It’s been almost a week since Carnival Cruise Line launched its latest ship, Vista. We have been discussing its design, itineraries, and also what its final homeport will be. While we were taken back by the ships amazing features, we were not surprised about the reactions and what people’s early reviews are based on the information they have to hand.
Carnival Vista is said to be the future of fun for 2016, and from what we were treated to at the event last Thursday, we will not argue with that. Ok, so we know that seeing renders and fact sheets is one thing, and seeing it for real is another, but we have a good feeling about Vista.
Key features of interest include High-Powered Outdoor Fun, Big-Time Entertainment at the Multiplex, Fresh New Dining & Bar Options, More Accommodation Options, New Meaning to Dining Out, Relax and Recharge, Family Fun for all, and finally, Carnival’s Return to Europe.
The High-Powered Fun begins with the SkyRide, which is a pedal powered outdoor attraction that sits 150-feet about the sea, and so gives you great views of the open water. Carnival felt they needed to offer something like this in order to compete with Princess’s SkyWalk or Royal Caribbean’s North Star. There is also SkyCourse, which is an suspended ropes course that offers 100 per cent exhilaration.
It’s all about the entertainment, which is made all the more enjoyable with two cinema screens. Vista will be the first ship to have two screens showing the latest movies, and also the first to boast an IMAX Theatre, and so adds a more immersive experience to the movies you will be watching. Passengers will get to view the latest blockbuster movies, although there are also documentary content to enjoy for the older passengers. Also breaking up these two screens is The Warehouse, which people can take time to enjoy the many video and arcade games.
New Dining and Bar Options gives passengers far more choice than any other ship in the Carnival fleet, and so we highly doubt you will be left wondering if there is any more options available to you. If it is Seafood you like, then the Seafood Shack will be the ideal place for you, as it offers casual indoor and outdoor eating. However, if you much prefer traditional pub grub, then the RedFrog Pub will be right up your street. There you will be able to enjoy ales and lager from tabletop taps, as well as cocktails that have been inspired by the Caribbean. That is not all, as there is also the Havana Bar for more traditional cocktails and tasty bites to eat during the day. However, come the nighttime the place transforms and comes to life as a Latin dance club. There is also the Havana pool, so you can soak up all that sun, and there will be plenty of that in the Med during the summer months of 2016.
Carnival Vista accommodation options are even more than ever, all of which have been designed to the highest standard. The staterooms have been designed beautifully, and there are two new accommodation classes. However, what really stands out for us are the Havana Cabins, as they have private patio areas with a hammock and chairs, which also has direct access to the havana pool and bar. There is also the Family Harbour with its mix of deluxe ocean views, balcony and interior staterooms. You might wonder what makes these so special, well having space for up to five people is a first for Carnival, something we are sure will be copied by rival cruise companies – Disney, take note.
Emphasis on dining out is so much more apparent on Vista, and is part of Carnival’s new philosophy in connecting guests to the sea. There are many bars and eateries that features outdoor areas, and Fahrenheit 555 is just one example where guests can enjoy a lovely meal or drink while taking in the wonderful views – which there are plenty of in the Mediterranean. The Library bar also has indoor and outdoor options, as do the Havana Bar and the RedFro Pub and Brewery.
For those that go on a cruise to Relax and Recharge, then the Vista has your back. Cloud 9 Spa has a range of amenities to chill you out, such as four steam chambers, infrared sauna and hamam, as well as a thalassotherapy pool, and more. There is also Serenity, which is an adults-only retreat, offering wonderful views and lounges for you to lay down, relax and allow the stress to just ease away.
Fun for all the family, and with Carnival carrying more than 700,00 children on cruises each year, they know how to take the stress away from parents, grandparents and guardians. Vista has been designed to keep families occupied day and night, and with Camp Ocean for children aged 12 and under, there are more than enough activates to keep them happy. The Dr. Seuss Cookeville is another area that is aimed to keep your child occupied and learn at the same time. Kids can enter this wonderful world of Dr. Seuss to read books, make things and can even enjoy green eggs and ham, or character breakfasts – something we are sure your children will love. Other things to keep the kids busy are HASBRO the game Show and for adults, Punchliner Comedy Club, which just so happens to be presented by George Lopez.
The Carnival Vista itinerary sees the return to Europe for Carnival Cruise Line, although we are not too certain what happens once she sails to the U.S. in the Autumn. However, having the largest ship in the fleet represent the cruise line in Europe is a huge marketing exercise, one we presume will pay off rather well. We have already taken a look at the itineraries, and they are pretty good. Her maiden voyage will be on May 1st, 2016 and we have already seen cabins selling out. If you were thinking of going on the Vista next year, then we would advise you to book sooner rather than later.
We know there will be mixed reviews on this, as some people still believe this ship is built for the American’s, while others love the idea of a floating resort. However, early reviews believe that Carnival is onto a winner, although as long as they have finally got on top of issues from the past, and to make certain that maintenance and hygiene is up to standard.