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Wanted to take a Mediterranean cruise all my life and was so looking forward to seeing all the historical landmarks the ports of call had to offer on this cruise. The Carnival Vista is an absolutely amazing ship but in my opinion too ... Read More
Wanted to take a Mediterranean cruise all my life and was so looking forward to seeing all the historical landmarks the ports of call had to offer on this cruise. The Carnival Vista is an absolutely amazing ship but in my opinion too big. I found myself waiting in line for every single thing I did on the ship behind hundreds of people. I will say the food and service was outstanding on this cruise. One of the excursions I took was THE BEST OF AMALFI COAST We spent more time driving and going by boat to see the destinations and then having very little time once we arrived. I definitely do not recommend this excursion for anyone who has a tendency for motion sickness as the drive up and through the mountain is very curvey and the excursion includes a boat trip to get to Positano. Most ports we docked and a very industrial part of the port and so to get to town you have no choice but to pay for the transfer from the ship or for a taxi as it was too far to walk. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I had not cruised with Carnival in over 10 years. As a travel agent I sell A LOT of their cruises but I personally have been a Royal Caribbean fan. We decided to check out the Vista because she looked amazing and we had been wanting to ... Read More
I had not cruised with Carnival in over 10 years. As a travel agent I sell A LOT of their cruises but I personally have been a Royal Caribbean fan. We decided to check out the Vista because she looked amazing and we had been wanting to sail in Europe. Ship: We were very impressed with the layout of the ship. With over 4000 people sailing, no area ever felt crowded. We enjoyed the outdoor seating areas and found moving around very easy. Dining: This is my biggest complaint. Most of the lunch options were only available from 11-2:30, so once you returned from port the only thing available was Guys, Pizza and the Deli. Also, we had My Time dining. The system of going to deck 5 for a buzzer and then having to report back to the desk for you table ticket, then go to the dining room which could be on 4 or 3 was beyond annoying! There also was no option to make a reservation so several days our group of 6 found ourselves waiting a while to get a table. The dining room food was actually quite good. Although I did get slightly bored with the American Table Menu. It wasn't the adventure in eating I'm use to on cruise vacations. Guy's Burger joint was phenomenal although they were a bit stingy with the fries. Entertainment: We only saw a couple of the shows but they were very good. However, Liquid Lounge has a HORRIBLE layout for these shows. The sight lines are awful. It is certainly more designed for partying. The comedy shows were good and we had no problems getting seats. We really enjoyed the entertainment in the atrium, especially the electric violinist. Matt and Orlando did a great job hosting The Quest. It was nearly as good as Royal Caribbean's but again, the layout of the Liquid Lounge did hinder it. Service: Great across the board! Ports: We enjoyed every port but we were tired as we only had one sea day and it was at the beginning of the cruise. Shore Excursions: We used www.RomeCabs.com in Naples, Rome and Florence. They were fantastic and we really appreciated being able to move around on our own terms. In Marseille we did use the shuttle service that Carnival provided and felt it was sufficient for our needs. We did feel that $16 each was a little pricey, $10 would have been better. Overall, we would sail on the Vista again and would like to bring our children. Perhaps once it is in Miami. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We really enjoyed cruising the Mediterranean on the new Carnival Vista. The ships was fantastic with lots of things to do. We loved the Sky Ride, Sky Walk Ropes Course, Imax, Thrill Theater, and the Water Works area. We had to drag the ... Read More
We really enjoyed cruising the Mediterranean on the new Carnival Vista. The ships was fantastic with lots of things to do. We loved the Sky Ride, Sky Walk Ropes Course, Imax, Thrill Theater, and the Water Works area. We had to drag the kids away each time we had to head for dinner. We have been on a few Carnival cruises now and this had the best food by far, especially the breakfast options. My daughter was addicted to Guys Burgers and the pizza. We tried the specialty dinner places and both the steakhouse and Italian were worth it, but would skip the Asian specialty restaurant next time. The itinerary was great, and Barcelona is now one of our favorite places in the world. My only gripes are with that the Theater where the shows are (Liquid Lounge) has horrible seating with bad views unless you get there early for a seat up front, which are uncomfortable. The Seafood Shack area at the back of the boat is good, but not worth the extra money, and you had to wait way too long at the bars for drinks. Not sure why they have can soda's which take a lot longer for the bartenders to serve. Carnival should install the Coke Variety Self Service machines like they now have in upscale fast food restaurants. We used Italy Tour Sharing for our excursions in Italy and they were awesome to work with. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose Carnival Vista because it was a big, new, shiny, family friendly ship. We had a fantastic holiday and the ship was everything we hoped for. There were a few little niggles but nothing to affect our overall enjoyment of the ... Read More
We chose Carnival Vista because it was a big, new, shiny, family friendly ship. We had a fantastic holiday and the ship was everything we hoped for. There were a few little niggles but nothing to affect our overall enjoyment of the holiday. Here are some good points and not so good points about the ship. SHIP PROS – big, fun, bright, spotlessly clean. Never been on a ship with so much outside space. Very hard working staff – especially Matt the Cruise Director, Red Frog Rum Bar Staff, Cabin Stewards and Waiting Staff. SHIP CONS – With the big fun vibe you lose some of the elegance/beautiful décor and feel of European ships. A lot of folk also didn’t make much of an effort to dress up in the evening – even in the main dining room. The main pool area was really very loud (speakers). DINING PROS – buffet had plenty of seating with good variety and decent quality on offer (liked deli option). Mid-afternoon 2 choices of the most delicious homemade ice cream! The pizza was also really yummy. Main dining room food was of a pretty good standard – I liked that they always had an ‘unusual’ option for starters such as alligator, frogs legs, rabbit, etc which was fun. I had steak twice and it was really good. Blue Iguana Cantina and Guys Burger Joint good for naughty but yummy junk food and convenience to main pool. DINING CONS- buffet outwith the main meal times had very little on offer (so if you got back ship mid-afternoon you had missed lunch and had to have burger or deli sandwich or pizza. Main Dining room wasn’t very special décor wise and only had table cloths on elegant night. Also – Brits and Europeans will find this odd but there was only one knife and fork at your place setting - even when they bring your bread roll you don’t get a butter knife. Also – the lady in charge of allocating seats had a tendency to roll her eyes and be snippy with everyone (staff and guests included). Cantina and Guys Burger Joint only have limited opening hours. ACTIVITIS/ENTERTAINMENT PROS - Fantastic for families. Aqua Park is brill and kept our kids (9+6) entertained for hours. Sports Deck is great with mini golf, ping pong, shuffleboard and kids loved the indoor bit there (nice and cool/air con) with a big pool table that you stand on and kick the balls into the pockets. The Skyride and Ropes courses are amazing great fun. Dive in Movies – kids loved this - lying on a lounger at night with a blanket and popcorn watching movies that were up to date so they saw some they hadn’t seen before. My kids are not big Kids Club fans but they both went to Camp Ocean a couple of times and "quite liked it" (this is high praise!). ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT CONS - something needs to be done about the queues/wait times for the SkyRide & SkyCourse– it wouldn’t be difficult to implement a system where you went and got a ticket for a time slot rather than standing waiting in the sun for hours! Liquid Lounge – really bad layout with bad visibility – especially upstairs with the Perspex panels - they really got it wrong. BARS – good variety. Favourite was the Piano bar, Ben is great entertainment and good fun. Alchemy Bar did amazing cocktails. Red Frog Bar/Brewery had live music, shuffleboard, table football, etc. Pool Bars did fab frozen cocktails. Sky Sports bar was popular as the Euros were on so a good atmosphere when busy. Never used the Atrium Bar, Havana Bar or the Casino Bar (which was too smoky) – mainly as we had kids with us so tended to go to the ones they liked best. EXCURSIONS – we didn’t do any as the prices were ridiculous. Didn’t like Matt the Cruise Director’s tendency to try to frighten people/put people off doing things on their own. We did Rome, Pisa, Naples and airport transfers on our own and it was perfectly doable even with kids. TIPS – Any time dining was brilliant. We didn’t have to wait on a table once. Just make sure you go to the desk by the coffee shop/digital photo shop on Deck 5 to check in before you head to the dining room (stop by the Plaza Bar for a drink to take to the restaurant with you as table service can be slow. Keep an eye on your account on your cabin TV….we got charged some kind of weird tax a couple of times despite having All Inc drinks package – we had to go to guest services to get it removed. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Brand new beautiful ship, but many pluses and minuses. A+ for the new menu, the layout of the Havana Cabanas, the decorations of that area, the pool, etc. Also an incredible Europe itinerary. The food was really incredible. Every ... Read More
Brand new beautiful ship, but many pluses and minuses. A+ for the new menu, the layout of the Havana Cabanas, the decorations of that area, the pool, etc. Also an incredible Europe itinerary. The food was really incredible. Every meal. Also loved the pop music from the violinist. Cruise Director Matt was phenomenal. Also the sports bar Tv screens. Wow. B - would say the up charge Italian restaurant was very good, pour-yourself beer for $4. Way better outlets. C - main pool deck pool is smaller. Didn't really like the new desserts. New mini bar fridge is great, but isn't very cold. F- Havana bar music blaring till 1am nightly with 7am port days? Repeated calls were made. They finally turned off the outside speakers. Then 5 days later started the issue again. When you call guest services you go on hold. Then in 10 minutes you get disconnected. Several times. F MINUS - the internet sucks on this ship. I paid for the midrange and sooooo many times I couldn't connect, or would get disconnected. It was such a prob they refunded me. Seriously, this was our 10th cruise. I know what it should be. And it was bad all over the ship. F minus minus - Way too many food items are now Now not free. Every item in the Seafood Shack. Why should you have to pay extra for soup and small cheap items? And sushi used to be free. Why is it for a fee now? Carnival, stop nickel and dimeing us and have most of the food free. I will not pay for chicken tenders, sushi, soup, coffee, or basic items As a note we booked NO tours through Carnival. Use shareatouringreece@yahoo.com and italytoursharing.com. Very reputable. The only complaints I heard from fellow travelers was about carnival sponsored and overcharged tours Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Party of 10 enjoyed a ten day cruise leaving from Barcelona and ending in Amsterdam. We had followed the Vista during construction and were anxious to sail. Embarkation and Debarkation were swift, efficient, and polite. The ship ... Read More
Party of 10 enjoyed a ten day cruise leaving from Barcelona and ending in Amsterdam. We had followed the Vista during construction and were anxious to sail. Embarkation and Debarkation were swift, efficient, and polite. The ship itself was a disappointment as the Atrium you entered was small and a bit dark. Vista is a beautiful ship overall and offers all anyone on vacation could ask for. The main dining room is dark, with dark tables and no table clothes except for 1 night. The food was average and a limited menu. It appears Carnival is making major cuts to what was a great cruise line. Outside dining has improved and was very enjoyable. We were in a different port every day so our experience with on board activities was limited.The staff was very friendly and did an outstanding job - especially room attendants. The tours the ship offered were very good and well priced. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise because of the intensive port offerings and the opportunity for a European vacation at an attractive price. Our previous experience with Carnival for an Alaskan voyage was very positive, and the new Vista looked like ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the intensive port offerings and the opportunity for a European vacation at an attractive price. Our previous experience with Carnival for an Alaskan voyage was very positive, and the new Vista looked like it would offer more than what we had experienced on the Carnival Miracle. The Carnival "Fly to the Fun" program enabled us to get a well priced flight to Barcelona and back from Athens. The program was flexible with dates so that we were able to experience Barcelona and then add an extended stay in Athens, Santorini and Istanbul. Embarkation was well organized and we were able to board without delay. Decent food options were immediately available, and we were able to get in our stateroom fairly quickly. We were initially disappointed that our group of 13 were not scheduled to dine together and had to plead with the dining room staff to correct this. It was corrected and we had a wonderful table for 13 for all of us for the entire cruise. Our charming waiter Valdamir provided excellent service with a special flair. He made dinner so entertaining that none of our group ventured into the specialty restaurants for dinner. On a couple of nights it was noticeable that they were short staffed but the wait was tolerable. On a few nights we had to hustle out of the dining room to get a seat in the Liquid Lounge. That venue was crowded. We had an interior stateroom which was quite sufficient for our needs. It was spacious and offered adequate storage. We chose not to upgrade as we planned to be off the boat all of the time with the exception of the single sea day. In Alaska we had gone with a balcony because we spent so much more time on the boat. We considered a Havana cabin but were concerned about the lack of privacy and the loud Latin Music. It was difficult to hear the overhead announcements in the cabin when the door was closed. Overall the food offerings were good to very good. MDR did offer sufficient choices and alternatives were always available if a dish wasn't acceptable. Port specific offerings were a very nice touch. Guy's burgers/fries were quite tasty but too caloric for every day. Pizza was ok but not as good as it used to be (no more fresh mozzarella). Blue Iguana was pretty good but had limited offerings. The Deli looked good but we didn't have time to try it. Salad on the Serenity deck was good but had too long a wait. Lido was fine except for the crowds on early port days. We missed the discontinued offering of smoked salmon with the bagels for morning room service. Skyride and Waterslides were a fun addition. The pools were crowded due to the extremely hot days we experienced at the end of June. The Fitness Center was good. Spinning classes did cost $20 each but they were very high quality. Spinning shoes were provided and the equipment was new and excellent. Instructors were also quite good. We made our own arrangements for Ports and Shore Excursions. Public transportation options were readily available and not too challenging. We also booked 2 private tours which were reasonably priced and good. The Carnival Excursions were expensive and had too many people per tour. Carnival does try to generate revenue in many pretty obvious ways i.e. excursions, drinks, gambling, photos, art sales, spa treatments and products, additional charge food but these are all offered on an optional basis. These charges allow Carnival to offer a very low cost base trip which many cruisers appreciate. We are grateful that others are willing to subsidize the cruise. Overall, we were very pleased with the cruise and with the Vista in general. We have already booked the TA October 21st cruise. We will depart on October 7th and enjoy 5 cities in Spain before beginning our 2nd Vista voyage. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
As soon as Carnival announced their new ship my family knew we would be on it and booked opening day. We had a wonderful vacation but the ship was a bit of a miss for us. Ship Pros: Crew - Hardworking and friendly as always! Food ... Read More
As soon as Carnival announced their new ship my family knew we would be on it and booked opening day. We had a wonderful vacation but the ship was a bit of a miss for us. Ship Pros: Crew - Hardworking and friendly as always! Food (except Main Dining Room) - Lots of choices. We especially love Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana. Ship Cons: Horizons Dining Room - The design is very closed off. We often had a table down a long hallway type walkway. It left us feeling as if we weren't part of the dining room at all. Sky Course - This ropes course is extremely difficult; even on the easy path. It has been redesigned from the Breeze and if you are not someone who can walk a tightrope you will have much difficulty. Main Dining Room - The new American Table menu was again a miss for us. Many nights we only had appetizers and then went to the buffet for dessert.\ Balcony Doors - The door slamming was the absolute worst it has ever been. Disturbing and disruptive. We did not have the energy after long port days to see any of the shows. Ports: We either planned our own day or booked a private transfer/tour. We had an amazing time exploring ports in 5 different countries. Our only Carnival excursion was the Florence On Your Own and in hindsight I would not do it again. It was an overpriced bus ride. Overall, Carnival is a great value and my kids like all the offerings so we will continue to cruise them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was the third trip out for the vista and our first on Carnival. The ship had a lovely new car smell still and we enjoyed our time onboard. The lay out of the ship was fine but didn't seem to have a heart, the Atrium had a nice ... Read More
This was the third trip out for the vista and our first on Carnival. The ship had a lovely new car smell still and we enjoyed our time onboard. The lay out of the ship was fine but didn't seem to have a heart, the Atrium had a nice bar but was basically a place to pass through, guest services was tucked away on level 3 with the shore excursions. The floors were really uneven with random dips and rises not to mention the thresholds across corridors. The seating areas around the promenade deck were great with chairs and loungers. Outstanding was the serenity area with its comfy huge loungers. We spent most of a day here on a port day (having already been to Palma on other trips). Our Cabin was 1314 and was outstanding it was ocean view with lots of room and TWO bathrooms; one with a bath and shower over plus sink the other with a walk in shower, sink and toilet. There was a fridge (not mini bar) and apparently should have had bathrobes but they only arrived on the last night of the cruise. Dining was mixed, the buffet was very poor, breakfast had no berries, no smoked salmon, no granola, hash browns every other day, no selection of bread. Lunch and dinner equally limited selection, often not labelled or unhelpfully described e.g. "grilled fish". The MDR served outstanding food once we had explained to the head waiter that we did not like food which arrived cold and was then reheated on the plate and re-served to us (this happened two nights running). The best food was the made to order pizza, tacos, burritos, deli sandwiches and guys burgers which were amazing, but stopped serving at 6pm. We did sky ride which was surprisingly fun but passed on the water slides. The casino actually left us in profit (a whole $25) but was very smoky, the bar in the centre was basically a hang out for smokers. The comedy club was our favourite entertainment venue. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Chose this cruise to experience carnival for the first time as they only come to Europe when launching a new ship. We had a balcony cabin (8420) deck 8. We found this a great location as was only two decks up to the buffet and short ... Read More
Chose this cruise to experience carnival for the first time as they only come to Europe when launching a new ship. We had a balcony cabin (8420) deck 8. We found this a great location as was only two decks up to the buffet and short walk down to deck 5 to most bars and evening entertainment. The ship is bright, well laid out and even though there was over 4000 people on it you would never know, it has tons of outside space. You will never have trouble finding somewhere to sit outside, either in the sun or the shade. Waterslides are great and the poole areas (two) never seem crowded even on a sea day. The adult only serenity area is well laid out with lots of loungers and 'clam shells' but we often found it very busy early on but the rest of the ship areas with loungers and seating pretty much empty! Daytime entertainment was really good, always something going on from quiz's to shuffleboard or making towel animals! All activities are organised well by a friendly, enthusiastic and often funny carnival team. Evening entertainment was good, although don't go expecting Broadway shows and there is not really a theatre as such onboard more of a lounge with a small stage but the shows they do are mostly music/show line type it nevertheless are well produced and good fun. They only gripe we had was that everything seemed to shut down by 1am - they only option by this time was the smokey casino or a pizza bar at the back of the ship?! We asked about this to be told that it's because the majority of passengers on the cruise were getting up early and going on excursions so they had to close bars/entertainment early because of complaints, I understand this would not be the case in the Caribbean! Food was very good, we ate in all speciality restaurants apart from sushi and the steak house and found the service good and delivered with a smile. Buffet was good but we fe,t bit limited compared to other cruise lines but plenty of seating. Guys burgers are really good and the blue iguana cantina was excellent but very popular! If you like steak book the steakhouse before you go or as soon as you board as it's very popular and you may struggle to get a table. Bars are good and again service is good, especially love the red frog with its own brewery - make sure you sign up for the free brewery tour on day one, we missed it and everyone said how good it was. Husband used the gym but found it limited and you can't use the lyptical walker at the front because if the sloping ceiling if you are over six foot tall you will hit your head! Comedians were good, but again geared to the majority of American passengers. I'm sure as the summer goes on the split of Americans/Europeans will probably change and I think the entertainment will need to adapt in terms of opening later etc, although the entertainment team do their best to accommodate us Europeans in trivia etc it's pretty clear this is a cruise for Americans, which is fine as we found them all to be very friendly, up for anything and generally good fun. Overall we really enjoyed the carnival experience, but if you are looking for a relaxing, quiet cruise experience then go elsewhere!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Really enjoyed this cruise! The atrium was a bit of a letdown as normally when you first walk on the ship that is the first thing you see and is normally quite grand. This was quite small and nothing exciting. Service was great as usual ... Read More
Really enjoyed this cruise! The atrium was a bit of a letdown as normally when you first walk on the ship that is the first thing you see and is normally quite grand. This was quite small and nothing exciting. Service was great as usual with Carnival. Purchased a shore excursion for each port with Carnival and was very pleased. You may pay a bit more BUT please know a lot of these ports are not right where you dock you have to take a motor coach. Traffic can be bad and also sometimes they have strikes. Missing the ship would be horrible so pay a bit more and book with the cruise line. Entertainment, food, casino and overall ship experience was great! Try the SkyRide on a port day or you will be waiting forever! Overall decor was very nice and I would highly recommend the Vista to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our 17th Cruise but the first time with Carnival & it was aboard their biggest ship only launched in May. The boarding was quite slick bearing in mind it takes over 4,000 passengers. The Cabins were OK, we had an inside ... Read More
This was our 17th Cruise but the first time with Carnival & it was aboard their biggest ship only launched in May. The boarding was quite slick bearing in mind it takes over 4,000 passengers. The Cabins were OK, we had an inside Cabin that served it's purpose, Being a new ship we had to allow for a few teething problems & there were a few, which did included, not having our Cabin made up one day, waiting over 35 minutes for our first course one evening although we were one of the first in the Restaurant. The food was good the Staff were OK but somehow with so many passengers you somehow did not get the personal service that smaller ships can provide. One thing we thought was very good was the Cruise Director & the Evenings Show's, I have to say they were a breath of fresh air, not the usual songs from the Musicals that seem to dominate other Cruise Evening Shows, The Vista's shows were modern & entertaining. Being a large ship it can cater for all tastes of music & entertainment. Also different is the Sky Ride which is a ride around the top of the ship on a sort of bike which both my Granddaughter & son in law enjoyed & she also enjoyed the Sky circuit obstacle course. And to any beer drinkers, it does have it's own micro brewery on board & does make 'Stout'. We do not take any of the Shore Excursions as they always seem so expensive but always do our own thing. Overall then an OK ship & Cruise but I think smaller is better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was a multi family cruise; 21 people all total. For us, we chose Carnival because of our adult children (2 plus spouses). They still live in jeans and very casual clothes. We figured this was best for all. This was their first ... Read More
This was a multi family cruise; 21 people all total. For us, we chose Carnival because of our adult children (2 plus spouses). They still live in jeans and very casual clothes. We figured this was best for all. This was their first trip to Europe; this was more important than worrying about clothes. I must admit, our first encounter was terrible. The computers were down at embarkation. We took a pre-cruise excursion to Montserrat, a monastery outside of Barcelona. I'd highly recommend it. When the bus dropped us off, the line trying to check-in was horrendous; hundreds of people in line. As it turned out, the computers were down. It took well over 1 1/2 to check in and I had priority check-in. Obviously this wasn't Carnival's fault. This is why I rated Embarkation as poor. My husband and I booked a wrap around balcony in the new Havana category. We were not disappointed, quite the opposite. The cabin size etc was no different from the other Carnival ships. The amenities were great. In addition to upgraded toiletries, the Havana guests have their private staircase to the Havana Club and pool area located in the aft. Until 5 PM daily, guests must show a wristband for admittance to the area. We had our own pool, 2 hot tubs, bar as well as great lounge chairs and loungers. My only complaint would be the 5 PM time; after that all ship guests can use the area. If you are on shore all day, the last thing you want to do is share the area with the other guests. I'd suggest Carnival extend that time to 7 PM. The ship itself is beautiful. The typical "pink cabinetry" is gone and replaced with attractive wood cabinets in the cabins. Two atrium areas are on the ship; each have a glass structures in the shape of a martini glass. All throughout the day, the scenes and colors change to beautiful pictures. One time. I saw jellyfish swimming, another time contemporary art work etc. There are more specialty restaurants onboard in additional to the usual steak and Italian restaurants. I particularly liked the sushi bar and Jiji kitchen. One night all of us went to the Jiji kitchen. You picked several items from a list and everything is served family style. There was so much food served, we all walked away stuffed and food was left on the table. For breakfast, if we didn't have time to go to the restaurant we ate at the Ocean Cafe. It's located on deck 5. The food served is the same as the Lido Marketplace, but so much quieter. I refuse to dine in the Lido Marketplace. It's always too crowded. I always feel like I have to shove and push around the crowds. And I hate to see people with so much food on their plates that they'd never eat it. We were in port so often, I didn't get a chance to experience the other restaurants. I could go on and on with comments. I really feel like Carnival has come up quite a few notches with the Vista. I didn't see too many shows, but what I saw were very good. and the comedians were too. The ship and it's amenities are great. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Let me start off by saying we had an excellent time and the cruise was wonderful! Ship: Brand New! Second sailing, very exciting to be on. I have to say I was very underwhelmed by the atrium. I am a fan of the atrium's that open ... Read More
Let me start off by saying we had an excellent time and the cruise was wonderful! Ship: Brand New! Second sailing, very exciting to be on. I have to say I was very underwhelmed by the atrium. I am a fan of the atrium's that open up to the very top, feels more open where as this atrium was very enclosed. Not really somewhere that you wanted to be around. The brewery was awesome! Very fun feature for us beer lovers. I loved all the outdoor spaces on deck 5, but I do not like that the deck hangs out so that all the balconies over look that instead of the ocean. Overall a great ship but underwhelming for being the "brand new ship". Cabin: We had a balcony on Lido which was perfect! We were in the front too and had little to no movement felt. Having a balcony is very worth it, especially in the Med since you pass by so many places close by. Dining: We had "Your Time Dining" which is a must in Europe since your excursions go so late. We did not use the dining room as much a usual though because we were just plain exhausted from the long days. The buffet was surprisingly good. Pizza was AMAZING. Guys burgers are the best!! Our meals that we did eat in the dining room were for the most part good, nothing spectacular but decent. Entertainment & Activities: Every show we saw were really great. Comedians were all hilarious. We did not partake in as many activities as normal due to such long days in port. The sports were awesome! Skyride was so fun, but keep in mind if you are afraid of heights its terrifying, same to go with the ropes course. The slides were again, awesome!! Service: By far the best service I have had on any ship I have been on. Great staff all were attentive and just fun to talk to. Ports: This cruise had an amazing itinerary with Barcelona, Marseille, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Rhodes, Crete, Kuşadası, and Athens. I would skip Marseille if I had a choice though. I would definitely go on this ship again. I think they are still working out kinks, but still a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I have never done a med cruise so my daughter convinced me to go on the second voyage of The Carnival Vista from Barcelona to Athens. It was a great trip lots of food maybe too much and long nights and a 7 hour jet lag coming home. The ... Read More
I have never done a med cruise so my daughter convinced me to go on the second voyage of The Carnival Vista from Barcelona to Athens. It was a great trip lots of food maybe too much and long nights and a 7 hour jet lag coming home. The ship and staff were all great and the brewery was really impressive .the meals in the dining room and the steak house were amazing.There were lots of daytime activities, cabin crawls where we met many new friends. The night scene was always interesting and entertaining and the many pubs made sure you never went thirsty. Each stop had many excursions available and they were amazing, especially in Italy, Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi coast, not much room for error on these roadways Going on Vista again in our own time zone, New York to Caribbean and ending up in Miami, hope for no hurricanes coming up the coast Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have gone on several Carnival cruises and have never been disappointed. We like the value you get with Carnival as well as the great food and entertainment. This was our first time to Europe and were so excited that Carnival had a new ... Read More
We have gone on several Carnival cruises and have never been disappointed. We like the value you get with Carnival as well as the great food and entertainment. This was our first time to Europe and were so excited that Carnival had a new ship with just the route we were looking for. We sailed out of Barcelona and flew in a day early. We took the metro and explored on our own for half a day. What we saw was awesome and I would love to go back and explore more. The embarkation went really smoothly. We were on the ship in less than an hour. I heard that some people that came a little later had a rough time and it took almost four hours. Disembarkation went smoothly as well. We had a flight out of Athens at 12:30 and had heard the airport was an hour and a half away. We were off the ship by 7:30 and at the airport by 8:30. Pros: The ship is beautiful with a lot of great additions. There are lots of activities for those who like to be active. There was basketball, miniature golf, slides, Ropes course, track, gym and etc. The entertainment was great. We love watching the comedians and the Vista didn't disappoint us. They brought in six different comedians and had several shows each night. I like they brought in two European comedians as well. Lots of food choices. Love Guys burgers, I only wished they stayed open 24 hours! They added two other restaurants in addition to the steak house. We ate at La Cucina, the Italian restaurant, for just $15 extra a person and it was delicious! The staff was very helpful and friendly Cons: I was surprised that for the second sailing there were stains on the carpets around the stairs from all the foot traffic. Maybe they picked the wrong color carpet? In the public bathrooms some things were already broken; toilet seats and toilet paper holder. I don't like that most of the chairs in the main show room and the punchlines club can be moved around. It can be hard to move around. We were kind of disappointed with the main dining room. Several times we ordered pork chops or a chicken and the meat was so dry. Two out of five nights the service was very slow and it wasn't crowded. All in all a great trip!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My travel agent suggested this cruise as I was going alone. We went to many ports thro-out the Mediterranean .i had booked trips off ship independently and had no problems but Carnival had more a choice which I would have preferred, ... Read More
My travel agent suggested this cruise as I was going alone. We went to many ports thro-out the Mediterranean .i had booked trips off ship independently and had no problems but Carnival had more a choice which I would have preferred, everyone I spoke to had enjoyed their day trips. Even although ports were busy as many cruise ships were docking we didn't have any problems getting into and viewing all attractions. About the ship-- staterooms are very well equipped with everything you would need for computers etc. great sized TV with good channels also movies both free and paying to view. Room that I was in on deck two which I could recommend as I wasn't far from restaurants bars and shops also shows so suited me down to the ground. Meals in dining rooms were excellent with a good choice also new items added every day. In fact if you decide to travel on this ship I highly recommend checking out their site. Only down side of the cruise was the smokers . My friend being a nonsmoker and also a casino buff was very disappointed that smokers were allowed all over that area there fore her money stayed in her pocket much to the relief of her husband. It was a nightmare walking through the casino at any time of day to be hit by the fumes, I recommend that in future smokers should go out on a separate deck or a special designated area . Entertainment was first class so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cruise to my friends although I would pass on reference smokers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We choose this cruise because it fitted in with our dates. We liked the itinary and the ship looked really good. Being new the ship was clean and new looking. Our cabin was a bit bigger than we normally have but I was disappointed in ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it fitted in with our dates. We liked the itinary and the ship looked really good. Being new the ship was clean and new looking. Our cabin was a bit bigger than we normally have but I was disappointed in the amount of storage space. We loved the sports deck. And spent a lot of time playing golf. The younger members othe family tried the sky ride and the sky walk. These were only open at certain times ànd had long cues. The shows in the liquid lounge were very good. If there is a film shoiwing in the Imax you would like to see it is well worth a visit. We often arranged our evening around what film was showing on the Lido deck. Blankets are supplied as well as popcorn. It can get a little chilly up there so dress up warm. We ate in the market place at breakfast lunch if we were on board and once or twice in the evening. Breakfast was almost the same each day. There was reasonable choice at lunch. It is set out a little strangely. The savoury is at one end and the sweet at the back making it a little difficult to get both at the same time. The food in the market place us okay but not great. There is also a 24 hour pizza place at the back of the market place. Guys burgers by the pool and a buritto bar. The burgers and burritos shut at six which means you can't have them whilst watching the film. Personally I think this is a mistake. There is limited food later in the evening. There is nothing sweet except ice cream and frozen yogurt. The drinks stations are open 24 hours. We choose my time dining. We ate in different parts of the restaurant each night. The service varied depending on where we sat. We were not offered drinks from the bar on a number of occasions and often had to ask for water. Some nights the service was painfully slow. Other nights it was excellent. Some nights there was far too much fish on the menu. The food was OK you never really knew what you were getting until it arrived. If you like chocolate you will love the melting chocolate cake. We only heard from the Captain once but the cruise director was very entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We flew into Barcelona almost 4 days before embarkation and it was so worth it. We would definitely return just to vacation there. It was a very walkable city and very affordable as long as you're willing to do some of the work ... Read More
We flew into Barcelona almost 4 days before embarkation and it was so worth it. We would definitely return just to vacation there. It was a very walkable city and very affordable as long as you're willing to do some of the work yourself (i.e. metro vs. cabs, local restaurants vs. chains). Embarkation: Getting on the ship was one of the worst parts of the cruise. To be fair it was only the second sailing but it was horrible to the point that I was concerned for my safety. Lots of pushing, shoving people and no apparent line at all outside the terminal. When there are almost 4,000 guests on a ship there needs to be a queue process in place, or have guests board in groups (groupings were used inside, but getting into the terminal safe and sound was the problem). Debarkation: Not awful but could have been better. Because the ship arrived early in the morning on Monday but was technically not disembarking until Tuesday, a lot of guests had flights that left either very late or very early. For instance we disembarked at 1 am on Tuesday morning. Not only was it almost impossible to find a taxi large enough to fit the luggage of 4 adults, but when we did it cost almost $100. The service desk was not knowledgeable about how long the trip to the airport would be (we were quoted anywhere between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours) or how expensive it would be. We checked in with the service desk 3 times to make sure we would be allowed to leave the ship at that time, and they assured us we would. Yet when we reached the gang plank we were held up because we weren't on the list! The experience would have been much easier if there was a shuttle running running from the ship to the airport, and yes, I would have paid for it. Certainly not something that I would expect or demand, but it would have been awesome to have, especially given how many guests had odd flight times and wouldn't be able to take advantage of the traditional transfer service. Havana: We loved the Havana bar. We are not huge drinkers but it's awesome being able to leave your room and be at the bar in about 15 steps. Gabriel at the Havana bar is super friendly and makes great drinks. Although anyone can use the Havana pool after 5 pm, the novelty quickly wore off for guests not staying in the Havana area, and there were usually only 5-10 people in the entire area, which leaves guests their choice of loungers without any worry of chair hogs. There is frequently live music in the Havana bar, which as I said is very close to the rooms. The music ended every night at 11:45, but it was VERY loud until then. It occurred to me about halfway through the cruise that there was no actual nightclub on the ship and that the Havana area WAS the de facto night club. Not a plus for me, since I'm an early-to-bed type, but the party types on the ship definitely looked to be having a good time. Dining: We utilized anytime dining for the first time and were thrilled with it. You are encouraged to check in on Promenade before heading down to the dining room, and only on the first formal night was there a line to check in; every other night we walked right up to the desk. We also requested the same waiter, Rudolph, every night, and they easily accommodated us. I can't say the food was the best I've had on Carnival, but everything was fresh and well prepared. I highly recommend the "port of call" choices. Each day there is a port of call drink, appetizer, and entree that represent local cuisine. These were usually the best meals that we ate. Overall atmosphere: Once on board we were wowed by the staff and the ship. I thought the ship was laid out very well and the design is a much needed refresh for Carnival. There were tons of activities, truly something for everyone. I like to relax and read a book on my cruise, but my boyfriend likes to be doing something all the time, and he found plenty to do without me! The water slide, ropes course, SkyRide, trivia, etc. I thought the staff were excellent. Our room steward Nita was great. Ports and Shore Excursions: Perhaps the most exciting and at the same time most disappointing aspect of our cruise. Certainly not a reflection on Carnival but rather the ports and activities themselves. If, like me, you've never been to Europe, you have a fantasy in your head of going to visit ancient sites and taking your time to explore and marvel at them. The reality couldn't be further from the truth. They are crowded almost beyond belief--not only the other groups doing the same tour from your own ship, but tours from up to 6 other ships in port as well as locally organized tours and people who are already staying in that town on vacation. There were so many ports, I will keep my reviews brief. Marseilles: We took a bus to Aix en Provence and had a lovely tour. The guide gave wonderful historical information during the bus ride. Walking through the city early in the morning was relaxing and scenic. We were able to buy reasonably priced, unique souvenirs. There was a really nice local market with just about everything you could want to buy. Livorno (Florence/Pisa): Again we took a lengthy bus ride, this time to the medieval city of Lucca. It was a beautiful town and we loved walking around. The gelato store in the shadow of the cathedral was great. There are several good leather and ceramics shops. Also the oldest continually run open air market in Europe. Rome (Civitavecchia): The walking tour of the tourist area was the worst. By its very nature the tour was rushed, the guide is trying to show everything and describe its significance while at the same time moving you along quickly enough that the next group can make its way through. There are so many people everywhere that it's impossible to enjoy walking around. It was hectic, hot, and overcrowded. We also saw the catacombs which of course were interesting but the tour was only 30 minutes; there is no stopping to look at anything as you are constantly rushed through by your guide. Naples (Capri/Pompeii): We visited Herculaneum, which was a great archaeological site, but again we were rushed through so quickly we didn't get to enjoy it. Some people in our group had also been to Pompeii and they said Herculaneum was better. You do get a sense of the town, but I easily could have spent all day there poking around. You could still see the mosaics and parts of the frescoes. Crete (Heraklion): We visited the palace at Knossos, probably the worst actual tour. There were so many groups there simultaneously that our guide had a difficult time speaking over them and finding an area where we could congregate for her to talk to us. Also much of the palace is recreated so a lot of the things that are so impressive to see are not even old at all. Rhodes: We took a guided tour of Rhodes and Lindos, which we really enjoyed. Maybe because it doesn't have the same cachet as Rome or Crete, it wasn't as crowded. We especially enjoyed Rhodes, which has a medieval castle and one of the most well preserved medieval streets in Europe. The guide, Anna, was excellent. Kusadasi (Ephesus): By this point we realized that if there is only one major attraction in the area, everyone will be there. So we skipped Ephesus and simply got off the boat to walk around the port. Very pushy salesmen at the bazaar. Beautiful rugs for sale but be prepared to spend thousands of dollars. In general it was the place to buy tchochky souvenirs--I kid you not, one of the business' signs said "Genuine Fake Watches". Knockoff watches, bags, shirts and perfume are the main wares. Athens: We visited the Acropolis and Cape Sounion. The Acropolis was much like Rome, so overcrowded you couldn't hear yourself think. On the other hand I loved Cape Sounion. Very quiet, quaint, and beautiful. I would return there for a vacation just to eat, relax, and go to the beach. I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise on the Vista but it wasn't that much better than my other Carnival cruises. This sounds like a knock on Carnival but really it's a compliment: they don't have to have the fanciest, biggest ship to provide a great experience. I don't know if I would cruise on the Vista again unless the prices were somewhat in line with the other ships in the fleet. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
It was exciting to be a part of a new ship with a new itinerary for us. The ship is lovely and has so many activities. One of us rode the skybike and did the climbing track. We all played miniature golf. We read books from the library, ... Read More
It was exciting to be a part of a new ship with a new itinerary for us. The ship is lovely and has so many activities. One of us rode the skybike and did the climbing track. We all played miniature golf. We read books from the library, we ate in the steakhouse. Actually, in a 10 day cruise we still did not have time to eat in all the locations! We really did have a wonderful time. The Vista is a very large ship with a capacity of over 3900 passengers. I think our sailing, the second sailing for this new ship, was totally booked. So, because of the volume of passengers, there were lines. There were long lines at embarkation. There were long lines at the buffets. The elevators were always crowded. The excursions included LOTS of people. The lines at the Must See destinations were very long. It was raining at one of our destinations, and standing in line, in the pouring rain, with hundreds of travelers from several different ships was a bit of a challenge. (Translated, that means pushing and shoving and people trying to cut in line because they all have to be back at the ship at the same time......) That was pretty frustrating....but totally not related to the services Carnival provided... We used the formal dining and our wait staff was very attentive. The food was good and always there are many choices. We ate in the steakhouse one night and the service was phenomenal. We are pretty casual travelers and the formal service was simply amazing. The food was memorable. I think I will make the photo of my cheesecake the screensaver on my phone!!!! Our itinerary was pretty challenging so we didn't use all the entertainment options, but we went to the piano bar (people were really enjoying themselves) and we watched a musical performance that was really really good. Everyone on the ship was friendly. The Cruise Director seemed to be always available and was helpful and cheerful every time I saw him. We enjoyed all of our ports. We went on ship excursions in Marseille and Ephesus, had a private excursion in Naples and took trains everywhere else we visited. The winery and Papal palace in Avignon were great. We managed the trains to Pisa and Lucca (Lucca is a beautiful medieval walled city). We were able to take the train to Rome. In Naples, we had a small private excursion by a company called Italytours.EU. There was a little confusion at first, but we had a lovely day and our driver was handsome and charming. Pompeii was so crowded I can't say we really saw much, again, there were many ships in port that day. In Ephesus we took a ship excursion. Our guide was very good. We very much enjoyed that day.....and there was a minimum of heavy-handed rug sales pitches.....Crete and Rhodes were wonderful islands to visit and we finished up with two nights in Athens. Rhodes is especially pretty and the entrance to the old city is a short walk from the port. We did have a wonderful time! There were a few disappointments. Carnival scheduled a Mix and Mingle for our Cruise Critic roll call group and very few people attended. (to be fair, it was scheduled during a port visit and probably the other cruisers were not back yet.....) Because it was Cruise CRITIC, some of the attendees used that time to complain. The Carnival representatives listened intently to the complaints which were mostly about the food and pretty much about individual preferences. The ports in Italy were pretty far from the iconic sights. The days we took the trains were a little nerve-wracking when we were on such a tight schedule. The crowds were really frustrating. We usually travel in the off season and we have previously visited many of the same sights in Italy as independent travelers. The huge lines were new to us. I will cruise on the Carnival Vista again and I look forward to it. The itinerary in the Mediterranean is really ambitious. My personal choice will be the caribbean!! And MAYBE I will consider a smaller ship in the Carnival fleet!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We spent our honeymoon on Carnival Vista's second voyage. Over 10 days, we traveled to four different countries and enjoyed several of the excursions offered aboard! The ship itself is huge. It took us several days to learn how to ... Read More
We spent our honeymoon on Carnival Vista's second voyage. Over 10 days, we traveled to four different countries and enjoyed several of the excursions offered aboard! The ship itself is huge. It took us several days to learn how to navigate each floor, and the ship is set up a bit differently than the typical cruise ship. There's no efficient way to get from point A to point B, often times it required you to go across one floor, up, and back down to go over. If you have mobility issues, this might prove to be difficult. The physical spaces on the ship are beautiful, not small and even the dining rooms feel more like a high-end restaurant rather than a 'cruise ship'. Some of the lifetime cruisers weren't fans of the ship because the main performance hall was set up with moveable furniture as a multi-purpose space, but I hardly noticed. Still stunning and a great place to spend an evening! Room: A few days before the trip, I upgraded our room to one with a balcony view for a great deal. Figured it was worth the money given the long trip, and it was a great decision. We had plenty of space for cocktails and morning coffee, and the view each morning was lovely. Bed was comfortable, and room was a great size for two people. I would certainly do this again if I were going to be on the ship for more than 5 days. It was nice having some privacy. Food: The Lido Deck food was good enough. Plenty of variety and consistently good. We loved the Guy Fieri restaurant, also the Blue Iguana for lunch and tacos. Evening in the dining room was ok, not quite what I remember but nothing to turn up your nose about. Still fine dining in a beautiful setting! Alchemy offered the BEST cocktails on board, and many people purchased wine and brought it back on the ship to drink later. I'm not sure how that was allowed, but it didn't seem to be an issue. We spent one night at the steakhouse, and it offered quite a deal. I do recommend trying that for something different! Entertainment: Outstanding. Great shows, great parties on the Lido deck, and outstanding offerings. We went to the comedy club almost every night and loved it! Also recommend the pools and the slides. Great fun for an adventure!! There were about 20-30 kids on this ship, but you'd never know they were around. Camp Carnival seemed to be high quality, keeping kids busy! Excursions: We had booked several excursions beforehand, and I recommend that. For the European trips, the ports aren't like the Caribbean ports. When getting off the ship, you are several miles from actually being able to enjoy the city. Book in advance because trips off ship fill up quickly. We went to Rome, Marsilles, Athens, Pompeii and a wine tour in Tuscany. We found all tours to be high quality, safe and reliable. Tour guides were good. We ran into some people that booked tours that were NOT through Carnival, but being that we were in Europe we weren't willing to take a chance with missing the ship given timing or traffic. Staff: Friendly and helpful. Matt is one of the best cruise directors I've seen (this was my fourth cruise). I got very sick with a lung infection and had go see the ship doctor. Great service from her too! When we had to cancel an excursion due to me being sick, we got a full refund. I should also add that security was through getting on and off the ship. Not a single complaint regarding staff or crew. Only Concern: Getting on the ship was a mess. It was only their second voyage, and I think that the staff were ready for a slow-trickle boarding. Thousands of people showed up at once to get on, and the stations with ropes for boarding weren't even set up. It was nearly chaos. I expected a more well-oiled machine, and we left port late on day one because of this and other issues. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
this was a great port intensive itinerary. beautiful ship and staff were great. the good - Guys burgers and its staff were great! Randy, room steward one of the best. Ben the Piano man was talented and fun, Italian restaurant worth ... Read More
this was a great port intensive itinerary. beautiful ship and staff were great. the good - Guys burgers and its staff were great! Randy, room steward one of the best. Ben the Piano man was talented and fun, Italian restaurant worth the upgrade. String Trio were amazing. any time dining worked great. Matt the cruise director one of the best and saw him everywhere Kusadasi a great port stop. Casino and main atrium very nice the Okay - food in the dining room just ok and no good steak without an upcharge, plus no more table cloths. The Bad - embarkation in Barcelona the worse ever over two hours for VIP processing. They had to know the number of VIP status cruisers coming on board but no staff to handle them. Zorba the Greek dinner and dancing, please avoid - high priced mediocre food and worse yet they had the long tables so close together you could not get up after being seated (way oversold - trying to take 5 bus loads) Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My first impression of this new ship was "wow". Now here are my lists of positives and negatives. The Positives Excellent ship layout, people flowed between areas and nowhere ever felt crowded. The free serenity area ... Read More
My first impression of this new ship was "wow". Now here are my lists of positives and negatives. The Positives Excellent ship layout, people flowed between areas and nowhere ever felt crowded. The free serenity area with its cabanas and hammocks was lovely. The food was excellent. The I max cinema was fantastic. The waterworks was amazing. The skyride was incredible, and free. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic and more than happy to help. The cabin was well laid out and spacious, though wardrobe space was tight. Most of the bars had great entertainment every evening. The Negatives The liquid lounge was dissappointing( I would prefer a proper theatre) and the view was spoiled by pillars, especially upstairs. The punchliner comedy club in the limelight was also dissappointing as most of the comedians were American and not appreciated, or understood by us British.The view was again ruined by pillars blocking the stage view. The Horizon dining room felt too casual, no tablecloths or flowers or centrepieces on tables, except on the 2 formal evenings. Guests arrived on formal nights in scruffy clothes and trainer shoes. The 2 excursions we took were appalling, badly organised and not as described. The announcements are too loud, too frequent and too early. Embarkation in Barcelona was very slow and tedious. First aid staff not properly trained, they failed to even record an accident or ask for a name and cabin number following an accident between my elderly mother and a scooter. The muster drill was a bit chaotic and the crush of people leaving the horizon dining room all at once was frightening, leading to my mothers accident with a scooter. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My husband and I are Platinum level cruisers and have been on eight different Carnival ships, so we were excited to book the 16 day transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to New Orleans leaving Barcelona on November 1, 2013. We enjoyed the ... Read More
My husband and I are Platinum level cruisers and have been on eight different Carnival ships, so we were excited to book the 16 day transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to New Orleans leaving Barcelona on November 1, 2013. We enjoyed the cruise but were very disappointed with the ship itself, which we were led to believe was a totally new ship with a name change to prove it. It is not a totally new ship, merely one emerging from a glorified dry dock. Out of all of the Carnival ships we have been on, it is our least favorite and we would never book it again. But it's not fair to focus on the shortcomings of the ship without first stopping to note the things that went well on this cruise: THINGS THAT WENT WELL Embarkation in Barcelona was the quickest and smoothest we have ever had. We literally walked onto the ship and had our luggage promptly delivered. We had the second (late) seating in the Sunset dining room and had attentive service and hot food delivered in a reasonable period of time. There were very enjoyable live musical presentations by Ken Byrne, the maître d, and Seth, the piano guy. The morning presentations on photography, ports, and location were well done by Mickey Live. Carnival did a great favor to its guests by booking this knowledgeable cruise professional to provide interesting talks during the cruise. All of the crew, from the dining room to the room stewards, were friendly and professional. We enjoyed our Carnival excursions. The trip from Malaga to Grenada to see the Alhambra was particularly well done and an excellent value. THINGS THAT DID NOT GO WELL The ship does not have the advertised "new" feel. Most of the granite counters and tables on other ships have been replaced here with cheap plastic veneers, perhaps to lighten the overall weight in order to take on more passengers. The feeling around ship is more of a fast food chain or lower tier motel chain. There is none of the fun tongue- in -cheek "opulence" we see on other ships. Many maintenance details have been overlooked. For example, the window in in 1351, our ocean view stateroom, was rusted all around and certainly needed at least a new coat of paint. And yes, we did see drip buckets around ship, but even worse were the recurrent sewage smells, including on the corridor by the steakhouse. There are too many extra fee restaurants: the steakhouse, the Chinese place, the Italian place, and the sushi place. Let's remember, folks, that $11 charge in the Italian restaurant doesn't mean you are paying $11 for dinner. No, you are paying $11 plus whatever you already paid for dinner in the main dining room. And there is no longer "free" sushi before dinner. In sixteen days it was only offered once at the Taste Bar, and each person was given exactly one small piece. We will never pay extra for meals on a cruise and wish the space was devoted to something that could be enjoyed by all passengers. There is lots of "dead space", such as the long empty hallway to the Limelight Lounge or the huge slide that is used very infrequently. But the most distressing thing about the Sunshine is the Liquid Lounge, now made much smaller in order to free up room for the additional charge restaurants and extra staterooms. The chairs on the first level are moveable and crowded very tightly together. The room itself is ugly, with dozens of black spotlights hanging from the ceiling and huge light boxes sitting on the floor. There was never enough seating and people had to sit on the stairs, stand up, or just leave without seeing the show. The entertainment is now more about machines instead of people: flashing spotlights changing colors, film clips projected on stage, extremely loud pre-recorded music with no live music. The small number of dancers gestured with microphones to give the illusion that they were singing, but we had to laugh at the first show when one of the male performers had no fewer than four different voices come out of his mouth during the course of the performance. The performers have been reduced to lip synching puppets. The overall feeling with the shows is that they have now been designed for an audience who is accustomed to getting their entertainment from video games. So would we cruise Carnival again? Absolutely. Would we chose to go on the Sunshine again? No!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
1 cabin 8222 small no fridge storage ok 2 food main dining room I enjoyed good choice /lido market place not enough choice for dinner had pizza one eve and sandwich on second eve due to choice main meal odd combination of food which i ... Read More
1 cabin 8222 small no fridge storage ok 2 food main dining room I enjoyed good choice /lido market place not enough choice for dinner had pizza one eve and sandwich on second eve due to choice main meal odd combination of food which i found i could not choose main meal lunch time del capatanio great pasta ji ji kitchen nice stir fries I found guys burger bit dry did not like fries did enjoy sandwich bar good choice and sweets ok some cakes dry 3 pool ok bit small had a cabana one day but most days full up the 4 facing big screen 4 had cheeers pkg 15 drink per day good deal 25%added to pkg u cannot buy anymore drink if u go over 15 annoying having to ask how many drink u have left should be on your receipt when signing I think 5 enjoyed all shows and effect on stage 6 comedy club was great enjoyed all comedians 7 staff very friendly alchemy very nice martins 8 red frog pub thirsty frog beer good friendly staff good music missed pub quiz pity 9 ea sports bar great sports joined in weekly quiz good fun shortie and all cruise staff fun do great job 10 enjoyed piano bar and all entertainment staff inc Robbie Chris & Aaron overall great cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
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