Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a return to Europe with new ship Carnival Vista.
The new vessel, which will be the cruise line’s largest, will debut in the region on 1 May 2016 with a 13-day cruise from Trieste, Italy to ports of call in countries including France, Spain, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.
It will then sail a 13-day transatlantic crossing on 21 October 2016 to arrive in New York for a series of cruises from the city.
“It is really exciting to be back in Europe for 2016. The Caribbean is of course still a priority for us, but we are really happy to be sailing out of Europe again as we felt it made sense for us to offer a full European season to our customers in the UK and further afield,” said Erin Johnson, Carnival’s managing director UK & Ireland.
First IMAX at sea and SkyRide
Several new features for the cruise line will feature on Carnival Vista, including the first IMAX theatre at sea showing the latest Hollywood films. This will form part of the Carnival Multiplex that will also include a multi-dimensional experience Thrill Theater and a concession stand with popcorn and snacks.
Outdoors the ship will feature the pedal-powered SkyRide where passengers can cycle around a track suspended 800 feet in the air. A SkyCourse ropes course will also form this sports space area alongside The Clubhouse at SportSquare with mini-bowling, ping pong and video games.
Its WaterWorks park has also been expanded with the line’s first water tube ride.
Carnival Vista has the capacity for 3,936 passengers, based on two per cabin. The new Havana Cabanas are accommodation with private outdoor patios that face the expanded Lanai promenade and have easy access to Havana Bar and Pool.
A dedicated family area will be on Deck 2 with Family Harbour ocean-view, balcony and interior staterooms. These sleep up to five family members. The deck includes the Family Harbour Lounge with televisions, games and complimentary breakfast and snacks.
New dining and bar options
Seafood Shack: A first for the fleet inspired by New England. A casual indoor and outdoor venue near the Lido Marketplace eateries.
RedFrog Pub: Beer will be brewed on the ship itself through two copper-topped glass kettles. Tours and tastings will be arranged and live music will take place here.
Havana: Expanding inside and out with a bar and pool area.
New outdoor options: for Fahrenheit 555, Bonsai Sushi, Cherry on Top and Library Bar