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Launching in 2016 with a passenger capacity of 3,936, Carnival Vista is the first true “mega-ship” within Carnival Cruise Line. The ship is perfect for families, couples, and singles looking for non-stop excitement and activities. Cruisers familiar with Carnival will notice the updates to Carnival’s earlier designs, as Vista feels more like a contemporary Caribbean resort than a glitzy Vegas hotel. It also boasts plenty of new features not seen on other Carnival ships, such as the LED lit, tornado-shaped sculpture in the atrium, dubbed the Dreamscape. Passengers looking to cruise on Carnival Vista can choose itineraries departing from Miami or Galveston, sailing to a variety of destinations across the Caribbean.

Carnival Vista Dining

“Vista” is Spanish for view, and this ship has a variety of excellent vantage points to take in the stunning sights, including dining and drinking venues like the Seafood Shack and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. One of the most unique food-related features is Fresh Creations, a salad bar that can be found only in the adults-only Serenity area. Main dining rooms Reflections and Horizons are largely traditional, and the lido deck buffet is spacious with plenty of seating. For an extra fee, guests can enjoy Carnival favorites like Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Italian restaurant Cucina del Capitano, and JiJi Asian Kitchen.

Carnival Vista Entertainment & Activities

The most buzzed-about new feature on Carnival Vista is the SkyRide, a unique “bicycle-in-the-sky” that gives passengers a gentle workout in exchange for incredible views. The ship has three pools and six hot tubs, including the Havana Pool & Bar area, which is available exclusively to guests staying in Havana cabins during the day, but opens to the public after dark. Those looking to escape the heat can cool off in the line’s largest-ever WaterWorks aqua park, or seek shelter in the multiplex, where you’ll find an IMAX and a Thrill Theater - a 4D theater with rumbling seats where viewers get sprayed (lightly!) with water.

Families have always been a priority for Carnival, and the children’s programs on Vista are no exception. Younger passengers can plan on spending plenty of time at Camp Ocean (for ages 2-11), Circle C (12-14) and Club O2 (15-17). Each offers a variety of supervised, age-based group activities, from scavenger hunts to dance parties. If parents need a little alone time, they can take advantage of the Night Owls program, where for a nominal fee, kids under 11 years old will cared for until 1 am.

For evening entertainment, you’ll find three different production shows in the Liquid Lounge: Amor Cubano, A Caribbean Dance Romance with a seven-piece latin band; America Rocks!, a high-energy show featuring a live band and songs by the likes of Springsteen and Aerosmith; and Flick: The Power of Motion Pictures. Live music can be found all over the ship as well, in venues such as The RedFrog Pub and Brewery, the first brewery at sea in North America.

Carnival Vista Staterooms

Carnival Vista features all of the standard cabin classes, but adds two new twists to change the game. First is the Family Harbor staterooms - available as interior, oceanview, balcony, or suite - which come with exclusive access to a lounge where families can enjoy complimentary snacks, play games, and even enlist the help of a concierge. The other new option is the luxurious Havana Suites, which feature rainfall showers, a fenced-in lanai, hammocks, and exclusive daytime access to the Havana pool area.

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Sails from:

Galveston, Texas , Miami, Florida

Cruises to:

Caribbean - Western , Caribbean - Southern , Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises on Carnival Vista

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4.1 out of 5

Amazing/Relaxing Cruise by PattiTa

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Overall we enjoyed our cruise. Service was excellent. Can't wait to start planning our next cruise.

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4.8 out of 5

Great ports on this cruise.. by jcbrown40547176

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This was a very nice cruise with great ports. The cruise ship and the cruise director were great. The shows and comedy were less than expected.

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3.9 out of 5

Very good trip overall but still disappointed with Carnival Vista by mthoma26

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We had an extremely good vacation and if it were not for the issue we had with Carnival it would have been even better. One major suggestion is to always double and triple, heck even quadruple check that any special request you need (bed rail as an example) be on your reservation be it with your agent and even calling the company directly as more than not it does not happen as it happened in our case. I called carnival directly to make sure a bed rail request was placed and it never happened hence putting my child's safety at risk of potentially falling off of the bed or couch. We had to come up with out own ingenious way to make sure he was safe as the answer by the staff was to place a table beside the couch (even more dangerous!!), then their second suggestion was to place my 3 yr old in a crib!! The way they handle my formal complaint was sub-par and unacceptable and they basically called us liars saying we never called Carnival to request it. The supervisor even went so far to say that in his 10 yrs with Carnival he has never heard of a bed rail!! All they saw was people trying to get money from them when that was never asked for at any time, we wanted the bed rail pure and simple, we never once asked for any sort of compensation!! So beware as the "customer is always right" does not exist for Carnival guest services or corporate head office for that matter!!

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5 out of 5

Amazing by jordym

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Wonderful, exited and the best experiences . For families are the best vacation ever.

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3.8 out of 5

Pretty Good Experience by weringo

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This ship is amazing and the staff was great. Customer service desk lines were too long and they somehow deleted my credit card on file was caused a purchase (IMax movie ticket) to be denied on board. I ended up having to go to the customer service desk and wait for over half an hour for the issue to be resolved. The exact same thing happened to my parents who were on board as well and they had to spend over an hour in line to get the problem resolved.

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Dec 20, 2017

On debarkation day, have breakfast on deck 5 in the Ocean Plaza. It is uncrowded and a quick breakfast gets you off the ship quickly.

Oct 04, 2016

Don't rush to dinner on the first night m- there will be a line. Go about 5-10 minutes late. Other nights were fine. Do not miss dining in the formal dining rooms at night as the food and service is top notch. We did self debarkation but had to wait for an elevator for about 20 minutes.

Dec 15, 2017

Be sure to make reservations for any specialty restaurants you want ahead of time, or as soon during the cruise as possible. They fill up quickly. Cherry on Top now has ice cream sandwiches with various types of cookies in addition to the sundaes - they're really good and large. If you want a seat to any of the adults-only comedy shows, arrive 30+ minutes early. Sign up for mixology classes/martini tastings at the Alchemy Bar on embarkation day. They aren't heavily advertised but they do fill up.

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