Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista, May 2016

By the time Carnival Vista debuts, it will have been four years since a new Carnival Cruise Line ship came on the market. (Carnival Breeze debuted in 2012.) Vista, a 3,954-passenger ship, could be a game-changer for Carnival because it features a number of firsts for the line, which has built its reputation on fun. Vista will feature the cruise industry’s first IMAX theater, which will show first-run movies, as well as recent hits and short films. Other wow-worthy features include a water tube slide that’s more than 450 feet long (the longest for the line) and SkyRide, a suspended ride along an open-air track atop the ship. The first cruise ship brewery also debuts on Vista at the ship’s RedFrog Pub, where passengers can drink indoors or out, sipping on mass-market beers, craft-style beverages or one of three beers brewed right onboard. Carnival staples, including Guy’s Burger Joint (in partnership with celebrity chef Guy Fieri) and the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican restaurant, are joined by a New England-inspired eatery, dubbed Seafood Shack. Keeping families in mind, Vista features both a dedicated families-only zone (complete with an exclusive lounge and cabins) and an adults-only area. Deployment: Mediterranean, Caribbean,www.cruiseadvisor.club