Carnival Vista to sail from Miami

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved a new lease for Carnival Corp. at Port Miami that stipulates the Carnival Vista will use the port after it is delivered next year.

The deal calls for Carnival Vista to sail from Port Miami for 24 months out of its first three years in service. Carnival had not previously disclosed where Vista would sail from after its inaugural series of cruises next summer in the Mediterranean.

Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze, currently sails from Miami. Its next most recent ship, Carnival Magic, debuted in Galveston, Texas, after a European summer launch.

Carnival Vista the product of healthy competition

Business competition isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. It led to ruinous price wars in the late 19th century in many industries.

But it’s also a great goad to improvement. That seems to be what’s happening in the cruise industry, especially in the contemporary market, where a remarkable series of interesting ships have been coming out of Europe’s shipyards.

Judging by the renderings released last week, the latest to join the fray is the Carnival Vista, coming in 2016.

While still bearing the imprint of Funship 2.0, the Vista will have a number of novel elements not shared by other Carnival Cruise Line ships.

Guests on the SkyRide cycle 150 feet above the sea.

SkyRider, a recumbent cycle that runs a circuit around and above the sports deck, may be the most noticeable of the bunch. But there’s also an IMAX theater, part of a Multiplex area; a new kaleidoscopic water slide; a casual seafood restaurant; an area of suites with hammocks; and a new approach to family staterooms. With the Vista, Carnival will become the first cruise line to brew its own beer at sea.

The cluster of new features is reminiscent of two other ships introduced in 2014: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway and Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas. The new deck of indoor/outdoor restaurant space on the Vista’s Deck 5 looks remarkably like the Waterfront on Norwegian’s Breakaway/Getaway ships.

The Vista's resort-style pool deck.

Norwegian, Royal and Carnival have been rivals for more than 40 years, but their competition in ship design is as vital as it has ever been. Each is pushing the other to develop better and more exciting new features, and the benefits are accruing to cruise passengers who have a fantastic array of fun things to do on a ship.

And of course, there’s a lot for travel agents to talk about and sell on these new ships. So here’s a salute to healthy competition. Long may it reign.


Carnival Vista launch event, January 22nd, 2015

Carnival Vista launch event

News on the Carnival Vista has remained rather elusive since we first heard details of its existence, but all that is about to change. This is because we were recently contacted about the Carnival Vista launch event, which should help to paint a clearer picture of what to expect.

The date for the Carnival Vista launch event will take place on January 22nd, 2015. However, we believe that there are to be two events, one will be in New York, with the other being in London.

We will be heading to London on the evening of Jan. 22nd for a special dinner that will begin at 7PM. During the evening Carnival Cruise Lines will announce the launch of its latest ship, the Carnival Vista during a special presentation.

People that attend, including us, will then be given further information to take away with them.

There has been a great deal of hype in regard to this new cruise ship, so depending on what time we get back from the event, we hope to share many of those details with you on January 22nd. However, we can tell you that Carnival will take delivery of its new ship in the Spring of 2016.