Carnival Vista Overview

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: Ropes courses, dance classes, sports competitions, trivia, and beer pong are just a few ways to spend your days at sea. Vista also comes with all new features including the Sky Ride cycling attraction, an IMAX theater, and a 4D Thill Theater.

Entertainment highlights on Vista include stand-up comedy at the Punchliner Comedy Club, song-and-dance shows at the Liquid Lounge, and live music throughout the ship. Kids will be more than busy splashing around at the Waterworks Waterpark (which features two 200 foot long water slides), participating in age-appropriate activities and contests at the Camp Ocean kids clubs, and reading at the all new Dr. Seuss library. On Carnival, casual cuisine takes front and center stage, with Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, Mongolian Wok, and Pizzeria del Capitano being the most popular options. More formal and “upscale” options are also available, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, JiJi Asian Kitchen, and Bonsai Sushi.

While many of the venues are familiar, Vista does set itself apart from other ships in the Carnival fleet. The most noticeable difference is the increased outdoor seating space, with some restaurants offering additional tables outside so you can dine in the Caribbean sun. Like many other new ships, technology plays a big role onboard: Facial recognition software allows passengers to sort through digital photos, whether via iPads in the Pixels gallery, on the stateroom television, or even on smartphones via the line’s newly introduced HUB app. This app also helps guests find out what’s going on around the ship, view their onboard spending accounts, and chat with other passengers.

Launched in 2016, Vista’s initial home port was New York with sailings to the Mediterranean followed by a brief stint in Miami. The ship now sails from Galveston, Texas and offers cruises to the Caribbean. Current Carnival Vista itineraries include 6- to 8-night cruises to the western Caribbean as well as some 9-night Caribbean sailings.

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Best For

Families, both with young kinds and multigenerational extended families, and couples looking for a variety of activities, dining options, and amenities.

Things to Consider

Vista is probably not the best option for travelers seeking a quiet ship. While some areas are more tranquil, Vista is generally geared towards energetic family fun during the day and boisterous partying at night. With that said, the Havana suites cater to adults and provide a more peaceful experience with access to a private bar and pool, as well as extra-large outdoor spaces.

Ship Highlights

  • RedFrog Pub & Brewery
  • SkyRide suspended cycling attraction
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor - Bar-B-Que
  • IMAX Theater
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse
  • Alchemy Bar
  • Thrill Theater

Carnival Vista Cabins

1958 cabins and 53 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(145 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $95 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(69 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $116 per night
Balcony Balcony
(227 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $130 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
(26 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $220 per night

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Carnival Vista Dining

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Chef''s Table Chef''s Table
(4 Reviews)
Reflections Restaurant Reflections Restaurant
(28 Reviews)
Shake Spot Shake Spot
(21 Reviews)
JiJi Asian Kitchen JiJi Asian Kitchen
(20 Reviews)

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Carnival Vista Onboard Activities

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Bandstand Bandstand
(3 Reviews)
Carnival Multiplex Carnival Multiplex
(7 Reviews)
Sky Greens Sky Greens
(1 Review)
Lower Promenade Lower Promenade
(3 Reviews)

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1539 Carnival Vista Reviews

Great get away experience by Clifflemmons

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Great vacation just make sure you prepay the gratuities before embarkation. It’s a surprise to get hit with that additional charge on the second to last day.

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Terrible traveling to ship by MauricioV

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

We missed a day and a half at sea because of flight delays. The insurance will obviously cover you canceling but just about nothing else is covered. They don’t help when it comes to us having to spend more money because of weather delays. Flying in the day before is what we will look to do next time. Or get insurance through carnival

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Great Time on a New Ship by jay

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I will book this ship again and participate in more onboard activities

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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 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.

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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