Say Hello to the New Carnival Vista

by Carrie McLaren with 4 comments

This past weekend was an exciting time for cruise fans – the new Carnival Vista set sail from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and welcomed its first guests yesterday for a sailing throughout the Mediterranean.

The 3,954-passenger ship has some ‘new to cruising’ features including an onboard brewery with three beers brewed on the ship at the RedFrog Pub, the first IMAX theater at sea, a suspended cycling experience called SkyRide and the new Family Harbor area with special accommodations for families including a family concierge.

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I’m Going to Meet Carnival Vista in Europe

I’m thrilled to tell you that in just a few weeks, I’m headed to Europe to take part in a 10-day sailing on the Carnival Vista to experience all of the fantastic features of this new ship and explore ‘new to me’ places in Europe (insert ecstatic squealing here).

My husband and I are sailing on the May 14th voyage leaving from Barcelona and making our way to Marseilles in France, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Crete, Rhodes and Athens.

Carnival Vista Exterior Aft

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

We’ve got excursions booked to tour Marseilles, we’ll see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we’ll take an 11-hour guided tour of Rome – including the Vatican and I’m especially excited to see the Parthenon in Athens.  (Have any tips? Share in the comments below!)

While we’ve been to Europe quite a few times, this area of the world is completely new to us and we are looking forward to exploring and soaking in the sights.

Carnival Vista Atrium

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

What to Expect on the Carnival Vista

In addition to the exciting ports, I’m excited to explore the new additions to the Vista – including the expanded Havana Bar with great eats, music and drinks with a Cuban flair (including my favorite cheese danishes), catch a movie in the first IMAX Theater at sea, enjoy new casual dining experiences like the Seafood Shack and fingers crossed I can snag an exclusive dining reservation at the Chef’s Table for incredible eats.

Havana Plaza Carnival Vista Resized

image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

And while our girls are staying at home for this trip, (super shout out to my parents and my mother-in-law), I’m going to take great notes on the Camp Ocean and Dr. Seuss Bookville areas for my kiddos. And for research purposes (wink, wink), I’m going to climb aboard the SkyRide, the ropes course and check out the WaterWorks aqua park, including the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, the longest slide in the fleet.

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.

Carnival Vista Serenity Deck Aft

image courtesy of 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.

See you soon, Carnival Vista!


** I’m attending this trip as a guest of Carnival Cruise Line. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. ** 


  • Renee @ Getting Fit Fab

    That’s so awesome I am going on Carnival Vista leaving June 11! My fiancé and I are getting married June 4th and are going on this cruise as our honeymoon! I can’t wait to read about your trip!

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