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 , Miami, Florida

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Caribbean - Western , Caribbean - Southern , Caribbean - Eastern

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An Awesome Time on the Vista by eml30

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Entertainers were the best ever, food was very good when you eat in the extra cost restaurants but overall food was OK, be prepared for long lines especially for burgers-but they move quickly-best bar is the Alchemy bar-be sure to say hi to Vanndja and Brian-room stewards are great and rooms are spotless, a very smooth cruise-leave your sea sickness pills at home. Disembarkment was confusing and time consuming, again be prepared as they call the lower decks first, going through customs was a breeze.

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Wonderful Caribbean Cruise by roodaddy99

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Trip was great overall. Loved being on the ship and I really enjoyed visiting Cayman Islands and Cozumel. Jamaica was a terrible experience. I am definitely going to cruise again but will not do anymore tours or excursions in Jamaica.

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Beautiful cruise by VanceandSherry

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Beautiful cruise, amazing staff. The excursions were so fun

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Fun Cruise by Platinumcruise8

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We had a lot of fun! I took a stack of magazines to read and didn't even crack one open. Of course I could have, but I can read at home!

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Loved three of the four ports, fun vacation by belle13

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We had a great time. The food leaves a lot to be desired compared to Royal Caribbean. The smoke cause by the casino is not good, and bathrooms are small. Overall we had a great vacation

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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.

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 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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