The myth that cruising is for old people has been dramatically blown apart with the advent of two new super ships heralding a new era of pleasure sailing, writes TopReviews4U editor Paul Christian.
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Everyone seems to have heard of the massive Harmony of the Seas, but almost as gargantuan and concentrating on fun and quality rather than quantity (but still massive!) is the fabulous Carnival Vista.
I had the honour of joining the fantastic team on board a short while after it first sailed last week on an epic voyage from Barcelona to Rome.
First of all the size of the Carnival Vista is staggering, then when you get on board via a stunning bar with tulip-shaped CGI-centrepiece bar you realise you are in for a treat.
The experience becomes ever more luxurious when you reach the beautiful staterooms and sample the terrific array of food at specialty restaurants like the Asian-inspired Ji-Ji or the fine-dining fayre at Fahrenheit 555.
Filet mignon and lobster, crisp pinot grigio and rich Barolo accompany the sublime dishes, transporting passengers to a bygone era of quality and refinement – but this is not a stuffy experience in the slightest.
Modern innovation like the first on-board IMAX cinema, the excellent SkyRide suspended cycle track at the top of the ship and deck-top water park hurtle this ship into the 21st century.
Sensational bands, singers, entertainers DJs, bars and eateries guarantee and party every day and every night.
Food options include Seafood Shack, a delectable New England-inspired eatery; RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first on-board brewery and other enhanced dining, bar and entertainment options; as well as new scenic and family-friendly accommodation types.
And the European stops are terrific, with Barcelona, Marseille, Livorno and Rome among the picture book destinations and shore excursions to places like Florence and Pisa, the Colosseum and the Vatican.
A voyage on the Carnival Vista is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
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