Ten Things Not To Miss Aboard Carnival Vista

We have just returned from an amazing holiday aboard the Carnival Vista cruise ship which has so much to see and do onboard that you don’t actually have to step onshore if you don’t want to.

Some activities only run on sea days and we only had one sea day on our 8 day Mediterranean cruise so you need to be on the ball not to miss some activities.

Our top ten things to do onboard the Carnival Vista are:

1. The Sail Away Party

Hosted on the Lido Deck as you leave the first port of the cruise, in our case Barcelona, it is a sight not to be missed. You can party on the Lido Deck and learn some new dances with Cruise Director Matt, meet the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two or you can watch from above tapping your toes along to the music.

Carnival Vista

2. The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

We sat down to a truly fantastical feast at Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends. The tables were decorated in the style of The Cat in the Hat and had some fun and unique menus to choose from.

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

You can choose Green Eggs (scrambled eggs with green food colouring) and ham, brightly coloured fruit, gravity-defying pancake stacks, funky french toast, “Moose Juice” ‘n’ ”Goose Juice” (Orange or Apple) and much more. We also got to meet and greet the stars of Dr. Seuss and take part in special photo opportunities and fun interactions.

Green Eggs and Ham

3.  The Seuss-a-Palooza Parade and Storytime

An unforgettable experience. Firstly we were given banners or instruments to hold and then practiced our marching skills before parading around the ship chanting “Dr Seuss is on the Loose”


The parade then finished in the Liquid Lounge where we were treated to The Cat in the Hat story with Matt, with some poor unsuspecting parents and children volunteered up on stage to take up acting roles like fellow blogger Kirsty from Hijacked by Twins.

Seuss a palooza

4.  Cruise Elegant nights

Most evenings they have a ‘Cruise Casual’ dress code but there were two ‘Cruise Elegant evenings where we got to dress up for the evening. There are professional photographers onboard and these evenings are the perfect time to get your photo’s done as a reminder of the cruise.

Carnival Cruise

5.  The Entertainment

There was plenty to do day and night and the kids loved enjoying a film night under the stars. Every evening on the Lido Deck they show one or two films. A kids one at 7.30pm and an action film at around 9.30pm under the stars. Curl up on the deckchair with popcorn and a blanket and enjoy.

Carnival Vista

There were shows aplenty with live music in most bars, something to suit everyone’s taste. There was also a live theatre which hosted entertainment evenings, including game shows, dance and our favourite, Flick a celebration of filmmaking with songs from popular movies like Footloose, Dirty Dancing, and others.

6.  Ride the Skyride

Possibly my favourite activity on the whole cruise. Climb onboard the hanging bikes and cycle your way around the 800 foot suspended track for panoramic views 150 feet above the sea.

Carnival Vista

7.  Play in the Waterpark

If you are not quite brave enough for the SkyRide but want the views, the waterslides are situated at the highest point of the ship and also have some amazing views across it. The Kaleid-o-Slide has you sitting on an inflatable raft and sends you racing down in a kaleidoscope of colours and all-around fun as you whizz down the slide.


8.  Eat in one of the speciality restaurants

Possibly our favourite restaurant was the Steakhouse which offered mouth-watering premium cuts of beef cooked to our exact specification and gorgeous desserts to finish.


However, I feel guilty mentioning just the Steakhouse as everywhere we ate I cannot fault. JiJi Asian Kitchen deserves a special mention too, not only for their amazing selection of food, but for their fabulous service too. It was Kian’s 16th birthday whilst we were onboard and they arranged a cake and sang Happy Birthday to him and Cucina del Capitano had singing waiters and waitresses.

Birthday Cake

9.  Go to the Cinema

There is an IMAX Theatre in all its big-screen, big-fun glory, the first of its kind you’ll find anywhere at sea and the kids loved watching Finding Dory, or if you are feeling brave, next door is the Thrill Theatre for some 4D fun.


10. The Red Frog Pub and Brewery Tour

Possibly our favourite place to chill out on the whole boat, the Red Frog Pub has fun pub games to play, real ales that are brewed onboard to sample and chilled out music in the evenings.

Red Frog Pub

On a sea day you can also do the Brewery Tour so you know how the ales are made but the tours are limited to 12 passengers so you best book in fast.

Red Frog Pub

Click the link see more about the activities Carnival Vista has onboard and view our family accommodation onboard Vista here too.

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33 thoughts on “Ten Things Not To Miss Aboard Carnival Vista

  1. You managed to do so much and the food looks fantastic. Also that breakfast… yum! I’ve done a Caribbean cruise and would definitely go again more closer to home this time.

  2. OMG it looks and sounds amazing, I really want to go one but have reservation because of the twins being so young. They are nearly three now though so should be manageable and the older two would have the best time ever. Thanks for sharing so much information about your trip X

  3. I can’t believe there is so much to do! The Cat in the Hat breakfast looks amazing and there’s even an IMAX! What a special holiday and thanks for the great tips.

  4. I miss it all so much! I need another one, have my eye on the Baltics or Alaska. That photo of you all is stunning, and looks like all ages found something to make them happy – that’s the beauty of it all.

    1. My mum has just done the Baltics and loved it and is off to Alaska on the next one. I would love to do Iceland or the Norwegian Fjords x

  5. Greetings from Wisconsin! My three teenagers, my father & step-mother are sailing on the Vista in 68 days but who’s counting?!? I was hoping to find out how much the little extras cost. In particular, the IMAX. Do you recall the cost?

      1. It seems as though the “extras” are very reasonable. I appreciate your reply! We are extremely excited, it will be our first vacation!
        Any other thoughts?

        Thanks again,

  6. Oh it looks so amazing we have never cruised with Carnival before but just love cruising, it has so much for families our two would just love this so much. Thanks so much for linking up and have a great 2017 #MondayEscapes xxx

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