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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 4.3
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Carnival Vista cabins

1958 cabins and 53 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(180 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $86/night
Oceanview Cabin


(80 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $110/night
Balcony Cabin


(289 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $137/night
Suite Cabin


(31 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $234/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)

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Carnival Vista onboard activities

Sky Greens

Sky Greens

(2 Reviews)


(1 Review)


(7 Reviews)


(3 Reviews)

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2090 Carnival Vista Reviews

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Back to Cruising 2021 by Pheznt55

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista

It was so great to get back to cruising. Wasn’t sure what to expect with all the COVID protocol , but it wasn’t to far off from being normal. Carnival did a great job with cleaning and monitoring that passengers were adhering to the mask protocol. Thank you Carnival for yet another Great Cruise

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Wonderful Caribbean Cruise by linni7340

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Excellent I like everything ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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We had a lot of fun by HeavyDHockey

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

We had a wonderful time. Kyndal Fire is AMAZING that girl has more energy than anyone can imagine. She is sweet and very personable . Entertainment was good. Only issue was food not that good.

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1071 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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