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200 Carnival Barcelona Cruise Reviews

Overall the ship is very bright & cheery. We loved the layout. Altho very big it didn't seem so. Seating in the Lido Marketplace dining area was very large. We never found it full. You can pour your own draft beer at lunch or ... Read More
Overall the ship is very bright & cheery. We loved the layout. Altho very big it didn't seem so. Seating in the Lido Marketplace dining area was very large. We never found it full. You can pour your own draft beer at lunch or dinner time. Love Guys Burgers, the free homemade ice cream that served 2 different flavors each day as well as the self serve machines that are open 24 hours a day. The variety of restaurants are great. Entertainment areas are bright & well laid out. Limelight lounge is excellent for the comedy shows, not a big fan of the Liquid Lounge which has movable seating so that they can rearrange for the nightly disco dancing. The Thrill Theater is a great addition & fun. Sports Bar has a tv that covers the whole wall. Red Frog Pub is full of games & you can pour your own draft beer right at your seat, just insert your sail & sign card for $4. Getting on & off ship at ports was very easy & quick. In fact if it wasn't for some technical difficulty at embarkation it would have been our fastest & easiest ever. We went from arrival at port to waiting to board in just 10 minutes! When it was time for self debarkation at 7am we were standing outside waiting for our ride at 7:05am. In fact only one family was in front of us. We went on 3 Carnival shore excursions. Naples: Amalfi Drive & Pompeii. The ride from Naples to Amalfi Coast is boring with nothing to see except depressing buildings & landscape. Amalfi coast line is beautiful. The bus ride becomes long & tedious. There is no where for the bus to pull over & stop. If you sit on the wrong side of the bus you will not get a good view or good pictures. The driver must manipulate hairpin turns on what should be a one lane round going in one direction but is in fact two lane with two way traffic. Lunch was in a beautiful restaurant over looking the Med Sea. Our guide was average at best, constantly repeating himself. Pompeii was very interesting but hot & tiring. Lots of riding & walking. A very long day. Rome: Rome at its Best & Inside the Colosseum. The ride to Rome is very pleasant through very nice countryside. Our guides Valentina & Max were outstanding, very informed & caring. Colosseum, Trevi Fountain & St. Peter's were unbelievable. Lunch was excellent, plentiful & relaxing. This was a long great day filled with wonderful sites & info. Be ready for a lot of walking. Florence & Pisa: Florence & Pisa on your Own. Our guide John was terrific on this trip. He gave us tons of info on the ride to Pisa through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Pisa is a small town that the bus must park quite a ways from the tower. once there you have an hour to take pics, walk around & shop. We then drove to Florence where once again you are let off quite a ways from the main square. Once there after John suggests what & where to go you have 3-4 hours on your own. A map is supplied. A very nice trip with a lot of walking. Barcelona: we took a trip up to Monserat & the monestery, excellent. Great hiking & sites. We used Barcelona Tours, Dolca was an outstanding guide. Highly recommend this tour. We saw all of the major sites in Barcelona. Much less walking. Highly recommend Parc Reill. Food was very good & menu similar to all of Carnival Ships. The staff was by far the friendliest & engaging of any we have been on so far. Matt the Cruise Directer & his staff were excellent. The production shows were the best, especially FLICK. What great dancers & singers. Also enjoyed the violinists in the atrium. Rope coarse, skyride & the waterslides were really fun & free. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Fun aboard, newest sky ride, music and shows. excellent service from crew, all lovely music from classic to salsa, for children fantastic. Red Frog bar excellent beer and entertamaint, Good food in Lido restaurant and Dinnig room. ... Read More
Fun aboard, newest sky ride, music and shows. excellent service from crew, all lovely music from classic to salsa, for children fantastic. Red Frog bar excellent beer and entertamaint, Good food in Lido restaurant and Dinnig room. Excellent Breakfast in the restaurant, Clean ship .This ship have all with we need, We have many trips makes with carnival. This was complet new for us . The information is good with a daily newspaper . At the room television is very information for deals and all we need.The restroom (2) in the cabin are very clean also the beds are comfortabel.The restaurant for dining are not to cold the airconditioning is very good. The food is for this 8 nights good , its every day a new menu from the place we go visit. We can eat so much we want. The waiters are friendly and can our names perfect every day. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Our cruise on the Vista was my 10th or so overall and probably my 5th with Carnival. Overall, I'm going to give it very high marks. My wife, 2 boys (12 and 10) stayed in a family harbor stateroom on the 2nd deck. If you are ... Read More
Our cruise on the Vista was my 10th or so overall and probably my 5th with Carnival. Overall, I'm going to give it very high marks. My wife, 2 boys (12 and 10) stayed in a family harbor stateroom on the 2nd deck. If you are traveling with pre-teens and I can't suggest staying on this deck more highly. There is a private lounge with restricted use to families staying in this area. They serve breakfast daily and have a cappuccino machine that makes a perfect latte. They also serve snacks in the afternoon, which is nice when you return to the ship after a long day touring. The lounge also gives the kids a place where they can go to hang out with other kids and just play games, watch TV, or whatever. Carnival kind of hit it out of the park with this amenity. The itinerary was outstanding - Depart from Barcelona, 1st stop is Cagliari in Sardinia. Didn't do much in port - just a bit of a walk right in the port town which is more lovely than one might think. The next stop is Naples. We opted for Capri over Naples. Winner. Day 3 is Rome - saw all the sites on a guided (all tours booked through Viator) tour. Guide was amazing. Kids earned a ton. It was simply amazing. Next stop Florence - Opted for an "on your own tour" from Viator - it was good, not great. You get what you pay for. Marseilles was next. Left the kids on the ship and the wife and I took a private car to Aix-en-Provence. I love wine and food. Suffice to say that Aix is right up my alley. No real tour needed here. Just get there and head for the central market. Last meaningful stop was Palma de Mallorca. I had very low expectations; I was blown away. $20 cab to the beach (Palma Nova), full day in the sun in the sand = winning like Charlie Sheen. Food - It's a cruise. I eat only to survive on a cruise. The food did what it needed to do. I avoided the buffets other than the one in the family harbor where I had breakfast daily. If you want to stay on budget, Guy's burgers are good, the pizza is above average and the tacos at Blue Iguana are excellent. A few extra $ will get you good sushi at the sushi place - but make sure you stick with sushi; most of the other stuff I tried was pretty good. Other upcharge place we tried was the chinese joint - Jin Jin or something (foggy memory). It was hit or miss. Entertainment - saw a comedy show. It was excellent. Piano bar was pretty awful. I choose to entertain myself in the casino. Go ahead, judge me. Slots aren't good, tables are. In other words, wife didn't do so well, I did ok. Smoking in the casino is annoying, but I am a live and let live type. Pools and such - Better get up early if you want to get a chair. I feel for Carnival and the fine line it has to walk with people that do things that douchy. It is what it is. Ge there early and play the game or just wing it. Like I said, I'm pretty easy going. Skyrider and ropes course are super cool. Use some strategy to time getting on the prior - the line gets muy heinous. Service - hit or miss. You'll get some great service and you'll get some not so great service. Whatever. Stateroom stayed clean and I always ended up getting what I needed eventually. Stateroom - Like I said - was in family harbor on deck 2. The good (other than previously stated) - convenient; balcony is nice; beds are comfy; plenty of storage; there are 2 showers, 1 with tub (kinda weird). The bad - lots of banging and noise from something - maybe crew, maybe engine related. It started pretty early. I just used it as my alarm clock. Kids slept right through it. Also, a bit of an Ocean smell on the 2nd deck. You get used to it. Other passengers - I was hoping for a more international crowd. This cruise delivered. I'm guessing 30% USA, 20% UK and a nice mix of all other cultures made up the other 50%. I really dug limiting the chances of having to watch one of my fellow countryman act like an ass. I'm happy to say (unless I was that ass,) that my fears didn't come to fruition. In conclusion. Great trip. Not cheap, but worth it. Book your excursions well in advance, and don't use Carnival. Get off the boat and see Europe. It's a trip you won't soon forget. I'm not going back to proofread, so pardon my errors and such. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose this cruise because we have traveled with Carnival before and they were offering a new ship with inaugural sailing in the Mediterranean. This was one area of the world we have always wanted to visit and so, this was the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have traveled with Carnival before and they were offering a new ship with inaugural sailing in the Mediterranean. This was one area of the world we have always wanted to visit and so, this was the opportunity. The ship was beautiful, well decorated and we never felt like there were 4000 passengers on board. We enjoyed the dining options and found most of the food excellent. The shows were good, however the standup was not always the best. We loved the Sky Ride and the inner tube water slide in the water park. The Serenity Lounge was beautiful, l and we enjoyed taking advantage of all variety of seating options along both sides of the 5th floor of the ship. Our favorite pool areas was the Havana Pool, but it was only available to most of us after 5pm. That did work out well for us, as we were often returning from a shore excursion about that time and could cool off there. The staff was friendly and helpful. The one difficulty we encountered was being seating during the "your own dining" times if we did not go before 7pm. There were always crowds and it took up to an hour to be seated on some evenings. Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed our 10 day cruise on this beautiful new ship, as we visited several ports of call that were beautiful and so interesting. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
It was not the first cruise with Carnival and I was happy with all services. I traveled with my son aged 13 years and both have the same opinion about the Carnival holiday spent on Vista. We made two cruises starting July 9, from Barcelona ... Read More
It was not the first cruise with Carnival and I was happy with all services. I traveled with my son aged 13 years and both have the same opinion about the Carnival holiday spent on Vista. We made two cruises starting July 9, from Barcelona to Athens and back. The trail seemed interesting to me. I would like to appreciate the guide we had in shore excursion from Athens, Ms. Angeliki, which made me to like Athens. Additionally, Ms. Francoise who accompanied us to Avignon and Pont du Gard is a very pleasant memory of the holiday that I spent with Carnival. Offers tours seemed to me varied and interesting. Of Horizons Restaurant I would like to appreciate that made my day more pleasant attitude Mrs. / Miss Jovana at check-in and Mr. Alexander headwaiter who served us most of the time. I liked particularly Asian menu at Restaurant JiJi. It appreciated the cleanliness of the ship and the attitude of employees. We have already made six cruises Carnival, so I can only be happy with what we found on board, starting with employees' attitude which I find very important, continuing with the cuisine, with the general organization, cleanliness, activities sufficient and diverse enough to occupy your time. Of course we will want to spend vacations with Carnival. What has happened to Freddy? Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Our first cruise with family in the Family Harbor area. There were 7 of us - 5 in one cabin and 2 in another and it was perfect for us. The lounge was great for breakfast and a quick get away off the ship in the morning. Also for ... Read More
Our first cruise with family in the Family Harbor area. There were 7 of us - 5 in one cabin and 2 in another and it was perfect for us. The lounge was great for breakfast and a quick get away off the ship in the morning. Also for lemonade and ice cream anytime. The ship has so many things to do and they were all great. We did not do everything as there was little time with all the port excursions which we booked privately as with 7 people you can book a private van. The ship has tons of outdoor space and we never felt crowded. The children enjoyed the camps except that the 12 year old wished he were in the older camp with his sister . Staff were wonderful and knew our names instantly. We were treated like Kings and felt that Carnival really cared about us having a good time! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We choose this ship as it was new, we where a bit unsure about cruising with Canival due to the bad reviews they get and our 1st ever curse was Disney but there was noting to worry about from start to finish it was fantastic. I was ... Read More
We choose this ship as it was new, we where a bit unsure about cruising with Canival due to the bad reviews they get and our 1st ever curse was Disney but there was noting to worry about from start to finish it was fantastic. I was cruising with my hubby and 7 year old daughter. Embarkation went smoothly although quite a long wait, we arrived around 1ish can't remember what time we actually got on the ship, we were just enjoying the experience and people watching, we sailed from Barcelona and once you got through the security checks you went upstairs for your number to be called and there was a little bar which we had a drink we hadn't even finder our drinks and our number was called. The ship itself is lovely, lots of space we never felt crowded. Our daughter loved the slides, though I do feel they could be better managed by staff, when the kids club staff took there turn watching they were on the ball stoping kids fron blocking up the bottom of the slide etc but others really didn't know how to handle children and yes it's the parents job to parent but unfortunately some parents switch off and let there children run wild. Our daughter was too small for the rope course and the sky ride, hubby and I did both and loved it the view on the bike was fantastic, although there was always a long line for the sky ride but well worth the wait. Entertainment was fantastic Matt was brilliant got the crowd going, we where there over the 4th of July so there was a big party and special American themed cocktails, flags given out, red and blue beads. The Rock of ages show was really good, and enjoyed the others too. Comedy club was good although took a while to bring your drink too you, thought most acts where funny bar one who was just crude, but that's my taste. The best place for us as a family and a couple was the piano bar with Ben he was amazing and so good with children up till 10pm then it becomes an adult only show. Sing a long you choose a song and Ben with sing it for you, he has lots of silly hats that you put on and join in. Dining was great when we moved resturants from horizon to reflections (may be the other way about) when we arrived we where taken to our table which was a table for 8 I had asked for a table for 3 at dinner time we like to just be a family and chat about what we did that day etc. They were unable to move us to a 3 table the head waiter was rude, hubby and I were given our menus our daughter wasn't we asked for a menu for our daughter waiter said they didn't have any and told us what was on kids menu, daughter wasn't so keen on kids choices as she eats what we eat asked can she order from the adult menu we where told no, then asked for apple juice with water we where told you only get apple juice at breakfast. Service was terrible and waiters white shirt was grey. The next day we had a card waiting for us with the table number of the other restaurant that we where to go to, big difference Ken welcomed us spoke to her daughter couldn't have been nicer, waiting staff all amazing we asked again for Apple juice and water please sure no problem, daughter was given the adult menu right away and was always served 1st when her food came the staff cut it up for her. Food was fantastic. Lido deck it is what it is buffet style food good. Guys burgers great Bonizi sushi amazing so worth the slight extra charge. We didn't go on any excurtions our daughter didn't want to leave kids club and we didn't feel comfortable leaving her for a long time without being able to be in contact if needed(which we never where) when we did got off we used the transport ie buses put on by carnival which was fine got you into town and back. Our daughter has a fantastic time loved every minute plenty for her to do all staff are great with children especially the kids club. Embarkation was fast no problems. Can't wait to go back have booked the Horizon for 2018 from NYC Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We were looking for a family vacation to celebrate our parents 60th anniversary. There was a group of seven ages 18 to 81. The itinerary looked good and we were able to get excellent airfares to Barcelona. We booked this trip 10 months ... Read More
We were looking for a family vacation to celebrate our parents 60th anniversary. There was a group of seven ages 18 to 81. The itinerary looked good and we were able to get excellent airfares to Barcelona. We booked this trip 10 months ago and booked airfares at the same time. We were able to get fares for $994 roundtrip Minnesota to Barcelona. I would recommend flying into Barcelona a few days before the cruise. The city is amazing and you can get adjusted with the time change. Your best bet for exchange is getting money from the ATM. The banks would only exchange $300 and the rate was steep. The cruise ship does not have a money exchange but you can get euros from an identified ATM. Make sure to look for the one with a sign. They charge you $6 for the ATM.This was our 7th cruise and I have to say this was the best Carnival ship so far. We chose to embark at noon which was the earliest you can get on. The process flowed smoothly and took only 45 minutes from start to finish. On board there is a lovely atrium bar next to guest services and the excursion desk. A talented violinist played each night with his electric violin. We would sit there waiting for the dining to open at the early seating. So let's talk food on the ship. With the busy itinerary you will not be on board a lot. I would recommend the late seating for dinner so you can enjoy the full days off the ship. The formal dining is quite good and our wait staff were excellent. Good variety of steaks throughout the week and seafood entrees. Seafood was okay but not spectacular. The desserts were consistently high quality and good. There is also a burger place and burrito bar by the pool. Both were quite good. The burrito bar closes at 2:30 each day so we hardly got there. You can also order pizza 24 hours in the back of the boat. It was a popular place. We only ate at the buffet twice. People would all crowd in the first queue not realizing you could go back and there was more. There were also places to purchase other food but we didn't do that. The ship has lots of spaces to relax depending on what you like. We also enjoyed working out each day and walking the track. You will find with the itinerary there is not a lot of time on the ship. Shore excursions. I did not book excursions with the ship and I never do. On this trip we estimated huge savings and also got to many places the ship excursions could not travel to with a big bus. Day 3 sicily. We booked a private driver Mr Stefano cacciola. Email is stefano.privatedriver@gmail.com. He picked us up right after you get off the ship and had a comfortable Mercedes van. It was 400 euros for 7 people for the whole day. He took us up the coast to a small village for local Granite which is a delicious icy treat served with brioche bread. From there we headed to Taomarina and Castlemola. The cruise didn't offer this tour as a bus can't get to Castlemola. This is a very old town and castle with beautiful views. We got back to the ship around 4. Day 4 is Naples. We headed up the Amalfi Coast with a tour through viator. Ciao Italy tours viareggio. Fleur translated and AlFredo drove a mercedes. This was about it euros per person. We went to Sorrento which had great shopping-leather shoes and limoncello. We found our best deals of the week here. We also went to Positano and another small village on the way back. This day we were gone 9 hours and it was my second favorite day to Rome. Day 5 was Rome. Here we booked a trip from the ship into Rome. Rome is an hour from the port and you do not want to rely on the train. Our driver brought us to villa borghese where we met a golf cart driver for 7. It sounds crazy but the golf cart was awesome for getting around Rome. It is so hectic and small spaces we got right up to all the attractions. We then met a guide for a Vatican tour in the afternoon. When we returned to the ship and everyone talked about their day I realized we saw so much more than the other tours. This was 840 euros for seven for 9 hours. You do have to order Vatican tickets ahead which are 20 euros a piece. You can get them 60 days in advance, otherwise you are in a looooong line. Day 6 Florence. Here we hired David to pick us up for 500 Euro for the day. Another Mercedes van which was nice. He is at ciaoitalytour@gmail.com. He took us around Tuscany to Pisa and Florence. Such beautiful views and a more relaxed day from Rome. David also stopped at the best gelato place on our whole trip. It was where local people went and very cheap. Day 7 messina. We were tired and slept in. It was a busy day in town with a soccer match between Germany and France. We just went to the city center and wandered about. There is very little in English so be prepared. We looked up stuff on our phones. Finally the last day was Palma De mallorca. This was a zoo. Too few cabs for the hundreds wanting them. I would take the cruise shuttle. Less fuss. Each night we watched the movie on a big screen over the pool. This was really popular. Hope you enjoy it is a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I travelled with my wife, 5 year old son and 81 year old mother in law so I was worried that it would be hard to find a cruise to suit the needs of such a mixed group. My worries were unfounded. The cabins were very nice and fairly ... Read More
I travelled with my wife, 5 year old son and 81 year old mother in law so I was worried that it would be hard to find a cruise to suit the needs of such a mixed group. My worries were unfounded. The cabins were very nice and fairly spacious. The staff attending to the rooms were incredibly hard working and polite. I can't thank them enough. The whole family loved the towel animals that would be left in the room each evening.. My 5 year old loved the kids club and basically wanted to go every day. This was great as it gave us plenty of free time to relax. This was worth the money alone and the kids club team were amazing. It also provided an opportunity for my son to mix with the other kids on-board and make new friends. They also run a late night kids club from 10 pm - 1 am) although this does incur a modest fee whereas the main kids club is free. You can even leave your kids on the ship while you enjoy an excursion. If parents are off on an excursion the kids get to eat meals with the kids club team. The food on board was excellent. The main dinning room provided an upmarket experience and I found the food and service to be consistently high most nights. The buffet restaurant was also excellent throughout. The poolside food joints such as Guys Burger Bar were also very good. My wife is a vegetarian and she was well catered for and also thought the standard was high. The ship had a good selection of pools. Perhaps slightly small when busy but as someone who loves having a swim I was more than satisfied. The kids water park was amazing and my son absolutely loved it. We tried out all of the flumes and had a real blast together. The ropes course and sky ride were both nice additions although I would have preferred to have a climbing wall. The only area where I'd possible mark down the actual ship experience was the night time entertainment. Compared to NCL I felt that Carnival hadn't really put the same level of effort into it's entertainment. There was still plenty to entertain guests including some good live bands. It's really a very minor criticism and actually in no way had any impact on my time aboard. The excursions were a bit of a let down though. Over priced and too busy. I'm not going to mark down the review for this as I think this is a problem common to all cruises. Embankment was a long process but I felt that the staff did a very good job of keeping everything running in an orderly fashion. Disembarkation was fast and smooth although I advice against paying for the Carnival Airport Transfer. There's plenty of Taxi Cabs available at the port at a far more reasonable rate. Overall we had an amazing time. If you are looking for a multi-generational cruise then Carnival Vista is well worth considering. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Just got back from our fabulous cruise on the shiny new Carnival Vista! Our small family included myself and my husband (DH) and our 8 year old daughter. This was our 9th cruise and our 3rd cruise with Carnival. We had a great ... Read More
Just got back from our fabulous cruise on the shiny new Carnival Vista! Our small family included myself and my husband (DH) and our 8 year old daughter. This was our 9th cruise and our 3rd cruise with Carnival. We had a great time! Carnival Vista is an excellent ship for families. This was an amazing cruise and my most favorite cruise so far. The ship has so many features that we were not able to fully experience because of our busy itinerary. Eight days flew by so fast and we were so sad to leave. We had very high expectations for this cruise and Carnival Vista did not disappoint! We were very pleased with the ship. We did feel that the Atrium was not as grand but the Dreamscape (a three-deck-high LCD funnel that displays slowly moving digital images) is unique and very modern. It changes several times a day and I always try to take a picture every time I pass by. They keep it really fun! Dining - The Carnival Vista has a lot of dining options but we did not do any of the dining option with additional fee. There's plenty to eat without spending extra. We used the $$$ to dine and shop in the ports. We mostly ate breakfast at the Lido Marketplace buffet but it can get very crowded during busy port days when most people have early morning excursions. (Naples, Civi, and Livorno). The Taste Bar (Deck 5, aft ) is a good option to avoid the crowd. We ate there twice, less options that the lido buffet but they have eggs, oatmeal, fruits, breads, coffee, juices, etc... So many options for lunch! We only had one sea day and we enjoyed the BBQ for lunch that day. I love Guy's Burger Joint and the Mongolian wok. We never got the chance to try Blue Iguana and the 24/7 pizza. For dinner we had "Your Time Dining" so we were assigned to the Horizons Restaurant. Diners who chose "Your Time Dining" (Horizons Restaurant which is on Deck 3 or 4, aft) must first stop at a desk on Deck 5 (mid ship), near Java Blue cafe, to sign in for dinner and get their table assignment. Since we were on Deck 7 it was not out of the way for us. We enjoyed all our dinners at the Horizons Restaurant. The first night was a little slow, dinner took about 2 hours. But the show was at 9:30 PM that night so we were not really in a hurry. The following days were a lot better. There were plenty of choices. I would normally pick two appetizers since it was hard to decide. My daughter and I loved all the chilled soups that they have. Also available every night is one appetizer and one entree representing the destination the ship is currently in. I especially enjoyed the Paella while we were docked at Palma de Majorca. And the DESSERTS were heavenly! I'm in love with the Melting Chocolate Cake! DH and our daughter are more into ice cream. We ate the Horizons Restaurant every night except one, we were really tired and sweaty from our Pompeii visit so we decided to take long showers and eat at the buffet. We tried the Lido Marketplace buffet once for dinner. We were not very impressed the options but it was fine. We had a quick dinner and went back to our stateroom to relax and recharge to get ready for the next day. Stateroom - We were in Stateroom 7254. Ocean Suite with Large Balcony (category OS). Loved our stateroom and I wish we had more time to enjoy it. The stateroom size is very roomy and comfortable for our family of 3. The stateroom has a roomy walk-in closet, sofa bed for our daughter and armchair, full bathroom with shower and whirlpool tub combo (and glass doors) and double sinks. Considering the long port days, we did not use the balcony that much. I took a relaxing nap in our balcony during the only sea day we have and I did not notice any noise. I have to add that the balcony door was heavy (slammed it accidentally a few times at first, sorry) I got used to it after the first day but I would prefer to have a sliding door. Activities and Entertainment - Our 8 year old love Camp Ocean, she was always begging to spend more time in the Camp. They have different activities all the time. The also played board games and watched movies. They even had a 4th of July celebration for 4th of July. We always take our daughter with us on excursions during port days but for parents who want to leave their kids in the ship (or kids who want to stay behind) Camp Ocean is open and free. Carnival Vista is an action-packed ship with tons of activities! Honestly, if you got bored on this ship, it was your own fault. We didn't even have enough time to enjoy everything. We never saw a comedy show because we were always too tired. We had to miss some of the shows at the Liquid Lounge as well. Both water slides were a lot of fun. The DH and DD tried the Skyride. The lines were always long since it is very popular. Staff and Service - Service was excellent! I have nothing bad to say about all the staff I have met. They work very long hours and will always try their best to help you. Joanna, our cabin attendant was extremely friendly and kept our stateroom spotless. Our stateroom was cleaned twice a day and the turn down service always includes a towel animal. Ports - Messina - We got off the ship for a few hours to see the Cathedral of Messina, Bell Tower, and Astronomical Clock. Since this was our first stop in Italy, we also got gelato. We also took the mini train ride for a 1 hour tour of the city (10 euros for adults and 5 euros for kids.) Naples - Awesome stop! We booked with Cant's be missed tours (CBM) and visited Sorrento, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Pompeii is super hot in the summer! Be sure to bring hats and sunscreen. I forgot to bring the cooling towel, it would have been useful. We were back on the ship by 5PM. Civitavecchia - This was our "Rome" day and my favorite day of the cruise. We had a shared tour with Rome in Limo for 7 people. We saw the Coliseum, the Pantheon, etc. before lunch. Our driver took us for an awesome lunch at a cafe near the Vatican. We did not have a guide for the Vatican but we managed to visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peters Basilica. Fantastic day! Florence -Took a Carnival excursion "Florence and Pisa on your own". Good excursion. We had a guide in the bus who gave us a lot of information. He also walked with us from the bus drop off point to Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. We had 3 hours and 30 mins of free time to explore and have lunch in Florence. We also had 1 hour in Pisa, not enough time to climb the tower but plenty of time to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. Marseille - Took the FREE port shuttle that dropped us off about 15 mins. away from the Vieux port (by walking). We took the Petit Train Touristique de Marseille (8 euros for adults and 4 euros for kids) to Notre Dame de la Garde and shopped for souvenirs. Took a cab back to the ship for 20 euros. Palma De Mallorca - We had lunch on the ship and got out around 2:00 PM. We took the Carnival shuttle to the city center just in front of the magnificent The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca (La Seu). The cost is $16 for adults and $8 for kids. There is a wonderful park near the Cathedral and we walked around and shopped for souvenirs for a few hours. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both easy and quick. Overall, I would recommend the Vista to anyone! We had a great family cruise! We are very happy with the service and we really enjoyed the Vista. It is a wonderful ship for kids and the whole family. I really hope to sail on her again in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
OMG the Carnival Vista was Awesome! * We had 3 outside rooms for our group, and they were all very nice and clean. * The cruise director Matt was fantastic: very entertaining, very funny, and very personable. * The service ... Read More
OMG the Carnival Vista was Awesome! * We had 3 outside rooms for our group, and they were all very nice and clean. * The cruise director Matt was fantastic: very entertaining, very funny, and very personable. * The service was EXCELLENT, including the Tatiana (at dinner), George (cabin steward), and just about every other person that we came in contact with -- very kind and helpful. * The entertainment on-board was "WOW" -- amazing talent and fantastic productions. * My personal favorite was the "SkyRide" -- biking 145 feet above the water: innovative and CRAZY FUN! * Also the water slides were refreshing and fast (also CRAZY FUN). We've been on several other boats and the Vista is several notches above the rest. Two thumbs up!!! We chose the Vista because the itinerary was a nice variety of cities throughout Europe, including: Barcelona, Marseille, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Cosast, Greek Islands, and Athens. And we were very happy with our decision to cruise on the Vista. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was the trip of lifetime. the ship was incredible. The service and food were divine. The entertainment was excellent. The ports were wonderful except Crete, which was not as interesting as the others. 13 of us traveled together ... Read More
This was the trip of lifetime. the ship was incredible. The service and food were divine. The entertainment was excellent. The ports were wonderful except Crete, which was not as interesting as the others. 13 of us traveled together and used the pleasant spa frequently. Our only complaint was we had to walk through the smoking casino each time we went to our large reserved dining area on the fourth floor at the stern of the ship. Barcelona is magnificent and one of my all time favorite cities. We enjoyed Axe and Arles in Southern France. Florence and Rome can't be seen enough. The history, buildings, museums, and places to eat never get old. Amalfi and the southern Coast of Italy are beautiful. Crete was pleasant but not that exciting. Rhodes was an amazing ancient city with lots to see. The shops inside the old city walls were enjoyable. Athens is a city with much history and lots of places to eat and great shopping, but it is dirty and full of graffiti. Nice buildings have been ruined by "expressive art," a poor word for ugly graffiti. Greece has serious financial issues and has virtually no money to keep this ancient city from being turned into an ugly venue. We are happy never to return to Athens but are glad we were able to see the Parthenon and Acropolis. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Every year myself and 2 of my friends take a much needed trip. Since we all turned 45, we decided to take a trip of a lifetime trip. We chose a cruise because we would be able to see different ports and have food and lodging included in ... Read More
Every year myself and 2 of my friends take a much needed trip. Since we all turned 45, we decided to take a trip of a lifetime trip. We chose a cruise because we would be able to see different ports and have food and lodging included in one total price. Plus we would be able to pay in installments. We booked everything through Carnival including our flight. We also prepaid airport transfer fees and gratuities. Luckily, we arrived at the airport early because there was a problem with our tickets. After arriving at the airport, we weren't able to print our boarding pass because although Carnival sent confirmation emails regarding our arrival and departure flights, they changed the flight information at the last minute. At first, we were supposed to go on Air France, but ended up on Delta Airlines. When the flights were changed, we were red flagged because Delta only showed us with one way tickets to Barcelona. If booking flights through Carnival make sure that you verify all ticket information at least 2 days before your flight. Airport transfers....Carnival contracts with a company to take you to and from the airport. After getting our luggage, we had to wait in line in order to check in with the contract company. After checking in, we had to wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes for the bus to arrive. We were escorted outside to get on the bus. The walk is a little distant. Our escort took us to lane 20. The bus wasn't there. We then had to walk to lane 2 and the bus still wasn't there. Please note that when you check in, your luggage is also checked with the company. They will transport the luggage to the ship. We had to wait an additional 5-10 minutes before the bus arrived to take us to the ship. Embarkation.....After arriving at the ship, we made our way to the 1st check in. They verified our information (Confirmation & Passport). We then had to go through the security line. After we made it through the security line, we went to the 2nd check in. This is where you receive your Set & Sail Card with your room and dining information. Apparently, our person was new because she forgot to give the people that was at her counter before us their passports back. So we had to wait for her to get a supervisor to tell her what to do with the other guests passports. Finally, after about 10 minutes of us waiting at the counter, she was able to assist us. It only took a few minutes for her to give us the Set & Sail card and other information. I would suggest that they get some type of electronic board to inform passengers which section they are boarding. Everyone just gathered around the entrance because they were excited to board the ship. Ship...The ship was very nice and clean! Cabin...We stayed in cabin 3211 which has an ocean view. The cabin was a nice size. It had 2 bathrooms. In the first bathroom, it had a toilet, shower and sink area with glass shelves. The second bathroom had shelves, a sink and a tub/shower combo. There were 3 closets. The first closet had drawers and a safe. The second closet had space to hang shirts and also have shoes. The third closet had space to hang dresses and anything long. There was also a desk where the telephone sat and it had shelves. We kept our beds separate. Beside 2 of the beds, there was a nightstand that was able to hold more items. There was a lot of storage space in the room. Dining...We had late dining (8:15 p.m.) in the Reflections Lower. We were seated with an older couple and a father and son. Everyone except for us were from London. They were great people. There was a variety of food to choose from on each section of the menu. We only ate here 2 times. The other times we ate at the Lido buffet or one of the other food places on the ship. Guy's Burger Joint....I tried the burger on the last night of the cruise. It was pretty good. They offer a variety of toppings that can be added to the burger. Although, it isn't listed on the menu or advertise, they do offer a vegetarian burger. Entertainment....The entertainment was good. They had several comedians that were very funny. The nightly shows were also good. Activities....I enjoyed all of the activities. I participated in Bingo, Trivia and they were all fun. The casino was nice. Most of the machines are penny machines, but there are a few quarter and dollar machines. The casino also had Big Loot Draws, Win $2500 Cash and other ways to win money and cruises. The SkyTrack was nice and wasn't too crowded. People were running and walking. It takes either 6 or 7 times around to make a mile. The SkyRide was fun! This is the ride that you peddle in the air around the ship. Sometimes the line is long, but if you go prior to everyone coming back from their excursions, you won't have to wait long. Ports.... Palermo...We didn't book an excursion through Carnival. We got off the ship and took a taxi with the Palermo Taxi Tour for $40 per person for 2 hours. We were able to visit and explore sites to include Albero Secolare, Mercato della Vucciria, Monreale, Piazza Pretoria, Cattedrale. Naples...We didn't book an excursion. You are so close to the city that you can walk from the port. We ate outside at Trattoria Medina, an authentic Italian eatery. Please note that you will be charged extra to eat outside. (We were charged $2 each). The food wasn't very good. Also, the people weren't as friendly as the other ports. There are lots of street vendors selling fake Prado & MK. Rome.....Make sure you book an excursion with Carnival! The ship docks 90 minutes away from Rome. The Rome on your own tour is 10 hours which includes 3 hours to and from the ship. We literally walked over 9 miles. There was so much to see. I purchased a leather purse for only $35. All of the shops are near the Trevi Fountains. Make sure you are at the meeting spot on time. The bus to the ship will leave you. Livorno (Leaning Tower of Pisa).....We did the Leaning Tower of Pisa with Tower Entrance. The tour was 4.5 hours which wasn't long enough. It needs to be extended at least to 5 or 5.5 hours. This tour was very rushed. We were able to see Leaning Tower, Baptistery and the Cathedral. The buses park 15 minutes away from the actual attractions. Marseilles.....This place was beautiful! We didn't book an excursion with Carnival. The port was close to the city. We walked to the city and found a "train" for $8 per person that took us to a cathedral. We were able to see beautiful views of the coast. You must try the crepes with Nutella. Palma De Mallorca.....We didn't book an excursion with Carnival. After we left the ship, we found a taxi driver that took us around the city and to other places for $50 per person. This trip was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We love Carnival and wanted to do the Mediterranean aboard The brand new Vista ! Everything from our beautiful Havana Suite to the service on board Her was impeccable ! The Ports were awesome ! The following year we flew back to Barcelona ... Read More
We love Carnival and wanted to do the Mediterranean aboard The brand new Vista ! Everything from our beautiful Havana Suite to the service on board Her was impeccable ! The Ports were awesome ! The following year we flew back to Barcelona and stayed in the wonderful Port for 9 days ! The Vista was Grand ! I highly recommend this ship and encourage you to book a Havana cabin . The entertainment was great ! Our Cruise Director Matt was awesome , you could tell he overwhelmingly love his job ! The food on board was very good ! What we loved about the Havana Cabin was that it was very private , we had our own pool and bar with some great coffee in the morning ! The Aft view was phenomenal too ! Loved the Vista ! Looking forward to doing Her Sister Ship The Horizon ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Decided literally a few days before that we had time to get a cruise in before the summer school holidays and this one popped up as the most convenient and reasonable price. We also wanted to experience being on a new ship, and being so ... Read More
Decided literally a few days before that we had time to get a cruise in before the summer school holidays and this one popped up as the most convenient and reasonable price. We also wanted to experience being on a new ship, and being so "heavy" to check out how stable it is on the open seas (I suffer from motion sickness). Cons: no black out curtains in the oceanview staterooms and with the sun coming up around 5am, a bit disturbing, and insulation between staterooms very poor - the flushing of toilets from the staterooms around one make a horrific noise especially during the night. Pros: very large comfortable stateroom, an extra was having 2 bathrooms, one with bath. Stateroom staff of very superior quality, spoke excellent English and most helpful. (Second last day of cruise we had water leaking in our stateroom (these things happen), immediately the engineers came and blowers were put around. The problem was also in the passage around our stateroom, not sure if any other staterooms had the same problem.) Food: One night eating in the dining room anytime dining was enough for us - the same vegetarian dish was offered every night which was lentils already mixed with rice. When I asked if I could get without the rice, was told it was not possible and no other options. My husband said his meal was ok, but the portions were tiny. Went to the buffet afterwards to fill in. Food in the buffet was fine, not excellent, but a large enough variety for all. However, the salads were the same every night, except for one or two already mixed with dressing and the plain salads were just tomatoes, lettuce, onion, carrots, 2 different beans. No corn, beet, fresh mushrooms, peas, etc. Got a bit boring. Can't comment on the meats or fish being vegetarian, but my husband said the meat was ok and did not really expect more being only 4.4 stars, the chicken dishes being the best. Breakfast more than sufficient, excellent banana bread every day which I had toasted, also plenty of cottage cheese and the usual variety of pastries, which were, again, moderate, the croissants not even flaky. The bits of cut off baguettes at lunch and dinner were dismal, could not even put a bit of cheese on them. And ONCE AGAIN, WHY do the food and bev department insist on putting the small bits of cheese right alongside the meat? Most off putting for vegetarians, as every day I saw people using the same tongs for both. At least at breakfast they were separated by a few inches. As for the servers using gloves, well, they use the same gloves for handling the meat and the cheese, so a pizza was out of the question, as was eating anything from the deli..... Entertainment: SUPERB. Had the best big production shows we have seen on any cruise, including 5.5 star ships of Celebrity. Comedians at late night adults only shows were house full and well deserved. Hats off to the cruise director, Matt, who made the cruise - he was 10 stars and his whole team were great. Excellent variety of musicians all over the ship. SMOKING: why oh why is there still smoking in the casino? Some other cruiselines casinos manage very well not to have smoking and are just as full with patrons. This is a new ship and already the smoke wafts down the passages from the casino, which does not even have sliding doors in an attempt to keep the smoke contained. Very unpleasant - if one wants to go from one side of the ship on deck 4 to the other, one either has to go through the casino or up to the 5th and over. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Carnival Hits the Sweet spot! We had a party of 8. Our Cruise was an 8night West Med Cruise round trip from Barcelona. Cabins. One Balcony room, and two inside cabins. The Balcony room was nice and clean, good size TV, and bathroom. ... Read More
Carnival Hits the Sweet spot! We had a party of 8. Our Cruise was an 8night West Med Cruise round trip from Barcelona. Cabins. One Balcony room, and two inside cabins. The Balcony room was nice and clean, good size TV, and bathroom. One con was the coach in the room was very uncomfortable. Balcony door was heavy and would prefer to have a sliding door. The two inside rooms were conjoin rooms which was nice. Big rooms plenty of space for us. Each room had a nice tv which you can check everything on from; ports of call, your blanance, photos, and daily activities, a very nice feature. The Ship it self was extemrly nice. We had over 4000 people on our cruise and it never felt like it. The only con was the atrium was little bit of a let down. From pictures of how it looked to how you see it for the first time was disappointing. Best part was all the outdoor seating areas you can find even on sea days you will always find a place to enjoiy outside. Dining we enjoyed very much, They have a lot of opitons that are still free that actually taste good. We had late seating dining and enjoyed our meals pretty much everynight. Food was good to great, nothing spectacular. Main dining sericve was great besides the drink guy was slow in getting our drinks but besides that service was great every night, This ship has endless activities and I mean endless. If you got bored on this cruise it was your own fault. We didn't even have enough time to enjoy everything, We never caught a show or comendy show partly because of late dining, Both waterslides were a ton of fun with the yellow being the more fast of the two but the orange slide a little cooler affect. The Skyride was a lot of fun but needs to be open earlier then 1pm so the line doesn't take so long. Tons of bars to go to each with there own touch. Loads of pool tables, suffle board tables, foosball tables, even an 8 person table which was a ton of fun for our party of 8 to all enjoy at one time. Paino bar was great everynight. Tried the thriller theater and it was a ton of fun lots of good laughs and screams. Never saw the IMAX movie. Casino was extremely smoky, maybe even the smokiest one I have ever been on, you smell the smoke even before you enter the casino, I would recommend carnival to try a smoke free night. The ship just had so much to offer we actually wish we had more sea days! Service was the best we have ever had on any cruise we have taken. Alex at the tides bar was absolutly phenomenal. We would just go visit her after dinner and just talk and hangout with her. She seemed to have a ton of regulars because she remembered peoples names and drinks. Gary our room steward was extremely friendly and also ask how are day was. I just couldn't believe how friendly every team member we came across was. They all were smiling and would say hello it truly made the trip so much better. Ports: Palermo- Not the nicest of ports, just got off the ship for a few hours got gelato and went back to ship, not really sure why carnival stops here. Naples- Awesome stop, took our own private tour to the Amalfi coast and Pompeii, Pompeii is can't miss site so make sure to go there. Rome- Also took our own private tour of the sights of Rome and Vatican Florence-Took a Carnival shuttle to Florence and leaning Tower of Pisa Marseille- Took a Carnival excursion to a little town outside of Marseille for wine and cheese. Palma De Mallorca- Took a shuttle service from carnival to the city center and walked around for a few hours. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both easy and quick and no complaints there. Overall I would rreccomend the Vista to any one no matter where the ship goes just because the Vista in itself is a place you want to be! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
On a scale of 1 to 10, the Carnival Vista was a 9.8! We loved it and were trying to find a way to hide during debarkation and stay on board for another go round. ;) The Vista is brand new, clean, and beautiful. There was so much ... Read More
On a scale of 1 to 10, the Carnival Vista was a 9.8! We loved it and were trying to find a way to hide during debarkation and stay on board for another go round. ;) The Vista is brand new, clean, and beautiful. There was so much attention to detail in the designs of the eating areas and the Lido deck. The staff kept everything super clean. The Skyride was more fun than I expected. It actually drops down a hill and swings like a suspended roller coaster. The ropes course is divided into easy and hard, and the hard side was comparable to regular (on the ground) ropes courses I've tried. The Serenity deck in the bow is great; it has wicker chairs that curve over your head and matching foot rests. It also offers large hammocks. We went to an IMAX movie, and were impressed with the theater size and quality. We had an outside stateroom and were pleasantly surprised. The room was bigger than we anticipated, and it had two bathrooms. One had a small tub and shower; the other had a larger shower and a toilet. The staff was great The dinnertime dining was good. There were plenty of choices, including main courses that matched up with the country we were in (e.g., Italy, Spain, etc). A few things were disappointing, but the staff was always happy to replace anything we didn't like, and let us try something else. Guy's hamburgers weren't that great, but the Mexican and Italian food was. The one downvote we gave the Vista was the breakfast food in the Lido Marketplace. The quality was just ok and the lines got a little long when so many passengers were trying to eat in time to catch trains or tours. We loved the Red Frog Pub and Brewery! It's very attractive, with live entertainment, games (e.g., Foosball and something like shuffleboard on a table), good drinks, and a great wait staff. The waiters took pictures of the passengers and transferred them to a rolling photo show on the TVs over the bars and tables--fun! One of the best things about the Carnival Vista was the service. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Twice we got back late and the Carnival staff knew who was missing and why. There was a train accident that kept a number of passengers from getting from Rome to the ship on time, and the ship knew what had happened and was waiting for us (phew...) The staff learned our names and preferences, and our cabin was always clean and decorated with a new towel animal at night. They even did unexpected and fun things for the passengers. One morning we came up to the Lido deck for breakfast and found towel animals on every lounge chair, pool bench, and bar--very funny! The production shows were excellent and Broadway-like. We attended two comedy shows; both were just over 30 minutes and pretty good. We did a European, Mediterranean cruise, and handled our own activities and transportation in most of the ports. I did check the Carnival prices against shore-based tour companies, and found that, for the most part, Carnival matched prices. Even so, for most cities, a train/ferry plus hop-of-hop-off buses were the best choice. Embarkation and debarkation were fast and efficient. Best: Customer service, ship décor, tons of stuff to do onboard, the Red Frog Pub & brewery Worst (but not really that bad): Breakfast food & lines in the Lido Marketplace Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Apologize for the lengthy review but the Vista is the most amazing ship I've sailed on. Arrived in Barcelona 2 nights before sailing. Stayed at a hotel close to Las Ramblas and walked from Port Vell to Placa de Catalunya. Lots of ... Read More
Apologize for the lengthy review but the Vista is the most amazing ship I've sailed on. Arrived in Barcelona 2 nights before sailing. Stayed at a hotel close to Las Ramblas and walked from Port Vell to Placa de Catalunya. Lots of tourists, especially around the Mercado area. My friend and I also meandered through the Gothic Quarter and found a small café with very inexpensive food and great service. Embarkation: With the onset of my Vista cruise, I was supposed to make platinum. However, until I boarded the ship, I was still gold. Arrived at the port around 12:30 PM; there was a huge line waiting to enter the facility. My friend and I opted to wait at a small café not far from the long line rather than stand under the hot sun. By 1:45 PM the line had shrunk so we joined the queue. Within 15 minutes we were at check in. I was still listed as being gold and was told to go to Guest Services on the ship to be upgraded. Upon entering the ship, there was a definite Wow factor with the atrium. While not as high as the other ships’ atriums, it was gorgeous. Gold fish one day, sting rays the next, etc. Very easy to navigate the decks from one end to the other without having to go up or down to a different deck. It’s just a downright gorgeous ship. Dining: The Lido deck dining area was very spacious. Because it was mid-afternoon, we had a salad and shared the fries from Guy’s Burgers. Plenty of food stations and the lines were short by this time. We walked around a bit then went to unpack before Muster Drill. We were assigned to the Reflections Dining Room, early seating. We were at a large table located in the middle of the MDR. Our tablemates were the most fun group of folks I ever had the pleasure of dining with. We had a mother and daughter from the Ukraine and one sweet lady from Russia. She could not speak English but somehow we communicated with her. The service was outstanding. Towards the end of the cruise, we were often laughing and dancing with the waiters. We were served promptly and were out of the MDR within 1 ½ hours or less. Entertainment: The theater was called the Liquid Lounge. Its set up was with lounge chairs and in my opinion, needs to be redone in bench-style seating. Just not enough seating in the first tier. The production shows were great. I love production shows and the singers, dancers, sets, etc. were quite good. My friend and I actually participated in one of the shows, sort of a Studio 56 with the audience participating. It was a hoot. The one great thing was the CD repeatedly announced there was no seat saving. You could only save one seat and that's it. The crew frequently went around and made sure this was not happening. Never did make it to the adult comedy shows. This cruise was port intensive so we were just too tired to stay up late. Cruise Director: Matt Mitchum was the most personable and approachable CD I ever sailed with. He mingled with all the passengers and with a beautiful smile. Matt has a very distinctive speaking voice so you could really understand him when he made announcements over the intercom. Ports: Please note that Europe is notorious for its graffiti, that includes Barcelona and many of the ports. First port was Palermo, Sicily. We did not book an excursion but as we made our way in, there was a tram that took you around a bit of Palermo for 10 Euros. Midway was a stop where there was a beautiful church. My friend and I walked in and Mass was just starting. We are not Catholic but we figured it was Sunday so we stayed. The priest was a very dynamic speaker; however, neither of us spoke Italian so it went right over our heads. We then walked around a bit where I had a very good gelato then we headed back to the ship around 2 PM. Naples: My friend and I did book a Carnival excursion. She went to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius and I took the hydrofoil to Capri. I thoroughly enjoyed Capri. I first went on the funicular to Capri then a shuttle bus to Anacapri. The day was sunny and not too warm so I walked up the hills and stairs and looked at the views. Sat at a small café and had pizza and a beer then went down to Capri. Again, walked up and down the streets and bought a few souvenirs. Then down the funicular I to the boat landing and more gelato. While it was a great experience, I felt it was too long and did not return to the ship until 6:15 PM. My friend had returned earlier but she was also exhausted from her journey to Pompeii; there was a lot of hard walking. She also mentioned the tour guide really rushed them and wished she had more time. Talk about a reversal. We did not eat in the MDR but went to the Lido deck for dinner. Rome: Again, we booked a Carnival excursion to see the Coliseum and the Vatican. It was well worth it. The bus ride into Rome is indeed about 1½ hrs. We met our tour guide in Rome and he spoke English very well. He was very knowledgeable and, quite frankly, the best tour guide I’ve come across. We spent about 1 ½ hrs at the Coliseum then took and hour break for lunch then onto the Vatican. I was in awe of the Sistine Chapel. St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican were just amazing. We were allowed time to shop a bit at the Vatican museum. We returned to the ship just before 6 PM. We washed up and went to the MDR. We were a bit late but then so were a few of my tablemates. The waiters said this was common with such long port days. Florence and Pisa: Thoroughly enjoyed these 2 cities. Our tour guide took us to Pisa first before the onslaught of other tourists so were able to view the Leaning Tower and then go to a café for some coffee and pastry before the crowds. We then went to Florence where we visited a leather and jewelry shop then we were on our own. We walked around and visited the Piazza close to the Uffizi gallery, took a lot of photos of the statutes, ate at a small café then went to meet the tour guide. En route to the bus it started to sprinkle. Once we were boarded, there was a downpour. However, by the time we returned to the ship it had stopped raining. Since again we were late, I decided to just wash up and go eat in the MDR anyway. My friend again opted to eat on the Lido deck. I was the first one there because my tablemates’ tours were also delayed. Marseilles: I would skip this port, if possible, have a sea day, then spend more time in Palma de Mallorca. The people here were not welcoming at all. There was not much to see and it was a waste of $15 on a Carnival shuttle to go there. Palma de Mallorca: Now here is a gem. We did not take a Carnival shuttle but my friend and I took a taxi into town, a short ride, for $10 total. Oh, what a beautiful port. The people were very friendly, lots of tree-lined streets and great stores. Went up some stairs and there was a market place with all kinds of clothing and souvenir shops. I would have loved to spend more time there. Because we did not arrive at this port until 11:00 we spent just a few hours here then went back to the ship. We went to the Lido deck for a salad but because it was after 3 PM, the area was closed for set up for dinner. So I went to the Deli and my friend said she really wanted a salad but went to Guy’s burgers instead. A crew member heard her and before I knew it, while waiting for my sandwich, he asked me where my friend went. He had 2 salad bowls which he prepared for us on a tray. I told him where she was and there was my salad waiting for me. I ate half the sandwich and inhaled the salad. What service! Cruise Director: Matt Mitchum absolutely rocked. He was very personable and approachable. Had a very distinctive voice and was clearly understood over the loudspeaker. He was also gorgeous. If I was 30, not make than 40 years younger, sigh… Debarkation: Because I was now officially platinum, we had early debarkation. Was off the ship by 9:00 AM, got a taxi and went to my next hotel in Barcelona. I would totally sail on the Vista again. Carnival really tried hard to please its passengers and everything was functioning well. Yes, the casino was smokey but that is always the case even with land-based casinos. Am now planning for my next cruise on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We set out on our first Mediterranean cruise expecting a ship full of Europeans and individuals from other parts of the world. Instead, we found the ship full of middle-class Americans as if we were cruising the Caribbean. Overall, our ... Read More
We set out on our first Mediterranean cruise expecting a ship full of Europeans and individuals from other parts of the world. Instead, we found the ship full of middle-class Americans as if we were cruising the Caribbean. Overall, our experience was one of a lifetime. Partly because of the new ship but mostly because of the beautiful scenery and captivating ports. The ship still had a 'new carpet' smell in several of the areas. Food was American and average for a Carnival ship. The shows and musical entertainment were better than previous cruises. Most likely because this was the inaugural season of the Vista. We had a wonderful time at each of the ports. We used Can't Be Missed (CBM) tours for all of our excursions in Italy. They were recommended by trip advisor and Rick Steves. They delivered on all that they offered for each excursion and made sure that we made it back to the ship in plenty of time. Plus, they offered more sights at almost half the price of the Carnival Excursions. We would highly recommend them! I wish they would have selected a different port in France than Marseille. There were security concerns during our visit so we didn't even disembark. Overall, we would highly recommend this cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I was lucky enough to sail on the brand new carnival vista. It is great!! We got to embark at approximately 1 pm and were onboard writhing 45 minutes or less. The line moved very fast and everything went smooth. Our luggage was ... Read More
I was lucky enough to sail on the brand new carnival vista. It is great!! We got to embark at approximately 1 pm and were onboard writhing 45 minutes or less. The line moved very fast and everything went smooth. Our luggage was delivered at a cabin pretty darn quick too. We met our room steward who did a fantasic job the entire cruise as they always do. THe cruise lines really hire some fantastic workers. I've never been disappointed on any cruise I've been on. We stayed on the bottom floor, room 1380 whichever was an oceanview deluxe room. IT has 2 bathrooms, only one toilet but 2 showers, 1 tub, 2 sinks. It was perfect for us 3 women. I found it extremely spacious. There was a pullout bed that was comfortable enough but not as great as the beds. The ac worked perfect. There is an empty fridge. The flatscreen tv was great as you could check your account and watch various programming. We ate mostly at the buffet which we thought was fantastic. The desserts always lack flavour. I'm not sure what it is but I have yet to find a dessert at the buffet that is worth the calories. Of course the chocolate melting cake in the main dining room is spectacular. We ate at the main dining room 2 nights. We choose early dining which I would not do again because some of the ports were later so we could not make the dining time. We went to a few shows which were good, not great but definitely good. The dancers and singers work very hard and I appreciate their hard work. The theatre on the ship is very odd as the seats are so close together and very awkward in a lot of places to get around. Even in the comedy club, the same kind of thing, very awkward squishy seating. I am not sure what carnival was thinking on this one. The pool deck is awesome as usual. Unfortunately, our weather was hot enough to enjoy this. Next time I would book in July. This was the worst pool service for drinks I have ever experienced on any ship. It just made me get off my butt though and go to the bar. The wait at the bar usually was a quite a few minutes as well. The hairy chest contest was the funniest I have ever seen. I have been to a few but this one was hilarious. I think Matt, the cruise director is amazing. It was probably the hardest I have laughed in years!! We only visited the sushi restaurant on board and it was incredible. I thought the pricing was very reasonable. I had a latte every morning. It usually opens earlier than it says in the fun time so if you are like me and have to have a latte when you wake, go up there cause usually it was open. The girl needs some extra help though as the lines some mornings were busy and you could tell she was stressed. I book my cruises, mostly for the ports but to have a new ship was a bonus. The ports on this cruise did not disappoint. Carnival has great pricing if you want to sail the med and see some fantastic cities. I always book my tours through the local vendors and not the cruise line as I find the pricing way better. You get personalized service and get to the sites and see more with a group of 8. I always use italytoursharing.com. Go to your roll call on the main board and look up your cruise and join tours. It is the best way to do it. I will write about each port and tour on the ports below. I did use the gym once and it is great. I was going to go to spin classes as they have new bikes with clip shoes which they supply but they are charging $20 plus tax and tip so that would ended up to be a $30 class up from $12 last year. What is carnival thinking on this one. Total ripoff. What gym charged $30 for a class in the world. Not many. They need to at least bring that down to $15. Being Canadian as well, $30 US is like $100 to us, lol Debarkment was a breeze. We were at our hotel by 8 am. Our friend forgot a souvenir on board in our room so I used social media and sure enough a family was still onboard and brought it to their hotel which I picked up. Social media can be very useful sometimes. Thank you Rob and family for doing that!! Great people you meet on Carnival and cruising. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Never been to the mediterraen, we had great service from german a waiter at the blue iguana bar and a young lady named gelica in the liquid lounge. Both people were very friendly with advice on the ports of call and very fast with the ... Read More
Never been to the mediterraen, we had great service from german a waiter at the blue iguana bar and a young lady named gelica in the liquid lounge. Both people were very friendly with advice on the ports of call and very fast with the cocktails.all of the tips about our tours were very accurate. They said which tours required a lot of walking duration of the tours bus ride times free time for shopping or dining all very accurate. Most of the tours headsets were given to us to listen to our guide.these were very very helpful considering the amounts of people visiting the same areas.we visited mt. Vesuvios the ruins of pompei the vatican st peters cistene chapel the colliseum leaning tower of pisa. All of these areas were very busy. Our tour buses were always at the designated meeting places and on time. I WOULD DEFINATELY DO THIS TRIP AGAIN AND SO WOULD MY WIFE Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise because of the variety of ports it visited. We stopped at 9 different ports in 10 days. In hindsight I wish we had been a little less ambitions because we only had 1 day at sea to enjoy this beautiful ship and we were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the variety of ports it visited. We stopped at 9 different ports in 10 days. In hindsight I wish we had been a little less ambitions because we only had 1 day at sea to enjoy this beautiful ship and we were so exhausted from all day touring we did not participate in the ship activities as much as we usually do. We arrived in Barcelona a day before we embarked. Our hotel and transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to the ship were all arranged through Carnival. We were very pleased with the quality of the hotel and its location near the center of the city. A breakfast at the hotel was included and there were Carnival people to assist us getting on to the correct bus to the port. Embarking took a little longer than I expected, but with all of the hotel buses arriving at about the same time, that was to be expected. Once on the ship, things went smoothly and our luggage was delivered promptly. The Ship The Vista is a beautiful ship and was very well organized. This was the second sailing and they appear to have corrected the problems others complained about on the inaugural sailing. Cabins: We found the cabin to have more than adequate storage and the cabin steward to be most attentive. It is true that the door to the balcony make a loud bang when allowed to slam shut. This could be reduced if Carnival puts a small sign on the door to remind them to hold it as it closes. Dining; The food was very good especially in the dinning room. Our table staff was outstanding, perhaps the best we have ever had on a cruise. We ate almost all breakfasts at the buffet and found the food to be of a nice variety and a good quality. Entertainment: Our social director, Matt did an excellent job of keeping us informed about the activities. He went out of his way to be upbeat and friendly without overdoing it as some social directors seem to do on our previous cruises. The shows we saw were very good and I was most impressed with the staging. My only negative comment is the seating in the Liquid Lounge theater. On the main floor they insert rows of chairs between the rows of fixed seats. The problem is that the chairs slide back as people sit in them and if you are behind them, your knees are under your chin when the show starts. Also if someone tall sits in the chair in front of you, your view is totally blocked as the floor is not slanted. In the balcony there are very few seats with good views. In fact I am not sure any seat has a clear view because the front rows are blocked by a slightly tinted Plexiglas railing and the seats in the back have posts in the way. This is poor designing and II doubt there is much that can be done about this now so I recommend using the main floor and being careful to get behind a row of fixed seats. Ports and Shore Excursions: I was most impressed with the ease and efficiency of getting off the ship and on to the tours we booked through Carnival. At each of the ports we were off the ship within 5 minutes of the projected time and sometimes we were even early if enough people were there to fill the bus. The process to get to the tour bus was easy and there were plenty of people to give directions if anyone got confused. All of the tours we took were well planned and the guides were very knowledgeable. We look forward to traveling in the future with our family on the Vista again when it is in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We decided to go on a cruise for a family vacation based on our travel agents recommendation. Where we come from, this concept isn't very popular so we didn't know what to expect except what we had read online. We loved it!! ... Read More
We decided to go on a cruise for a family vacation based on our travel agents recommendation. Where we come from, this concept isn't very popular so we didn't know what to expect except what we had read online. We loved it!! Right from the sail away party which was so much fun. The Carnival Vista is a new ship with a lot to do and a lot of walking within the ship. They had a rock show and a musical which i loved. We did the comedy show on most nights. The only area of improvement was the breakfast which got very repetitive. The MDR and the Asian place were the only restaurants we tried and we really enjoyed the food. The staff were really friendly and super accommodating. The embarkation and disembarkation were handled pretty smoothly except one of our bags got lost but the Carnival guys helped us find it after dinner. We didn't use the shore excursions from carnival because we found it expensive. The option of transport into town through the ship was convenient if you wanted to do excursions on your own. We discovered the Serenity Deck too late. It was really nice to laze around on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our tenth cruise but first Carnival cruise and first med cruise. We chose this one because it had all the ports we wanted to visit and couldn't resist that it was a brand new ship! We have cruised with Celebrity, Princess ... Read More
This was our tenth cruise but first Carnival cruise and first med cruise. We chose this one because it had all the ports we wanted to visit and couldn't resist that it was a brand new ship! We have cruised with Celebrity, Princess and MSC over the past few years. We arrived early morning on embarkation day and had arranged a four hour tour of Barcelona with a drop off at the ship following the tour. Embarkation took about an hour as they were backed up by 2-3:00 in the afternoon. Our balcony cabin 8392 was lovely. Standard and comparable to other balcony rooms on other cruise ships. The bed was very comfortable with fresh, crisp, new linens and new thick bath towels. The bathroom was stocked with low quality shampoo and body wash which I only used once. There was a new large flat screen TV across from the bed. I wish they would have offered music options on the TV. The slamming of the balcony doors was a problem. If you weren't thinking to ease the door closed, it slammed loudly. I like the sliding balcony doors better myself. The cabin steward did a lovely job of keeping our room clean. We ate in the MDR, late seating for all dinners except one at the Italian Restaurant. The service in the MDR was great! Our waiter Goran, was the best we've ever had in the main dining room on any cruise ship. The food in the MDR was generally very good - no complaints but some selections were better than others. We had room service for breakfast on early port days. It was prompt but something was always missing. Cereal bowls were missing one day, spoons missing another. Both the buffet and the dining room were sufficient for breakfast. Dining room was a little slow but service was generally good as was the coffee. The food in the Italian restaurant was very good to excellent. The entertainment on this ship was excellent. Almost every night we attended the comedy show after dinner. The comedians were top quality - or got a giggle out of us! Attended one show in the Liquid lounge which was also excellent- American Rock n Roll or something was the title. The seating in this lounge is strange and not very good but the sound system is great. Bar service around the ship was a little slow. Maybe they were understaffed or just learning the ropes, but you always had to wait for the bartender or waiter to acknowledge you a little longer than normal. The Carnival Hub was a wonderful little tool of information and communication. Definitely worthing getting as well and the internet for social media. Overall, we all really enjoyed our cruise. The new ship Carnival Vista is lovely and I would definitely recommend it and would take this cruise again. The Vista never felt crowded with the exception of the elevators. We could always get a seat at the pool or in any bar we went to. The service in general was terrific and we had no real complaints about anything. Disembarkation went well. We walked off the ship later than the appointed time, our luggage was there, we picked it up and took a taxi to the airport. Ports: Barcelona: We did a private tour with Barcelona City tours from the airport with a drop off at the port. It was a good opportunity to see the city before embarkation. Marseille: Again, we did a private tour from Viator of Marseille and Cassis. It was perfect! our driver took us to see the highlights of Marseille and stopped for many photo ops and on to Cassis where we had lunch and free time to walk around the village. Livorno - A private tour with Italytours.eu to Florence and Pisa. We had a guide for our tour in Florence. Had a lovely lunch in an outdoor cafe followed by shopping. Great place for shopping! We got some great deals on everything leather. After Florence, we drove to Pisa and spent about 45 minutes taking pics and walking around before returning to the ship. Cvittevechia - The was our "Rome" day. We had a private tour with Rome in a Limo for 8 people. Our driver, Rolando, was amazing! We saw the Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Colliseum before lunch. He took us for an awesome lunch at a cafe near the Vatican where our tour guide met us and we then walked to the Vatican for our tour including the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. Fantastic day! Naples - Private tour group Italytours.eu to Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano. Another great day. Don't miss Sorrento and Positano they are so beautiful! Travelling down the Amalfi coast is the best drive you will ever experience. This is a must do! Kusadasi - We did the ship's tour: House of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Ancient Ephesus. It rained the morning we were on this tour. The house of Mary was a very unique experience. It meant a lot to me personally. Ancient Ephesus was great too. We did the ship tour due to the unrest in the area but in hindsight I would do a private tour next time. I like to stop for photo ops and you simply can't with a large bus of people. Athens - Private tour of Athens with 12 people. We did the Acropolis and saw all the sights of Athens with a driver and guide. Very reasonably priced and time well spent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I really meant to get this review done much sooner, then I kind of forgot about it, and then I saw all the negative reviews of the Transatlantic cruise and, I must say, I am shocked--it hardly seems like these people were on the same ship ... Read More
I really meant to get this review done much sooner, then I kind of forgot about it, and then I saw all the negative reviews of the Transatlantic cruise and, I must say, I am shocked--it hardly seems like these people were on the same ship I was on. So here goes: Embarkation--things went very smoothly. The only disappointment I had was with the FTTF program not quite working out. I think there was a breakdown in communication at the airport with some very stressed out Carnival folks having to deal with our flight that came in 5 hours after it was supposed to arrive. They were very friendly and helpful, but I think they were more focused on getting everyone and our stuff to the ship than they were with making sure luggage all got processed correctly (e.g. FTTF delivered first, etc.). That being said, someone at customer service must have been aware of this because about four days into the cruise a credit showed up on my statement for the FTTF charge. The ship--it's lovely. Is it perfect? I haven't been a cruise ship yet that's perfect. Many ships have decks that don't go all the way through and if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke there will always be areas to avoid, but having said that, it's certainly one of the nicer ships in the fleet. It is visually stunning from the Atrium to the Serenity Deck to the Havana Bar. Did it sometimes feel crowded? Sure, but I have had that experience on every ship I have ever been on. The Liquid Lounge is, in my opinion, a misstep. Sight lines are not good to the stage, the ventilation system is very noisy, and it's not big enough, but as a place to spend 45 minutes of my day--I was fine with it. I thought that the Playlist Production shows are well-intended but the cast didn't seem quite up to the task of performing them well. We never had a problem getting a chair on deck either in the Serenity area, around the pool, or wherever we wanted to be. The mini-golf was fun, the water slides are AMAZING, and the ropes course is worth doing. We loved the flow of the Lido buffet (although we typically only ate their for breakfast). More on the food and restaurants later. The Ocean Plaza was comfortable--it was nice to have a stage for the band where we could sit and enjoy them instead of having them in a hallway by the casino. We also enjoyed the space of the Alchemy Bar and the Shake Spot. The Cabin--we were in 12006, on the spa level, and loved it. The newness of the cabin was fantastic. The sliding glass door was a welcome treat, and the balcony was larger than any we have had on any other ship. Our cabin steward was outstanding. We mentioned that we wanted ice in our ice bucket and he kept it constantly full. He thoroughly cleaned our room--even after one night when we accidentally left the balcony door open and a lot of bugs got in and we had killed many of them--the next day they were gone! Everything worked just fine, the bed was AMAZING, and it was a great home away from home. We also enjoyed the spa. Yes, I know, there's no thalassotherapy pool--whatever. The steam rooms were fantastic--I used both the co-ed ones and the one that is in the men's locker room--and the heated chairs were magnificent. I cannot honestly remember a time I have been as relaxed. I also used a treadmill nearly every morning. The gym area was clean, and even if it was busy there were always open machines. The Food--We went to the steakhouse the first night to get our free bottle of wine. If you've ever eaten in a Carnival steakhouse then you know exactly what to expect. The staff was friendly, the food was good, and we enjoyed our first evening there. Most of our evening meals we had in the MDR (early dining). We had a beautiful view from our table (upstairs right in the center in the aft of the ship) and enjoyed it until all the time changes made it dark at dinner time. Were there problems in the MDR? Yes--our first two nights were disastrous. It seemed that there were massive communications issues not only between our servers and the kitchen but also between the team members themselves. By night three, however, these issues had been resolved and we found ourselves out of the MDR early enough that we were able to take in the early show, if we wanted to do so. The menu had an outstanding variety--many things we had never had on a Carnival ship before--including some of the best duck I have ever had. We also took in the Cucina (it was good--not great--but good) and JiJi's (excellent food--truly excellent food, but the presentation of having to roll the lucky dice, etc. was a bit corny). Some of the best food I have ever had at sea I had on this ship. Lunchtimes we enjoyed a variety--Blue Iguana, Guy's Burgers (as good as everyone says they are), salad bar, etc. I was trying to be diligent and careful with my eating and exercise, and I am pleased to say that I had desert with every supper and still managed to lose 4/10ths of a pound over the length of the cruise. The entertainment--Okay, so it's a 16 day cruise, so one had better be prepared to entertain oneself, knowing that there will be days when there is no satellite aiming tv signals at the ship. There were some amusing trivia games, but we found that we were able to find our own entertainment. That being said, however, Jaime D and her staff are truly outstanding. Mickey Live was worth the trip. He totally transformed what the cruise was about for us, and we learned much from taking in his shows. Also entertaining were the grumpy passengers who seemed to think that the staff should be doing everything for them. Boredom would set in and then people seemed to start complaining solely because they had nothing else to do. We made it a point of getting gifts for the folks who worked at customer service just because they were so stressed out from people being petty. The rumors--okay, about the buckets. After being on the ship for five days and not seeing any, we finally set out on a quest to "Find the Buckets." Did we? Yes, we found two, both on deck two, and both under sprinkler heads. About the norovirus. There was not an "outbreak." One passenger was confined to cabin under suspicion of norovirus on day 8. He spent one day in his cabin and then was allowed to roam freely when it was determined that he did not have norovirus but, in fact, had drank too much. About the listing of the ship. Never, ever. This was a very smooth cruise and there was no listing at all. The ports--we had fun at every port. I would go back to all of them again just to see things there was not time to see in only one day. Highlights included just getting off the beaten path and having some adventures doing things we could have never predicted. We didn't pay for a single shore excursion and had a great time everywhere we went. The Europeans were very warm and friendly toward us and treated us like gold. Overall--would I sail the Sunshine again? Absolutely, but right now I have only sailed on five Carnival ships, and there some others I still wanna try. I would recommend it, but only if you want to have fun, eat good food, treat your fellow cruisers and the Carnival staff kindly, and make some memories for yourself. Disembarkation--this was really the only sour note of the trip, but it had no long term effect. Because the cruise had originated outside the US the customs process was much longer than anticipated. The Carnival folks in the terminal were amazing at being helpful and trying to keep things moving, but in the end it came down to the Customs Agents, and there was nothing Carnival could do about that. Jaime D did a wonderful job of communicating on board ship when there were delays and why--and that communication alone shows what a class act Carnival is and the concern there is for the passengers. Was everything perfect? Nope--never has been, and never will be. But I will say this--it was the best cruise I've ever taken, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it all again tomorrow. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
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