A Look Inside: Carnival Vista’s Family Harbor

by Carrie McLaren with 2 comments

During our sailing on the Carnival Vista, we had the opportunity to tour the new Family Harbor accommodations and lounge. From the bright colors, design and amenities, the Carnival Vista Family Harbor was designed specifically for those traveling with kids — and it shows in a big way!

As Carnival’s newest ship, these accommodations are exclusive to the Vista and I think it is safe to say they are going to be a huge hit with families. Here’s my look at the Carnival Vista Family Harbor area

A Look Inside- Carnival Vista's Family Harbor - blog

Show Me Inside!

Located on Deck 2 mid- and aft-ship, the Family Harbor staterooms and suites allow families to choose from interior, porthole, balcony and suite staterooms.

I had the opportunity to visit a balcony stateroom and fell in love with the nautical decor, created especially for these rooms. Upon entering the room, you’ll notice the carpet, curtains and art are different than typical rooms — the colors instantly brought a smile to my face.

Family Harbor Stateroom for four - Carnival Vista

While the room layouts are the same as typical staterooms on the ship, the suites do have an additional seating area that turns into a bed. There’s even a curtain that you can swing closed for when little ones are napping or just need some quiet time. 

Each of the Family Harbor rooms are located within close proximity to the Family Harbor Lounge. (More on that in a minute.)

Family Harbor Suites - Carnival Vista

What’s Inside The Carnival Vista Family Harbor Lounge?

This common lounge area located just steps from the Family Harbor staterooms allows families to have more room to make memories. Grab breakfast in the lounge, instead of making your way to the Lido deck and enjoy snacks throughout the day – including ice cream!

There’s also plenty of Hasbro board games, movies, video game consoles and plenty of books to choose from for relaxing.

Open 24 hours a day, access to the lounge requires your Sign & Sail card – so no stowaways allowed!

Family Harbor Lounge - Carnival Vista

What are the Benefits of a Family Harbor Stateroom?

In addition to the spacious Family Harbor Lounge, families staying in these particular staterooms also receive a free night of Night Owls babysitting service (after 1o p.m.) at Camp Ocean and children eat free at most of the specialty dining restaurants onboard the ship.

There’s also a dedicated concierge in the lounge, ready to help with any questions and planning throughout your trip.

Family Harbor Lounge Couches - Carnival Vista

I can’t wait for the Carnival Vista to arrive in New York this November — I really think this is a great space for families to have an enhanced cruise experience.

From the added space of the lounge, (hello ice cream!), the colorful decor and the ability to make more memories as a family, I hope to experience it with my family. For a family that has cruised together often, the Family Harbor area would be special for my girls — and our entire family.

Carnival Vista Exterior Resized

Ready to Set Sail on the Carnival Vista? 

Carnival’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista is set to operate a series of Mediterranean voyages through October before repositioning to New York for a series of departures in November 2016.

Carnival Vista will launch year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean service from Miami in December 2016.

Be sure to check out the Carnival Cruise Line Facebook page and they’ve been posting some great pictures over on Twitter at @CarnivalCruise.

Would You Like to Stay in the Family Harbor Suites? 


** My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Vista Mediterranean sailing as guests of Carnival Cruise Line. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. ** 


  • Laurie

    Just wondering if you thought this was for families with teenagers. While we love younger children, we no longer want to be around the hustle and bustle of younger children. We are thinking the convenience of having snacks and breakfast near by without having to go all the way up would be great. However, part of that convenience is also assuming it would be less crowded. If there are lots of young children running free, it might not be as enjoyable for our group.

    • Oma Johnson

      Of course there are young children, that’s who it’s geared towards. If you want something for teens get a Havana suite.

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