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The Ultimate Guide to Carnival Vista®

On a cruise onboard Carnival Vista®, there’s no such thing as too good to be true. In fact, every moment spent on our seafaring marvel is another opportunity to discover fun and excitement, dining for every mood and taste, relaxation, or just about anything else your heart might desire.

While we understand those are some lofty claims, we promise this is one of those rare occasions where your expectations are met and then some. So give us a few minutes as we take you through our Ultimate Guide to Carnival Vista® and the countless experiences waiting for you. Because no matter your age or interests, on a family vacation or couple’s getaway, your cruise vacation is going to be the time of your life.

carnival vista sailing to a caribbean island

Outdoor Excitement and Ocean Breezes

Even if you start your Carnival Vista® cruise from Galveston as a land lover, it won’t take long to absolutely fall in love with the warm ocean breezes and endless blue horizons. These outdoor activities are just a sampling of what you’ll find during your cruise vacation to quicken your pulse, melt into relaxation, and create memories impossible to outlive.

Wet & Wild Fun While Sailing the Seven Seas

Who doesn’t love slipping and sliding their way down twisting tubes and slippery slides? At WaterWorks, Carnival’s onboard water park, we do you one better by combining the drenched thrills of some seriously fun rides with panoramic views from the top of our impressive ship. Bring some towels, though, because WaterWorks guarantees you a thorough soaking.

two brothers going down a water slide in of waterworks carnival vista

Challenge Your Skills Surrounded by Perfect Ocean Views

Now that you’re relaxed and ready for more outdoor thrills, our ropes course is a fun and heart-racing way to test your physical skills in an obstacle course you won’t soon forget. Balance yourself across ropes and platforms high above the ship while safely strapped in to really let that adventurous spirit soar. It might take a while for your adrenaline to wear off once you’re done with this literal high-wire act.

A Relaxing Oasis

As fun and exciting as a Carnival cruise is, sometimes a bit of quiet and deep relaxation is needed to recharge the batteries. The Serenity Adult-Only Retreatonboard Carnival Vista® is exactly that, an on-deck oasis with a nearby bar and all the R&R you need before heading off to the next round of excitement.

Take Flight at Sea

Speaking of panoramic views, a truly breathtaking experience awaits you at SkyRide®, a pedal-powered race along tracks soaring above the deck. This safe but endlessly exciting adventure pits you against a fellow cruiser as you race along a towering course, with the ocean as an unforgettable backdrop. Given the incredible views, no one will blame you if you forget about the race and slow down to soak in the scenery.

girl enjoying the ocean view on carnival vista’s skyride

Hit the Mini Links

For a slightly more sedate but equally fun outdoor experience, a quick round of Mini Golf might be a perfect choice. Enjoy everything about the miniature golf you grew up playing, only this time while cruising the seas. Fun for the entire family, put those putting skills to the test surrounded by all of the unforgettable sights and sounds of a memorable family cruise.

Indoor Entertainment and Excitement

One of the things that makes Carnival Vista® such a unique experience is its combination of outdoor thrills and indoor excitement. Put another way, as much fun as you’ll have on-deck, there’s an entire world of indoor activities that are sure to make your days and nights go by in the blink of an eye. Here are just a handful of those activities to whet your appetite and give you a glimpse of the amazing times you’ll have inside.

A Battle for the Ages Worthy of TV

You’ve seen it on TV, practiced while driving to work, but now it’s time to test your mettle on a stage for others to appreciate. With Lip Sync Battle, Carnival provides the music, props, costumes and dancers, but you provide the skills and moves to let that inner pop star run wild. Put on a show for the ages as you go against others cruisers in a bid to be crowned the lip sync champion of the ship.

Bring Some Vegas to Your Cruise

There aren’t too many settings as lively and vivid as a casino. Bells ring, machines whirr, and the entire environment feels alive with excitement. With slots, blackjack, poker, and different table games to test your skills and luck in Carnival’s Casino, you’ll suddenly feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Vegas strip. Don’t forget to join the Carnival Players Club® for special perks, offers, and exclusive invitations available only to members.

group of friends enjoying a game of roulette on carnival vista’s casino

A Silver Screen Like No Other

There are movies, and then there are IMAX movies, and your theater experience will never be the same after the latter. Watching a first-run Hollywood blockbuster in Carnival Vista’s® IMAX theater is immersive and exciting, with images so big and sounds so crisp you’ll feel like you’re actually in the movie. A bucket of popcorn doesn’t stand a chance as action stars and big screen romance sweep you off of your feet and put you in the middle of a true cinematic experience.

Pamper Yourself

As the name suggests, a visit to the Cloud 9 Spa is an opportunity to envelop yourself in absolute peace and relaxation. Prepare to be pampered by our specialists with a massage, facial, body wraps, or in our thermal suites to loosen those muscles and feel any remnants of tension just melt away.

A Microbrewery and Pub, Carnival Style

Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just in search of a loose and inviting atmosphere, the RedFrog Pub & Brewery is an onboard gem offering good company and better conversation as you sample the perfected craft of artisanal brewmasters. Kick back and have a pint of some of the finest IPAs and ales you’ll ever run across along with live music, pub games, food, and fun to spare.

friends enjoying a drink on carnival vista’s redfrog pub

Smooth Tunes and Good Times

Rat Packers, jazz enthusiasts, mellow tunes, and a relaxed and fun vibe all swirl around the Piano Bar onboard Carnival Vista®. It’s a spot open until the wee hours of the night for those looking for a live pianist taking requests, sing-alongs to classics, and tasty cocktails to set the mood. We have yet to find anyone in the Piano Bar not snapping their fingers, tapping their feet, or sitting around the piano without a content smile on their face.

Magical Concoctions Await You

The bartenders at the Alchemy Bar are artists and scientists, twisting ingredients into new and surprising combinations that intrigue both your taste buds and imagination. You’ll be reintroduced to familiar cocktails — even non-alcoholic if that’s your preference– in an entirely different light as well as new and novel concoctions. Enjoy the relaxed environment and chart tasty new territory with our wizardly bartenders leading the way.

A Taste of Old Cuba

An authentic and captivating mix of old Cuban charm, coffee, and cocktails saturate every corner of the Havana Bar. Accept this invitation to transport yourself back to the often romanticized but rarely duplicated Cuba of yesteryear, where the rum is fantastic, the music and dancing are hypnotic, and the atmosphere is electric with rhythm and flair. The Havana Bar is a unique place onboard Carnival Vista® and enchanting for all that wander through its inviting doors.

Delicious Dining for All Tastes and Occasions

From refined and modern cuisine to bold twists on classic comfort food, the cruise dining options on Carnival Vista® are indeed something to behold. Don’t believe us? Well, just take a look at a handful of what’s available to you, but don’t say we didn’t give you and your taste buds fair warning.

whole smoker meal from guys pig and anchor on carnival vista

Authentic BBQ With Personality

Barbeque done right sings on your palate with a dizzying blend of texture, taste, and aroma that makes your mouth water in anticipation for the next bite. Luckily for you, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse marries the fertile imagination and robust cooking chops of the famous TV food host to create a barbecue lover’s paradise. From succulent ribs and sausage to chicken and a variety of delectable sides, there’s no chance of you leaving Guy’s hungry or not wanting more as soon as possible.

Iconic Dishes in a Traditional Italian Trattoria

There’s something to be said for nostalgia and comfort, feeling a connection with a place even when it’s new to you. This is precisely the sense you’ll have when walking into Cucina del Capitano®, a traditional Italian trattoria with everything from exquisitely prepared classic Italian dishes to the famous and familiar red and white checkered tablecloths. Served famiglia-style in a relaxed ambiance, Cucina del Capitano® is an ideal place for quality family time over a fantastic meal.

A Modern Take on Classic Chinese

At JiJi Asian Kitchen®, everything old is definitely new again as classic dishes and a traditional northern-country style are reinterpreted through a modern lens. The result is a menu and setting that are just as intriguing as they are satisfying, a delight for both your tummy and imagination. We must warn you, however, that the word is definitely out on JiJi Asian Kitchen® – so make reservations ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible culinary experience.

Diner Burgers at Their Finest

Another memorable dining experience from the TV food host’s creative mind and expert skills at the grill, Guy’s Burger Joint kicks it up a notch with mouthwatering burgers in a Route 66 style setting. There’s nothing fancy about the burgers, hand-cut fries, or toppings bar, just delicious food in a laid-back atmosphere that’s sure to be one of your favorite places after a busy day of fun and thrills onboard.

two delicious burgers and fries from guys burger joint

Mexican Classics Your Way

What do you get when you cross amazing burritos and tacos made to your liking with a relaxed and casual vibe? Well, you get BlueIguana Cantina, and it’s every bit as delicious as you would imagine. With homemade tortillas and salsa, dishes made to order, and views overlooking the deck and endless ocean, everyone in the family will love BlueIguana, especially when you need something quick and delicious to eat before your next exciting adventure.

A cruise vacation onboard Carnival Vista® is an experience that stays with you long after you’re back home and knee-deep in your daily routine. With thrills and entertainment, relaxation and almost too many dining options to choose from, Carnival Vista® is a feast for the senses that no one in your family will forget. In other words, there’s no time like the present to start looking forward to the amazing days and nights you’ll spend onboard, so book your dream cruise vacation today and start counting those minutes. We promise you won’t be sorry.

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.