Carnival’s 1st new ship since 2012 is not only bigger than her predecessors but Vista also comes with far more attractive-sounding features than earlier CCL ships.
For instance, the highly hyped Skyride promises to be quite a cool experience. In the big picture, this appears to be like a low-tech version of the competitors’ top-of-ship experiences, such as the pod on RCI’s Quantum-class and Disney’s AquaDuck roller coaster.
But is also sounds every bit as fun: picture yourself sitting on top of the ship pedalling around on a bicycle-like contraption. Vista will have a big sports deck with a ropes course. Above that is a track suspended in the air.
One can imagine that the views from the bikes suspended on this track are superb. You go at your own pace, stop at your own pace, take pictures or just take in the view. You can also go as fast as 40 km/hr. Even if it’s something you yourself would never do, this bike-with-a-view is something a lot of people would see as a vacation highlight.
On the inside, design elements in the atrium look to be unusually interesting with 2-deck-high LED columns featuring images ranging from koi fish to abstracts that look like a huge lava lamp.
The most revolutionary interior change is the Family Harbor staterooms and suites that come with access to a family section/lounge area. It’s a place with games and tables set up for interaction and comfy furniture for watching big TVs.
There’s also a snack area where guests can get cookies, refreshments, and the like. It sounds in theory like the Neptune Lounge on Holland America in that you have to be in certain categories to enter, but this is designed for families to relax. So it’s a little exclusive and unique in the business. It includes a breakfast area and a concierge who sets up shore excursions and the like.
The other thing that CCL is doing differently with Vista accommodations is the Havana suites and staterooms. They include a sitting area and a hammock looking out on the Havana Bar and Grill area.
It’s essentially a club space, an expansion of sorts to what CCL does on the Havana Bar on Carnival Breeze and Sunshine. At night this shared area becomes more public. During the day it’s more of an exclusive area for the people in those accommodations.