113 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

We flew into Ft. Lauderdale one day prior to the cruise. Stayed at Sleep Inn & Suites in Dania Beach. Pick up at airport was very quick and the driver was courteous. Very nice quiet place to stay with plenty of shopping nearby for ... Read More
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale one day prior to the cruise. Stayed at Sleep Inn & Suites in Dania Beach. Pick up at airport was very quick and the driver was courteous. Very nice quiet place to stay with plenty of shopping nearby for last minute cruise needs. Breakfast was just right before we left for Miami. We have stayed several times here pre-cruise, Staff has always been very polite and helpful . We had early arrival and they had one(of 3) rooms ready so we had a place to put our luggage and change. Used QLS transport for shuttle to Miami and then back to Ft. Lauderdale after the cruise. We have used them for many years, they are an excellent service. Embarkation: We had 11AM time frame and when we arrived we went right in and had zone 2 boarding. We only waited a short time and we boarded the ship. Very quick easy process for boarding. Our luggage was in our room very quickly. Our room steward was Marco and he was unbelievable. What a great young man, he treated us like gold taking care of our every need. We had a balcony room on 9th floor and the room was very nice. We had early dinner and the staff was wonderful led by IWayan our head table waiter. The food was very good and the service excellent. We have sailed on the Breeze so the ship was pretty similar. The water park, serenity lounge etc... was very nice.. Comedy shows were great, laughed so hard at Al Romero and Lester Bibbs that my stomach hurt !! Used he Gym facilities and they were very nice. Excursions: Grand Turk: All inclusive beach break. What a great time. The bartender Joseph and DJ Clint remembered us from last year when we were there.We had a great time and they took such good care of us. excursion was well worth it. St. Maarten: Golden Eagle Sail & Snorkel. What a wonderful excursion. The Boat Captain and crew were awesome. Had a great time on this excursion. Cruise Director Mike did a great job, full of energy and always around the ship.: Only wish there were more activities on the Lido Deck on the final sea day.We laughed so hard during the hairy chest competition and the lipsync competition was awesome. 80's deck Party was awesome. Only complaint was that the underage children running the halls screaming and yelling and banging on doors until 12-1AM. We realize that this is also an issue of parents not being responsible for their children. This was an Easter cruise and will not book again during Easter break. Security was called and they did pay closer attention and called back several times to ask if we were still having problems. There should be a curfew of 11PM for children under 18. Realize they are on vacation to but when they disturb floor after floor of other cruisers it needs to be addressed. Parents who bring children need to realize that they have the responsibility for them and should not leave them to create havoc. Debarkation: We did self assist and it was so easy. This ship was very organized and again cruise director Mike deserves a gold star. We sailed on the Conquest last year and debarkation was a mess, so good job Mike !!! We booked next years cruise in June while on board (group of 9). We had a very good time but again will be cruising first week of June to hopefully avoid the issues with unsupervised children. We have cruised with our children (now adults) and we would not allow our children to do the things the kids on this cruise did. Parents do your job !! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Carnival is a great value and we wanted to try the new Vista. We loved it. It was totally handicap accessible for my son who is 16. He was able to get up to the Sports and Waterpark Deck on 12 which was great. We loved all of the ... Read More
Carnival is a great value and we wanted to try the new Vista. We loved it. It was totally handicap accessible for my son who is 16. He was able to get up to the Sports and Waterpark Deck on 12 which was great. We loved all of the shows. Flick was our personal favorite. Our cruise director, Mike, is by far the best cruise director on the seas. This was our second cruise with him and he makes it so much fun. The IMAX theatre was awesome. Just wish they had more choices in the beginning of the cruise. The only bad thing about the Vista is the Liquid Lounge. The set up is terrible. There was a line each night to get in which was hard for my son in the wheelchair. I just hope on future ships, they go back to the auditorium type area so everyone has a good view. Regarding the food, we love Guys Burgers and 24 hour pizza place. The formal cruise nights had the better food. It was just average the other nights. I do not recommend the chicken at all. The Carnival chocolate melting cake is always to die for and what I look forward to every cruise. We loved the Itinerary of Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, and St. Marten. It is so much prettier, green and mountainous. We went to Margaritaville in Grand Turk. We walked around and went to the Fort in San Juan. We did the Grand Tour of St. Kitts and stayed on the ship for St. Marten since we have been there before. During the cruise, I bought the Thermal Spa package which I loved. So relaxing and a little me time during the cruise. I also had a massage that was very good. The only about the massage is they push you into having something else done like facial or products. I hate that. Overall, the cruise was a huge success and I booked the Vista for next Easter too. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Had a great time on the Vista, so much to do on board! Food was excellent, Cruise director "MIKE" was great! The staff treated us very well, our cabin stew Marco took great care of us! The only problem was unsupervised unruly ... Read More
Had a great time on the Vista, so much to do on board! Food was excellent, Cruise director "MIKE" was great! The staff treated us very well, our cabin stew Marco took great care of us! The only problem was unsupervised unruly teenagers! They roamed the halls late at night at will, banging on doors yelling, even fighting, by the time security arrived, they were gone. Maybe Carnival should consider a curfew for teens, and for those of you will say "they are on vacation also" well....their vacation is not to cause mayhem and act like idiots! Bad parenting and lack of supervision by the same parents is the big cause, but even late at night they should not be roaming the halls, I am talking midnight hours ! We were on deck 9, and the people in cabins around us also complained. My wife and I have already raised our kids, when they were teens we did take them on vacation, and they had great times, but were respectful of others and they were not allowed to run wild late at night. Not saying all the kids on the cruise were bad, they were not but there were groups and you could see them gathering at night and knew that they were up to no good, even heard them bragging about what they did and were going to do. There was a fight at the elevators on deck 9 at midnight one night. Security needs to police the cabin decks at night and a curfew needs to be in place. I am all for a good time but there are limits! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
After reading all the negative comments about Vista, I have to admit we were hesitant to board it. However, from the start, the trip was smooth sailing. We checked in at the airport and took the bus to the port. We had to wait less than ... Read More
After reading all the negative comments about Vista, I have to admit we were hesitant to board it. However, from the start, the trip was smooth sailing. We checked in at the airport and took the bus to the port. We had to wait less than an hour to get onto the ship. We were on board by noon, where the pool was open and food and drinks were available. Our keys to our rooms were placed in the room mailbox and we were in before our luggage arrived. No problem because we had packed our swim suits. Dress was very casual that night including in the main dining room. We found no reason to eat in the specialty restaurants for an extra fee because there was always a wide variety of food to choose from. I did find that on non-elegant nights, people were wearing baseball caps and shorts to the main dining room and were not sent out. The features for kids on this cruise were fantastic. The Family Harbor area was great if you had kids. I did the ropes course and loved it once I got my nerve up and realized I could do it. You are attached and if you fall like one lady did, the crowd below you was very supportive and cheered you on while the rope guy assisted you across the course. There was no wait for this and probably took 20 minutes. Loved the skyride and went on that twice. Had to wait 15 minutes the first time and 25 the second time. If you go as a single you get on much quicker. We did not have time to see any IMAX movie although I would have loved to see Logan which just came out that day. The production players put on great shows with fantastic costumes and we liked 2 of the 3 comedians we saw. Matt the cruise director was wonderful but it was also his last tour, the same as the show crew and piano player. Our first day was a sea day and true to their word, if you left your items unattended for 40 minutes or longer, the staff removed your items to make room for someone else. We had gone on a cabin crawl which took over an hour so no surprise that our stuff was placed nicely in a corner. It was worth it though because we got to see the Havana cabins and several others that are not pictured. 1st PORT - GRAND TURK - when you get off the ship the beach to the right with the blue clam shells is free for Carnival cruisers. Beware the beach is very rocky so bring water shoes. We also checked out Margaritaville which had a great pool and surfing area for the kids. Later we walked to Jack's Shack where beers were $4 compared to $7 at MV. The beaches were less rocky as you walked further down the beach. 2ND PORT - SAN JUAN - spent the whole day in old San Juan touring El Morro which is a national park and free for seniors over 62 with park pass. We walked the trail up to the fort and saw all the cats which lounge around there and are apparently fed by the locals. We had a pina colada at Barrachina Restaurant, the home of the original pina colada. 3RD PORT - ST. KITTS - our last visit there we walked to Palm Courts which the boat crew recommended to us. It is an infinity pool over looking the ocean with a great view of the ship. They had facilities there also. This time we took a taxi (Smokie) to Carambola Beach. We reserved chairs on line which they will hold for you for an hour. Nice beach with bathrooms, showers and restaurant. 4TH PORT - ST. MARTIN - we took a Bernard's Tour here and saw Maho Beach with some planes flying over it while sitting at Sunset Bar, also walked around Marigot and had French pastries at Sarafino's and spent time at La Playa at Orient Beach. There was time to tour Star Wars Museum where the original yoda is before boarding the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Booked on Carnival Vista because it was a new ship and like the ports.  This was my 5th Carnival cruise and have also been on Holland, Royal Caribbean and Princess, so I have been on enough cruises to compare.  Was disappointed with the ... Read More
Booked on Carnival Vista because it was a new ship and like the ports.  This was my 5th Carnival cruise and have also been on Holland, Royal Caribbean and Princess, so I have been on enough cruises to compare.  Was disappointed with the Vista for several reasons.  First the good... We chose an outside cabin and they put us on the main floor, which was convenient for getting on and off the ship.  Our Stewardess Daniella was very good as was the Cruise Direction Matt. Food was typical Carnival fare on the Lido Deck and the Dining Room.  We chose anytime dining and had to go to the 5th floor to register and then go to the dining room after we were assigned a table.   We did also eat at Guy's Burgers and his Barbeque restaurant, although it was hard to find.  Also ate at JinJin for lunch, which was free and enjoyed the noodle bowl. We never had to wait for a table, got in and out very fast, almost felt rushed at times.  Embarking and Debarking was very quick and were on and off the ship very fast. The entertainment did not seem up to par but did enjoy the special program for Veterans that Matt presented.  It was a real tear jerker and even had a veteran from WWI on board.  The shows were not appealing to us, although we did go to two of them and to the adult comedian.  After hearing the F word numerous times, decided we did not want to see the other comedian.  You can be funny without being gross, and no I am not a prude. There seemed to be numerous things for kids.  A Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, numerous foosball tables, skyride, (which you could not get on because they only had a couple of cars going) and a rope climbing area.  In the past, they gave past cruisers a perk.  Several times we got $50 per cabin to spend onboard or a casino voucher.  They also gave a cocktail party but they have done away with that. Now we get a bottle of water per person and one drink the last night of the cruise. They did have a self serve draft beer dispenser in the Lido Buffet and the Pub which saved you from hunting for a waiter. Have to say, the ship did not seem that crowded, maybe because it was so big but think next year we will check into other cruiselines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
2/25/17 – 3/5/17 Cruisers: 40ish parental units and the 13-year-old unit 8A Stateroom: 6242 Embarkation We traveled into Orlando on February 24 in order to attend a Disney DVC Moonlight Magic Event that evening (great by the ... Read More
2/25/17 – 3/5/17 Cruisers: 40ish parental units and the 13-year-old unit 8A Stateroom: 6242 Embarkation We traveled into Orlando on February 24 in order to attend a Disney DVC Moonlight Magic Event that evening (great by the way if you are a DVC member and able to attend one of these!). The drive down to Miami on February 25 was uneventful and had plenty of nice rest stops along the way. Drop off of National Car rental at MIA included a complimentary shuttle to the port which was nice. Arrival at 1:30 PM to port had an empty check-in line for the cruise and we were able to proceed immediately to our stateroom. One of our pieces of luggage did not appear even after dinner and my husband did have to go to guest services to retrieve. This was due to the port baggage handlers breaking the top handle on the luggage and the Carnival stateroom tag falling off the luggage. Vista Amenities Pools – Forget getting a lounger. People are out there clipping on towels at 6AM. (Where exactly do you get towel clips? WINGS??) Do you really need a lounger? No. There are plenty of spaces around the pool to sit with your feet in the water so think outside the box and embrace the modified environment. Hot Tubs - The ship could use a few more hot tubs. The few that it has are always overcrowded and lukewarm. There were a couple of hot tubs up top in the adults only area that were not too crowded. However, this option does not work well if someone in you party is under 18 years of age as they are not allowed in this area so we did not get to utilize this much. Sky Ride – I thought our family would be waiting in line for hours to enjoy based on other reviews. Not true for us! We went at times where we thought logically that there may be a low crowd and enjoyed the benefit of small lines. We literally rode every day except sea days. The highlight was the ride around in Grand Turk. It was absolutely beautiful to look down at the clear water with no other ships in port. Sky Ropes Course – My son did this multiple times a day and LOVED it! I went around once & was lucky to survive! IMAX Theater – We saw La La Land in the theater. Great theater and experience. Note that if you are on Deck 6 and want a drink, you can get them at the IMAX bar even if you are not going to the movie. Dive-In Movies – Went to several movies after dinner and they were fun! Liquid Lounge Shows – This is not our thing so we did not experience. Did walk in to check out what was going on several times and could never really see anything so can understand the complaints about the set-up. Our stateroom was above the LL so can attest that someone was having fun down there as I heard the bass until the wee hours some nights. Casual Dining – Breakfast & Lunch Blue Iguana Cantina– Oh, how I miss you for breakfast with your huevos rancheros & your toppings bar. Pizzeria Del Capitano – It is busy but good pizza. Pig & Anchor – Good BBQ. Fantastic potato salad. Hard to find as it is outside of the Pixels on Deck 5. Guy’s Burger – I think my boys had a burger every day for lunch. Must have been tasty. Circle C – As written by a 13-year-old boy Circle C was pretty fun, there was very little planning and almost everything done was chosen by the kids. Dinners Day 1 – JiJi’s Asian Kitchen I think all of us agreed that this was the highlight of our meals. Not too many customers in the restaurant and we had good ordering advice from the servers and restaurant manager. My picky teen said this was his favorite meal of the cruise. Cannot go wrong with any of the choices here! Day 2 – Seafood Shack & Pizza Got the fried platter and pizza for dinner and watched the Dive-In Movie. Seafood platter was blah. Pizza was good. Day 3 – Bonsai Sushi Good grief this was a mess. We ordered the sushi boat for two, a few skewers & beef teriyaki. The sushi boat came out relatively quickly and the skewers and beef teriyaki took FOREVER to arrive. So much so that the server comp’d them for us. Enjoyed the outdoor seating for dinner at this venue. Day 4 – Pizza & a Movie Got pizza for all and watched Deepwater Horizon at the Dive-In Movie. Great dining plan for an evening with kids or teens. Day 5, 6, 7 – Main Dining Room Surprise! We liked the main dining room. Had the dedicated early dining in Horizons dining room at table 619. Liked this location as it was quiet, on level 2 of the dining room and off to the side behind a glass wall. Did I miss the tablecloths on every night? No. They were there on formal night and it almost seemed silly. Food was excellent! Service was great! Day 8 – Fahrenheit 555 This was the biggest disappointment of the cruise as far as dining. My son and husband were looking forward to this meal and it was a bust. The team serving our table was unfriendly and the service was rushed. Food was mediocre and we all agreed that we would not make a point to go to the Carnival signature steakhouse again. Drinks We did the Cheers! Package. There were some times where you would wait for a beverage but if you were aggressive, the bartenders would take your order. Ports Grand Turk – We rented a golf cart from Karib Auto Rental (~$100USD for rental). We found the Karib rep Boogie (or is it Boogey?) outside the gate of the cruise ship terminal. Boogie was a hoot! Our cart was fun to drive around the island. Challenge to the next golf cart renting cruisers in Grand Turk is for you to find Conch World in your golf cart! Good luck! San Juan – Have always wanted to stay on the ship while everyone gets off and have run of the ship. That’s what we did as we have been to Puerto Rico before. It was super fun to do this on a ship with such fun things to do! St. Kitts – We laid up and got off late just to check email and get a drink at a local café. (We had been here twice before.) St. Maarten – My husband’s father & partner spend a few months in St Maarten each year and we were able to connect with them when we arrived in port. Started out at the Yacht Club to see the boats going out via the Simpson Bay Bridge for the Heineken Regatta. After, we visited at the in-laws condo and went to Dreams beach club on the French side for lunch (yum & nice beach). Ended the day at Sunset Beach bar to see the Air France arrival and a Boeing 737 departure. Took a taxi back from the airport beach at around $9pp. Disembarkation We had a 10:30 AM flight out of FLL. We did self-disembarkation and were off the ship and in a taxi by 7:30 and through security at FLL by 8:30. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We had anytime dining because we were waitlisted for early dining. Service was inconsistent and dinner took longer than what we are used to. I think the staff are taking care of too many tables. It took several times one night for my ... Read More
We had anytime dining because we were waitlisted for early dining. Service was inconsistent and dinner took longer than what we are used to. I think the staff are taking care of too many tables. It took several times one night for my friend to get an iced tea. I am so glad that the photography went digital because when they printed them, it was such a waste. I only attended one show which was lip sync battle finale and I don't like the layout of the theater. Did any of this detract from me having a great time? Absolutely not. On the positive side, we went to Ji Ji's for dinner and it was fantastic. We had Cucina for lunch one day and it could use some improvement. Didn't make it to the bbq because I heard the lines were too long. I missed the grand atrium too. Overall, I had a great time Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Carnival Vista (RT Miami) 2/25/17 – 3/5/17 Havana Cabana Suite: 5233 Ports visited: Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten One day at sea before Grand Turk and 2 sea days after St. Maarten back to Miami My husband ... Read More
Carnival Vista (RT Miami) 2/25/17 – 3/5/17 Havana Cabana Suite: 5233 Ports visited: Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten One day at sea before Grand Turk and 2 sea days after St. Maarten back to Miami My husband and I took our 4th Carnival cruise, lucky 13th overall on the wonderful new Carnival Vista. We are late 50s and mid 60s. We became Gold on this cruise and the perks included a free bag of laundry so we took advantage of that. One Night Pre Cruise We spent one night at the Marriott Biscayne Bay before the cruise. I would definitely recommend this hotel as it was very nice, we had a great room with a balcony and views of downtown AND the ocean. We could also see a few of the cruise ships docked. The room was very clean and large. The only negative was there was not enough help in the restaurant and bar which made for not so great service. But the food and drinks were very good Embarkation Embarkation was the least smooth of our 3 previous Carnival cruises. It was a little chaotic, signage not good for Priority embarkation especially. But, nothing to really bother us but it was noticeable. Thank goodness for Priority… Havana Cabana Suite 5233 We most definitely would book this cabin again. The patio was amazing and the location of the cabin was perfect. The chair swing was soooo comfy. You are just steps away from Ocean Plaza, and Java Blue which came in handy. I was excited to try the Cuban coffee in the morning but guess what? The Havana bar does not open until 11:00. And the bartender told us the Cuban coffee was not as good as Java Blue’s due to the coffee machine not being as good. Needless to say, I don’t want coffee at 11:00 a.m. when I get up at 6:30-7:00. We waited until 7:00 each morning to see Martin at Java Blue. Talk about someone who works really hard. He was there 7:00-7:00 (at least) and NEVER stopped. There was always a line but it moved very quickly. I think Carnival purposely makes their regular coffee horrible just so we buy the other. I did kind of miss a straight out view of the water from a balcony. The patios on the HC cabins has plexiglass all the way up (probably 8-10 feet high). Anyway, the cabin layout was great other than the closet placement. It was just a clumsy location right next to the bed and the closet was very small. The other closet next to the “long” closet is a two compartment closet which is useless to hang shirts from because the space was too short to let something hang. There was ample drawer and shelf space for both of us and plenty of hangers. Wrist band wearing was enforced other than the first day. We participated in a cabin crawl and hosted our cabin. It was very popular. The bathroom and shower were everyone’s favorite. There are two sinks and a big walk-in shower. For those that care, there is NO bathtub. I was pleasantly surprised by this as it allowed for a bigger shower. The room was very quiet but you can hear flushing from cabins on either side. I am very noise sensitive but this as you know didn’t happen too often and was very brief. Our cabin steward and assistant (Donna/Alina) were great. A few nights we noticed a loud burst of music for about 15 minutes (8:15ish) and then it stopped. We never figured out where it came from but we know it was NOT the Havana Bar. I am happy to report you cannot hear any noise from the HB. Havana Cabana Area This was the best part of having a HC cabin. The area is really laid out nicely. We did not get in the pool as the water was too cold for us. But plenty of others braved it. The hot tubs were never crowded. The only negative is bar service. We noticed this throughout the ship as well. There was never anyone to take your order. You had to physically walk to the bar and order a drink. Bar service was slow all over the ship. There was an obvious bar service staff shortage. I believe the only place they still have people walking around to take your drink order is the main pool but I could be wrong. The Havana Bar service was good, not great. The bartenders (only one at a time mostly) had to go back and forth between the inside bar and the outside private bar. There was not a way for them to know if someone was waiting for a drink on the other side. Not a huge problem but kind of annoying to always have to wait. But not a huge problem in the scheme of things but it was noticeable all over. It was nice to walk the short distance from or patio over to the HC area for a drink or to just sit and relax…or do both! Lido Marketplace – 24 hours Standard as on other Carnival ships. It was adequate Gym I visited the gym several times and it was never so crowded that I had to wait for a treadmill. The only time it was moderately crowded was around 9:00 a.m. The other times I went in the afternoon and pretty much had a private gym. Ports of Call We only got off the ship (other than shop at the port) in St. Kitts. We took a Carnival excursion called St. Kitts Highlights and Brimstone Hill Fort…etc. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the views are amazing. It was a great opportunity for photo ops.   Entertainment We went to Matt’s Morning Show twice. We loved him. And he is amazing with kids. The Hasbro Game Show was fun to watch. America Rocks was great fun and the entertainers were terrific. It was a very physically demanding performance. Liquid Lounge is a terrible venue however. The sight lines are terrible and the seats on the first floor are not tiered. Also some views are blocked by speakers and columns depending on where you sit. I am not sure who designed this venue, but someone dropped the ball. It is also very small (or seemed to be). Hopefully they will redesign it for the Horizon. Dining We had early seating and without going into too much detail, we really enjoyed our food. Of course I had Chocolate Melting Cake every night I was there. I highly recommend the Chef’s Table. It is definitely worth the $95 per person. The room they designed within the kitchen is so much more enjoyable than actually eating in the kitchen without walls. We could actually hear the Chef explain things and you could not hear the kitchen noise at all. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. The sushi was great as usual. We went twice. We tried the noodle bowl for the first time and they were excellent also. The Blue Iguana has the best margaritas! Miscellaneous The Carnival Hub App is genius. It worked great but we did not use the Chat feature. I used the social media package and it was great also. I was very happy with the speed of it uploading to Facebook. The last time we cruised with Carnival was out of Galveston so we drove. I asked at the guest services desk regarding the Luggage Direct program. Carnival no longer offers it. Not sure what happened but I am guessing it was too expensive to have to employ people to run the program. One of my general observations was how casual the dinner attire has gotten. That’s all I will say about the subject. I am sure there are areas I did not cover so please feel free to email me at atticus0216@gmail.com if you have specific questions on an area I may not have covered or did not mention in an area I did cover. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
20th Carnival cruise, mostly all good, but cabin location under galley was not best for light-sleeper. Should not need medication to help sleep, but that is what I had to do- kids slept fine and husband managed without sleeping pills, ... Read More
20th Carnival cruise, mostly all good, but cabin location under galley was not best for light-sleeper. Should not need medication to help sleep, but that is what I had to do- kids slept fine and husband managed without sleeping pills, although he commented nightly on the noise from above. We flew into and stayed in FLL and took SAS to the port the next day, Ordered Chinese delivery which was very good. Holiday Inn Dania pre-stay one night was fine, beds comfy and quiet by airport with free airport shuttle. SAS called pre-arrival and drive was fine to port. Embarkation was smooth, Sail and Sign key cards were picked up outside cabin door. Family Harbor Cove Balcony Suite 2425 was gorgeous with long balcony and only 1/2 obstructed view (no lifeboat over second half), but noisy as mentioned every night. 2nd bathroom with tub and sink was useful. Closet design not our favorite at first, but we learned to take turns to access the back wall hanging area and shelves- only one person can get to this area at a time. We don't gamble or buy the alcohol program. Loved the Waterworks and Sportsquare area for both adults and children. Saw the Rockstar show one night and one adult comedy show which were both great. Both times ordered drinks and service was quick and friendly. Loved the new atrium hologram and the entertainment there; also enjoyed the Ocean Plaza area and band, Red Frog Pub area, and deck 5 walking area with BBQ (we ate there once on embarkation, heard it was very busy the rest of the week). We do use the Cloud 9 spas on all the Carnival ships, and enjoyed this area every day for about 2 hours each time. We purchased the weekly pass on embarkation; the Vista design was fine with us, we used every part of the spa- I love the lavender scrub in the steam rooms, and we both loved the hot sauna, the infrared room, and the heated tile benches. There is a hot tub next to the benches so, depending on the crowd, there can be conversation going on in the room which on other ships is usually a quiet area. It didn't bother us if people talked in the hot tub, but on one occasion there was a very intoxicated man drinking and he was very loud. Staff should be sure there is no alcohol being drunk in this area due to the safety issue with extreme heat being used. We were waitlisted for the Chef Table, a galley tour and multi-course (sample-type) dinner that must be pre-ordered, and were approved a couple days before our assigned night. Enjoyed meeting Chef Deepak again (last met on the Breeze in 16) and his crew. New menu was amazing, dedicated Chef Table room was nice, and enjoyed meeting the table mates near us. We did notice that the galley tour was shorter, but we still enjoyed that part of the experience. Still includes a fun magic presentation by an onboard magician and group photo. Must-do for any chefs or foodies out there that like to try new things. We also went to Bonsai Sushi one night for dinner, always amazing and no different on this ship, and to the 555 Steakhouse for my husband's birthday. The steakhouse started out great with a complimentary lobster BLT app. Our order was not correct though, but our server offered to correct it immediately. We opted to keep the entrees we had; hubby was surprised with a birthday treat and staff sang Happy Birthday. We also were given a glass of champagne for the celebration. Overall it was up there with the Chef Table for best night out. We enjoyed Lido activities, especially the Hairy Chest competition which is silly fun where most everyone should be able to chuckle;) Serenity, the adult area, looked nice with the salad bar, but we only walked through once since we had children on board to monitor. The Havana area was nice, but we did not use it after 7 since it was already past sunset when we were allowed access (nice area for those booked in Havana Cabins). We used Your Time Dining, which was excellent. The hostess, Andrea, was always smiling and had something nice to say. Our various servers were amazing, but especially David from St. Vincent, as we created some musical chairs with two tables, 3 adults, and 5 children between two family groups. Food was served within a reasonable time and was delicious, no complaints from anyone in our group. Sea Day Brunch was excellent. Debarkation was one of the best we have ever experienced. Only issue we had was SAS dropping us at the wrong airport Hotel for our one night post-stay. The Hampton Airport North sent their shuttle over to get us and they are excellently located near Slackers Sports Bar, McDonalds, Wendy's, and other businesses. Slept great after watching some football in the hotel lounge. Pool area was nice to catch some final rays during the day. Can't recommend Doughboys Italian food; the Calzone we had was subpar, almost no meat and full of ricotta, not that good, ymmv. Free airport shuttle and no issues at FLL; pretty fast TSA check and one gate change with Jet Blue. First time using Jet Blue, will use again. Prepay for bags, save $. I will write our cabin review below. The Family Harbor Lounge was great! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Booked because of recommendation of Carnival. This has been one of the most disappointing cruises we have ever been on. They have sacrificed aAmenities in order to squeeze more cabins on board. It feels like a "no frills ship". ... Read More
Booked because of recommendation of Carnival. This has been one of the most disappointing cruises we have ever been on. They have sacrificed aAmenities in order to squeeze more cabins on board. It feels like a "no frills ship". Nothing about it is quality. It feels as though we are being gouged at every turn. Everything is extra. Spa is a disgrace. We took the Spa floor in order to use the facilities. Unfortunately, there are 9 warming beds in a male/female room with the hot tub. I waited an hour and a half and finally left. People in the hot tub were noisy and they were right next to those on the hotbeds who were there to relax. The bars were abundant, but after paying top dollar, could not even get a pretzel or aanthing with drink unless we went to store and purchased them separately. The theater is very small and double as the night club. Therefore, we sat in chairs on a level floor and could not see the show from manager Dwayne from the stage. They were chairs that had been temporarily placed until the show was over. They were then moved to make way for the night club. The Serenity deck for adults only, was smaller then that of ships we were on with under 2000. We ordered room service every morning for 7am. It did not come on a number of the days. The room was small and felt cheaply appointed. The bathroom below par. This is our first and last cruise on Carnival. I could go on and on. Never again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
First lets start with the port of Miami staggered embarcation. I was scheduled between 11:30-12:00. I showed up at the port at 11:45, stood in line for 15 minutes outside and was inside the terminal for another 10 minutes before I made ... Read More
First lets start with the port of Miami staggered embarcation. I was scheduled between 11:30-12:00. I showed up at the port at 11:45, stood in line for 15 minutes outside and was inside the terminal for another 10 minutes before I made it to the check in desks. Check in was quick and efficient and I was in the waiting room within minutes after that and boarded the ship by 12:30. The ship is brand new and it shows. Everything onboard looks new. The layout of the ship is very different from older Conquest class ships, it's more compartmentalized and some people seem to have a problem with that but I loved it. My cabin was fine, more on that later. Dining and food... Oh carnival carnival carnival... THIS is where you have gone wrong. Since their cost cutting measures a few years ago there were big cutbacks on selection and quality of food and that has not changed. Still no tablecloths in the dining room, so the unhygienic situation has not changed there. Quite a shame as service in both the dining room and buffet was excellent. Shows in theatre and musicians throughout the ship were quite good. Sadly the layout of the theatre is an absolute mess. They wanted to make it a multi-use room and in the process made it useless. The floor is flat and unless you are in the front rows, all you see is the back of the heads of the folks in front of you. During the "Behind The Fun" tour, theatre staff acknowledged that this seating setup is a huge source of dissatisfaction for both the staff and cruisers. Service throughout the ship was excellent. I never had to wait for a bartender more than a minute. I'd say overall this was the best service I've had on any Carnival ships. Ports were all destinations I've already visited so in most cases I had my own plans. Debarkation and boarding back on the ship was a breeze with no wait at all in all ports. Though the food is almost a deal breaker for me, I would cruise this ship again as I enjoyed everything else about this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Cabin 14201 Spa cabin. This is 1 of 4 cabin on the 14th deck that face forward. This is an ocean view cabin. The room was very spacious. Come out the door and go through a door and you are at the Spa. Just to the left is a door that leads ... Read More
Cabin 14201 Spa cabin. This is 1 of 4 cabin on the 14th deck that face forward. This is an ocean view cabin. The room was very spacious. Come out the door and go through a door and you are at the Spa. Just to the left is a door that leads to a small balcony with sofa. Food: The buffets were just OK. Sea Food Shack: was well worth the money. You get 2-4" lobsters rolls for $12, clam strips were very good $6. Both comes with fries, Seafood platter has a variety of all the fried stuff and was very good as well. For lunch we ate at JiJi's (Asia) and Capitano's (Italian) both were very good. Guy's burgers as you all know was good. The taco's at the blue iguana are good as well. For breakfast We ate in the main dining room once and the food was very good. I ate the huevos rancheros with a fried egg on a couple of mornings from the blue iguana. There is a salsa bar with hot sauces to spice it up(which I really liked). Most mornings we ate at the buffet which has a wide variety of food. For Dinner we ate at JiJi's and at Fahrenheit 555 (steak). Both were excellent as well as the service. I rode the Skyride which gives you a different from above. The water slide with the tube is a blast. The other slide you go so fast you loose perspective of where your at. But it was fun. The Spa: I would never pay again for a Spa room. The small whirlpool was never hot just kind of Luke warm. The aerobatic sauna and turkish bath saunas were the same, never like hot. You had to stay in there 30-45 minutes to get to a sweat. Did not see the since of the infrared sauna it was always cold. Inside the steam sauna the paint was peeling off the dealing. Some of the brackets were coming out of the wall. The service as always is good. Overall we liked the ship but probably would not go on the ship again unless it repositioned to Port Canaveral. I would not go all the way to Miami for it. There was nothing special about it other than it being a new ship and we wanted to try it. Are favorite is the Dream class ship. We have been on the Dream 5 times and want o go on the Magic and Breeze in 2018 when it comes to Port Canaveral Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I departed out of Miami purchasing the airport transfer and we were able to board right after faster to the fun, so we were on board around 12:30; pretty easy. The first sea day we spent in the spa area which was nice but ... Read More
My wife and I departed out of Miami purchasing the airport transfer and we were able to board right after faster to the fun, so we were on board around 12:30; pretty easy. The first sea day we spent in the spa area which was nice but the spa's Jacuzzi was pretty small, room for about 6 people, the rest was very nice. The dining room was in the middle of the ship while they made anytime dining to the larger better view aft of the ship. The food was what you expect not great, but not bad either. Our wait staff was great as usual with Jorge, Leonard and Bryan handling the duties. we only ate there 4 nights of the 8 because we ate at the Steakhouse which was amazing and the Banzai Restaurant (2)where the sushi was terrific and once we had a late Guys Burger which if you haven't had one you're missing out. Our Cabin Steward Budi, was a very hard working guy who was always around when we needed something, we also ordered room service and received it within the hour, not bad! The Punchliner Comedy shows were pretty good, however we don't go to the rated R shows. Grand Turk had some of the most beautiful water in the Caribbean, we did the Hummer Tour and it was fun. San Juan Puerto Rico was pretty cool; getting right off at the dock and up to the fort for a spectacular view, great history very inexpensive. St Kitts- we were tired and only stayed at the port and did some shopping, but we've heard wonderful things about the beaches here. St Maarten was our favorite; water boats, snorkeling, beaches, food...fantastic.. can't wait to go back! 2 sea days of on and off rain, but it didn't damper the fun, we stayed in the Serenity area under a cabana for most of the day, relaxing and seeing whales and dolphins was a plus. Debarkation was terrific, we had an early flight and were off the ship by 8am. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My review will highlight various areas, and hopefully you can pick and choose the options you wish to read, or read in its entirety! It will be lengthy, but fairly detailed. Summary – For all the naysayers about Carnival, I hope you ... Read More
My review will highlight various areas, and hopefully you can pick and choose the options you wish to read, or read in its entirety! It will be lengthy, but fairly detailed. Summary – For all the naysayers about Carnival, I hope you will read this. Carnival is the FUN ship, which is different than a PARTY ship. Carnival wants you to have FUN. They want you to let loose, enjoy, dance, sing, and participate in something you normally wouldn’t. They want you to forget your worries at home and take a week and LIVE. That is what I want in vacation too. I want to try things I normally wouldn’t, and do things that create new memories and new experiences. Certainly they have party ships, but they are typically the shorter trips during peak seasons. So if you have thought about Carnival, but were hesitant, give them a chance with the Vista, Breeze, Dream or Magic. I don’t believe you will be disappointed. In addition, if you are unhappy, as long as you have your passport, advise within 24 hrs, and they will get you off of the ship at the next port and refund your money. So, you have a guarantee. They guarantee you will enjoy your trip, or they refund your money. Having said all of that, overall, this was my favorite cruise to date. I loved the ship, the atmosphere, Matt the Cruise Director is phenomenal, and Cookie, his asst, is hysterical. They make everyone feel special. The food we had was likely the best of any ships we’ve sailed. Everything from the buffet, to Guy’s Burger, to Blue Iguana, to the main dining and to the Italian specialty restaurant, everything was well prepared, hot and delicious. The entertainment was very good, and we had a fantastic time. This cruise had a FB group, and I didn’t participate since I was with a group. I read some of the comments as we were onboard, and sometimes I wondered if I were on the same ship as others. I think some people go in expecting perfection, and you simply set yourself up for disappointment. GOOD POINTS on the Vista – - If you can score a Havana cabin, don’t miss out. They book up fast, and for very good reason. We booked the day the Vista sailings were released. You have your own pool, hot tubs, lounge areas, bar, etc.. It is wonderful, and you won’t need to get up early for a deck chair. For comparison, I have also been in the Haven on NCL. For the cost difference, there is simply no comparison. The only real differences are that you have a personal butler and your own private restaurant in the Haven. That was certainly a nice touch, but I don’t need a butler, and for the cost, you get far more bang for your buck on the Vista. I’m all about bang for the buck. I’m certainly glad I had the opportunity to compare both options. I would do both again at the right price. -The Vista is amazing, it offers so many activities you can’t possibly complete them in the limited time onboard. You have the skyride, ropes course, mini golf, pools, Imax, thrill theatre, hot tubs, basketball, jogging track, bowling and various entertainment venues. - Matt and Cookie are enthusiastic and keep you involved. - Enjoyable and funny shows allowing audience participation - Food was very good and well presented - The Havana. It’s a great concept and worth the extra cost. - TONS of seating areas, outdoor areas, and places to get away. This was a big hit in my book. - The ship did not feel crowded. This is my biggest complaint on most ships we have sailed. I always feel like I’m in a herd of people. I did not feel that way on this ship . DISLIKES about the Vista Liquid Lounge set up – it is too small for the size of the ship. This needs to be fixed because there are so many that want to see the shows and it’s just difficult. More room service items on the breakfast menu. Deck 5 and 10 are the best decks to get around, otherwise, you do have to take stairs on several floors due to dining room locations. The “speed bumps” that are located outside the piano bar and around the elevators are a HAZARD. Another person in our group witnessed a lady that fell and screamed in pain when she didn’t see it. PLEASE be cautious of these. According to many, if you book during PEAK times (spring break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years), there will be TONS more people onboard because they book each room according to capacity. This can add hundreds of extra people and this will make for longer lines and less availability to use areas. This goes for any cruise line, but it seems especially true for this ship. Anytime dining – too many lines and general disarray There are times when service has been cut and it is noticeable when attempting to get a drink. It seems the service personnel don’t have much of a break. I would prefer that the good service people have some time away so they don’t burn out. These people are wonderful. PRE-HOTEL STAY We stayed at the Marriott Pulse Club in South Beach. I had never stayed in this area previously, but it was a sight to behold for people watching. In fact, the Versace family was at the restaurant the night we were there. I would highly recommend walking around the area if you have the opportunity. There are so many little ships and venues, it was incredible. We had breakfast at the restaurant to the right of the hotel (I do not recall the name) and it was amazing. It was expensive, but worth it. There was also a Walgreens in the nearby vicinity you could walk to. TRANSPORTATION We flew into Fort Lauderdale airport and took America Transportation to Miami. They also picked us up from the hotel and transported to the get the cruise port. EMBARKATION We did general boarding, and the process was smooth and the lines moved quickly. Once we made it through the line, we were ready to board, and just had to await out boarding number to be called. I had a client who was also boarding, and she misplaced her passport at some point after getting through the airport. I am now recommending that if you have a closed loop cruise to PLEASE have a copy of your birth certificate with you, or someone who can get it to you. Otherwise, time is of the essence, and if you don’t make it, you miss your cruise. We were fortunate and it all worked out. I want to give a Special thanks to Jose at Carnival for noting my client’s account and making sure to document everything I advised. It made the process so much smoother, and my client made it onboard. Also, get the Mobile Passport APP on your phone and download your passport. That way if something happens, you have a double backup. ROOM STEWARD Donna was our steward, and she was fabulous, always smiling and laughing with us. We truly enjoyed her. She did a great job of keeping everything tidy and providing cute towel animals we all love. One day she did mention she barely had enough time to get off the ship so she could just get some chips, so we brought her back some. She was so thankful. So, if you want to do something nice, ask your steward what they enjoy, and bring that to them. ANYTIME DINING This was the one big miss for me. This is the only ship they are currently using this process. If you are booked on this ship, I highly recommend a SET dining time. They have it set up so you wait in line to get a ticket to go to the dining room. Then you have to wait until they are ready for you. I understood because we were a group it would be slower, but I heard from others which were parties of 2-4 who were waiting 1-3 hrs / night between standing for the ticket and waiting for seating. That is not acceptable. FOOD/DINING Everything was well prepared, hot and very tasty. I cannot complain about the food. In addition, the coffee was very good. We noticed that the NCL coffee had a bitter taste, and this was far superior. In addition, we did the LaCuccina Italian restaurant. The food was incredibly good. All restaurants were very attentive to handling my food allergy issues also. Once you were seated in the dining areas, the service was decent. Bar service for sodas and alcohol was very slow, however, they simply don’t have enough people available to get all the orders for so many people. CABIN - HAVANA We had cabin 5239 in the Haven, which is the last cabin on the end. It is nice because you only have one neighbor to the side of you. We did not experience any issues with people walking around the area. I am unsure why so many mention that, but we certainly didn’t encounter any issues. That particular room is close to a room the stewards use, so you do hear the door opening and closing frequently. Not a huge issue, but one I thought I should mention. I liked this area of the ship, and I was concerned originally because we tend to pick cabins up on a much higher level. We were very pleased. This is a huge thumbs up in my book. Carnival got this absolutely right. I almost wish the area were a tad larger so more could experience it and it would still have plenty of room. POOLS / SERENITY DECK The aft pool is a great place to enjoy the views and the pool. The lido obviously can become very busy, but the Serenity deck on this ship is so incredibly large, it truly helps to provide a hiding spot away from the crowds. YOGURT/ICE CREAM - Available 24 hrs / day, always a nice feature. ENTERTAINMENT We attended the Welcome Aboard show and the Comedy show. I always love comedy, and the comedian did not disappoint. The Blue Velvet singing group was amazing, and there was a man who frequently sang around the Red Frog Pub and in the general atrium that was very good. I was a bit disappointed with the Piano Bar. We thoroughly enjoyed the dueling pianos on NCL, but on Carnival, the lady that was hosting seemed to talk more than sing. She must have been new to the ship, as I had heard others rave about the Piano bar. All in all, they have something for you to enjoy! CASINO We only went to the casino once, and we didn’t really notice the smoke as some people complain about. SPA We did have a couples, hot stone massage, and it was fantastic. I’ve found the spas to be hit and miss, but this one was a HIT. I was very impressed. Also, I have noticed that if we do a massage together, no one tries to sell me anything. Whereas if I go on my own, they always want to try to sell me a product. The spa was very nice, they offer the heated loungers, hot tub, steam room, Turkish bath and other options. PORTS Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Maarten Grand Turk – We had a cabana with our group that we enjoyed. I always love staying at Margaritaville. We also visted Jack’s Shack and saw Topher and his friends. Service there is severely lacking, but it is a nice hang out for the day! San Juan – We briefly shopped in Old San Juan and visited the Fort within walking distance St Kitts – Rail and Sail through Carnival – HIGHLY recommend. Loved the train and the fact we could see so much of this beautiful island. One of our favorite excursions St. Maarten – Purchased a day pass at the Westin. Due to an emergency, we had to depart early, so we only took photos and then left to get to the airport. It’s a lovely resort. GUEST SERVICES We received some bad news while onboard about our elderly dog while onboard, and decided we needed to get home. Guest services was wonderful. They assisted us to get off the ship and were so kind. In order to do so, you must first show your flight departure info, or you cannot be allowed off the ship. However, they were very nice given it was a stressful situation while attending to everything in such a short time span. DELTA For any of you who travel, I have the Delta Amex, and I use it for my business. I had recently received a bonus mile promotion, and fortunately, all of my points paid for our return trip from St. Maarten to Indianapolis. The reservation desk was amazing, and once I told her what had transpired with regard to our dog, she found me the mileage tickets. I was willing to pay the cost given the situation, but she completely went above and beyond, and I am forever grateful. I always complain about airlines, but for once, they did the right thing, and I am so appreciative. So for those of you who travel or have a business, or use their card and pay it off, this is a GREAT card to have, and it paid off for me on this trip. It would have cost us $1357 otherwise. BTW, our doggie seems to be better since we returned, I think he just missed us.  And on that note, thank you for reading, let me know if any questions. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
If I could give carnival vista negative stars I would. The service was terrible, the entertainment was not what you would expect, The ship is bigger only in that they have more rooms they did not increase the public areas to make room for ... Read More
If I could give carnival vista negative stars I would. The service was terrible, the entertainment was not what you would expect, The ship is bigger only in that they have more rooms they did not increase the public areas to make room for the increased number of passengers. At times we had to clear our own table so that we would have a place to sit and eat. I bought the bottomless bubbles package which includes all the soda you want only to find out I could not get soda in any of the food areas but rather I had to go to one of their bars and wait in a typically long line to get a warm can of soda and a glass of ice. If you wanted a chair on the upper deck where you could get some sun you had to be up before the sun to get one. Usually about half the chairs had peoples stuff on them but nobody in the chair, some chairs sat that way for half a day and the staff didnt do anything about it. Carnival may be cheaper but after all the extra things you have to pay for RC is about the same price. Overall I enjoyed my cruise but no thanks to carnival, their ship or their staff. Do NOT CRUISE WITH CARNIVAL!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
One Heck Of a Cruise ! Back in Sept hubby presented me with a folder titled "One Heck of a Cruise" and headed to work. Hubby is a musician and has spent many weekends/holidays on the road. I used to say to him, one day you ... Read More
One Heck Of a Cruise ! Back in Sept hubby presented me with a folder titled "One Heck of a Cruise" and headed to work. Hubby is a musician and has spent many weekends/holidays on the road. I used to say to him, one day you are going to owe me one heck of a cruise. When I was handed the folder, it had print outs of 14 different cruises. I thought he wanted me to pick out the cruise I wanted. The first cruise in the folder was Vista, and I knew I didn't need to look at any of the others, because I really wanted to cruise on The Vista. I texted and told him, I choose Vista, and he says, that's good cause that's one of em! We will be cruising for 106 days total ! He told me he had already spoke to my boss about it all, and he was taking time off as well. We had always planned on taking a cruise like this, but we had dubbed it our "Freedom 55 Cruise" which was still 6 1/2 years away. Hubby and I quit smoking in 2004, and any money we would have spent on that habit went strait into a savings account, and we watched it grow and grow. Although the folder listed which cruises, I did not know the order of cruises, no did I know the cabins. Those were part of the surprise. Our flight departed our city at 6:30am. Neither of us had slept much for the few days leading up to our cruises. We had to take 3 separate flights, with only about an hour wait in between each flight. We flew to Fort Lauderdale, simply because our flight there was $85.00 less for each of us, and our hotel stay was far more affordable than any hotel we could book in Miami on a Friday night. We got to our room at 5:00pm, and we ordered pizza (can't recall the name) but it too was recommended to us as having absolutely amazing pizza. We were starving, and it was the best pizza either of us had ever ate. I think both of us were snoring by 9pm. The Vista ! Hubby's friend picked us up at hotel at 10:30am, and we headed to Miami ! Keep in mind I still had no idea which cruise was first ! He actually blindfolded me ! Everyone was asking why I had a scarf around my eyes...lol. It was The Vista ! This is the cruise I had initially picked from the folder he handed me titled "One Hell Of A Cruise" because at the time I thought he had wanted me to choose a cruise from the folder... Much has changed from our last Carnival Cruise on The Breeze. For starters, the Sail and Sign card is placed in your mail box outside your cabin door, which hubby never took me to until after a pre-embarkation drink Twilight Zone (which is my absolute fav drink of any Carnival cruise ship) (I would have many more as the week went on) and some quick munchies in the very overly packed Buffet. Will write more about food later in review. All the Cruisers seemed happy, but the staff...not so much. Hubby decided since this was the ship I really wanted to cruise on that he would also make it a memorable cabin. He knew I was intrigued by the Havana Cabana...and he was on wait list for 4 months before one came available due to a cancellation. He did say however, that the price jumped up $170.00 from when he had first looked into Havana Cabanas. The cabin was nice, the ambiance in the cabin really made it feel like you were on a cruise. The outside part of Havana was separated by a common walk area. Would have been nicer if there was no space between Cabana and view of ocean, like Balcony cabins. Outside the Cabana was a hanging chair, which was surprisingly comfortable. There was also a lounger and two chairs. It would have been awesome to enjoy what we had dubbed our pre-breakfast, breakfast from room service, however, that only happened once. Not many complaints about the room service food, other than the fact that it never arrived twice, the other 2 times we must have got someone else's orders, because they were totally different than what we ordered. On two other occasions, we had coffee but no cups. The next day, no coffee, but cups came...and on all but 1 morning the delivery to room took over 1 1/2 hrs. So we learned by day 3 to order an 1 and a 1/2 hours before we actually wanted breakfast. Was no biggie, since we were heading to buffet/MDR for breakfast anyways. The Havana Cabana had an airy feel to it. It reminded me somewhat of the spa cabin we had on Sunshine 3 years previous. No complaints about the cabin, there was plenty of storage room. We hung up some shirts, and went to buy our drink packages. Being our first cruise on our 14 cruise ship adventure, we knew we would be enjoying many anticipated Carnival Drinks...particularly The Twilight Zone ! The Atrium : Really didn't have that Carnival Feel, but the Glass Funnels changed colours and designs. There was one before entering the casino as well. Atrium seriously didn't feel or look like Atriums on other Carnival ships. The Casino : We don't gamble, but hubby does like playing one game because when we were on Sunshine, he won a handful of cash from it. He did not even come close this time. Of all the casinos, on all the cruises we have sailed on, no casino seemed as packed as Vista...it was so poorly designed, we couldn't believe it got past the drawing table. Chairs were so close together they might as well have been over-lapping. It was difficult to get through the narrow paths. If I were employed in casino...this would cause me to grumble, but the employees seemed very up-beat and making the best of what we have dubbed "Crazy Cramped" and avoided the casino after the first evening of the cruise. In fact, the crew in casino and Steakhouse were the happiest of all the crew. They were understaffed, and looked worn. The Food : The Steakhouse : Since our first Carnival cruise on Sunshine in late 2013, we had vowed to ALWAYS go to The Steakhouse ! Hubby booked it the first evening of our cruise. We dined early, and when you book first night in Steakhouse, you are given a free bottle of wine, from a very short list to choose from, but it went very well with our meals. I always have The French Onion Soup...because it is just that good ! Hubby was disappointed that The Porterhouse Steak is no longer on the menu. So, instead he ordered The Cowboy Steak. Along with my French Onion Soup, I had the lobster, which I always have, because it has always been phenomenal. For Dessert I had the Caramelized Apples and hubby had The Chocolate Sampler and we shared. We both wished The Steakhouse had more Dessert options, and although hubby said his steak was really good, he missed The Porterhouse. The evening was nice, not busy until we were ready to leave. We were not rushed, we were treated so well. The Seafood Shack : There were plenty of places to dine on Vista. My fav was The Seafood Shack. You placed your order and the food was brought to you. We really enjoyed the New England Clam Chowder. It came in a bread bowl that was even better than the Chowder. Hubby ordered a few buckets of peel and eat shrimp, but the shrimp seemed a tad mushy. We also really enjoyed the Fried Buffalo Shrimp, and recommend the Fish and Chips. One afternoon I ordered The Crab Cake Sliders, and they were amazing. The next time I ordered them, they were not nearly as yummy for some reason. Guys Burger : Hubby loves these burgers. He wished they were open 24/7. Of all the burger joints on all the cruises he said that Guys has the best burgers. I would order a bun with cheese and just build a sandwich with all the awesome toppings. I think hubby had a burger every afternoon. BlueIguana Cantina : (Burrito Bar) Was always packed long long line....that moved way too slow...and we don't know why. We really didn't enjoy it this time. Burrito Bar on Breeze was so much better. With so many different types of wraps, we think Carnival should offer more than whole wheat and jalapeño. We only ate once and never went back. Fresh Creations : Super huge Salad Bar, with so many different ingredients to build an amazing salad. Was freshest food we saw on Carnival Ship. We both enjoyed this, and would have a Salad early afternoon at Serenity area. Was very impressed. I think it was only available a few hours over lunch. We both wished it was open later in the afternoon. Deli, and Pizza : All were available 24/7 if I remember correctly. We enjoy the pizza on Carnival probably more than any of the other ships. At Pizza Place they also offered meatball subs or lasagne on certain evenings meatball subs and lasagne was also offered, and hubby loved those meatballs. We are guessing that The Deli has dramatically downsized. Just seemed to be hardly any options compared to what we remembered on Sunshine and Breeze. Think hubby had a sandwich, but we never went back. Cucina del Capitano : What a popular place. Seemed everyone was raving about this place. It was very busy when opened. Hubby is still talking about Nonas Meatballs. I recommend the Caprese Salad. We dined on this same salad on pretty much every cruise, but I remember the one here the most. We also both enjoyed the Caesar Salad. Came with a small anchovy Fillet. Presentation was pretty. On advice from everyone we had to try the Spaghetti Carbonara...and everyone should try this. I requested no bacon, and they asked if I would like more of something else instead. Awesome. There was also a side dish with tomato and zucchini..and zucchini being one of my fav veggies I had to try it. Wow. I want the recipe ! We ate lots, on all the cruises, some meals much more memorable than others...that one comes to mind right after The Steakhouses. I recommend everyone try it. The Tiramisu looked much nicer than it tasted. I couldn't put my finger on what was off about it, but Tiramisu on Celebrity was far better. Hubby tried some apple in pastry...(was similar to a dessert offered in Steakhouse) and he really enjoyed it. Hubby thought an Italian Cheese Plate would have been nice way to finish off dinner, but there was non on menu. The Pasta Bar : Simple, and quick. Pick your noodle (handful to choose from) pick your sauce (I got brave and ordered Clam sauce....and was pleasantly surprised) hubby had the meat sauce, which he said was pretty tasty. You then pick from a decent list of add-ins, such as Shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, eggplant, sausage...etc. We were pleased with everything. It too was popular. The bread was good, the salad was decent. We meant to go back again for lunch, but we never made it. Ji Ji's Cucina : Just way too small. Did not like the cramped feeling at all. Too many people. We felt so rushed. I had Shrimp Dumplings...(had another name...but not sure what they were called) but they came with some dipping sauces...and the sauces were very good. I chose Sweet and Sour Shrimp...and was impressed. Hubby tried Peppered Beef. Dish was smaller than than we expected, but he said it was decent enough that he would try it again...if we came back on a different Carnival Ship. Seeing so many Cruisers waiting to get into the way too small a space also made us want to rush so others could dine. Pig and Anchor : We do not remember seeing this on or previous Carnival Cruises, but hubby though it was pretty darn good ! It was part of the Guy Fieri creations. Hubby had smoked Pork...and he looked like he was heading to heaven while eating it. I thought the coleslaw was one of the tastiest coleslaws I had over all the cruises. There was a handful of sauces to top your meat. There was chicken, sausage and smoked beef as well. Hubby really wanted to come back and try the smoked beef, on other Cruisers recommendations, but we never made it back. It was only operating on sea days, and very select times. The ShakeSpot : I was so happy when we walked by this gem. They had one on Sunshine as well. I didn't even know they had one on Vista. Spiked or non spiked milkshakes and floats. I swear 1/4 of my weight gain was due to enjoying these too often and too many. Seriously did not walk past it without getting one...and kinda made sure we walked past it a few times a day. These were not included in the drink package, but the Spiked Chocolate Rum one was my fav...a close second was Spiked Frozen Irish Creme...was definitely something to write home about. There wasn't one that I didn't like, and well, I liked them all ! Cost was reasonable at $7.75 or around there. They were big, they had alcohol in them and they were very refreshing. I think all Cruisers should try at least one, and I think ShakeSpot would be excellent addition to all Carnival Cruises. Hubby liked one that had the name Grandpa in it..so much that he ordered it every time I steered him in that direction to ShakeSpot. Half way through Cruise he would say....ohh I know why you want to walk this way...lol. Java Blue : Blue Cake...it was good. Hubby didn't like it, but he isn't really a cake kinda guy anyways. He ate cookies, and lots of them. I think he said he liked the Short Bread ones the most. Hubby is a huge fan of Patron, and the coffee he had with Patron in it was a go-to for him. I thought it was awful. I tried a chocolate coffee...wasn't a fan tho. They also had cappuccino, latte etc. Room Service : So frustrating. Vista really really needs to work on this one. We learned by day 3 that if we wanted a pre-breakfast before heading to Lido or MDR that we had better order at least 1 1/2 ahead. Obviously we were getting mixed up orders. One day we had coffee but no cups, next day no coffee, but cups. We are not big complainers...but my coffee, and hubbies teas are a must after a late night. Hubby was really grumbly about most of the menu having extra cost. He really thinks room service should be included in the cost of the cruise fare. So he refused to order anything that had an extra cost. I remember a grill cheese that I liked. We often would order cookies and cake and just save them for when we wanted them. Think I had a late night Caesar Salad as well. Hubby stook to BLT and said they were actually really good. These late day orders took just as long. I believe a few times we just never got anything at all. Didn't order pizza because it is now extra...but we ran into Cruisers that said we were not missing anything and that it was just not good at all, and different than the Pizza Pirates. The Taste Bar : Absolutely loved this idea. We knew about it on Breeze, but never went. Smaller bite sized portions of what is offered in MDR. Only open in evenings. A few nights we would find ourselves tasting several things along with again...too many people. Carnival should consider having a few of these spread out over the ship. MDR : Of the 14 cruises we took, Vistas MDR experience was truly the worst. Might be the main reason we dined at so many of the other restaurants. We chose My Time Dining. Horizons. It was huge. For those we had spoke to who had set seating times, we heard over and over again how small their MDR was. Hubby and I dined alone and it was never a problem, and always a seat. Other than the bartenders, the staff in MDR were for the most part...Zombies. Some tried, but they always seemed exhausted. We felt bad for them. Way too many diners, not nearly enough staff to handle the work. We tipped ours nicely, not because we were pleased with the food at MDR, but because it appeared each staff in MDR was working the job of 5. We felt the MDR Dining had declined dramatically from our first Carnival Cruise on Sunshine, to The Breeze, and Vistas decline was noticeable. The food just wasn't that good, aside from a few good meals. Not nearly as many selections as on other cruise lines we had cruised on this one heck of a cruise. Hubby always ordered Shrimp Cocktail, which was good, until we compared it to the other cruises. I enjoyed the Caesar Salad, but suggest not ordering it nearing the end of cruise. The last pickings of romaine were probably used near the end leg of cruise. I did really enjoy this portobello mushroom dish. Probably remember that meal more than any other in MDR. One thing we found very disappointing was Escargot is now listed as a rare find, along with Alligator Fritters and Frogs Legs. On other cruise lines we could order it every evening. We had enquired about it to our wait staff, were told they could bring us one out anyways...but it never came to the table. Hubby did say the Braised Short Ribs were memorable, and is listed in his top 20 Fav meals of our cruise. I remember one evening ordering Cream Asparagus Soup and Lobster Bisque. Both were good enough. Avoid Seafood Newburg like a virus...wow, that was just terrible. I ended up ordering two more soups, because I just couldn't eat my main. Seafood Newburg is at the very bottom of my..."never order again list" French Onion Soup and Caprese Salad were very good, and hubby and I both enjoyed those...until comparing them to other cruise meals. One evening we had Smoked Salmon. It was only an app. Wish I would have ordered enough to make it a meal...because it stands out as being really good. We love elegant night (elegant has however lost all meaning on Carnival) and always look forward to Lobster Tail. Wow, they sure are shrinking in size from our Cruise on Sunshine a few years ago, til now. The Lobster came with shrimps that were close to same size as the tail. When they arrived they were pretty much cold. Only thing that warmed them up slightly was the drawn butter...(which was way better, and more plentiful than on the other cruises) My absolute fav meal in MDR was a zucchini - eggplant dish. Can't remember the name...but i wish it were offered every evening. Made it in my top 20 fav meals of the cruise....(sadly there is very few Carnival Meals listed) Crab Cakes deserve an honourable mention as well. Didn't make the top 20, but it was close. The Desserts totally trumped the meals in MDR, in fact other than NCL, I think we enjoyed the desserts on Carnival more than the other cruise lines. The pies on Vista trumped the pies on any other cruise we did. I tried the chocolate melting cake. I always do, and then ask myself what the big hype is about. Hubby isn't a dessert kind of guy, but he always ordered the international cheese plate at the end of our meals, and enjoyed them. A few meals he even surprised me by ordering Sherbet. I did order a banana split from the kids menu on two occasions, and this should be offered on the regular MDR menu, as we had many Cruisers asking us how we got a banana split when they never saw it on the menu. I like cookies, and I liked to order the cookies to the cabin along with the chocolate cake, and have them as late night snack. Activities on Vista : We spent the first evening basically just walking around the ship, getting ourselves orientated with the ship, all the while sipping on some drinks, even tho we were fuller than full. The Sky Ride : Crazy line-ups. On day two hubby and I stood in line for well over an hour. As we approached the front of the line we were told Ride was closing due to increasing wind. We did not complain about the wait in line simply because we met another couple and went for drinks and RedFrog, and then dined together that evening. We also played mini-putt, and had a blast. They were our age, and it was their first Carnival Cruise. We met with them frequently throughout the cruise, and if not much else, this couple helped make our cruise memorable. Comedy : We enjoyed Lester Bibbs. (We had already seen his routine on The Breeze) and although I remember it being pretty much the same, he made us laugh so hard our stomachs hurt. Hypnotist : He was personable, funny and all ages friendly. If you cruise the Vista, make time to see this act. The Magician :was also very entertaining, more so than on the following cruises, and he is one of the first things we bring up when talking to others about Vista. Piano Bar : Just wasn't what it was when we were on Sunshine. We were told he was the best Piano Bar entertainer in the whole fleet. We disagree. He was hungry for tips, would stop in the middle of the songs. We think he was the same one we had on The Breeze, but not positive. We think his name was Ben, but because he didn't really impress us, we only went to piano bar one evening. Karaoke : Was so popular, but unfortunately there just wasn't enough time to fit in all the singers. Carnival really needs to have a Karaoke Bar, that operates all day and into the night. We were told by one of the crew that Carnival does it this way because they find the same Cruisers who enjoy karaoke also enjoy the casino, and Carnival wants them in the casino spending money. Love and Marriage : We made it a point of getting to this line of entertainment as we enjoyed it on The Breeze on previous cruise. We laughed, and it was done really well. One of the couples made it especially hilarious. We recommend Cruisers try and make it to this show. Hasbro : We came, we saw, we left. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but glad we finally got to one after missing it on two previous Carnival Cruises. IMAX, was awesome. Go. Where We Spent Our Time : RedFrog Pub : playing darts and pub style games. We enjoyed it here because of the outside area which we didn't experience on our previous Carnival Cruises. Bartenders were quicker here than any other spots on the ship (and by quicker, I don't necessarily mean quick) Carnival Vista needs more bartenders. Took way too long to get drinks no matter where we were on the ship. Alchemy Bar : we enjoyed our time there, in fact we probably spent more time there than any other spot on the cruise. Try the Caribbean Manhattan. Yum. Yum. We learned a lot from the bartender. Wasn't as popular as it should have been, but that meant more attention to the ones that were there at any given time. Serenity : Was large, like really large. That being said, there were never many places to Lounge due to its popularity. The bartenders there looked so over-worked and so tired. They did their best considering, and we tipped extra due to watching how busy they always seemed to be. Karaoke : Hubby being a musician, he definitely wanted to sing, that only happened once due to the long list of singers. Dive In Theatre : one night we enjoyed a movie with the couple we met. Why doesn't Carnival offer butter with that popcorn ? Was an nice relaxing evening. The Cabin : Our cabin was 185 square feet. Plenty of storage and room to move. We slept well the first evening. I was pleasantly surprised that Havanas stocked cabins with Elimis Products, but gone are the chocolates on the pillows. Two bottles of water, and that was about it. There is a Cabana only area (which opened up to everyone in late afternoon I believe). There was a very small pool, and two hot tubs. Seemed quiet most of the time during the day. An access key card is used to enter the area. Once 5pm rolled around, there was no more quiet, as it opens up to all Cruisers. We heard many Cruisers complain about this, but hubby and I thought that it was perfect for Carnival to let everyone enjoy the area as we did. The Pros : Carnival Comedians : Laugh so hard. By far the best comedians of all the cruise lines we tried on this One Heck of a Cruise. Alchemy : Love this concept. Enjoyed our time there. IMAX : A must see (however not nearly enough showings considering the amount of Cruisers on this ship) St Jude's : We love how much effort Carnival puts into raising money/awareness for this amazing cause. I bought a shirt on all four cruises. The Steakhouse : definitely the first thing we bring up when talking about our Carnival Cruises. We highly recommend Cruisers take an evening to spend there. Probably the best $35.00/person that we spent on all the cruises. The Cons : Staff : There just didn't seem to be enough staff to handle the amount of Cruisers. They looked tired, they looked stressed. They were not nearly as friendly as the staff we had on our three other Carnival Cruises. Tables were not cleared, railings and walls were dirty in some areas. Sometimes we would not see one tray in the hallways, and other times it seemed like there were no staff to collect them. Bartenders seemed like they were trying, but if there is one improvement to be made on Vista we (along with many other Cruisers agreed...they need to have more bartenders staffed) in fact hubby and I almost regretted buying the drink packages because the wait for drinks were prolonged far too long. Whether standing in line at the bar, or waiting for a drink to be served. If we ever cruise on Vista again, we probably won't even bother getting the drink packages. Lack of Art : seriously, the art we did see was nothing to write home about, compared to other ships. Seemed to lack that Cruise Feel, for lack of better words. Cost of Cruise : Havana Cabana : Deck 7. $1669.00 + $122.77 (port fees and taxes) hubby $1669.00 + $122.77 (port fees and taxes) mine --------------------- $3,583.57 + $207.20 (Gratuities) ------------ $3,790.74 Breakdown of cost of cruise : $1,895.37/person grats included. This was an 8 day cruise : $236.92/person/day. We did get the drink package at $399.60/person +. $59.94/person grats --------- =. $459.54/person We felt the drink package was worth the money on the other Carnival Cruises because we had no problem getting our drinks. At $57.44/day and a 15 drink limit, if we drank to our limit every day the cost of each drink amounts to $3.83/drink. Many of those drinks were Twilight Zones (love those) Where we spent our money : IMAX : $12.95/person x 2 = $25.90 The Steakhouse : $35.00/person + we tipped an extra $20.00 = $90.00 The ShakeSpot : $7.75 x 12 = $93.00 (yikes, but well worth it) Cucina Del Capitano : $15.00 x 2 = $30.00. Arcade : $20.00. Laundry : $6.50 to wash and dry one load. St Jude T-Shirt = $10.00 --------------------------------------------------------------- Total. = $275.40 Total spent on cruise minus excursions (will review excursions/ports at end of all cruise reviews) Total spent = $4,985.62 / 2 = $2,492.81 each. / 8 days at sea = $311.60/day per cruiser. To sum up this part of cruise/s : It wasn't worth the $311.60 per day per person. The ship was so crowded in so many places. Took way too long to get served drinks, and hubby likes his beer, and can easily drink 15 on sea days. I don't think he got to 15 on any of those days due to the long waits in line. There was plenty to do on the ship, we met some amazing people who we still keep in touch with. Will we cruise on Vista again...? Probably not. That being said, it wasn't the worst of the cruise/s, but it certainly wasn't close to the top of the list as we thought it would be leading up to the cruise/s. If Carnival were to hire more staff to accommodate the amount of Cruisers on this ship hubby and I agree the experience probably would have been much better. We are however glad we get to say we added Vista to our growing list of Carnival Cruises, and we do love Carnival Cruise Line. We hope this review was insightful. Happy Cruising Everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We were very excited to cruise Vista in January, 2017. We booked an interior room (6420) for the first time. I will admit that it was smaller than any stateroom we have ever booked, but it was plenty of space for the two of us and all of ... Read More
We were very excited to cruise Vista in January, 2017. We booked an interior room (6420) for the first time. I will admit that it was smaller than any stateroom we have ever booked, but it was plenty of space for the two of us and all of our belongings. Embarkation was a breeze because we flew in to the Miami airport and checked in at the cruise counter at the airport. We had booked a transfer, so after checking in, we waited for about 15 minutes for a bus to take us to the cruise port. That was it! When we got to the cruise port, we collected our luggage, handed that over to the porters, then walked straight onto the boat by 12:30. It could not have been easier. We had received paper sign and sail cards at check in, with instructions that our plastic S&S cards would be in the mailbox outside our cabin. When we boarded Vista, directly into the lobby and bar area, we were met by the glowing atrium Funscape funnel. It was beautiful, but didn't feel grand, like the usual Carnival atrium. Notably missing were glass elevators, which always give such a grand feel to each ship. We went directly to the Shore Excursions desk to schedule a Behind the Fun tour and were surprised that it was already full. We were placed on the waiting list and told that if enough people signed up, they would form another tour group, which we would be placed in. Not wanting to keep our carry-on luggage with us while we explored the boat, we decided to see if our room was ready. Surprisingly, it was. Our room keys were already in the mailbox outside our door and we were able to get settled fairly quickly. We looked over everything, left our things, then set out to explore our new home. It was everything I expected it to be, and more. The pools, although not really very large, were beautiful. Beach pool, mid-ship, is where most of the action was. Guy's Burgers was hopping, with wonderful options for a quick meal. The Blue Iguana was also open, though I confess I don't know what they were offering, at the time. We went into the Lido dining area and found a lovely spread, which is where we chose to enjoy lunch. After lunch, we continued our exploration and located the Tides pool on the same deck as Beach pool, but aft. Seafood Shack and the Pizza joint, as well as the Tides Bar are located by the Tides pool. The shops, Cherry on Top, various bars and restaurants are scattered throughout the ship. We stopped by Fahrenheit 555, the steakhouse, to check on our dinner reservations. We were first on the waiting list. Being on the waiting list is fine because many people cancel their reservations, especially on elegant night when they serve lobster in the MDR. But the way they let you know you have been given a seating is to call your stateroom. I don't know about you, but I don't hang out in my stateroom much, when I cruise. I prefer to be lounging in the sun all day. Unfortunately, they do not use the text feature of the Hub App to offer seating options if you are on the waiting list of a specialty restaurant. The good news is that we happened to be in our room getting ready for pictures when they called to offer us a table at a great time. We accepted, and dinner was simply delicious. We wouldn't pay to eat in a specialty restaurant more than once, but for one night, we enjoyed it. Having already booked another cruise aboard Vista, we were tasked by our children to scout the entire ship for family fun, which we could enjoy when we return with them in November, so we enjoyed looking over Carnival Waterworks, The Clubhouse, SkyGreens, SkyRide, and all the other fun things to do. DH, who was recovering from a severe automobile accident, had a recurrence with his back when we visited Grand Turk, so we spent the majority of the week coping and missed much of what Vista had to offer. We did have occasion to visit the medical facility, which we had never done before, and I would like to say that they were simply amazing. From needing a wheelchair transport from Lido, where DH was stubbornly attempting to bite back the agony, to the speed and attentiveness of the medical staff, and then to the sweet lady who wheeled him all the way to our room, post injection, it could not have been better. Of course, not many people care to spend their vacation in the medical facility of a cruise ship, so it was pretty deserted, but they were kind, helpful, and actually, SURPRISINGLY not expensive. DH received the medication he needed to make it through the next few days, then a refill of the prescription when it ran out before the cruise was over. All in all, it was the cheapest and fastest ER visit we've ever experienced. Go Carnival! The remainder of the cruise was dampened by DH's medical issues, so we didn't do many things offered. Since we will be back on Vista in November, I am sure we will experience everything we missed in January. We had to cancel our Behind the Fun tour, which we did get booked, but I'm hopeful that we will get to do it later this year. We did go see a movie in the IMAX theater, which is surprisingly larger than I expected. We really enjoyed it. Before his incident in Grand Turk, DH and I visited the spa, where we purchased day passes for the week, at a discounted rate. Honestly, the spa is very nice. It is a tranquil place to visit. But I cannot say it was worth the cost. When I am cruising, I prefer to be outside as much as possible. The heated loungers are amazing, but that was really the only part of the spa package that I would go back for. The thermal pool is decent, but not remarkable. The steam rooms and saunas are very nice, but not how I want to spend my vacation. I wouldn't purchase this package again. DH didn't get to go much, after his issue with his back. Getting in and out of the thermal pool was out of the question for him. SkyRide was cool, but the line was really long. Waiting for over an hour for something that lasted for just a few minutes, was disappointing. They could have a better wait system. That said, I will be doing this again in November with the kids. The SkyCourse ropes course was another thing I was not able to do. I am a fairly large woman, but not over the weight limit. I, as well as a young man who wanted to do it at the same time, did not fit into the harness for the attraction. As I work with a personal trainer twice a week, I'm hopeful that by November I will fit into the harness and be able to enjoy it then. With people of all shapes in this world, I would think Carnival would have options for people with size issues, provided they do not exceed the weight limit. Overall, Vista was a wonderful ship, with lots to do. We obviously didn't get to do it all, so I am grateful for a chance to cruise her again. Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy all of her amenities next time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I had been planning this cruise since the ship opened up for bookings. Was so excited about going on the newest and largest carnival new ship. Well after the fast and efficient loading process and entering the ship. The wow factor is for ... Read More
I had been planning this cruise since the ship opened up for bookings. Was so excited about going on the newest and largest carnival new ship. Well after the fast and efficient loading process and entering the ship. The wow factor is for sure not in effect on the vista. The huge soaring atrium replaced with the large led light fixture was a big let down in person. i was told this was to make room for the i max. This is great however no one was ever in the imax the the entire week of our cruise. our room was 2412 a cove balcony in the new family harbor area. It was right across from the room dedicated with two game systems and breakfast items in the morning and free ice cream. This area is nice but the same food every morning. This was sort of the theme of the vista. The same every day. Despite matt the cruise director trying to whip us into a frenzy it felt so the same same every day. The lack of table clothes in the main dining room for us was a let down as well. Nothing special anymore. The food the same once again. i will say our cabin steward "darwin" did a outstanding job every day. the for lunch one day we went to the free italian place. The special was "meat lasagane.." well the meat was last nights left over prime rib. not cut up mind you. But one huge chunk of prime rib in between the noodles. This was very not good. then came the employees on the ship who all seems to feel the same as the majority of the passengers. They all hated this ship. Over and over they would complain to someone. Same number of workers and twice the number of passengers. on every night in the dining room we would have to wait almost one hour before even receiving the appetizers. i have to say i was very happy to get off this ship and will never sail with carnival again. My ten year old son did love camp ocean and the sky ride. Even though most days the ride was closed due to the high winds. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose the Vista simply for one reason---it was a brand new ship. We'd been on the Breeze a few years ago just months after it got to Miami and were very happy. We've now been on several Carnival ships (and NCL and Celebrity) ... Read More
We chose the Vista simply for one reason---it was a brand new ship. We'd been on the Breeze a few years ago just months after it got to Miami and were very happy. We've now been on several Carnival ships (and NCL and Celebrity) and consider ourselves loyal CCL cruisers! First of all, let me say that a few negative things about the ship itself did NOT ruin the cruise for us! The weather was beautiful for January and we loved the ports we went to. Embarkation started off strangely. We had selected a "check-in" time of 11-11:30am several weeks before. To this day, I have NO IDEA what that meant! We arrived at about 10:30--asked about the 11:00 check-in and were told to just wait in line. We were given "Zone 3" and sat down. We had a balcony cabin and were very happy with this. Our cabin steward was great! We both thought, though, that this regular balcony seemed a little smaller than on previous ships. We had two small lounge chairs and a table and we always seemed to be moving out of the way of the door. Our first major problem was the "Your time Dining." We had originally asked for "early dining" and later found out we were in "Late." I called CCL well before the cruise and were told we would be "wait-listed" for Early. When we boarded the ship, we discovered they had us down for "Your Time Dining." On our first night, we were told to go to the Java Café on Deck 5. We got there at 6:20pm, waited until 6:50pm to receive our "dining ticket" to proceed to the Horizons MDR on Deck 3. There we waited in line for another 15-20 minutes. The next day, I went to the maître d's counter and asked to be changed to Early Dining. I was told there were NO tables at all in early or late dining. This made me---and a LOT of other people I talked to in the coming days----believe that the 2 dining rooms on the Vista were substantially smaller than on other ships. We have never had a problem switching tables or dining times before. I guess "Your time Dining" would work if you got to the Java Café at 5pm and were first in line!! I'll keep the rest of this short!! The Liquid Lounge is a total joke for a showroom. VERY crowded seating----very poor set-up. You no longer have a nice little table in front of you for drinks, etc. . We sat in the balcony one night and had a tiny, weird 5" oval ledge between seats that I guess was for drinks. If anyone ever used this for their drink, it would most certainly end up in your neighbor's lap! My sister (65) commented one night that if they had to evacuate this lounge in a hurry, there would be serious problems! That is very bad! I have to repeat what other reviewers have said. There is "No WOW factor on this ship! Everything seemed crowded in--even the area where photographers are taking pics on elegant night! Many passengers felt that it was all because they needed the extra room for the big I-Max Theater ($13 pp) and the Thrills theater. I'm very sorry to say we were not impressed with the Vista. If this is the direction Carnival is taking---and we heard that the new Horizons ship is exactly the same design----then we'll be looking at different ships--and different cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
we purchased two Invicta watches onboard,supposedly they were up to 70 percent off with an additional 10 percent off the original price. We,paid $296,for one and $259 for the other only to find the same watches at home for less than half ... Read More
we purchased two Invicta watches onboard,supposedly they were up to 70 percent off with an additional 10 percent off the original price. We,paid $296,for one and $259 for the other only to find the same watches at home for less than half of what we paid on the ship.Carnival super inflates the original,price so you think you are getting a good deal.People beware!!! As far as the ship itself it was a disappointment they made the ship bigger but all the common areas were smaller,the elevator situation was a nightmare,my husband is in a mobility scooter and there were times we waited 20 minutes to get into an elevator,people are so,rude they see you waiting and scoot right in front of you to get into the elevator.If it wasn't for Matt and Cookie the trip,would've been a total disaster. The food was ok,not at all impressed,the buffet was half the size.Im sorry to say we may have to consider a different cruise line for our next cruise.The older Carnival cruise ships were more comfortable than this big new ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Ship design is just ok, not wow by any means. Atrium is smaller, rooms are def smaller. Layout is a little confusing because of the Imax I think. Sky ride was cool but wait was 90 minutes to 2 hours. They could have used a couple ... Read More
Ship design is just ok, not wow by any means. Atrium is smaller, rooms are def smaller. Layout is a little confusing because of the Imax I think. Sky ride was cool but wait was 90 minutes to 2 hours. They could have used a couple more bikes up there to speed it along, plus was closed on last sea day so only 3 of us in a group of 25 were able to do it. My biggest disappointment was the customer service, which we feel has been continually declining. They kept calling this their Flag Ship but you wouldn't know it by the service. Not the friendly out going staff of cruises past. The dining room is really declining. Food quality was horrible, grizzly tough meat, mushy lobster, etc. The wait staff didn't check back once food was dropped and dinner service took forever. Both times we went the lights came on before we were done eating We only went to main dining room 2 nights and then gave up. Also all the restaurants kept the same hours as smaller ships even though this had an extra 1000 capacity, so getting food without long lines was difficult. I will never understand why the only thing to eat between 3 and 5 is pizza. When everyone comes in from port and wants to eat, very little options. And again, if you have a thousand person more capacity, you should provide for that. Even the Seafood shack which was a pay restaurant took forever, 40 minutes for fish and chips and lobster. Embarkation was a bit different, keys were in the mailbox, but we were super confused on how it worked and no one explained anything. Disembarkation was a Hot Mess, they were letting the people without luggage go at the same time that the walk offs were going and as per usual, when the cruise is over, you are a second class citizen! Def wouldn't sail this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Carnival Vista Ratings
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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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