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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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Galveston, Texas

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Caribbean - Western , Caribbean

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4.1 out of 5

Very good by smartsock1

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Very good, but I missed a good library with oceanview.

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4.2 out of 5

great times by blondi6501

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Nice to get away. Carnival makes your time on board pleasant and eventful.

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4.9 out of 5

Fantastic New Year's Cruise by TLYONS

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We had a wonderful time. I would suggest putting your luggage out the night before even if you live locally to save the hassle of disembarkation.

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5 out of 5

Great family experience by nashbrodsky

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Wonderful time. Really enjoyed gong on this cruise with my family.

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4.1 out of 5

Excellent experience for first cruise. by ThurmanJones

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The cruise was very enjoyable for all of us - this was out first.

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phylsalerno
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.

AuntPinkie
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.

radlejim
Oct 14, 2016

Drinks are expensive. If possible, leave a few breaks from excursions in your plans. Our first 4 days were long excursions and by the 5th day, we really needed a sit on your rear end type break.

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