Carnival Vista: a new generation “fun ship”

Carnival Vista is one of Carnival Cruise Line’s new generation ships, the first in the Vista class for the American company, that has been sailing since 2016.

The ship weighs 133,500 tons and has a length of 321 meters, 15 decks, and can accommodate almost 4000 passengers (3934 to be exact). At the time in launched, the Carnival Vista was the biggest and most innovative unit in the fleet. Today, the fleet also features two twin ships, the Carnival Horizon and the Carnival Panorama, as well as the revolutionary Mardi Gras.

The look of the Carnival Vista is very eye catching thanks to its colors, the familiarity of the spaces and the cheerfulness transmitted by the on-board areas. Right away you feel that you are truly in a place where fun (Fun with a capital F) is the main premise and where everything revolves around informality and the desire to experience attractions and games of all kinds. Out of all the attractions, the most striking is undoubtedly the SkyRide, a sort of suspended cycle path that circles the ship, where pedaling suspended over the void gives the incredible sensation of floating between sky and sea.

Also located outside is the spectacular Waterworks Park, a water park suitable for both the young and the old, and the largest in the fleet. Fountains, water games, swimming pools, slides and the fantastic Kaleid-O-Slide (a 137-meter slide with kaleidoscopic effects) make this park a real entertainment area in the central area of the ship. Outside activities don’t end here. SkyCours is a path suspended on a rope that reaches 53 meters in height. The Sportsquare also offers various possibilities to practice many kinds of sports: from jogging to mini golf, from basketball to volleyball etc.

Now moving to the ship interiors, one of the liveliest areas is certainly the Havana Bar & Pool, a sort of exclusive tropical resort set within the context of a cruise ship. Also impressive is the IMAX Theater, a three-dimensional cinema screen that reaches the height of three decks and, combined with a surround sound system, offers truly one-of-a-kind experiences on the sea.

One unique aspect of the catering on the Carnival Vista is that most of the restaurants open out onto an outside deck. This is a feature that we have seen in part developed on the Costa Diadema and especially on the AidaPrima, the architects of the latter in fact also designed part of the Carnival Vista.

The two traditional restaurants onboard are Reflections and Horizon, the first is organized in a fixed time slot and the other instead has open seating where you can dine at any time. There are also many specialty restaurants. A must-try for sushi lovers is the Bonsai Sushi Restaurant, excellent meat is served at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse in an elegant and nicely maintained environment. Lobsters, seafood and prawns are the main feature of the Seafood Shack, another specialty restaurant. Be sure not to miss out on the experience offered by the BBQ on the Promenade deck and by the Blueiguana Cantina.

Among the free restaurants there is the Buffet Lido Market with different corners of various specialties. Around the swimming pool there are stations for Tacos and Hamburgers with truly delicious fries. La Cucina del Capitano and the Jiji Asian are two more included restaurants where you can taste traditional Italian and Asian dishes respectively.

There are also numerous bars and lounges where you can enjoy cocktails or wine and spend time with friends, always in a hip, informal atmosphere with furnishings inspired by the tropics. For example, soak up the Caribbean ambiance at the Red Frog Rum Bar where you can enjoy traditional cocktails and Thirsty Frog Red beer made by Carnival exclusively on board.

There is ample space also dedicated to fitness: the Cloud 9 Spa is the ship’s wellness center that overlooks the sea with huge windows. It has spa suites, treatment rooms, a large whirlpool tub and sensory showers. There is the innovative Hammam Chamber and an infrared sauna. At the stern there is an area reserved for adults only, where you can rest in the traditional cabanas or immerse yourself in the outdoor whirlpool hot tubs. The Fitness Center is also large and bright. A very large area is dedicated to spinning and other aerobic activities.

Children are well taken care of on a ship like the Carnival Vista, which is designed to accommodate families and caters to even the smallest cruise passengers. Over 200 different activities are done at Camp Ocean to keep children entertained in a large area that includes both indoor and outdoor environments. The Book Ville & Dr. Seuss is a space reserved for readings and other interactive activities related to the characters from Dr. Seuss books.

Onboard accommodations include a wide range of stateroom categories. Two of the most innovative are the Family Harbors, which are the ideal solution for families, with the possibility to accommodate up to 5 people. The Havana Cabanas, on the other hand, are inspired by the tropics and have a private veranda with a patio where you can relax in a hammock or a sun lounger. These cabins come with access to the private Havana Bar & Pool reserved area.

Carnival Vista takes the Carnival Cruise Line “fun” concept to a whole new level of cutting-edge comfort, offering a modern and convenient ship that maintains the wonderful, pure style of

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Gabriele Bassi