113 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

Wonderful Last minute Anniversary Cruise. We decided fairly last minute (for us) to take a cruise for our anniversary, right at 60 days. I started looking and Carnival had an inexpensive cruise on the Vista out of Miami going to Grand ... Read More
Wonderful Last minute Anniversary Cruise. We decided fairly last minute (for us) to take a cruise for our anniversary, right at 60 days. I started looking and Carnival had an inexpensive cruise on the Vista out of Miami going to Grand Turk. We had never been on Carnival nor had we been to Grand Turk. We had heard that the scuba in Grand Turk was amazing. We had also heard Carnival called the lower end of cruising, but we figured a 4 day cruise was very little investment. Embarkation – We were literally number 10 in line and the first to our waiting area. We had faster to the fun, so were called to Board the ship after Priority. When the call came for Priority a couple hundred people who arrived after us rushed to get on, chaos. We just hung out and embarked behind all of them. Embarkation started about 12. We were on board by 12:15pm. Was faster to the fun worth it? Meh, not really. We were able to get to our cabins early because of FFTF, but I always prepare for not being able to, so this was nice, but not needed. Food: We had great experiences in the MDR. We had anytime dining and typically ate early before the crowds. Only one night was service so so. Food was good. The last night we chose to eat at Bonsai sushi. Big mistake. We did never get any refills on our water. It took over an hour to get a California roll. We never got part of our order. The people on both sides never got their orders taken. People who were clearly wasted kept coming in from the bar next door and demanding food. Straight up walking to the sushi bar and demanding rolls. We should have stuck to the MDR, but the placement of the tables such that you are literally sitting with another couple was odd and we wanted to try specialty. Carnival Melting Cake- oh my I will see you again! The buffet seating was plentiful, but it was strangely arranged. I had a hard time finding the actual food, though what I found was good. Found the desserts quite frequently though. Another kudo to Carnival – their desserts were awesome! Blue Iguana was good, but come on fish tacos are not made with chunks of fried fish. The hubby enjoyed Guys burgers and thought the fries were amazing. Guys smokehouse – the meats were good, but what they served was not potato salad, just saying! The Breakfast brunch was good! Also enjoyed the pasta and noodle bar for lunch! The pizzeria was pretty darn good too and it was fresh. Tea – Loved it. It was hard to find it on the daily program though. Tips about ship: Try the mini breakfasts around the ship instead of the buffet. Also try the noodle and pasta bar for lunch. Check out all the areas outside of the main pool area. There are so many outdoor areas to enjoy! Try the sea day brunch! Shows- fun, but the talent seemed lacking. I did not mind the odd seating in the theater, but we typically got there early enough to get one of the tables. Watched a dancer get dropped in the one show. The gal got up and continued on though. LOVED the violins! Did not get enough of them. We thoroughly enjoyed the comedians. I understand PG and family friendly shows, but the kids didn’t get the jokes, so they still were lost. Ports of call: Grand Turk – Like I said we had heard great things about scuba in Turks, but I am not certified so we did the power snorkel. The snorkeling was really amazing, but I was not a fan of the “power snorkel” machines. They got in the way of my view. The island was really nothing except port, debris and trash filled neighborhoods and beautiful beaches. Disembarkation – nightmare. They skipped over our deck for some reason and then when they called us the lines were chaos. If you took an elevator it spit you out at the front of the line. If you saved the elevator for people who actually needed it you were screwed. We fed into four different versions of the line. People were fighting. It was VERY heated. Two hours in line to get off the ship. Luckily for us our flight left at 2pm. Had it left earlier we would not have made it. I really loved Vista. Is it showing a lot of wear for a two year old ship? Yes, but it is still a great ship. We ventured out to the main pool area once and it was way too chaotic. The Staff were all extremely nice. We did not have a beverage package and yet the bartenders all learned our names. We had a Havana cabin. WAY TO GO CARNIVAL! An area of the ship without children under 12 was awesome for us as we were celebrating our anniversary without our kids, who even if they had been with us are adults, but it was nice not to hear others’ children screaming or running down the halls. I know this is not a popular decision, but I will cruise again with Carnival for Havana. We loved the area! The ship had so many areas that were designed with ocean views beyond the pool area that we did not miss our normal balcony. We met so many nice people on Vista, that it really did make it fun cruise for us. I have to hand it to Carnival their website is so easy to navigate and user friendly. From the time we booked until the time we came back we received emails from Carnival that walked us through each step. I was impressed before we even got on the ship with Carnival’s fun ship theme to everything. We really felt like Carnival offered a good value for our money. The Family harbor area and the Havana areas are genius. We talked to many families who used the family harbor lounge for snacks and gatherings for their family. We also talked to many adults in the Havana area who were travelling in that area because it was specifically devoid of kids. Carnival does not nickel and dime any more than the other lines we have been on. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Now we know why Carnival was described as the "Walmart" of all cruise lines. If you like throwing yourself into crowds of loud, obnoxious, unpolished people; then this cruiseline is for you! With almost thirty different places ... Read More
Now we know why Carnival was described as the "Walmart" of all cruise lines. If you like throwing yourself into crowds of loud, obnoxious, unpolished people; then this cruiseline is for you! With almost thirty different places for food and beverage service, only a handful are worth acknowledging. Tacky entertainment to the point of embarrassment, and mediocre at best food and shopping, this cruiseline wreaks CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP! If you are a conservative personality or easily offended by the lifestyles of the uncouth, please do not waste your money, you are risking great disappointment. The condition of the ship for only being two years old was shocking. The Havana pools were rusted all around the tiles and the pool floor was covered with a green film. The only pool maintenance we witnessed, was a girl with a pool skimmer. Our room 6467 was in the Havana suites, extended balcony aft view. The room was very nice and the gentlemen that maintained them for the week, did it very efficiently. Disembarktion was a nightmare! Don't hurry to get in line to get out because it was hours! Serpentine lines of angry people, screaming babies, frustrated parents and crew members alike, di yourself a favor- and just wait in a line or restaurant until the hoards of ignorance get off. DO NOT waste your money on Carnival transportation to and from the cruise port! This will track on an hour each way. Take an Uber and pay half as much money with faster service. If you must take this vessel of deplorables, DO get the "Cheers" drink package and DO buy the "Faster to ther Fun" ticket. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I am Platinum cruisers and this ship was horrible. The cabin was smaller with less closets and more people on ship for same events and smaller seating space. No real dance club they have to change comedy club into dance club so if late ... Read More
I am Platinum cruisers and this ship was horrible. The cabin was smaller with less closets and more people on ship for same events and smaller seating space. No real dance club they have to change comedy club into dance club so if late shows oh well no dance club. I did like the theater but not worth losing all the other luxuries for that . Never again....they only added more cabins and no more space for people in events . The set up for the showroom was smaller than all based on the amount of people on ship. The restaurant was all the same no extra with double the people so lined where long . So in the end the greed if there money to get more people on the ship it took away from everything else and longer wait times for us and no seating anywhere to accommodate the amount if people. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Overall, I could not have asked for a better cruise! We chose the Vista because we wanted a newer ship with lots of on board activities. It wasn't perfect, but really was wonderful. We arrived in Miami the day prior to the ... Read More
Overall, I could not have asked for a better cruise! We chose the Vista because we wanted a newer ship with lots of on board activities. It wasn't perfect, but really was wonderful. We arrived in Miami the day prior to the cruise and stuck pretty close to the hotel. Our adult daughter and her fiance joined us on this cruise, but their cabin was on a different floor. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th deck. This was our first time booking a balcony and we LOVED it. We spent countless hours watching the ocean. The cabin itself was comfortable and felt more spacious than others we have had. I do advise to chose your cabin carefully. We loved everything about ours except it was right under the Lido Marketplace. We heard feet stomping, chairs sliding, and just general noise 24 hours a day. Thankfully, we stayed very busy during the day and fell asleep quickly at night. We chose the anytime dining and I have slightly mixed feelings about that. It was super convenient and we never had to wait long for our table. However, I did miss getting to know the wait staff. We had someone different every night and I think the quality of service as a little less due to that. The food was great! We also visited the steak house one night and it was excellent! Our cruise director was Chris the Flying Scotsman. He was outstanding! Every event we attended was high energy and lots of fun! My favorite was the 80's Rock and Glow party. We enjoyed all of the ports of call. A few tips: St. Maarten--island is still heavily damaged from Hurricane Irma in Sept of 2017. Especially the French side. We took the "10 Best Tour", but we referred to it as the Tour of Tragedy. I wish we had just taken the water taxi over into town and spent the day near the water. St. Kitts--We took the rainforest cruise excursion. If you love nature, this is a MUST! San Juan. We spent the day exploring Old San Juan by foot. I highly recommend visiting the Capitol Building. Next time, we will visit the rainforest here as well. Grand Turk---Crowded and hot. We wish we had book an excursion to go snorkeling away from the main crowds. We rented snorkels on the beach right by the pier. IT was enjoyable, but we didn't see much. The ship itself was fabulous. We went to the Thrill Theater, Imax, saw a couple of shows, spend some time in the casino, attended a few events, and spent time relaxing. We never went to the water park, pools, or road the sky ride. The staff went over and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Boarding the boat with priority boarding didn't happen. Mass amounts of people and rooms not ready. Didn't have enough seating at lunch in the market place after every one boarded. For being a new boat. the lack of air ... Read More
Boarding the boat with priority boarding didn't happen. Mass amounts of people and rooms not ready. Didn't have enough seating at lunch in the market place after every one boarded. For being a new boat. the lack of air conditioning [or keeping the hot air out] in the Market Place was very uncomfortable eating conditions. Our cabin not being ready when promised, and the when we gain access 1 1/2 hours later it was still dirty. Dirty fridge, garbage on balcony, we washed windows and mirrors due to finger prints. The pizza we had made had a chunk of hair in it. The cabin steward came into our room, when we didn't answer the door. It was before 8:00 in the morning and we were still sleeping. All because he wanted to give us a picture. Waiting for an elevator with all the people - sometimes you waited 10 minutes. A couple of the bars there was no service and cups and dishes on tables and left. Disembarking was a huge mess. Trying to get to the lower level was almost impossible - elevators were packed full and took almost an 45 minutes just to get to the lower level. Lines where ridiculous - some people said they had been in line for almost an hour trying to get off the ship. The only thing that saved the trip was the entertainment and cruise director was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose the cruise because of the Havana Cabana. It was truly awesome. We actually got to use the pool and jacuzzis. They have always been too crowded with kids on other cruises. The staff in the Havana Cabana was great. They quickly learned ... Read More
Chose the cruise because of the Havana Cabana. It was truly awesome. We actually got to use the pool and jacuzzis. They have always been too crowded with kids on other cruises. The staff in the Havana Cabana was great. They quickly learned everyone’s name and took care of our every need. Food at the BBQ restaurant was very tasty and convenient. The steakhouse and Italian restaurant were both good. Both the dining rooms and the buffet on Lifo deck were very slow. The food was OK but not great. Things just didn’t seem to flow on the ship. It took us 3.5 hours to get off the ship. None of our bags were at the correct cauroselle. Disembarkation is the last impression a cruise leaves and my impression was very poor. Things could have and should have gone much more smoothly. Entertainment was good. We went to music shows, comedy shows, a movie and a couple of “thrill rides” at the theater. However, the sky bikes were never open. We did a couple of snorkel excursions. We’re divers so we are hard to impress when it comes to snorkeling. The excursions were fun but don’t expect to see a lot of coral or fish. At 2 ports we just hired a driver to give us personalized tours. I recommend them. More personal and informative. Cheers package is the way to go if you drink more than about 6 drinks/24 hours. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Embaration was a breeze flew in to Ft Lauderdale And done the airport check in while we waited on our transfer to MIA. Chose a large interior room 8473. Enjoyed to room but missed our balcony. The dining was lacking compared to other ... Read More
Embaration was a breeze flew in to Ft Lauderdale And done the airport check in while we waited on our transfer to MIA. Chose a large interior room 8473. Enjoyed to room but missed our balcony. The dining was lacking compared to other cruise lines. We did My time dine and had To go to the 5 floor to check in for dinner then had to walk to the other end of the boat and go down to either the 4th or 3thfloor to the dining room. I thought this was a bit crazy. We enjoyed all the ports went to vivo beach club in Puerto Rico. Did a tour of the sister island to ST Kitts called Nevis. Then did a jeep tour of st marteen. We also enjoyed all the shows on the Vista. The last thing was we thought the boat rocked a crazy amount compared to other ships we have been on. Weve were on liberty of the seas during hurricane harvey and the ship didnt list nothing like the vista did and we had good weather. Just thought it was worth noting your goin to feel the ocean on the vista. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
PROS: Cruise was Very Nice. Good ports and Great Port times. Had a lot of fun. Food was also really good and we had open seating which was also great. We loved the Ship as it was new. Staff was nice, and right away we found a good server ... Read More
PROS: Cruise was Very Nice. Good ports and Great Port times. Had a lot of fun. Food was also really good and we had open seating which was also great. We loved the Ship as it was new. Staff was nice, and right away we found a good server and booked with him every night. Its a good recommendation to anyone who likes consistency as the waiter will serve you right every night / breakfast as he / she will know your style / taste. We also liked the tea time at sea days. Ship has plenty of space for you to be in OR out of noise. CONS: the Ocean View Bikes were broken for the entire cruise which was a bummer and unexpected as its a new ship. Also, one of the embarkation doors was broken which made the initial check in 3 hours long. If you booked this cruise, you'll have a great time, just be careful on the room you choose. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
As a family went on the conquest two years ago had a great time within a week of returning we booked on the vista read the reviews about the vista and looked forward to going the ship itself is awesome it is a beautiful ship didn't ... Read More
As a family went on the conquest two years ago had a great time within a week of returning we booked on the vista read the reviews about the vista and looked forward to going the ship itself is awesome it is a beautiful ship didn't get lost to much the food was excellent the waiters were fantastic Lionel,Poopoo and tommy were great the other food options were great the twenty four hour pizza was a big hit guy fieres burger place was great if you misses out on food it was your own fault the entertainment was awesome there was a lot going on and you had to plan some to get to it all but there was enough notifications to plan it the vista atrium was really cool maybe not as big as some of the other ships,but very cozy the bar staff there were als,o great know your name and beverage choice by the second hour the crew made this cruise very enjoyable always smiling always a good morning or afternoon very pleasant people. The ports of call were very nice even though they are still recovering from the hurricanes. On the tours we took the guide told it like it is the good with the bad it was very well done. The cruise director on this ship is named Matt the guy was awesome,not only full of info but funny as heck. The staterooms were well kept and the room steward was great. The only problem was the skyway was being worked on, the, walkway was working even though I had no desire to go on it. To sum it all up we had a fantastic time and look forward to our next cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was only my second cruise, the first being the Carnival Freedom in April 2016. The Vista may be the biggest and one of the newest ships in Carnivals fleet, but overall it was very hit or miss. Pros- More dining choices, things ... Read More
This was only my second cruise, the first being the Carnival Freedom in April 2016. The Vista may be the biggest and one of the newest ships in Carnivals fleet, but overall it was very hit or miss. Pros- More dining choices, things like pizza, burgers, and tacos on the Lido deck come with no extra fee. There is also of course the buffet on the Lido deck, the breakfast buffet is pretty good, with a large selection of items including dry cereal, pancakes, french roast, bagels, grits, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. Lunch and dinner items on the buffet okay, there were a few good offering, but mostly it was lack luster. Bonsai Sushi, Pig & Anchor BBQ, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and a couple others are not complimentary. Personally I only tried Bonsai Sushi which was quite good, I had their Chicken Katsu, Two plates or sashimi, and the yuzu custard. The chicken Katsu wasn't anything special, but the sashimi and yuzu custard were both delicious and fresh. I was cruising with some friends who tried Pig and Anchor, which they gave mixed reviews. Cabins- I like the updated decor for the cabins and staterooms, it looks more modern than the outdated awful orange of the Freedom. The addition of USB ports was a nice update as well. Entertainment, lots of choices, movies, music, comedy acts, water slides, mini golf, arcade, water slides, and water playground. Spa- a bit pricey but a nice welcome retreat if you book early it's not crowded and very relaxing and quiet. The massage and facial were nice, and left me very relaxed. Cons- Main dining room, the food was unimaginative, service was slow and muddled, and entrees were not hot when the arrived. Elevators, slow, long lines on port days, and on disembarkation. Most of the times it's faster to take the stairs. Overall the ship felt crowded, it was often hard to find a chair near the pool, there were long lines at the coffee bar, and the Alchemy Bar was often crowded. People start lining up early for Guys Burgers, Pizza, Tacos, etc which are complimentary, so expect to wait. The Lido buffet was crowded and had long lines at times, but was pretty quick at other times. Noise, be selective about your room, some areas of the ship are noisy. If you plan on going to sleep before midnight, don't book mid ship on deck 9 or 10. You will be directly above the IMAX theater. I was on desk 10, and the noise was so bad it literally rattled the room. The last movie starts at 10-10:30 so don't try going to bed, it just wont happen. Service, there is an option for AM or PM service of the cabin, I chose day, but my room usually was not turned until noon or 1. I never recieved a room service menu in my room, and had two snoozin placards, but no cruisin placard. Overall I was not impressed, I thought the experience would be better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have about 25 cruises under our belt, mostly on RCCL and Celebrity. We have sailed on Carnival twice previously and as we enjoy the new ships decided to book a B2B on the Vista. We sailed April 21 and April 29. I am going to ... Read More
We have about 25 cruises under our belt, mostly on RCCL and Celebrity. We have sailed on Carnival twice previously and as we enjoy the new ships decided to book a B2B on the Vista. We sailed April 21 and April 29. I am going to highlight just a few of the issues we found with this ship. There was absolutely NO emphasis on hand washing. Very strange considering Carnival's past problems in this area. The hand washing stations seemed to be tucked away and I saw very few people using them. There was no ventilation in the casino and the smoke was horrible. It actually saved me money! The lines at the buffet were very, very long due to the arrangement of the food. When I mentioned to people that I never had to wait on other cruise lines they were amazed. If you sail only on Carnival and have never had an issue I'm happy for you. But you have no basis for comparison. We cannot wait to return to RCCL and Celebrity. The chairs in the center section of the comedy club are an accident waiting to happen. We had lunch in the specialty Italian restaurant which is directly below the basketball court. Seriously! We could hardly carry a conversation. I don't usually complain this much but i don't normally sail Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Went with my mom and two boys - ages 10 and 13. Did Harmony last year and wanted to go on Vista to compare them. Vista did not disappoint, despite so many negative reviews. We had a GREAT time. I don't understand how some can be so ... Read More
Went with my mom and two boys - ages 10 and 13. Did Harmony last year and wanted to go on Vista to compare them. Vista did not disappoint, despite so many negative reviews. We had a GREAT time. I don't understand how some can be so easily annoyed and let their vacations be ruined. Not us! Sure not everything is perfect, but it was all good enough for us to have a great time. Embarkation was a little annoying. You have to wait outside for a long time before getting it. That's because security and check in is right when you enter. Would be nice if they could at least move check in upstairs to that the line can move quicker. Loved all the activities they have - sky ride, ropes course, pool tables, water slides, etc. My boys were never bored. Loved the movies at night at the Lido Deck. All fairly new movies. Didn't have a chance to try the IMAX or thrill theater. Ship never felt crowded despite it being Spring Break and I'm sure it was at capacity. Long lines sometimes for food (not in the MDR) but it went pretty fast. Loved Guy's burgers! Buffet was so-so, not so many options. But with the other free venues, we didn't have to go there. MDR was good, some items were awesome, some not so much. But that's the same for all cruise lines. Blue Iguana was good too, especially for breakfast. Didn't have pizza, but my mom loved it. Italian & Asian restaurants for lunch were really good. Didn't get to try Seafood Shack even though I really wanted to. There are so many food options that I never made it there. Did MDR each night for dinner with my time dining. Never had a problem getting a table, never had to wait. Kind of silly going to deck 5 to get your table reservations and then going down to the restaurant, but it really wasn't that big of a deal. Service was always fairly quickly. Only one night was a little bit slow. Comedy club was awesome. Did all the PG shows with the kids and enjoyed them. Didn't do any shows. Tried one and it wasn't that great. We didn't last 10 minutes. Cruise director, Matt, was hysterical. Best cruise director EVER. Loved all four ports that we visited - Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & St. Maarten. Grand Turk - Hung out at the beach right off the boat. Just walked a down the beach a bit to get away from the crowds. Puerto Rico - Took a taxi to El Morro and then walked our way back, hitting different spots on the way back. St. Kitts - Did Moko Jumbie snorkel & beach tour. Awesome! The spot that they took us snorkeling was amazing, even saw an octopus. St. Maarten - Major hurricane destruction is all over the island. Very sad. Went to Maho Beach and had a great time. Debarkation was smooth. We took our luggage with us and were able to walk right off. Would definitely cruise on the Vista again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because my family was going on the same dates. I booked late so no balconies were left. Ended up with interior Deck 8 Forward (8233). This was the smallest room I have ever booked on a cruise and for the length of time ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my family was going on the same dates. I booked late so no balconies were left. Ended up with interior Deck 8 Forward (8233). This was the smallest room I have ever booked on a cruise and for the length of time I brought lots of clothes that didn't fit in small one door closet and three drawers for two of us. I learned my lesson to just take a deck 1 exterior room next time. My family had these rooms and was double the size of ours. I didn't meet our steward until day 3. He did great job of getting me ice each night and left us little towel animals each night. My only gripe was that the Sheets were stained and warn. The pillow cases had heavy beeding. We were originally signed up for anytime dining but changed to early dining as soon as we boarded the boat. The reflections dining room was of less quality than any other ship we've sailed on before. It was very closed in with low ceilings and blocked views out the windows. The other dining room where we ate breakfast each morning was much nicer and had that two story open feeling. Our waiter and waitress we had every night became like family. Our waitress Chi Chi was very friendly and took very good care of the kids we were traveling with. They are three and five and she made sure their meals came right away each night. Our waiter Edward would do magic tricks for the kids and was very personable sharing his hopes of getting promoted into management. The wait staff opened up to me about the long hours they work daily and that they strictly work for tips so the more families they can serve each night the better money they make. Sometimes they have to give quality and sacrifice quantity so that can affect their pay. I disclosed right away I'm in Human Resources so they were very willing to answer any inquisitive questions I asked. Every staff member I came across on this boat was very friendly. I only had one instance where I had to get direct and that was when I tried to eat lunch at the Wok (free till 2:30pm daily) for the fourth time they turned me away at 1:45 stating there's a 50 minute wait. I explained it was the fourth time they're turning me away in a week and I will wait. We were the last ones served in the restaurant that day but it was a nice tasting lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed the three "At Sea" lunch days. Breakfast at the Mexican restaurant was good too. Lunch there was just OK. We had lunch a Guy's Burger one day and it was OK. When we first got on the boat we went to the Guys BBQ. The meat was very salty and the sides were not very good. Food all 7 nights in the dining room was fantastic with so many variations for every diet. We had the opportunity to see all 4 comedians on this cruise. They were all great. Cheeky Charlie was the comedy club manager & she was great fun. We spent lots of time in the casino because they incentivize you after earning 100 points. Learned too late to do all gambling on one card so we would have double the chances to get entered into drawings. As far as Ports on this boat I was thoroughly impressed with all 4 Ports. We did ATV tour on Grand Turk and glad we did as not as much to do on this island say the other 3. Then in Puerto Rico we took taxi off the boat to Bacardi Factory. This was a great thing to do since it was raining the day we were there. We did not make it to the fort because of Weather but if I could request more time in Puerto Rico that would be my only gripe. We explored some of the shopping right off the boat since it was close and convenient. Then when we arrived at St Kitts we took a taxi for 5.00 a person to the beaches farther away. There are men in green shirts right when you exit the boat. There's the 3.00 beach, 5.00 beach & 7.00 beaches. Our 5.00 beach was amazing with rental of two chairs & umbrella costing us $15.00 and bucket of 6 local beers for $15.00. They had showers and free internet as well as jet ski rental services available right there. Our final day was in St Maarten and I wish we would have done an excursion from the boat. We took water taxi over to Dutch side for 7.00 per person but it didn't feel like we got much accomplished. They had a beach with chair rental there too but we had just done it in St Kits. All fun excursions were sold out so boook this one early. Over all I will probably not take a cruise on this boat again because I couldn't get used to the closed in feeling on this boat. There was only one area inside with view of multiple levels. The dining room felt closed it. It overall felt too closed off with very few places to get outside views except through smoked glass. Debarkation was a little bit of a nightmare on this boat. First they start yelling out to exit the boat at 7:00 am when we were in the casino for the final drawing at just midnight. Then they start yellin every 10 minutes to keep exiting. We did not go to the debarkation meeting so we didn't get tags to get off until much later. We decided we get sleep and eat breakfast in dining room but the sleep part was cut short. When I went to pick up our liquor purchases they put three bottles in a two bottle holder so the handle broke. Add for 4 bottle box if you buy 3. Easier when getting to your car/airport. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We sailed the Vista March 24-April 1. There were 4 families all with teenage boys/girls. One family always cruises Carnival and convinced us to try a spring break cruise. I have not been on a cruise in the last 15 years so I spent a ton of ... Read More
We sailed the Vista March 24-April 1. There were 4 families all with teenage boys/girls. One family always cruises Carnival and convinced us to try a spring break cruise. I have not been on a cruise in the last 15 years so I spent a ton of time looking at reviews for the Vista. My family typically rents villas/condos or stays at resorts in the Caribbean so here is my cruise experience/opinion regarding Carnival and the Vista. The Good- *Embarkation was simple...yes, some long lines but it constantly moved. *Ship was clean upon entering. *Balcony cabin 9455 was clean and in a great location!!! *Cabin steward (Norman) knocked on our door first day. Introduced himself and asked how we would like the room serviced. He was very attentive and we tipped cash that same night as a small thank you. He took good care of our cabin. *Fahrenheit 555 is well worth the $35 charge. *Staff onboard said hello and were friendly. *The ability in the evening to find an uncrowded place for a drink was easy!! *Pizza..not sure who said it was terrible but it was actually good pizza and way better than anything found on the buffet. Long lines sometimes though! *Dining options. *Java Blue for coffee and milkshakes (spiked or not)! *Wifi was good. I bought the value plan, not the cheap social plan and had great service and access to VPN emails. *Tides pool bartenders...we tipped a $1 each time and had great service. *Debarking was "open" from 7am to 8am and we took full advantage of that! The Bad- *Having to wake up at the crack of dawn (think 7am ish) on sea days to get a decently located deck chair. By 10am, there were simply no chairs available. *Main dining room...food wasn't great and neither was the service. *Buffet...food wasn't great and lines were pretty long for breakfast. I learned after that first morning to choose other options. *Serenity Deck has no pool and loungers are always taken (at least I think, as there were always towels in them but rarely saw people enjoying them). *Red Frog bartenders ignored many guests and we never went back after the first day. Sad as my husband loves micro-brewed beers. *Getting some type of gastro-intenstinal virus onboard :( The Ugly- *Drunk, ignorant grown adults puking in the pool (closing both on sea days). *People not paying attention to their young kids. I have kids but when your kids are like 4 years old, don't leave them unattended in a hot tub and let them tumble down the stairs and have random fellow passengers help her up and have to go look on the deck to find her parents!!! *People dropping food and not picking anything up. LIterally just left and walked away. The Carnival staff is staff, not personal servants. *People leaving glasses/plates anywhere and everywhere. The elevator! The stairways! Yes. They did. *People complaining about every little thing. In the steakhouse a woman didn't enjoy her ribeye (after clear clarification on the marble and cut of meat). She was given a free meal, free wine, free dinner at another "for fee" restaurant (for her and her husband) but that still wasn't good enough. She wanted all 9 dinners of her group for free. These people are the ones ruining it for other guests and ultimately raising overall prices when carnival has to shell out "freebies" to bitching passengers. If you cannot afford a vacation and have to complain to get things for free then perhaps travel ever other year and save money to enjoy yourself with worry of cost of the trip. Overall it was a nice trip as we were with great people and the Carnival staff did a nice job given the fact they have 4,000 passengers onboard. If I were to cruise again, I think I would consider Celebrity or RCCL to perhaps step up the dining experience and hope that fellow passengers learn how to pick up after themselves and complain less! You're on vacation so why spend so much time complaining and being unhappy!? Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 5th or 6th Carnival cruise, but definitely our last. The last 2 or 3 Carnival cruises we took, we noticed a definite decline in several aspects of the cruise experience in regards to food quality, drink quality, and service. ... Read More
This was our 5th or 6th Carnival cruise, but definitely our last. The last 2 or 3 Carnival cruises we took, we noticed a definite decline in several aspects of the cruise experience in regards to food quality, drink quality, and service. This cruise was a new low.The ship itself was fine, pretty average. Staterooms the same. On this cruise though, we made the mistake of going during spring break. I've been on 17 or 18 cruises, and I've never seen anyone puke in the pool. On this cruise, it happened 3 times in 2 days. On one of the 3 sea days we had, someone puked in the main pool, shutting it down for the day because the ship can only discharge into the ocean at certain times, and they said 9 pm was the soonest they could drain the pool. It sucks, but accidents happen. What made me mad was when the drunk people who had "taken over" the main pool with volleyball equipment they brought on board had to leave because someone puked in the pool (presumably one of them), they proceeded to take their operation to the back of the ship to the Tides pool, taking it over and resumed their game despite staff passively saying that's not allowed, but doing nothing else. 10 minutes later, there's puke in that pool and it had to be shut down. So now, here we are in the early afternoon on a sea day with 80 degree temps and no pool to enjoy because ship staff failed to intervene with these obviously intoxicated people. Several people complained to guest services, including a platinum member that was with us, but to no avail. We were offered a couple of drinks and a dinner upgrade, but there was little to no acknowledgement that we lost about 1/2 day of our cruise because we could no longer enjoy a pool anywhere on the ship due to a failure on the part of ship staff. They did admit they failed, but said it was against their "policy" to reimburse passengers for these inconveniences (several of us requested that Carnival credit our stateroom accounts the equivalent of 1/2 day of our cruise fare to compensate us for having no available pools for half of a sea day). One of the most disappointing things was that one of the passengers who went to guest services with us on this issue was a Carnival Platinum member, Carnival shareholder, has spent close to $100,000 cruising with Carnival and was treated as if they were a first time cruiser. I felt sick for them and their brand loyalty (which I think is over). Earlier that day, I had already been to guest services to complain that the ship's exhaust was peppering the Tides pool area with black and rusty soot from the engines. It ruined several shirts of people in our group as well as the drinks we were holding. Carnival did pay for the ruined clothing after a failed laundering attempt. 17/18 cruises, never seen that happen with soot raining down. There were a few bright spots on this cruise, however. The Red Frog Pub was a great hangout spot. Never too crowded, great staff, and great food and drinks. Dining staff was hardworking and went above and beyond every night. I wouldn't recommend paying the $20 extra for the 555° Steakhouse upgrades. The lobster we ordered was way overcooked (the steamed lobster on lobster night is better) and the filet was mediocre. Definitely not worth the $20 upgrade and most definitely not worth the $35 pp fee to have dinner in the steakhouse. The 24/7 pizza and Guy's burger joint were awesome. The lines prove that is a very popular feature. Our stateroom was average, but there was something next door in a service area that sounded like metal creaking really loud whenever the ship was moving, and it would go on all night long. This was loud enough to disrupt our sleep. If you are considering going on this ship, I would avoid stateroom #2367 for this reason. Overall, Carnival has again proven to me they are the "Walmart of the waves". I'm actually kind of embarrassed to say I've cruised with them as often as I have, but no more, especially having seen how they treat their top tier members. Ouch. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this shop because we went on it in march 2017 and we had a blast. We (4) took a 8 day southern to aruba etc and we had mike as the cruise director. He was amazing so we came back and this time we have matt. Personally i enjoyed ... Read More
I chose this shop because we went on it in march 2017 and we had a blast. We (4) took a 8 day southern to aruba etc and we had mike as the cruise director. He was amazing so we came back and this time we have matt. Personally i enjoyed mike as a cruise director better. We saw mike all over the ship dressed in different funny memorable outfits. The love and marriage game was better last year. The massage spa treatment was great last year. This year i was thinking of getting one but because of lizelle (one of carnival receptionists reps on deck 11) wasn’t very pleasant. I don’t deal with attitude so i chose not to get a couple massage this year. The food was great at breakfast lunch and dinner. I have 2 favorite waiters/waitress. Juan martin very pleasant and funny. Tells some really funny jokes and elena the headwaitress. She’s amazing. Bubbly and fun. My favorite food last year was the blue iguana. This year it wasn’t hot. So i only had a bowl one day. Last year guy burgers burgers were burnt. This year they are amazing. I think i ate one everyday. Lol. Pizza line is always long. Need a second maybe even a 3 rd person to help out to keep the line down. Ping pong is one of our favorite. We played everyday and if balls weren’t available. Staff would make them readily available. Red frog game peices need to be replaced. A lot the the pieces on shuffleboard were broken. Comedy was pretty funny. I missed lip sync battle. Our girls enjoys o2 for pre teens. Fun and games available. One of my favorites is mz. Drums on the steel drums. You will be amazed at her talent. The shows on the older ships to be are better. I wonder whatever happened to the ice sculpting and the day for different ethnic foods on the lido deck?? The gym area was great but what i noticed on this cruise was we weren’t able to use the steam room unless you pay for it. Why on earth would they charge for this now. On any previous cruise steam and sauna was readily available at no charge and was great after a workout. Thumbs down for this one. I will say the sauna is still free. Room service- our room steward was excellent for both our balcony room and our girls room. He did a excellent job in maintaining and keeping it tidy. Ashbin is his name i believe. Some employees would greet you and some wouldn’t. Overall i give it a 8 for customer service. The halls and i will still continue to cruise with carnival. I love the excitement and adventures. Oh. Just remember they have pigs and anchor (bbq) on deck 5 open only sea day. As well as jiji asian and cucianas italian available 11-2 free daily. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I'll split this into a few subtopics and rate what I did and did not like. This is only the second cruise I've been on, so I'm by no means an expert but I'll compare it to Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. ... Read More
I'll split this into a few subtopics and rate what I did and did not like. This is only the second cruise I've been on, so I'm by no means an expert but I'll compare it to Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. Embarkation/ disembarkation (Good): Very easy, painless process. No more difficult than RCI to embark and disembarkation was excellent (we arrived back early and chose to bring off our own luggage). Very good process with little waiting in line. The Ship (Okay): The ship was impressive and had a lot of activities to take part in, some of which I thought were great and others I think are a little unnecessary and meant social areas had less space as a result. Firstly, the cinema is a nice extra and is reasonably priced, but I found it took up a lot of space meaning other areas seemed more cramped. This added to the strange layout of the ship and meant there was no real central social area. It wasn't a big problem but it did make the interior feel more enclosed compared to the Allure, which had a lot of social space. The water slides, Skyride and ropes course are great fun, but be prepared to line up for them. Sometimes the line could extended to the bottom of the steps for the slide meaning it was a 5/10 minute wait and the Skyride line often exceed an hour on sea days (note that if weather deteriorates they can close this at any point). Nonetheless, I think they are great additions to the ship and we really enjoyed them. There was a variety of bars and places to eat, but for some reason the ship just felt like it was lacking in things to do. The comedies and entertainment all took place in the same places, meaning there was little choice on what to do at any given time. On the Allure, there was lots of activities to take part in at the same time, but there didn't seem to be much choice on the Vista. The ship did also seem overcrowded at times. I don't think this is confined to this ship and we experienced the same on RCI, but there was a line for pretty much everything on the Vista. This was most prominent at breakfast, which I will go into later. It was also impossible to get a sunbed if you didn't come down early in the morning, the hot tubs were normally full and there was always long lines for food. I found the layout of the decks pretty standard and I liked the adults only area. However, the staff didn't seem to enforce the rules regarding adults only (there were clearly people there under 21) as well as the "no saving sunbeds" rule. Another criticism was the location of the outdoor smoking area (deck 10 starboard) which is next to the pool and a busy walkway. It was probably the windiest part of the ship and there always children walking past (which seemed to defeat the idea of a smoking area). I felt really uncomfortable smoking next to children and people sunbathing. This seemed to also be another rule that wasn't particularly enforced. I saw people smoking outside of the designated area regularly and none of the staff said anything. From a safety perspective, I felt its something that should really be enforced. All in all, there were aspects of the ship I really liked, but the layout could be better. The Cabin (Good): We stayed in a cove balcony cabin and were really impressed. The room was clean, spacious and the bed was incredibly comfortable (I'm a flight attendant and better than most hotel beds I've stayed in). The balcony was lovely and worth the extra money. From the outside, it looks as though you wouldn't be able to see anything from the cove balcony as it below the lifeboats, but this completely isn't the case. It's nice being low down as you can see and hear the waves hitting the ship and its a lot more private than the standard balcony rooms. It was also a great price (we paid just £50 more each to upgrade from Ocean View). We really liked the room and the only negatives we had was that there was a shower curtain rather than enclosure and only had shower gel/ shampoo in a dispenser attached the wall, rather than miniature bottles, but this is us being pernickety. The room was cleaned to a good standard by the friendly housekeeping team and had everything we needed. Another thing we loved (that I don't think RCI have) is the launderettes on every floor. It cost 3 USD for the washer and 3 USD for the drier as well as 1.50 USD for detergent. There was also a free iron and ironing board. We really liked this idea and it was so handy if you like ironed clothes or forgot to pack a few bits. Dining (Okay): There are 3 different dining sittings, early (18:30), late (20:30) or my time dining. We chose the my time and really liked the flexibility. We're late eaters and liked that we could go for dinner up until 21:30. With my time, you check in at deck 5 and they allocate your table and give you a wait time before heading to deck 3. We didn't wait at all for dinner on any of the days and really liked not having a set dining time. When you arrive at the restaurant, you are shown to your table by the front of house staff (Tanusree was fantastic, she would greet us by name everyday and, after having 2 bad tables at the start of the cruise, endeavored to make sure we had nice tables every night after. She was probably the friendliest of all the staff we came across and was extremely helpful). The setting isn't particularly grand but it's not unpleasant. There is no tablecloth except for formal nights and this didn't bother us at all. There is no dress code on casual nights and its common to see shorts and t shirts. Formal nights do have a dress code (no jeans/ t shirt/ short sleeved shirts) but this was never enforced. After reading reviews regarding food, I had low expectations but was actually pleasantly surprised. I don't think the food was as good as RCI, but I didn't think it was bad either. I liked the "taste of port" menu which had specialties of where you were that day and I liked the majority of the food most days. My partner had the steak a few times, it was nice most times apart from one tough cut. The thing that let the dining experience down was the service. It was pretty inconsistent, some days good and some bad with different waiters each night. At RCI, the service was excellent and our waiter knew us all by name, giving recommendations each night. We didn't get that at Carnival and I would assume this was due to my time dining. I wouldn't have minded being served by different staff each night, but the level of service by each was so different. Some would talk, some wouldn't. None gave recommendations and some wouldn't bring fresh cutlery between meals (those who did put them on the bare table). I wouldn't say the dining experience was poor, but it wasn't as good as RCI. Maybe the staff could have a little more training and this would improve? Entertainment (poor): I felt this was where the ship was really let down. A lot of reviews praised Matt (the cruise director) but I wasn't as impressed. Matt was very funny and friendly, but some of his team seemed to have a different agenda (when I say some, I by no means mean all). It appeared that some of the team were failed stage wannabes who wanted to be the center of attention. I found it took away from the people it should be about, the guests. This is just my opinion. I also found the quality and range of activities poor. I didn't see many of the shows as none appealed to be (none were big name stage shows) but the one I did see, I wasn't particularly impressed with. Apart from the shows, all the other "entertainment" consisted of Matt standing on the bar in the atrium or on the seats around the pool (for deck parties) and doing dance routines, getting guests to join in. The music was extremely repetitive (we could predict every song that would come on) and it was pretty much the same thing every night. It was very American focused and I didn't find it entertaining. After the "entertainment" was finished, they would always say to head to the lounge (a club) but at that point, all of the staff would disappear. This was the biggest let down from Carnival and RCI was a lot better. Apart from the mainline entertainment, there was a piano bar (which I found better than the main entertainment) and a band in the Havana bar. There was also another mainline band in the lounge area and either some singers or violinists in the atrium (who were both very good). Past 11pm, most entertainment would dry up leaving you with the choice of the piano bar or the nightclub. I'd go with the piano bar as the nightclub played the same music constantly! All in all, a little disappointing on the entertainment front. Other likes: - Download the Carnival app, I thought it was great. You can book excursions, see whats going on and download professional photos. - The salad bar at the adult only section of the ship was a simple but wonderful idea. I got bored of unhealthy good and this a nice touch. It would just be nice if it was open more often, it was only open 1-3 on sailing days. - The bars never seemed to be too overcrowded meaning it didn't (normally) take too long to get a drink. - The price for the cruise itself we found to be reasonable. If you want to keep costs down, you can (soft drinks package/ cove balcony rather than a standard/ reducing gratuity costs etc.). Other dislikes: - Everything is an added extra. Soft drinks cost more, if you buy a drinks package its limited to 15 per day and the spa is extremely expensive. As with other cruise lines, there are pay- for restaurants (which I didn't think were overpriced) but it all adds up. I think the cost of most amenities was inline with RCI with the exception of the drinks package which was overpriced and limited, unlike RCI. - Some days there seemed to be too many announcements from Matt the cruise director. It was seemingly constant and got annoying. - The DJ played the same music, every day both on the deck and the nightclub. It was too repetitive. - As soft drinks were chargeable, there were no soft drinks stations like RCI. This meant that kids had to go to the bar and wasn't as pleasant for them. - The restaurant was severely overcrowded at breakfast. You could be waiting for 20 minutes just to get to the front of the buffet. I think Carnival really need to look into this. We got around this by ordering room service. - The restaurant had strange opening times. Breakfast ran late but there would be gaps between meals. This wasn't a problem on sea days, but on port days you could get back on board at 4pm feeling peckish and the restaurant was closed. There were other dining options but nowhere to get anything healthy. The rumors: When I read other reviews there were a couple of things I picked up on that I thought I should clarify. - I don't think you can feel the moment of the ship more than other vessels. i'ts a ship, it moves, of course you'll feel it. I don't think it was excessive though. - I didn't think the Casino was overbearing with smoke. Obviously people can smoke there but I don't think it's worse than any other casino. The issue may be that its more centrally located on this ship. - The pools did look a little green. I'm not sure why, it may be a chemical imbalance and I don't think it would be anything to be concerned about. - The theater isn't as horrible as people make out. The main issue is that the seats aren't layered as well as the could be so it's hard to see over the person in front of you. The bottom line: We had a great cruise and really enjoyed ourselves. The main issues are the overcrowding in public areas, the strange layout of the ship and poor organised entertainment. There's lots to do in the day for all ages, its only at night things seem to slow a little. If they improved the entertainment I think it would be a lot better. In future, my preference would be Royal Caribbean, but if the price is right (we saved around 800 USD per person going with Carnival for a like-for-like room) I would chose Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because we've only sailed with Carnival once before and it was on an older ship. It was our first cruise and we enjoyed the experience, so we thought we would give Carnival's newest ship a try. We had a good ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we've only sailed with Carnival once before and it was on an older ship. It was our first cruise and we enjoyed the experience, so we thought we would give Carnival's newest ship a try. We had a good time, but were underwhelmed. I was hoping for more from Carnival's flag ship. Pros-- The internet packages were reasonable, affordable, and above all--they actually worked. If you can't stop posting. This is the cruise for you. The pour-your-own beer taps. These were awesome and are great if you want to get a quick drink to walk around the ship. You could get a full beer for about USD$3.75, while that same beer would cost you almost $7 from a bartender. The entertainment staff were very friendly, witty, and fun. I don't know how they do it, but they manage to make it seem like they are going on this trip for the first time with you. Matt the cruise director, Richie Rich, and Eden at the piano bar were all awesome. I suggest you get to know them. If you like live music, this is the cruise for you. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Cons-- No one on the ship could find bathrooms. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to where they located them. Are they by the elevators? Sometimes. Are they outside restaurants? Sometimes. It got to be very frustrating constantly searching for the bathrooms. The breakfast buffet was literally the same thing every day. So hopefully on the first morning you find something you like. There weren't very many vegetarian options at dinner besides the standard Indian vegetarian meal. I guess they just assumed vegetarians would be happy eating the same meal at dinner for 7 nights in a row. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we chose this cruise for the stops. out of the 16 of us that went 8 of us would not go on that boat again. the handle to the door on the balcony was very hard to operate. the service at most of the outdoor and casino bar was slow, it ... Read More
we chose this cruise for the stops. out of the 16 of us that went 8 of us would not go on that boat again. the handle to the door on the balcony was very hard to operate. the service at most of the outdoor and casino bar was slow, it regularly took 20 minutes to get a drink when sitting at a machine or table. seemed like on sea days one of the buffets was always closed and the lines were long. red frog pub, and steakhouse were excellent. guys burger,the pizza place and asian were good. this is the first time i have not gone to the dinning room(not for any reason i just didn't go) room service was excellent as always. cruise director matt was the best I've encountered. i loved the fact that they now have a military and veteran appreciation day, they raffle off a cruise, they could do so much more like higher discounts for service people, and first responders. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Wanted to sail on Carnivals flagship. Enjoyed the cruise first the good.. So much to do, thrill theater was a blast as well as the sky ride. Has all the eating venues, Ji's Ji's Asian was wonderful and well worth the $15.00 up ... Read More
Wanted to sail on Carnivals flagship. Enjoyed the cruise first the good.. So much to do, thrill theater was a blast as well as the sky ride. Has all the eating venues, Ji's Ji's Asian was wonderful and well worth the $15.00 up charge. Crew was friendly and did there best to take care of us. The Ledo market place is huge and decor is very nice. The Cons the atrium has zero wow factor, Carnival missed the mark with it. It is small and not grand in any way other than a huge led fixture that isn't to impressive. Ledo pool deck area seems smaller than the Dream class ships fills up by 8:00 am. However they did tag chairs and remove items which is the first time I have ever seen this. The restrooms on the Ledo deck are way to small to service the amount of people on the deck. The Liquid lounge is the worse I have seen on any Carnival ship. Flat floor and poles blocking views on upper deck. Better get there early to get a seat on deck 4. Back of ship on deck 10 smelled like sewage consistently which was disappointing because it is a nice area with the Seafood Shack which had awesome lobster rolls. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had just about given up on a carnival cruise lines, BUT thankfully booked on the Vista and my faith in carnival has been restored! It is a relatively new ship, nice decor, light colors, inviting for conversations. This is not a lavish ... Read More
We had just about given up on a carnival cruise lines, BUT thankfully booked on the Vista and my faith in carnival has been restored! It is a relatively new ship, nice decor, light colors, inviting for conversations. This is not a lavish ship with glass elevators, fancy fixtures etc but very welcoming. We liked that it was open, friendly and clean. Our room was perfect for us. Handicap accessible, lots of room and easy to get in and out of. We were on deck 11 (Spa Deck) and was one of the nicest rooms we have had. We did have a window which allowed us to watch the sun rise. Our room steward was great and kept our room tidy at all times. As a handicap (wheelchair bound) person this ship is tight. I avoided the LIDO deck because it was difficult to manipulate the wheelchair between tables, food lines and general seating area. I NEVER waited in a food line because my chair would not fit without moving the barricades etc. I did eat outside where there was more room. The hamburgers were wonderful and easy to get too. Pizza was the normal cruise ship pizza but easy to get to. Up on the 15th floor there is a wonderful "salad" bar. Great fresh food, tasty and easily accessible. The Pig and Anchor on deck 5 is a little hard to find but great food. Worth the search!! Evening dining room was easy to get around in and the service was great compared to the last couple cruises we have been on. Food was good, typical of cruise, yet lots of selections to choose from. I am not a "foodie" so I had no trouble finding things to eat. Servers we much improved from previous experiences. The servers remembered our requests for ice tea, extra better without being reminded every night. They called us by name so I know there are trying to improve their guests relations. Our table of 8 gave each server an additional $20/30 tip per person along with the "standard" tip added to your room. If we ordered room service or coffee in the morning everyone received a tip. Extra service should be rewarded!! Due to the difficulty (which may be only my problem) getting around the LIDO deck we generally went down to the dining room for breakfast. Again, great service and tasty breakfast selection. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants. Guess we are "cheap" but heard great reviews from those who did! Even those ordering in the main dining off the speciality menus loved the food. It did look tasty if you like fresh seafood! I felt carnival really tried to give us a great experience. I really missed the carnival/caribbean vibe on the out decks. Very little music to bob your head too during dining hours. I used to love to get onboard that first day and hear the music playing getting you ready for an exciting week ahead. Really missed that! The decks are super busy - on the upper decks you had to up and out before 6-7 am to get deck chairs. One chair can usually be found but 2-3 chairs in one group was a bit more difficult. Still it can be done! Beautiful ship with lots of things to explore. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first Carnival cruise and we were a bit hesitant, thinking this was the Walmart experience. Embarkation A Embarkations was super fast. We received a text alert that one gangway was not operation and expected significant ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise and we were a bit hesitant, thinking this was the Walmart experience. Embarkation A Embarkations was super fast. We received a text alert that one gangway was not operation and expected significant delays, but only 10 minutes from curb to ship. The ship cards were immediately available at your stateroom. Décor: B First impression was the atrium lacked the wow effect. Only three decks and did not have the typical glass mirror and in the center a LED martini glass. No rich wood or decorum. We however warmed to this area, and the music performances seemed more intimate. Cabin; B Our room was in the Family Harbor section and we enjoyed having a nearby lounge for breakfast and coffee. The room had a slightly extended bathroom which meant the door was extremely narrow. The bathroom was fine and did not feel overly small, the AC was fine, and the two special request we made to the steward were promptly addressed. Another guest had a comment that Carnival was slipping and mentioned that room service was only once a day. This was true and we had to find our own towels several days. Another problem, and perhaps worse with the younger passengers is that people continue to use their outside voices in the hall. Food:A Breakfast: Generally in the lounge, and restaurant only once. No issues or complaints. Lunch: Wow!!! there were so many options, including no cost specialty restaurants, out side venues like the BBQ, Mexican and Burger places, buffet and the taste bar. Very good. Dinner: at the restaurant and excellent each night. Be sure to look over the entire menu as some items are on a separate page "Ports of Call". We often ordered more than one appetizer and thought most were excellent. After hours, great sandwiches and 24 hour pizza. Daily Activities A Very extensive with multiple events and trivial several times each day. Outside, there were so many things to do, our family, including my teen son, was very active. Major Entertainment B Matt, the cruise director was very good and high energy. The Limelight Lounge where more comedy shows were held was fine. Although the 18+ was pretty raw. Would like to have seem more PG offerings. The Liquid Lounge is too small, and had very bad sight lines. I understand it is multipurpose, but the rows, especially in the upper level were not tiered, The second and third row provided no view, while other rows were also affected. The upper deck should have been dropped 12 - 18 inches and all rows properly tiered. There was a special performance by C. Ivy and she very good, Wishing for more songs. The ship's troupe did not seem to have dynamic voices and that may have been the source or how the microphone was set up. Overall, not too impressed with the vocals. Secondary Entertainment A Very nice acts with plenty of variety. Safety D One night, a 19 year old teen, who was apparently drunk, confronted, then attacked a group of ten teens. He tossed glassed, chaired and physically stuck some of the kids. The next day, he was free to roam the ship without escort. Shore calls: very fast and easy to get off and on. Debarkation A Went very well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Carnival Vista Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.6
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.6
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6

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