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Cruise Ships With Waterslides

18th August 2020

Nothing says you're on holiday more than a trip to a waterpark, where no matter your age you're bound to have fun cooling off in the water and making the most of the fun attractions. Waterslides are a particular hit, with the thrill of launching yourself down the twists and turns guaranteed to get your blood pumping. [More]

Retired And Sold Cruise Ships

31st July 2020

During the pause in sailings due to the coronavirus pandemic, cruise lines are using the opportunity to shake up their fleet, with some even adding new ships. Keep reading to find out which ships have retired, which have been sold and where they are now. [More]

What are cruise ships doing during Coronavirus

27th March 2020

In the midst of coronavirus, the cruise industry has come to a temporary halt, so we've put together a list of where cruise ships are and what they are doing during these difficult times. [More]

The Best Bits of a Cruise on Carnival Vista

27th October 2016

As soon as a Carnival Cruise Line ship sets sail its fun for all and all for fun. The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line® certainly knows how to keep spirits high at sea with amazing itineraries and outstanding onboard entertainment.

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Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, launched in May this year and brings with her an enhanced 2.0 version of Carnival style fun. The new Carnival Cruise Line flagship hosts up to 4,000 passengers, and as the fleets largest ship, boasts an impressive fifteen decks of fun.

Life onboard is entertaining, dining onboard is amazing and the Carnival crew go above and beyond to make sure everyone has the most memorable cruising experience. With that in mind, we’re taking a further look at the extraordinary highlights of a Carnival Vista Cruise. Read on to find out more.


Life onboard is Entertaining


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Book your cruise on Carnival Vista and let Carnival Vista take care of the rest. There are an abundance of fun facilities onboard and ample opportunities for things to do at sea. Families and social cruisers will enjoy the Carnival community and those looking for an active cruise will like the high energy pace onboard.

For sunny sea days top deck is the place to be. Carnival WaterWorks on deck 12 has an expanded SplashZone, giant bucket and classic spiralled waterslides, including the new high tech Kaleid-O-Slide with lights and colours. SportSquare is a large indoor and outdoor fun area with mini golf, mini-bowling, volleyball, ping-pong, basketball and more. Those wanting to admire stunning sea views can do so from the SkyCourse ropes course or suspended cycle SkyRide.

For indoor fun, the Carnival Multiplex presents the first ever IMAX Theatre at sea showing a selection of Hollywood blockbusters and film fan favourites. Next door the 3D Thrill Theatre brings screenings to life for a real animated atmosphere.

Dr.Seuss Bookville and Camp Ocean keep kids happy and entertained with plentiful books and age appropriate activities, whilst parents can chill out in the adult-only Serenity Retreat on deck 15.

Infectious LOL’s can be heard when Carnival Live is onboard. Vista guests can enjoy top of the range live performances from featured musicians or comedians. Other after dark entertainment can be experienced in the Liquid Lounge, RedFrog Pub or Havana Club.

Dining Onboard is Amazing


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From green eggs and ham ala Dr, Seuss to beer that has been brewed in the ship’s very own onboard brewery, Carnival Vista offers a fantastic range of food and drink options for all to enjoy.  Top food recommendations from the Iglu Cruise team include:

  • Get a breakfast burrito from BlueIguana Cantina, you won’t regret it!
  • You have to try the Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake, nothing else even compares.
  • Grab a burger from Guy’s Burger Joint for a real American style snack.
  • Choose your own Asian stir fry melody with customisable options from Mongolian Wok.

  • Other great dining options include Horizons Restaurant for a sit down meal with new surprising dishes to try each night or seafood with 360 degree ocean views in Seafood Shack. Succulent steak and lobster in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse and Italian inspired family favourites at Cucina del Capitano. For an extra special dining occasion, The Chef’s Table, with delicious dishes and even a behind the scenes galley tour is a great option.

    The Carnival Crew go above and beyond

    During our time onboard Carnival Vista the crew were extremely welcoming and friendly, eager to make sure that we had a fun and memorable cruise. Our Cruise Director – Matt Mitcham was fantastic and made an extra special effort to speak to everyone onboard. Matt was at times a comedian and an entertainer creating a fun environment for all to enjoy. Dancing and games at the pool area are a much loved Carnival custom.

    Get ready for your fun cruise and see our latest Carnival Vista cruise deals

    The perks of American-style cruising

    3rd July 2015

    Updated 4th July 2017


    Happy Independence Day! The fourth of July marks the anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain 239 years ago. Celebrations take place all over the US and beyond – even at sea!

    American cruise liners throw various festivities onboard, from BBQs and themed parties to eating contests and family fun. Red, white and blue are the colours of the day.

    Some cruise lines get their appeal from their distinctly ‘American’ style of cruising, here are just some of what the larger cruise lines have to offer.


    In the US everything is big – from the high rise skyscrapers of New York City to the generous meal portions in an all-American diner. American ships are generally much larger than their British counterparts.

    For example, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas carries nearly 6,000 people onboard and has listless entertainment facilities. With its seven neighbourhoods and central Boardwalk, it’s truly a city at sea.

    royal caribbean symphony of the seas

    State-of-the-art entertainment

    With all that space, there is plenty of room for hundreds of activities onboard American-style ships. Bowling alleys, waterslides, sky diving, surfing, roller disco, bumper cars, 3D IMAX; not to mention Disney’s fireworks at sea.

    At the forefront of innovation, American ships certainly offer something for everyone – you may even be too busy to sit by the pool!

    Royal Caribbean even have Royal iQ, a state-of-the-art app that gives you a personalised calendar to plan your life at sea, connect with friends and family onboard, plan your tours, dining, activities and more.


    Americans take their food seriously and so do the American cruise lines. From gourmet poolside burgers and American Italian pizzas, to first class steak houses. Luxury American line, Oceania Cruises, boast a whole 32oz portion of 28 day dry-aged steak!

    Celebrity chefs frequently collaborate with onboard dining. Carnival Cruise Line’s popular burger bar is championed by Guy Fieri and our very own Jamie Oliver’s Italian can be found onboard Royal Caribbean's fleet.

    Hollywood at sea

    Disney Cruise Line set a trend by bringing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to sea. Themed cruises include Disney’s Frozen cruise, Star Wars at Sea and of course, Disney itself, creators of the most loved animations in the world.

    More cruise lines have followed suit including Norwegian Cruise Line with their specialist ‘The Walking Dead’ cruise, and Royal Caribbean offer the Dreamworks experience.

    The American cruise lines also put on hot-off-the-press performances straight from Broadway – shows include Cats, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia! amongst many more.

    With an American cruise line you can rest easy knowing you’ll be extremely well fed, have an overwhelming choice of entertainment and activities and no day will ever be the same.

    By Chloe

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