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.

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 Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 3,936
  • Total Crew: 1,450
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.71
  • Built: May 2016
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 1,958
  • Cabin Categories: 53
  • Gross Tonnage: 133,500
  • Beam: 122

Carnival Vista Cabins

1958 cabins and 53 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.4
(155 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $93/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.5
(74 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $116/night
Balcony Balcony
3.5
(245 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $139/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.7
(26 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $222/night

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Carnival Vista Dining

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Chef''s Table Chef''s Table
5.0
(5 Reviews)
Reflections Restaurant Reflections Restaurant
4.9
(35 Reviews)
Shake Spot Shake Spot
4.9
(22 Reviews)
Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse
4.8
(46 Reviews)

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Carnival Vista Onboard Activities

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Bandstand Bandstand
5.0
(3 Reviews)
Sports Square Sports Square
5.0
(1 Review)
Lower Promenade Lower Promenade
5.0
(5 Reviews)
Carnival Multiplex Carnival Multiplex
5.0
(7 Reviews)

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1706 Carnival Vista Reviews

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It was ok by mykeishawatson

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We really enjoyed our vacation but we really did not enjoy Costa Maya. We paid for a taste of costa maya with open bar and beach break but there was no open bar and the only thing we saw was a lighthouse. I also had an issue because we were told by several people that they only paid between 50-300 for the cruise and we paid well over 2000. While we appreciate the onboard credit of 200 as well as the 50% off future cruise it would have been nice to pay less for this change

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Enjoyed it so much. All around magnificent cruise. by sheff

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It was great! Food good ice cream & burger bar the best. Loved our steward room serve crew Jomar was the best. The room was great. Loved Bingo

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NOT good by shannonstaton

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I was very let down with my onboard experience with the room steward and waitress staff. Not to mention that some things cheap cruises told us was not true like we were told the prepaid gratuity was included and then on our 5th day my parents account was hit with $700 of gratuity charges.

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778 Carnival Vista Tips

abgrenn
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.

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.

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.

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