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gmanjesh
Member Since 2016
1 review
This is our first cruise ever and a familly of 14 adults and 8 kids. We were pleasantly surprise. My parents visiting from India had apprehensions of a ship being dirty and wet but were completely awed by the ship and cleanliness ... Read more
Nollymer
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Boy we just get out of the ship yesterday and booked again! The ship is showing its age but they were doing maintenance all the time, that was great to see! We had a blast! I will sum up our experience: Faster to the Fun: Yes, spend ... Read more
Edreilly70347034
Member Since 2016
1 review
Ninth carnival cruise, twenty fifth over all. If this is your first, have fun. If otherwise, prepare to be horrified. Menu was nursing home quality, pay up for steak or lobster, and slow. By fourth nite diningroom was half empty. Cabin ... Read more
reservations4five
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
4 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
We just got back from an 6-night cruise on the Conquest. This was our 3th cruise with Carnival; Sunshine, Paradise and Conquest. Embarkation/Debarkation: Embarkation:It was ok. We have sailed out of Canaveral and Tampa prior to ... Read more
gar208
Member Since 2010
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This being my 15 Carnival cruise, I thought it was very good. For being an old ship, I even liked the décor better than newer ships like the Splendor. The dining room staff and our cabin steward, were very accommodating, as I ... Read more
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tgilevich
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
We have sailed on Celebrity and Norwegian and they have been great or exceptional. I knew that a 4 day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada on the Inspiration was not likely to match those trips. I was right but give the cruise a ... Read more
Patti Pdog
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
Thank you to Cruise Critic for responding me to since Carnival has NO intention of addressing our serious issues we obtain on our First and ONLY Cruise we will EVER take. I am going to copy and past what I posted to Carnival's facebook ... Read more
Jayarby
Member Since 2007
1 review
17 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was a Thanksgiving week vacation, Sunday to Sunday, with a family of Ten sailing out of Baltimore. The ship was very nice and embarkation/disembarkation was a snap. We were on the Riviera deck, which I prefer because of seasickness. ... Read more
CruiseDuck
Member Since 2003
1 review
401 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
With the exception of my daughter's wedding at Firefly in Jamaica, which was amazing, this had to be one of the worse cruises I have taken in all the years of cruising. The check-in went smoothly after a considerable wait. Our cabin was ... Read more
DamceMomCooks2
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was an affordable Thanksgiving cruise for my family of 5 and group of 85. This was probably our 8th cruise. Carnival has always been my least favorite cruise line, but it has its pros, most importantly it's affordable and it is fun. ... Read more
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Elkmont7
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his wonderful ... Read more
Rotorlow
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was a two family cruise which we planned as a budget alternative to longer and larger cruise. For my wife and I, we had never cruised with Carnival. For the first time, we drove to the port from home in TN. We stayed the night prior ... Read more
Charmcarm9
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first experience with Carnival . My daughter asked for a cruise for her 30th birthday. My only stipulation was no airfare, so that meant Carnival out of S. California . To my surprise she found one the day after her birthday . ... Read more
rskater59
Member Since 2007
1 review
85 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise as it was during school vacation week and the DW is a secretary in the school system. It fell within our budget. Embarkation was fine. Uber had an issue at the port and got a ticket, but we were fine. Ship: ... Read more
TheBinkyBabe
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
It felt like everything on this cruise involved waiting. It was a huge line for embarkation, but I figured once we were on the boat it wouldn't be a problem. Then, getting off the boat on the tender days took hours, unless you booked a ... Read more
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Audi74
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
Planned this cruise with a group, totaling four cabins. We all booked on the lowest deck to accommodate a few on a tight budget. The day before we went to Mobile, three of the four cabins were called to offer upgrades at a very minimal ... Read more
Marco007
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
There were good things and bad things. The pink color everywhere was shocking the first day and the ship needs to be updated. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth, no delays. The cabin was a good size and everything in order but again ... Read more
SnowbirdWannaB
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
For our kids' first cruise with our boys aged 16 and 11, we chose Carnival's 5-night Bahamas cruise aboard the Elation. This was only the second cruise for myself and DH; our first was 7-nights aboard Celebrity Reflection. So, we've kind ... Read more
TrishandChris
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
We were on this cruise for Thanksgiving, figuring we'd try something different from our normal tradition. It was great. We learned so much! We left Long Beach with smooth sailing, enjoyed exploring the vessel, had our first dining ... Read more
VCH1966
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
Ok, my mother taught me that if I can't say anything nice I shouldn't say anything at all. However, I spent a lot of time and energy researching and reading reviews prior to this cruise and I hope my experience is helpful to others. ... Read more
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ajaxswan
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
This is our first Carnival cruise and we enjoyed it very much. I am very impressed with the entertainment team and vibe they generate for the whole trip. We had dinner at the main dining room every night and the food was as expected. ... Read more
Jrbrining1
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
This was the 1st cruise that we decided to take the children with us, the computers were down, the boarding time was delayed for more than 3 hours, we got on the ship, the room was smelly, the next day, we noticed that the floors were wet ... Read more
TanyaStreet
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
This was a "sister cruise"...myself and my 2 sisters. We just wanted a little getaway from New Orleans where we live. It didn't start out good. There was a "computer glitch" during embarkation. We were in Zone One. ... Read more
sjb.illinois
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
278 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
Our family of five sailed on Carnival Vista on the repositioning cruise from New York to Miami 11/16. We were myself (46), DH 49, DD 14, DS 11, and my MIL (75+). This was our third Carnival cruise as a family together, but DH and I had ... Read more
panda242
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Ship information Having cruised on numerous cruise lines (RCL, Celebrity, NCL etc) and other Carnival ships, you can tell the Vista sells itself as a ship for entertainment rather than for exceptional service. The ship itself is ... Read more
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