Carnival Cruise Line unveiled details of its largest and most innovative ship to date, Carnival Vista, during an event in New York that provided attendees a chance to experience first-hand some of the many groundbreaking features that will be offered on the massive 133,500-ton vessel when it debuts in 2016.

Attendees at the Take In The Vista event enjoyed tasty food and drink samples at exciting and innovative spaces reflective of Carnival Vista, including Seafood Shack which featured lobster rolls, fried clams and clam chowder; Bonsai Sushi offering short rib buns and sushi; Havana Bar serving up delicious traditional Cuban-style empenadas, croquettas, and sandwiches as well as specialty cocktails; RedFrog Pub where Caribbean sliders and fried shrimp were served, along with Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red draught beer; and the candy and more store Cherry On Top with sweets, confections and ice cream.  There was also a mock-up of SkyRide, a first-of-its-kind suspended open-air cycling experience.

There was also face-painting and other activities for kids, including the Seuss-a-palooza Story Time and Parade that is presented on board as part of the line’s fleetwide Seuss at Sea program.

Carnival also gave away more than 30 Carnival Vista cruises, including a grand prize of a European voyage for two with complimentary airfare, to consumers and members of its Very Important Fun Person loyalty program.

It was a terrific way to unveil the many new features aboard Carnival Vista whose inaugural season includes a schedule of eight- to 13-day Mediterranean cruises May through October 2016 followed by a series of voyages from New York.

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