A Water-tube ride, aerial bicycles and IMAX are new features coming with Carnival Vista
The largest ship in the fleet, Carnival Vista will measure 133,500 tons, 1,055 feet long and have a guest capacity of 3,936 (based on two per cabin).
Carnival Cruise Line just announced some new features coming with Carnival Vista, the line’s new flagship set to debut in spring 2016. Carnival promises an array of groundbreaking new features including: SkyRide, a breakthrough suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; an expanded water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first raft-riding water tube slide; Seafood Shack, a delectable New England-inspired eatery; RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first onboard brewery, and other enhanced dining, bar and entertainment options; as well as new scenic and family-friendly accommodation types.
SkyRide will be the cruise industry’s first pedal-powered open-air aerial attraction. Adventurous riders can climb aboard hanging recumbent-like bikes to cycle their way around the 800-foot suspended track with panoramic views from 150 feet above the sea. Nearby will be SkyCourse, an exhilarating suspended ropes course. Both are part of the expanded outdoor activity park that also includes a new indoor sports hangout, The Clubhouse at SportSquare¸ featuring mini-bowling, ping-pong, arcade basketball, sports video gaming and more.
In the largest WaterWorks water park in the fleet, kids of all ages will find Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first-ever water tube attraction where inflatable one or two-person rafts offer a 455-foot adventure of twists and turns with stunning kaleidoscopic visual effects.
Carnival Vista is partnering with entertainment innovator IMAX® to bring the first-ever IMAX® Theatre on a ship on a screen that’s three decks high. Guests can see the latest Hollywood blockbusters, IMAX classics and IMAX documentary content. Next door is the Thrill Theater, an additional multi-dimensional special effects experience. Combined they create Carnival Multiplex, a first at sea for film fans, complete with concession stand offering popcorn and movie snacks. Adjacent to the Carnival Multiplex is The Warehouse, with a variety of video and arcade games.
New Dining & Bar Options
A first on Carnival Vista will be the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, a casual indoor/outdoor dining venue near the Lido Marketplace eateries. This seafood-lovers’ menu full will include lobster rolls, steamed lobster, fried shrimp, crab cakes, fried clams and more (for purchase).
Celebrating Cuba’s gloried past, Havana Bar serves traditional cocktails and bites during the day and transforms into a sizzling Latin dance club at night. The fun extends outdoors with a new Havana Pool located aft and offering stunning views of the ocean, whirlpools and relaxation area, complete with colorful umbrellas, faux palm trees, thatched patio huts and comfy seating, perfect for soaking up the sun while enjoying a refreshing mojito.
There will be a RedFrog Pub, a Carnival favorite on many ships.
More Accommodation Options
A very interesting new twist are the new tropics-inspired Havana Cabana staterooms featuring accommodations with private outdoor patios – complete with lounge chairs and hammock – that face the expanded Lanai ocean-air outdoor promenade. They will offer magnificent sea views and easy access to the Havana Bar and Pool.
Located within a new dedicated family zone on Deck 2 will be the new Family Harbor accommodations with an array of deluxe ocean-view, balcony and interior staterooms that accommodate up to five family members. The area also has an exclusive Family Harbor Lounge, the secluded ultimate family hang out with large-screen TVs, games and complimentary breakfast and snacks. A special family concierge desk will be available here.
“Carnival Vista celebrates the connection to the oceans on which we sail and gives our guests amazing seascapes around every corner and more ways to enjoy every moment of sun and fun during their cruise vacation,” said Mark Tamis, Carnival’s senior vice president of guest operations. “From our exhilarating new high-altitude SkyRide to the Kaleid-O-Slide water tube slide to our IMAX anchored Carnival Multiplex to the multitude of dining and bar options, we are thrilled to share the details about our largest and most innovative ship with our guests while providing our valued travel agent partners with an exciting new option to offer to their clients.”
With an expanded Lanai on Deck 5 guests can stroll or enjoy a beverage at one of the many dining and bar venues that will now feature outdoor areas. The line’s signature steakhouse Fahrenheit 555 will offer its first-ever outdoor seating. The Japanese-style Bonsai Sushi restaurant will also offer sea views.
Other Fun Ship 2.0 favorites will include Guy’s Burger Joint, award-winning burgers and hand-cut fries created by chef and author Guy Fieri, and BlueIguana Cantina, featuring freshly made tacos and burritos. Poolside bars BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar will also provide innovative cocktail options, as will the mixologists at the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar.
The ship’s main dining rooms, Reflections and Horizons, offer full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner. Striking modern interiors were created by award-winning BigTime Design Studios for decidedly different décor than previous Carnival ships. The Horizons dining room will also feature a unique pre-dinner cocktail bar perfect for meeting friends or an after-meal aperitif.
The beautiful Vista Atrium will set a festive mood with its giant, multi-deck-high centerpiece that will delight guests with its LED screens and changing visuals to create the right atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to welcome guests boarding the ship, meet friends at the bar or enjoy live entertainment and dancing.
Relax and Recharge
For those looking to unwind and relax, Carnival Vista has a luxurious two-level Cloud 9 Spa with an array of chill-worthy amenities, including a thalassotherapy pool, four steam chambers, the line’s first infrared sauna and hamam, and special “experience showers” that provide a soothing fragrance element, along with a high-tech indoor cycling studio. Guests can get away from it all at the adults-only Serenity retreat, where there’s breathtaking views, tranquility and even more lounging options to relax including the line’s first outdoor massage huts.
Family Fun for All
As the family cruise leader, carrying more than 700,000 children on board each year, the company designed Carnival Vista with even more fun for families day and night.
· The indoor/outdoor Camp Ocean for children under age 12 is a dedicated undersea-themed play space with more than 200 fun and educational ocean-inspired activities.
· Carnival Vista will be the second ship in the fleet to feature Dr. Seuss Bookville, a special reading and play space inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Here kids and their families can read beloved Dr. Seuss books, make arts and crafts and stretch their imagination with toys and games. Also part of the line’s Seuss at Sea program, Carnival Vista guests can enjoy Green Eggs and Ham with The Cat in the Hat and Friends character breakfast, the Seuss-a-palooza Story Time and Parade and more.
· Carnival Vista will also introduce four new games at the family-centric HASBRO the Game Show, as well as special family-friendly comedy performances at Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.
Carnival’s Return to Europe
The new vessel will debut May 1, 2016, with a 13-day cruise departing from Trieste, Italy -- the first European voyage for Carnival in three years. A variety of spectacular Mediterranean itineraries will be offered with port calls throughout Italy, France, Spain, Croatia and Turkey, as well as several new destinations for Carnival such as Crete (Heraklion), and Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; and Gibraltar. On October 21, 2016, Carnival Vista will embark on a special 13-day transatlantic crossing and arrive in New York November 3, 2016, then operate a series of voyages from the Big Apple. Carnival Vista’s European cruises are currently available for reservations. Additional information on the New York departures will be available next month.