Carnival Vista Bridge Tour – Accessing a Restricted Area of the Cruise Ship

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Have you ever looked up at that floor-to-ceiling glass room jutting off the side of your cruise ship and wondered “what the heck is in there”? Yeah, me too. If you’ve not been on a cruise before I am talking about the “bridge”.

The bridge is the control room where the captain and crew command the ship. It normally sits on the top or front of the ship and allows for a panoramic view which aids in the maneuvering of the vessel.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour
Last month my daughter and I were on and 11-night sailing in the Mediterranean on the brand-new Carnival Vista.

I have to preface this story by stating that I was an invited guest on the Vista as a member of the media. This is not a tour that can normally be taken by guests. Which is why I’m extremely excited to share my photos with you today and give you access to this restricted area.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

The email titled “bridge tour” arrived in my Inbox and my heart fluttered a bit. When I opened the email, which read “Please do let us know your interest particularly as it relates to the bridge tour…”, the conversation with my computer screen went something like this… “HELL YES!”

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Any time you’re given access to something you normally wouldn’t have access to the answer is always a resounding YES!

The bridge room actually spans the entire width of the ship and beyond and is floor to ceiling glass on three sides. There are even small windows on the deck offering the Captain and crew visual access to the waters below.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

As the Vista is Carnival’s newest cruise ship, everything was extremely high tech and top of the line.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Computer monitors, knobs, buttons, and throttles…I have never seen so many gadgets and doohickies.  Carnival Vista’s Captain Rocco Lubrano was happy to show us how everything helps him to navigate the $780 million dollar vessel.

Even more equipment tucked away in a second control room…

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Another set of controls on one end of the bridge with a fantastic view of Vista’s port side.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

With all of the modern technology available in the bridge it was interesting to see the old-school manual equipment available as well…like this barometer affixed to the wall.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

And these nautical flags…

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

All part of a grand back-up-plan should something malfunction with the computer system.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Yes…even binoculars are utilized.

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour

A sincere thank you to the Captain and crew for allowing me to come up and play with the big-boy-toys and for allowing me to photograph this rarely-seen-by-guests area of the Carnival Vista.

For more info on this brand spankin’ new cruise ship visit Carnival.com and to see more photos from our epic Mediterranean cruise vacation visit this post: 11 Day Carnival Vista Mediterranean Cruise Highlights

Special thanks goes out to Carnival for hosting me and my daughter on this cruise. I was not compensated to write this post and all opinions are my own.