Our Family Accommodation Aboard the Carnival Vista

If you had asked me if a cruise was the perfect family holiday a month ago, I would have been unsure. Ask me now the answer is a resounding “YES!!”

We have just returned from a cruise aboard the Carnival Vista, the newest ship from Carnival Cruise Line and without a shadow of a doubt, it was our best holiday ever.

Our first glimpse of the ship was from the air as we arrived in Barcelona and it was easily identifiable alongside other ships which were waiting in port.


It is a short drive from Barcelona airport to the port and it is only when you get alongside the Vista that you realise just how large the ship is. Boarding was fairly straightforward, with a little bit of queuing to check-in and pick up your sail and sign cards. It was then time to pose for your “about to board picture” and in you went.

Carnival Vista

You enter the ship through the atrium which at this point was bustling with people ordering drinks packages and excursions but we decided to head straight for our rooms.

We were on Deck 2 of the ship, staying in inter-connecting Ocean View Staterooms and I was really surprised by the size of them.

Carnival Vista

The cabins were a mirror image of each and were extremely comfortable. Before our cruise I chose one to have a king size bed and a single and the other with three single beds for the kids. Each also had plenty of wardrobe storage, two bathrooms – one with a shower, sink and toilet and the other with a sink and a small bath.

There was also a widescreen TV in each cabin which personally welcomed you to each port, had options to view the front and rear of the boat and even showed our route as well as News Channels, Discovery and Cartoonito, plus a small dressing table and fridge. My only grumble was there was not a kettle for tea and coffee.

Carnival Vista

The room was cleaned every morning and turned down each night with towel animals left on the end of the bed in both rooms.

Carnival Vista Towel Animals

The best bit about the room was the views out the window as you sailed along as no day had the same one.

Carnival Vista

We were just one floor away from the atrium which was always busy and bustling but our rooms were surprisingly quiet. The only noise we heard was the occasional muffled voice as people walked past to their rooms.

The other thing I had been worried about was feeling sea sick, but I need have not worried as the ship was surprisingly stable, even when the sea was a little choppy. On the TV in the bedrooms you can watch programs about how the ship was built and runs which is truly fascinating and it has two stabilisers on each side of the ship for rough weather.

Before we set sail we had to attend a full briefing of what to do in an emergency, a bit like a flight safety check, and the kids were issued bands with their muster station on and then it was time for the sail away party which you don’t want to miss.

To be continued………….

Disclaimer: We were guests of Carnival Vista as there Thrillseeking Family. All thoughts and opinions are our own.


13 thoughts on “Our Family Accommodation Aboard the Carnival Vista

  1. followed this on twitter as it looked like you were all having a lovely time. x
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  2. Oh wow, that looks amazing! I have always wanted to go on a cruise!
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  3. Sonia says:

    They look great rooms, love the towels! SO cute 🙂
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  4. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh I love cruising – this ship looks awesome! I have never been on a ship that has a kettle, and I have been on a few! Love your photos, and your reviews. Kaz x
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  5. Stephen says:

    I am pleasantly surprised at how spacious the accommodation is, ive never been aboard a ship so have no idea what to expect.

  6. Gosh I am so envious Kara, those views do look amazing and I don’t think I have ever been up close to such a large cruise ship. Mich x
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  7. Sara-Jayne says:

    I love everything about cruising – and the towel animals are one of my favourite bits that I remember from my Disney honeymoon cruise. The carnival rooms look so spacious! Looking forward to reading about the Sail Away party!

  8. Samantha says:

    I’ve never heard about this cruise but it looks amazing! The rooms seem so big and it looks really fun and perfect for families!
    I wanna read the rest of your experience 🙂

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  9. Ness says:

    I can get over how big the ship is! Our rooms were tiny when we went on a cruise. I think we may have even had single beds!
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  10. I love the Carnival Vista – the towel animals were so cute! Such an amazing holiday!
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  11. Will be interested to read more about the cruise. My girls are 10 and 12 so think they would enjoy exploring the ship but not sure if it would be for us.
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    • ChelseaMamma says:

      I wasn’t sure it would be for us either but I am a cruise convert. If you peace and quiet it can be found all over the ship but if you prefer action, entertainment and adventure they have that in bucket loads too. Best get cracking and write the next instalment

  12. I miss Vista so much! It was a truly amazing experience that we will never forget. We had the same type of rooms and they were perfect for families x
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