The last few years have been a time of huge growth for cruising.
Many brands debuted new ships and industry firsts. Recent highlights include the unveiling of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, the largest ship at sea; Viking River Cruises expanding their footprint to include ocean-going vessels; and in Carnival’s case, building the Vista ship, which is equipped with an IMAX theater and functioning brewery.
The Vista is the first new ship from the company since the Carnival Breeze debuted in 2012, and is the first in Carnival's new Vista-class series, which will roll out with other new vessels in 2018 and 2019.
The Vista sets itself apart from other Carnival ships in a few key ways. One of the biggest enhancements is the additional outdoor seating space. Many restaurants like Bonsai Sushi and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse now offer tables outside, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy alfresco dining in the warm Caribbean sun.
In addition, there are a few new activities that appeal to both kids and adults alike, including the SkyRide, an elevated bike track that has guests pedaling themselves high about the deck, and the first IMAX Theater at sea, showing films throughout the day.
These new activities combined with spacious Havana Suites and all-new Family Harbor Staterooms are a testament to Carnival’s continued effort to offer a fun-filled cruising experience at an affordable cost. There truly is something for everyone. Active-types can spend their time zipping around the SportSquare or splash around at the waterpark on deck 12. But, those looking for a more quite space to kick back and sip a few cocktails can find multiple places to do just that.
Travel + Leisure was recently invited as a guest by Carnival to experience Vista. Here are some additional standout features the ship has to offer.