Carnival’s newest, largest ever ship, the 133,500-gt, 3,936-passenger CARNIVAL VISTA was previewed today in a grand event held at the Ertegun Atrium in New York’s Lincoln Center.
MV CARNIVAL VISTA rendering.
Architecturally, the CARNIVAL VISTA is an evolution of the CARNIVAL MAGIC series of ships with layers of structural curves, a squat winged funnel and rounded after decks. The VISTA will be introducing many firsts for Carnival along with some refinements of tried-and-true features of the line’s other ships.
The CARNIVAL VISTA is scheduled for completion at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard (near Trieste) in the spring of 2016 with a maiden voyage scheduled for May 1. Through October, the ship will operate cruises between Barcelona and Athens and then make a thirteen night crossing to New York where she will be deployed on several cruises before moving on to her as-yet-undisclosed American homeport.
Media gather under simulated Atrium fixture. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2015.
Entering the Kaleid-O-slide tubular waterslide mock up. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2015.
New York vista from CARNIVAL VISTA’s recreated aft Havana Pool area. Photo and copyright Peter Knego.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Pool area and aft decks. Rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruises.
The Lincoln Center’s Ertegun Atrium (named for late music mogul and co-founder/CEO of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun) was completely revamped for the event with a miniature version of the CARNIVAL VISTA’s fiberoptic Atrium fixture and bar and, reached via a recreation of the ship’s Kaleidoslide water slide, a mock-up of the aft-situated Havana Bar and Pool area with a view overlooking New York’s Upper West Side and Central Park.
Good grub at the Red Frog Pub.
Sour Gummy Funnels from Cherry On Top.
Drinks and menu items from a number of venues were available to sample from popular watering holes and eateries like the Red Frog Pub, the Havana Bar, Seafood Shack, Bonsai Sushi and Cherry On Top candy store and ice cream parlor.
Carnival blogger and head Cruise Director John Heald and Senior VP of Guest Operations Mark Tamis hosted the reveal.
PK tests out the simulated version of Skyride. Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruises.
CARNIVAL VISTA Skyride, the real thing. Rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruises.
Exclusive to the VISTA is the two lane, 800-foot Skyride that enables guests to pedal their way through the sky above the ship’s Sports Deck area, 150 feet above the sea. Another first is a three-deck IMAX Theater that will broadcast first-run movies and a neighborhood of family-oriented staterooms and suites called The Family Harbor on Deck 2 that will have their own private lounge.
As with the prior MAGIC Class, the VISTA will have a full-wraparound promenade that extends over the side of the ship and each eatery will have its own outdoor adjunct with sea views. The main dining room will also be the first in the fleet to have a bar in its center.
All of the Carnival 2.0 entertainment and dining features introduced in recent years will be featured on the CARNIVAL VISTA. The 15-deck, Panamanian-registered ship will have a service speed of 18 knots, carry a crew of 1,450 and will have a maximum cruise capacity (with all berths occupied) of 4,980. Her passenger space ratio will be 34 and she will measure 1,055 by 122 feet (max overhang decks will be 158 feet wide) with a 27 foot draft.
Renderings of CARNIVAL VISTA’s Outer Deck Areas (courtesy of Carnival Cruises):
CARNIVAL VISTA Aerial View of Serenity, etc.
CARNIVAL VISTA Serenity adults area.
CARNIVAL VISTA SportsSquare.
CARNIVAL VISTA Tides Pool.
CARNIVAL VISTA Beach Resort Pool rendering.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Pool.
Renderings Of CARNIVAL VISTA Eateries and Bars (courtesy of Carnival Cruises):
CARNIVAL VISTA Horizons Restaurant and Bar.
CARNIVAL VISTA Horizons Restaurant, upper level.
CARNIVAL VISTA Horizons Restaurant from lower level.
CARNIVAL VISTA Chef’s Table.
CARNIVAL VISTA Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse.
CARNIVAL VISTA Cucina Del Capitano.
CARNIVAL VISTA Bonsai Sushi.
CARNIVAL VISTA Bonsai Sushi outer dining area.
CARNIVAL VISTA JiJi Asian Restaurant.
CARNIVAL VISTA Pizzeria Del Capitano.
CARNIVAL VISTA Sea Food Shack.
CARNIVAL VISTA Guy’s Burger Joint.
CARNIVAL VISTA Cherry On Top.
CARNIVAL VISTA Red Frog Pub.
CARNIVAL VISTA Red Frog Rum Bar.
Rendering of CARNIVAL VISTA’s Alchemy Bar.
CARNIVAL VISTA Tequila Bar.
CARNIVAL VISTA Piano Bar.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Plaza Bar.
CARNIVAL VISTA Library Bar.
CARNIVAL VISTA Library Bar exterior.
Renderings of CARNIVAL VISTA’s Suites and Staterooms (courtesy of Carnival Cruises):
CARNIVAL VISTA Family Harbor Lounge.
CARNIVAL VISTA Family Harbor Suite.
CARNIVAL VISTA Family Harbor stateroom with balcony.
CARNIVAL VISTA Family Harbor deluxe ocean view stateroom.
CARNIVAL VISTA Family Harbor interior stateroom.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Cabana Suite.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Cabana stateroom.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Cabana balcony.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Interior stateroom.
Renderings of various CARNIVAL VISTA Public Spaces (courtesy of Carnival Cruises):
CARNIVAL VISTA Atrium.
CARNIVAL VISTA Havana Plaza Entry.
CARNIVAL VISTA Multiplex Box Office.
CARNIVAL VISTA IMAX Theater.
CARNIVAL VISTA Dr. Seuss Bookville.
Very special thanks: Jennifer de la Cruz, Vance Gulliksen, Jayme Weber
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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