The next generation of Carnival Cruise Line ships has taken to the seas after the world’s largest cruise brand took delivery of its newest ship, the 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista.
A traditional maritime ceremony has taken place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Trieste, Italy to transfer possession of the ship to Carnival, before the vessel sets sail on its maiden voyage on May 1 – a 13-day one-way voyage from Trieste to Barcelona which also calls in Dubrovnik, Athens, Rome and Marseille before arriving in the Spanish port city.
Perhaps the most striking innovation appearing on Carnival Vista is SkyRide – a suspended cycling experience where guests climb into pods built into a track and cycle around at a moderate pace. SkyRide forms part of ‘SportSquare’ with a clubhouse offering activities such as the “SkyGreens” mini-golf, mini-bowling and arcade-style basketball. A ropes course has also been built throughout the activity area.
Further features debuting for the line on Vista include the first IMAX Theatre at sea and a dedicated craft beer brewery for the RedFrog Pub brewing three different types of beer.
A newly designed waterpark on the top deck of the ship will be highlighted by a 138 metre long waterslide known as the “Kaleid-o-slide” which is the longest slide on any Carnival ship across the fleet. A further two waterslides also form part of the water attraction.
The ‘Family Harbor’ [sic] zone is designed for families and reflects a Cuban paradise. Special family-style staterooms are all positioned near a 24-hour Family Lounge featuring breakfast and snacks throughout the day to ensure families don’t need to travel far in order to keep their kids’ hunger pangs satisfied. Kids will also be able to access Hasbro board games, video games and family movies in this dedicated lounge. Families booking these staterooms can also enjoy one free night of babysitting per cruise to ensure parents have their own holiday.
Other facilities for younger travellers include the redesigned Camp Ocean Kids Club, and Creative Cove for slightly older children up to the age of 12.
Elsewhere, the Havana Staterooms are designed for couples and adults travelling together, each featuring a lounge-style hammock chair and rain shower. These rooms are located near the Havana Pool, which is a peaceful retreat during the day and a tropical bar and nightspot after the sun goes down. As the name suggests, this space has been designed as a Cuban resort, serving Caribbean-style drinks and snacks.
Adults seeking a serene space to relax can head to Serenity – the popular tranquil haven offering hammocks in the open air. Food is also nearby, with guests able to indulge in the Fresh Creations chopped salad station. Like other Serenity retreats, this area is located at the rear of the ship on the top deck.
Initially, Carnival Vista will remain in Europe for a series of cruises through until October before heading across the Atlantic to its new home in the USA. A pair of 11-day voyages from New York will precede the ship’s arrival in Miami where it will settle in for year-round cruising from the Florida port to the Caribbean.