Even as the Vista begins her inaugural season, Carnival Cruise Line is already working on her sister ship (currently unnamed and referred to only as Vista 2), and having spent the past few days exploring Vista, it’s easy to see why they are moving forward so confidently: The new class of ships is a winner. While she features many of the amenities Carnival loyalists have come to expect, the new ship also raises the bar in numerous ways both big and small. Here are just seven examples of what I mean.
1. A whole new atrium style.
I’m sure there was a time when the idea of glass elevators in a ship’s atrium seemed cutting edge. But as with all things, time has taken the unique and made it commonplace. With Vista, the atrium’s wow factor comes not from a mode of conveyance, but from a mood of modernity. The much-ballyhooed LED displays are every bit as cool as advertised. And because they are