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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was a family cruise of sixteen people. Our cabin was roomy, clean, cool and big enough for eight grandchildren to use as a focal point. The food was acceptable but below our previous experienced cruise. Our first carnival cruise was ... Read More
This was a family cruise of sixteen people. Our cabin was roomy, clean, cool and big enough for eight grandchildren to use as a focal point. The food was acceptable but below our previous experienced cruise. Our first carnival cruise was in 2001 on the Victory and was excellent. I rate this cruise from that one fifteen years ago. Food was better than McDonalds but not by much. In the formal dining area I had the duck which was not quite done, next was the salmon which was simply a safe choice of food. I had cherry flambe which was not flaming but was definitely melted. Well, I will leave the rest up to you. If Cuisine is a factor, choose wisely. Taco night was something to forget. The Thai flat top was ehh. On the great side was the service. Our stewardess was the greatest. She took pride in remembering everyone's name. She had thirty cabins. The buffet floor help was superior. Meaning absolutely no complaints. The ship was clean, well maintained but dogeared in spots. The pools were very small and shallow. The wine, far too expensive for Kendal Jackson at 40 bucks a bottle. On my judgement scale of 1 to 10 of would I take this particular ship again? It would be a definite 1. This is a young people's boat. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I love new ships and couldn't wait for the Carnival Vista. My difficulties with the ship are really ship specific. Between the forward elevators and the atrium there is a significant hump, approximately 4 inches above the floor ... Read More
I love new ships and couldn't wait for the Carnival Vista. My difficulties with the ship are really ship specific. Between the forward elevators and the atrium there is a significant hump, approximately 4 inches above the floor level. It is finished with a metal track that causes a constant problem when walking between the atrium and the elevators. The eight forward elevators are totally unsynchronized, causing multiple elevators to arrive at the same time at the same floor going in the same direction??? Also, pushing one "up " button does not call any elevator available but only certain cars. The casino and dining room are both very congested and navigating through either is difficult. I did not see any of the shows so I can not comment on the Liquid Lounge. The shops are located on two floors of the atrium which took a little while to find some items. I did try to use the sky bike but it is only accessible by an outside staircase, and after waiting in line for 45 minutes was told that I needed to wear closed toe shoes. I was referred to a sign on a wall covered by other people waiting, which mentions the closed toe shoe requirement near the middle of a long list. Ramps for prt visits seemed shorter than usual and therefore were very steep at all ports. The removal of table cloths in the MDR on all but Formal nights caused the dining room to be extremely noisy, reminiscent of a large cafeteria. Otherwise, the Vista is a delightful if not typical Carnival ship. I had recently been on the Breeze (for the third time) and still love the basic design of three elevator banks with familiar layout. My balcony room was fine and included three large drawers in one of the closets and the shampoo and shower gel on the wall. The food in the MDR was fine. I enjoyed the seafood available at the back of deck 10 and the Italian specialty restaurant, both have an extra charge. Employees were as friendly and accommodating as usual and my own room steward "Eddye" was delightful. The ship was spotless and well maintained. The casino hosts were charming and really available when the casino was open This cruise was very port intensive and I had to cancel one tour and change one tour for a shorter excursion due to exhaustion. I would have enjoyed one more seaday. Four port days in a row were just too much for an old lady like me. I will know better next time.b Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We are long time Carnival cruisers, this being our 22nd cruise and all but 2 with them. Thus we had a pretty good idea of what to expect and Vista did not let us down. While there are some big changes from the normal layout, we ... Read More
We are long time Carnival cruisers, this being our 22nd cruise and all but 2 with them. Thus we had a pretty good idea of what to expect and Vista did not let us down. While there are some big changes from the normal layout, we adapted easily. The lobby is not the normal Carnival towering space, but a high tech LED display and only a few decks high. I did miss the atrium and its glass elevators to the top, but they added some new items like an IMAX and a 3D theatre. Dining was fun but the treat of reserved seating is going away being replaced by large anytime seating. For us older folks, we like the designated seating. The dining room staff was outstanding and we met once again the great MD Ken Burns, the singing gentleman. I was quite disappointed at the Liquid Lounge, being used to the large, well seated type on Breeze etc. The chairs were moving all over the place, the balcony too small and generally a mess. The staff seemed to be aware of this situation and suggested it may be changed in its first dry dock. These changes did not distract from an excellent cruise. We met staff from prior Carnival cruises and this made it even better. Looking forward to Horizon in 2018. The casino is way too smoky for us non-smokers so we did not visit it. We are from Ohio where smoking is not permitted in casino's so avoided Carnival's casino. This needs to change if they want our attendance there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My wife and I invited our son and daughter's families to join us on this Alaskan cruise, August 9, 2016. We paid for 3 inside cabins. Pretty good location near each other. Bed was comfortable. Cabin service was excellent. Cruise Ship ... Read More
My wife and I invited our son and daughter's families to join us on this Alaskan cruise, August 9, 2016. We paid for 3 inside cabins. Pretty good location near each other. Bed was comfortable. Cabin service was excellent. Cruise Ship layout was ok. Cruise director was great and food in the buffet was good by Carnival standards. The dining room was a much better experience, especially the service. Entertainment/shows were ok but not good. Weather during this cruise was overcast & chilly, but realize Carnival doesn't have control over the climate. Two grandchildren were part of our family. They enjoyed the majority of the cruise except for the only visit to the kids club. While at the kids club one of the other children vomited for some reason and grandkids did not want to return to the Kids Club. Not sure if I would do this cruise again. Probably not. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our 14th cruise 12 on Carnival. My wife and I have been to the Bahama's many times before. However we thoroughly enjoyed the destination again. We saw many new places and some of the old from a different perspective. We ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise 12 on Carnival. My wife and I have been to the Bahama's many times before. However we thoroughly enjoyed the destination again. We saw many new places and some of the old from a different perspective. We made new friends and shared experiences. The ship was very clean and quiet. We found the food to be very good in the main dining room as well as the Lido, Guy's, the deli and Fish & chips. We enjoyed the one show we attended. Mostly we hung by the pool and serenity areas and enjoyed interacting with the other cruisers. We did our own thing as far as shore excursions since we have been here before. That worked well for us. We were able to savor the local cuisine ( Conch chowder, fritters & Kalik beer) in Nassau at the "fish fry" and it was very good. In Freeport we went to Junkanoo Beach and sampled more local cuisine and more Kalik beer this time with our new friends Amanda & Miranda and had a great time. This was one of our favorite cruises. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The cruise was a free "bounce back" offer from the casino. We wanted to leave from NYC so this was our only option - We did sail with an open mind, unfortunately never again on the Sunshine. This was our 19th cruise on ... Read More
The cruise was a free "bounce back" offer from the casino. We wanted to leave from NYC so this was our only option - We did sail with an open mind, unfortunately never again on the Sunshine. This was our 19th cruise on Carnival and we like to try new ships - WE WERE WARNED - next time I will listen more closely. The ship is too crowded - they have added more cabins but have eliminated a pool area for the Havana Bar area. While the Havana area is nice - especially for lunch and breakfast - it is needed more as a pool area. There is not enough room for everyone to enjoy the one remaining pool. The Serenity area is nice - three decks high - it does have a pool and hot tub - but again .... way too small. Chairhogs must sleep in their choice all night long - you could not find a place to sit as early as 7:30 a.m. The shows - if you have late dining it is IMPOSSIBLE to have dinner and make the show. If dinner starts at 8Z:15 - how do you expect anyone to be done by 9:30 -- just didn't work. Comedy club is much too small to accomodate the crowd. Same with Piano Bar. Casino was overcrowded as well - as a former smoker - if you can't stand the smoke stay OUT of the casino. It was impossible to find room at the table games. Unruly children - everywhere - one wonders where the parents were - for some reason I only noice unruly kids when we sail out of New York. It was also the last week of summer vacation for many .... the older I get the less I want to sail with kids at all. We had fun because we always make our own fun. All in all we are glad we sailed on the Sunshine - ONCE - never again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We had always wanted to visit Alaska and found a group deal for this cruise which included the airfare from Newark NJ to Seattle and back and all transfers to and from the port. As usual Carnival's shows are the same old same old ... Read More
We had always wanted to visit Alaska and found a group deal for this cruise which included the airfare from Newark NJ to Seattle and back and all transfers to and from the port. As usual Carnival's shows are the same old same old performers singing and dancing every night and very boring. One night Motown, another night Disco and so on with other nights. The food in the MDR was great as we have always found. Lunchtime on the lido deck had very limited choices for eating. We were glad this ship still did not switch to the American Table but at the same time missed not having a GUYS BURGERS and a DIVE-IN movie. Movies were shown in what was in the evening the comedy club and the screen was kind of small and the sound was hard to hear. The ship had a malfunction on our last night and it listed a good bit and I was glad we were walking towards our cabin in the hallway when we tipped to the side. Me and my walker slammed into the hallway wall. Had I been in a more open area I would have fallen down. When we got into the cabin we found our water glasses had fallen and broken on the carpet from the listing. All in all, love the size of the ship, the dining room staff were great, the cruise director was not the greatest, (never seen her around the ship) and the media package was a little slow. We still enjoyed our vacation because of the beauty of nature we seen in Alaska Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The price.dinning food and entertainment was awesome.crew members were awesome and friendly..with this being our first cruise we had a wonderful time and yes we will do it again.this was our very cruise and we loved it.now we have the ... Read More
The price.dinning food and entertainment was awesome.crew members were awesome and friendly..with this being our first cruise we had a wonderful time and yes we will do it again.this was our very cruise and we loved it.now we have the cruise fever. Just wish we would have taken a longer cruise.neither one of us wanted to come back.all cruise members made us feel special.our room was always clean..we had the best stateroom guys.they did a awesome job.cant wait to plan our next cruise.the bahamas was absolutely breath taking.alot to see and the people there were awesome and very friendly.we want to go back and see more.getting on the ship and off the ship was a breeze. The day of disembarkation went very smoothly.the cruise director was awesome.the ship itself was awesome.always clean.dining was awesome great food.in all carnival cruise line is the best.very friendly customer service always there to answer questions you might have. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our 2nd cruise on the Triumph out of New Orleans. They have made good upgrades since our first cruise onboard in February, 2010. We wanted a cruise to celebrate our 47th anniversary and chose this one. Our cabin steward Armon ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on the Triumph out of New Orleans. They have made good upgrades since our first cruise onboard in February, 2010. We wanted a cruise to celebrate our 47th anniversary and chose this one. Our cabin steward Armon was great and kept our cabin clean and the ice bucket full. It seems that Carnival has has cut back on cabin stewards as all cruisers had to choose from morning or evening cabin make up. We chose morning and when we returned after breakfast out cabin was ready for us. I made a larger makeshift ice bucket, one which held more than one item and it was always full of ice for the beer, wine and soft drinks. Our dining room crew, Rocky, George and Ramon did a wonderful job of looking after us. We did enjoy talking to Ramesh, the maitre'd each time we were in the dining room. He took time to chat with us. Most of the meals were what we have become accustomed to on Carnival ships. The first time I ordered the prime rib it was 1/2 inch thick, cool and tough. I checked with Rocky on the last night to see if I could get a hot and tender prime rib dinner and he assured me I would. It came on a heated plate and was hot and tender. I was disappointed that it was only about 1/4 inch thick. We did have 2 other disappointments. Carnival gave us 2 'gifts' for our anniversary. A $50 spa 'gift' and a voucher for a free 4 X 6 picture. My wife went to use the spa certificate and she was told she had to buy the $149 spa package to get $50 off. In other words the gift would have cost $99 or $127 Canadian. We opted to have our picture taken on elegant night and when we went to choose a proof we were told that those pictures did not qualify for the free picture. We mentioned both of these 'gifts' at breakfast and other cruisers could not believe Carnival would do that type of 'gift' to past guests. I have phoned Carnival and I might be able to get a bon voyage gift on our next sailing to placate us. To end on a positive note our balcony cabin and the crew were great. As usual we spent the majority of the time on our balcony enjoying listening to the ocean, reading and doing crosswords. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any ... Read More
Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any event, a nice feeling. Good - the ship decor, cleanliness, and appointments. As a new ship, the cleanliness was to be expected, but the pleasant decor was a plus. Other ships had hideous wall designs and coloration. The atrium was a continuous gentle swirling of color - very relaxing. Room decor was also well done. Each room has a large, flat-screen TV. Good - in-room safe. The safe opened and closed with a 4-digit pin, so all occupants had access without needing the one person with the specific credit card to be available. Good - the daily Carnival Fun Times was concise and efficiently presented. Small enough to be folded into a man's pants pocket without difficulty. A nice improvement is the addition of movie ratings and length for all movies, not just some (movie length helps immeasurably in planning for the busy daily schedule). Good - main dining room food. Equal to the best of any other Carnival ship. For those familiar with the 3-part menu, it was mostly repetitive as to the leftmost two pages. But the right page ("Ports of Call" foods) represented Spain, Italy, France, etc. and was distinctly several steps above Caribbean, Caribbean, Caribbean, etc. Bad - operating hours of the Salad Bar in the seniors-only (Serenity) area were not posted. It was open on our first day of the cruise. We intended to go there on future days but it was always closed. Eventually I asked a staffer what was up. He said it was only open on sea days. The only sea day on this particular cruise was the first day, so we missed out. The hours need to be posted (and maybe put a heads-up in the Fun Times to avoid passenger disappointment). Tip: visit it early and verify your sea days. Bad - Serenity whirlpool safety. The warning sign outside the whirlpool tells users to limit time to 15 minutes. But there is no clock visible! Carnival needs to put up a clock nearby. Tip: if you are sensitive to long-term exposure to heated water, or in any way concerned, bring your watch to keep track of the time. Bad - limited number of whirlpools. The ship is much larger with so many more things to do, but whirlpool availability has become limited. There is no whirlpool in the fitness center as on other Carnival ships. There is an age-restricted (21+) whirlpool in the Serenity area and only two whirlpools open to everyone else. Very crowded and usually very populated with children. Good - music all around the ship. The Vista had the best performers we've seen in the various lounges and atrium. Exceptionally skilled violinists, piano players, and guitarists. The piped-in music seemed to be better, too (maybe my imagination as I can't be sure what I remember about piped-in music on other ships.) BAD - the layout of the main showroom (the Liquid Lounge) is a huge disappointment. The main level is basically that - LEVEL! The rows barely increase in height so you can't see over the heads of the people in front of you. Also, the designer must have thought that a flexible seating area would allow rearrangement to suit various productions so the majority of seats are chairs. But since the showroom is rather tiny, Carnival squeezed in a row of chairs between the fixed seats and packed in the rows of chairs very tightly, so that there are very few aisles to move around the room. It's hard to get to many of the seating areas. And the waiters can't get through most of the rows to serve drinks. Tip: arrive early for shows to scope out the location of the moveable chairs and to get the better seats. Good - the productions in the main showroom are terrific. And the cast is particularly talented in singing and dancing. Their choreography is worthy of Olympic synchronized events. Bad - the casino layout (done by the same company that did the Liquid Lounge) was again a disappointment (possibly due to Carnival's placement of the slot machines and tables). In several locations against the wall it is impossible to pass behind the player's chairs. This was true of the interior walls as well as the outer, seaside walls. Also, in the center there is a circular bar with a circular wall around it. To pass between the wall and one of the huge pillars, one must turn sideways. Bad - male restroom access from the casino. You probably won't believe this, but I swear it is true. When a male asks a casino staffer "Where is the nearest men's room?", the answer is "It's not on this floor. Take the elevator up one floor and it is right there!!" That's the only time I have ever been told to take an elevator to get to a restroom on a Carnival ship. (BTW - not a problem for ladies. They have a nearby restroom.) Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because of a great experience we had on a CARNIVAL cruise many years ago and because of the price. We have been on several cruises; some on Mega Ships and some on smaller Ships. We prefer cruising on the smaller ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of a great experience we had on a CARNIVAL cruise many years ago and because of the price. We have been on several cruises; some on Mega Ships and some on smaller Ships. We prefer cruising on the smaller Ships and that was the third reason why we chose this cruise. First, The Good: the Stewards, the Shows and activities. The Bad: the pools, the restrictions on their so called "all inclusive" drinks package, no shaded lounge chair areas, the high cost of their excursions. The Ugly: the food. It sucked. Big Time. Especially the meat. Overdone, tasteless, tough. Even the fish. They even managed to ruin Italian sausage which tasted like someone tried to deep fry them and forgot to heat the oil. Terrible. And when you can't enjoy the food on a cruise it is time to stop cruising. It is a shame because most of the staff were very nice and the ship, though older, was well maintained. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our second trip on this ship this summer and our experiences were very different this trip. Overall, we had a good time, staff did everything to make us feel welcome adn took care of our basic needs. We just sailed on this ... Read More
This was our second trip on this ship this summer and our experiences were very different this trip. Overall, we had a good time, staff did everything to make us feel welcome adn took care of our basic needs. We just sailed on this Carnival ship in June of this year, but this trip left us feeling that Carnival must have reduced their level of staffing by half. The staff that served us did a great job. As one example, the dining experiences on the Lido deck (buffet) was disappointing. Most days both serving lines would be ready with hot food and servers in place but neither line opened until 0730 or later. Early risers had no where to get breakfast except for cereal and fruit. When the serving lines were opened, only one side was opened at first which resulted in LONG lines. At some point later both serving lines would be opened to help with the diners. Other areas apparently affected by reduced staffing were the pool and hot tub areas with some hot tubs not opened until around 1000. Cost cutting efforts undertaken by Carnival make actually backfire on them. I prefer crisp bacon and have never had a problem getting it on past cruises; however, on this cruise most bacon was very, very limp and not to my liking at all. Bacon was also served by the staff and only two strips of bacon were served unless you asked for more. I tried to have crisp bacon, but ended up leaving my bacon on the plate to be thrown away. What a waste! The staff were all very accommodating, hard working, and helpful but the total numbers of staff were apparently reduced resulting in long wait times at bars, dining areas, etc. Hopefully Carnival will address these issues as we have one more Carnival cruise booked for this year and other Carnival cruises booked for next year. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I chose this cruise, as a Vacation for my sister. She flew into Charleston on Thursday, and we were supposed to tour Charleston on friday ,but that didn't happen.. Embarkation we easy,, we just walked on, I am Platinum, so it was ... Read More
I chose this cruise, as a Vacation for my sister. She flew into Charleston on Thursday, and we were supposed to tour Charleston on friday ,but that didn't happen.. Embarkation we easy,, we just walked on, I am Platinum, so it was easy. I surprised her with an upgrade to a balcony. We spent a lot of time there, and I was pleasantly surprised by its size. We ate many breakfasts out there. Dinner was excellent, we had early dining, and had a nice table, and enjoyed our table mates quite a bit.. My sister scored a Steak House meal ticket for two, and we had the Surf and Turf, it was excellent. Spent along time in the casino, to no avail. But enjoyed the drinks on us card. HMC was outstanding as always, and we scored cabana 10 again. One note: move the fruit and snacks into the fridge immediately, or ants will get into them.. the water was warm, soft and beautiful. Nassau was Nassau, a quick trip to Atlantis, and back, for site seeing.. Our cabin steward was wonderful Ed, and did our cabin morning and evening. I did order several room service meals, the fries and sweet potato fries are great. Sandwiches we ordered the first day, never showed up, although the paid for fries did.. We did get awoken by the Man Overboard, and spent the rest of that early morning on the balcony. It was a quiet and sad day returning, since they never found the lady. Debarking was easy, and quick, and we were on the road by 9. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We had already been twice on the Carnival cruises namely Cozumel only and Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica.There are only a limited destinations from Galveston. We decided to on Carnival Freedom going to Cozumel, Belize City and Mahogany ... Read More
We had already been twice on the Carnival cruises namely Cozumel only and Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica.There are only a limited destinations from Galveston. We decided to on Carnival Freedom going to Cozumel, Belize City and Mahogany Bay,Roatan,Honduras. Booking process went smoothly and had no problems. We were apprehensive regarding travelling in a pick harricane season but we had wonderful weather throughout. It is advisable to take thin plastic raincoats one can buy from 99C store. The embarkation procedure was smooth and efficient. It is best to check in bulky luggage.We were allowed 1suitcace ,50lb which was delivered at 6 pm .We boarded at 1330hrs and buffet on Lido deck was available.The food in the dinner room not up to the scratch. The starters and the dessert had limited choice. THE BEST FOOD WAS THE INDIAN DISHES MADE BY THE CHEF EVEN THE VEGETERIAN ONE ON THE MENU.Compliment to the chef.They should provide Indian nonveg curry dishes and starters.The Indian dishes were delicious. The waiting staff namely Wilson and Made were always cheerful and helpful. Thumbsup to them. The inside staterooms were very small but there was enough storage in cupboards.There was free safe available which can be operated with the room key which was also a credit card.The bathroom only had tiny shower cubicle with shower head which had very little water pressure. Conditioner is not provided nor any body lotion so bring your own. The bedside table has a table lamp fixed on it so you can't move it to put a CPAP machine or tissue box.The TV in the room was very small and did not have clear picture . despite my calling them twice to correct it.In my previous cruise experience we had next day weather shown on the TV and near the customer service desk so that we can know the weather at the next port of call.The swimming pools were very small but the whirlpools were of good size. The air conditioning thermostat was on its maximum yet it just about cooled the room.The minifrige in the room took ages to cool .It was never loaded with any beverages. We reccived 1complementary 1lit. drinking water bottle per person for VIFP.. There were always long line at the customer service desk. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
While on the Carnival Magic we had excellent service in the Southern Lights Restaurant or dining room Poncholo, Ida and Johnathan were the best team I have ever experienced. They not only served, but they were so courteous and were ... Read More
While on the Carnival Magic we had excellent service in the Southern Lights Restaurant or dining room Poncholo, Ida and Johnathan were the best team I have ever experienced. They not only served, but they were so courteous and were complete gentlemen at all times. If I could have, I would have taken any or all of them home with me. A very good experience in the Dining Room. What a great Team they made. The entertainment in the Piano Lounge with MUSIC AND MAGIC were the best I have ever heard. They should be out on their own making CDs. The food was quite an experience also. The hamburger station with Guy's Burgers was outstanding. I hope Guy's Burgers will open in more areas of the country. The pizza was a good experience also. Open 24 hours a day, so if you missed the Restaurant you could always grab a pizza. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Service was very good both from cabin steward, bar, dining room and Lido. Food was very good except I found that some food on Lido (pork chops, beef) seemed to be tough and may have been recycled. Entertainment staff was very good except ... Read More
Service was very good both from cabin steward, bar, dining room and Lido. Food was very good except I found that some food on Lido (pork chops, beef) seemed to be tough and may have been recycled. Entertainment staff was very good except we were not impressed with the main entertainment staff singing abilities. There was only one person - female (she was blond) that sang well. Dancing however was excellent. Activities were plentiful. Boarding in New York was terrible. I wish Carnival would better train and monitor their ground staff. They gave conflicting information and seemed not to especially trained doing their jobs. Better experience out of Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral and Seattle. We were supposed to have a Cruise Critic Meet Up on the ship with I'm told 61 attendees. It never occurred. The Customer service desk said they never received communication from Cruise Critic. Sounds odd! I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I was disappointed that the Cloud 9 spa thermal room package did not have the hydro pool as other ships but they charge the same. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our best cruise ever. We almost cry when we disembark. The ship was new. Food was excellent (went with Costa and MSC before so I can compare the standards). Staff super friendly. Cabins were wonderful. There were no lines ... Read More
This was our best cruise ever. We almost cry when we disembark. The ship was new. Food was excellent (went with Costa and MSC before so I can compare the standards). Staff super friendly. Cabins were wonderful. There were no lines at the buffet. The breakfast was so rich and there was free sunday, pizza, coffee and home-made ice-cream until late hours. My daughter loved the entertainment on the ship (she is 10 years old). Waterslides,bingo, night shows, movies on the top floor with free popcorn, free movies to pick on the cabin TV, free room service (we ordered breakfast every morning in our cabin) etc. The embarkation was smooth and the same was with disembarkation. The most important was that you felt that there was no-one on the ship but you. Not overcrawded like MSC and Costa. If you are planning to cruise the Vista is exceptional. I highly recommend. Can't wait for their new ship (Horizon). Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our first cruise and we loved it. Embarkation went pretty smoothly and we did not have to wait for long. The ship was beautiful and clean.The luggage was delivered to the room before 5 pm. Our room steward Rick was great. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it. Embarkation went pretty smoothly and we did not have to wait for long. The ship was beautiful and clean.The luggage was delivered to the room before 5 pm. Our room steward Rick was great. The Cabin was excellent, we opted for a balcony room and it was spacious and clean. There was a lot of room and enough drawers and hangers etc. We loved it but we felt that the air conditioning was not working properly. The dining room on deck 9 was great. There was a lot of variety and food was good. At breakfast it was a bit crowded and people were looking for a place to sit down with plates in their hands. We chose to go for late breakfast :) The shows were good and we enjoyed the comedy shows and the rock show as well. Brilliant performances. The service was great. The crew was excellent. everyone was great and they left no room for error. Every day we found our room pretty clean and found that cute towel animal. We loved the serenity deck and the bar was great there. Although the pools were always full. The Empire dining room was great and crew there was amazing. Food was delicious and they have wide variety to choose from. Loved the desserts. It was excellent overall. Though this was our first cruise and we loved most of the things but there were some things that we didn't like - Wastage of a lot of food. - they should introduce some scheme with pictures. They were expensive Like $30 for a single picture. and if you are not buying all of them, they are going to the bin. I mean why so much wastage!! include something like buy 2 get 1 free or buy 3 get 2 free... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
SUMMARY: This was a good cruise -- we made all our ports, weather was tolerable, excursions were memorable, food was good, and cabin was fine. This was my 10th cruise, the 7th on Carnival. I sailed with my sister, both of us in our ... Read More
SUMMARY: This was a good cruise -- we made all our ports, weather was tolerable, excursions were memorable, food was good, and cabin was fine. This was my 10th cruise, the 7th on Carnival. I sailed with my sister, both of us in our 60's. This was her 16th cruise, I believe. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, the length of the cruise and the good value. We drove in from North Carolina the night before and stayed at the Best Western in Cocoa Beach, which allowed us to leave our car there free. We had purchased the "faster to the fun" option, and were able to walk right onto the ship when we arrived. Our ocean-view cabin was ready as promised so we were able to unpack before enjoying lunch on the Lido deck. CABIN: We chose Riviera 1316, a lower deck ocean-view cabin. It was ready on time and was large enough for two women. Our Room Steward, Randy, kept it in tip-top shape with amusing towel creatures each night and attention to our needs. The only issue with this cabin is that it is a little noisy. I'm not sure what the noise was, but I'm guessing it might've been stabilizer noise as the seas were a little rough most evenings. After the second night, I got used to it and was able to rest well. DINING: I could see that Carnival is cutting corners and in today's economy, I can appreciate that. It didn't bother me that there were no tablecloths in the dining room (except for the formal nights) or that the menu options were fewer. There was always something available on the menu that appealed to me. Everything was well-cooked and tasty. Even the evening I ordered rare prime rib, it came perfectly to order. The low calorie desserts were surprisingly good. Wait staff was attentive. We ate at the Fish & Chips area and enjoyed fish and also the ceviche options. Very tasty. We at at Guy's Burgers 3 times, the last two eliminating the bun. It was good without it and my waistline thanked me. My only (small) complaint is that on both on the Lido deck and in the dining room, "cheesecake" was a misnomer. It was a cheesecake-ish jello-type dish, far from real cheesecake. Others I spoke with mentioned this, too. Just call it something else and no one will be disappointed. But, at least to Americans, cheesecake means something with a large proportion of cream cheese and a minimum of gelatin. But there were only desserts that were certainly palatable. EMBARKATION was perfect. We like to roll our luggage onboard and we had a moment of panic when we were told that our bags might be too large for the port's x-ray equipment. They were standard approx. 9 x 14 x 22 carry-on bags which would've been permitted on an airplane. But it turned out they were fine. We brought a case of diet sodas onboard and there was no problem with that either. It was probably one of the quickest embarkations ever. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES I'm not really sure about the definition of this, but we attended Arts & Crafts "classes" three times. They were free. The instructor was late to the meeting place each time and acted as though s/he were in a blazing hurry. We were able to complete the first craft, a paper flower, during the class and enjoyed them on our door the rest of the week. The second craft was flip-flops decorated with balloons and glow-in-the-dark glasses, but the staff member didn't explain or help -- just handed them out and left. The third craft was a paracord bracelet. I believe my sister was the only one who completed hers in the time allotted. I brought mine back to the cabin to work on, and it's now at home, still unmade. This is a great idea, but a little more time with staff member would be good, or even bring along a couple of staff members so that everyone could be successful with this. ENTERTAINMENT seemed one of the places where costs were cut. There were only TWO production song/dance shows for the entire 8-nights. There were other shows in the large Invahoe Theatre, but they were comedians, juggler, classes, and other "acts" many of which might have been better in a smaller venue. The lobby was dominated by a single singer until the very last evening. This was disappointing as I'm accustomed to various musical groups rotating through the various venues and there were several I never got to hear. 9-11 MEMORIAL -- We did not realize when we booked the cruise that we would be at sea on 9/11. I admit I was a little jumpy that day. However, there was a lovely, patriotic "moment of silence" in the lobby on 9/11, that did much to allay my fears. I was pleasantly surprised as I know there are people from many countries, not just the US, but it was a very touching service and I appreciated it very much. CASINO. I didn't go to the casino, but just going BY it was miserable. As this was my 7th Carnival cruise, I thought I knew what to expect, but the stench and the smoke was just outrageous. I especially noticed this on the formal nights, when many photos were made along this hallway. Something needs to be done about the exhaust system. FITNESS & RECREATION: We did not use the gym or spa on this cruise. ONBOARD EXPERIENCE: this was a very nice cruise. Now I have to admit that we had to put our "cruise attitude" on fresh every morning along with our devotional. But this had everything to do with rude fellow-passengers and nothing to do with staff or the ship itself. It was terribly hot on this cruise, which I did not expect in September, and I think that may have contributed to some of the passengers' crankiness, but this was nothing Carnival could do anything about, and the heat didn't seem to affect the perfect manners of their staff. PUBLIC ROOMS were maintained impeccably. At any hour of the day or night, there was someone cleaning something. I never saw trash or grime or so much as a candy wrapper while on board. SERVICE was also perfect. I have no complaints whatsoever. Our room steward Randy (and other staff -- Floyd, Yogo, Samuel) were perfect. We chose the anytime-dining, so we had different waiters each night but Harlene and Feland come to mind as exceptional. We ate breakfast on deck each morning and several times enjoyed omelettes made by staff who were really amazingly efficient. EXCURSIONS -- we only booked one excursion through Carnival, the segway tour at Grand Turk, and it was fine with good guides (KJ and Nate) and an interesting tour. We booked through local businesses for a bus tour and parasailing which were also fine. VALUE FOR THE MONEY -- we had received a 20% off coupon from a previous cruise and that, added to the already good pricing, made this a very good value. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Have Cruised with Carnival 27 times and we like the Spirit class ships. They do not seem as crowded as some of the Larger ships. Always have had great service. Been to the ports many times, so we just love relaxing on the ship.Plenty of ... Read More
Have Cruised with Carnival 27 times and we like the Spirit class ships. They do not seem as crowded as some of the Larger ships. Always have had great service. Been to the ports many times, so we just love relaxing on the ship.Plenty of room in our Cabin (6279). and lots of Closet and Drawer space.We do not always eat in the dining room, so this helps to pack lighter. There is always different choices of food to eat. Either the Buffet for Dinner or Just Deli sandwich or Pizza. In the evening we spend time in the Casino, and try to catch the entertainment in the Lounge 3 or 4 nights. Embarkation and debarkation from Long Beach has always been easy for us. Since I am a smoker , I did like the area on Deck 9 ,Lido Starboard side at the front of the ship with the Tables. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We had a family gathering of 12 people and one baby. The food was great. and Denton in the dinning room along with his partners greeted us each night and remembered our names. The excursions was great too. It was the first cruise for ... Read More
We had a family gathering of 12 people and one baby. The food was great. and Denton in the dinning room along with his partners greeted us each night and remembered our names. The excursions was great too. It was the first cruise for some of them and they took advantaged of all the activities on the ship. We flew to Houston the day before and stayed at a hotel and they shuttled us from the airport and back the next morning.. The entertainment could have been better. The singers weren't that good at all but the music was good. The comedy shows was good though. The room service was excellent. Every time we left the room in the evening and came back the bathroom was clean and bed was pulled down. If we needed extra face cloth or towels they were glad to help. The family would go again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience New York City and leave on a cruise from the Manhattan cruise port. We also selected the Carnival line because we had not sailed with them for many year and wanted a new experience. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience New York City and leave on a cruise from the Manhattan cruise port. We also selected the Carnival line because we had not sailed with them for many year and wanted a new experience. Every part of our cruise went smoothly from embarkation to disembarking. The only criticism of cruise was the port of Manhattan which was very congested and difficult to get to because of NY traffic. The Sunshine is a lovely ship with many amenities. We liked the many areas on the ship decks that were made comfortable with large umbrellas, clam shell shaded lounges and many areas for enjoying the sunshine The ports of call were Boston, Portland Maine, St Johns New Brunswick, and Halifax Nova Scotia. All excursions were enjoyable with many sites of interest. The food and entertainment were average. There was a nice burger kiosk near the pool along with a Mexican grill on the pool deck. My only criticism was the cruise director who had a poor command of the English language despite being from the USA. She had an annoying phrase she used over and over to describe something...... "awesomeness" followed by a cackle laugh. It got to you after hearing it constantly with every announcement she made. Overall, the cruise was very good and one that I would recommend Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We were celebrating our 40th anniversary. I am in a wheelchair and was worried about being able to get around, no problems there. People were so nice and considerate. We didn't move around so much, as to stay out of people's way. ... Read More
We were celebrating our 40th anniversary. I am in a wheelchair and was worried about being able to get around, no problems there. People were so nice and considerate. We didn't move around so much, as to stay out of people's way. When we booked the cruise, I read online that we could bring 2(750ml.) of wine onboard in our carry on luggage. We ended up having to check that bag, because it was too big for me to carry and my husband wouldn't be able tom push my chair. It was supposed to be served with our dinner with a corkage fee.If someone had been there to help us when we arrived, we could have avoided this whole situation.We finally got our bag around 10:00pm. There was a letter attached. It basically said that no alcohol is allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.We could have gotten it back on the last day of the cruise, but wasn't worth the humiliation. There was a gift card in our stateroom for dinner in one of 2 restaurants. Our steward left us a $50.00 gift card for the spa. Overall it was a very good cruise. Guy's burgers were awesome. Lido Market was good, not great. Cuchina del Capitano was good. The entertainment was awesome, from the hypnotist at Viva Variety to the Love and Marriage Show to the Epic Rock Show on the last night of the cruise. I read a lot of negative comments before we sailed that just weren't true. I went back and read them again, and I have concluded that these are people that travel a lot. Some have cruised more than 20 times. Melessa was our cruise director. She did an excellent job! She has quirky little laugh that becomes contagious. If you're sailing on the Sunshine, you're sure to have a great time. Even with the wine mix-up, I would still sail with Sunshine again, hopefully next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
I won this cruise from a local casino. The ship is older but it has been refurbished. We were impressed with the cleanliness overall. There are several laundry facilities onboard which made ironing, washing and drying our own clothes much ... Read More
I won this cruise from a local casino. The ship is older but it has been refurbished. We were impressed with the cleanliness overall. There are several laundry facilities onboard which made ironing, washing and drying our own clothes much more affordable. Cruise staff were all very friendly, helpful and provided excellent service. Food in the main dining room was better on some nights than others. Specialty restaurants were excellent. I would not recommend the open dining option because you have to go to one location to be checked in for dinner and then go to the main dining room. They will not allow check in until you are ready to eat. There is no midnight buffet on this cruise. Casino had a nice selection of games and paid surprisingly well! Every seminar offered was a sales pitch for something for sale on the ship. They had a captive audience. The debarkation process at Manhattan was complete chaos. Better organization is needed to get paying customers to correct buses in a more timely manner. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We just got back from our cruise to the Caribbean. We were on the Conquest by Carnival. Prior to our sailing, I reviewed the latest reviews not only about the ship but also cruise line. I have to tell you that none of what I experienced ... Read More
We just got back from our cruise to the Caribbean. We were on the Conquest by Carnival. Prior to our sailing, I reviewed the latest reviews not only about the ship but also cruise line. I have to tell you that none of what I experienced happened like the previous 4 cruisers. The ship, while old, was terrific. Our cabin steward, Indrahan, was great and we had zero bad things to say about him and his partner. The food was excellent, especially feeding 3200+ cruisers at dinner time. Great choices in foods both vegan and regular. They even had a big book of "Gluten free" covering apetizers to desserts, for those "Gluten free people". Those special little people! Sorry, let me get back to the review; Our dinner steward, Supartha, did an outstanding job of servicing the 4 of us. We had another couple join us from San Diego who had never been on a cruise before. I was told by both that this trip far exceeded their expectations. Plenty of things to do on board, especially those "fun day at sea" days!! Being a veteran, there was special mention and meeting for all vets from all eras. That was particularly impressive and Embarkation: Very easy; we probably waited in moving lines for about 20-25 minutes until we got on board. Cabin: we had a wrap-around balcony on the 8th deck, 8455. We normally have the aft-facing balconies but want to try this one on this trip. Our friends had a similar cabin that we will definately try on our next cruise next May, Cabin 6483. The layout was perfect with lots of room and the bed was positioned in such a way that all you had to do was to roll over and look out the window. Our cabin was not quite as roomy. We did not do much of the shows as we usually do not. We had late dining so we did not want to get to bed after midnight. Dining: Late seating except for one night we had the Steakhouse for my birthday. Wine was 50% off and we got the $100 French wine for $50. Great deal and great wine. We also bought the 5-bottle deluxe wine program. Folks, this is the best deal, try it. We also pre-purchased a case of water for the room, at a whopping $3.99! The service was excellent from the people working on the decks to the buffets to the dining rooms. These folks worked their butts off and it was nice to show our appreciation to our room guy by giving him a little extra for the outstanding service. Ports: First stop was Half Moon Cay, a port owned by Carnival. The beaches were fine Next stop was the Domincan Republic. We took a tour with Outback Dominican Adventure w/ Lunch. Our guide was Manny; this guy not only loves his county but gave us so much information about his country; we stopped at a typical house and toured that "backyard". They grow just about every vegetable and fruit you can name and just go out back and pick what you want for the meal. The highlight for me was the trip to a primary/secondary school. Got to see grades 3-6, which early education is compulsary for this country. Ended up at a small beach for a little body surfing and a lot of rum! Nothing like getting back to the ship after a day like that with a nice little buzz on, if you know what I mean. The tour was well worth what we paid for it, I think $95 a piece. The last Port was Grand Turk; that is where we shopped. Lots of good shopping and lots of bars, mainly Margaritaville. All in all we had a great time on this ship. We did not travel with children but there were several on board but looked like lots to do for them and they kept mostly out of sight except for the buffet. One thing that we did notice was how rude some of the people were. You can tell they were from the east coast with their attitudes. Almost ghetto rude, if you know what I mean. This was out 5th Carnival cruise along with one other on Royal Carib to Alaska. Totally enjoyed ourselves and are planning another cruise next May. I would like to find the 2nd cruise we did out of San Juan that was 6 ports in 7 days. That was the one to take as you never got bored as you were in a different port every day from start to finish. Read Less
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