been so popular on the Carnival Breeze.

Like Multiplex theaters ashore, this one on the Carnival Vista has a concession stand, The Warehouse, complete with popcorn and other movie snacks. However, popcorn isn't the only delicious food found on the Carnival Vista.

Guests who love the nightly shows line up to see the comedians in the Limelight Lounge and the musical productions in the Liquid Lounge, the main theater. The Liquid Lounge uses huge video screens as a part of the shows and the staging and set-up are quite impressive. This theater seems small and fills up fast. Guests line up about 30 minutes before the doors open (and an hour before the show starts) to get a good seat.  

Everyone loves to play games, and the Carnival Vista has many that are appealing to its guests. Hasbro, The Game Show, brings giant versions of Hasbro favorites onstage like Sorry!, Yahtzee, Simon, and Connect 4. Guests compete for fun and prizes. Clue: The Murder Mystery is another Hasbro game that has been incorporated into a puzzling activity on the Carnival Vista. Even senior citizens remember the characters like Professor Plum and Colonel Mustard, and the entire ship makes a fascinating backdrop for solving all the clues and determining who-done-it!

Other familiar onboard games also attract many Carnival Vista guests. How about a game of trivia to test your knowledge, a game of miniature golf to test your skills, or bingo to test your luck?

Carnival takes Karaoke to a new level with Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, an on-stage adaptation of the Spike television series. Participants lip sync through a series of competitions, with the finalists performing with props, lighting, music, and even backup dancers provided by the ship. All those who think they have talent have an opportunity to show their stuff!

The Carnival Vista has a huge Cloud 9 spa, with all the treatments and exercise options that adults will love. There are so many kid's activities onboard that many parents escape to the spa for a well-deserved massage or facial. Alternatively, they can work some extra calories off in the fitness center which has all the latest equipment and great views of the sea. 

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Dining and Drinking on the Carnival Vista

Horizons Restaurant on the Carnival Vista cruise ship
Linda Garrison

All new cruise ships have new dining venues and watering holes, and the Carnival Vista is no different. The new ship has Carnival's first Seafood Shack, a casual indoor/outdoor dining venue near the Lido Marketplace. As the name suggests, this a la carte eatery features a nice array of fish and shellfish items available for purchase such as lobster rolls, fried shrimp, crab cakes, and fried clams.

The Mongolian Wok at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen and the Pasta Bar at Cucina del Capitano are both located on deck 11 above the Lido Buffet. These two restaurants have a complimentary lunch and a fixed surcharge for dinner. 

The Carnival Vista has two large main dining rooms--the Horizons Restaurant and the Reflections Restaurant. Horizons primarily is for "anytime" dining and Reflections is used for fixed seatings--6 pm and 8:15 pm.

The RedFrog Pub has been wildly popular on Carnival ships, and the one on the Carnival Vista goes one step further--it has its own brewery. The Havana Bar serves drinks and bites during the day but transforms into a lively Latin dance club at night.

The Carnival Vista has an expanded outdoor area on deck 5 that allows guests to experience a larger selection of outdoor dining and drinking venues. The Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi restaurant, Library Bar, RedFrog Pub, Guy's Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, and Havana Bar all have indoor/outdoor seating. The Pig &Anchor is a new casual eatery and has a delicious selection of barbecue meats, sauces, and sides like mac & cheese and baked beans.

Past Carnival guests are happy to see that popular spots like Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, and the Alchemy Bar are all found on the Carnival Vista. The Atrium Bar is a popular spot before and after dinner, with live entertainment and lots of activity.

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Sleeping on the Carnival Vista

Havana Cabana Veranda on the Carnival Vista
Linda Garrison

Like most cruise ships, the Carnival Vista has four major types of staterooms: interior, oceanview, balcony, and suites. However, each of these four major categories has many different options for guests to book and enjoy.

All accommodations include plush mattresses and dreamy duvets, bed linens, and pillows. In addition, they all feature twin beds that can be combined into a queen-sized, individual air conditioning, an infotainment set on the television, and a cabin safe. Some cabins can accommodate four persons. 

Two new cabin types are very enticing. The first new cabin type is the Havana Cabana balcony cabin, which is perfect for adults. (Only those 12 and over can stay in these balcony cabins). These cabins are sometimes called Lanai cabins on other cruise ships. Havana Cabana cabins come with an outdoor patio on the Promenade deck that comes complete with your own deck chair, swing, and chaise lounge right outside your room. The cabins feature Cuba-inspired decor and exclusive daytime access to the Havana Pool area, which has a pool, bar, and two large hot tubs. Those not staying in the Havana Cabana area can use the Havana Pool area after 7 pm. It's often very quiet and underutilized since you have to walk through the Havana Club to access the Havana pool area. 

The second new type of cabin is the Family Harbor stateroom. Located within a dedicated family zone on Deck 2, the Family Harbor accommodations offer an array of deluxe ocean-view, balcony and interior cabins that accommodate up to five family members. Parents and kids have even more room to relax at the exclusive Family Harbor Lounge, a secluded space designed as the ultimate family hang out with large-screen TVs, games, and complimentary breakfast and snacks. A special family concierge desk is available in this lounge to assist families in making this their best vacation ever.

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Carnival Vista Pool Deck
Linda Garrison

Past Carnival cruisers will love the fun atmosphere and bright decor of the Carnival Vista. This cruise ship provides great fun and great destinations for all who sail on her. Travelers can find scheduled activities at all hours of the day (and night), but those in search of peace and quiet can always find a place to sit and look at the sea. ​

For example, Serenity, the adults-only outdoor area on deck 15 forward, has comfortable seating and hot tubs that are busy on sea days, but almost vacant when the ship is in port. The Havana Pool and hot tubs aft on deck 5 are for the exclusive use of those staying in the Havana Cabana staterooms during the day but is open to all after 7 pm. ​

The Carnival Horizon is in the same class as the Vista, so Carnival fans are in for a double treat when it launches in 2018!

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