Carnival Reveals Features For New Ship

Carnival Cruise Lines has revealed the details of the upcoming Carnival Vista, set to be the line’s most innovative Fun Ship yet. Members of the media previewed the ship in a grand event at the Ertegun Atrium in New York’s Lincoln Center, which saw the space revamped with mock-ups of her groundbreaking features designed to connect cruisers to the ocean with sweeping panoramas and activities.


More Accommodation Options

Carrying up to 3,936 guests on each voyage, Carnival Vista will offer a wide variety of staterooms and suites including 2 new accommodation classes. The tropics-inspired Havana Cabanas feature private outdoor patios (complete with lounge chairs and hammock) that face the expanded Lanai outdoor promenade, with easy access to the aft Havana Bar and Pool. Vacationing families can choose from the new Family Harbor accommodations that can sleep up to 5 guests, situated within a new dedicated family zone that will also incorporate an exclusive Family Harbor Lounge and dedicated concierge service.


New Dining Options and Reimagined Popular Favorites

Drinks and menu items from a number of venues were available to sample at the preview, including the New England-inspired Seafood Shack. Continuing Carnival’s specialty dining options onboard its latest ships, the casual dining venue features a menu including lobsters, shrimp, crab cakes, shellfish and more. The RedFrog Pub will brew up its own ales and lagers in 2 giant copper-topped glass kettles that can be enjoyed on tap from the bar and through unique, self-serve tabletop taps. Celebrating Cuba’s gloried past, the Havana Bar is a cocktail bar by-day and a sizzling Latin dance club at night, framed by the faux palm trees and thatched patio huts of the adjoining Havana Pool.


Popular Fun Ship 2.0 eateries and concepts, including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Fahrenheit 555, Bonsai Sushi and the Cherry on Top candy store will be found onboard Carnival Vista and offer outdoor areas on the expanded wraparound Lanai. Her Reflections and Horizons dining rooms will also offer a different decor from previous ships, reimagined by award-winning BigTime Design Studios.


Industry-First Entertainment and Recreation

A leader in onboard entertainment and recreation over the years, Carnival is introducing several firsts for the industry. Heading the lineup is SkyRide, a pedal-powered open-air aerial attraction that will have adventurous riders taking in the views from over 45 meters above the sea as they cycle their way around the 244-meter suspended tracks in hanging recumbent-like pods. At equally dizzying heights and part of the expanded outdoor activity park is the SkyCourse, an exhilarating suspended ropes course.


Carnival Vista will also host the fleet’s largest WaterWorks. At the heart of it will be the Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first water tube attractions. Inflatable 1- or 2-person rafts thunder down the 138-meter slide, twisting and turning while presenting stunning kaleidoscopic visual effects.


Indoors, the Carnival Multiplex (complete with its own concession stand offering popcorn and movie snacks) will debut the world’s first IMAX theatre on a cruise ship screening the latest Hollywood blockbusters, classics and documentary content on a 3-deck high screen, together with the Thrill Theater offering a multi-dimensional special effects cinematic experience.


The line’s Seuss at Sea program will be extended to the ship, which will be the second in the fleet to have the Dr. Seuss Bookville reading and play space. The family-centric HASBRO the Game Show will have 4 new games introduced and the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez features special family-friendly comedy performances.


Carnival Vista is scheduled to debut on 1 May 2016, signaling Carnival Cruise Lines’ return to Europe with a 13-day cruise from Trieste. She will spend her inaugural season cruising the Mediterranean, with port calls throughout Croatia, France, Italy, Spain and Turkey, before repositioning to New York in November 2016.


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