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When is Carnival Vista slated to resume operations?
Carnival Vista will resume sailing from Galveston starting July 3, 2021. The ship will sail seven-night Caribbean itineraries stopping at Roatan (Honduras), Belize City (Belize), and Cozumel (Mexico).
For July and August sailings, Carnival Cruise Line will require 95 percent of guests to have had their final COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to sailing and will be required to present proof of vaccination at time of check-in. Vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks or maintain physical distancing. Carnival will be able to accommodate a "small number" of unvaccinated guests, but these guests must submit and be approved for an exemption by Carnival prior to sailing.
Cruising on Carnival Vista? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: One of the largest ships in the Carnival Fleet, Carnival Vista comes packed with more onboard fun than you’ll be able to experience in a single seven-night sailing. Carnival’s come-as-you-are approach to cruising focuses on laidback, no-frills fun, and Vista has more of it than any other Carnival ship. This extra-large sized-ship has the capacity (excluding COVID-19 restrictions) to accommodate 3,969 passengers and has 1,958 total cabins.
Activities + Entertainment: ‘Bored’ is not a term you frequently hear onboard Carnival Vista. The ship is filled with a number of amenities and entertainment venues for travelers of all ages. Highlights include the SkyRide suspended cycling attraction, an IMAX theatre, and a 4D Thrill Theatre. As on any Carnival Cruise, you will find a number of lido deck activities, as well as family-friendly games like lip sync competitions, and Hasbro, The Game Show where audience members can participate in board games that come to life onstage. Evening entertainment includes Playlist Productions shows in the main theater and performances at the Punchliner Comedy Club.
Dining: Any dish you are craving, Carnival Vista likely has a dining venue that serves it! Carnival Cruise Line is known for its array of casual dining options, and Vista is no exception. Included eateries are Guy’s Burger Joint, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, BlueIguana Cantina, Pizzeria del Capitano, Bonsai Sushi, Seafood Shack, Mongolian Wok, Java Blue, Cherry on Top, Shake Spot, as well as the Lido Marketplace and Horizon dining room. For an extra fee, cruisers can treat themselves to a more formal dinner at the Italian venue Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, and JiJi Asian Kitchen.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Carnival in the Caribbean, and prices seem to be changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $130 per person per night for entry-level accommodations on Carnival Vista. We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation:
Every guest cruising with Carnival will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings. The line will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or who are identified at-risk, for additional medical screening before allowing them to board.
Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) will be performed when necessary. Contact tracing is planned for every cruise. Protocols are constantly evolving and Carnival will be sharing additional measures with guests prior to sailings.
Tips from Our Community Members:
Carnival Vista is a very nice ship. The Havana rooms are worth the extra money. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Roatan. Didn't know much about it beforehand. Beautiful island! - punkyfair
Cruise was nice and enjoyable, and the staff was thoughtful and kind. They always make a point to remember your name and make you feel important which is remarkable since they all deal with so many people. - marybmabry
As a first time cruise, this was amazing! We loved the ship's amenities, food and service. - prani1234
With so much to see and do in the Caribbean ports that Carnival Vista stops in, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top rated excursions by port are:
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