The amazing things we’ve created as a society quickly become mundane, and that’s a shame. Cruise ships stand out as a prime example of this. How do you look at these behemoth hotels on the water and not feel a little awe? Even if you think cruise culture is dumb, mobile, floating structures such as these should at least impress you a little bit. But, like every other industry, the cruise business is not immune
Take the Carnival Vista, the 3,934 capacity ship now calling Galveston home. Think your ship is cool because it’s got alcohol? The Vista has a working brewery on board. Yeah, your ship has ample places to work out, but does it have the
And yet, it does maintain that weird intimacy that you find on other cruise ships. For all the things it has, it never feels overwhelming. Even navigating the food options before the ship set sail was fairly easy, with your humble writer able to snag a pretty solid piece of
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Carnival had plenty of big names in town to celebrate Vista’s first trip out of Galveston, including Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy and ship Godmother Deshauna Barber. In an act to show just how much they love this part of the country, Carnival donated $10,000 each to the Houston SPCA and Houston Food Bank. The city of Galveston celebrated things by giving Duffy the key to the city and proclaiming September 23 “Choose Fun Day,” after Carnival’s current big tagline.
Galveston wasn’t Vista’s first home, but it is its new home, and it looks like it has all the tools needed to be a smash in the Gulf. At least everyone that was on the ship seemed like they were already having a blast, whether or not they had a fancy colored drink in their hand to help get them in the right mindset. It should serve the region well, at least until the next big upgrade comes along.