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The Vista was a new ship. Good foo and the staff was OK since they were all new. The last night in a two day port stay in Athens was not very good. The Ship had let half the staff go ashore the night before and were under staff the last ... Read More
The Vista was a new ship. Good foo and the staff was OK since they were all new. The last night in a two day port stay in Athens was not very good. The Ship had let half the staff go ashore the night before and were under staff the last day on the ship and very little was scheduled for the last night. By 11:30 pm the place was like a ghost town The port call for Florance was on a Monday - a day the museums close in Florence so I spent the day on the ship. There was enough to do on the ship. Used make your own dinning reservation. Had no choice, was on a wait list for "Late Dinning" but that did not happen. The first night in the main dinning was great. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The next time we went it seemed no-one was sure who was serving us. Comedy Club was great. The best thing on the Cruise was the Piano Bar and the piano Man Ben. Good activites outside. Ools, waterslides anf sky-bikes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We wanted to take our 2 teenage sons to Europe. Cruising is by far the best value. We have cruised many times and with several different cruise lines. We LOVED the Carnival Vista. They have longer port days than other cruises in Europe ... Read More
We wanted to take our 2 teenage sons to Europe. Cruising is by far the best value. We have cruised many times and with several different cruise lines. We LOVED the Carnival Vista. They have longer port days than other cruises in Europe and the ports were perfect. We loved the sports deck. It had one of my favorite mini golf courses. We loved that they always kept balls out so people could play. We loved the ropes course. There were a few people that got scared and the staff had to go out and help them. The staff were really nice about this. The sky ride thing had a few glitches and they had to stop it several times. We didn't end up doing that one. They have a lot of foosball, ping pong and pool tables too. There is a "around the table" 4 person ping pong and we had a lot of fun with the 4 person foosball. There was a full court basketball, volleyball, soccer court that looked really fun. We were too busy to use it though. We did walk the track. It was 7 laps for a mile. My sons enjoyed the water slides too. They had one that uses a tube and a faster one that was fun. There was a short bowling alley. My husband likes to bowl so the little short lane did not appeal to him. You also had to pay something like $6 a game. It seemed like a waste of time and money. The IMAX and Thriller ride looked fun but we were too busy to use them. I have always liked the food on Carnival. There were a few things that tasted different from their other cruise ships and I think it is because they load the food in Barcelona or in Europe somewhere and not in the USA like they do in the Mexican Riviera or Caribbean. We usually love the ice cream machine and the hot chocolate on Carnival cruises but this time they tasted a little bit different (still good but different). It might have been that we fell in love with the gelato in Italy and ate so much of that at port that we didn't want ice cream when we got back on board. My favorite things to eat were of course the pizza, Guy burgers and we LOVED the Steak House Fahrenheit 555. The service and food were perfect there. I usually like to have my same table and same waiters but because of the long port days we did "any time dining". This was one time that I was really glad to be a Carnival Platinum guest because we did not have to wait in line to get our dinner time. I am not sure about those who had to wait on the 5th floor to then go to the dining room and get a table. There was also an Italian place and an Asian place that we tried during lunch time. They have complimentary lunch there but there is a charge for dinner. There was a seafood place. It had a extra charge. I liked the free sea food places on the Valor and other ships much better. It was the only one I was disappointed in. We avoided the Serenity Deck because it was always the most crowded and I am not a big "lay out in the sun" all day person. On about the last day of the cruise I explored there and saw that they had a fresh salad place but the lines were longer there and I had already eaten. There were plenty of deck chairs and fun places to hang out on the back and sides of the ship. We especially like the Family Harbor Lounge and Family Harbor rooms with the extra shower and bathtub. Soaking in a bathtub after walking around Florence and Pisa all day was heavenly! The Family Harbor Lounge also gave as an easy meeting place for our family where I didn't have to worry about losing my kids. The rooms were also very quiet and we slept really good. The Carnival Vista had some fun talented people but overall the entertainment was average. They really didn't have a big show place. There are mostly smaller venues with various entertainers around the boat. We were really too busy with ports to spend much time going to shows on the ship though. They did have a great violinist in the lobby. We loved all of the ports. Barcelona: We stayed for 2 nights there before our cruise. Loved the Sagrada Familia. It is a must see. We got tickets to go inside online at our hotel. We loved strolling around Barcelona, visiting the Ramblas and the markets and my boys caught a "Mr. Mime" Pokemon so they were happy:) We also spent a lot of time talking about history so it was educational. Marseille France: This was a Sunday so not a lot was opened. We just went into the Old Town and enjoyed eating crepes, bread and cheese. Florence and Pisa: We wanted to show our boys how to navigate so we used the public trains to get around. We had "Rick Steves" downloaded tours and were able to visit both places. We were a bit disappointed because it was a Monday and the main museums were closed. I am not sure why Europe closes down on Monday? Rome: We took the Colosseum, Vatican and St. Peters Basilica Shore Excursion because we wanted to see them all and it would be impossible to get tickets for these sites without waiting in really long lines. We didn't like our tour guide. She was bossy and not very knowledgeable. She actually went and grabbed one of the books from a nearby stand and tried to explain what we were seeing to a whole bus load of people. Teenagers have a really high "BS meter" and they like to imitate her now. We finally went and listened to our "Rick Steves" downloads and explanations and it worked out fine. The last time I took this tour we had a good guide and some of the other bus loads said that they had good guides. I am still glad I took the tour so we could pass the lines and get into the sites. The cost was actually better than I thought it would be. Naples: We got off the ship and meet a really awesome taxi driver that told us he would take us around for the entire day. At first we were nervous but he ended up doing a wonderful job and with 4 of us it ended up costing a lot less than trying to take the shore excursion. He took us to Pompeii. We used our downloads there again. My boys were sad that they moved the body casts out of Pompeii and over to the museum but of course they loved the visit. Then we drove over to the Amalfi Coast and visited Sorrento. This may have been our favorite place in the whole trip. We ate authentic pizza and Italian food and shopped in the lemon scented town. It was beautiful! We finally had a much needed sea day and slept in as long as we could. Then enjoyed the mini golf and playing games as a family. My boys did visit their Circle C and Club O2 but there were not really that many kids on this sailing. With school already started we had to get special permission to get our kids out of school but the education they received on this trip was so worth it. They did have to do some homework on the sea day. This was the best time to cruise Europe because it was not as hot and not as crowded as it would have been in the summer. Crete: When you first get off the boat it looks like a industrial city. We again had a taxi driver take us around for the day. He drove us over to this town on the other side of the island that had the BEST shopping of the entire trip. We were able to get leather bags and a lot of cool things for really cheap. We had to buy another suitcase to bring everything back home. We swam for a little at a beach. I like how the water makes you float. Rhodes: We were not sure what to expect with this port and we absolutely LOVED it. You can get right off the boat and walk into this castle like town. We had to go research the history because it was so cool. There was even a moat around it with ancient stone balls. We had so much fun just exploring. We went to a "fish doctor" place and had the most cool pedicure where these fish eat the dead skin cells off your feet. My boys thought that was pretty cool. There are a lot of restaurants with tables that people keep wanting you to sit at. I actually liked the food better deeper into the town from the little side shops than the main tabled areas. We were supposed to stop in Ephesus Turkey but we ended up having another much needed sea day because it was not safe to go to Turkey. Athens: We had a full day here and then our ship stayed overnight so we were able to spend as much time as we wanted in Athens. We loved it. Again we got another taxi driver who took us around for the day. He was awesome. Make sure you get the rate up front and then pay them at the end of the day. We went to the Acropolis and just bought our tickets there. The line looked long but it went by pretty fast. We used our "Rick Steves" downloaded explanations. I am so glad we had those because I saw some people pay guides to take them inside and explain. As of overheard them I think they may have just been people trying to make money. They did not have very good explanations and some of them seemed pretty boring. My kids enjoyed the way we did it. We had 2 ipads with 2 of us listening with our earphones. They learned so much and really enjoyed it. We saw the changing of the guards, shopped, drove around and saw all the sights and ate Gyros on the street. It was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The embarkation went really well. Once onboard we had a wander round. There was no wow appeal. The cabin was not cleaned properly we had a half eaten snicker in our fridge, a pencil on the floor & a dirty sock under the bed. The rooms ... Read More
The embarkation went really well. Once onboard we had a wander round. There was no wow appeal. The cabin was not cleaned properly we had a half eaten snicker in our fridge, a pencil on the floor & a dirty sock under the bed. The rooms were a good size and beds comfortable. Our balcony was never cleaned. The staff were not very friendly or helpful it all seemed a bit chaotic at times. I loved the burger place although not the best place for it to be positioned on the ship. It was extremely slippery around that area. I saw a couple of people fall over. The comedy club was fun. The shows were not great the team could do with a bit more experience in entertainment, sorry. I will say our entertainer was brilliant he really knew how to get people going. Pat on the back to him. The food was ok nothing to get over excited about. We done my time dining twice then realised what was being served in the my time dining was also in the self service restaurant. We were on the ship the day the port in Italy was damaged as we left. We did stop at some lovely ports. I am sorry to say I wouldn't cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I don't normally write reviews but wanted to share. First the bad,....Embarkation was a disaster in comparison to other cruises. Took over an hour and we had a crying two year old, didn't seem to matter to the check in personnel ... Read More
I don't normally write reviews but wanted to share. First the bad,....Embarkation was a disaster in comparison to other cruises. Took over an hour and we had a crying two year old, didn't seem to matter to the check in personnel as they had problems taking our pictures and could not fix it. We ordered the bottomless bubbles for our eight year old, does NOT include bottle water, was told by guest service man, unfortunately cannot remember his name, that if it was his child he wouldn't let them order that as he doesn't drink soda.....we don't either but it is vacation and we wanted our child to have a choice and fun being independent. We eventually got it refunded, along with free tickets to theatre and dr suess breakfast along with a twelve pack of water to our room. Our room when we arrived had broken door to refrigerator and closet along with broken hangers on the ground that our two year old poked her hand with playing as we were hanging our things up as we did not expect that and didn't pay close attention, Maintenon came and fixed quickly. Main dining room sevice acceptable at best, little attention given and did not feel special except for one serve, Natdkya, and one bar waiter, Martin. Ship overall mediocre in cleanliness, even though new ship. Strange layout, certain floors you can't get from one side to the other, no glass elevators, no open atrium only three floors with small open space. Outdoor areas smaller and hard to pass others although the glass partionons on the promenade deck great for reducing wind! Cabin smaller than expected although we had a family harbor premium ocean view with two bathrooms that supposedly could fit five....definitely NOT! The one bathroom with tub and sink was so small you could barely move, the entrance way had the closets so very cramped and impossible to pass If you needed in the closets. Red frog bartenders terrible!!! Casino size and layout small and not inviting. The good news....camp ocean for kids is great, we have children that do not speak English, Natasha from Croatia and Sam from Canada were fantastic doing all they could to get them involved!!! Hats off!!!, Spa...typical although the upgraded spa area was fantastic with several sauna, steam rooms and whirlpool and louge chairs with a great view, Sian and Chloe were very nice and helped talk to me about issue i have without trying to sell me expensive products, although the products they have are fantastic! filip from the gym, I believe from Serbia, was great! I showed up a couple times for classes that had to be cancelled due to none participation and the last class he did just with me because he felt bad that I showed up for nothing! Water works was great! Sky ride was nice but a bit of a let down as I just expected more, nice outdoor spaces, serenity nice, bbq place on deck five rocks! Guys burger and Mexican cantina rocks but unfortunately they are not open for dinner, wish that would change! I read poor reviews about dining, it was the best I've had on over 14 cruises! Service not the best but food yes!! Lido is good but as said in other reviews limited options. We ate at the Italian and Asian restaurants on deck 11, great food and well worth the 15 per person up charge. The tides pool bat aft on deck 11 has three Alexandra's all from Serbia that work there, all nice, "Alex" was the best! Pizza place ok, didn't try bonsai, steakhouse or seafood shack. What I found great was the very distinct cabin areas! (Havana, spa and family harbor) Great choice by carnival! Nice variety to just your typical , interior, ocean view, balcony and suites! Thrill theate and dr Seuss breakfast were great! We didn't do any entertainment as too much with a 2 year old. Fitness room a joke in camparision to other cruise ships! I was concerened about our room service when we arrived but Marvin really took good care of us!!! And we had several issues that he handled with flare! Family harbor rooms are worth it in my opinion as the family harbor lounge has full service breakfast, snacks from 3-5 and your own concierge and always milk, coffee water, yogurt and ice cream available and close to main dining, and getting on and of ship. I have been on many cruises, second with carnival....will we try them again?....maybe.... Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise as it was to be a family holiday for my birthday with my wife,daughter,2 grandsons and my daughters friend, having originally booked and being told it was. direct flight we were later informed that Carnival had altered ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was to be a family holiday for my birthday with my wife,daughter,2 grandsons and my daughters friend, having originally booked and being told it was. direct flight we were later informed that Carnival had altered the flights to connections in Germany flying with Lufthansa and returns through Holland with KLM with very poor flight times especially with 2 young children My wife & I have cruised before with 2 different cruise companies but decided on the Carnival Vista as it was billed as a fun cruise which with first time cruisers and young children and a casual type of cruise we thought it would suit all parties Embarkation was ok and my only comment would be we had to pick a slot which if the flights were organised by Carnival you would have thought they would have informed us of? The ship itself was OK with plenty of things to keep young & older cruisers entertained but with bizarre height restrictions on the slides the slowest of which children had to be taller to be allowed on, having said that it did depend on which staff members were at the top of the slides as some did not seem to mind who went down No problems with the cabins our inside cabin was more than adequate the problems were with the dining, the Horizons restaurant was a farce with the staff at times unable to understand basic English and constantly getting orders wrong,after 3 attempts we decided to eat at the Marketplace on deck 10 but disappointingly the choices as with the Horizon was repetitious & poor Apart from the Red Frog pub & brewery the staff at all the other bars seemed low on moral & overworked for the amount of people on board and subsequently service suffered, having said that the extortionate prices plus gratuities & local tax on top made drink prices rediculous I did complain to Guest Services but was treated with contempt when complaining about the service and the fact that various items kept disappearing from our Sun beds when we went to the pools etc The excursions we went on we're as expected as we have cruised Europe before, the entertainment was not as good as previous cruises and the venues were small with poor views if you were late in arriving Overall this cruise did not live up to its billing despite the efforts of the cruise director who tried very hard to make things go with fun Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Looking a cruise and seen this in May and so the price was good we upgraded to a spa room which was well worth it if going to use the spa a lot which we did before dinner.Food was not warm first night but got better as the week went on ,it ... Read More
Looking a cruise and seen this in May and so the price was good we upgraded to a spa room which was well worth it if going to use the spa a lot which we did before dinner.Food was not warm first night but got better as the week went on ,it really is a ship for family but up in serenity its Adults only but hard to find a pod ,staff lifted left towels if left longer than 40 minutes which is fair. Some staff in Red Frog pub had a bit of attitude and ended up having arguments with customers the night I was in we also had Kirk from coronation street doing a couple of songs with the group.Trips like most cruise ships expensive but the shuttle bus from port to town were rip off.Kids will love this ship and adults will enjoy that there kids are having a great time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any ... Read More
Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any event, a nice feeling. Good - the ship decor, cleanliness, and appointments. As a new ship, the cleanliness was to be expected, but the pleasant decor was a plus. Other ships had hideous wall designs and coloration. The atrium was a continuous gentle swirling of color - very relaxing. Room decor was also well done. Each room has a large, flat-screen TV. Good - in-room safe. The safe opened and closed with a 4-digit pin, so all occupants had access without needing the one person with the specific credit card to be available. Good - the daily Carnival Fun Times was concise and efficiently presented. Small enough to be folded into a man's pants pocket without difficulty. A nice improvement is the addition of movie ratings and length for all movies, not just some (movie length helps immeasurably in planning for the busy daily schedule). Good - main dining room food. Equal to the best of any other Carnival ship. For those familiar with the 3-part menu, it was mostly repetitive as to the leftmost two pages. But the right page ("Ports of Call" foods) represented Spain, Italy, France, etc. and was distinctly several steps above Caribbean, Caribbean, Caribbean, etc. Bad - operating hours of the Salad Bar in the seniors-only (Serenity) area were not posted. It was open on our first day of the cruise. We intended to go there on future days but it was always closed. Eventually I asked a staffer what was up. He said it was only open on sea days. The only sea day on this particular cruise was the first day, so we missed out. The hours need to be posted (and maybe put a heads-up in the Fun Times to avoid passenger disappointment). Tip: visit it early and verify your sea days. Bad - Serenity whirlpool safety. The warning sign outside the whirlpool tells users to limit time to 15 minutes. But there is no clock visible! Carnival needs to put up a clock nearby. Tip: if you are sensitive to long-term exposure to heated water, or in any way concerned, bring your watch to keep track of the time. Bad - limited number of whirlpools. The ship is much larger with so many more things to do, but whirlpool availability has become limited. There is no whirlpool in the fitness center as on other Carnival ships. There is an age-restricted (21+) whirlpool in the Serenity area and only two whirlpools open to everyone else. Very crowded and usually very populated with children. Good - music all around the ship. The Vista had the best performers we've seen in the various lounges and atrium. Exceptionally skilled violinists, piano players, and guitarists. The piped-in music seemed to be better, too (maybe my imagination as I can't be sure what I remember about piped-in music on other ships.) BAD - the layout of the main showroom (the Liquid Lounge) is a huge disappointment. The main level is basically that - LEVEL! The rows barely increase in height so you can't see over the heads of the people in front of you. Also, the designer must have thought that a flexible seating area would allow rearrangement to suit various productions so the majority of seats are chairs. But since the showroom is rather tiny, Carnival squeezed in a row of chairs between the fixed seats and packed in the rows of chairs very tightly, so that there are very few aisles to move around the room. It's hard to get to many of the seating areas. And the waiters can't get through most of the rows to serve drinks. Tip: arrive early for shows to scope out the location of the moveable chairs and to get the better seats. Good - the productions in the main showroom are terrific. And the cast is particularly talented in singing and dancing. Their choreography is worthy of Olympic synchronized events. Bad - the casino layout (done by the same company that did the Liquid Lounge) was again a disappointment (possibly due to Carnival's placement of the slot machines and tables). In several locations against the wall it is impossible to pass behind the player's chairs. This was true of the interior walls as well as the outer, seaside walls. Also, in the center there is a circular bar with a circular wall around it. To pass between the wall and one of the huge pillars, one must turn sideways. Bad - male restroom access from the casino. You probably won't believe this, but I swear it is true. When a male asks a casino staffer "Where is the nearest men's room?", the answer is "It's not on this floor. Take the elevator up one floor and it is right there!!" That's the only time I have ever been told to take an elevator to get to a restroom on a Carnival ship. (BTW - not a problem for ladies. They have a nearby restroom.) Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We tough that with a new ship it would be great Deception. Decoration no Decorum no No swimming pool for adult only No tablecloth in the main dining room Waiter unsmiling and personnel rude Food ordinary Always ... Read More
We tough that with a new ship it would be great Deception. Decoration no Decorum no No swimming pool for adult only No tablecloth in the main dining room Waiter unsmiling and personnel rude Food ordinary Always missing thing in the room and the dining room Children running all the time Children dive in the pool Noisy alley Beding uncomfortable The room service always missing thing like cream for Coffees silverware missing The picture taken but the photograph are a mess And the boat is not as beautiful as they showed in the pub Exactly like the others ship And what about the organization for the desembark all confusing And For the price we paid surely we could have better cruise I am very disappointed and for sure it was my last cruise With Carnival because my expectation was in function of what I saw In the pud. Too high Conclusion. No more Carnival cruise for me Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We had been looking to do a European cruise for a couple years to celebrate milestone birthdays and when the new Vista was announced, we jumped on it for several reasons.. (1) The new ship looked to be amazing with a brand-new ... Read More
We had been looking to do a European cruise for a couple years to celebrate milestone birthdays and when the new Vista was announced, we jumped on it for several reasons.. (1) The new ship looked to be amazing with a brand-new "Havana" area that included private cabins, private pool and hot tubs, as well as private bar, etc. - sounded wonderful! (2) The itinerary hit several of the places we wanted to visit (3) The price was good (4) We had sailed with Carnival before and always had a great experience in the past Unfortunately, this cruise turned out to be the worst Carnival cruise we have ever taken and left us wondering if we will take another one...not another cruise but another Carnival Cruise. And, unfortunately, we met several other couples who felt (and expressed) the exact same thing. The food- overall- was awful! Probably the worst we've had on any cruise line. The Havana area could be fantastic if they kept it private for the guests who booked the Havana Cabanas and Suites (which we did). However, they open it up to the entire ship at 7pm and it was chaos every day once that happened. Most of the days at port were long so we wouldn't get back on the ship until 5:30p-6p. So, we got very little time to enjoy the area prior to the flood gates of heathens opening. It was very disappointing. In addition, the service throughout the ship was poor - actually, extremely poor. There were a few exceptions here and there - the guys in the Sports Bar were great, one of the guys (has been with Carnival 10 years) at the Atrium Bar was wonderful - but overall - the worst service we have ever received on a Carnival cruise or any cruise line in the past. Overall - we left the ship feeling disappointed. I was so upset, as we booked the cruise 15 months or so in advance and had been looking forward to it all that time. It had been my dream birthday trip for years and it was so far from a dream. My advice is look at other options - I know we will! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Just returned from our first Carnival experience. Our ship was the Vista the newest ship of Carnival and sad to say was not impressed with the overall experience. We found it too large a ship, the two pools were enormously small for a ... Read More
Just returned from our first Carnival experience. Our ship was the Vista the newest ship of Carnival and sad to say was not impressed with the overall experience. We found it too large a ship, the two pools were enormously small for a ship catering to almost 5,000 - it was rediculous! The person who designed the ship should be shot.....when you wanted to go to many of the activities (as an example: the comedy show, you had to go so far on that particular floor then either up one flight or down one flight and then back up to the floor you were on to get the show.....he or she must have been intoxicated when designing the floor plan. Bring your deep pockets on this cruise should you want to take excursions, especially the day in Rome (example: $389Euros per person). A good thing about Vista was that the buffet (although no change to the menu offered each day) there was always seating available. We chose any time dining and was fortunate enough to be seated at (Vladimir's) section and he and his helpers made our dining experience a beautiful experience each evening. He was absolutely fabulous as a head waiter. I am sure we will go back to Royal Caribbean on our next cruise though. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Excuse the misleading title – this shouldn’t be a negative review because if you measure the success of a cruise by how disappointed your Children are to leave then this was a great cruise. The waterpark, skyride, skyropes, crazy ... Read More
Excuse the misleading title – this shouldn’t be a negative review because if you measure the success of a cruise by how disappointed your Children are to leave then this was a great cruise. The waterpark, skyride, skyropes, crazy golf and waterslides are excellent – this is truly a fun ship with LOADS to do for kids. Perhaps this was why over 1300 were on board. Kids club was excellent and the kids had great fun there in the afternoons. We took an 8 day cruise around Europe. Ports of Calls were Messina, Naples, Civitivechia, Livorno, Marseille and Palma de Majorca. We had a great time but my wallet (or should I say Cruise Card) remained firmly in my pocket. Unfortunately the drinks are ridiculously expensive with a 15% tip and a 10% tax added. 21% tax is added to ALL non-drink purchases (Non EU nationals can reclaim this – us humble Brits can’t). Carnival forgot to tell anyone about this when booking a cruise. What really annoyed me was having to pay 15% gratuity tip when getting a drink from a self-service dispenser. Come on Carnival – this is just plain ridiculous! With an automatic gratuity of 15% added you would think bar service would be top quality – it wasn’t. The bar service in the Red Frog pub and Pool bars was shockingly slow. They had no concept of being able to read a bar and would serve Americans or Spanish (who jumped the queue) ahead of anyone who was stood quietly waiting to be served. Equally our Children had the bottomless bubbles package and they would simply be ignored at the bar as the servers weren’t interested in serving them drinks as they were making no money on them. I had to get their drinks for them. What Carnival also wouldn’t tell you about were the FREE (or very cheap) shuttle buses in ports and instead tried to charge us a whopping $17 each ($15 for kids) to get into Marseille or $20 each to get into Palma. In Marseille you could walk 10 minutes to the Port entrance and take the free No 35 bus to ‘downtown’ (as Carnival insisted on calling it) Marseille. Buses left every 15 minutes. In Palma you could walk to the Port entrance to get a local bus for a Euro or two. Save yourself $20 (plus 15% tip and 21% tax of course)!! We did our own think in port – Carnival trips were very expensive and I took the local train to Pompei from Naples saving loads of money. Matt, the Cruise Director was fabulous and really made the cruise. The Deck parties that he hosted were great fun. The kids loved copying his cheesy catchphrase. Getting on and off the ship was painless which was surprising given the number of people on board. We have cruised with P&O many times before and couldn’t help but make comparisons. So here goes… Food Food on Vista was good, Guys Burgers were fantastic and the Blue Iguana Burritos and Tacos were tasty too. I didn’t have a pizza or used the Lido self-service restaurant but my wife said the selection was not great. Free lunch at The Asian noodle restaurant was OK but didn’t really convince us to eat there in the evening. Equally the Italian pasta restaurant next door got my order wrong and we didn’t bother eating there at night as it was nothing special. Overall Vista wins here as I found the standards on P&O had dropped last year. Service No question – P&O excel here. Carnival could learn a lot from them which is odd as they’re part of the same group. Entertainment So much to do on the Vista so Vista is the winner here partly due to Matt the Cruise Director and his catchphrase. Pools The pools on Vista are very small and salt water so not great. Plus at the end of each day the pools would be quite cloudy and uninviting so P&O win here. Overall, Vista gets our vote for the sheer number of things to do. We think we’d be bored on P&O after travelling on the Vista. We had a great cruise – despite the high drinks prices and general feeling we were there to be milked dry by Carnival. Lastly, we weren’t aware that the Vista caused £200,000 of damage to local boats and a pier when leaving Messina on our cruise – I hope the owners of the damaged boats added a 15% service charge and a 21% tax to their Bill when invoicing Carnival. Bye…….I say Byeeeee! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My husband and I traveled on this cruise. We choose this cruise because we loved the itinerary on the Vista with stops in Sicily, Naples, Rome, Florence, Marseilles, Palma de Mallorca and back to Barcelona. We also loved how big the ship ... Read More
My husband and I traveled on this cruise. We choose this cruise because we loved the itinerary on the Vista with stops in Sicily, Naples, Rome, Florence, Marseilles, Palma de Mallorca and back to Barcelona. We also loved how big the ship is and for the most part it never felt crowded, except by the pools. Embarkation went pretty quick for us. We choose the 2 pm time to board and we were on the ship by 2:30 pm. They were still working out some of the bugs with the dine your time on day one, so we ate at JiJi Asian on the first night which was excellent. We did the dine your time the following night and were seated quickly. The earlier you dined (anytime before 8 pm), the less of a wait you had. The food in the dining room was pretty good, better than some of the other cruises we have been on. We ordered from the bar one night and got our drinks pretty fast. We were pleasantly surprised to see soup and salad bars around different areas of the ship. It helped keep the lines at the buffet pretty short. We did try the Seafood Shack and the lobster rolls were great. We also did room service for each day in port. Room service was on time or early on each of the days. There is not much to choose from on the menu, but we were only looking for coffee and continental breakfast, so it was perfect for us. Sea Day was good, except the pools were very crowded and there is no adult only pool. There is a serenity adult only deck, but it was also very crowded. I think all the adults were in the spa. Our cabin was very comfortable. It was a little noisy the first night, but after that, it was pretty quiet. We were on the 8th deck. We only booked one excursion through Carnival and the rest we did with private companies. Disembarking each day was fast. We were able to get off the ship in 5 minutes for our tours. Our big concern was safety in getting off the ship in Marseilles, but it turned out to be our favorite port and nothing to be concerned about. We did the excursion to Luberon Villages & Lavendar Museum with the cruise ship. We loved the excursion. Lourmarin and Roussillon are beautiful little villages and the perfect port following the crowds in Rome and Florence. Our other excursions were all through private companies. In Sicily we visited Taormina and Castelmola. Naples we visited Pompeii, Sorrento and Positiano. Rome we visited the Coliseum and the Vatican. We did a tour of the highlights of Florence and a walking tour in Palma de Mallorca. You can actually walk from the ship in Palma. Yes, we would do this cruise all over again in a heatbeat. We originally booked this cruise for the itinerary, but we were pleasantly surprised by how much fun we had while we were on the ship. We had an amazing and very fun cruise director Matt. He was great about getting people up dancing and singing and he was very entertaining. The only downside was trying to leave the party at night so we could get to bed to be able to get up for our tours in the morning. The staff was all great, and very friendly. We had a different waiter each time we went to the dining room, but found each one to be very friendly. The shows were top notch! There are some very talented performers on this ship. We did not get to see the comedians and only spent a short time in the casino. We did not get to the fitness center. There just wasn't enough time to do everything. We hope to try the Vista again sometime in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I chose Vista as it was a new ship and liked the promotional video. I didnt know much about Carnival at the time. The more I learned, the less likely it was that I was going to enjoy it. However, it was not bad at all. A few niggles, but ... Read More
I chose Vista as it was a new ship and liked the promotional video. I didnt know much about Carnival at the time. The more I learned, the less likely it was that I was going to enjoy it. However, it was not bad at all. A few niggles, but nothing major apart from Carnivals mis management of information regarding VAT. Embarkation. I really wasnt sure how they'd get 4000 people onboard in a timely manner without lots of queuing, but I have to admit, I was very impressed, The ship Its a great ship and I was worried about overcrowding and getting on and off at ports. Mostly this fears were unfounded. Getting off at every port was a doddle. The only crowding was as others have said, the pool areas on the sea day and when something was happening and if you were on anytime dining and turned up late. My eldest used the Imax and we all had the "Chat" app, which is good but room for improvement. No one used the kids slides or sky ride. (I was intending to by the ride never seemd to be running when I was ok for it.) Big ships are not for me, but Vista is a nice ship. Only big moan.... the lifts were a joke. Apart from when with bags, we pretty much always walked the stairs. Cabin We had a balcony room on Deck 6. It was small but fine. No complaints Room attendant did his job well. Food We had anytime dining and I'd read some pretty bad reviews in respect of long wait times. We didnt find this too bad at all, but we chose to eat relatively early. I think if you eat before 7.30, its OK, but after the wait increases. The MDR food was OK, b ut nothing special. What I would say was that, the food on the final night was awful. Staff did their best, but I have to say they did make lots of errors and at times, wait times for drinks wasnt that good. We ate in the MDR every night aprt from 2. Once in the Market place buffet, which I found to be ok and another in Ji Ji Asian, which I wasnt that impressed with. We arrived on time, ordered drinks and 30 minutes later had to remind them that we still had n o drinks (or food). As an upcharge, I dont think it was worth the extra, though I expect many would disagree. I certainly wouldnt use it again even if it was included in the price. Breakfast food was good, though they seemed to run out of decent (English they called it) Bacon. OK choice for me, so no complaints there. Lunchtime - Because this was such a port intensive cruise, we only had lunch on the sea day and Marseille where we chose to stay on the ship. I wasn't overly impressed with "guys burgers" which were OK, but nothing special. I was kinda expecting them to be an upmarket gourmet type, but they were just regular burgers to me. The fries that came with them were rank. The food in the lido looked good from what I saw but never tried it. The Burritos were nice at the "blue Iguana". Drink The frozen alcoholic cocktails at the pool bars were little more than slush puppies. I also asked at one time if I could have the "floating rum" extra under cheers and was told no. They lied. I expect this was the alcohol and the reason my cocktail had no effect was that I was drinking a syrup and ice mixture and nothing else. I cant say I was overly impressed with the drinks on board in general and the final few nights ended up drinking guiness poured from a can! At least that couldnt be tampered with! Entertainment We didnt do a great deal. One night we went and saw a very unfunny commedian who I'd normally be afraid to get up and walk out in case I'd be picked on -"where you going"..... He didn't, otherwise he'd have been told I was in the wrong place and was looking for the comedy club. Ocean Plaza We had a few nights with music from the resident band Velvet something (sorry cant rememeber their name) who were good. And three nights in the piano bar, which was enjoyable but got very samey. Apart from that, the only other things to comment on was Matt who I thought was very good. Much better than another cruise director whose videos I'd watched on the inaugerual voyage. Ports Barcelona. Loads to do. Monseratt was good. Getting around on the metro a doddle using a T10 ticket. Got ripped off by the taxi driver from the airport who charged us 47 euros. 30 to 35 is what it should have been. It said 24 as we pulled up then suddenly it was 47! Hmm... I'd normally challenge, but on this occasion I let it go. It was 39 going back to the airport from the port. Seaday... we met our fellow roll call cruisers which was great. Messina. Probably a good name for the port, as Vista left it in quite a Mess !!! Yes, ours was the cruise on the news for wrecking the marina. What a cockup! The ship over steered and was heading to hit the marina that used the pods to repel. It did the job well.... but caused 100s of thousand of damage. We had a great tour using tour of sicily. We actually booked 4 8 seater vans which worked out 40 Euros each. I expect carnival would have charged 160 to 200 for a similar tour on a coach! Messina is a good port for exiting to the town. Going to Taormina by train is easy -but not on a Sunday! Napoli. We had a tour for Pomeii, Herculenum and vesuvius in a 14 seater van - and also booked a 2 hour personal tour guide in Pompeii at an incredible price of 37 Euros each. The weather was hot and there is no shade in Pompeii or Vesuvius. Take plenty of water! Vesuvius was hard graft. They drop you 200 metres off the summit.... vertically! I reckon its about a mile... on a steep slope on a path of ash and stones. Not all our group made it up, but the views were good once the summit reached. Roma. You'd think that with all the research and time to plan, we'd have things sorted. We didnt take the port bus, but walked to the station. Not a wise thing as the ship berthed at the furthest point! Ouch! Getting the train was easy and we dicided to go to the Coliseum so jumped out at Ostiense and catch the metro which was included in the 12 Euro return fare. The lines were nuts once we arrived. Others in our group and pre paid for thier tickets (and had to line up for those) and then paid again to jump the line a further 30 Euros. We were lucky, we paid 30 Euros (inc the ticket) and jumped the line. The kids were 18 euro each. It took us about 20 minutes to get inside. Good value to avaid a 2 hour wait and have a guide. TIP. Going through security xrays - they DO NOT let you take drinks in. They will take them from you. You can however fool them by having them on your person - or as we saw - in the bottom of a buggy! Annoying as we lost all the cans of coke and water we had for the day! The ticket also gets you into the forum. We didnt do anything after that and simply caught the train back. TIP. Taxi drivers want 25 Euros for the 5 minute journey. Walk to the port entrance (10 minutes) and catch a courtesey bus from there. Livorno. I did Florence in April (like I had all the ports above on my previous cruise) so decided to just go to Pisa. There is a bus that the port provide but charge 5 euros each. Not much chance of avoiding apart from a Taxi and ripped off with that too. From the square we caught a 1 bus to the station and train toi Pisa. All very sedate and manageable. After the previous 3 ports, we wanted an easy day. Marseille. Not because of the recent terrorist stuff in Nice, but because we just didnt fancy it, we decided to have a free day on the ship and a lay in. TIP. Dont pay carnival $17 for their bus into town. Walk to the exit and get the free bus. Shame on you carnival for that. Palma. This was another lazy day. Caught the bus into town for a walk around but nothing more. TIP. Dont pay carnival $16 for their bus. Walk out the port and pay 1.5 Euros and catch a local bus. And that was us on our way back to Barcelona and what was a very easy a well managed disembarkation. All in all the cruise was injoyable but tiring. Many of my pre fears didnt happen and went without problems. However, I cannot review this cruise without commenting about the issue of VAT. I cannot understand how Carnival have made such a hash on the issue of drinks onbaord and the cheers package. On this cruise, I was actually ok. I had pre-bought cheers and allowed to have it without the legendary "what it would have cost you" tax applied. VAT is a purchase tax. It can be avoided by pre purchasing. Wake up Carnival because what you have done prior to my cruise and worse since by refusing to sell Cheers is create resentment and mistrust. Carnival have messed up with its understanding and its the passengers who are paying in ways the Spanish must by laughing at ... if they get it all. On my cruise Carnival were charging 21% VAT on drinks purchased. The rate is 10%. Are people going to get refund or with this be yet another unexpected charge that just gets taken and kept? I was lucky. This debacle did not spoil the cruise for me personally. I know it has for many others. And all because Carnival does NOT understand how VAT needs to be applied. I gave the cruise 4 stars and rated good. It would have been very different had I been stitched up like current cruisers on Vista in the Med are being. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was an absolutely fabulous cruise! The ship is spectacularly laid out, and even though there are 4,000 guests on board I was always able to find a quiet spot to relax. The activities are fun and endless. The bedding and rooms ... Read More
This was an absolutely fabulous cruise! The ship is spectacularly laid out, and even though there are 4,000 guests on board I was always able to find a quiet spot to relax. The activities are fun and endless. The bedding and rooms comfortable with great shower pressure. The boat is kept spotless, and staff are cleaning literally 24 hours per day. We found the food to be excellent. Quite frankly, I don't understand the negative reviews of the food. If you can't find good food on this ship you just are not looking. The Guy Fieri's burger place is fabulous as is the 24 hour pizzeria which uses the freshest ingredients. The formal dining room...well we had the best waiter I have ever had on a cruise ship, named Dragen. I never asked twice for anything and after the first night he knew exactly what we wanted. Included for no extra charge was filed mignon one night, lobster tails another,and prime rib on two nights. The buffet...always had fresh fruit and salads. Some dishes were better than others, but there was always a freshly cut and pressed deli sandwich and panini bar open, and breakfast was bountiful including omelette stations and pastry bars.The desserts were endless and fabulous. Spontaneous chocolate buffets occurred! The dive in movies were fun, something I never thought I would be interested in! The kids had a ball in the kids programs, and the sky ride, water park, pools were all great! I would say the casino was just too smoky for a non-smoker, and it took almost an hour and A half to embark even though we arrived a our assigned time, BUT this was an absolutely spectacularly well done ship, great time had by all, and we hope to sail on hypos ship again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Let me begin by saying this was my first time cruising with Carnival and I will NEVER cruise with them again. Our holiday was ruined by so many things that it turned into something of an endurance test until we got to come home. I have ... Read More
Let me begin by saying this was my first time cruising with Carnival and I will NEVER cruise with them again. Our holiday was ruined by so many things that it turned into something of an endurance test until we got to come home. I have cruised with many companies before and never known anything like this. There were many people around the pool voicing similar concerns, particularly families with regards to the kids club and most people regarding the service... or lack of it. Service: Plain AWFUL. Not enough waiters to tables in the main dining room, so no attention to detail. My sons would be given their desserts while I was having a starter... try occupying 2 under tens when you still have two courses to go. Often we'd wait 20-30 mins with dirty plates before the next course would arrive. I also gave up on ordering drinks in the end because they usually arrived around 30 minutes later. At the bars, the staff were at best ignorant or at worst rude. I don't remember a please and thank you uttered once. An outreached hand is code for "please can I see your sail & sign card", throwing it back at you means the transaction is done. I once had the nerve to ask for a coffee cup at breakfast... seeing as nobody had bothered to stock them up (or the milk actually). The response was for the service guy to shrug his shoulders and walk off. Not good. There was a lovely lady on the till at Cherry On The Top... promote that girl! A highlight of the week was when one of my sons fell and landed on the back of his skull in the splash zone. The well trained attendant did a great job of having her attention drawn by his screams and looking him over before walking the other way. Food: Loads of it. Loads of choice. Not great quality. Pizzas were nice from the 24hr pizzeria. Pasta from Capitano at lunch time was nice, but poor service in there too. Self serve ice cream was handy for the kids. The daily fresh ice cream was lovely. The Lido buffet was rubbish! Usually last night's main dining room food regurgitated for next day's lunch. Very limited choices of fruits. Breakfast fine as long as you're after coronary disease. They ran out of most cereals by day 3 and fruit was basically only melon. Where I'm from, we call that melon, No chocolate spread for pancakes. Cold toast. YUM! See coffee comments above, although it was no real loss as it was horrible cheap coffee unless you went to the coffee shop to buy a decent one. Never offered coffee after dinner once. You get one set of cutlery in the main dining room for everything except your dessert - including buttering your bread. Not ideal if you're having a crab starter and a rib of beef main. I dared to take some from the next table and had my hands slapped for it. The next night i tried putting them on my plate after the starter, but foiled again they took them back off and set them back out... bits of crab attached and all. Lovely! Oh and, if a load of people dancing badly to Gangnam Style with the lights flashing over your badly cooked main meal consisting of just 4 prawns (yes 4) isn't your thing... avoid the main dining room. Drinks: Expensive and not worth it. A daiquiri is basically a Slush puppy with some rum chucked in it, stuck in a blender to make an impressive noise then into a glass. A spoon would really do the trick, but you can't charge $10 for a spoon made drink can you? They ran out of fanta and diet coke by day 3 and never re-stocked it. Kids Club: APPALLING. I have two boys, aged 6 and 10. They are tough little lads. They climb mountains for fun and hold their own. The staff at the kids club made them cry both times they attempted to attend. Unsurprisingly, they never attended again. Highlights ranged from them physically turning out the pockets of my son's shorts and telling him they were too wet for him to attend the club (they were marginally damp but I had changed them for him before he went). They also made him sit and watch an activity because he cut a piece of paper wrong and he was only allowed to try once. My other son was told that if he carried on "crying like a baby" they'd move him down a group. On a different day, my eldest son slipped on the pool area (which is horrendously slippy in flip flops) and cracked his knee on the metal door frame. I asked the pool attendant for an ice pack and he pointed at the bar and told me I could get my own. So I went to the kids club and asked the same. The girl on the desk ever so politely told me "There's a queue ma'am". I ever so not politely told her to get an ice pack. Honestly, I could go on and on. Just don't go on this ship. Spare yourself the endurance test. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have only cruised once before and that was with RCI so thats the only comparison I have. The price for the cruise was excellent so we went right ahead. Embarkation was really easy and quick. First impressions were fantastic till we ... Read More
We have only cruised once before and that was with RCI so thats the only comparison I have. The price for the cruise was excellent so we went right ahead. Embarkation was really easy and quick. First impressions were fantastic till we saw the atrium, what a let down, it looked like an afterthought, very disappointing. Our cabin and steward were fantastic, spotlessly clean as were all the public areas. We had any time dining and yes one one night we had to wait around 40 mins but hey everyone went at the same time. The food was good and we do not have any complaints there. The lido marketplace was fantastic and better than the equivalent on RCI. The food was plentiful and fresh no complaints there either. We primarily used the tides bar swimming pool at the rear of the ship which was quite relaxing, we never had a problem getting a sun lounger as the staff removed towels from the hoggers after 40 mins unoccupied, a nice touch. Main pool area people were rammed in like sardines and it was chaos with kids running around everywhere so we gave it a miss. This ship needs another pool desperatly as they were always packed out with kids. Love the beer in the red frog pub the pale ale is to die for, friendly staff and a good relaxing singer Ed Carr. Now I love craft beer but was very, very diappointed at the availability. The only bar on the whole ship you could get all three craft beers they brew, the IPA,the wheat beer and the red frog was in the pub on deck five. No red frog beer in the piano bar, the ocean plaza bar, blue iguana bar, the red frog rum bar, the alchemy bar, tides bar or the MDR. For a company that makes the brewery at sea a major selling point why cant you get the beer almost every bar, crazy and not acceptable. We spent most evenings watching the entertainment in ocean plaza (which was great by the way) and nipping next door to the red frog pub to get a beer was not a major drama. But I had to leave the piano bar and walk to the pub just to get a red frog or IPA. Why cant they put at least one draught beer in at least the evening bars. The first time we used the MDR I asked for a red frog to be told it was unavailable, there was a bar in the MDR with a red frog pump but there was no one staffing the bar for the entire cruise. Again disappointing. Which brings me onto the shocking 21% spanish port tax imposed by the EU. As a brit I was not aware that because the ship did not call at a non EU port the point of origin tax on all drinks applied for the whole cruise. Just to put that into perspective a $5 beer from the pub became a $7.19 beer, a bottle of $25 wine bcame $31, a single glass of wine at $6.50 became $9 We did not know this in advance as it was not mentioned in the pre cruise literature. This tax was applied to soda and bottled water aswell so a large water in the state room minibar cost $3.51. For all you europeans out there if you purchase the cheers package before travel in your respective EU country you are deemed to have paid tax under EU law. They will try to stiff you for it though. We met a fellow british family who had purchased 3 adult cheers and one soda package. The man in the family argued and argued with guest services over a couple of days that as he had purchased the packages within an EU member state prior to sailing he was not subject to the 21%drinks tax. They eventually agreed and he received a refund of $489, they said it was a "good will gesture". Also I discovered by chance if you use the self serve beer pumps for the 3 ship brewed beers it costs a straight $5 instead of $7.19 if the barman pours it for you 2 metres away, crazy!!!! There are self serve pumps in the red frog pub and in the lido marketplace. I have travelled on 3 continents to various countries and have never been charged €6 or equivalent to use the ATM for a cash withdrawal,we have pre paid international mastercards and the deal is you do not get charged in foreign countries. So why do Carnival charge this extortionate amount. We had trips booked independantly with other passengers from cruise critic and saved a fortune. Carnival tours are a total rip off, do not bother. For example in Palma they wanted $17 for a return shuttle into town. You can get the local bus from outside the terminal to Palma for €6 return, we got the HOHO outside the terminal for $19 pp which took you around all the city and back. The shuttle to Marseille however is strangely good value at $17 as we were 9km away. There is a boat trip from Marseille old port marina to Chateau D'If for €10, its fab takes around 1 hour and stops at the castle island where they filmed the Count of Monte Christo. We then did a train ride around town for €8 each on the train from tha same Marina, it takes you al the way up to the Basilica on the hill as well as other places for around 1 hour, you can HOHO. Please get off at Marseille we just wanted a couple of hours but we were there for 6 hours, a real hidden gem, a truly stunning location. Room service sandwiches were good, they charge for movies in cabin however. All the cocktail glasses were exactly the same size and shape (different to RCI), they are small, filled with ice and weak. They measure out the spirits in a measuring cup so if your cocktail of choice has one shot you are paying $11. I liked the different sizes and variety of glasses and cocktails far better on RCI. Overall loved the cruise, staff, ship and trips but Carnival never again, if these people could bill you for breathing oxygen they would, if we cruised again it would be with RCI which is on board a lot better value for money than Carnival. For what we spent we could have gone long haul. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our 30th anniversary cruise we travelled in a party of 12. Embarkation was a nightmare compared to other cruises with RCI . We had balcony cabin on deck 8 which we found comfortable and a good size. Food was very good but the ... Read More
This was our 30th anniversary cruise we travelled in a party of 12. Embarkation was a nightmare compared to other cruises with RCI . We had balcony cabin on deck 8 which we found comfortable and a good size. Food was very good but the anytime dining system they operated was crazy queueing on deck 5 to find out whether you were eating on deck 3 or 4. Only ate twice in main restaurant where food service was ok but ordering drinks to accompany your meal was a nightmare. Drinks came after your 3 courses. Throughout the ship we found the ship vastly understaffed and lots of them were either rude or unhappy. Too many rude staff to mention although we found several good ones. Cabin staff were lovely and looked after us really well. Bar staff throughout ship were rude with a few exceptions maybe because they were understaffed and unhappy was the reason for this but carnival should address this. Couldn't believe that some of the 15 per cent gratuity we paid on every drink went towards the staff,s plane ticket home DISGRACEFUL CARNIVAL. Entertainment on ship was really good some great bands in ocean plaza where we would finish off our night. Port calls were good but carnival trips were a rip off. taxis are much cheaper than carnival transfers into towns. Would I travel on carnival again No. If you purchase the cheers drinks package make sure you order the most expensive brands and get your money,s worth. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - my husband had always wanted to get to Sicily and this cruise was (a) a NEW ship and (b) an itinerary we liked, though we had been to half the ports before. Service was excellent, Matt was the best ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - my husband had always wanted to get to Sicily and this cruise was (a) a NEW ship and (b) an itinerary we liked, though we had been to half the ports before. Service was excellent, Matt was the best cruise director we have experienced on any line, food was very good in the dining room, we found the buffet less inspiring. Guy's burgers was a big hit with the male members of our group, and I like the deli option. We enjoyed the fresh pizza and tried out most of the free food venues. I just didn't find there to be any "wow" factor on this ship. Upon entering it was kind of messy in the atrium level, and I just didn't like the decor. I thought the carpet choices in the stairway areas was awful - for a ship only a few months old, every level was stained, or had marks that refused to come out and the style of carpet showed this a lot. I thought there was too much real estate dedicated to bars, and not enough to pools. This was a very hot cruise, and with only one small pool by the outdoor movie screen, and one more even smaller pool at the back available to almost 4000 people, we just gave up and didn't even try them. Would I cruise on Vista again? No. Did I enjoy my cruise? Yes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We booked 4 inside Guarantee and got 4 rooms side by side on 9. Great location. Value for price paid was high. Ship was very clean thru out no issues. We did Breeze,Magic & Dream so layout was very familiar. Our Stateroom 9250 was ... Read More
We booked 4 inside Guarantee and got 4 rooms side by side on 9. Great location. Value for price paid was high. Ship was very clean thru out no issues. We did Breeze,Magic & Dream so layout was very familiar. Our Stateroom 9250 was always cleaned twice a day. Room Stewart did their jobs, would not say went above and beyond. Entertainment shows was surprisingly high quality and enjoyed(Afro Cuban, Flick). Very good effects and use of digital backgrounds. Food was good for most part. Buffet options were a bit repetitive but did not eat much at buffet. Main Dining was good most nights, Was not impressed 2 out of the 8 nights. Lobster night was great. Desserts in Lido and Main dining were always great. Thank God for Guys Burgers and Pizza options after long days site seeing at ports. We met the absolute best Main dining room waitress on the first night for our party of 8 and requested her every night and it was great. She knew our names by the 2nd night and was well versed and helpful with the menu options. OlexSandra table 504 in Horizons dining room was extraordinary and a true professional. Room steward did their job and were friendly but did miss refilling Shower Gel for last 2 days. The Value for the price paid for this cruise was high. The new ship, the 8 days, the itinerary. Sky Ride was fun but short and the Rope course was great. We booked our own excursions outside of cruise with Joe Bananas and we saw a lot. We have 3 kids 11,14 17 and they had a great time. Never felt crowded or overwhelmed by kids. Fellow passengers were mixed crowed from diff countries and respectful. We did not spend a lot of time on the ship as we had alot to see in the ports. We mixed up the historic sites with some time for the beaches as well. This was a great experience with a welcomed break from the Caribbean. Matt the cruise director was the best ever. High energy really got the crowed involved. Name that tune and Adult Scavenger hunt were awesome. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have cruised with Carnival 5 times before in Caribbean and wanted to head to spain so we thought we would cruise on the Vista! Everything was amazing..... we opted to check in between 12:30 and 1:00 we arrived at 11:45 and there were ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival 5 times before in Caribbean and wanted to head to spain so we thought we would cruise on the Vista! Everything was amazing..... we opted to check in between 12:30 and 1:00 we arrived at 11:45 and there were no lines and we just checked in and headed on the ship. We enjoyed every meal we ate on the ship. We had anytime dinning for 7 of us and it worked perfectly.....never a wait and always great table. Our servers were always on the ball ( except for one night) introducing themselves, asking our names and bang on with service. We ate in the dining room for 3 breakfasts, the buffet for 2 and the others we did room service. All was wonderful. We were only at sea one day and enjoyed guys burger Mmmmmmm they are so delicious. We loved the Red Frog Rum Bar and that they had swipe your sail and sign card and pour your own draft for $4.00 We saw all the comedians on the ship and all 4 were hilarious. One show which was very well done with great singing and dancing. The magician we saw one night was a bust..... he even botched his first trick!! He just was not up to par. The whole trip was wonderful...... I LOVE Carnival!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first cruise so I cannot compare to other cruises. Family of 5 with 8,10 and 17 year old so had 2 cabins on 1st Deck. The rooms were very good and clean and beds were extremely comfortable. The boat overall is excellent ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I cannot compare to other cruises. Family of 5 with 8,10 and 17 year old so had 2 cabins on 1st Deck. The rooms were very good and clean and beds were extremely comfortable. The boat overall is excellent for families as lots to do and kids had a great time. Below are comments on the main parts for us: Swimming pools - very small and filled with salt water which is not pleasant. The slides and kids fun pool is great. The enforcement of towels being removed after 40 mins is very hit and miss. Dining - overall the food was dissappointing it was ok but not brilliant. Breakfast was good at the buffet (lido market place) continental and cooked eggs, bacon, pancakes etc. Lunch - guys burgers were great as were the pizzas, went to the Asian at lunch which was not good so would not opt to pay a charge to eat there in the evenings. The Lido marketplace was good at lunch with good selection. Dinner - the horizons resteraunt was not very impressive and food was same as the lido market place but with waiter service which was appalling. Most of the waiters did not seam to be organised or well trained or managed. Do not go to deck 5 to register for dinner if you are on anytime. Just head for deck 4 the upper level of Horizons as we got seated quicker this way. Dress code is a joke. As this was our first cruise we did not know what to expect so we ensured we dressed appropriately such as collared t-shirt or shirts in evening and suit with no tie of elegant night. The resteraunt basically allowed anyone in which was annoying sat opposite to someone in vest, swim shorts and flip flops! The shore excursions are extortionate and shuttle buses were seriously overpriced. The crew even scared people about going off the boat independently which was very underhanded. For example I booked a train to Rome in advance and They were telling people the train would take over an hour and a half when it only took 40 mins. We did not use the drinks packages as we do not drink alchohol and the drinks available were fine for us. Entertainment was very good and even though Matt the cruise director is from uk he definitely acts for the US audience but he does a great job of getting people to enjoy there stay. The kids club was also excellent and our younger ones enjoyed it. But our 17 year old son found little catered for him as there is nothing for the over 18's and due to being American drinking is for over 21's. The ship has fantastic potential but really needs better management and training of its staff as the feel of service was very disjointed. Guest services were very hit and miss some were very helpful and others were terrible, the same with the waiting staff. Overall we did have a great time and the boat is great for families and above comments are being critical but honest. I would recommend for families. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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