All about the Carnival Vista

The Carnival Vista was built in 2016. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 1,055 ft long and 122 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.9 football fields, as wide as 2.3 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 15-story building. The Carnival Vista was the first cruise ship to have a working brewery on board.

Carnival Vista Ship

The Vista can hold 3,934 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Vista has a space ratio of 33. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has less space per person than average.

Gross Tonnage133,596
Passenger Decks15
Passengers (double occupancy)3,934
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.7
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)33

The Vista is one of three Vista-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Vista-class ships were the first ships to feature a brewery right on board. Other signature features of this class of ship are the 3-story Atrium with LED funnel, an exclusive Havana suite area, and SkyRide suspended bike track. The Vista is very similar to its sister-ships; Horizon and Panorama, although each ship may have some differences.

Dining Establishments on Carnival Vista

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Vista. You have 21 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 12 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 9 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. 57% of the dining options are included which means if you're watching your budget, you won't feel like you're missing out by not going to a lot of extra fee dining places.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Blue Iguana CantinaQuick serveIncludedMexican
Bonsai SushiSit downA la cartAsian
Bonsai TeppanyakiSit downFlat feeAsian
Captain's Pasta BarQuick serveIncludedItalian
Carnival DeliQuick serveIncludedDeli
Cherry on TopQuick serveA la cartDessert
Cucina Del CapitanoSit downFlat feeItalian
Fahrenheit 555 SteakhouseSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
Fresh CreationsQuick serveIncludedSalad
Guy's Burger JointQuick serveIncludedAmerican
Guys Pig and Anchor BarBQueQuick serveIncludedBBQ
JavaBlue CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
JiJi Asian KitchenSit downFlat feeAsian
Lido BuffetBuffetIncludedBuffet
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
Mongolian WokQuick serveIncludedAsian
Ocean PlazaBuffetIncludedBuffet
Pizzeria del CapitanoQuick serveIncludedPizza
Redfrog Pub & BrewerySit downA la cartBar food
Seafood ShackQuick serveA la cartSeafood
SwirlsQuick serveIncludedDessert

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Carnival serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierrna Mist, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can see the recent bar menus for the vista at this link (Carnival Drink Menus).

Pools and Hot Tubs on Carnival Vista

Lido Pool on the Carnival Vista
Lido Pool on the Carnival Vista

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Carnival Vista has a total of 3 pools and 6 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 2 of the hot tubs are adults only. 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Total Pools3
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only0
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs6
- Hot Tubs - General Access2
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive2

Carnival Vista Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Vista. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
ArcadeA la cart
Brewery TourFlat fee
CasinoA la cart
Comedy ClubIncluded
Fitness CenterIncluded
IMAX TheaterA la cart
Jogging TrackIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Outdoor gymIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Ropes courseIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaFlat fee
Splash parkIncluded
Thermal SuitesFlat fee
Thrill TheaterA la cart
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Carnival Vista Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$2.75
Domestic Beer Price$7.00
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$59.95
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.75 to $18.70 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

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