By Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Senior Editor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Cabins on Carnival Vista are generally comfortably sized with plenty of storage space. The color scheme in the standard cabins looked dated to us, which made the brand-new cabins seem older than they are.

One of the best things about Carnival Vista's cabins are their many configurations, with all cabin categories offering rooms capable of fitting two to five people through various configurations using sofa beds and pulldowns (the kind of beds you pull down from the ceiling). Dozens of connecting rooms are also available as well, though we found we could clearly hear our neighbors through the connecting doors. We did not hear similar complaints from cruisers in non-connecting rooms.

All cabins (except for a handful of inside rooms) have two twin beds that convert to a king, a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge (already empty so you can fill it up with what you want), hair dryer and a safety deposit box in the closet. The hair dryer is stored in the main desk drawer taking up most of the space and is attached to an accordion cord so cannot be removed.

The interactive flat-screen TV comes with several channels, though in Europe all the channels except for the Discovery Channel, Cartoon Network and CNBC are European. (We expect this to change when the ship moves to Miami in fall 2016.) Several on-demand movies are also available, including about half a dozen for free.

In all rooms you'll find two 110 power outlets, one 230 outlet and two USB outlets. All are by the desk; in other words, there are no outlets by the bed, a real shortcoming in our opinion. In standard rooms (inside, ocean view and balcony), the power outlets are located directly beneath the mirror making it impossible to plug-in any oversized chargers. Bring a power cord if you have oversized chargers (like for a camera battery).

Bathrooms have plenty of storage space with glass shelving on both sides of the sink. Standard cabins all have shower curtains, but we didn't find them to be overly clingy. All cabins except Cloud 9 Spa and Havana rooms come with shampoo and body wash dispensers in the shower and two bars of soap. One thing we did notice about the bathrooms: the toilets often had to be flushed two or three times to get them to work properly, a minor annoyance to be sure, but a problem that needs to be addressed nevertheless.

There are accessible versions of inside, ocean-view, balcony, Family Harbor and Havana cabins (though not any cabanas). The largest room on the ship is a single accessible Ocean Suite, which measures 450 square feet and has a 100-square-foot balcony.

Interior: The 723 Interior cabins are 185 square feet each. Most interior rooms have two twin beds that convert to a king, though a handful has one single bed and a pulldown bunk. You'll also find a few insides that can fit three people, through two twin beds and a pulldown bunk, and even fewer that can fit four people with two pulldown bunks. All insides come with a small desk and seat and a bathroom with shower. Two side-by-side closets offer limited storage space, particularly hanging space.

There are also six Interior cabins with walkway views on Deck 7. Mostly identical to other inside cabins, these rooms feature a picture window facing the public observation deck on Deck 7 (as opposed to a view of the sea, which could be why Carnival chooses to call them interior rooms, even though technically they're not).

Ocean View: Ocean-view cabins are either 185 square feet or 220 square feet. In all, you'll find a sofa, coffee table, desk with chair, bathroom with shower, three side-by-side closets with plenty of hanging space for two adults and a picture window. A handful of ocean views can fit three people by replacing the standard sofa with a sofa bed.

Deluxe Ocean Views are 230 square feet and depending on configuration can sleep two to four people; all have two bathrooms, one with toilet and shower and one with toilet and junior tub. Rooms that fit three have a single sofa bed, while rooms that fit four have the single sofa bed and an upper bunk.

Balcony: Carnival Vista has several balcony configurations including standard, cove, aft, premium and vista balcony cabins; all can fit two to five people depending on configuration. All have two twin beds that convert to a king, a sofa or sofa bed, coffee table, desk with seat and plenty of storage space for two to three adults with three side-by-side closets. Balconies have a small table and patio chairs. All balcony cabins are 185 square feet, but the balcony size varies: 35square feet for standard balcony cabins; 45 square feet for cove balconies (all of which are found on Deck 2); 60 square feet for aft balcony cabins and 75 square feet for premium and vista balcony cabins. These last two differ only by location on the ship, with vista cabins located on the corner and premiums located just inside the corner.

Havana: The Havana cabin category on Carnival Vista is brand new to Carnival and includes exclusive use of the aft Havana pool until 5 p.m. Most Havana cabins (called cabanas) are located on Deck 5 and include floor-to-ceiling windows and a private outdoor patio, which can be accessed by keycard from outside as well as through the cabin; a few are located on decks 6 and 7 and have balconies rather than patios, but still receive all Havana perks. Patios for both standard Havana Cabanas and cabana suites are 100 square feet. They are enclosed by a low white gate and feature a table, patio chair and loungers. The suites also have a hammock-style swinging chair. All Havana passengers must be 12 years or older.

Standard Havana cabanas are 185 square feet inside and, depending on configuration, can fit two to four people. Havana suites are 260 square feet and can fit two to four people. Suites have a large seating area and one of the nicest bathrooms we've seen on a Carnival ship with marble counters, his and her sinks and a rainfall showerhead in a glass-enclosed square shower. Suites also have generous walk-in closets.

All Havana cabins are decorated in shades of brown and blue, with orange and green throw pillows, dark wood headboards and hurricane-shutters dividing the bed from the sitting area. All also come with Havana-branded Elemis shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap.

Havana balconies are aft-view extended with 60-square-foot balconies or premium or vista category with 75-square-foot balconies. There are also a limited number of inside cabins designated as Havana category, with room for one to four cruisers, depending on configuration.

Family Harbor: A second cabin category exclusive to Carnival Vista is the Family Harbor category, all of which are located in a keycard accessible section of Deck 2. Designed specifically with families in mind, Family Harbor cabins come with several perks including access to the Family Harbor Lounge with its daily buffet breakfast, daytime snacks and 24/7 soft ice cream; a free night of Night Owls babysitting; and free specialty dining for kids under 12 in most of Vista's specialty restaurants.

There are inside, ocean-view, cove balcony and suite cabins in Family Harbor, but all share the same color scheme -- bright blues and reds, with throw pillows and runners decorated with maritime signal flags. All rooms can fit two to five people, depending on configuration, except for suites, which have space for five (all but two, which can only fit four). Many of the cabins in Family Harbor also are connecting (including any inside cabins that can only fit two people). All cabins except insides have two bathrooms, one with a toilet and shower, the other with a toilet and bathtub.

Family Harbor suites are 275 square feet and have 65-square-foot cove balconies (meaning they're closer to the water than other balconies), include a curtain to divide the main sleeping area from the rest of the cabin, and have two flat-screen TVs and roomy walk-in closets.

Cloud 9 Spa: Cloud 9 Spa cabins are available in several categories including inside, ocean-view, balcony and suite. All feature the same color palette of pastel blues with white, brown and yellow accents. Layouts are the same as other cabins of the same category. Passengers in Cloud 9 cabins receive Elemis toiletries in the bathroom, free access to Vista's thermal suite, two free fitness classes per passenger and upgraded Cloud 9 Spa bathrobes and slippers.

Suite: Carnival has three suite categories; depending on configuration, all three offer rooms that can fit two to four people. Passengers in all suites receive priority check-in during embarkation.

Junior Suite: The two Junior suites on Carnival Vista are 275 square feet, have a 35-square-foot obstructed view balcony and feature a bathroom with shower and whirlpool tub combo, as well as double sinks. Junior suites also have a sofa, armchair and coffee table, as well as a walk-in dressing area with vanity table and chair.

Ocean Suite: Ocean Suites are 275 square feet and have 65-square-foot balconies. They come with roomy walk-in closets, sofa or sofa bed and armchair, full bathroom with shower and whirlpool tub combo (and glass doors) and double sinks.

Grand Suite: The largest room category on Carnival Vista, Grand suites are 345 square feet and have 85-square-foot balconies. On top of all the same features as Ocean Suites, Grand Suites have a bidet and the walk-in closet has a vanity table with chair.

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