Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Carnival Vista
When is Carnival Vista slated to resume operations?
Carnival Vista resumed sailing from Galveston on July 3, 2021. Through the end of 2021 into 2022, the ship is sailing a variety of 7- and 8- night Western Caribbean itineraries. Depending on itinerary, port stops include Belize City, Georgetown, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Montego Bay.
According to Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Be Safe. Have Fun’ protocol, for all cruises through February 2022, 95% of guests will have had to have received their final COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to sailing, and will be required to present proof of vaccination at the time of check-in. There is an exemption process from Carnival to accommodate a small number of guests who are unable or ineligible to be vaccinated (which includes children under 12 and other exceptions as required by federal law).
Effective with sailings as of September 13, 2021, the CDC requires pre-cruise testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, to be taken within two days prior to the sailing date. If the sailing is on Saturday, the test may be taken on Thursday and Friday, and as late as Saturday, if you are guaranteed to receive your results in time for check-in.
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 & Onboard Protocols
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. Carnival Cruise Line will require passengers on all voyages, regardless of vaccination status, to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 2 days of their embarkation date. 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.
Effective August 7, Carnival has instituted an onboard mask policy that includes the following:
- The line strongly encourages all guests to wear face masks when indoors, particularly guests who are unvaccinated including children under the age of 12 who should wear masks in public areas, except when eating or drinking.
- All guests age 2 and older will be required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino, except when eating or drinking.
- Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the Lido Buffet area and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate.
- Masks are required during embarkation and debarkation in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.
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 ports which Carnival Vista will visit, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. Spend your day in port exploring, at the beach, on an adventure, or doing a city tour. Save money, and be guaranteed to return to the ship on time when you book with Shore Excursion Group.
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