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New Carnival ship to feature world’s first IMAX theater

The cruise line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, will debut with a first-at-sea IMAX theater when it sets sail in March 2016.

Jan 28, 2015 | By AFPRelaxnews

Carnival Vista

The next cruise ship from will feature the world’s first IMAX theater at sea and a suspended, open-air cycling circuit that offers riders panoramic views of their ocean surroundings.

It’s called the Carnival Vista and is billed as the company’s most innovative ship in an ever-competitive industry, in which cruise brands are perpetually tripping over themselves, trying to snag claims of first, most and biggest.

Set to debut in the spring of 2016, the Carnival Vista boasts bragging rights to bringing the world’s first IMAX theater to the high seas.


At the theater, Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries and IMAX classics will be projected on screens three decks high.


Carnival Vista iMax

Next door, meanwhile, the Thrill Theater offers moviegoers a ‘multi-dimensional’ cinematic experience, complete with special effects.

SkyRide, an open-air cycling attraction, is likewise billed as an industry first. Adventure-seekers climb aboard hanging recumbent-like bikes and pedal their way around an 800-foot (244-meter) suspended track with panoramic views, 150 feet (46 meters) above sea level.

Nearby, the Skycourse is a suspended ropes course that also challenges guests to work for their views.

Carnival Vista Water Park

The ship’s water park will also feature a Kaleid-O-Slide, the company’s first water tube attraction that takes riders on inflatable rafts down a series of twists and turns, and ‘kaleidoscopic visual effects.’

The Carnival Vista will debut May 1, 2016 and serve a Mediterranean itinerary with port of calls throughout Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, and Turkey to start. The vessel has a guest capacity of 3,936.

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