Not much longer now! That’s right we only have a handful of days left until the Carnival Vista welcomes her first guest on board! As of right now she has finished all of the sea trials and the crew should be on board getting everything ready! May 1st will be the first sailing and she will continue to travel around the Mediterranean until later in 2016 when she makes her way across the Atlantic to the US.
It’s been a few years since the Carnival Breeze started sailing and I have no doubt in my mind that this one will be better than the last! We are booked on one of the first sailings, so keep an eye out for that! I am really excited to get over to Europe and see her for myself, but for now, Carnival pics will have to do! With that in mind, I decided to do a preview post of a few of the new and improved features that I am most excited to see!
Red Frog Pub
Red Frog Pub is not a new feature to Carnival but the Vista will have something a little special that we have not seen before…the 1st American brewery at sea. Yes you heard me right…they are going to be brewing beer on the cruise ship! Cruisers will be able to see the brew tanks on board, get the house made beer at the regular bar and pour their own beers through special tabletop beer taps. Here are the beers that are to be brewed on board. Cheers!
- ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA – aromatic, floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones
- ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat – unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices
- FriskyFrog Java Stout – Carnival Vista’s take on a traditional stout, rich and creamy with hints of coffee
Skyride is a peddle-powered roller coaster car that goes around the ropes course on the top deck. The ride is 800 feet long and 150 feet above the water and can get going up to 25mph. Hope you’re not afraid of heights! I am pretty interested to see this in person and I am not afraid of heights so it should be lots of fun!
At a dizzying 455 feet long this slide features visual effects along with twists and turns. This will be the cruise line’s first water raft ride. I’m kind of interested in seeing how they plan to get the rafts back up to the top once people are done at the bottom of the slide…
Palm trees, thatched huts, hot tubs, colorful umbrellas, comfy seating, and the best view on the ship. Sound like paradise? I’m pretty sure this might be a possibility! There is also the Havana Bar that will authentic Cuban food and drinks.
A new kind of atrium will be found on the Carnival Vista. It will feature a multi-deck funnel-shaped LED screen and visuals to help set the mood. So far, I have seen a varieties of blue and green with tropical beach themes and shades of red.
New Restaurant and Some Old Favorites
The Seafood Shack – indoor/outdoor dining venue near the Lido Marketplace. The menu is full of delicious seafood and fresh favorites available for purchase with prices ranging from $3-$16
Cherry on Top – The candy shop is upgraded and will include ice cream bar with outdoor seating. Can you say yummy?
Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Fahrenheit 555, Bonsai Sushi, The Chef’s Table, Ji-Ji Asian Kitchen, Cucina del Capitano – All the normal favorites will be there. Mmmmm!
So there is my list of things I am really excited to see on board the newest member of the Carnival family, the Carnival Vista! Of course, just being on a boat make me happy but to experience a brand new ship will be something completely different!