Carnival Vista

4.1 out of 5


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.

Sails from: Galveston, Texas, Miami, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Southern, Caribbean - Eastern

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4.3 out of 5

Very relaxing along with entertaining trip! Enjoyable vacation! by dmollineau

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We had a wonderful time Cruising with the exception of lots of movement and banging at night. Overall I was able to enjoy my vacation being amongst good people and excellent staff to make my vacation very memorable! Carnival will see me again and again! I wouldn't sail with any other ship! Thanks!

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3.4 out of 5

A bit disappointed by pinzonstephanie

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No photos on cruise bc photographer wanted us to pay $249 for the 1st 2 and then $199 for 3-5, etc. Prices for photographs were unreasonable. Wait time on restaurant was inefficient bc of non working pagers and unorganization, not safe for toddlers, and no activities for toddlers either.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 3936

  • Total Crew: 1450

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.71

  • Built: May 2016

  • Number of Decks: 14

  • Total Cabins: 1958

  • Cabin Categories: 53

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phylsalerno says ...
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.

CruiselineSarah says ...
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.

Cruiser53312855 says ...
Dec 19, 2016

Be prepared that it is a very large ship. There are small bars that people don't seem to use like the Havana Bar. It has comfortable seating ,great bartenders,and a good place if you want a quiet drink. Later it has good music too.

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