As more and more cruise ships roll out of shipyards every month, fans of Carnival have been wondering when the popular cruise line is going to debut its latest and greatest. The answer is sometime in 2016, and the name of their newest vessel is going to be Vista. This ship is going to be massive, and it’s going to feature amenities that aren’t just new to Carnival, but are also new to cruise ships in general.
Carnival is putting an estimated $800 million into this new ship, which is being built in Italy by Fincantieri. While she won’t be the largest cruise ship ever built, she’ll be up there. And, when she debuts she’ll be largest in Carnival’s line by a margin. Of course, size isn’t what counts to the cruising vacationer; it’s what’s on board. Vista, simply put, has the big-time amenities – like an IMAX theater, for example – to live up to it’s massive size and people’s massive expectations.
So, come take a look at the Carnival Vista, and learn the 23 things you absolutely need to know about it. After seeing artist’s depictions of what the ship is going to look like, you’ll probably wish there was a way to instantly turn these 3D renderings into a reality!
1. Miami, Florida
Currently under construction, the Carnival Vista is set to make its debut in the spring of 2016 and will call Miami its homeport.
2. Plenty of Room
The Vista will be capable of taking on up to 4,980 passengers on its voyages, making it one of the largest cruise ships in the world.
3. Mini Golf Fun and More
There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, including a massive entertainment area that features a mini golf course.
One of the coolest features up on deck will be SkyRide, which will allow passengers to pedal themselves through the air.
5. A Beach on a Boat
Of the Vista’s several pools, one will be The Beach Resort Pool, which lives ups to its name.
6. The Tides Pool
The Beach Resort Pool isn’t the only place for swimming on deck. There’s also the Tides Pool located nearby.
7. Slip Sliding
Carnival is finally getting into thewater slide game with Vista, which will feature one that’s 455-feet long.
8. Adults Only
Sometimes you need time away from the little ones, and you’ll be able to do this in the Serenity area up on deck.
9. Even Better for Families
One of the other new features aboard the Vista will be the Family Harbor, a family-friendly zone with nautically-themed cabins.
10. Family Harbor Lounge
Those families who are staying in the Family Harbor area will have access to their own private lounge.
11. One Fish, Two Fish
Kids are sure to enjoy the play area that’s themed after the imaginative worlds and characters of Dr. Seuss.
12. The Cherry on Top of the Cherry on Top
While the Cherry on Top candy store will be familiar to previous passengers of Carnival’s ships, the ice cream store attached to it will not be.
13. Take a Trip to Flavor Town
Carnival is going to be bringing back Guy’s Burger Joint for the Vista, which is the brainchild of the frosty-tipped purveyor of all things Donkey Sauce, Guy Fieri.
14. Brewed At Sea
RedFrog Pub won’t just be your average cruise bar. Instead, it will be one that brews its own beer.
15. Exposed Brewing Area
Guests dining and drinking in RedFrog Pub will be able to watch the brew-masters at work.
16. Two Main Dining Rooms
The Vista will feature two main dining rooms, which one of them, The Horizons Restaurant, featuring attractive art-deco style décor.
17. A True Gathering Place
The focal point in the ship’s atrium will be a full-service bar, where passengers can plan to meet up or drink that night away while people watching.
18. Wait, That’s Not a Chandelier
In a truly 21st-century touch, the Vista will be eschewing the traditional atrium chandelier, and will instead have this massive LED display.
19. Speaking of Screens…
Movie buffs are going to appreciate the fact that the Vista will feature an IMAX theater – a first for any cruise ship on the seven seas.
20. Luxurious Accommodations
The Vista will feature what are called Havana Cabins, which among other things feature relaxing hammocks on their patios.
21. Havana Plaza
Those Havana Cabins will be located right next to Havana Plaza, which will have its own pool and a Cuban-themed bar.
22. Right to the Back
The pool in Havana Plaza is located at the rear of the ship and allows guests to swim right up to the edge.
23. Touring the Mediterranean
Before the Vista makes it to Miami for its regular itineraries, it will cruise the Mediterranean, which Carnival hasn’t done in quite some time.