113 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

The Vista looms large and is pretty darn impressive looking up at it from the dock but, once on board, doesn't seem merely as big.  Most of the public places on the ship felt smaller than usual - there is no grand foyer or lobby, ... Read More
The Vista looms large and is pretty darn impressive looking up at it from the dock but, once on board, doesn't seem merely as big.  Most of the public places on the ship felt smaller than usual - there is no grand foyer or lobby, just a couple smaller areas - the "lobby" floor you cannot even get across without having to go up a floor and back down since parts are blocked due to interior restaurants.  The larger aft restaurant (the Horizon) just didn't seem grand at all, it is difficult (unless you are right in the middle of the room on the 3rd floor) to even realize it is a 2 story dining area.  Pools areas felt congested and smaller.  Generally, this cruise seemed like there was less wait staff than any we've been on - lots of tables with dishes and drinks and we had to find a bar for a drink as there was rarely anyone rotating around serving in the pool areas (waved one guy down at one point and he said we should go to the bar if we wanted a drink).  They've done away with some hot tubs (there are 2 in serenity and 2 in the back of the ship on Lido were all we found).  The electronics were incredibly spotty... still some kinks to work out there (Thanksgiving day football anywhere but in the sports bar was pretty much impossible to watch and wireless was largely unusable 2 of the 3 days I purchased the "top end" connectivity package).  That said, a bad day cruising is far superior to just about any other day on the planet.  Carnival isn't close to competing with the likes of an Oasis-class ship with the Vista - they don't have the crew, the processes and procedures down at all.  General consensus of those we spoke with was that the ship was just ok at best - there really isn't anything the ship does better than others or that really differentiates it - too bad, we were hoping from more from Carnival's latest and greatest. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This cruise was booked over a year before the cruise. We ordered bottles of Scotch and Gin prior to the cruise. The Scotch was never delivered nor was the cost credited to our account until I complained - was told they had discontinued ... Read More
This cruise was booked over a year before the cruise. We ordered bottles of Scotch and Gin prior to the cruise. The Scotch was never delivered nor was the cost credited to our account until I complained - was told they had discontinued that particular scotch and that we had been credited - no we were not. The ship is crowed beyond belief. The Dining Room was more like a New Jersey Diner than a restaurant. The Theater was awful - too small and noisy (bar in the back and doors open to the atrium). Ours was an 11 night cruise and we had just one show (Cuban theme) that was even close to good. The ship is poorly designed and the public spaces are too small. All they did was squeeze in more rooms at the expense of gathering spaces. Guy's Burgers was the best highlight of the food service. I will never again cruise on this size ship - very poor cruise. 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
the worse ship, everything is small,comedy room terrible.bathrooms always dirty they cut down on alot of staff i tell u this because i travel alot with carnival and you think this is a great ship oh my god everyone was talking about it and ... Read More
the worse ship, everything is small,comedy room terrible.bathrooms always dirty they cut down on alot of staff i tell u this because i travel alot with carnival and you think this is a great ship oh my god everyone was talking about it and everyone was so upset .closet to small could not fit anythingthey took the space to make more busines more bars.more food so you can purchase,pretty soon you are going to pay for the food in carnival WHEN I WAS EATING WATER WAS LEAKING ON TOP OF ME FROM EVERYWHERE IN THE ROOF OF THE LIDO DECK let me tell you the good about the cruise is that director MATT HE IS WONDERFUL,HANDSOOME AND VERY ENTERTAINING I WOULD NOT TRAVEL ON THAT SHIP AGAIM I TELL YOU I HAVE BEEN ON THE GLORY,PARADISE, PRIDE VICTORY AND I HAD A GREAT TIME ON ALL OF THEM AND MIND ME THEY ARE ALL SMALLER Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
went with friend. embark the waiting was harrable just for a wheelchair. almost fell off becouse the young lady did not know how to deal with it, the food was always cold.rice was icecold in the lido, veg.also in all the food was the same ... Read More
went with friend. embark the waiting was harrable just for a wheelchair. almost fell off becouse the young lady did not know how to deal with it, the food was always cold.rice was icecold in the lido, veg.also in all the food was the same over and over. entertainiment was notting to talk about, this was my frist cruise and I tell it will be my last sorry you must do something ti inprove the food,Disbarking in other ports was so much nicer but in new york gettin out O my god...other people were also talking about the cold food not even warm cabin was nice that I must say, the works were very plasend, an otherthing your popcorn is so dry something must be done about that,I won"t go again.I went with seven other friends, they also dislike the food, your drinks are so watery or the rum is missing truly Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Booked the trip over a year ago. Wanted to leave on her first cruise from NYC. I'll start with the good :) The entertainment crew led by Matt were amazing. Cookie is so funny.They all work so hard and are so good at their jobs.A+ ... Read More
Booked the trip over a year ago. Wanted to leave on her first cruise from NYC. I'll start with the good :) The entertainment crew led by Matt were amazing. Cookie is so funny.They all work so hard and are so good at their jobs.A+ to them. Food at the outer area's was great. Guy's burgers, Pasta Bar, Mongolian Grill, BBQ and Salad Bar were all excellent. Pools, chairs, Dive In Movie's all were awesome. Ship is beautiful, love the colors. Now for the other side Our pre-booking was completed noting we wanted to board between 1130-1200. Upon arrival at the terminal we were not asked our time. They put everyone in the same time slot. We were literally waiting hours to board. It was horrible and totally unnecessary. Cruise was over 2 1/2 hours late leaving port... Very disappointed in the amount of smoking area's on board. The Casino doors are open all of the time and the smoke smell wafts out down the hallways. Many, many smoking area's around the ship. Seems kind of odd that no irons are permitted in the cabins but you can get drunk and smoke and be trusted to put out the cigarette in an approved container. Would have thought a brand new ship may have gone non smoking. Seating in the Liquid Lounge is very bad. If you are not tall, you don't see. I realize Carnival is a laid back Cruise line however when going to a sit down dinner I hated to see people wearing hoodies, hoods up, ball caps, cut off jeans, etc. Really took something away from the experience. Overall we had a good time but I will have second thoughts before taking another Carnival Cruise.... 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
I booked an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Vista Nov 2016 for 11 days from New York. EMBARKATION: I wanted the FTTF (Faster to the Fun) ticket but it was sold out. The embarkation process was very quick even without it. ... Read More
I booked an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Vista Nov 2016 for 11 days from New York. EMBARKATION: I wanted the FTTF (Faster to the Fun) ticket but it was sold out. The embarkation process was very quick even without it. My Nov 2017 cruise, Ill be platinum so I'll be priority from now on. If you can get the FTTF tickets, its worth it in my opinion. But as soon as you book, go to Shore Excursions and click on the home port and you should see if its not sold out. The cost is $69.95. Its worth it to prevent you from standing in long lines. THE SHIP: This ship is very large with lots of things to do on it. 2016 was the Inaugural year. DECOR: The décor is great and different from other Carnival vessels. Its not overly done. But if you are on the ship to enjoy your cruise, the décor shouldn't stop you from having a great time. They have glass steps and a beautiful atrium that looks like a huge champagne glass in the center. Its very bright on the ship. CABIN: My son and I booked a Cove Balcony 2378 for the first time. The cove balconies are great. Many say its closer to the water. That is true, but you can't reach out and touch the ocean so don't get confused if you should hear that. It is very enclosed so you don't have to worry about anyone peeping around your balcony. You may feel a slight mist from the ocean. The life boats are above your cabin so you won't have a lot of sun beaming down on you but you still have a great view. My cabin had a connecting door to another cabin that caught me by surprise, however, the neighbor has a door as well so you don't have to worry about them opening up their door and can walk right in your room. They have a flat screen TV on the wall. The bathroom is your typical Carnival bathroom. The beds are comfortable. I had a great cabin stewart that attended to my needs. We had our Gold member bottled water, robes, and 2016 pins already in the cabin. We also got a beautiful inaugural wooden case with a pen/card inside along with a letter from the captain congratulating us on the cruise on the Vista. All guests got this gift. DINING: Here's the one issue that I have. If you decide to select the 'YOUR TIME' dining, you may have a headache until you get used to it. Its not your typical walk up to the dining counter and get checked in method. You literally have to go to the 5th floor to check in. They will give you a receipt and then you have to go to the 3rd floor to be seated. If you don't get there early, it will be very crowed. I'm talking so crowded that the stairs, elevator areas and hallways were full of people. So if you had a cabin on that floor (not sure if there are cabins on that floor), you will be overwhelmed when you get off the elevator. Then you have 2 lines. You have to stand in one line if you have been checked in or in the other line if you haven't been. We were sent back to the 5th floor to get checked in just to have to come back to stand in the line again. I was furious. We then understood what to do the next day and it wasn't as bad but still annoying. The food was great. They had this Kale Ceasar salad that was delicious. I had that every night. One night they had BBQ ribs that was fall off the bone amazing! The Lido deck was your typical buffet style food. The food was good there as well. I didn't get a chance to stop at the Seafood Shack but will the next time I book. ENTERTAINMENT/ACTIVITIES: Well, I did a lot of resting on the ship but I did get a chance to go to the IMAX theatre. It was beautiful in there. You will have to pay for small bags of popcorn and soda that can be expensive. You will have to also pay for IMAX as well. My son and I got a chance to ride on the Skyride. It was really fun. I enjoyed the gym and most of all the spa. PORTS/EXCURSIONS: We visited Antigua and that was a nice place to visit. We were not able to got to Amber Cove due to the heavy rain storm DEBARKATION: The debarkation was pretty simple and smooth. SERVICE OVERALL: The Carnival Vista is a great and beautiful ship. I had great service and a wonderful time. I cancelled my sailing on the Carnival Splendor to rebook on the Carnival Vista for my Nov 2017 sailing. This time its in an Ocean Suite that I cannot wait to rate. 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
We were looking for a newer ship with an exotic Eastern Caribbean itinerary for our early summer vacation and this was a great option, not to mention a great deal. Living in Miami, I love the fact that I can just take a taxi (now UBER) to ... Read More
We were looking for a newer ship with an exotic Eastern Caribbean itinerary for our early summer vacation and this was a great option, not to mention a great deal. Living in Miami, I love the fact that I can just take a taxi (now UBER) to the terminal and hop on the ship. Embarkation wasnt the best so I will look into Carnival's FTTF for the future. The food variety and quality was phenomenal. Everything from a 24 hour pizza bar to Guy Fieri's Burger Joint where you can get incredible burgers with all the fixins. So many options but my favorites were Mongolian BBQ and the Tandoor area Indian dishes. Our cruise director Matt was a beacon of energy throughout the whole ship. He had us dancing and fooling around by the pool area, not to mention hosting most of the Entertainment throughout the cruise. The ports on our voyage was St Maarten, where we took a taxi and explored the capital of St. Martin, located on the French side of the island, Marigot. Our second stop was San Juan, With its cobblestone streets and well conserved buildings one can really see how it looked back in colonial times. Before checking out the Castillo de San Cristobal, which is the largest Spanish fort built in the New World, We made a stop at Caficultura, a small coffee shop located on the North side of Plaza Colon. I highly recommend this spot if you need to take a break or just need a snack. Didn't have much time in San Juan so we took a taxi to take a quick look at Castillo de San Felipe del Morro before heading back to the ship. In St Kitts we took a taxi to Cockleshell Bay with some decent snorkeling and in Grank Turk just walked down the beach and enjoyed the beautiful scenery... and some rum. Gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
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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