Previewing Carnival’s Upcoming New Megaship
This coming Sunday, I’m embarking Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Magic for a week of Live Voyage Report fun in the warm and sunny waters of the Caribbean. Given that, it seems only appropriate to take a look at a ship that holds the potential to dramatically alter the Carnival Fun Ship experience: the 3,954-guest Carnival Vista.
Due to set sail on her maiden voyage on May 1, 2016, she’ll be the first new ship for Carnival since the Carnival Breeze took to the seas in 2012.
Carnival Vista: Evolution of a Dream
At first glance, Carnival Vista looks a lot like her predecessors, Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze. Known collectively as the “Dream Class” ships, these vessels represented an entirely new design for the popular cruise line. Gone were the sharp, angular lines of past vessels like Carnival Triumph and the wacky, neon-heavy interiors created by in-house designer Joe Farcus. Carnival Magic was the last Carnival ship to be designed primarily by Farcus; his whimsical (and controversial) designs were phased out aboard Carnival Breeze in 2012 in favor of a more contemporary design created by PartnerShip Design of Germany.
But a whole host of changes have been prepared for Carnival Vista. Aside from her exterior looks, her interiors have little in common with the other Dream-class ships. Her general arrangement plans – a generic term for the layout of public areas and staterooms – have been completely overhauled. Guests will find new stateroom choices, new amenities, new public rooms, and a host of small changes that run right down to the placement of the ship’s elevators.
Carnival Vista, Focus on Families
Carnival Vista was designed primarily with families in mind. Embodying the line’s motto of Fun For All, All For Fun, the new Carnival Vista will offer families more options than ever before, including a suspended cycling experience called SkyRide and new Family Harbor Staterooms and suites that feature a “family concierge” and expanded space.
“Carnival is the number one cruise line for families carrying more than 700,000 children annually and Carnival Vista will build upon our leadership position in this area with incredible outdoor attractions and engaging indoor spaces specifically designed with families in mind,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.
Sail With Us Aboard Carnival Magic
While we eagerly await the debut of Carnival Vista this spring, you might consider sailing along with us – virtually, of course – as we explore Florida and the Bahamas aboard the striking Carnival Magic. If you’ve never sailed with Carnival before, it’s an excellent time to ask questions and to dispel old, outdated myths about the line that truly offers a fun, value-oriented product that is more polished than you might expect.
Of course, if you’ve sailed the Fun Ships before, then it’s just a good opportunity to follow along and escape winter for a few days.
Our Live Voyage Report aboard Carnival Magic runs January 31 – February 7, 2016. Follow @deckchairblog on Twitter for the latest updates throughout the voyage.