113 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

This was the second time in two years on this beautiful ship. Embarkation was a breeze. I was on the ship in less than 10 minutes from the time I was dropped off. I had a great cabin with two bathrooms and oceanview. The ship was very ... Read More
This was the second time in two years on this beautiful ship. Embarkation was a breeze. I was on the ship in less than 10 minutes from the time I was dropped off. I had a great cabin with two bathrooms and oceanview. The ship was very clean and the food very good. I ate in the Steakhouse twice, had lunch in the Asian and Italian places and enjoyed the main dining very much. I also had a great meal from room service. The Sky ride was fun. I would recommend doing it as soon as you board the ship since the lines are very long the rest of the week. Matt, the cruise director was the best I've had in 18 cruises. No comparison to the others. Guest services couldn't have been any better. Music was very good in the Atrium bar. Loved the IMAX and went to two shows. The only negative I had was our cabin steward was not very attentive but I didn't really care. I'm low maintenance so it's hardly worth mentioning. Others that like to be waited on hand and foot would probably complain about him. Our waiter in the main dining room disappeared after the first night and went to other tables. We got a different waiter. All of them were so busy that it was ridiculous. I could see a major difference in dining service on this ship. But once again, I'm not a spoiled princess so I didn't say anything about it. I did one shore excursion in St. Kitts. It was called The Ten Best of St. Kitts and was very interesting and worth the price. I would book the Vista again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
it was a present for my wife who just retired. We decided to give carnival another try and glad we did. it was the first time in five years we sailed with carnival. The embarkation was the smoothest i have ever did on my 11 cruised. i ... Read More
it was a present for my wife who just retired. We decided to give carnival another try and glad we did. it was the first time in five years we sailed with carnival. The embarkation was the smoothest i have ever did on my 11 cruised. i was told the online check in was the key. they didn't even have to take a picture of us as the took the image off out passports. i guess the image was close enough to out likenesses. the disembarkation was very smooth and fast. we did not do any of the excursions offered by the ship as we elected to get a taxi for our own tours, we seem to like those best. formal dining was hit and miss with service, first formal night took us over two hours to be served. we got to get the melting cake two out of the four nights we ate there. the other four night we ate at the lido. the menu there is the same and the dining room except for the melting cake. we went to one show, rocks. the music was great but i wish the performers could sing on key. my biggest complaint was the notification of our meet and mingle. i was expecting a reminder from the cruise line as promised. i got it on the evening of the 26th. the meet and mingle was on the 25th and as suck i missed it. customer service offered us drink certificated which we accepted. trouble was the had a maximum value of $9.00. the cheapest drink i could find was 9.25 as such we spent from 86 cents to 1.56 each for our "free Drinks". overall it was a great cruise, great weather and a great ship. if the service issues were resolved i could see this being a five star ship instead of the 4.5 stars if now has. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had never seriously considered a cruise, it just always seemed so out of reach. But then some friends of ours had one booked and we looked into it and decided to give it a try. Oh My Gosh! We came home and immediately booked one for ... Read More
We had never seriously considered a cruise, it just always seemed so out of reach. But then some friends of ours had one booked and we looked into it and decided to give it a try. Oh My Gosh! We came home and immediately booked one for 2019 (43 days left!) and another for 2020! We are so hooked!! It was the most wonderful time!! There was so much to see and do. Embarkation was smooth, we had FTTF and got right on the ship and our room was already ready. Luggage was there right on time. Agus was a wonderful Steward and always remembered our names. The MDR had great food, and wonderful entertainment. Michael was our head waiter and he was great! The Havana area was nice for the hot tub, but we really didn't spend much time there, there was always so much going on! I think a regular cabin for less is just fine since we dont mind children and don't really utilize the pools much. In March 2019 we are taking our teen boys on a smaller ship and we will see if we like it as much! Can't wait to go!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Loved the 8 day Carnival Vista cruise. Pro: 5* dining Lunch options - free at La Cucina and Jiji Asian during lunch times - excellent Entertainment kept us as busy as we wanted Our room stewart, Alfonso (room 7321) was ... Read More
Loved the 8 day Carnival Vista cruise. Pro: 5* dining Lunch options - free at La Cucina and Jiji Asian during lunch times - excellent Entertainment kept us as busy as we wanted Our room stewart, Alfonso (room 7321) was amazing~ thank you Alfonso! Music options kept every taste in music happy Loved 1) Graham in the Red Frog Pub; Karoke 4 - 6 in Red Frog Pub; Violinists, jazz bands, horns, Havana Bar - excellent music! Cruise director, Matt, the best~ Had late night dining 8:30 pm at Station 202, Reflections - servers Luca, Subrata, Ikumang were fantastic Clean ship Hub app worked well - also so glad we added the Whatsapp for minimal $$ to keep in touch with family back home. Ship is massive Cons: Ship is so large we still didn't get our direction bearings after 8 days. Theatres had many obstructed seats - had to go early to get a good seat (at least 1/2 hr) Only 2 small pools (Lido and Tides area). Hot tubs - 2 at Tides and 1 at Serenity Embarkation and disembarkation a nightmare - only had 1 gang plank for both embarkation and disembarkation - we were instructed to embark at 11:30 am first day but were still waiting in line at 1:20 pm. very poor. Ports: St. Kitts - Found on-line & Pre-arranged a tour with Rose & Jim's Taxi - this was an amazing day. Highly recommend. Puerto Rico - did the free city bus tour to Fort and through Old Town San Juan. Great! St. Maarten - Found on-line Bernards - great tour - recommend! Turks n Caicos - BEWARE 'WET MONKEY' tours! Our group of 8 pre-arranged 2 golf carts for $50 each plus tax in early January for our January 27 visit to Turks n Caicos. When we arrived at their designated meeting spot, all golf carts had already been given away. After 45 minutes, they offered to give us 1 of their jeeps and 1 golf cart which they said had been filled with gas. We were told to fill up with gas when we returned. After agreeing to this deal, we checked the gas tanks and found they were empty. We demanded the contract and our money back. Another vendor came up to us at same area and we ended up taking a small 'train-like wagon' around Turks. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
They called this their "flagship". The food was horrible! Not ONE meal was anything above average. The "prime" rib was anything but.... The filet mignon tasted like a sirloin cut in a round puck...the shrimp cocktail ... Read More
They called this their "flagship". The food was horrible! Not ONE meal was anything above average. The "prime" rib was anything but.... The filet mignon tasted like a sirloin cut in a round puck...the shrimp cocktail was cocktail shrimp...far from jumbo...lobster tails were tiny and tasteless. On deck..there were more cushions with rips and tears than not. The crew did NOTHING to enforce their rules!! Kids frequented the serenity (21 and over) deck. People were allowed to throw a towel or other item on chairs thereby "reserving" them and no crew member EVER checked them. There is NO pool for adults...so if You want to swim it is with children..NO THANKS!! This ship felt dirty as soon as We boarded. The carpets look dirty and worn. There was a creaking in our stateroom that kept waking My Wife up...the informational channel on the tv didn't work half the time..There is NO WOW FACTOR ON THIS SHIP!! NONE! This was our 4th Cruise...the 2nd AND LAST with Carnival...they let us down..there is nothing worse than feeling You WASTED THOUSANDS on a vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our second Carnival cruise. First one was almost 4 years ago and I am so glad they improved on the embarkment and disembarkment. Before, they use to snap pictures of people when trying to get off the ship at ports right on the ... Read More
This was our second Carnival cruise. First one was almost 4 years ago and I am so glad they improved on the embarkment and disembarkment. Before, they use to snap pictures of people when trying to get off the ship at ports right on the gang plank. Now, they moved that to the dock, much better and disembarkation went so quickly going on and off. We did have a 2 hour delay getting on in Miami which was crazy and no one ever explained to us what was going on, but you're on vacation and away from the snow so no big deal standing in the sun in Miami for us Canadians. We had a balcony and it is the only way I have cruised so far so can't compare it to anything. Room was the usual small cabin/comfy quarters but how much time does one spend in their room, right? The cabin steward kept our room clean and lovely towel animals. Use to get chocolate on pillows but didn't get any this time. We went to Grand Turks, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and St. Maarten - Puerto Rico is still my favourite place. Saw damage from hurricane's in PR but especially in St. Maarten. So sad. The planes are returning to St. Maarten. Did not do any excursions on this trip so can't recommend. Entertainment was good. Matt the Entertainment Director was great, very funny. The staff on the ship work very hard and are always so polite and friendly. The ship is kept very clean considering there are thousands of people on it. Dining, Buffets and Food: I am a plant based vegan and that was impossible on the ship unless I only wanted to eat salad every meal. I started eating vegetarian on the ship, which also was harder than you would think given it is 2018. In the dining room one evening, I was about to order the tomato soup as a starter but my waiter informed me it was made with "chicken" stock. Seriously! Then whenever I found stir fry at the buffet, it had chicken or shrimp or both. Only once I found it with just veggies. I went to the asian place for lunch and ordered a veggie stir fry and it was good, although very small. I found the selection of food anywhere on the ship terrible if you were vegetarian and for get it if you were vegan. Family I was with had lobster one night at dining and the lobster was mostly raw. I think for the amount of money I paid (and for Canadians, we also have to fly to a port), the food should be better with options that are not ALL meat, cheese and dairy. And if you make a soup that contains no meat like vegetable or tomato, use vegetable stock to make it not chicken. So many of the various salad options were loaded with mayo ... vegans don't do ANY dairy. I have to say, I was very disappointed in the food. I expected better. I contacted Carnival prior to going and mention I was vegan/vegetarian and they said talk to my waiter. One night in the dining room they made me a special meal, two pieces of broccoli, over cooked asparagus and two hunks of not cooked tofu. It was disgusting. Carnival, you need to dedicate a cook to vegetarians/vegans at meal time. Someone who can make at least one thing completely tasty and healthy. Waterslides - so much fun! Skyride- LOVED it! Summary: for us, cruising is so expensive when you take in account the airfare to get to a port, cost of the cruise, all the gratuities, extras for decent coffee or a drink and then all the expenses when you go off at various ports. I think it is cheaper to go to a resort for 2 weeks then one week on a cruise. I also think that since I have only been on Carnival, I will have to research the other cruise lines to see if they have vegan/vegetarian options that Carnival just does NOT have. If so, my cruising dollar will go to the line that does. I'm not going to neglect my health just because I'm on vacation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel ... Read More
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel like family. Our cabin was dirty upon arrival. It took an hour just to get into terminal D building, embarkation was a nightmare!!!! I asked our steward the first day for a bucket of ice, needless to say I did not see him or the bucket of ice the rest of the cruise. My time dining was a joke, we had to go to deck 5 to stand in line and ask for a reservation, in which we were handed a beeper and had to wait for a table. Every day you had to repeat this process to go to Horizons Restaurant. Service was slow in the dining room, the buffet had the same hum drum tasteless food, so we ate pizza every night, Carnival is NOT cheap unless you cruise one of those old battleship looking ships like the Sensation!!! Carnival needs at least change the color of the decor from ship to ship!! NOT worth the money!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I was able to score a Havana Balcony and the itinerary was excellent. Never cruised out of Miami and was a little hectic compared to Galveston. Havana Balcony on deck 5 was expensive but well worth it. Spent majority of sea days on ... Read More
I was able to score a Havana Balcony and the itinerary was excellent. Never cruised out of Miami and was a little hectic compared to Galveston. Havana Balcony on deck 5 was expensive but well worth it. Spent majority of sea days on Balcony or in back of ship. Never went to Lido (other than for food), there wasn’t a need. I can’t say I would book again just due to the expense, but LOVED it. Antrim is missing elevators which I miss, but beautiful. Ship layout like most so if you have been on Dream, Magic or Breeze you will have no problem finding your way around. More seating for outside dining, it is amazing to be able to go to your specialized dining rooms and eat on the deck. Entertainment I found to be like any other ship and was good but not excellent. Seems to be a repeat after sailing multiple times. Service is excellent as always. I had the option of having my room cleaned am, pm, or both. I selected am and had no problems. Found Miami port to be very congested and longer wait times than Galveston. Ports to Grand Turk, St Kitts, San Juan, and St Maarten were fantastic. Would do this cruise, ports and ship again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The Vista is a beutiful ship and has the best Cruise Director in the fleet. Matt Mitchum may also be the most handsome. There were plenty of places to eat and and the IMAX was a wonderful experience. We saw a movie that had just come out ... Read More
The Vista is a beutiful ship and has the best Cruise Director in the fleet. Matt Mitchum may also be the most handsome. There were plenty of places to eat and and the IMAX was a wonderful experience. We saw a movie that had just come out and my son and I thouroghly enjoyed ourselves. They even celebrated the military personel; past and present; with a detication to each branch. My son is in the Navy and I was extremely greatful that Carnval put as much effort into saying thank you for thier service. I will do it again but right now, I am now looking forward to the Horizon. The fun cruise line does not let you down. Getting on and off was a breeze. I also loved that the menu had some changes. There is so much to do and I am pretty sure that did not do every thing. #platinummember Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We just got back from our Jan. 2018 Sailing and we did have a great time. It was a rough first couple days because of the weather but the Captain did the best he could. We were the only ship to make it into our first port. I had heard ... Read More
We just got back from our Jan. 2018 Sailing and we did have a great time. It was a rough first couple days because of the weather but the Captain did the best he could. We were the only ship to make it into our first port. I had heard that a few others werent able to get in. This was our 3rd Carnival cruise and I have to say that the food was the best on this sailing. BBQ and Guys Burgers were very good. Even the buffet food has some really good choices at each meal. The room was pretty much the same as any other carnival cruise. The entertainment was good to great. We saw all 4 comedians. 2 were excellent and 1 was good, while the other was not so good. Blanchard was one of the excellent ones and the others name was Marvin something. Our Cruise Director Matt was the best we have had. Excellent all the way around. Lines were not bad other than if you wanted good seats for the comedy shows. One suggestion for people coming on the Vista. There are not enough good seats available around the lido deck to go around, so get up early and reserve your spot. Thrill Theatre was cool and fun. Did not see an Imax but they had some good movies to choose from. Jumanji and Maze Runner. Really my only complaint was the embarkment and really there wasnt much they could do. Only one gangway was working so it took too long to get the previous cruisers off and get us on. The line was long but we are pretty patient so we got there eventually. Thank you Carnival and all the Staff for a wonderful trip. Cant wait for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our third cruise with Carnival. Normally, we are a loyal Royal Caribbean customer, but this cruise was organized by a friend and it was over New Year's Eve so thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, this was anything but ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Carnival. Normally, we are a loyal Royal Caribbean customer, but this cruise was organized by a friend and it was over New Year's Eve so thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, this was anything but a "Funship." The bar staff with the exception of two people were very unfriendly. Almost made you feel like it was an imposition to ask for a drink. The food was okay, but definitely not up to normal standards. The dining staff was very friendly and attentive. It was apparent that there has been a cutback in the number of staff, as dishes were piling up everywhere and the two formal nights were absolute chaos. Again, not the fault of the staff, but put the blame on management. The entertainment which Carnival is known for was less than enjoyable. Poor singing and an equally poor layout of the Liquid Lounge. You couldn't see the stage very well no matter where you were on the main floor or in the balcony. The Casino was unbearable to be in or even walk through. The smoke was thick. For a brand new ship to not have a better ventilation system is inexcusable. When you see young adults walking through with their shirts pulled above their noses, you know it is bad. The cabin was very nice and the Cabin Attendant was good. The embarkation process was phenomenal. Kudos in that department! Really enjoyed the piano bar and the Red Frog Brewery. Unfortunately, this will be our last Carnival cruise. Back to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We absolutely loved our cruise on the Vista, the staff were friendly and courteous, the food was fantastic and the amenities on board are second to none! We were in a 7th Floor Balcony and it was great, our steward was very polite and she ... Read More
We absolutely loved our cruise on the Vista, the staff were friendly and courteous, the food was fantastic and the amenities on board are second to none! We were in a 7th Floor Balcony and it was great, our steward was very polite and she asked frequently if everything was ok and if we needed anything to just let her know. Our Waiter and Host at dinner was very efficient and we never had any problems with our service. The food was delicious and they had a very wide variety of options both in the dining room and throughout the ship, Guy's burgers are great and the 24hr Pizza came in handy after the late night at the casino! There was never a dull moment and entertainment on the ship was awesome, they had some very talented musicians playing several times a day in the Atrium. We spent a fair amount of time in the casino and the staff there was always friendly and helpful when learning new games. The waterslides were fun and it was nice to play mini golf with the ocean views all around. Great trip and would recommend this ship to anyone! Cheers! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We booked this cruise 2 years ago with 36 friends and family members coming along with us. I am a gold member for Carnival and this was my 5th cruise with Carnival and definitely will be my last cruise. The good points would be the staff ... Read More
We booked this cruise 2 years ago with 36 friends and family members coming along with us. I am a gold member for Carnival and this was my 5th cruise with Carnival and definitely will be my last cruise. The good points would be the staff in the dinning room and the housekeeping crew they were nice and did a great job and the food at Guys burgers and the Cantina was very good. The rest was pretty much not worth the money we paid, the food in the dinning room and buffet was horrible and even the pizza had no flavor. The ice cream was good but the strawberry tasted like frozen strawberry quick. The Serenity deck was crowded and basically there was never anywhere to sit or lay up there and the same was pretty much true for the pools. The private area " the Havana Deck" takes up way to much of the ship and takes away views from Balcony rooms and end of the ship view, who wants to walk out on their balcony and see people in the hot tub, I want to see the sunset not some guy in a speedo thanks. The sky bikes were hardly open and you have to pay extra for everything. The movies and thrill rides are extra and you even had to pay to be in the beer pong tournament seriously you pay enough for the cruise and they boast about their Imax theater and then you can only enjoy it if you pay extra. They don't have a designated night club so they are all over the ship one night in the liquid lounge one night in the lime lite theater neither which are set up well. The crew get the deck parties going then disappear so they fizzle out quickly so there isn't much nightlife unless you want to shop at their overpriced stores or lose money in the casino even the shows that the ship puts on were so bad guests walked out in the middle of the show, and when one guest asked what he would do if he won the $3,000.00 prize money for bingo he said "I would buy a ticket on Royal Caribbean" that should tell you something right there. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were on 8 day cruise to Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Kitts and Grand Turk. The ship decor was quite nice. We had two inside rooms on deck 9, just below the Lido deck. Rooms were decent size. The Lido restaurant was beautiful and you can ... Read More
We were on 8 day cruise to Amber Cove, San Juan, St. Kitts and Grand Turk. The ship decor was quite nice. We had two inside rooms on deck 9, just below the Lido deck. Rooms were decent size. The Lido restaurant was beautiful and you can tell that it is a new ship. Pro: Ship is huge, and lots of space to relax outside. Decorations are nice and has two beautiful pillars which divide the length of ship in three. They have a great hand-washing system in Lido and my teenage boys loved it. There were a lot of food options but we are vegetarians so could not tell if the food was good or not. Lunch had way more options than dinner. Sky ride and Rope course was fun. Couple of shows were nice. We enjoyed a show called "flick". We did not watch any paid movies in the inside theater but it seemed nice. My kids enjoyed watching movie outside in open which was free. Con: Our room was not really cleaned. There were hair in the drawer and an empty water bottle in a corner. Fridge was also not clean. However as soon as I pointed it out to the person who was responsible for our room - he cleaned it immediately. He always greeted me with my name and happy to give towels when needed. The food in Horizon dining was below average and dinner was almost 2 to 3 hours affair. We had "on your own" dining. Service was slow and not much option if you are vegetarian. Some days we just did not think that we have in us to wait for a long time for the food so we ate at Lido deck. The customer service people were not friendly and could not even understand the complaint about food. They told us that if there is no vegetarian choice available in Horizons - we can pay and eat at Italian restaurant. I talked to the person in charge of Horizons dining hall - (amith ??) and he tried to accommodate us. I am not a good cook and my kids said that after 8 days they were looking forward to my food (which is saying something). I met three other families who had someone vegan/vegetarian and they also had trouble for "sit-down dinner". At lunch - there was Mexican food which was pretty good. Mongolian wok (or gi gi kitchen) at lunch was barely OK as they did not have tofu for vegetarians. Sky Ride and Rope course - was fun but opened only for 3 to 5 hours every day and last two days of the ship it was closed due to winds so that was a bummer as my kids thought of going on the rope course on the sea days at the end of the trip and they missed it. they enjoyed Foosball though. Excursion Desk - The reps were not very friendly and quite slow. My son won an excursion for two people but because of the cold weather all water excursion was canceled at Grand Turk and we were only informed 40 minutes before the ship docked at Grand Turk. The bad thing was that I was at Horizons for breakfast and the announcement was not made in the restaurant so I did not know till the ship docked. Breakfast at Horizons was better than Lido for us though still slow service. The Customer service desk was really slow and mostly had long lines. The entertainment - comedy shows were just average and after three days, I did not bother going. The dance shows - some of them were good but Liquid Lounge is too small and gets full easily. They need to have three shows rather than two shows or have at least one of the shows early like 5 PM as if you are planning to go to Horizons, and it takes 3 hours in the dining hall - you are surely going to have a challenge to watch the show. I would not go on the ship for more than 4 days, if I do go on this ship again as I was not happy with "overall service". some people at the ship loved the ship but I found many families who thought that their experience (like ours) was mediocre. It may be because it was the New Year sailing and ship was completely sold out - to many people. many of us thought that it was Not worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because we like to sail with carnival. it was a really fun cruise. this was our 10th cruise also was our 2nd best cruise. there was a lot of things todo for kids and adults. for the kids there was skyride, ropes ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like to sail with carnival. it was a really fun cruise. this was our 10th cruise also was our 2nd best cruise. there was a lot of things todo for kids and adults. for the kids there was skyride, ropes course, golf, basketball, kids clubs, trivia, waterpark and etc. if you are an adult you can do those stuff to well except for kids club but they do have a casino. if you want to stay away from kids carnival has it 21 and over adult only serenity it was a nice place to relax. the entertainment on the vista was also really good. the best show had to be the lip sync battle. The food was great. we tried some of the up charge restaurants like jiji asian kitchen, cucina del capitano and the steakhouse. the food was so good and very cheap. the main dining room was also really good and so was the buffet food. I just had to say you had to wait for pizza at the pizza place. cabin was clean and had enough room to store stuff. we had cabin # 11255 best location for a cabin. Carnival has made there check in process much faster too. I do recommend this ship for first time cruisers and exciting cruisers. thats all for now Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I read numerous negative reviews before sailing and I tried to ignore them because I've always had the opinion of "you're on vacation, how can you have a bad cruise?". I honestly should have listened. I really wanted to ... Read More
I read numerous negative reviews before sailing and I tried to ignore them because I've always had the opinion of "you're on vacation, how can you have a bad cruise?". I honestly should have listened. I really wanted to love this ship but I really regret spending my money. EMBARKATION: we had an 11:30 time and arrived around 11:15. We had a suite so walked around the terminal for priority boarding. It didn't take long but we had numerous people confused about where we were supposed to go. It was a little unorganized. We were on the ship by 11:45 and went straight to our room. Room had not been finished but we were able to drop our stuff off and go get something to eat. SHIP: there are simply just too many people on this ship. Everything we wanted to do there was a line for. We were fine with taking the stairs if elevators were full or if it was a couple floors but at one point we waited 15 minutes for an elevator and ended up taking 7 flights of stairs because we could never get one. The elevator situation is awful. Casino is half the size of other ships and although the IMAX and thrill theater are really cool, I think it takes up too much space. They pretty much cut the size of areas in half to make room for extra cabins. There are not enough crew to manage this many people. Drinks take forever and wait times for anything are unacceptable. Never got a chance to do the sky ride or water slides because of this. There are also multiple areas of the ship that smell like sewage. DINING: Skip the buffet. They like to close sides while there are people already in line and make you walk to the end of the line on the other side. Choices are slim pickings and there are way too many people. Guys burgers are always good and thankfully that line moves quickly. Wanted to try the BBQ but the line was wrapped around the ship because it's only open two and a half hours on sea days. Steakhouse was okay, not impressed with the selections. Main dining room was SLOW. Be prepared to take an hour and a half if not longer to eat. There were only two of us which I think is absurd. Salad bar on serenity wasn't that great either, went twice and both times most of the toppings were empty. Very small selection of dressings as well. EXCURSIONS: Did the Jeep De Palm tour in Aruba. It was a good excursion but the Ostrich Farm was really cheesy. The guide tried too hard to be funny. In Bonaire we did the Mushi Mushi sail and snorkel. We really enjoyed this. They are great at what they do. In Curacao we took a $20 each way cab ride to Mambo Beach. You then pay $3.50 for a chair. This place is nice but gets very busy. In Miami we did the Everglades air boat tour. DO NOT take this tour. The bus is cramped and you have an hour and a half drive from the park to the airport where they drop you off on the international side of the terminal. We had to walk a mile to American Airlines. It was not worth the money. ITINERARY: They switched our schedule from Grand Turk, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and San Juan to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. We were not impressed with Aruba. Bonaire was beautiful. Curacao was okay. Overall, there are way better ships. I was so excited about this cruise and unfortunately i was very disappointed. Also, CHECK YOUR SAIL AND SIGN ACCOUNTS. We had to dispute 2 different charges we didn't authorize. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We took this cruise primarily to see the newest ship but also the original itinerary. We ended up with the ABC islands instead because of the weather and they were fantastic. The Vista is a beautiful ship but not as open and elegant in ... Read More
We took this cruise primarily to see the newest ship but also the original itinerary. We ended up with the ABC islands instead because of the weather and they were fantastic. The Vista is a beautiful ship but not as open and elegant in some areas as the older ships. There was plenty of room for the guests but gone are the big beautiful Atriums and comfortable seating along the walkways. The staff could not have been better and the food was amazing in all cases. We prefer late dinner assigned seating and on this sailing the shows were not timed very well, unless you can eat dinner in an hour or so. Everything seemed to be coordinated more for open dinner seating, another difference we felt between this ship and the older ones. Overall we loved this ship and staff, especially the cruise director who worked his but off the entire time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Picked this cruise because of the price and the fact that it was a new ship. Other cruise lines have been increasing their prices so they can give "Free" drinks to the passengers who drink (we don't). So we pay for the ... Read More
Picked this cruise because of the price and the fact that it was a new ship. Other cruise lines have been increasing their prices so they can give "Free" drinks to the passengers who drink (we don't). So we pay for the other peoples drinks. Flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before and took a shuttle to the Port of Miami the next day. Had our embarkation time at 12:30 and we arrived at 12:10. This worked well as we were able to walk right onto the ship. CABIN- See comments below. Lovely large balcony, tiny room with no chairs or couch. Bathroom on left side of cabin rather than in the entrance hallway. Lots of storage with two double closets. Piece of pizza on the floor by the bed when we arrived so cleaning wasn't well done. FOOD - No so great. Buffet was OK for breakfast but lunch and dinner were poor. The meats were often tough and there were no fries unless you went out to Guys Burger Joint where the fries were spicy. DINING ROOM - We ate here three times. The lobster tails were only 1/2 a tail so you had to order at least two. Table clothes were only used on elegant nights. The prime rib showed up with the meat, a baked potato and three onion rings! Not exactly a fancy presentation or a balanced meal. Service was very good and the chocolate melting cake is still wonderful. ENTERTAINMENT - We only went to two shows. The comedy club was good and the comedienne was great (Drake). The other show was a juggling comedienne and he was also funny but the theater was TERRIBLE. I honestly don't know who designed some of this ship. The center was not stadium seating and they were high-backed chairs so we had to sit on the side area which was stadium seating. Every second chair has this ANNOYING metal table screwed to the arm of the chair. It is about 9 inches by four inches and raised about 4 inches from the arm of the chair. Basically you cannot use the arm of the chair to rest your arm! Also, they have one row of high backed chairs and IN FRONT of them is a row of low-backed chairs and then another row of high-backed chairs so those people would not be able to see anything (in the low-backed chairs). In the balcony area (which we tried) the wall in front of the first row is made of "blue-tinted" plexiglass so you cannot see the show clearly. I have no idea why they would have not used clear glass or clear Plexiglass for this? CASINO - Unless you want to get lung cancer I would avoid this place completely. The smoke hits you twenty feet from the entrance. We went twice to play the slot machines and never went back. I had to wash my eyes in the bathroom when we left due to the smoke. SHIP DECOR - Not impressive at all and not what I expected from a new ship. Carpeting on the stairs and landings was dark brown. The rest of the carpets were mostly dark brown with some beige/brown areas. Tiled areas were brown and beige. Nice carpet in the atrium areas and theater. The center LCD display which was something I was looking forward too was ruined by putting a BAR at the bottom so the display thing ended with liquor bottles, glasses, sinks and bartenders. Not attractive. OUTSIDE - We enjoyed the mini-golf, the rear pool was lovely (warm and salt water), we really liked the sky ride although it was very busy. Tried the water-slide but five flights of stairs was too much for me (senior). The bowling was a joke and we got a refund after three messed up games when the machine broke down. Library has only TWO tables to play cards and the room has a BAR in it so not easy to enjoy a quiet time with a book. ITINERARY - This was great. Didn't use any ship excursions but went to beaches in both Aruba and Curacao. Lovely places. SERVICE - Very good and no problems. DISEMBARKATION - This was also very good. Our luggage was supposed to be off the ship for pick-up by 8:15 but a staff member told us it was ready at 7:30 so we walked off and were outside by 8:15 to get our shuttle back to Fort Lauderdale. OVERALL - My husband has said that he will not go on Carnival again. This was our second time (Breeze was first) and we were not impressed. We have mostly cruised on NCL but also Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We have sailed many times on Carnival, but have been sailing other cruise lines, recently, for a change. We chose this cruise because it was a chance to try out the new Carnival Vista while going to our favorite island, St. Martin. Well, ... Read More
We have sailed many times on Carnival, but have been sailing other cruise lines, recently, for a change. We chose this cruise because it was a chance to try out the new Carnival Vista while going to our favorite island, St. Martin. Well, that didn't happen, due to Irma, so our itinerary was changed. Still, we got to see Carnival's new Flagship. We were not only unimpressed, but depressed. Carnival is sticking to it's policy of sticking more and more people on their new ships, while keeping common areas to a minimum. Generally, these areas (lounges, showrooms, casino) were too small for the amount of people they place on the ship. Timing of shows was difficult, too. The "Welcome Aboard" show was one time only at 9:00. Our 8:15 dining time wouldn't allow us to go, or I suppose Carnival expected us to skip meeting our dining team on our first night to see their show. We never made it to the late comedy show. We would rush to the lounge for the 9:30 show after dinner, to be told that the room was full and no one else could enter. Several of us in late dining had this same complaint. I would strongly suggest that future cruisers stick to early or anytime dining, as the late dining will keep you from most of the shows. The casino was cramped to the point that the one poker table was placed in the sports bar, and we were always fighting for a seat at one of only two low denomination blackjack tables. The promenade and mezzanine decks were tight. I miss the grand atriums, spacious promenades, and glass elevators. Carnival seems to be leaving those amenities to other cruise lines. The sports deck was nice. Mini golf was fun, and they had outdoor pool tables and foosball. They had a high ropes course and a skyride monorail, although we didn't get to try it out because the line was always 2 hours long. It looked like fun if you're more patient than we are. Crew was exemplary. Our waitstaff in the dining room was the best we've ever had and food was wonderful. Guy's hamburgers and barbeque were great! Best food ever! We never met a crewman anywhere on the ship who wasn't as friendly as can be. The entertainment (brass trio, string trio, and singing duet) were very good. The shows that we did see were generally good. After taking the time to reflect on how our cruise went. We would mostly likely sail on Carnival again, albeit on one of their older, more spacious ships. The Carnival crew was wonderful and we figured that should be the same on other Carnival ships. We definitely will not sail on the Carnival Vista ever again. The ship is a bad design. I suppose if you are lucky enough or wealthy enough to score a Havana cabin, you might like it. Most of the pax we visited did not like the cramped layout of the new ship or it's lounges. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise to sail specifically on the Carnival Vista, with an aft extended balcony stateroom, with the original ports of call -- and we waited 18 months from inception of planning to be able to do this and miss hurricane season. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to sail specifically on the Carnival Vista, with an aft extended balcony stateroom, with the original ports of call -- and we waited 18 months from inception of planning to be able to do this and miss hurricane season. So, it was a huge disappointment for the cruise to be re-routed to different ports that sent us back to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, where we visited in 2015 and had no interest in returning. (Curacao is beautiful.) These 3 stops are a total of 120 miles apart and all could be seen by travel on a small boat in 5-6 hours or at least in one day. There was no option offered by Carnival to do anything different - either go or lose what we paid. The Vista is a lovely ship, with many activities, and crowded most of the time. Serenity deck always had seats/benches, etc., reserved so very few were available, unless it rained. We did not go to any theater productions as seating there did not offer good visibility of the stage. The comedy club is no longer affiliated with George Lopez, and was good, but not as good as prior experiences. We did not get to ride the SkyRide (we waited til one of the 4 sea days at the end of the week) - it closed for the day because of a rain shower and there were no plans to reopen that day. Usual wait time was 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Reflections dining room is SO very plain -- one level -- and resembles a cafeteria. The servers were excellent though. Food was pretty much same as we always have experienced. The pizzas are smaller. The 24-hour ice cream is ALWAYS a favorite. The gift shops were disappointing -- either very expensive jewelry, or really cheap stuff without much variety, and the liquor store onboard was very limited in what they offered. The way we ordered cruise portraits was a huge improvement over looking through thousands to find your own! Thank you for that!!! Service for our room was okay, though we had to call several times for ice before it was delivered. Carnival seems to have cut many of the personal services that used to be offered. No robes are offered nor even mentioned. The Past Cruisers reception, unless you are at Platinum level, has been eliminated. The veterans tea was not memorable, but the Veterans Day celebration with Schwartz was wonderful. He is a really good and funny cruise activities director, one of the best since we sailed on the Liberty years ago with John Heald. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and efficient. I would consider sailing on the Vista again sometime -- not right away. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were excited to try the Vista, but at the same time were a little worried about sailing over Easter Break. Overall we really enjoyed the ship. One of the nice things is the layout of the ship and number of choices you have for fun, ... Read More
We were excited to try the Vista, but at the same time were a little worried about sailing over Easter Break. Overall we really enjoyed the ship. One of the nice things is the layout of the ship and number of choices you have for fun, food, & relaxation; which all contributed to the ship never feeling crowded. Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze. I thought the crew were very friendly and professional. Our Head Server in the MDR, SANJA, was outstanding, but her assistants were not. Found the food in the MDR to be pretty lousy, but there are so many other choices, we didn't really care. i think in the future we will probably only go to the MDR a couple of times, until they put the time into a better menu with better quality choices. There were a ton of things to do and we thought the entire cruise was great. Obviously we didn't care for the MDR food, but that's such a small aspect of the entire cruise. The SPA, Fitness facility, pools, water slide, etc. were all clean & fun! We actually booked the Vista again for next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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