Carnival Vista to Debut in Europe With New Family Accommodations

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Carnival Cruise Line has released details on its new ship, Carnival Vista, which will debut in 2016.

The new ship will offer SkyRide, a 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 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. 

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The ship will debut May 1, 2016, with a 13-day cruise departing from Trieste, Italy, marking the first European voyage for Carnival in three years. 

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 trans-Atlantic crossing and arrive in New York November 3, 2016, then operate a series of voyages from the Big Apple. 

The new Family Harbor Lounge will have a special concierge desk for families. 


Carnival Vista will offer two new accommodation classes. 

Tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas will have private outdoor patios with lounge chairs and hammock that face the xpanded Lanai ocean-air outdoor promenade and offer sea views and access to the Havana Bar and Pool

Located within a new dedicated family zone on Deck 2, the new Family Harbor accommodations offer an array of deluxe ocean-view, balcony and interior staterooms that accommodate up to five family members. The new, exclusive Family Harbor Lounge will be a secluded space designed for family hangouts, with large-screen TVs, games and complimentary breakfast and snacks. A special family concierge desk will be available here to assist families.

In other family amenities, 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 offer Dr. Seuss Bookville, a special reading and play space inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Also, as 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.

The ship's multiplex will have an IMAX Theatre. 

Outdoor Attractions and Entertainment

SkyRide will allow riders to climb aboard hanging recumbent bikes to cycle their way around the 800-foot suspended track with panoramic views from 150 feet above the sea. Nearby will be a suspended ropes course dubbed SkyCourse. Both are part of the expanded outdoor activity park that also includes a new indoor sports hangout, The Clubhouse atSportSquare¸ with mini-bowling, ping-pong, arcade basketball, sports video gaming and more.

The largest WaterWorks water park in the fleet will include Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first-ever water tube attraction. Riders will hop on inflatable one or two-person rafts for a 455 foot ride with kaleidoscopic visual effects. 

Carnival Vista's IMAX Theatre, the first of its kind on a ship, will show the latest Hollywood blockbusters, IMAX classics and IMAX documentary content on a screen that’s three decks high. Next door, the Thrill Theater will offer a multi-dimensional special effects experience. Both are part of the Carnival Multiplex, which will also include a concession stand offering popcorn and movie snacks. Adjacent to the Multiplex will be The Warehouse, which will have a variety of video and arcade games. 

The Seafood Shack will offer casual indoor / outdoor dining. 

New Dining and Bar Options

Featured on Carnival Vista and a first for the fleet will be the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, a casual indoor/outdoor dining venue near the Lido Marketplace eateries. Menu highlights will include obster rolls, steamed lobster, fried shrimp, crab cakes and fried clams.

At the RedFrog Pub, Carnival will have its first-ever brewery. During each sailing two giant copper-topped glass kettles will create tasty ales and lagers that can be enjoyed on tap from the bar and through unique tabletop taps that allow guests to pour their own beer. The full bar will also offer an array of Caribbean-inspired cocktails, beers and rums. Indoor/outdoor seating, live music and brewing tours and tastings will also be offered.

For the new ship, Carnival is also expanding the line's Havana experience. Havana Bar serves traditional cocktails and bites during the day and transforms into a Latin dance club at night. Outdoors, a new Havana Pool located aft will offer ocean views, whirlpools and a relaxation area, complete with colorful umbrellas, faux palm trees, thatched patio huts and comfy seating. 

The expanded Lanai on Deck 5 will allow guests to enjoy outdoor dining at new areas. The line will offer its first-ever outdoor seating options at specialty eateries including Fahrenheit 555, a classic American steakhouse, and Japanese-style Bonsai Sushi. Cherry on Top will have a new premium mixed-to-order custom ice cream creation bar, outdoor seating and more than 80 bulk candy options. The Library Bar will also offer guests indoor/outdoor options, in addition to RedFrog Pub and Havana Bar.

Carnival Vista will also include other Fun Ship 2.0 eateries, such as Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar and Alchemy Bar

The ship's Serenity adults-only retreat will have the line's first outdoor massage huts. 

Cloud 9 Spa

The spa will have 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. At the adults-only Serenity retreat, guests can relax in the line's first outdoor massage huts. 

Carnival Vista’s European cruises are currently available for reservations. Additional information on the New York departures will be available next month.