30 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise because my family was going on the same dates. I booked late so no balconies were left. Ended up with interior Deck 8 Forward (8233). This was the smallest room I have ever booked on a cruise and for the length of time ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my family was going on the same dates. I booked late so no balconies were left. Ended up with interior Deck 8 Forward (8233). This was the smallest room I have ever booked on a cruise and for the length of time I brought lots of clothes that didn't fit in small one door closet and three drawers for two of us. I learned my lesson to just take a deck 1 exterior room next time. My family had these rooms and was double the size of ours. I didn't meet our steward until day 3. He did great job of getting me ice each night and left us little towel animals each night. My only gripe was that the Sheets were stained and warn. The pillow cases had heavy beeding. We were originally signed up for anytime dining but changed to early dining as soon as we boarded the boat. The reflections dining room was of less quality than any other ship we've sailed on before. It was very closed in with low ceilings and blocked views out the windows. The other dining room where we ate breakfast each morning was much nicer and had that two story open feeling. Our waiter and waitress we had every night became like family. Our waitress Chi Chi was very friendly and took very good care of the kids we were traveling with. They are three and five and she made sure their meals came right away each night. Our waiter Edward would do magic tricks for the kids and was very personable sharing his hopes of getting promoted into management. The wait staff opened up to me about the long hours they work daily and that they strictly work for tips so the more families they can serve each night the better money they make. Sometimes they have to give quality and sacrifice quantity so that can affect their pay. I disclosed right away I'm in Human Resources so they were very willing to answer any inquisitive questions I asked. Every staff member I came across on this boat was very friendly. I only had one instance where I had to get direct and that was when I tried to eat lunch at the Wok (free till 2:30pm daily) for the fourth time they turned me away at 1:45 stating there's a 50 minute wait. I explained it was the fourth time they're turning me away in a week and I will wait. We were the last ones served in the restaurant that day but it was a nice tasting lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed the three "At Sea" lunch days. Breakfast at the Mexican restaurant was good too. Lunch there was just OK. We had lunch a Guy's Burger one day and it was OK. When we first got on the boat we went to the Guys BBQ. The meat was very salty and the sides were not very good. Food all 7 nights in the dining room was fantastic with so many variations for every diet. We had the opportunity to see all 4 comedians on this cruise. They were all great. Cheeky Charlie was the comedy club manager & she was great fun. We spent lots of time in the casino because they incentivize you after earning 100 points. Learned too late to do all gambling on one card so we would have double the chances to get entered into drawings. As far as Ports on this boat I was thoroughly impressed with all 4 Ports. We did ATV tour on Grand Turk and glad we did as not as much to do on this island say the other 3. Then in Puerto Rico we took taxi off the boat to Bacardi Factory. This was a great thing to do since it was raining the day we were there. We did not make it to the fort because of Weather but if I could request more time in Puerto Rico that would be my only gripe. We explored some of the shopping right off the boat since it was close and convenient. Then when we arrived at St Kitts we took a taxi for 5.00 a person to the beaches farther away. There are men in green shirts right when you exit the boat. There's the 3.00 beach, 5.00 beach & 7.00 beaches. Our 5.00 beach was amazing with rental of two chairs & umbrella costing us $15.00 and bucket of 6 local beers for $15.00. They had showers and free internet as well as jet ski rental services available right there. Our final day was in St Maarten and I wish we would have done an excursion from the boat. We took water taxi over to Dutch side for 7.00 per person but it didn't feel like we got much accomplished. They had a beach with chair rental there too but we had just done it in St Kits. All fun excursions were sold out so boook this one early. Over all I will probably not take a cruise on this boat again because I couldn't get used to the closed in feeling on this boat. There was only one area inside with view of multiple levels. The dining room felt closed it. It overall felt too closed off with very few places to get outside views except through smoked glass. Debarkation was a little bit of a nightmare on this boat. First they start yelling out to exit the boat at 7:00 am when we were in the casino for the final drawing at just midnight. Then they start yellin every 10 minutes to keep exiting. We did not go to the debarkation meeting so we didn't get tags to get off until much later. We decided we get sleep and eat breakfast in dining room but the sleep part was cut short. When I went to pick up our liquor purchases they put three bottles in a two bottle holder so the handle broke. Add for 4 bottle box if you buy 3. Easier when getting to your car/airport. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this shop because we went on it in march 2017 and we had a blast. We (4) took a 8 day southern to aruba etc and we had mike as the cruise director. He was amazing so we came back and this time we have matt. Personally i enjoyed ... Read More
I chose this shop because we went on it in march 2017 and we had a blast. We (4) took a 8 day southern to aruba etc and we had mike as the cruise director. He was amazing so we came back and this time we have matt. Personally i enjoyed mike as a cruise director better. We saw mike all over the ship dressed in different funny memorable outfits. The love and marriage game was better last year. The massage spa treatment was great last year. This year i was thinking of getting one but because of lizelle (one of carnival receptionists reps on deck 11) wasn’t very pleasant. I don’t deal with attitude so i chose not to get a couple massage this year. The food was great at breakfast lunch and dinner. I have 2 favorite waiters/waitress. Juan martin very pleasant and funny. Tells some really funny jokes and elena the headwaitress. She’s amazing. Bubbly and fun. My favorite food last year was the blue iguana. This year it wasn’t hot. So i only had a bowl one day. Last year guy burgers burgers were burnt. This year they are amazing. I think i ate one everyday. Lol. Pizza line is always long. Need a second maybe even a 3 rd person to help out to keep the line down. Ping pong is one of our favorite. We played everyday and if balls weren’t available. Staff would make them readily available. Red frog game peices need to be replaced. A lot the the pieces on shuffleboard were broken. Comedy was pretty funny. I missed lip sync battle. Our girls enjoys o2 for pre teens. Fun and games available. One of my favorites is mz. Drums on the steel drums. You will be amazed at her talent. The shows on the older ships to be are better. I wonder whatever happened to the ice sculpting and the day for different ethnic foods on the lido deck?? The gym area was great but what i noticed on this cruise was we weren’t able to use the steam room unless you pay for it. Why on earth would they charge for this now. On any previous cruise steam and sauna was readily available at no charge and was great after a workout. Thumbs down for this one. I will say the sauna is still free. Room service- our room steward was excellent for both our balcony room and our girls room. He did a excellent job in maintaining and keeping it tidy. Ashbin is his name i believe. Some employees would greet you and some wouldn’t. Overall i give it a 8 for customer service. The halls and i will still continue to cruise with carnival. I love the excitement and adventures. Oh. Just remember they have pigs and anchor (bbq) on deck 5 open only sea day. As well as jiji asian and cucianas italian available 11-2 free daily. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because we've only sailed with Carnival once before and it was on an older ship. It was our first cruise and we enjoyed the experience, so we thought we would give Carnival's newest ship a try. We had a good ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we've only sailed with Carnival once before and it was on an older ship. It was our first cruise and we enjoyed the experience, so we thought we would give Carnival's newest ship a try. We had a good time, but were underwhelmed. I was hoping for more from Carnival's flag ship. Pros-- The internet packages were reasonable, affordable, and above all--they actually worked. If you can't stop posting. This is the cruise for you. The pour-your-own beer taps. These were awesome and are great if you want to get a quick drink to walk around the ship. You could get a full beer for about USD$3.75, while that same beer would cost you almost $7 from a bartender. The entertainment staff were very friendly, witty, and fun. I don't know how they do it, but they manage to make it seem like they are going on this trip for the first time with you. Matt the cruise director, Richie Rich, and Eden at the piano bar were all awesome. I suggest you get to know them. If you like live music, this is the cruise for you. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Cons-- No one on the ship could find bathrooms. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to where they located them. Are they by the elevators? Sometimes. Are they outside restaurants? Sometimes. It got to be very frustrating constantly searching for the bathrooms. The breakfast buffet was literally the same thing every day. So hopefully on the first morning you find something you like. There weren't very many vegetarian options at dinner besides the standard Indian vegetarian meal. I guess they just assumed vegetarians would be happy eating the same meal at dinner for 7 nights in a row. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we chose this cruise for the stops. out of the 16 of us that went 8 of us would not go on that boat again. the handle to the door on the balcony was very hard to operate. the service at most of the outdoor and casino bar was slow, it ... Read More
we chose this cruise for the stops. out of the 16 of us that went 8 of us would not go on that boat again. the handle to the door on the balcony was very hard to operate. the service at most of the outdoor and casino bar was slow, it regularly took 20 minutes to get a drink when sitting at a machine or table. seemed like on sea days one of the buffets was always closed and the lines were long. red frog pub, and steakhouse were excellent. guys burger,the pizza place and asian were good. this is the first time i have not gone to the dinning room(not for any reason i just didn't go) room service was excellent as always. cruise director matt was the best I've encountered. i loved the fact that they now have a military and veteran appreciation day, they raffle off a cruise, they could do so much more like higher discounts for service people, and first responders. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Wanted to sail on Carnivals flagship. Enjoyed the cruise first the good.. So much to do, thrill theater was a blast as well as the sky ride. Has all the eating venues, Ji's Ji's Asian was wonderful and well worth the $15.00 up ... Read More
Wanted to sail on Carnivals flagship. Enjoyed the cruise first the good.. So much to do, thrill theater was a blast as well as the sky ride. Has all the eating venues, Ji's Ji's Asian was wonderful and well worth the $15.00 up charge. Crew was friendly and did there best to take care of us. The Ledo market place is huge and decor is very nice. The Cons the atrium has zero wow factor, Carnival missed the mark with it. It is small and not grand in any way other than a huge led fixture that isn't to impressive. Ledo pool deck area seems smaller than the Dream class ships fills up by 8:00 am. However they did tag chairs and remove items which is the first time I have ever seen this. The restrooms on the Ledo deck are way to small to service the amount of people on the deck. The Liquid lounge is the worse I have seen on any Carnival ship. Flat floor and poles blocking views on upper deck. Better get there early to get a seat on deck 4. Back of ship on deck 10 smelled like sewage consistently which was disappointing because it is a nice area with the Seafood Shack which had awesome lobster rolls. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had just about given up on a carnival cruise lines, BUT thankfully booked on the Vista and my faith in carnival has been restored! It is a relatively new ship, nice decor, light colors, inviting for conversations. This is not a lavish ... Read More
We had just about given up on a carnival cruise lines, BUT thankfully booked on the Vista and my faith in carnival has been restored! It is a relatively new ship, nice decor, light colors, inviting for conversations. This is not a lavish ship with glass elevators, fancy fixtures etc but very welcoming. We liked that it was open, friendly and clean. Our room was perfect for us. Handicap accessible, lots of room and easy to get in and out of. We were on deck 11 (Spa Deck) and was one of the nicest rooms we have had. We did have a window which allowed us to watch the sun rise. Our room steward was great and kept our room tidy at all times. As a handicap (wheelchair bound) person this ship is tight. I avoided the LIDO deck because it was difficult to manipulate the wheelchair between tables, food lines and general seating area. I NEVER waited in a food line because my chair would not fit without moving the barricades etc. I did eat outside where there was more room. The hamburgers were wonderful and easy to get too. Pizza was the normal cruise ship pizza but easy to get to. Up on the 15th floor there is a wonderful "salad" bar. Great fresh food, tasty and easily accessible. The Pig and Anchor on deck 5 is a little hard to find but great food. Worth the search!! Evening dining room was easy to get around in and the service was great compared to the last couple cruises we have been on. Food was good, typical of cruise, yet lots of selections to choose from. I am not a "foodie" so I had no trouble finding things to eat. Servers we much improved from previous experiences. The servers remembered our requests for ice tea, extra better without being reminded every night. They called us by name so I know there are trying to improve their guests relations. Our table of 8 gave each server an additional $20/30 tip per person along with the "standard" tip added to your room. If we ordered room service or coffee in the morning everyone received a tip. Extra service should be rewarded!! Due to the difficulty (which may be only my problem) getting around the LIDO deck we generally went down to the dining room for breakfast. Again, great service and tasty breakfast selection. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants. Guess we are "cheap" but heard great reviews from those who did! Even those ordering in the main dining off the speciality menus loved the food. It did look tasty if you like fresh seafood! I felt carnival really tried to give us a great experience. I really missed the carnival/caribbean vibe on the out decks. Very little music to bob your head too during dining hours. I used to love to get onboard that first day and hear the music playing getting you ready for an exciting week ahead. Really missed that! The decks are super busy - on the upper decks you had to up and out before 6-7 am to get deck chairs. One chair can usually be found but 2-3 chairs in one group was a bit more difficult. Still it can be done! Beautiful ship with lots of things to explore. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our first Carnival cruise and we were a bit hesitant, thinking this was the Walmart experience. Embarkation A Embarkations was super fast. We received a text alert that one gangway was not operation and expected significant ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise and we were a bit hesitant, thinking this was the Walmart experience. Embarkation A Embarkations was super fast. We received a text alert that one gangway was not operation and expected significant delays, but only 10 minutes from curb to ship. The ship cards were immediately available at your stateroom. Décor: B First impression was the atrium lacked the wow effect. Only three decks and did not have the typical glass mirror and in the center a LED martini glass. No rich wood or decorum. We however warmed to this area, and the music performances seemed more intimate. Cabin; B Our room was in the Family Harbor section and we enjoyed having a nearby lounge for breakfast and coffee. The room had a slightly extended bathroom which meant the door was extremely narrow. The bathroom was fine and did not feel overly small, the AC was fine, and the two special request we made to the steward were promptly addressed. Another guest had a comment that Carnival was slipping and mentioned that room service was only once a day. This was true and we had to find our own towels several days. Another problem, and perhaps worse with the younger passengers is that people continue to use their outside voices in the hall. Food:A Breakfast: Generally in the lounge, and restaurant only once. No issues or complaints. Lunch: Wow!!! there were so many options, including no cost specialty restaurants, out side venues like the BBQ, Mexican and Burger places, buffet and the taste bar. Very good. Dinner: at the restaurant and excellent each night. Be sure to look over the entire menu as some items are on a separate page "Ports of Call". We often ordered more than one appetizer and thought most were excellent. After hours, great sandwiches and 24 hour pizza. Daily Activities A Very extensive with multiple events and trivial several times each day. Outside, there were so many things to do, our family, including my teen son, was very active. Major Entertainment B Matt, the cruise director was very good and high energy. The Limelight Lounge where more comedy shows were held was fine. Although the 18+ was pretty raw. Would like to have seem more PG offerings. The Liquid Lounge is too small, and had very bad sight lines. I understand it is multipurpose, but the rows, especially in the upper level were not tiered, The second and third row provided no view, while other rows were also affected. The upper deck should have been dropped 12 - 18 inches and all rows properly tiered. There was a special performance by C. Ivy and she very good, Wishing for more songs. The ship's troupe did not seem to have dynamic voices and that may have been the source or how the microphone was set up. Overall, not too impressed with the vocals. Secondary Entertainment A Very nice acts with plenty of variety. Safety D One night, a 19 year old teen, who was apparently drunk, confronted, then attacked a group of ten teens. He tossed glassed, chaired and physically stuck some of the kids. The next day, he was free to roam the ship without escort. Shore calls: very fast and easy to get off and on. Debarkation A Went very well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was the second time in two years on this beautiful ship. Embarkation was a breeze. I was on the ship in less than 10 minutes from the time I was dropped off. I had a great cabin with two bathrooms and oceanview. The ship was very ... Read More
This was the second time in two years on this beautiful ship. Embarkation was a breeze. I was on the ship in less than 10 minutes from the time I was dropped off. I had a great cabin with two bathrooms and oceanview. The ship was very clean and the food very good. I ate in the Steakhouse twice, had lunch in the Asian and Italian places and enjoyed the main dining very much. I also had a great meal from room service. The Sky ride was fun. I would recommend doing it as soon as you board the ship since the lines are very long the rest of the week. Matt, the cruise director was the best I've had in 18 cruises. No comparison to the others. Guest services couldn't have been any better. Music was very good in the Atrium bar. Loved the IMAX and went to two shows. The only negative I had was our cabin steward was not very attentive but I didn't really care. I'm low maintenance so it's hardly worth mentioning. Others that like to be waited on hand and foot would probably complain about him. Our waiter in the main dining room disappeared after the first night and went to other tables. We got a different waiter. All of them were so busy that it was ridiculous. I could see a major difference in dining service on this ship. But once again, I'm not a spoiled princess so I didn't say anything about it. I did one shore excursion in St. Kitts. It was called The Ten Best of St. Kitts and was very interesting and worth the price. I would book the Vista again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
it was a present for my wife who just retired. We decided to give carnival another try and glad we did. it was the first time in five years we sailed with carnival. The embarkation was the smoothest i have ever did on my 11 cruised. i ... Read More
it was a present for my wife who just retired. We decided to give carnival another try and glad we did. it was the first time in five years we sailed with carnival. The embarkation was the smoothest i have ever did on my 11 cruised. i was told the online check in was the key. they didn't even have to take a picture of us as the took the image off out passports. i guess the image was close enough to out likenesses. the disembarkation was very smooth and fast. we did not do any of the excursions offered by the ship as we elected to get a taxi for our own tours, we seem to like those best. formal dining was hit and miss with service, first formal night took us over two hours to be served. we got to get the melting cake two out of the four nights we ate there. the other four night we ate at the lido. the menu there is the same and the dining room except for the melting cake. we went to one show, rocks. the music was great but i wish the performers could sing on key. my biggest complaint was the notification of our meet and mingle. i was expecting a reminder from the cruise line as promised. i got it on the evening of the 26th. the meet and mingle was on the 25th and as suck i missed it. customer service offered us drink certificated which we accepted. trouble was the had a maximum value of $9.00. the cheapest drink i could find was 9.25 as such we spent from 86 cents to 1.56 each for our "free Drinks". overall it was a great cruise, great weather and a great ship. if the service issues were resolved i could see this being a five star ship instead of the 4.5 stars if now has. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Loved the 8 day Carnival Vista cruise. Pro: 5* dining Lunch options - free at La Cucina and Jiji Asian during lunch times - excellent Entertainment kept us as busy as we wanted Our room stewart, Alfonso (room 7321) was ... Read More
Loved the 8 day Carnival Vista cruise. Pro: 5* dining Lunch options - free at La Cucina and Jiji Asian during lunch times - excellent Entertainment kept us as busy as we wanted Our room stewart, Alfonso (room 7321) was amazing~ thank you Alfonso! Music options kept every taste in music happy Loved 1) Graham in the Red Frog Pub; Karoke 4 - 6 in Red Frog Pub; Violinists, jazz bands, horns, Havana Bar - excellent music! Cruise director, Matt, the best~ Had late night dining 8:30 pm at Station 202, Reflections - servers Luca, Subrata, Ikumang were fantastic Clean ship Hub app worked well - also so glad we added the Whatsapp for minimal $$ to keep in touch with family back home. Ship is massive Cons: Ship is so large we still didn't get our direction bearings after 8 days. Theatres had many obstructed seats - had to go early to get a good seat (at least 1/2 hr) Only 2 small pools (Lido and Tides area). Hot tubs - 2 at Tides and 1 at Serenity Embarkation and disembarkation a nightmare - only had 1 gang plank for both embarkation and disembarkation - we were instructed to embark at 11:30 am first day but were still waiting in line at 1:20 pm. very poor. Ports: St. Kitts - Found on-line & Pre-arranged a tour with Rose & Jim's Taxi - this was an amazing day. Highly recommend. Puerto Rico - did the free city bus tour to Fort and through Old Town San Juan. Great! St. Maarten - Found on-line Bernards - great tour - recommend! Turks n Caicos - BEWARE 'WET MONKEY' tours! Our group of 8 pre-arranged 2 golf carts for $50 each plus tax in early January for our January 27 visit to Turks n Caicos. When we arrived at their designated meeting spot, all golf carts had already been given away. After 45 minutes, they offered to give us 1 of their jeeps and 1 golf cart which they said had been filled with gas. We were told to fill up with gas when we returned. After agreeing to this deal, we checked the gas tanks and found they were empty. We demanded the contract and our money back. Another vendor came up to us at same area and we ended up taking a small 'train-like wagon' around Turks. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I was able to score a Havana Balcony and the itinerary was excellent. Never cruised out of Miami and was a little hectic compared to Galveston. Havana Balcony on deck 5 was expensive but well worth it. Spent majority of sea days on ... Read More
I was able to score a Havana Balcony and the itinerary was excellent. Never cruised out of Miami and was a little hectic compared to Galveston. Havana Balcony on deck 5 was expensive but well worth it. Spent majority of sea days on Balcony or in back of ship. Never went to Lido (other than for food), there wasn’t a need. I can’t say I would book again just due to the expense, but LOVED it. Antrim is missing elevators which I miss, but beautiful. Ship layout like most so if you have been on Dream, Magic or Breeze you will have no problem finding your way around. More seating for outside dining, it is amazing to be able to go to your specialized dining rooms and eat on the deck. Entertainment I found to be like any other ship and was good but not excellent. Seems to be a repeat after sailing multiple times. Service is excellent as always. I had the option of having my room cleaned am, pm, or both. I selected am and had no problems. Found Miami port to be very congested and longer wait times than Galveston. Ports to Grand Turk, St Kitts, San Juan, and St Maarten were fantastic. Would do this cruise, ports and ship again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We just got back from our Jan. 2018 Sailing and we did have a great time. It was a rough first couple days because of the weather but the Captain did the best he could. We were the only ship to make it into our first port. I had heard ... Read More
We just got back from our Jan. 2018 Sailing and we did have a great time. It was a rough first couple days because of the weather but the Captain did the best he could. We were the only ship to make it into our first port. I had heard that a few others werent able to get in. This was our 3rd Carnival cruise and I have to say that the food was the best on this sailing. BBQ and Guys Burgers were very good. Even the buffet food has some really good choices at each meal. The room was pretty much the same as any other carnival cruise. The entertainment was good to great. We saw all 4 comedians. 2 were excellent and 1 was good, while the other was not so good. Blanchard was one of the excellent ones and the others name was Marvin something. Our Cruise Director Matt was the best we have had. Excellent all the way around. Lines were not bad other than if you wanted good seats for the comedy shows. One suggestion for people coming on the Vista. There are not enough good seats available around the lido deck to go around, so get up early and reserve your spot. Thrill Theatre was cool and fun. Did not see an Imax but they had some good movies to choose from. Jumanji and Maze Runner. Really my only complaint was the embarkment and really there wasnt much they could do. Only one gangway was working so it took too long to get the previous cruisers off and get us on. The line was long but we are pretty patient so we got there eventually. Thank you Carnival and all the Staff for a wonderful trip. Cant wait for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We took this cruise primarily to see the newest ship but also the original itinerary. We ended up with the ABC islands instead because of the weather and they were fantastic. The Vista is a beautiful ship but not as open and elegant in ... Read More
We took this cruise primarily to see the newest ship but also the original itinerary. We ended up with the ABC islands instead because of the weather and they were fantastic. The Vista is a beautiful ship but not as open and elegant in some areas as the older ships. There was plenty of room for the guests but gone are the big beautiful Atriums and comfortable seating along the walkways. The staff could not have been better and the food was amazing in all cases. We prefer late dinner assigned seating and on this sailing the shows were not timed very well, unless you can eat dinner in an hour or so. Everything seemed to be coordinated more for open dinner seating, another difference we felt between this ship and the older ones. Overall we loved this ship and staff, especially the cruise director who worked his but off the entire time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise to sail specifically on the Carnival Vista, with an aft extended balcony stateroom, with the original ports of call -- and we waited 18 months from inception of planning to be able to do this and miss hurricane season. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to sail specifically on the Carnival Vista, with an aft extended balcony stateroom, with the original ports of call -- and we waited 18 months from inception of planning to be able to do this and miss hurricane season. So, it was a huge disappointment for the cruise to be re-routed to different ports that sent us back to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, where we visited in 2015 and had no interest in returning. (Curacao is beautiful.) These 3 stops are a total of 120 miles apart and all could be seen by travel on a small boat in 5-6 hours or at least in one day. There was no option offered by Carnival to do anything different - either go or lose what we paid. The Vista is a lovely ship, with many activities, and crowded most of the time. Serenity deck always had seats/benches, etc., reserved so very few were available, unless it rained. We did not go to any theater productions as seating there did not offer good visibility of the stage. The comedy club is no longer affiliated with George Lopez, and was good, but not as good as prior experiences. We did not get to ride the SkyRide (we waited til one of the 4 sea days at the end of the week) - it closed for the day because of a rain shower and there were no plans to reopen that day. Usual wait time was 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Reflections dining room is SO very plain -- one level -- and resembles a cafeteria. The servers were excellent though. Food was pretty much same as we always have experienced. The pizzas are smaller. The 24-hour ice cream is ALWAYS a favorite. The gift shops were disappointing -- either very expensive jewelry, or really cheap stuff without much variety, and the liquor store onboard was very limited in what they offered. The way we ordered cruise portraits was a huge improvement over looking through thousands to find your own! Thank you for that!!! Service for our room was okay, though we had to call several times for ice before it was delivered. Carnival seems to have cut many of the personal services that used to be offered. No robes are offered nor even mentioned. The Past Cruisers reception, unless you are at Platinum level, has been eliminated. The veterans tea was not memorable, but the Veterans Day celebration with Schwartz was wonderful. He is a really good and funny cruise activities director, one of the best since we sailed on the Liberty years ago with John Heald. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and efficient. I would consider sailing on the Vista again sometime -- not right away. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We 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
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
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
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
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
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
We got a great deal sailing on Vista this past December from Miami. We traveled with 3 boys ages 2, 3, & 4, our nephews ages 11 & 13, brother and sister in law, and grandma and grandpa. We all stayed in balcony rooms, on levels ... Read More
We got a great deal sailing on Vista this past December from Miami. We traveled with 3 boys ages 2, 3, & 4, our nephews ages 11 & 13, brother and sister in law, and grandma and grandpa. We all stayed in balcony rooms, on levels 9 and 11. The first night the seas were choppy and you could really feel the boat sway on deck 11. Our 4 year old vomited all over the bed -yay- but the cabin steward cleaned it up without complaints. The balcony rooms were roomy, even with a crib tucked in the corner. The staff was great - can't imagine having to work on a ship for 9 months straight. Most everyone was friendly and willing to help. Nikola, Milosh, and the wait staff at table 750 for anytime dining are wonderful. Always had a smile on their face and genuinely seemed happy to see us every night. The cruise director Matt is hilarious, the shows were pretty good, the little shops in the atrium were nice, they even have a library with board games to keep everyone entertained. We sent our 3 young boys to camp carnival everyday. They give cell phones to families with kids ages 2-5 in case they need to get in touch with you. They never called. The staff was friendly and were great with my clingy 2 year old. But that phone felt like a ticking time bomb, you people with young kids know what I'm talking about! You never know what could happen to kids in day care, bloody nose, fighting, vomit... I tried the sky bike once, the wait time for it can be long, up to 1.5 hours on a busy day. Wait til the ship is about to pull into the port of call, that's the best time to go. The water slides were fun, the pools weren't crowded, and we loved playing ping pong in their game room on deck 12. As with any cruise ship line, the excursions through the ship are always way overpriced. Everytime we've cruised, we always explore the port on our own. Tons of taxis and independent tour companies are available to show you a good time for half of what the ship charges. My only complaint is the food on the ship was only ok. It was always standard American fare. The pizza, taco/burrito place, and Guys burgers were pretty good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Nice new ship, large, but crowds well handled and dispersed. Would not recommend Your Time dining due to wait during peak times. Crew is still learning, not as service friendly as other carnival ships due to inexperience. Cabin steward ... Read More
Nice new ship, large, but crowds well handled and dispersed. Would not recommend Your Time dining due to wait during peak times. Crew is still learning, not as service friendly as other carnival ships due to inexperience. Cabin steward was fabulous. LCD feature was beautiful. Smoke in casino well maintained thanks to acrylic panels that block smoke from going to Promenade deck. Great waterpark for the kids. Overall, impressed and would sail her again. Embarkation was crowded but we managed to get through quickly due to one in my travel party needed a wheelchair. Matt Mitchum was great, as usual, really knew how to get the party started. Essencia, violinists who played in the Atrium lobby also very talented. Family harbor was a nice area to stay in as a cappucino in the morning was only a few steps away. My DD also loved the video games and quick access to chocolate milk. Havana area had good spanish dance music at night. Read Less
Sail Date December 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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