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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This was a small group cruise to celebrate Halloween. Embarkation and Debarkation as a Platinum member was a breeze. Cabin was not ready upon boarding at 11:50 a.m. Assistant steward very apologetic and I felt bad for him so did not cause ... Read More
This was a small group cruise to celebrate Halloween. Embarkation and Debarkation as a Platinum member was a breeze. Cabin was not ready upon boarding at 11:50 a.m. Assistant steward very apologetic and I felt bad for him so did not cause a scene. Originally asked by cabin steward if I wanted cabin serviced a.m. or p.m? I hesitated and then advised I was from the old school and really liked the twice a day servicing. He advised no problem. I also asked for ice refill once a day. Service remainder of cruise was very good. Food overall was good to very good. Ate very little in Lido Market Place but noticed chicken tenders on the lunch buffet every day. Of course, there was a large variety of items to choose from. Dinner in dining room was very good and we had excellent service for our table of 9. While there is a huge variety of free food the extra size of the ship accommodated several for-fee food venues. I usually do not pay for extra food onboard but I did eat dinner one night at Bonsai Sushi. I had the Bento Box ($10) and the meal was worth it and very good. The service was excellent and the Japanese beer was cold. I loved the varied music venues onboard throughout the day and night. The comedians were excellent. Got to see 3 of their shows. The main nightly shows in the Liquid Lounge were good. However, the sight lines and seating were not as good as other Carnival ships I have been on. Even though the Vista is only 3,000+ GRT larger than then the Dream class the extra people onboard was noticeable. There were 4,385 revenue passengers onboard and it could be crowded at multiple areas of the ship. The service overall was better than I expected with the hiccup at the beginning of my cruise regarding the cabin. I was acknowledged with a hello, good morning/evening and by name from my cabin steward multiple times throughout the ship. We went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I took no CCL excursions but two couples in my group took the high speed catamaran to Passion Island Beach Day in Cozumel and raved about it upon return. Several took Captain Marvin's Stingray City plus 2 snorkel stops in Grand Cayman and loved it. In Ocho Rios we all walked over to the public Beach ($3 each) and did some snorkeling (Originally quoted $30 each but since 6 went haggled to $10 each) for 1 hour reef snorkeling which was excellent. We had a picnic table under a great shade tree and I paid $5 extra for a lounge chair. Of course there was a beach "manager" that arranged the reef snorkel and bought drinks to us. I left early and the rest stayed behind. They went to buy a last drink and after they opened the beers advised they were $4 each. We had been paying $2 each. The beach "manager" tried to say that it was me that said $2 and he never advised $4 and this was an outright lie. Needless to say once again Jamaica vendors live up to their bad reputation. If I return to Ocho Rios I would still go to this lovely beach but I would never order anything through the beach vendors ever again. In summary, I liked the Vista but it is not my favorite ship. With that said I was on the 6 day cruise. I like the 8 day itinerary and might go on it again if the price was right. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Another Halloween cruise with friends, plus another Journey cruise. Ship went thru new locks, entered lake and turned around and waited it's turn to exit. Visited several ports along the 14 day cruise. Dutch West Indies are our favorite. ... Read More
Another Halloween cruise with friends, plus another Journey cruise. Ship went thru new locks, entered lake and turned around and waited it's turn to exit. Visited several ports along the 14 day cruise. Dutch West Indies are our favorite. We have tranversed the canal before, but not the new canal. The ship is showing it's age and the workers are tired. Looks to me the staff has been reduced at the cost of the workers. They still smile, but have a zombie look on their face. Hot food was a hit and miss in all dining rooms during breakfast, lunch and diner.There's just not enough waiters to get the food to the guests. Also the famous Cholate Melting Cake was a flop. Always runny. We gave up and tried the food courts on the Lido. The Ballroom dance instructors were great. Learned a lot. We sang with crew one night, which was fun. John Heald, the big cheese was onboard. We joined a big group and did many activities on the ship. Purchased lots of cigars and coffee and some stuff for the grand children. Did some excursions from ship. Limon was a new port for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Two little known "secrets" that were awesome: Sea Day Brunch serves Fillet Mignon with eggs with no up charge and the Sea Day Afternoon Tea has awesome specialty deserts at no up charge. Overall, it was an average cruise that ... Read More
Two little known "secrets" that were awesome: Sea Day Brunch serves Fillet Mignon with eggs with no up charge and the Sea Day Afternoon Tea has awesome specialty deserts at no up charge. Overall, it was an average cruise that was ok for the money spent. It is the people you are traveling with that make the cruise. Our cabin was somewhat impacted by the closeness to the atrium (noise wise) and they were also doing some maintenance work with shellac and the odors seeped into our room. It would have been better if they had left those rooms empty when they knew that maintenance work with strong odors were planned. The anytime dining was able to accommodate our group of twelve adequately. The food was average and I was surprised that tablecloths are no longer used on the tables. This was my first experience with anytime dining and I'd rather have schl'd times where I get to know the wait staff. Entertainment and activities were all ok, but trivia needs to be played away from the smoking area. We did no excursions. Access to the ports and disembark were average. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose this cruise as part of a crochet cruise. We had a group of about 100 on board, with daily meetings in the conference space. With only 1/2 the conference center available to us (Park West was permanently in the other side), it was a ... Read More
Chose this cruise as part of a crochet cruise. We had a group of about 100 on board, with daily meetings in the conference space. With only 1/2 the conference center available to us (Park West was permanently in the other side), it was a bit crowded using tables with all of us working, but it was manageable. The cruise was originally an Eastern Caribbean but got rerouted to the Western route after hurricanes flattened all the eastern ports. We were on a back to back, so got to go to all the same ports twice. This review covers both weeks. Cabins: Our first week cabin was an upgrade - an exterior view cabin on Deck 1. Carnival had offered us the upgrade for $70. The cabin felt much more spacious than our usual interior, with enough space for a couch (pull out), and the porthole right above the gangplank - fantastic for people watching. The cabin also had two bathrooms - with the second one having a "bathtub" that might fit a small pre-teen for soaking and a sink (no toilet). However, it made a fantastic shower, and it was nice having the two rooms. Ship Info: Holds about 4700 people, but didn't feel massive. On sea days the Lido deck got crowded (as always), but there was always quieter space elsewhere. Smoking areas - a definite drawback on this design. The casino is smoking and open to the interior in both the 10-story closed atrium and the inside of deck 5. That left no place un-smoked. The Vibe nightclub on 5 is also smoking, and when in operation, the doors are left open. If you have issues with smoke, this may be a problem for you - our group avoided the nightclub after the first 10 minutes. Entertainment - not much to say here, as I skipped a lot of it. My favorite hangout was the Red Frog Pub on 5, next to the nightclub. The music there is predominantly country, and was mostly ignored by the patrons (good music, just not hitting the right mix for that gang). Reportedly the piano bar was fantastic, but I never got over to it. The various entertainers on the Ocean stage on 5 were ok, but nothing I found memorable. There was a classical duo performing in the atrium some evenings that was quite good, but more often it was over-amped singers or DJs. Dining - the Pig and Anchor Smokehouse is FANTASTIC!!! Too bad it's only open on embarkation and sea days - the lines were long but worth the wait. On Lido, Guys burgers were always a big hit, as was the Blue Iguana tacos. For lunch, the Mongolian Wok did a great mongolian grill, but the pathetic ventilation required lungs of steel to be anywhere near it due to the burning peppers - find a friend who can't smell, and has solid lungs to fix you a bowl and eat it elsewhere. The buffet was, well, Carnival's buffet - solid, reasonable variety, but not something to dance about. The Deli is open 11-11 and offers pre-made sandwiches that are heated up in ovens (no longer panini-pressed). They were able to offer me gluten-free rolls for the sandwiches which were fantastic. Outside the Tandoor indian station makes a great selection of kabobs and curries daily - well worth the stop in (they also know and can tell you whats in each dish if you have allergies). The pizza was apparently fantastic for the regular pizza, but the gluten-free crust (as with most GF crusts) tastes more like cardboard than anything else. The pasta bar on 11 was excellent - my preferred choice most days. You select the pasta you want, and the toppings and they're delivered to you. This restaurant was never over-crowded when I went, which provided a nice respite from the hordes. Dinner I had in the main dining room each night. The selection in the American Table is considerably more limited than some other lines but adequate - 4 main dishes plus a vegetarian curry plate most nights, with 6 or so appetizers to pick from. There's also "standard" items including grilled chicken (rubber - don't bother), pork chop (good), and flat iron steak (good) every night as choices or you can splurge and spend $20 for lobster or fancier steaks from the steak house (I didn't). The food was well prepared, but if you have food allergies, BEWARE! This was my 6th/7th cruise with Carnival, and I have never had to worry about getting hit with allergens before. There were three of us at the table with allergies (we consolidated the allergy gang week 2 at one table), and it was a game of "how are they going to try to kill us now" every course. On previous cruises, Carnival has done a fantastic job assisting me - usually with the maitre d' taking the order and checking. This now falls on the way overworked wait staff - who have apparently no training or understanding about the menu and allergies. The final dessert course was the home run - each of the three of us was served a dessert (chef's choice) that contained the first allergen on each of our lists. This put a severe damper on our experience, although we did turn it into a game (and we spoke to the head chef multiple times - each time, the offenses got worse). Embarkation was superbly smooth, as was disembarkation at Canaveral. We showed up at the appointed time, and moved swiftly through the various lines and onto the ship. Onboard, I found plenty of places to hang out with my fellow crocheters - although we congregated on 5 near the pub and at the back of Lido most times due to the delightfully damp weather the first week and the stiff breezes the second week. The chairs and couches are adequate, but get uncomfortable after the first hour or so throughout the ship. Ports: Cozumel - it was pouring rain week 1, so I stayed on board. The second week, we had reservations at Mr Sanchos' Beach Resort (the romance package, with chairs, a cabana and massages for two). We brought another couple along to share the cabana etc, and the four of us declared it was the best excursion ever - go for the grilled shrimp, best any of us had ever had. Belize - Week 1 we had a ShoreTrips excursion to the Belize Zoo and Altun Ha. Unfortunately, a tropical depression decided to form, so we had a monsoon during the entire excursion, for which we were unprepared. The zoo was fascinating, although the cats were smarter than the tourists - they stayed inside and dry. The tapir and monkeys made the trip worth it. Given the state of the ground, about 1/2 the group, including us, decided to skip the ruins and head back to port. Apparently the deluge stopped once they got to the ruins, letting loose a plague of insects (of course, it's a rain forest..), but everyone enjoyed it. Belize Week 2 - Carnival excursion Reef Snorkel and Starfish Island. Great excursion - they take great care to make us all feel safe snorkeling, and the rum punch flows liberally *after* the snorkel. The reef is beautiful, and many interesting things were seen. Starfish Island is 100% beach with a pay bar, and a hamburger stand, neither of which we took advantage of, choosing to sit in the comfy chairs and couches under the awning and read. The trip back to the ship featured entertainment by the catamaran crew, and was fantastic - worth the excursion fee by itself. (And that's not the free rum punch talking - I was drinking pure water, having taken Dramamine... the entire boat was rocking with most of the folks dancing along with the crew). Roatan - Week 1 - had reservations at little french key, but the tropical depression had followed us so we skipped it. I stayed on board while my wife shopped the port. Week 2 we both shopped the port - good way to kill an hour. Others headed for the attached beach for sun. Beware, though - I saw at least one port shop taking peoples passports over to the credit card machine with the passport pages open, and a burnt out light above it - possibly being photographed for duplication (although I may be overly suspicious) - don't let them get their paws on your ID, and use drivers licenses as ID for safety. Costa Maya - Week 1 - the depression was headed for Florida, leaving us with a nice clear day. Walked the port shops and back to the ship. This is a VERY short stop, so didn't do anything much. Week 2 we took advantage of the Carnival Beach excursion for $40 and were transported to a nice beach with free drinks, and beach chairs. Pleasant enough, except it got rainy, so we headed back relatively early. Probably would skip this stop in future. This was our 5th or 6th time on the Western Caribbean circuit, so we'd done much of the stuff before, and our light excursion schedule is a result. Cabin Week 2 - 7434 - Interior. Like every other interior :D Small, but only there to shower, change & sleep. Overall review summary - nice ship, well laid out. Only awkward routing - can't get fore to aft on 3, and on 5 the smoker (casino) is not bypassable so to get to 3rd floor Southern Lights cross on 4. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
The Bland reunion choose this cruise to celebrate its 33rd reunion. I liked that the ship served and extended breakfast lunch in the dinning room on sea days. The ship needs a paint job. Also carpets could using a cleaning. Buffet ... Read More
The Bland reunion choose this cruise to celebrate its 33rd reunion. I liked that the ship served and extended breakfast lunch in the dinning room on sea days. The ship needs a paint job. Also carpets could using a cleaning. Buffet was not as good as the one on Celebrity but then I usually don't go to the buffet. Dinning room was OK but would have been nice to see more food selection. Staff was excellent entertainment was first class. Martini bar only had its martini sampler one one day of the cruise. Celebrity had it each evening. Boarding and disembarking was very easy. Liked that if you needed a wheelchair you were brought from the pier directly to the elevators on the ship. I have another cruise scheduled with Carnival in December. close carnival because I can drive to the port and don't have to fly. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I have traveled with Carnival 3 times prior to this cruise and it was decent for the price. The Vista did not include hardly anything. The zipline bikes were only open 3 hours a day, the restaurants were only open at odd times, usually ... Read More
I have traveled with Carnival 3 times prior to this cruise and it was decent for the price. The Vista did not include hardly anything. The zipline bikes were only open 3 hours a day, the restaurants were only open at odd times, usually when people were enjoying the islands, my grandbaby was told he wasn't allowed in the pool because he wears swim diapers - yet many other toddlers in diapers were in there, we had the unlimited alcohol package but most bars closed at 9pm, the wait time was ridiculous - at least 20 mins each time. Staff was extremely rude, cabins seemed to be smaller than the other ships. When we booked we advised them it was our honeymoon and we were traveling with our kids, they never told us about the family harbor, or even about connecting cabins - which I specifically asked about and was told they do not exist! My kids room was not cleaned one time on the 6 day cruise. Many elevators were out of service. I can't climb stairs due to medical issues, my daughter had an infant in a stroller, and we have small children. We were constantly being separated while getting on/off ship. When leaving the cruise, our baggage was damaged, I completed a claim form at the terminal - 2 months later, they still have not contacted me regarding this. My wedding dress was damaged! We are planning a cruise to Hawaii in 2018 and will not be using Carnival after this! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We were aware that the Conquest was a older ship yet booked it because it would be in Dry Dock right before our cruise. We were shocked when we boarded and found all the outdoor areas seriously dirty. Also the outdoor bathrooms were ... Read More
We were aware that the Conquest was a older ship yet booked it because it would be in Dry Dock right before our cruise. We were shocked when we boarded and found all the outdoor areas seriously dirty. Also the outdoor bathrooms were horrible I found dirt and feet shoe prints on toilet seat covers. I guess they didn't have time to wash everything down. They were still laying carpeting in some cabins and worse thing was the AC would not work in some cabins and no hot water or cold water. They did make some nice improvements yet for the price I paid $2825. including gratuities for a 8 day balcony cabin. I felt like I was over charged for the quality of this ship. I would have preferred to be on a newer ship for that price. Pro's were the cruise director Chloe Loddo, all the staff, Steak House, Sushi, Seaside Movies, Alchemy Bar, and comedy show. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first cruise in about15 years. Embarkation was delayed because of an unfortunate accident(not Carnival's fault). Everyone basically boarded the ship at the same time so my "priority boarding" didn't really work. No ... Read More
This was my first cruise in about15 years. Embarkation was delayed because of an unfortunate accident(not Carnival's fault). Everyone basically boarded the ship at the same time so my "priority boarding" didn't really work. No big deal for me. The ship was very clean but dated and so was my cabin suite. My cabin was ok and my steward was pretty good too. My biggest complaint was the rust on the shower fixtures. The dining ambiance was very nice but I didn't like the food except for the day that I ordered the short ribs...they were pretty tasty. The waiter staff was very nice and we loved the brief shows during dinner also. The breakfast brunch was actually pretty good and the burger place on Lido was also pretty good. I also have to mention, I normally like the option to eat vegetarian, but there were very little options. I have to give a shout out to Jeramel(sushi chef). I asked Jeramel to make me a vegeterian sushi roll and it was so good. He was so patience and seemed very happy to make it for me. The excursions offered were plenty but the guy at the excursion desk WAS THE WORST. He was impatience, didn't want to explain the restrictions and totally smelled like smoke. He was the WORST. I was planning to do an excursion at every port but I decided not to. Low and behold, I decided to do the buggy and snorkel excursion in Cozumel and it was so fun. I wish I had not let his terrible attitude stop me from doing other excursions. The best part of the cruise was the cruise director, bingo, piano bar and movies on Lido. This cruise director was so good at bringing the crowds together to sing and dance. We did a dance party on the Lido deck, 80's and 90's party in the ship lobby(deck 3), he was funny and totally GREAT at his job. I would travel again on the Glory, but for a shorter period of time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was a fundraiser cruise for a children's hospital organization and a large group of our friends were going. This was our first cruise. It was nothing more exciting than I expected it to be. The embarkation was rough because the ... Read More
This was a fundraiser cruise for a children's hospital organization and a large group of our friends were going. This was our first cruise. It was nothing more exciting than I expected it to be. The embarkation was rough because the ship just came out of dry dock and whoever was in charge of making that transition smooth did not do a very good job. For it to had been renovated it didn't feel like it to us. It seemed like all they did was change the room décor, maybe add new carpet and fresh paint in some areas, otherwise it looked warn and outdated. I was warned beforehand that the cabins are not quiet and I was not mislead on that part. I could here the people next door zipping up their luggage! Unruly teens were running up and down the halls all night long. Thank goodness I knew not to expect a restful trip otherwise I would have been sorely upset. The entertainment was ok. The punchliner comedy club was the best, we went to all of the adult performances even though they were a repeat, they were still that funny! The live shows were a let down. I expected impersonator singers and instead got a mix of people "performing" the songs. It was like watching dress up karaoke... And it was definitely not appropriate for anyone under 13 or so. Service was amazing, although after returning I researched the service on ships and am disappointed at all those servers put up with to make a living wage. I don't see how they do it with a smile on their face the entire time! Though I was told that after we disembarked while other passengers were leaving the crew went on a mini strike... Half Moon Cay was simply beautiful. The weather was nice, the beach sand soft and the water temp just right. Nassau was ok, but I've been there before so it wasn't that spectacular. Disembarkation was a nightmare, almost as bad as embarkation. We were told where to go but didn't realize we'd have to wait in the lobby for over an hour before we had to push and shove our way onto an elevator. I wasn't angry with other passengers because we were all in the same boat so to speak. I don't understand why they only had four elevators going and one exit point on the ship for all those people. And even though we were only one floor away from the gangway, we had to go up on the middle elevators to go down to the gangway on the front elevators because they were only stopping on certain floors and they had the stairs blocked off. It was completely baffling. All in all we had a good time but I think that was only because we were with a large group of friends. It's not something I would want to do with just my husband and child. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Our first experience with Carnival will be our last. Our daughter chose this cruise for her beach wedding in Nassau. While I had read a few bad reviews, we thought "it's a cruise, how bad can it be?". How bad? Only good things ... Read More
Our first experience with Carnival will be our last. Our daughter chose this cruise for her beach wedding in Nassau. While I had read a few bad reviews, we thought "it's a cruise, how bad can it be?". How bad? Only good things were: smooth embarkation and disembarkation; Stefan the manager on board at Pixels; dining room staff; room steward; Catherine and about 3 other bartenders. THATS IT!! The boat is old-needs to be retired. Room was dirty. Dust on lamps and glass shelves. Carpet was disgusting. Room smelled like mildew. Had a Grand Suite, but grand it was not. Balcony door did not latch properly and the make shift lock they placed at the top did not secure it. Food was horrible. I actually lost eight pounds! Buffet was a joke. Food was dry. Dining room was not any better. Burgers were dry and tasteless. VERY little on board activities , especially for our 23month old granddaughter. Ports were fine, organized. Fairly smooth on and off at each. The boat is small, dirty, old and was actually leaking in places. During the art auction in Kaleidoscope, the roof was dripping. My daughters room had brown water coming from the faucets. Daughters officiant's room had the bathroom floor come up with the towel after a shower. This was the most disastrous experience EVER!! There is still so much that was wrong, but will save that for later. NEVER CRUISE CARNIVAL! SENSATION IS HORRIBLE! Read Less
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