Carnival Vista cruise ship review

Contemporary and innovative, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship Carnival Vista is designed for fun, says Liz Jarvis

The first thing that greets you when you walk on to Carnival Vista is the incredible Dreamscape, an ever-changing LED screen kalaediscope. This is a ship that presents cutting-edge technology and innovation in a friendly, easy-going setting: this is a fun ship with style.

Unique features include the Skyride, a suspended cycling experience where you cycle at speeds of up to 18 miles an hour across an elevated 800-foot-long track (not for the faint-hearted); a 455-foot long Kaleid-O-Slide; and the first IMAX Theatre at sea.

Families will be delighted by the Family Harbour rooms, and the tropical-themed Havana staterooms and suites will be popular with anyone looking for a slightly more exclusive cruise experience.

Speciality restaurants on board Vista include the Farenheit 555 steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi and Ji-Ji Asian Kitchen with its menu from the Far East and Southeast Asia.

Carnival Vista was designed for cruising in Europe and the Mediterranean and, refreshingly, many of the restaurants have outside spaces for those who prefer to dine al fresco.

There is no shortage of bars, either, and beer lovers will be particularly impressed by three different kinds of craft beer brewed on board and on offer at the RedFrog Pub and Brewery.

The Cloud 9 spa is a haven with a thermal suite, thalassotherapy pool and mud lounge. Adults will also revel in their own private space, Serenity, which offers seclusion, whirlpools and big beds to cocoon yourself away.

GETTING THERE: A 10-night Mediterranean cruise, sailing on 1 October 2016, starts at £639pp, cruise only (carnival.co.uk).

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