The “Future of Fun” showcased on Vista is the next chapter for the Carnival fleet—debuting new restaurants, bars, shows, parties, specialty suites and brand partnerships.
Carnival’s brand evolution doesn’t only involve a larger ship—though the 3,954-passenger ship is the biggest in the fleet. Nor does it just mean newer and better shipboard attractions and entertainment—although there are definitely plenty of those. It seems that this ship is designed for different definitions of fun: the South Beach sophisticate, the craft beer-loving hipster, the spa traveler, the families with small children. Each of these travel types and many more have their special places onboard—although there are many spaces where everyone convenes in the Carnival party spirit. And more of these public entertainment spaces are open-air than ever before.
New stateroom areas include Family Harbor, a family-designated zone on Deck 2, with cabins and suites grouped around a 24-hour Family Harbor Lounge. And adults have their own new stateroom category on the Promenade Deck: the Havana cabins don’t allow any guests under age 12, and come with access to the “members-only” Havana Pool.
The foodie-friendly options onboard Carnival Vista are firing up a whole new potential fan base. Starting with the “next level” RedFrog Pub & Brewery, which brews its own beer on the premises (operated in partnership with Concrete Beach Brewery). For the all-American diner experience, there’s Guy’s Burger Joint, and for New England-inspired dining, the Seafood Shack. Another newcomer is the BlueIguana Cantina—serving burritos and tacos.
Alternative restaurants on the ship include Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, family-style Italian Cucina del Capitano, and Bonsai Sushi. All carry a surcharge. Mom and Dad—book your date night while the tweens are occupied with make-your-own pizza night.
As the first-ever IMAX theater aboard any cruise ship, the 187-seat IMAX cinema is one of Carnival’s top callouts – but the 3D+ Thrill Theater might be an even bigger draw with young adults. Designed with moving seats and sensory special effects, Thrill Theater will screen horror movies to ages 17+ … featuring effects not experienced in ordinary movie theaters.
New production shows are: Caribbean-inspired, Miami-flavored Amor Cubano; classic rock tribute show America Rocks!; and Flick: The Power of Motion Pictures,
a magical, musical romp through favorite movie hits and the scenes they sound tracked.
Carnival staples like the Punchliner Comedy Show and Hasbro, the Game Show are also part of Vista programming.
A South Beach-styled party will bring new levels of sophistication to the poolside scene in the adults-only Serenity area. Other new parties include the Rock ‘n Glow ‘80s Deck Party. The ship also introduces the Clue murder mystery experience—new to Carnival, but somewhat nostalgic in pop culture.
New among the youth attractions: an expanded WaterWorks featuring a 455-foot raft slide with sensory effects, named Kaleid-O-Slide; and a Seuss-themed reading room to further complement the popular Seuss at Sea offerings.
The most innovative new attraction is the aerial SkyRide activity, which combines elements of a recumbent bicycle on an elevated track. Riders whiz around the track in open-air single-person carriages, reaching max speed of approximately 20 miles per hour.