Things to Do on the Carnival Vista

Highlights On Board The Carnival Vista

Cruising on the Carnival Vista was something that my husband and I had our eyes on for quite some time. The day we boarded we realized right away why we had wanted to cruise on the Vista. We instantly fell in love with the ship. Here’s what we loved while on board the Carnival Vista, and what you can look forward to when you book your cruise.


The Sky Ride on the Carnival Vista gives you an opportunity to view the ship and the waters from above.


This is truly an experience you will not forget. Do not wait until your last day of cruising to ride this, as many people have that same idea. Tip: Keep pedaling!


The Havana Cabins offer you exclusive access to the Havana pool, bar and hot tubs.

Havana Area

After 5 p.m., this area is open to all other cruisers. We booked an inside Havana room, as it was the only type of room available. The Havana Bar area is behind one of the walls of the inside Havana cabins. The live music did play into the wee hours of the morning, but we were so tired the live music did not bother us. It was as though we had our own private area for the majority of the day, as these little amenities turned into a big deal.

Havana Chairs

We were never fighting large crowds for a lounge chair or a chair with a view. You are given a wristband to wear throughout the cruise, which allows you access into this area.

Havana Band

I might add, the gal that monitored who was in the area, did her job very well.


If you are braver than I am, you will want to try walking the ropes on the Carnival Vista. I witnessed kids of all ages, adults included, partaking in this activity.

Sky ropes course


If you have not experienced JiJi’s Asian Kitchen while cruising Carnival, do it! It’s a small upcharge, but well worth the experience. I’m not a huge fan of Asian food, yet I look forward to JiJi’s and what it has to offer.


The steakhouse on the Carnival Vista did not disappoint. Outdoor as well as indoor seating is available at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. The service is top-notch and the food is fantastic!

Lobster and steak

This steak supper is available for a small upcharge. I would recommend dining in the steakhouse restaurant, as opposed to ordering the steak for a little more money on the regular dining menu. In my opinion, get the whole experience while spending a little more money. The regular dining room will be there tomorrow evening.


The splash park on the Carnival Vista offers a 300′ twister water slide, a 455′ Kaleid-o-slide300-gallon power drencher tipping bucket, a splash zone, and mini racing slides for younger kids.

Splash Area

The splash park on the Carnival Vista is a water lover’s paradise!


Live music is available throughout the ship. Evenings are filled with fun in the piano bar, which begins at 9 p.m. and wraps up when the last person leaves the piano bar. The atrium and main theater offer music to keep you entertained throughout the evening.


Want to avoid the crowded Lido Deck area for breakfast? Swing on down to the Ocean Plaza.

Breakfast area

Here you will find a lot of the same breakfast items that you will find in the Lido Dining area, including bacon!


Need I say more? You can have a Guy’s Burger on the Carnival Vista, as well as several other ships. For now, you can only have Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on the Carnival Vista.

Bar B Que

The Carnival Vista is a beautiful ship and I would not hesitate booking another cruise on this ship. I would definitely stay in the Havana area, as the amenities offered to us were above and beyond. This was also the first cruise we had stayed in an interior room. I would stay in an interior room again in the Havana area. We didn’t spend a lot of time in our room and the Havana area was literally less than 50 steps from our cabin.

Cruising is a great way to explore a new destination and a fun way to travel. Where is your next cruise? I’d love to hear where you are headed. My next cruise is an Alaskan Cruise, have you been?

*Thank you to Carnival Cruise Lines for hosting us in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse.


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32 thoughts on “Highlights On Board The Carnival Vista

  1. I’ve never been on a cruise but some of those amenities: like the sky ride and the cabins made me think maybe I need to try a cruise! 🙂

  2. I know somebody on this ship right now and it looks like she’s having a blast too. I think the sky ride looks awesome, and totally unusual for a cruise ship. Maybe another cruise is an order…

  3. If that’s the case, your cruise would be a success! Seriously, that sky ride is super awesome for everyone.

  4. We haven’t been on cruise yet, but this sure looks like fun! I know we would love the private lounge area. And that sky lift lid like something we would never be able to get the kids off of:-)

  5. It’s been a couple of years since our last cruise. This cruise ship looks fabulous! I definitely
    would love to try the Sky Ride. Your tips were great!

  6. BBQ? I’m in 🙂 Seriously it sounds like an awesome trip! Definitely going to look into it. The Havana Cabins sound great.

  7. The bar area is amazing. And the food also looks delicious. And exclusive access to the Havana pool, bar and hot tubs is really very tempting. I would love to spend some time on board

  8. Sounds fantastic! There’s so much stuff on here that I just would not think you’d find on a cruise ship. The ropes course and Sky Ride looks particularly appealing, and a great thing to do as you’re sailing the ocean blue 🙂

  9. That always surprises me that people think they would be bored on a cruise. Try it and see. If you are a traveler that likes things planned or placed right in front of you, you would probably not enjoy cruising. There is no one to plan what you do each day, it’s up to each cruiser to plan their day. That’s where I honestly think some people say they get bored. If you appreciate live music, you would love it!

  10. I love cruising because they have so many great activites and great food in one place. The water park and ropes course look so cool. I went on a royal carribean cruise but would love to try carnival as well. Thanks!

  11. Looks like you had a great time on the cruise!! The food looks great too. I always worry we would get bored on a cruise but with the evening entertainment i’m sure we would have a great time. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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