30 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

First and foremost the staff on board this ship are AMAZING!!!! The Cruise Director Matt and COOKIE of the funship team deserve an honorable mention for keeping the FUN flowing on this cruise. They made the trip FUN!!! The ship itself is ... Read More
First and foremost the staff on board this ship are AMAZING!!!! The Cruise Director Matt and COOKIE of the funship team deserve an honorable mention for keeping the FUN flowing on this cruise. They made the trip FUN!!! The ship itself is great. Italian restaurant (except for that double portion business when people ordered the same thing) was good, the Seafood Shack is an AMAZING addition to cruising, Great prices, fresh, HOT food. BBQ was just OK ( I like hot food). Remember when you choose to cruise have a good time. Matt and Cookie were sometimes very PG 18+ but we loved them immensely. Anybody who didn't or were remotely offended to their banter or antics, LOOSEN UP or take Norwegian or Celebrity. You should not have been on the Funships! Also enjoyed the new DJ, kept the party going. Is there a way to find out who the funship team is before you book a cruise?? Only want to cruise on ships where COOKIE and Matt are! COOKIE you gave us LIFE!!!!!! you are on your way to Cruise Director.....or President and CEO of FUN The ship looks like an upscale resort you almost forget you are on the water. Loved it. Didn't stop in Grand Turk due to weather?? Stuck on ship for 3 days. ONLY gave a $15 credit per person which was very unfair!!! RUM bar was not stocked with Malibu rum for full day and a half which was disappointing. Bar staff was good though (courteous and friendly). Dining rooms upgrade really nice. Looks like an upscale restaurant. Dining room food is always pretty basic, hit or miss on entree choices. They definitely need more omelet stations in Lido Marketplace for 4000 passengers. You could choose to do as much or as little as you wanted as they kept the activities going. Need more options for late night food. NOTE to Carnival: people party then want to eat more than pizza late at night. Need to offer other options. Room service can be very slow when 4000 people want a late night snack. The staff (waiters, cabin stewards) work VERY HARD!!!! Remember that before you are unkind or rude to them. Honestly don't know when they sleep. They always seem to be doing something. CARNIVAL YOUR STAFF IS YOUR GREATEST TREASURE I HOPE YOU TREAT THEM WELL. Also note to travelers, even though cruising is pretty much all inclusive, it is still nice to leave your waiter, bar staff or room steward an extra tip for good service. They really appreciate it! Viva la VISTA!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This is our second cruise, first one was on Liberty of the Seas (from Bayonne . This ship expirience is definitely nicer in terms of embarkation and disembarkation. It was faster and more organized in general, almost never a wait. I ... Read More
This is our second cruise, first one was on Liberty of the Seas (from Bayonne . This ship expirience is definitely nicer in terms of embarkation and disembarkation. It was faster and more organized in general, almost never a wait. I don't understand complaints about staff on the ship in some reviews - I personally loved the staff. Everyone was welcoming, not overly intrusive, and very nice. My 5-year old loved the Camp Ocean staff and was crying on the last day because she didn't want to leave! Our cove cabin was simply amazing, I feel like we'll never book anyother cabin anymore, this is the best experience ever. The activities were nice, too, although on sea days I wish they started life music earlier in the day. I loved the traditional tea party with string band! The string band was great as well as the guitar duet and the brass band. The Dr.Seuss parade was a little messy and disorganized IMO but the kids liked it. I wish I knew about Behind the Scenes show - I didn't realized it even exists. Never saw a notice about it but apparently other people booked it. Also I didn't know you can change your time dining to a certain time dining. We'd prefer that because my time dining was inconvenient for us - there was always a line to get checked in and then you had to wait for 30 min on sea days to eat! It was a little crazy with 2 little kids so we only used the MDR twice.But it's ok - the buffet was good (albeit crowded at times),the pizza guy Daniel and his colleague (Forgot the name) are THE BEST! We love and miss them!!! Say hi to them from us :) We also liked the burgers and sushi, but didn't try any other special dining. We're simple :) WE used IMAX and saw 3 movies about nature there for only $5 each. Amazing experience! We did the sky ride, rope course, mini-golf, mini-bowling, The pools never seemed too crowded. Free abs and strech class in the morning was great. There was an art lecture every day, I loved that idea! But would be nice to have a port lecture too, like it was on RCI. We loved the entertainment, Matth the director was awesome, the night with the captain (and free drinks ) were fantastic and the captain himself was soooo nice! And all the shows in Liquid lounge were really good too although a little R-rated, I'd say. We didn't see comedy or magic shows, only the production. The only HUGE no-no that I absolutely hated is that there were way too many outside smoking areas and moreover - a smoking area was right next to the children playground. The smoke was literally ALWAYS on the playground. It's ridicuouls! Who could have thought of such stupid idea???? I tried to talk to the management and also complained on Carnival website. We never used the playground because of that. This is pretty much the reason I'm giving this ship a 4instead of 5. As a nurse Ican never approve of creating more smoking areas especially when children are nearby. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This is cruise number 12 with Carnival which we have taken more than any other cruise line. Overall, this marks our 24th cruise. We wanted to go on the new ship. We have been on more ships in their first year of service with Carnival ... Read More
This is cruise number 12 with Carnival which we have taken more than any other cruise line. Overall, this marks our 24th cruise. We wanted to go on the new ship. We have been on more ships in their first year of service with Carnival than with all other cruise lines combined. Since we live in NYC it is not far to the pier. Embarkation went well. After we checked in there were not enough seats for everyone to sit down on. We boarded the ship quickly then went to our stateroom to put our carry on luggage down. Then we went to the Lido Deck for a bite to eat. Left a message for some friends also going on that cruise tat we met on a prior Carnival cruise. We waited for them and they did show up. We had something to eat then met some other passengers before walking around getting acquainted with the ship. The Carnival Vista has some problems. First, The Liquid Lounge. On the third floor there are seats that can be moved. In that manner the room could be used for multi purposes. However, that means less seating. Less seating and more passengers means that some will not have a chance to see the show. No place to put a drink. However, there are some fixed seats that can not be moved. When seats are rearranged small seats are often placed behind larger seats which means you get a good view of the back of someone's head. The space overlooking the Atrium is too small for the number of people on the ship. When many people want to see that part of a show you don't get good views. There happens to be shows in the Atrium and there is not a lot of room for people to stand and watch. At least the Carnival Dream had more space and seats for people to sit on. More people capacity and fewer elevators means longer wait for elevators. Also, elevators are too small. Dining- The food on Carnival ships are the best. The service in the MDR was also good. We liked the food and service so much we chose not to eat at the Steakhouse when it was offered to us. Entertainment and Activities- The shows weren't bad. We saw one of the entertainers before. Went to the comedy club a few times and it was good. Wife didn't like one of the comics. We both liked the Casino. Played there every night. The Casino Staff were very good people and did a good job. Ports and Shore Excursions- We did not take any shore excursions since we have been to many of the ports before and have already taken excursions we were interested in. We walked around most of the ports or, at least tried to, and purchased some items from local vendors. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
After 27 cruises, I finally took this unique cruise opportunity to try Carnival I wanted to sample their newest ship, on this one-time-only itinerary out of my homeport, New York. This was my first solo cruise in a long time,but I did ... Read More
After 27 cruises, I finally took this unique cruise opportunity to try Carnival I wanted to sample their newest ship, on this one-time-only itinerary out of my homeport, New York. This was my first solo cruise in a long time,but I did know six people from previous cruises, and we always played trivia together, so I did not feel lonely. Two of them graciously invited me to dine with them each evening. Embarkation I booked only a week before departure, so was only able to secure a 100 PM check in time. Embarkation went smoothly, but not so for baggage. Our sailaway was delayed for about two hours due to some issue, and we missed the sailaway due to early dinner time. The first thing I did upon boarding, was to go to the shorex desk, and buy a space on the "Behind The Fun" tour...they limited it to four groups of 16 passengers, on the last two sea days. The next thing was to see the Maitre D to change my 'My Time' dining to assigned early dining with my two friends. Finally, dropped my coat, cap, and carryon bag in my cabin, and headed to the buffet for lunch. I had all my dinners, except for the last night, in the Reflections main dining room. I enjoyed having the same server, who quickly learned my dining preferences. The food was fairly good, as was the service. The three of us are fast eaters, and if we told our waiter we wanted to make the early show, he made it happen...The last night we finally were able to get into the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse. I'd say it was worth the $35. upcharge, at least one time on the cruise. I tried the buffet for half the breakfasts when I was in a hurry....the food again was fairly good. On other days, I went to the Horizons main dining room with my book to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Also fairly good. For lunch, I tried most of the venue's on the ship, at least once.. I was not very impressed with the highly touted 'Guys' hamburgers.....the ones that were served at the Uptown Grill on the NCL Breakaway were far superior to this hamburger lover. I did very much like the smoked pulled pork served at the Pig and Anchor barbecue. I also like the pasta bolognese served at the Cucina del Capitano. Also enjoyed the Mongolian Wok at JiJi Asian Kitchen. The Fresh Creations salad served at the Serenity bar were very good, but the line took much too long...one chef creating individual salads takes a long time...if there were 15 in line ahead of you, it would take about an hour...The Pizzeria del Capitano served up delicious slices around the clock. You could also get softserve ice cream 24 hours, as well as the usual beverages. Not sure, but I think for anything else, it was room service... I never did try the seafood shack, or the Bon Sai sushi, or the other bars that offered some food items... Entertainment I found most of the production shows in the smallish Liquid Lounge, to be the usual...the one standout was 'Flick' The guest entertainers I didn't think much of...the magician, the juggler, the hypnotist, etc. There were six different comedians, that were pretty funny, nothing extraordinary. I didn't care too much for Ben, the piano bar entertainer...I find it tacky to request tips with requested songs, and I also didn't care for the 'adult' language and subject matter, that belonged in the Punchliner Comedy Club. The various music acts were fairly good, but I have seen better at sea... The standout musically was DJ JBlendz, who was truly an artist at his craft... Activities Here is one of the strong points of this cruise... The Cruise Director, Matt Mitcham, and his staff were outstanding...They really made the cruise most enjoyable. I am a trivia addict, and our team won almost half of all the trivia contests on board. After each of our team members won a "Ship-On-A-Stick" trophy, or a "Boat-On-A-Rope" medal, we started donating our awards to children or runners-up in the various games. We also won our share of Red Frog Pub contests...five days in a row, at one point, for the 102 ounce tube of beer to share. The staff ran the games very well, and were great personalities. All were easy to understand. The Quest, adult scavenger hunt, was hilarious. The Academy of Fun enrichment lectures on various topics, such as celestial navigation held in the Limelight Lounge was an unexpected treat, I am told offered only on Carnival "Journey's" (longer) cruises. The arts and crafts giveaways, like the picture frame was nice... And then there was the "throwback" events, to celebrate Carnivals early heritage...such as "horse races", knobby knee's contests, etc.....The highlight was the classic Midnight Buffet held in the Horizons Dining Room, with exquisite ice and food carvings. Brand Ambassador John Heald made a few appearances, and conducted his love and marriage show one evening. There was karaoke, and a guest glee club performance, as well as guest 'dances with the Vista stars' performances. There was an eighties party, a rock and glow party and lots of other activities on the pool deck or in the atrium. There was a very moving tribute to veterans held on veterans day, as well a special verterans table at each formal tea. There was a charity event to benefit St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Really too much more stuff to mention in a review.. I found a good Nelson DeMille book to read in the ships library bar, and simply had too little time to read it. I also enjoyed the sports deck activities...the aerial bike ride was a nice original idea...just wish the track went all the way around the ship...the mini-golf was fun, as was the water park and the ropes course. I didn't use the gym, but I did use stairways instead of elevators for exercise, about 95% of the time..I also did not use the spa or casino. I did purchase a Carnival logo windbreaker in their shops, and almost bought a Citizen satellite watch.....but bought an Omega watch instead, in a shop in St. Thomas I also tried out the 'thrill ride"...I found it a bit disappointing.....I expected a full-motion type ride, but when I saw there were no seatbelts, it clued me that was not happening. The 3D affects were good, as was the wind and water in your face affects, I also tried the "first IMAX at sea", and saw "Sully"...very enjoyable. I did not take any shore excursions, since I have been in the ports several times before, but just walked off and looked around or shopped. We did miss the one port I haven't been to, Amber Cove, DR, due to local flooding, but made up for it by arriving in San Juan early in the morning instead of afternoon... The highlight was the Behind The Fun tour, for $95. which covered the galley, the Chef's Table inside the galley, the laundry, the environmental/recycling area, the ships stores including cold storage, "I-95" on '0-Deck', the crew bar, the crew mess(cafeteria), the entrance to the brig, the entrance to the morgue,the engine control room, the backstage area including the dressing room, the human resources training center, and finally the bridge, where the captain posed with us a group, and individually. In each venue, we were given a lecture by the respective department head, and were conducted from venue to venue by the human resources manager, as well as security persons. We were served pastries and chocolate covered strawberries in the galley, we were served champagne or juice at the conclusion, and given a gift knapsack containing a cap, a hand-carved bar of soap sculpture, and a Behind The Fun wristband and lanyard.... Disembarkation We arrived very early...around 610AM, but were not cleared to disembark until about an hour later... Once we were, getting off went very well, for those of us carrying our own bags... In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, and while Carnival is probably not my first choice, I will try them again in the future.... Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our cruise on the Vista was an opportunity to sail on a new Carnival ship out of our homeport of New York! The dining room was very un-Carnival like and the atrium was too. But the ship was still beautiful.. They tried to get too fancy in ... Read More
Our cruise on the Vista was an opportunity to sail on a new Carnival ship out of our homeport of New York! The dining room was very un-Carnival like and the atrium was too. But the ship was still beautiful.. They tried to get too fancy in the main dining room, so the food was hit or miss. The comedy club was packed every night for good reason. Plus they had karioki there and it was a wonderful experience. There were some very talented people on the cruise and we got to meet many of them! Seafood Shack and Guy's Burger Joint had very good food but I couldn't find cookies or cakes after a certain hour. The pizza was also very good. Lines were long for Sky Ride most of the time, but it was fun! There were no tips on the pool sticks so we didn't play. Once again I beat my wife at miniature golf! We definitely need to sail on the Vista again so we can enjoy some of the amenities we missed! The Imax theatre is not to be missed!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Carnival Vista Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.6
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.6
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6

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