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Carnival Vista overview

By - Updated Mar. 6, 2020

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.

Carnival Vista 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

Before you book

Why sail on Carnival Vista: Families, both with young kinds and multigenerational extended families, and couples looking for a variety of activities, dining options, and amenities.

You should know: 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.

Carnival Vista ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.5
  • Children's Programs 4.2
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 4.2
  • Food and Dining 4.2
  • Onboard Activities 4.2
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Carnival Vista cabins

1958 cabins and 53 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(178 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $92/night
Oceanview Cabin


(80 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $114/night
Balcony Cabin


(288 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $141/night
Suite Cabin


(31 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $232/night

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Carnival Vista dining

Shake Spot

Shake Spot

(25 Reviews)
Chef's Table

Chef's Table

(7 Reviews)
Reflections Restaurant

Reflections Restaurant

(43 Reviews)
Guy's Burger Joint

Guy's Burger Joint

(80 Reviews)

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Carnival Vista onboard activities



(3 Reviews)
Sports Square

Sports Square

(1 Review)
Sky Greens

Sky Greens

(1 Review)
Carnival Multiplex

Carnival Multiplex

(7 Reviews)

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2056 Carnival Vista Reviews

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Tight and crowded feeling but great service by tamieubank

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

The Vista and its artwork are beautiful in the public areas. I wish the stateroom bathrooms would be brought into this century though. They still use outdated colors and hard surfaces as well as a clingy shower curtain and no shave bar. The bed was hard and not in a comfy "firm" sort of way, but the steward was friendly and did a good job. Most of the staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food, service, and atmosphere in Cucina was outstanding. JiJi's atmosphere was cramped and the tables right on top of each other. The buffet is small and lacks variety.

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Carnival Cruise by bdmetzger

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

crew needs more training on ADA recommendations. Got more help from fellow passengers than crew

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Disappointing by cholmberg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

All in all did not enjoy my Carnival Cruise, we actually had a Hawaii cruise also scheduled with Carnival in April, immediately on return canceled and rescheduled with another cruise line.

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1047 Carnival Vista tips


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.


Jul 11, 2016

Don't leave the sky ride to the last day. The line was too long and we missed out on doing it. (It is only open a limited amount of time). Don't over pack.


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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