Carnival Vista Diary: I Conquered SkyRide

Today, I conquered my fears and climbed aboard the Carnival Vista’s newest adventure – SkyRide.

Sitting high atop Deck 14, climb aboard a bike-like contraption and pedal your way around a 800-foot track and soak in the incredible views. It is definitely something everyone needs to try at least once during their sailing. Look down and you’ll see folks playing mini golf on SportsSquare and running along the jogging track and overlook folks relaxing at the Tides Pool.

Carnival Vista Diary - SkyRide - Blog

If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know that each ride is harnessed into their seat and each car has its own handbrakes. With speeds up to 18 miles per hour, ease on the breaks if you want to slow down and admire the views from above. With two cars, each on their own track, the course lets each person be on the ‘outside’ track during the ride.

PRO TIP: If you want to avoid a wait, check the Carnival Fun Times guide or the Carnival HUB app and get there when they open each day. Port days are usually lighter – we walked right up and hopped on with little wait while in port at Livorno/Pisa. And if there’s a slight wait, don’t leave – it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

Carnival Vista SkyRide Aft - credit Andy Newman

image courtesy of Andy Newman for Carnival Cruise Line

Fun Facts About the Carnival Vista SkyRide

Check out these fun things to know about SkyRide –

** SkyRide was invented by the same man that invented the Rollerblade brand. (He’s all about adventure!)

** An Olympic track star could run the SkyRide track in about 28 seconds – that’s four times as fast as the typical rider.

** SkyRide weighs about as much as eight African elephants.

** If the SkyRide was laid out straight, it would be nearly the length of one city block in Manhattan.

** You would have to cycle 14,520 laps on the track to cover the same distance as the Tour de France.

** For those curious, the SkyRide does have some restrictions – Weight limit is 300 pounds and you must be at least 48 inches tall. Close toed shoes are also required.

This fun, new attraction is a hit with all ages. From what I’ve been told, the oldest person (so far) to do the SkyRide is 87 years old. How cool is that? This is definitely something families can try out together.

carnival vista skyride

To learn even more about SkyRide, check out this great behind-the-scenes video of Carnival Vista’s SkyRide came to life.

Follow our Carnival Vista and European Adventures 

To follow along on our trip, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @CarrieOnTravel – I’m using the hashtags #CarrieAtSea and also #CarnivalVista during our trip. You’ll also find me on Twitter at @CarrieMcLaren.

For more information on the Carnival Vista and upcoming sailings, go to and check out the Carnival Cruise Line Facebook page and they are on Twitter at @CarnivalCruise.

image courtesy of Andy Newman for Carnival Cruise Line

image courtesy of Andy Newman for Carnival Cruise Line

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 Try SkyRide on the Carnival Vista? 



** Carnival Cruise Line is hosting my husband and I on this press trip. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. **

Hi there!

I'm Carrie McLaren,

based in Jacksonville, Fla. Family travel is my passion and I want to help you succeed in making fantastic memories with your family.




  1. Blake Borthwick

    Would like more info on vista. Thanks!!!

  2. Hannah Olson

    The new weight limit for the ride is 250 lbs

  3. Alice

    The weight limit is 250 pounds and the height required is 54 inches minimum, I just checked last week for my upcoming vacation.



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