New Carnival ship to feature world's first IMAX theatre and cycling attraction

Carnival Vista. (Courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines)

Carnival Vista. (Courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines)


, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

The next cruise ship from Carnival will feature the world’s first IMAX theatre 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.

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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. 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 244-metre suspended track with panoramic views, 46 metres above sea level.

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

The ship’s water park, the largest in the company’s fleet, 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.’

Carnival is hoping to compete with Royal Caribbean, which dominated cruise headlines this year when it launched Quantum of the Seas, a game-changing vessel that features an onboard skydiving chamber, bumper car ring and observation capsule that whisks passengers 90 meters above sea level.

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.