Carnival’s newest ship will be the biggest and most innovative ever in its fleet. Vista, which launches in May next year, will boast the world’s first IMAX cinema at sea, a high-altitude cycling track and the first on-board brewery.
At 133,500 tonnes and 1,055ft in length, Vista will be Carnival’s answer to Royal Caribbean’s latest ships like the Quantum of the Seas, which is just a little bigger.
She will be launched on May 1, 2016 with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Trieste, Italy to Barcelona sailing with 4,000 passengers on board.
It is the first time the line will be back to Europe in three years.
The line is hailing her to be the most innovative ship ever – a tall order, considering Royal Caribbean makes the same claim.
That said, the Vista has some fresh ideas and cool new offerings.
The IMAX cinema, which features a screen that is three decks high will feature the latest Hollywood blockbusters, classic films and documentaries.
For the kids, the Vista will have an expanded water park featuring the Kaleid-O-Slide, Carnival’s first raft-riding water tube slide.
For the adventurous cruisers, the ship’s marquee features the SkyRide. It is an 800ft cycle track that is suspended over an upper deck with panoramic views 150ft above the sea.
Passengers will climb on bicycles and pedal around the open-air course.
For the foodies, Vista’s restaurants and lounges include the New-England inspired Seafood Shack, Redfrog Pub, a steakhouse, ice cream bar and a burger restaurant with creations from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host and celebrity chef, Guy Fieri.
Carnival features two new accommodation classes: Havana Cabanas and Family Harbour.
Havana Cabanas comes with a private outdoor patio and sea views while the Family Harbour is big enough to sleep five people.