Are you planning a future family cruise? Check out this spectacular ship from Carnival Cruise Lines.
The highly anticipated 3,900-passenger Carnival Vista, the first in Carnival Cruise Lines’ Vista class, sails year-round from Miami, offering six-, seven, and eight-day Caribbean cruises.
The ship is loaded with fun and innovative experiences, including an aerial pedal-powered ride and cruising's first IMAX Theater at sea.
Click through for a slideshow for family-friendly hightlights on the Carnival Vista.
Flying Bikes and High Ropes
Climb aboard SkyRide, the cruise industry’s first pedal-powered open-air aerial attraction. Adventurous riders can climb aboard hanging recumbent-like bikes to cycle their way around the 800-foot suspended track with panoramic views from 150 feet above the sea. Nearby is SkyCourse, a high-ropes course.
Both are part of the expanded outdoor activity park that also includes a new indoor sports hangout, The Clubhouse at SportSquare¸ featuring mini-bowling, ping-pong, arcade basketball, sports video gaming and more.
Largest Water Park in Carnival's Fleet
In the largest WaterWorks water park in the fleet, kids and kids at heart can find a wide array of fun including Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first-ever water tube attraction. Riders hop on inflatable one or two-person rafts taking them on an 455-foot ride of twists and turns with kaleidoscopic visual effects.
Kids Programming with Dr. Seuss and Hasbro
Carnival Vista also ramped up the fun for kids on board. The indoor/outdoor Camp Ocean for children under age 12 is a dedicated undersea-themed play space with more than 200 fun and educational ocean-inspired activities.
Carnival Vista is the second ship in the fleet to feature Dr. Seuss Bookville, a special reading and play space inspired by Dr. Seuss. Here families can read beloved Dr. Seuss books, make arts and crafts and stretch their imagination with toys and games. Also part of the line’s Seuss at Sea program, Carnival Vista guests can enjoy Green Eggs and Ham with The Cat in the Hat and Friends character breakfast, the Seuss-a-palooza Story Time and Parade and more.
Carnival Vista also introduced four new games at the family-centric HASBRO the Game Show, as well as special family-friendly comedy performances at Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.
First IMAX Theater at Sea
Carnival introduced the first-ever IMAX Theater on a ship. Families can take in the latest Hollywood blockbusters, IMAX classics and IMAX documentary content on a screen that’s three decks high.
Next door at the Thrill Theater, moviegoers can enjoy a multi-dimensional special effects experience. Both are part of the Carnival Multiplex, complete with concession stand offering popcorn and movie snacks. The Warehouse, featuring a variety of video and arcade games, is located adjacent to the Carnival Multiplex.
More Family-Friendly Staterooms
Carnival Vista offers a wide variety of staterooms and suites including two new accommodation classes. Tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas feature accommodations with private outdoor patios–complete with lounge chairs and hammock–that face the expanded Lanai ocean-air outdoor promenade and offer magnificent sea views in addition to easy access to the Havana Bar and Pool.
Located within a new dedicated family zone on Deck 2, the new Family Harbor accommodations offer an array of deluxe ocean-view, balcony and interior staterooms that accommodate up to five family members. Parents and kids have even more room to relax at the new, 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 here.
Sushi to TexMex and Ice Cream, Too
Thanks to an expanded Lanai on Deck 5, many dining and bar venues feature outdoor seating. Families can dine al fresco at specialty eateries including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Japanese-style Bonsai Sushi restaurant, and Seafood Shack, a New England-inspired eatery.
Kids will definitely want to check out Cherry on Top, a mixed-to-order custom ice cream creation bar and candy shop with more than 80 bulk candy options.
Families will find favorite poolside eateries including Guy’s Burger Joint, award-winning burgers and hand-cut fries created by chef and author Guy Fieri, and BlueIguana Cantina, featuring freshly made tacos and burritos.
The ship’s main dining rooms, Reflections and Horizons, offer full-service breakfast, lunch or dinner. The striking modern interiors were created by award-winning designer BigTime Design Studios and offer decidedly different décor than previous Carnival ships.