Finally, the Carnival Vista is here in Galveston! For a long time we had some of the older Carnival ships… well, not anymore! The Carnival Vista is one of their newer, larger ships with amazing amenities, and we are so excited! Keep reading to find out what amenities this super fun ship has, plus read a review from Debbie, one of our Fox Travel agents who just sailed on the Carnival Vista.
The Carnival Vista launched in June 2015 and has a capacity 3934 people. Carnival ships are known for being fun! Having a ton to do on board and off board, the Vista is no exception. The Vista is Cruise Critics best new ship for 2016! With 6 – 9 day itineraries you can visit many different ports of call in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Carnival Vista is for Everyone!
When on the Carnival Vista spend time together with your family and friends with a little something for everyone! Ride on the SkyRide, where you ride high above the deck and sea around a suspended track. Splash your way into fun with Water Works water slides and pools. Enjoy a game or two on the Sports Square and Mini Golf Course. Or test your agility on the Sky Course rope course. End the day at a Dine In Movie where you can lounge by the pool, grab a snack, and snuggle under the stars. Want to see a movie anytime? Check out the IMAX theater!
That’s right! Even on board a Carnival cruise you will still get to spend some time sans kids at the Vista’s many adult only areas. The Serenity Adult Only Retreat is for adults 21 and over with private lounges, hammocks, bar, whirlpools and wait staff.
You can also stay at the Havana rooms which have a minimum age limit of 12, which more adults end up booking than those with families. It’s a great place to stay if you just want to get away from it all, with no flight, and have some quiet adult only time.
For the Kids!
On top of all the amazing things for families to do above there are a ton of great things for the kids to do as well. Don’t forget to check out Seuss at Sea where you can participate in Dr Seuss story time, the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, a parade and more! Camp Ocean is a great place to drop your kids off for both you to have some fun and your kids. Club Ocean is for ages 2 – 11 with age specific rooms and activities. Club O2 is a place just for teens to hang out and make some new friends. Circle C is a great place that is for those that are too old for the kids club, but not old enough for the teen space, it is for those 12 – 14 and it is a space just for them! Go to the Build a Bear workshop and
get your kid a cute new stuffed animal for their Night Owls program, where you can drop them off and take advantage of a show, one of the adult only bars or restaurants, and just have a night to yourself!
Do you and your family like the TV show Lip Sync Battle? Join the fun in watching guests do their very own lip sync performances! Singing not your thing? How about the Hasbro, The Game Show where you and your family can participate in Hasbro games together in a competition. Join CLUE: Murder Mystery and see if you can crack the case of who done it. Need some comedy? Check out the Punchliner Comedy Club, or see many of their stage show performances. There is so much to do on this ship for everyone to enjoy!
From steak houses to Mexican, Guy Fieri’s Burger or BBQ Joint to Italian or Asian this ship has something for everyone on board. Not to mention the amazing buffets, and traditional dining room for you to enjoy. If you have a craving for something, the Carnival Vista will have it for you.
Having not been on a Carnival ship for 17 years I wanted to see and experience the newer ships. The Carnival Vista was my destination. I knew there would be lots of new experience to do and see while spending 8 nights on the ship.
First I did notice the newer options of boarding the ship and the options of times so you do not have to wait if you do not want to.
Once they let people on the ship it starts moving pretty fast, but remember if you get on early your cabin will not be ready till 1:30 pm. Lots of places to eat and sit around or walk and see what is available to do.
There are so many smaller places to eat on the ship not just the Lido deck anymore. Asia, Italian, Pizza and Seafood and Guy’s hamburger place which was great. Some have surcharges and some do not, always find out before you go. Hand made Pizza everyday is great and no charge. The sandwich line was always full all day. Something to think about. The Blue Iguana had a line for breakfast and lunch, people trying to get there Tex-Mex fix while on board.
One of the special places I did not get to eat was the Dr Seuss Green eggs and ham breakfast with the characters, really popular and only done 1st during the cruise.
One of the special places on the ship is the Havana Area, which is an adult only place that has there own pool and bar, and entertainment. So you do not have to be with the masses. They have cabins set up and decorated like you are in Cuba. They are the only outside lanai’s on the ship where you can spend time outside your cabin and it be covered and quiet. Nice and quiet place with a whole ship of people.
My favorite place is always the spa area, the Vista has a great adult only area with lots of chairs to lounge around, no music so you can read a quiet book and enjoy. They have made this larger and now have a bar up there and a salad bar option so you do not have to leave the area.
Lots of people liked the Beer Brewing on the ship, they really explained it to them and you can see it everyday.
If you are thinking of taking a Carnival Vista cruise out of Galveston contact on of your favorite Fox Travel cruise counselors at 281-363-0808 or message us below.
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