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524 Carnival Galveston Cruise Reviews

I'm sitting on deck 5 waiting to end this horrible cruise. I call it horrible because of the ship. I was so excited to get on the new big ship Vista. And this ship is the worst. I've been on numerous other carnival ships. And ... Read More
I'm sitting on deck 5 waiting to end this horrible cruise. I call it horrible because of the ship. I was so excited to get on the new big ship Vista. And this ship is the worst. I've been on numerous other carnival ships. And this one is bad. It is like being in a dungeon. It is dark and cramped. There are no walkways within the ship that are open with windows. You walk in dark crowded hallways. You can't find elevators because they are tucked away. This ship is not open and welcoming. Oh and you have to walk thru casino. Thru the smoke. Now way around it. What happened to having a grand atrium that makes u go wow. The main area of ship is only 3 stories tall. 3rd to 5th. Wow....what a disappointment. Now the crew was amazing. The food and shows were a disappointment. Very boring trip. I will never intentionally book another trip on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My office went on a cruise, and we chose this trip based on dates of availability. There were some things I enjoyed - we had a good time playing trivia, the food was good, and most of the staff were very nice. Here are my issues: - It ... Read More
My office went on a cruise, and we chose this trip based on dates of availability. There were some things I enjoyed - we had a good time playing trivia, the food was good, and most of the staff were very nice. Here are my issues: - It took FOREVER to get a drink at any bar on the ship. Bartenders were extremely slow and I was served one of the worst drinks I had ever had. - The entire fifth deck, where the casino was located, reeked of cigarette smoke. Their air filtration system was terrible. - The cruise director Donkey was very annoying (and I know that cruise directors as a group are annoying, but he was excessively annoying.) - The ship had apparently been recently refurbished but looked like 1975 Vegas. It is by far the ugliest cruise ship I have ever been on. Our room was various shades of orange with hideous lamps that looked like pencils and brown curtains. The bathroom was an ugly green. The art hanging in the hallways featured things like dancing polar bears. - I had a facial and was unimpressed. - We were THREE HOURS late getting off the ship. Allegedly this is because four people were arrested by CBP upon our arrival. Charming. - Finally, this is my last Carnival cruise mostly because of my fellow passengers. Carnival is among the cheapest, especially out of Galveston, and it showed. There were lots of rowdy passengers who were loud, rude and generally trashy. I'm glad I didn't bring family or kids. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
the trip started out badly when we got a notification that our credit card was hit for $200 by Carnival before we even left on the trip. What! Called and told this was 'normal'. Requested a handicap cabin for spouse, It was a ... Read More
the trip started out badly when we got a notification that our credit card was hit for $200 by Carnival before we even left on the trip. What! Called and told this was 'normal'. Requested a handicap cabin for spouse, It was a standard cabin with a normal shower stall but had a pull down seat. Had to take handles off scooter to get thru door. A foot high step to get into bathroom and a step (normally a ramp) to access balcony. Had to get a chair removed so we could even move in cabin with scooter in cabin. You'll love this one. the cabin safe require a credit card or drivers license to open/close. No, they didn't charge for use, but if we used my license and wife wanted in safe and I'm out on the ship somewhere, she would have to hunt me down to open safe. Instead of using the cabin key (used for everything else, rigtht?). Oh, and lockers in the gym were keypad, 4 digit open/close. DUH@ New rule: ship can't leave until all CPAP users verify they have them in their possession. They called the cabin 7 times asking if we had the CPAP. Each time the answer was the same, haven't received luggage yet we'll call you when it arrives. Oh,, and be prepared to pay for the needed distilled water. Good luck for lunch. The Lido buffet is not open for lunch. Also, stops serving dinner at 9:30 PM So no cookies/desserts post show time. Grab em early and put in room. Grand Cayman is a tender port which is usually no issue, especially if you have a carnival booked excursion. Wrong. We were on our own to catch a tender in time to meet our excursion on the dock. Crazy! Okay, good stuff. booked excursions at all three ports and everyone of them was wonderful. The dining room experience for dinner was very good. Never had to wait for a table using anytime dining. Service was excellent. variety of food was exceptional, Quality of food was good. Cabin service was excellent. However, the one time we ordered breakfast, it arrived an hour early. Somewhat inconvenient, but better than an hour late. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This ship was selected for us by the travel agent booking our cruise. We were assigned a cabin in the aft with a wraparound balcony. The cabin was small, no seating area. The balcony was very narrow and not very enticing to use. The ... Read More
This ship was selected for us by the travel agent booking our cruise. We were assigned a cabin in the aft with a wraparound balcony. The cabin was small, no seating area. The balcony was very narrow and not very enticing to use. The day of our on-boarding everything went smooth. The elevator attendant complained about having to work the elevator for 3-hours without a break. He said, "I'd kill for a Coke." I just happened to have a mini-Coke in my carry on bag. I gave it to him. He was so happy to get it, he told me his name and said he worked in the casino and for me to look him up - he'd make sure I would win a game. (Hummm! sounds like a winner to me.) On our second day of Port of Call in Progreso, a Carnival employee came through the Lido Breakfast Buffet area with a big cart of bottled water in an over-the-shoulder carrier barking, "Last chance, last chance!" My husband inquired as to the price and the employee quoted $10.00. My husband gave him a $10.00 dollar bill and we got the water. WRONG! Our mistake - you never pay cash on board the ship; your room key is the vehicle for purchasing things. The charges are put on your cabin account number that's attached to the credit card you chose when making your reservations. Oh snap! The employee pocketed $10.00. On our last day at sea another ship's employee (casino auditor) stood beside us at the coffee cafe. We shared our stories and he was apologetic for the unacceptable shenanigans of the staff members. He indicated that there would be some staff meetings and training done to prevent any repeats. Then, he treated us to a cup of coffee. Our cabin was small and it only had (1) one electrical outlet for recharging our phones and plugging in my hair-curler. Our steward brought us a power chord mid-way through the trip. There wasn't a seating area inside the cabin; it was completely filled with bedding. The balcony had rough handrails and rust on the underneath side of the balcony area above us. Several days maintenance crew accessed our cabin to work on balcony refurbishing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose this cruise based on Port of departure and date of sailing. It being our first cruise we decided 5 nights was plenty, and I was correct. The Pros: All the staff were professional and courties. Embarkation was quick. We had ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on Port of departure and date of sailing. It being our first cruise we decided 5 nights was plenty, and I was correct. The Pros: All the staff were professional and courties. Embarkation was quick. We had faster to the fun, and were on board by 11:30am Fellow passengers were friendly, met a few regulars who gave me some good tips. The Cons: Food in Buffet was not warm, poor selection of entrees. Evening entertaiemt was not to our liking. We are a gay couple who enjoy the disco. Most evenings after 11pm it was hip hop, some evenings we were in bed by 11pm as nothing to keep us entertained. Pools are too small for the amount of passengers the ship can carry. Drink prices are what you would pay in a nightclub. $10 for a Capt and Coke! Over all the cruise was ok, but find our money is better spent some were lile Puerta Vallarta. We felt confined even before sailing off, like we were stuck in a shopping mall with over priced drinks. Cruising is not for us, to each there own. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This review is for the Carnival cruise ship The Dream. The staff were super nice but could not understand or speak english very well. The ship was begining to show its age and had several rust spots on the balcony . But the worst ... Read More
This review is for the Carnival cruise ship The Dream. The staff were super nice but could not understand or speak english very well. The ship was begining to show its age and had several rust spots on the balcony . But the worst part was the unkept look of the entire ship. All of the windows were dirty and had streaks of dirt that looked as if it had been there a while. The carpets in the hallways were stained and looked in need of replacement. The balcony sateroom that we were assigned to was 2 doors down from the exit hall. A large family made it a meeting point every day at least 3 times a day. They would yell up and down the hall for their other family members and scream and yell at their children as they disciplined them. This happened several times a day. Right after we embarked our steward stopped at our door to deliver complimentary water bottles. She knocked and banged on the door and stated that she had complintary water to which I replied not now. She then used her pass key to let her self in. Imagine my surprise when the door opened and I was standing there with no clothes on and my husband was in the bathroom. There seemed to be a lot of confusion in the dinning room also, as most of the crew did not understand or speak English very well. However, our main waiter Walter did his best to try and smooth things over. The Food....The Mahi Mahi was over cooked and was replaced with Salmon that was undercooked. While the food was very well presented it lacked a lot in taste. The overall cleanliness of things was discorning. There was often drinks and ice spilled in the elevators and crew members that were looking the other way at the girls as they were cleaning the plexiglass of the stairs. Overall we were very disapointed in our cruise. We were a repeat customer but have decided that next time we will choose a different ship and propably choose a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The new check-in process is uncomfortable and not very customer friendly. Walking in the ship is like any other ship that you have gone before. No wow factor. The food was consistently blah to bad through the cruise. We went to the sushi ... Read More
The new check-in process is uncomfortable and not very customer friendly. Walking in the ship is like any other ship that you have gone before. No wow factor. The food was consistently blah to bad through the cruise. We went to the sushi on the second night and I got food poisoning, so my 3rd day was basically ruined by stomach aches and nausea. Good thing we were in Mexico and I was able to buy meds there. On board stores were pretty crappy, nothing really nice to buy: jewelry extremely expensive or dirt cheap but ugly and VERY cheap looking, the clothing items low quality and nothing to sneeze at. Drinks are more expensive than I thought they were going to be. Tonight is our last night and we are going to the steakhouse. Hoping that the $38 surcharge is worth my while. Ship needs cleaning and maintenance. The crew does what they can but they don’t look too happy. I feel quite underwhelmed by this trip, and I’m a seasoned cruiser. Sad. Not sure if I will cruise again with Carnival in the future. AFTER CRUISE UPDATE: ok, so the steakhouse was pretty good, service was great. Definitely worth the almost $40 per person. We did self debarkation and it was pretty smooth and we were able to get out the ship and on the line for immigration in less than 30 minutes. Our immigration line of course was the slowest, we were there for about 40 minutes but were lucky to be able to get on the shuttle to the parking lot right away. Overall it paid off to be ready to go as soon as possible and not using the “relaxed” debarkation. My mom and daughter enjoyed the cruise and feel that the food was good but not as good as usual. They would go back on another Carnival cruise. Myself? I am not sure if I am up to deal with so many people in such small spaces again. We’ll see... thanks for reading my review/rant. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I do want to say there was one individual in Customer Service that was absolutely amazing! Cudo's to Neo! He was the one that earned the 3 stars. Thank you, Neo you are absolutely the best part of the Ship! The food was horrible ... Read More
I do want to say there was one individual in Customer Service that was absolutely amazing! Cudo's to Neo! He was the one that earned the 3 stars. Thank you, Neo you are absolutely the best part of the Ship! The food was horrible in the buffet area would have eaten in the dining room but my anytime seating was replaced with an 8:15 P.M. dinnertime which I am one not to eat that late at night. The Matre D' in the dining area we were assigned was the worst the last night he did come through for us and we were able to have a decent meal in the dining area. We were on a cruise that allowed for free drinks so it stated in the package but when we arrived we realized it was only if you are playing in the casino. While in the casino, not one waitstaff showed up to take a drink order. If you try and order at the casino bar they will turn you down and tell you to order from the staff on the floor. No waitstaff to be found for most of the cruise. Beware of the free drinks while in the casino could not even get water just a real scam as far as I could see. We finally opted to just purchase a cheers package which you could then purchase from the casino bar. The first day we had a woman meet us at the cabin to introduce herself very pleasant asked us if we wanted service once or twice a day. We opted for twice a day if that was an option however we would see her in the morning and she was nowhere to be found in the afternoons so we would seek out new towels after showering and getting ready for our buffet dinner. Service was scarce all around. The funniest part about the room set-up was that the towel design left on your bed that Carnival is known for was just a towel draped in the middle of the bed but could not identify what it was they were trying to create. On the last day at sea, we decided to sit by the pool in the back of the boat 'Lido Deck' woman's restroom backed up staff could not handle shutting down the bathroom, I literally pulled over two wet floor signs that were on the deck and put them in front of the door! This was a hazard waiting to happen. The woman kept ignoring and pushing aside the signs and into the bathroom. The water was up to my ankles and people are walking in there. No one outside to stop them or get someone in there immediately to stop the water flow. I moved out of the area and went up to the Serenity deck which was overcrowded given they had to close the second floor due to high winds. Next morning and by no fault of the crew's we came into port with a huge bang due to the high winds. We had someone else's empty Dr. Pepper cans and a white hanger land on our deck. The vacation was not what I had expected to say the least! The worst part is I have another cruise scheduled for August through Carnival that I do not even want to go on. To be fair though out of the several Carnival Cruises we have taken this is the only one I have complaints with! The others were great so I will give it one more try :) I am hoping it was just bad timing, shortage of staff, too many people booked on the cruise, etc.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I am a frequent cruiser and have cruised RCCL, NCL, Disney, Celebrity, and Carnival all in the past. I find that Carnival has the best deck parties and just seems more fun in general. However, this ship deserves the poor reviews. ... Read More
I am a frequent cruiser and have cruised RCCL, NCL, Disney, Celebrity, and Carnival all in the past. I find that Carnival has the best deck parties and just seems more fun in general. However, this ship deserves the poor reviews. The Pro's: Great Deck parties Stage Show Flick Sports Square and all it entails like Sky Ride and Ropes Course The Thrill and Imax theaters Guys Burgers, the Lido Deli The Con's: Horrible Dining Room Experience- I was unable to eat any of the meat dishes I was served. We had one waiter for our table for 12. The service was extremely slow. Drinks were hard to get, and even harder to get a refill. Cabin Steward: I only asked to have ice delivered twice/day and service in the evening. I repeatedly had to request ice, and my beach towels weren't replaced. I had to find him and ask about it and he said he ran out of towels before he got to my room. WHAT??? We also didn't receive any debarkation information. We got it from other family members. Elevators: SUPER SUPER SLOW. I took the stairs. Liquid Lounge: Seating was awful, as others have stated. Punchliner Comedy Club: Not enought seating. If you arrived 30 minutes early, you still may be standing. Debarkation: Total nightmare. Took us about 1 1/2 hours. I read that it took others up to 6 hours. We had Faster to the Fun. We actually had a fun vacation, and I will probably cruise Carnival again in the future. However, I had a Panorama cruise booked for next June and I cancelled it this morning. I don't want to sail on a ship that is a sister to the Vista. I really didn't like the layout or the closed in feeling of it. If the shows and the dining room experience are important to you, I wouldn't recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Worst accommodations ever on my 14 cruises! Room 6237 was like being at a rock concert for 5 days! The walls, the bed, and the floor were booming during every show! If you go to bed early or enjoy some quiet time at night this is not the ... Read More
Worst accommodations ever on my 14 cruises! Room 6237 was like being at a rock concert for 5 days! The walls, the bed, and the floor were booming during every show! If you go to bed early or enjoy some quiet time at night this is not the room for you! It is above the encore theater and there is no padding whatsoever! They offered to move us but we needed two rooms beside each other and they didn’t have that. I do believe that there should be some type of disclaimer on these rooms when people are booking them! The food and service was excellent and that was a plus! Our dining room staff was amazing and fast and the food was really good! Our ports of call were good, we had booked our excursions thru 3rd party to get a better rate, it was worth it. If you love music everywhere this is the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We sailed on Carnival Vista on Sunday, April 28, 2019 for scheduled stops to Cozumel, Mexico, Belize and Mohogany Bay, Isla Roatan, returned to Galveston, Texas on Sunday, May 05, 2019. Getting on the ship was a breeze, sail and sign cards ... Read More
We sailed on Carnival Vista on Sunday, April 28, 2019 for scheduled stops to Cozumel, Mexico, Belize and Mohogany Bay, Isla Roatan, returned to Galveston, Texas on Sunday, May 05, 2019. Getting on the ship was a breeze, sail and sign cards were at our room waiting on us. Our cabin was ready at 1:30 pm as provided to us, luggage arrived as scheduled. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day, great job by the steward, she remember our names and always asked how we were doing and if we needing anything. The food was great, never waited in line longer than 15 minutes. Vista decor was very plain compared to the other ships we have been on. The steakhouse is better on the smaller ships than the Vista. A disappointment to me is we didn't dock at Mohogany Bay, Isla Roatan. We selected this cruise for our daughters college graduation and because she wanted to go to Roatan. On the morning, 0630, of Thursday, May 02, 2019 I saw a ship out of our cabin window and thought why am I seeing this ship. So, I got dressed and went down for coffee, I saw Mohogany, Bay, Isla Roatan to the east and then the ship I saw passed by us at approximately 0730 and dock in Roatan. At 0800, the captain announce that we will not be docking at Mohogany Bay due to the winds being to high. At 0830 the captain came back on the intercom and said we will be going back to Cozumel, Mexico. I thought, well the captain is being cautious and didn't want to take a chance damaging the ship. On Monday, April 29, 2019 the sky ride on Vista was not operating due to high winds, so on that Thursday, May 02, 2019 when we were scheduled to stop in Roatan the shy ride was operating. Rumor on the ship was the Vista had mechanical problems with the thrust motors. On April 18, 2019 the Carnival Vista didn't dock in Roatan due to high winds as well. I know the Liberty of the Sea docked in Roatan on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 because I talked to passengers that were on Liberty of the Sea in Cozumel on Friday, May 03, 2019. I arrived home and checked winds for Roatan: Tuesday April 30, 2019 - High/29 mph - Low/21 mph Wednesday May 01, 2019 - High/29 mph - Low/15mph Thursday May 02, 2019 - High/25 - Low/14 mph Carnival Vista docked in Roatan on May 14, 2019 and the winds were 23 mph. I very disappointed we didn't dock in Roatan, didn't get to enjoy our cabana we had rented and snorkeling to see the beautiful reef. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I went on this cruise with family and friends because it was the newest biggest one coming out of Houston from Carnival. On more than 1 occasion my room service in the AM never showed up. I never received my excursions ticket, which caused ... Read More
I went on this cruise with family and friends because it was the newest biggest one coming out of Houston from Carnival. On more than 1 occasion my room service in the AM never showed up. I never received my excursions ticket, which caused delays for me and separation from my party. My room was by the IMAX theater and it shook and rumbled until early hours. Even though I asked about this prior to booking. My neighbors had a party with all small children and security had to get involved. The food was fantastic and so was the entertainment. Please be honest with guest about rooms close to IMAX theater (7292) had low rumbling thunder and explosions that shook the room. Oh and I was charged by the spa for a service that I never received and it took several calls to have it removed. I was staying in my room alone so I am unsure if that was why my room service was overlooked. They said just call, if noone shows up, but you are on hold for 15 minutes, this is why I put my order in advance to prevent being on hold and long waits. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The freedom is a very confusing ship. It takes days to learn how to properly navigate through the ship. You can’t just walk from one area on a floor to the other you often have to take a elevator to an upper floor, walk over then come ... Read More
The freedom is a very confusing ship. It takes days to learn how to properly navigate through the ship. You can’t just walk from one area on a floor to the other you often have to take a elevator to an upper floor, walk over then come back down. Who designed this ship must have been half sleep at the time. Also the basketball court is very small and there’s a skylight from the dining room taking up so much space preventing the guest from playing basketball. Also the basketball court is only open when the dining room is closed due to noise from the basketball bouncing over their heads...hmmm so why would they put a court there in the first place. Makes no sense! This cruise was my 2nd cruise, first with carnival and most likely my last. The food was horrible when I say horrible I mean horrible. My friend said it reminded him of prison food. The wings you can order from room service for 5.00 are really good though but the quality of food you get from anywhere on this ship that is included is terrible, bland or taste so bad it doesn’t even seem like food. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Sailed on the Freedom out of Galveston. First time in 10 years sailing on Carnival. Have sailed once with RC and 6 times with Disney. Embarkation was easy (we did have FTTF). We flew in the night before and stayed at a Holiday Inn ... Read More
Sailed on the Freedom out of Galveston. First time in 10 years sailing on Carnival. Have sailed once with RC and 6 times with Disney. Embarkation was easy (we did have FTTF). We flew in the night before and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on points. Took a Lyft to port which was easy. We sat for maybe 30 minutes before boarding. No line for security and our bags were at our door when we boarded about 11:45. It was also nice to have a shorter line at guest services. We had an oceanview room on deck 2 forward (2288) The room was a good size, bed was comfy and there was plenty of storage. Liked the shelves in one of the closets for clothing and shoes, and suitcases fit under bed easily. Shower was ok but the water seemed to come out of the shower way too easily. Not enough water pressure for me either but the temp was ok. The main problem with the room was the noise. It was right across from where the stewards loaded their carts which was pretty noisy. It also really creaked a lot - there was a noise that sounded like a marble rolling above our heads a lot of the time. Kind of annoying! Room steward was awesome though. Always kept the room clean with ice etc... and was very friendly. The TV remote didn't work correctly. Food - the main dining room food was pretty good. IMO it was significantly better than RCL and about the same as DCL. Breakfast buffet was ok but it was the same exact thing every morning. Tried the Sea Day brunch one day and it was ok (pancakes were tough) but eggs were good. Loved the Guy's burgers. Really enjoyed the sushi (extra cost but got quite a big serving for the price). Also tried the crab sliders at the seafood shack - they were ok but the buns were hard. The burritos at Blue Iguana were also very good. We did try the steakhouse selection in the main dining room and thought the filets were very good. Not a noticeable difference (other than maybe 3 ounces) in quality of the included filet on the MDR menu though. Room service was quick but didn't enjoy the food all that much for the price. We did have the bubbles package for soda. Really didn't enjoy having to stand at a bar for a soft drink. Wish Carnival would do what RCL does with the freestyle machines. It seemed like such a waste to have canned sodas (not chilled at all) on the ship. You would have to pour it over a whole glass of ice which immediately watered it down! Now to the shows. Enjoyed the Hasbro game shows and Bingo. I also really liked the 80s pop show. Probably not fair to compare to DCL but the shows were not even in the same category as Disney. I knew that going in. The cruise director Emma was great and the singers/dancers were also very nice. We did get bored in the afternoon sometimes as there didn't seem to be much to do. Loved the comedians in the evening a couple of nights. Service. The MDR servers were very nice but after sailing on DCL really missed the interactions we are used to there. Service was usually pretty good but a couple of nights seemed really slow. We had the early assigned dining time ( 6 PM). The bartenders were all nice but sometimes really busy which meant waiting for 10 minutes for a drink. The room staff were great. I asked for a fan for our room the first night but it never showed up. I was able to use an app on my phone for white noise but still. The biggest difference we noticed was the décor and layout of the ship. It was very dark and IMO really ugly (very dated). I should have taken a picture of the pink snakeskin wallpaper in the dining room - so didn't match anything! The atrium area just felt dark and closed in and it took us a couple days to figure our way around. There are a couple of decks that you cannot walk all the way through as a dining room is in the middle. The pool deck had several levels but also felt really small and closed in. The adult pool at the far back of the ship was nice and more open though. I also didn't enjoy the smoke in the casino. I would have gambled a little bit but couldn't breathe in that area! It would be nice if they would consider maybe a time or two throughout the week where non smokers could enjoy the casino. Also, all week several of the elevators were not working (or just turned off). We visited Key West, Nassau and Freeport. In all three we just walked around the shopping areas. Freeport was not very nice - would really recommend an excursion there as the beaches looked nice. My daughter had a cast on her leg so we couldn't do our normal beachy excursions this trip. We had purchased the trolley tickets through Carnival but the line to get on was so long we ended up not using them. There was no shade while waiting. Also thought Carnival was a lot less organized with shore excursions. In Key West anyone with any excursion was supposed to meet in the dining room but there wasn't a Carnival staff member there to direct or ask questions. Overall we did enjoy the trip. It was about 1/2 the cost of DCL by the time you pay for all the extras. If we do another Carnival, we will try a newer ship and hope the layout and décor is better. I have another RCL and DCL booked so we shall see. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise as if fit perfectly into the time frame we both could get for our vacation. We had never cruised before and decided on this one as we had always wanted to go on one and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate our ... Read More
We chose this cruise as if fit perfectly into the time frame we both could get for our vacation. We had never cruised before and decided on this one as we had always wanted to go on one and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We flew into Houston on Southwest a day early. We used and recommend Galveston Limo service for transfers from the airport as they were fairly priced, friendly and can offer some great tips. We got a room in Galveston through Southwest and just relaxed. Embarkation/Disembarkation: Both of these went fairly quickly. The ship: well even after the recent drydock it is showing its age, The public areas overall look acceptable but around the edges where the masses don't congregate wear is taking its toll. In the steam room the glass facing out had a big crack in it. My wife and I noticed many areas along the outside walls where it was dusty, scuffed, dented, broken or just needed repainted. The Cabin: We had an 8C balcony #7365. This falls in line with more of the same we saw all over the ship. It was ok but again it is showing its age. Little things stood out ( burned out light bulb in the room, small dim tv, chips in the woodwork, lampshade fell apart if bumped and the glass on the balcony needed proper cleaning ). The Dining : this is a mixed bag! Some venues really stood out. The Sun King steakhouse was by far the best meal we had on the ship, It was tasty and well prepared and served professionally! The Chic MDR: reminded us of chain restaurant fare. The breakfasts here we had arrived cold. Guy's Burgers: Yum! Blue iguana cantina: Yummy breakfast burritos! The deli: ok ( seriously though using the bitter part of the lettuce on a sandwich? ) The Old Fashioned bbq; Sorry but if it is not smoked its not bbq. The Buffet: bland, tasteless food for the most part and the desserts lacked flavor as well, A few items were good but very few. The Coffee was horrid and the juices ( juice cocktails to be exact ). were sickeningly sweet! We did find a hidden gem in the coffee shop the desserts there were tasty but once again an extra charge ( a couple dollars ). The model Carnival has here seems to be " yeah we will give you something, but if you want something really good you will pay extra! " Entertainment and Activities: The shows in the Victoriana Theatre were ok. The comedy club was overpacked and since they do not clear the theatre between shows its nearly impossible to get a seat! The Dive in Movies: This is a neat concept. We decided on two movies and on both of them the screen went blank and the movie started over, One was at the 3/4 mark and the other was at the 10 minute mark and again at very close at the end of the movie where it never did finish. A waste of our vacation time. At bingo the screen projections were very choppy. Carnival doesn't have a good A/V tech on the ship? The Trivia parties in the Atrium area were quite entertaining. The "fun squad" and cruise director did a great job there. Pool areas were crowded and deck chairs hard to get. The water slides however were fast and fun! Service: Our room stewards on deck 7 did a great job they were efficient and friendly. The bar staff was another mixed bag. The bars in busy areas were understaffed and seemed to give priority to those who were buying beer and mixed drinks. Not all of us drink alcohol. Too many times we just felt ignored. The Fun shop staff were friendly and helpful. Ports and excursions: Cozumel, we did the shopping and beach break tour. Olivia, our guide did a great job and took us to shopping areas downtown that had better prices than the port shops. The beach club was ok with mediocre overpriced food options. Grand Cayman: its a tender port and that went amazingly smoothly. We did the land and sea tour. First stop was a semi submersible ship where we got to see some shipwrecks and many fish. Second stop was at a shop that sold rum cakes etc. Third stop was at a rock formation called "Hell". Strange looking formations with a gift shop that sold funny T-shirts Forth stop was at the Cayman turtle center where we got to see many adult sea turtles and hold a baby turtle. All in all a fun tour. Ocho Rios: got off the ship, shopped a little and then right back on and enjoyed all the amenities that were too crowded on sea days. Summary: For our first cruise it was ok as it gave us an idea what cruising might be like. If you just want to get away its fine but do not expect a 1st class experience with this ship without paying extra and that is what bothered us. Good tasty food should be the norm and not the exception. Too much nickel and diming on what is already a pricey vacation. . Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I have been cruising for over 20 years and a lot has changed over the years. Most importantly, the lack of staff. Carnival boosts they have a 1 staff for 2 person ratio but when you think about it, most of that staff is behind the scenes ... Read More
I have been cruising for over 20 years and a lot has changed over the years. Most importantly, the lack of staff. Carnival boosts they have a 1 staff for 2 person ratio but when you think about it, most of that staff is behind the scenes and you never come in contact with. The stateroom attendant and dining attendants are short severely short staffed. For the most part, I certainly cannot blame the staff for having to serve so many people at once with little assistance. With the exception at the casino. When playing at the casino, if you are lucky to have a server come to you for your drink selection, it takes nearly 45 minutes for the drink to arrive. Carnival Vista is a nice ship. A quite large ship. Banging doors were the norm all hours of the day and night. And parents (some that is), what's up with not supervising your children? The majority of the young adults run the ship unsupervised, swimming in the hot tub, running around the decks, running into people and lacked common courtesy . And adults (some), what's up with you going on deck early in the morning, putting your towel on a chair and leaving it unattended for hours on end? I guess people like that feel entitled to take for themselves and not respect other's that truly want to sit down and relax. It is amazing how disrespectful people can be! Matt the cruise director is awesome. He was an amazing host for the Veterans Appreciation program. I had a balcony room on the 8th floor, which was decent in size for four people. Only complaint....slamming doors! Food was okay, nothing impressive compared to years ago. I was amazed that not one night was there a non cream based soup on the menu. I was also shocked that other than the salad bar at the buffet, I couldn't find and grilled or steamed vegetables. I've some to realize that cruising is no longer a pleasure for me. To many rude people, bad food, short staffed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
BACKGROUND This was our second cruise experience. We had previously sailed on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas to Cozumel-Cayman-Jamaica in 2016. Since we wanted to visit different destinations and would only be able to cruise ... Read More
BACKGROUND This was our second cruise experience. We had previously sailed on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas to Cozumel-Cayman-Jamaica in 2016. Since we wanted to visit different destinations and would only be able to cruise during the week of 3/17/2019, we decided to go with Carnival Vista since it was going to Cozumel-Belize-Roatan. Moreover, there was the added attraction of being on Carnival's new ship - the Vista. THE SHIP - MEDIOCRE The Vista is Carnival's new ship and can hold upto 4500 guests. However, other than being large, we did not find the ship to be very interesting, especially when compared to RCL's Liberty o.t. Seas. To begin with, the ship has a very closed and boxy feeling. Public areas have low ceilings everywhere and there are hardly any wide and open areas indoors. Even the promenade/atrium was just a small circular area, only 3 floors high. The LED screens are quite cool though. The performance theater called Liquid Lounge is very poorly designed. There are many large columns inside and block the view for a large number of seats. Also, if you are seated in the balcony, you will miss parts of a performance when the artists get off stage. The comedy shows happen in a lounge called the Limelight Lounge but it has very limited seating requiring many gusts to stand during the shows. Also, navigating through the ship is not very obvious (example to get from the aft to forward of the 3rd floor, you need to switch to either 4th or 2nd floor and then come back to 3rd again. ACTIVITIES - AVERAGE The swimming pool is tiny (even when compared to that of ships smaller than the Vista) and there are not enough hot tubs to cater to the number of people this ship carries. There are some cool facilities such as the skyride, the rope-course and the waterpark but there can be long lines due to the number of people on-board CABIN - GOOD The cabin was good and so was our room steward. We had a balcony on the 6th floor. There were power outlets as well as USB ports for charging devices which was quite handy. The bathroom was well designed and made great use of space. All in all, very comfortable and exceeded expectations. DINING - OKAYISH The main ship buffet, named the Lido Marketplace is on the 10th floor and is broken down into small areas. I guess the ambience they were going for was an Italian Market. Unfortunately though, this being a ship, they ended up creating small areas with narrow passsages and low-ceilings (again!) with poor ventilation. The entire area always had a smell - probably from tables being wiped and from leftover food at tables (which the crew did their best to clear but with 4500 people on board was a challenge) The food in the main buffet was OK. Nothing to complain about but nothing to go wow about either. I personally found breakfast to be better than the lunch and dinner options. Water and juices are served in colored plastic cups which seriously took away from the ambience and feel. There are coffee and soft-serve machines spread throughout the buffet area which is good. We were forced to use 'Your Time Dining' and were never presented the option of fixed-time dining. Your-Time Dining took place in the Horizons restaurant which was on the 3rd and 4th floor towards the aft. The food here was quite good and they always had 1-2 vegetarian options for those who are vegetarians (if you like Indian food, there was always 1 Indian vegetarian main-course item). The desserts were good but nothing fancy or 'wow'ing. Also, Carnival would only bring out the table-cloth on the formal nights. We also dined at Jiji's Asian restaurant and Cucina del Capitano which are paid restaurants. Both had really good food and were well worth the extra price. Thge ship has a 24 hour pizzeria but the pizzas are just meh -- probably becuse they are having to continuously keep making and serving pizzas without much time for quality control During the daytime, Jiji's turns into Mongolian Wok restaurant whose meals are included in the price of the cruise ticket. This restaurant can get really busy but when they are not, the food is very tasty There is also a Seafood shack($), a Mexican restaurant and Guy's burger joint on-board but we didnt get a chance to try them out (except for fries from Guy's burger joint which were great) My recommendation would be to avoid the Lido for lunch and dinner unless you want a quick meal. There are several other options onboard and you may need more than 7 days to try them all anyways. ENTERTAINMENT - OKAYISH We are not hard-to-please folks but we still found the entertainment to be no more than just OK. There were shows in the (poorly designed) Liquid Lounge every night. Some of them were great but others focussed more on the 70s and 80s era -- is Carnival trying to turn away the younger crowds ?? The trivia in the Ocean's Plaza was fun from time to time The comedy shows in the Limelight lounge were something we looked forward too but not all of them were good. Some of them just played on stereotypes instead of being witty or interesting. Also, the lounge seemed too small to accomodate everyone and people were always having to stand up during the shows. The casino was fun. Min bets were $5 or $6 on most tables. They had several slot machines as well with min bets ranging from 1c to $1. There was a trio which performed instrumental music on electric violins in the atrium and they were always a pleasure to listen to. There were several movbies played on the main screen by the pool which was fun, along with the popcorn that was served out of the pub. DISEMBARKATION - DISASTER!! Just like any other ship, you had the option of carrying your luggage out or have it check-in and have the crew carry your luggage out. Either way, you were required to exit your rooms by 8.45am. Guests were supposed to be called deck by deck for self-checkout and zone-by-zone for checked-luggage. However, it took the crew 1.5 hours just to call and clear deck-1. Therteafter, impatient guests from other decks started to deboard out of sequence and there was no enforcement of rules by the crew. From time to time, the shore-side staff would pause the disembarkation. This caused such a delay that the decks of the ship were filled with people and luggage (who were asked to leave their rooms by 8.45am but who could not leave the ship). The ship's crew tried to make light of the situation by suggesting that this was just an extemnsion of our vacation but obviously it was not -- all bars werre closed in prep for the next cruise, all services / stores etc were offline and restaurants were not serving any meals either. WE were supposed to have disembarked between 8.30-9am but ended up exiting the ship at 11am and then were stuck in the immigration queue for another 40 mins. SUMMARY We definitely enjoyed our vacation but were not impressed by the ship and its design. Our experience could have been compounded because we travelled during one of the spring-break weeks. However, several other guests who had travelled on other Carnival ships also found thios ship unimpressive. I wouldn't go as far as to suggest avoiding this ship altogether but you may want to rethink booking it during peak travel periods. Also, being newer or bigger does not necessarily make this a better ship -- a ship not only needs interesting featured but also needs to be able to make those easily accessible to ALL guests. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Previously sailed only on RCI Liberty of Seas, also from Galveston, Thanksgiving 2017. This was a last-second purchase for Spring Break. Only place we could get 2 rooms was the spa deck. We got one balcony and the one oddball interior ... Read More
Previously sailed only on RCI Liberty of Seas, also from Galveston, Thanksgiving 2017. This was a last-second purchase for Spring Break. Only place we could get 2 rooms was the spa deck. We got one balcony and the one oddball interior room and had to split our adults across the two rooms to make the booking legal. (My wife and I are 50 and 47, son is 15, daughter is 9). Drove down from Austin. Embarkation was very smooth and quick. Muster drill boring but fine. I had the carnival Hub app, and used it; wife and son had it but never used it; daughter didn't have a device. We were forced into "Anytime dining" (and waitlisted at that). We ate all dinners in the MDR; which we enjoyed very much on the previous cruise. Dinners on this cruise were OK, but not up to what LOS provided. Checking in via app worked all nights but one; and in 5 out of those 6 nights it was a very short wait. All in all that was just fine. One night the app wasn't working (the reservation system wasn't reporting availability to the app) so we had to go down to JavaBlue and check in in person. This took a while and was annoying; had we done that all nights I'd have had a much more negative view of the anytime dining thing. First sea day it was cool and mostly pouring rain. Wife and I did a massage (couples massage). It was OK; started late but got the booked time in. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Also watched 2 IMAX movies (the short ones) this day - pandas (excellent!) and rescue dogs (good). Couldn't do any other activities due to rain. Watched the opening Clue! show in the theater - got there early and got a good seat (the only good seat we got all week). Had 3 good days on excursion days. Getting off the boat was easy in the 2 normal ports, but the tender to Belize was a bit of a madhouse (large groups of confused people in the theater). Getting back on was fine too. Ate generally later in the MDR those nights but still no major issues except the one time the app didn't work. Second sea day (headed back north) we quickly did the skybikes (which were awesome, but ALWAYS had a very long wait). Did the ropes course with my daughter twice. Definitely scary! Pool and hot tub full of other peoples' less well-behaved kids made relaxation hard to come by. (Our kids don't do camps either so we couldn't hang out on the adults-only deck much; only made it up to the hot tub there one time). Third sea day we also tried to stay out on the deck but similar results, and started to get chilly again. Spa rooms: Quieter than the rest of the ship. Special toiletries no big deal. Nicer towels. The actual thermal room you get access to for free is no big deal. Very shallow weird hot tub (you have to lay down in it) - nice for a little while but not good for long relaxation or reading. The hot tiled chairs were almost always full. We didn't use the free fitness classes offered as part of the spa room deal either so I can't say anything pro or con. Entertainment: They tried hard, but quality not as good as on past cruise. Theater sightlines are horrible; you need to get there very early if you actually want to be able to see most of what's going on. Activities; SkyRide is really fun; get in line VERY EARLY. Ropes course is scary but fun! Waterslides are quite good. (Better than LOS's, which were lame). IMAX is neat. Thrill theater wasn't worth the time. We had a bad pictures experience which was a little embarassing to me as somebody who usually has his stuff together, but as it wasn't clear HOW to get the photos off the boat (they said to use the app, but pictures were linked to each one of four folios; only I had the app; and the guy working the desk was no help), I assumed we'd be able to download via an email link later. Big mistake! Had to call somebody at Carnival, and to their credit, they were extremely nice and very helpful and quickly mailed me 2 flash drives with the pictures we had purchased). Debarkation: absolutely horrible. We paid attention to the rules and chose to walk off with our own bags given that we were on deck 14. Got out of our rooms when we were supposed to and posted up in the elevator area on 14 with two other groups, only to wait for 2 more hours as the cruise director kept announcing decks below us AND started letting checked bag zone people off too (had we known they'd do this, we would have checked and then been waiting down in the lounge with them instead of sitting on the floor). After two hours up there, we were nearly the last ones off the ship; and then got to spend 2 more hours in the customs like at Galveston's 3rd-world cruise terminal. Horrible end to a good cruise made our recollection of the whole week rather mixed. Excursions: Cozumel: Dolphinaris ("Dolphin Swim with Unlimited Food & Drinks"). Told in morning that all non-dolphin activities were unavailable due to weather (not really thrilled about this). Long wait for taxi; short ride; madhouse getting in; incredible experience with dolphins when we got in the water; seemed very non-rushed (felt like we got a lot of time in the water after all); average buffet lunch; somewhat sketchy cash-under-table discount on picture package; pictures are INCREDIBLE. Short cab ride back to port. Belize: Sharks, Rays, Barrier Reef Snorkel & Island Escape. Madhouse waiting for tender. Ride to Belize City, short walk to adjacent pier, grouped up, boarded smaller boat. Very uncomfortable ride out past Caye Caulker to barrier reef. Crew nice, entertaining and engaging. Snorkel sets were of decent quality. Got in water, guided snorkel one way to pickup along reef; guides coaxed out a Moray Eel for us to look at. Good coral, nice fish. Got back on boat, moved to grassy area where nurse sharks and stingrays come out to be fed; everybody but wife got back in water; enjoyable time there (stingrays are friendly and curious; nurse sharks mostly hang out under boat and seem a little skittish; guide got one out and held it for people to see). Then back to Caye Caulker for lunch at "the split". Wife can't stop raving about her lunch (seafood); I had a traditional chicken stew; kids had boring kids' meals. Nice place to hang out for an hour; son and I did the jump off the big platform; VERY hard to swim back around into cove (strong current here!). Back on boat, short visit to a 'hole' on backside of caye where juvenile tarpon hang out; nice display of jumping fish; then long ride back to BC; almost immediate trip back to tender and back to cruise ship. Roatan: Extreme Zip-line & Beach Adventure. After doing a little research ahead of time I learned this was all going to be in the captive port; but it turned out to be a very good day. Zipline started early; very uncomfortable but short truck ride up steep dirt road; then 5 or 6 long ziplines that were a lot of fun. Seemed very safe, nice scenery. On last zipline, you end up in the top of the bar down at the beach, and the volleyball players tossed me up a ball which I spiked (hooray!). Family took skyride back to shops area (skyride is very nice but very slow; make sure you have sunscreen or cover!); son and I walked back to zipline base to get out stuff; walked back to shops; we all changed; took skyride back; and went to beach. The beach vastly exceeded expectations in that it was actually nice sand, nice water, and the food and drinks weren't any worse than any US beach town would provide. Had a plenty good time here, and there was even decent snorkelling way down at the far end (healthy coral and some fish). Sky ride back in again and then let the wife shop for a couple hours and then back on boat. Overall this was my favorite day but the wife liked Belize better; all 3 were above par from what we picked on the last cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price, short duration of trip, and departure port. It was the most boring vacation i've ever had. First of the positives: food was ok, you really should go hungry on the ship. Lots of food options. 2) Room was spacious and ship was clean. 3) Ship sailed on time and arrived on time at destinations. 4) Good excursion options. Negatives: 1) Very old ship. Stinky, stale furniture and decor. This ship is 15years old. Worn but kept clean. Absolutely nothing fancy here. 2) Zero entertainment for non-drinkers. You get to play bingo and some silly "name the xxxxx" type of games. Ship had two indoor theatres with no daytime running shows at all. The theatres are constantly used for sales pitches for various products. Very pathetic. This was like a walmart standard type of cruise. It was my familys first cruise and none of us liked it. Perhaps other ships have a lot more options and facilities. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Looking for Spring Break cruise out of Galveston, decided to try a bigger ship. The Vista feels like a just a bigger Carnival ship with more people and same number of spots. Everything seemed more expensive from drinks to seemingly ... Read More
Looking for Spring Break cruise out of Galveston, decided to try a bigger ship. The Vista feels like a just a bigger Carnival ship with more people and same number of spots. Everything seemed more expensive from drinks to seemingly everything "new" being a fee. The show theater "Liquid Lounge" is a joke. Pretty sure one could not come up with a worse design. Very few seats actually have an "acceptable" view of the stage and performances. Also much smaller, poor column placement, no floor rise, etc. The shows were also by far the worst I've seen on any ship. I don't know that I can blame the performers though as the stage and productions themselves would be near impossible to overcome. After 3 shows we like most people we talked too just stopped going. Every single person I discussed the shows and lounge had same opinion. If you love going to shows on your cruises, definitely would skip the Vista (and Horizon - same setup apparently). CD Matt was the highlight. He was great! Staff and crew on Vista was also great, no complaints there. Food was typical, good but tending to be bland. Guys burgers awesome. Piano bar great setup and musician. Overall the ship was "good", not "great". Plenty to do, but I guess was expecting more or something new that wasn't an extra fee. All three Carnival booked excursions though were bad. Poorly organized, behind schedule, very rushed. For this alone we plan on trying another cruise line or two before returning to Carnival. They seemed to really not care. All previous trips we had only minor issues if any (same destinations). I don't know what has happened but its definitely not the same as it was. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Took 3 grandsons for Spring Break. It was Spring Break, that says a lot about crowds, lines and slow service. It was expected and didn’t disappoint. The memories made with our grandsons are priceless, the cruise was expensive and ... Read More
Took 3 grandsons for Spring Break. It was Spring Break, that says a lot about crowds, lines and slow service. It was expected and didn’t disappoint. The memories made with our grandsons are priceless, the cruise was expensive and just a cruise. I’m normally not one to write negative reviews but the cruise was simply a means to spend quality time with the grandsons. Nothing about the cruise was “over the top impressive” all week. Carnival Hub is a must to communicate on board. $5 each for 5 of us. Works sometimes, but never dependable. Only free movies (outside your cramped cabin) are outdoors at pool. We had 2 ship days that weren’t good weather. IMAX theatre are $12 tickets. Long waits for “anytime dining” and one night when we FINALLY were seated to find table still dirty and only a 4 top. More waits and they treated us like it was our fault. I won’t go on and on here, I am planning to write Carnival about the issues that we experienced. None of this takes away from the fact we made some awesome memories with our three grandsons. That is priceless! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My family and I went on a carnival cruise. (freedom) We didn't like the high pressure sales, the fact that how whenever you would buy a drink the tip would already be added on (I noticed on the 3rd day of the cruise), we had tons of ... Read More
My family and I went on a carnival cruise. (freedom) We didn't like the high pressure sales, the fact that how whenever you would buy a drink the tip would already be added on (I noticed on the 3rd day of the cruise), we had tons of money charged to my moms credit card. There was already a tip of 70 plus dollars for our "team" on the cruise. There was ONE person who made my experience on the Carnival Freedom amazing. She is a playlist performer on the carnival freedom and other carnival ships. Her name is Victoria and she always said "hey" and would wave at me whenever she would see me. If you go on the Carnival Freedom be aware it is a party ship. Not made for older couples or family with newborns. If you go on a cruise from Galveston be prepared for long waits and being split up from your family. My aunt is disabled and they split us up when getting on the ship. On the way back we made sure we didn't get split up. The only reason we didn't get split up on the way back was because my mom made sure they knew we would not be split up. We told the lady we would not have it any other way. They also had LGBTQ mixers almost every night along with singles mixers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
While I love Carnival and have cruised them for years, I would have to honestly say that their newer ship, the Carnival Vista, quite disappointing. Pros and Cons from my perspective: For the Pros: -due to the overall size, the ship ... Read More
While I love Carnival and have cruised them for years, I would have to honestly say that their newer ship, the Carnival Vista, quite disappointing. Pros and Cons from my perspective: For the Pros: -due to the overall size, the ship appears to be very stable for handling the seas making for an enjoyable smooth cruise for those that sometimes fear feeling the motion at sea. While there is always some movement, considering the seas we encountered, I think it did well. -security and safety seemed to be good as well and I’ve always felt safe on the carnival line cruises. -Unfortunately I had to visit the infirmary during my cruise for a nasal infection, but as seen on previous times, Carnival has a very adept and professional medical staff aboard their vessels, and the Vista was no exception here. -The water recreation area, sky bikes, workout and outdoor activities on the upper deck for sports and activity enthusiasts are a plus and seem to be a real hit with everyone. -There were plenty of bar areas to adequately accommodate everyone’s thirst in a prompt time frame. -And, as with with all Carnival cruises and ships I’ve been on, the fun crew staff was very personable and accommodating. The Vista crew and staff went overboard, excuse the pun, to make sure everyone had a fantastic vacation. My personal hats off to our dinner host, Darko, our head waiter, Corina, our room steward, Putu, and to the Alchemy bar tender, Mark. I’d say Mark was one of the best bar tenders I’ve seen in some time for making custom drinks. His incredible ability to multi-task several customers and orders simultaneously, and quickly, without a flaw was very impressive. Now for the Cons: -Although the ship is larger allowing for a larger number of passengers, Carnival severely missed on addressing several areas such as: The rooms, the lido and pool areas, the casino, the dining experience, and food. -The rooms appear to be smaller than previous ships I’ve been on. We were in a porthole room, which compared to previous rooms of similar type, this one had far less space and closet storage. Speaking with a few others in different room types, it sounded as if the inside rooms and some of the window rooms were smaller, while the suites still similar to other ships. -As for the pool areas, while this ship boasts a larger size, the pool areas did not see an increase in size, which was a disappointment. The common pool areas appeared to be the same size as other boats. Finding seating was difficult and with a larger number of passengers. I would have expected more area for these pools and accommodating guests. I should add that this boat does have a third pool area at the rear of the boat this area was a private area only for guests that paid for the exclusive Havana suite rooms. A final comment on pools is that although Carnival will sometimes advertise adult only pool areas, this is not enforced and kids can be found in all pools, if that’s something important to you. -The casino area is a complete failure in my opinion. The Casino on the Vista appears to have been an afterthought. There is very little room to move around in this Casino, so much so that I saw at least two arguments between players that did not have enough room to get into a table area. Additionally, due to the poor design and limited space, Carnival put the Casino bar in the middle of the under-sized Casino area resulting in an overwhelmingly smoky atmosphere. (I noted earlier that I had to go to the infirmary for nasal issues which I highly attributed to the smoky conditions.) Speaking with many others that are Carnival Casino regulars, I heard the same resounding statement that they would not be taking this ship again due to this Casino. I should add that the Casino appears to be such an afterthought that to find a men’s restroom from the casino required going upstairs or a hike to the front of the ship on the Casino floor. My personal note for Carnival, I would love to see Carnival initiate a smoke free casino, with possibly a smoking area that is adjoining in a separate room or area that is far better ventilated. Unfortunately, with the Casino bar allowing smoking and being in the middle of the casino, you had many passengers that prefer to sit and smoke while dunking creating a very smoky casino area. -For food and dining, we were disappointed in the dining room itself. The atmosphere felt more like a Luby’s cafeteria rather than a luxurious dining hall as we would have expected. The food also was a bit less than expected. While we’ve always felt the food on the Carnival ships was ok, this one felt like they cut corners with the quality. We did have an opportunity to dine in the Italian restaurant, JiJis and the Sushi restaurant. All 3 were fanatics although they all require a premium for dinner services. Overall, as as Carnival has always strived to provide a great vacation for the common person without breaking the bank, I would have to say that the Vista does provide an opportunity for a good family vacation, but do expect some shortfalls with this particular Carnival ship. I personally would recommend the Carnival Breeze and/or Freedom. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 14th cruise on Carnival. Haven't sailed on one their ships in over 3 years. This was our 41st cruise. The reason we picked this cruise was we got a great casino rate. Galveston is only a 4 hour drive from home. ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise on Carnival. Haven't sailed on one their ships in over 3 years. This was our 41st cruise. The reason we picked this cruise was we got a great casino rate. Galveston is only a 4 hour drive from home. First impression of the Vista was not that great. Being Platinum got us right on at 11:30. Guy's Burgers hit the spot. Ate there several more times while on board. The outdoor BarBQ by Guy's on sea days was also very good. The MDR's food was ok but only once was our food really hot. The Lido Deck food was luke warm at best. If you like your desserts you need to be on the Lido at lunch. The cakes we're the best but they ran out fast and the line was 40-50 people deep. Staff was good about clearing tables and being friendly. The show's in the Liquid Lounge we're ok. The setup in the lounge was strange . They use movable chairs in the lower section to accommodate the many stages they use during shows. Get there early if you want a good seat. The casino is the worst for smoke the smoke went out into the public areas. We would go up to deck 5 an crossover rather than go thru the casino. Matt the cruise director and his ass't Amanda we're some of the best. A must go to is the salute to the veterans. You don't have to be a veteran to be moved by this event. I'm a retired USAF MSgt and a Viet Nam veteran. This event brought many to tears. Thanks Matt for this being the host and making this my favorite part of the cruise. Our cabin was an inside on deck 8 aft. The only noise we heard we're people slamming their doors and talking loud out in hall. Debarcation went very well. We had priority self debarcation so we we're in our car driving home by 8AM. The ship is lackluster. Hard to find your way around. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have sailed 10+times with Carnival. Through the years the attention to detail and the desire to make you feel special has gotten overlooked. Wait staff no where near as good, room stewards not as attentive, food not as good or ... Read More
We have sailed 10+times with Carnival. Through the years the attention to detail and the desire to make you feel special has gotten overlooked. Wait staff no where near as good, room stewards not as attentive, food not as good or repetitive. This particular shop is VERY difficult to navigate. My wife and I searched for an hour to find the movie theater which is an extra cost. Too many areas are extra. We are going to try a competitor to see the difference. Carnival needs to get back to focusing on the customer and not the bottom line. They tend to be getting more focused on making money than bringing the luxury and pampering to the consumer as they did in the beginning. I realize we have come to expect certain things but the fall off in quality is obvious. I went to a comedy show and remembered almost every line from the same comedian 2 years earlier. SAD Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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