Carnival Vista

Stephen Bellingham on 15 July 2016
My five day trip on Carnival Vista to experience first-hand what makes their brand new ship so special, was as a result of an invitation from a fellow Travel Counsellor. We chose the Crete to Athens sector, which stopped at Rhodes, Kusadasi and finally Athens.

Our initial impression was of a large ship designed for families. Once you get your bearings on board, it is really easy navigate your way around without getting lost. I did not truly appreciate the size of the ship, until another cruise ship that I thought was larger than ours, docked next to us - as I looked down on her, she was truly dwarfed by the Vista.

The children are so busy with the three separate 'kids' clubs and activities, that I do not recall seeing many in the social areas, main or specialist restaurants. I guess they used the buffet and were just too busy! With our own private balcony and the facility to bring one bottle of wine on board, it was lovely to use the balcony for early morning peace and quiet as you slip into a new port, and an appetitive before dinner. The main restaurant offered popular dishes plus a daily local dish, and a 'what you have always wanted to try' dish. Each of the specialist restaurants we sampled served wonderful food, culminating in the sophisticated steak-house, Fahrenheit 555. There's a good variety and al fresco on warm evenings. It's worth noting that the Chef's Table, a dedicated 16-seat area hosted by one of the ship's master chefs, is so popular that it is already sold out before the cruise departs on most sailings.

Of particular note is also the water park (the largest in the fleet), the IMAX theatre where we were transported to outer-space, and the Skyride, where you pedal on a monorail bike around the outside of the ship, which provides incredible views. Note to self, to remember to wear trainers or enclosed shoes, as no open towed footwear is permitted! You will never get bored on the upper deck - I almost wish we had more sea days to make the most of it. We were also truly entertained by the very professional evening show 'Flix'. My photos reflect what life on board is really like!