18 Carnival Vista Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Chose the cruise because of the Havana Cabana. It was truly awesome. We actually got to use the pool and jacuzzis. They have always been too crowded with kids on other cruises. The staff in the Havana Cabana was great. They quickly learned ... Read More
Chose the cruise because of the Havana Cabana. It was truly awesome. We actually got to use the pool and jacuzzis. They have always been too crowded with kids on other cruises. The staff in the Havana Cabana was great. They quickly learned everyone’s name and took care of our every need. Food at the BBQ restaurant was very tasty and convenient. The steakhouse and Italian restaurant were both good. Both the dining rooms and the buffet on Lifo deck were very slow. The food was OK but not great. Things just didn’t seem to flow on the ship. It took us 3.5 hours to get off the ship. None of our bags were at the correct cauroselle. Disembarkation is the last impression a cruise leaves and my impression was very poor. Things could have and should have gone much more smoothly. Entertainment was good. We went to music shows, comedy shows, a movie and a couple of “thrill rides” at the theater. However, the sky bikes were never open. We did a couple of snorkel excursions. We’re divers so we are hard to impress when it comes to snorkeling. The excursions were fun but don’t expect to see a lot of coral or fish. At 2 ports we just hired a driver to give us personalized tours. I recommend them. More personal and informative. Cheers package is the way to go if you drink more than about 6 drinks/24 hours. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Embaration was a breeze flew in to Ft Lauderdale And done the airport check in while we waited on our transfer to MIA. Chose a large interior room 8473. Enjoyed to room but missed our balcony. The dining was lacking compared to other ... Read More
Embaration was a breeze flew in to Ft Lauderdale And done the airport check in while we waited on our transfer to MIA. Chose a large interior room 8473. Enjoyed to room but missed our balcony. The dining was lacking compared to other cruise lines. We did My time dine and had To go to the 5 floor to check in for dinner then had to walk to the other end of the boat and go down to either the 4th or 3thfloor to the dining room. I thought this was a bit crazy. We enjoyed all the ports went to vivo beach club in Puerto Rico. Did a tour of the sister island to ST Kitts called Nevis. Then did a jeep tour of st marteen. We also enjoyed all the shows on the Vista. The last thing was we thought the boat rocked a crazy amount compared to other ships we have been on. Weve were on liberty of the seas during hurricane harvey and the ship didnt list nothing like the vista did and we had good weather. Just thought it was worth noting your goin to feel the ocean on the vista. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I'll split this into a few subtopics and rate what I did and did not like. This is only the second cruise I've been on, so I'm by no means an expert but I'll compare it to Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. ... Read More
I'll split this into a few subtopics and rate what I did and did not like. This is only the second cruise I've been on, so I'm by no means an expert but I'll compare it to Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. Embarkation/ disembarkation (Good): Very easy, painless process. No more difficult than RCI to embark and disembarkation was excellent (we arrived back early and chose to bring off our own luggage). Very good process with little waiting in line. The Ship (Okay): The ship was impressive and had a lot of activities to take part in, some of which I thought were great and others I think are a little unnecessary and meant social areas had less space as a result. Firstly, the cinema is a nice extra and is reasonably priced, but I found it took up a lot of space meaning other areas seemed more cramped. This added to the strange layout of the ship and meant there was no real central social area. It wasn't a big problem but it did make the interior feel more enclosed compared to the Allure, which had a lot of social space. The water slides, Skyride and ropes course are great fun, but be prepared to line up for them. Sometimes the line could extended to the bottom of the steps for the slide meaning it was a 5/10 minute wait and the Skyride line often exceed an hour on sea days (note that if weather deteriorates they can close this at any point). Nonetheless, I think they are great additions to the ship and we really enjoyed them. There was a variety of bars and places to eat, but for some reason the ship just felt like it was lacking in things to do. The comedies and entertainment all took place in the same places, meaning there was little choice on what to do at any given time. On the Allure, there was lots of activities to take part in at the same time, but there didn't seem to be much choice on the Vista. The ship did also seem overcrowded at times. I don't think this is confined to this ship and we experienced the same on RCI, but there was a line for pretty much everything on the Vista. This was most prominent at breakfast, which I will go into later. It was also impossible to get a sunbed if you didn't come down early in the morning, the hot tubs were normally full and there was always long lines for food. I found the layout of the decks pretty standard and I liked the adults only area. However, the staff didn't seem to enforce the rules regarding adults only (there were clearly people there under 21) as well as the "no saving sunbeds" rule. Another criticism was the location of the outdoor smoking area (deck 10 starboard) which is next to the pool and a busy walkway. It was probably the windiest part of the ship and there always children walking past (which seemed to defeat the idea of a smoking area). I felt really uncomfortable smoking next to children and people sunbathing. This seemed to also be another rule that wasn't particularly enforced. I saw people smoking outside of the designated area regularly and none of the staff said anything. From a safety perspective, I felt its something that should really be enforced. All in all, there were aspects of the ship I really liked, but the layout could be better. The Cabin (Good): We stayed in a cove balcony cabin and were really impressed. The room was clean, spacious and the bed was incredibly comfortable (I'm a flight attendant and better than most hotel beds I've stayed in). The balcony was lovely and worth the extra money. From the outside, it looks as though you wouldn't be able to see anything from the cove balcony as it below the lifeboats, but this completely isn't the case. It's nice being low down as you can see and hear the waves hitting the ship and its a lot more private than the standard balcony rooms. It was also a great price (we paid just £50 more each to upgrade from Ocean View). We really liked the room and the only negatives we had was that there was a shower curtain rather than enclosure and only had shower gel/ shampoo in a dispenser attached the wall, rather than miniature bottles, but this is us being pernickety. The room was cleaned to a good standard by the friendly housekeeping team and had everything we needed. Another thing we loved (that I don't think RCI have) is the launderettes on every floor. It cost 3 USD for the washer and 3 USD for the drier as well as 1.50 USD for detergent. There was also a free iron and ironing board. We really liked this idea and it was so handy if you like ironed clothes or forgot to pack a few bits. Dining (Okay): There are 3 different dining sittings, early (18:30), late (20:30) or my time dining. We chose the my time and really liked the flexibility. We're late eaters and liked that we could go for dinner up until 21:30. With my time, you check in at deck 5 and they allocate your table and give you a wait time before heading to deck 3. We didn't wait at all for dinner on any of the days and really liked not having a set dining time. When you arrive at the restaurant, you are shown to your table by the front of house staff (Tanusree was fantastic, she would greet us by name everyday and, after having 2 bad tables at the start of the cruise, endeavored to make sure we had nice tables every night after. She was probably the friendliest of all the staff we came across and was extremely helpful). The setting isn't particularly grand but it's not unpleasant. There is no tablecloth except for formal nights and this didn't bother us at all. There is no dress code on casual nights and its common to see shorts and t shirts. Formal nights do have a dress code (no jeans/ t shirt/ short sleeved shirts) but this was never enforced. After reading reviews regarding food, I had low expectations but was actually pleasantly surprised. I don't think the food was as good as RCI, but I didn't think it was bad either. I liked the "taste of port" menu which had specialties of where you were that day and I liked the majority of the food most days. My partner had the steak a few times, it was nice most times apart from one tough cut. The thing that let the dining experience down was the service. It was pretty inconsistent, some days good and some bad with different waiters each night. At RCI, the service was excellent and our waiter knew us all by name, giving recommendations each night. We didn't get that at Carnival and I would assume this was due to my time dining. I wouldn't have minded being served by different staff each night, but the level of service by each was so different. Some would talk, some wouldn't. None gave recommendations and some wouldn't bring fresh cutlery between meals (those who did put them on the bare table). I wouldn't say the dining experience was poor, but it wasn't as good as RCI. Maybe the staff could have a little more training and this would improve? Entertainment (poor): I felt this was where the ship was really let down. A lot of reviews praised Matt (the cruise director) but I wasn't as impressed. Matt was very funny and friendly, but some of his team seemed to have a different agenda (when I say some, I by no means mean all). It appeared that some of the team were failed stage wannabes who wanted to be the center of attention. I found it took away from the people it should be about, the guests. This is just my opinion. I also found the quality and range of activities poor. I didn't see many of the shows as none appealed to be (none were big name stage shows) but the one I did see, I wasn't particularly impressed with. Apart from the shows, all the other "entertainment" consisted of Matt standing on the bar in the atrium or on the seats around the pool (for deck parties) and doing dance routines, getting guests to join in. The music was extremely repetitive (we could predict every song that would come on) and it was pretty much the same thing every night. It was very American focused and I didn't find it entertaining. After the "entertainment" was finished, they would always say to head to the lounge (a club) but at that point, all of the staff would disappear. This was the biggest let down from Carnival and RCI was a lot better. Apart from the mainline entertainment, there was a piano bar (which I found better than the main entertainment) and a band in the Havana bar. There was also another mainline band in the lounge area and either some singers or violinists in the atrium (who were both very good). Past 11pm, most entertainment would dry up leaving you with the choice of the piano bar or the nightclub. I'd go with the piano bar as the nightclub played the same music constantly! All in all, a little disappointing on the entertainment front. Other likes: - Download the Carnival app, I thought it was great. You can book excursions, see whats going on and download professional photos. - The salad bar at the adult only section of the ship was a simple but wonderful idea. I got bored of unhealthy good and this a nice touch. It would just be nice if it was open more often, it was only open 1-3 on sailing days. - The bars never seemed to be too overcrowded meaning it didn't (normally) take too long to get a drink. - The price for the cruise itself we found to be reasonable. If you want to keep costs down, you can (soft drinks package/ cove balcony rather than a standard/ reducing gratuity costs etc.). Other dislikes: - Everything is an added extra. Soft drinks cost more, if you buy a drinks package its limited to 15 per day and the spa is extremely expensive. As with other cruise lines, there are pay- for restaurants (which I didn't think were overpriced) but it all adds up. I think the cost of most amenities was inline with RCI with the exception of the drinks package which was overpriced and limited, unlike RCI. - Some days there seemed to be too many announcements from Matt the cruise director. It was seemingly constant and got annoying. - The DJ played the same music, every day both on the deck and the nightclub. It was too repetitive. - As soft drinks were chargeable, there were no soft drinks stations like RCI. This meant that kids had to go to the bar and wasn't as pleasant for them. - The restaurant was severely overcrowded at breakfast. You could be waiting for 20 minutes just to get to the front of the buffet. I think Carnival really need to look into this. We got around this by ordering room service. - The restaurant had strange opening times. Breakfast ran late but there would be gaps between meals. This wasn't a problem on sea days, but on port days you could get back on board at 4pm feeling peckish and the restaurant was closed. There were other dining options but nowhere to get anything healthy. The rumors: When I read other reviews there were a couple of things I picked up on that I thought I should clarify. - I don't think you can feel the moment of the ship more than other vessels. i'ts a ship, it moves, of course you'll feel it. I don't think it was excessive though. - I didn't think the Casino was overbearing with smoke. Obviously people can smoke there but I don't think it's worse than any other casino. The issue may be that its more centrally located on this ship. - The pools did look a little green. I'm not sure why, it may be a chemical imbalance and I don't think it would be anything to be concerned about. - The theater isn't as horrible as people make out. The main issue is that the seats aren't layered as well as the could be so it's hard to see over the person in front of you. The bottom line: We had a great cruise and really enjoyed ourselves. The main issues are the overcrowding in public areas, the strange layout of the ship and poor organised entertainment. There's lots to do in the day for all ages, its only at night things seem to slow a little. If they improved the entertainment I think it would be a lot better. In future, my preference would be Royal Caribbean, but if the price is right (we saved around 800 USD per person going with Carnival for a like-for-like room) I would chose Carnival again. 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 had never seriously considered a cruise, it just always seemed so out of reach. But then some friends of ours had one booked and we looked into it and decided to give it a try. Oh My Gosh! We came home and immediately booked one for ... Read More
We had never seriously considered a cruise, it just always seemed so out of reach. But then some friends of ours had one booked and we looked into it and decided to give it a try. Oh My Gosh! We came home and immediately booked one for 2019 (43 days left!) and another for 2020! We are so hooked!! It was the most wonderful time!! There was so much to see and do. Embarkation was smooth, we had FTTF and got right on the ship and our room was already ready. Luggage was there right on time. Agus was a wonderful Steward and always remembered our names. The MDR had great food, and wonderful entertainment. Michael was our head waiter and he was great! The Havana area was nice for the hot tub, but we really didn't spend much time there, there was always so much going on! I think a regular cabin for less is just fine since we dont mind children and don't really utilize the pools much. In March 2019 we are taking our teen boys on a smaller ship and we will see if we like it as much! Can't wait to go!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel ... Read More
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel like family. Our cabin was dirty upon arrival. It took an hour just to get into terminal D building, embarkation was a nightmare!!!! I asked our steward the first day for a bucket of ice, needless to say I did not see him or the bucket of ice the rest of the cruise. My time dining was a joke, we had to go to deck 5 to stand in line and ask for a reservation, in which we were handed a beeper and had to wait for a table. Every day you had to repeat this process to go to Horizons Restaurant. Service was slow in the dining room, the buffet had the same hum drum tasteless food, so we ate pizza every night, Carnival is NOT cheap unless you cruise one of those old battleship looking ships like the Sensation!!! Carnival needs at least change the color of the decor from ship to ship!! NOT worth the money!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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
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
We chose this cruise because we like to sail with carnival. it was a really fun cruise. this was our 10th cruise also was our 2nd best cruise. there was a lot of things todo for kids and adults. for the kids there was skyride, ropes ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we like to sail with carnival. it was a really fun cruise. this was our 10th cruise also was our 2nd best cruise. there was a lot of things todo for kids and adults. for the kids there was skyride, ropes course, golf, basketball, kids clubs, trivia, waterpark and etc. if you are an adult you can do those stuff to well except for kids club but they do have a casino. if you want to stay away from kids carnival has it 21 and over adult only serenity it was a nice place to relax. the entertainment on the vista was also really good. the best show had to be the lip sync battle. The food was great. we tried some of the up charge restaurants like jiji asian kitchen, cucina del capitano and the steakhouse. the food was so good and very cheap. the main dining room was also really good and so was the buffet food. I just had to say you had to wait for pizza at the pizza place. cabin was clean and had enough room to store stuff. we had cabin # 11255 best location for a cabin. Carnival has made there check in process much faster too. I do recommend this ship for first time cruisers and exciting cruisers. thats all for now Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Had a great time on the Vista, so much to do on board! Food was excellent, Cruise director "MIKE" was great! The staff treated us very well, our cabin stew Marco took great care of us! The only problem was unsupervised unruly ... Read More
Had a great time on the Vista, so much to do on board! Food was excellent, Cruise director "MIKE" was great! The staff treated us very well, our cabin stew Marco took great care of us! The only problem was unsupervised unruly teenagers! They roamed the halls late at night at will, banging on doors yelling, even fighting, by the time security arrived, they were gone. Maybe Carnival should consider a curfew for teens, and for those of you will say "they are on vacation also" well....their vacation is not to cause mayhem and act like idiots! Bad parenting and lack of supervision by the same parents is the big cause, but even late at night they should not be roaming the halls, I am talking midnight hours ! We were on deck 9, and the people in cabins around us also complained. My wife and I have already raised our kids, when they were teens we did take them on vacation, and they had great times, but were respectful of others and they were not allowed to run wild late at night. Not saying all the kids on the cruise were bad, they were not but there were groups and you could see them gathering at night and knew that they were up to no good, even heard them bragging about what they did and were going to do. There was a fight at the elevators on deck 9 at midnight one night. Security needs to police the cabin decks at night and a curfew needs to be in place. I am all for a good time but there are limits! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
One Heck Of a Cruise ! Back in Sept hubby presented me with a folder titled "One Heck of a Cruise" and headed to work. Hubby is a musician and has spent many weekends/holidays on the road. I used to say to him, one day you ... Read More
One Heck Of a Cruise ! Back in Sept hubby presented me with a folder titled "One Heck of a Cruise" and headed to work. Hubby is a musician and has spent many weekends/holidays on the road. I used to say to him, one day you are going to owe me one heck of a cruise. When I was handed the folder, it had print outs of 14 different cruises. I thought he wanted me to pick out the cruise I wanted. The first cruise in the folder was Vista, and I knew I didn't need to look at any of the others, because I really wanted to cruise on The Vista. I texted and told him, I choose Vista, and he says, that's good cause that's one of em! We will be cruising for 106 days total ! He told me he had already spoke to my boss about it all, and he was taking time off as well. We had always planned on taking a cruise like this, but we had dubbed it our "Freedom 55 Cruise" which was still 6 1/2 years away. Hubby and I quit smoking in 2004, and any money we would have spent on that habit went strait into a savings account, and we watched it grow and grow. Although the folder listed which cruises, I did not know the order of cruises, no did I know the cabins. Those were part of the surprise. Our flight departed our city at 6:30am. Neither of us had slept much for the few days leading up to our cruises. We had to take 3 separate flights, with only about an hour wait in between each flight. We flew to Fort Lauderdale, simply because our flight there was $85.00 less for each of us, and our hotel stay was far more affordable than any hotel we could book in Miami on a Friday night. We got to our room at 5:00pm, and we ordered pizza (can't recall the name) but it too was recommended to us as having absolutely amazing pizza. We were starving, and it was the best pizza either of us had ever ate. I think both of us were snoring by 9pm. The Vista ! Hubby's friend picked us up at hotel at 10:30am, and we headed to Miami ! Keep in mind I still had no idea which cruise was first ! He actually blindfolded me ! Everyone was asking why I had a scarf around my eyes...lol. It was The Vista ! This is the cruise I had initially picked from the folder he handed me titled "One Hell Of A Cruise" because at the time I thought he had wanted me to choose a cruise from the folder... Much has changed from our last Carnival Cruise on The Breeze. For starters, the Sail and Sign card is placed in your mail box outside your cabin door, which hubby never took me to until after a pre-embarkation drink Twilight Zone (which is my absolute fav drink of any Carnival cruise ship) (I would have many more as the week went on) and some quick munchies in the very overly packed Buffet. Will write more about food later in review. All the Cruisers seemed happy, but the staff...not so much. Hubby decided since this was the ship I really wanted to cruise on that he would also make it a memorable cabin. He knew I was intrigued by the Havana Cabana...and he was on wait list for 4 months before one came available due to a cancellation. He did say however, that the price jumped up $170.00 from when he had first looked into Havana Cabanas. The cabin was nice, the ambiance in the cabin really made it feel like you were on a cruise. The outside part of Havana was separated by a common walk area. Would have been nicer if there was no space between Cabana and view of ocean, like Balcony cabins. Outside the Cabana was a hanging chair, which was surprisingly comfortable. There was also a lounger and two chairs. It would have been awesome to enjoy what we had dubbed our pre-breakfast, breakfast from room service, however, that only happened once. Not many complaints about the room service food, other than the fact that it never arrived twice, the other 2 times we must have got someone else's orders, because they were totally different than what we ordered. On two other occasions, we had coffee but no cups. The next day, no coffee, but cups came...and on all but 1 morning the delivery to room took over 1 1/2 hrs. So we learned by day 3 to order an 1 and a 1/2 hours before we actually wanted breakfast. Was no biggie, since we were heading to buffet/MDR for breakfast anyways. The Havana Cabana had an airy feel to it. It reminded me somewhat of the spa cabin we had on Sunshine 3 years previous. No complaints about the cabin, there was plenty of storage room. We hung up some shirts, and went to buy our drink packages. Being our first cruise on our 14 cruise ship adventure, we knew we would be enjoying many anticipated Carnival Drinks...particularly The Twilight Zone ! The Atrium : Really didn't have that Carnival Feel, but the Glass Funnels changed colours and designs. There was one before entering the casino as well. Atrium seriously didn't feel or look like Atriums on other Carnival ships. The Casino : We don't gamble, but hubby does like playing one game because when we were on Sunshine, he won a handful of cash from it. He did not even come close this time. Of all the casinos, on all the cruises we have sailed on, no casino seemed as packed as Vista...it was so poorly designed, we couldn't believe it got past the drawing table. Chairs were so close together they might as well have been over-lapping. It was difficult to get through the narrow paths. If I were employed in casino...this would cause me to grumble, but the employees seemed very up-beat and making the best of what we have dubbed "Crazy Cramped" and avoided the casino after the first evening of the cruise. In fact, the crew in casino and Steakhouse were the happiest of all the crew. They were understaffed, and looked worn. The Food : The Steakhouse : Since our first Carnival cruise on Sunshine in late 2013, we had vowed to ALWAYS go to The Steakhouse ! Hubby booked it the first evening of our cruise. We dined early, and when you book first night in Steakhouse, you are given a free bottle of wine, from a very short list to choose from, but it went very well with our meals. I always have The French Onion Soup...because it is just that good ! Hubby was disappointed that The Porterhouse Steak is no longer on the menu. So, instead he ordered The Cowboy Steak. Along with my French Onion Soup, I had the lobster, which I always have, because it has always been phenomenal. For Dessert I had the Caramelized Apples and hubby had The Chocolate Sampler and we shared. We both wished The Steakhouse had more Dessert options, and although hubby said his steak was really good, he missed The Porterhouse. The evening was nice, not busy until we were ready to leave. We were not rushed, we were treated so well. The Seafood Shack : There were plenty of places to dine on Vista. My fav was The Seafood Shack. You placed your order and the food was brought to you. We really enjoyed the New England Clam Chowder. It came in a bread bowl that was even better than the Chowder. Hubby ordered a few buckets of peel and eat shrimp, but the shrimp seemed a tad mushy. We also really enjoyed the Fried Buffalo Shrimp, and recommend the Fish and Chips. One afternoon I ordered The Crab Cake Sliders, and they were amazing. The next time I ordered them, they were not nearly as yummy for some reason. Guys Burger : Hubby loves these burgers. He wished they were open 24/7. Of all the burger joints on all the cruises he said that Guys has the best burgers. I would order a bun with cheese and just build a sandwich with all the awesome toppings. I think hubby had a burger every afternoon. BlueIguana Cantina : (Burrito Bar) Was always packed long long line....that moved way too slow...and we don't know why. We really didn't enjoy it this time. Burrito Bar on Breeze was so much better. With so many different types of wraps, we think Carnival should offer more than whole wheat and jalapeño. We only ate once and never went back. Fresh Creations : Super huge Salad Bar, with so many different ingredients to build an amazing salad. Was freshest food we saw on Carnival Ship. We both enjoyed this, and would have a Salad early afternoon at Serenity area. Was very impressed. I think it was only available a few hours over lunch. We both wished it was open later in the afternoon. Deli, and Pizza : All were available 24/7 if I remember correctly. We enjoy the pizza on Carnival probably more than any of the other ships. At Pizza Place they also offered meatball subs or lasagne on certain evenings meatball subs and lasagne was also offered, and hubby loved those meatballs. We are guessing that The Deli has dramatically downsized. Just seemed to be hardly any options compared to what we remembered on Sunshine and Breeze. Think hubby had a sandwich, but we never went back. Cucina del Capitano : What a popular place. Seemed everyone was raving about this place. It was very busy when opened. Hubby is still talking about Nonas Meatballs. I recommend the Caprese Salad. We dined on this same salad on pretty much every cruise, but I remember the one here the most. We also both enjoyed the Caesar Salad. Came with a small anchovy Fillet. Presentation was pretty. On advice from everyone we had to try the Spaghetti Carbonara...and everyone should try this. I requested no bacon, and they asked if I would like more of something else instead. Awesome. There was also a side dish with tomato and zucchini..and zucchini being one of my fav veggies I had to try it. Wow. I want the recipe ! We ate lots, on all the cruises, some meals much more memorable than others...that one comes to mind right after The Steakhouses. I recommend everyone try it. The Tiramisu looked much nicer than it tasted. I couldn't put my finger on what was off about it, but Tiramisu on Celebrity was far better. Hubby tried some apple in pastry...(was similar to a dessert offered in Steakhouse) and he really enjoyed it. Hubby thought an Italian Cheese Plate would have been nice way to finish off dinner, but there was non on menu. The Pasta Bar : Simple, and quick. Pick your noodle (handful to choose from) pick your sauce (I got brave and ordered Clam sauce....and was pleasantly surprised) hubby had the meat sauce, which he said was pretty tasty. You then pick from a decent list of add-ins, such as Shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, eggplant, sausage...etc. We were pleased with everything. It too was popular. The bread was good, the salad was decent. We meant to go back again for lunch, but we never made it. Ji Ji's Cucina : Just way too small. Did not like the cramped feeling at all. Too many people. We felt so rushed. I had Shrimp Dumplings...(had another name...but not sure what they were called) but they came with some dipping sauces...and the sauces were very good. I chose Sweet and Sour Shrimp...and was impressed. Hubby tried Peppered Beef. Dish was smaller than than we expected, but he said it was decent enough that he would try it again...if we came back on a different Carnival Ship. Seeing so many Cruisers waiting to get into the way too small a space also made us want to rush so others could dine. Pig and Anchor : We do not remember seeing this on or previous Carnival Cruises, but hubby though it was pretty darn good ! It was part of the Guy Fieri creations. Hubby had smoked Pork...and he looked like he was heading to heaven while eating it. I thought the coleslaw was one of the tastiest coleslaws I had over all the cruises. There was a handful of sauces to top your meat. There was chicken, sausage and smoked beef as well. Hubby really wanted to come back and try the smoked beef, on other Cruisers recommendations, but we never made it back. It was only operating on sea days, and very select times. The ShakeSpot : I was so happy when we walked by this gem. They had one on Sunshine as well. I didn't even know they had one on Vista. Spiked or non spiked milkshakes and floats. I swear 1/4 of my weight gain was due to enjoying these too often and too many. Seriously did not walk past it without getting one...and kinda made sure we walked past it a few times a day. These were not included in the drink package, but the Spiked Chocolate Rum one was my fav...a close second was Spiked Frozen Irish Creme...was definitely something to write home about. There wasn't one that I didn't like, and well, I liked them all ! Cost was reasonable at $7.75 or around there. They were big, they had alcohol in them and they were very refreshing. I think all Cruisers should try at least one, and I think ShakeSpot would be excellent addition to all Carnival Cruises. Hubby liked one that had the name Grandpa in it..so much that he ordered it every time I steered him in that direction to ShakeSpot. Half way through Cruise he would say....ohh I know why you want to walk this way...lol. Java Blue : Blue Cake...it was good. Hubby didn't like it, but he isn't really a cake kinda guy anyways. He ate cookies, and lots of them. I think he said he liked the Short Bread ones the most. Hubby is a huge fan of Patron, and the coffee he had with Patron in it was a go-to for him. I thought it was awful. I tried a chocolate coffee...wasn't a fan tho. They also had cappuccino, latte etc. Room Service : So frustrating. Vista really really needs to work on this one. We learned by day 3 that if we wanted a pre-breakfast before heading to Lido or MDR that we had better order at least 1 1/2 ahead. Obviously we were getting mixed up orders. One day we had coffee but no cups, next day no coffee, but cups. We are not big complainers...but my coffee, and hubbies teas are a must after a late night. Hubby was really grumbly about most of the menu having extra cost. He really thinks room service should be included in the cost of the cruise fare. So he refused to order anything that had an extra cost. I remember a grill cheese that I liked. We often would order cookies and cake and just save them for when we wanted them. Think I had a late night Caesar Salad as well. Hubby stook to BLT and said they were actually really good. These late day orders took just as long. I believe a few times we just never got anything at all. Didn't order pizza because it is now extra...but we ran into Cruisers that said we were not missing anything and that it was just not good at all, and different than the Pizza Pirates. The Taste Bar : Absolutely loved this idea. We knew about it on Breeze, but never went. Smaller bite sized portions of what is offered in MDR. Only open in evenings. A few nights we would find ourselves tasting several things along with again...too many people. Carnival should consider having a few of these spread out over the ship. MDR : Of the 14 cruises we took, Vistas MDR experience was truly the worst. Might be the main reason we dined at so many of the other restaurants. We chose My Time Dining. Horizons. It was huge. For those we had spoke to who had set seating times, we heard over and over again how small their MDR was. Hubby and I dined alone and it was never a problem, and always a seat. Other than the bartenders, the staff in MDR were for the most part...Zombies. Some tried, but they always seemed exhausted. We felt bad for them. Way too many diners, not nearly enough staff to handle the work. We tipped ours nicely, not because we were pleased with the food at MDR, but because it appeared each staff in MDR was working the job of 5. We felt the MDR Dining had declined dramatically from our first Carnival Cruise on Sunshine, to The Breeze, and Vistas decline was noticeable. The food just wasn't that good, aside from a few good meals. Not nearly as many selections as on other cruise lines we had cruised on this one heck of a cruise. Hubby always ordered Shrimp Cocktail, which was good, until we compared it to the other cruises. I enjoyed the Caesar Salad, but suggest not ordering it nearing the end of cruise. The last pickings of romaine were probably used near the end leg of cruise. I did really enjoy this portobello mushroom dish. Probably remember that meal more than any other in MDR. One thing we found very disappointing was Escargot is now listed as a rare find, along with Alligator Fritters and Frogs Legs. On other cruise lines we could order it every evening. We had enquired about it to our wait staff, were told they could bring us one out anyways...but it never came to the table. Hubby did say the Braised Short Ribs were memorable, and is listed in his top 20 Fav meals of our cruise. I remember one evening ordering Cream Asparagus Soup and Lobster Bisque. Both were good enough. Avoid Seafood Newburg like a virus...wow, that was just terrible. I ended up ordering two more soups, because I just couldn't eat my main. Seafood Newburg is at the very bottom of my..."never order again list" French Onion Soup and Caprese Salad were very good, and hubby and I both enjoyed those...until comparing them to other cruise meals. One evening we had Smoked Salmon. It was only an app. Wish I would have ordered enough to make it a meal...because it stands out as being really good. We love elegant night (elegant has however lost all meaning on Carnival) and always look forward to Lobster Tail. Wow, they sure are shrinking in size from our Cruise on Sunshine a few years ago, til now. The Lobster came with shrimps that were close to same size as the tail. When they arrived they were pretty much cold. Only thing that warmed them up slightly was the drawn butter...(which was way better, and more plentiful than on the other cruises) My absolute fav meal in MDR was a zucchini - eggplant dish. Can't remember the name...but i wish it were offered every evening. Made it in my top 20 fav meals of the cruise....(sadly there is very few Carnival Meals listed) Crab Cakes deserve an honourable mention as well. Didn't make the top 20, but it was close. The Desserts totally trumped the meals in MDR, in fact other than NCL, I think we enjoyed the desserts on Carnival more than the other cruise lines. The pies on Vista trumped the pies on any other cruise we did. I tried the chocolate melting cake. I always do, and then ask myself what the big hype is about. Hubby isn't a dessert kind of guy, but he always ordered the international cheese plate at the end of our meals, and enjoyed them. A few meals he even surprised me by ordering Sherbet. I did order a banana split from the kids menu on two occasions, and this should be offered on the regular MDR menu, as we had many Cruisers asking us how we got a banana split when they never saw it on the menu. I like cookies, and I liked to order the cookies to the cabin along with the chocolate cake, and have them as late night snack. Activities on Vista : We spent the first evening basically just walking around the ship, getting ourselves orientated with the ship, all the while sipping on some drinks, even tho we were fuller than full. The Sky Ride : Crazy line-ups. On day two hubby and I stood in line for well over an hour. As we approached the front of the line we were told Ride was closing due to increasing wind. We did not complain about the wait in line simply because we met another couple and went for drinks and RedFrog, and then dined together that evening. We also played mini-putt, and had a blast. They were our age, and it was their first Carnival Cruise. We met with them frequently throughout the cruise, and if not much else, this couple helped make our cruise memorable. Comedy : We enjoyed Lester Bibbs. (We had already seen his routine on The Breeze) and although I remember it being pretty much the same, he made us laugh so hard our stomachs hurt. Hypnotist : He was personable, funny and all ages friendly. If you cruise the Vista, make time to see this act. The Magician :was also very entertaining, more so than on the following cruises, and he is one of the first things we bring up when talking to others about Vista. Piano Bar : Just wasn't what it was when we were on Sunshine. We were told he was the best Piano Bar entertainer in the whole fleet. We disagree. He was hungry for tips, would stop in the middle of the songs. We think he was the same one we had on The Breeze, but not positive. We think his name was Ben, but because he didn't really impress us, we only went to piano bar one evening. Karaoke : Was so popular, but unfortunately there just wasn't enough time to fit in all the singers. Carnival really needs to have a Karaoke Bar, that operates all day and into the night. We were told by one of the crew that Carnival does it this way because they find the same Cruisers who enjoy karaoke also enjoy the casino, and Carnival wants them in the casino spending money. Love and Marriage : We made it a point of getting to this line of entertainment as we enjoyed it on The Breeze on previous cruise. We laughed, and it was done really well. One of the couples made it especially hilarious. We recommend Cruisers try and make it to this show. Hasbro : We came, we saw, we left. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but glad we finally got to one after missing it on two previous Carnival Cruises. IMAX, was awesome. Go. Where We Spent Our Time : RedFrog Pub : playing darts and pub style games. We enjoyed it here because of the outside area which we didn't experience on our previous Carnival Cruises. Bartenders were quicker here than any other spots on the ship (and by quicker, I don't necessarily mean quick) Carnival Vista needs more bartenders. Took way too long to get drinks no matter where we were on the ship. Alchemy Bar : we enjoyed our time there, in fact we probably spent more time there than any other spot on the cruise. Try the Caribbean Manhattan. Yum. Yum. We learned a lot from the bartender. Wasn't as popular as it should have been, but that meant more attention to the ones that were there at any given time. Serenity : Was large, like really large. That being said, there were never many places to Lounge due to its popularity. The bartenders there looked so over-worked and so tired. They did their best considering, and we tipped extra due to watching how busy they always seemed to be. Karaoke : Hubby being a musician, he definitely wanted to sing, that only happened once due to the long list of singers. Dive In Theatre : one night we enjoyed a movie with the couple we met. Why doesn't Carnival offer butter with that popcorn ? Was an nice relaxing evening. The Cabin : Our cabin was 185 square feet. Plenty of storage and room to move. We slept well the first evening. I was pleasantly surprised that Havanas stocked cabins with Elimis Products, but gone are the chocolates on the pillows. Two bottles of water, and that was about it. There is a Cabana only area (which opened up to everyone in late afternoon I believe). There was a very small pool, and two hot tubs. Seemed quiet most of the time during the day. An access key card is used to enter the area. Once 5pm rolled around, there was no more quiet, as it opens up to all Cruisers. We heard many Cruisers complain about this, but hubby and I thought that it was perfect for Carnival to let everyone enjoy the area as we did. The Pros : Carnival Comedians : Laugh so hard. By far the best comedians of all the cruise lines we tried on this One Heck of a Cruise. Alchemy : Love this concept. Enjoyed our time there. IMAX : A must see (however not nearly enough showings considering the amount of Cruisers on this ship) St Jude's : We love how much effort Carnival puts into raising money/awareness for this amazing cause. I bought a shirt on all four cruises. The Steakhouse : definitely the first thing we bring up when talking about our Carnival Cruises. We highly recommend Cruisers take an evening to spend there. Probably the best $35.00/person that we spent on all the cruises. The Cons : Staff : There just didn't seem to be enough staff to handle the amount of Cruisers. They looked tired, they looked stressed. They were not nearly as friendly as the staff we had on our three other Carnival Cruises. Tables were not cleared, railings and walls were dirty in some areas. Sometimes we would not see one tray in the hallways, and other times it seemed like there were no staff to collect them. Bartenders seemed like they were trying, but if there is one improvement to be made on Vista we (along with many other Cruisers agreed...they need to have more bartenders staffed) in fact hubby and I almost regretted buying the drink packages because the wait for drinks were prolonged far too long. Whether standing in line at the bar, or waiting for a drink to be served. If we ever cruise on Vista again, we probably won't even bother getting the drink packages. Lack of Art : seriously, the art we did see was nothing to write home about, compared to other ships. Seemed to lack that Cruise Feel, for lack of better words. Cost of Cruise : Havana Cabana : Deck 7. $1669.00 + $122.77 (port fees and taxes) hubby $1669.00 + $122.77 (port fees and taxes) mine --------------------- $3,583.57 + $207.20 (Gratuities) ------------ $3,790.74 Breakdown of cost of cruise : $1,895.37/person grats included. This was an 8 day cruise : $236.92/person/day. We did get the drink package at $399.60/person +. $59.94/person grats --------- =. $459.54/person We felt the drink package was worth the money on the other Carnival Cruises because we had no problem getting our drinks. At $57.44/day and a 15 drink limit, if we drank to our limit every day the cost of each drink amounts to $3.83/drink. Many of those drinks were Twilight Zones (love those) Where we spent our money : IMAX : $12.95/person x 2 = $25.90 The Steakhouse : $35.00/person + we tipped an extra $20.00 = $90.00 The ShakeSpot : $7.75 x 12 = $93.00 (yikes, but well worth it) Cucina Del Capitano : $15.00 x 2 = $30.00. Arcade : $20.00. Laundry : $6.50 to wash and dry one load. St Jude T-Shirt = $10.00 --------------------------------------------------------------- Total. = $275.40 Total spent on cruise minus excursions (will review excursions/ports at end of all cruise reviews) Total spent = $4,985.62 / 2 = $2,492.81 each. / 8 days at sea = $311.60/day per cruiser. To sum up this part of cruise/s : It wasn't worth the $311.60 per day per person. The ship was so crowded in so many places. Took way too long to get served drinks, and hubby likes his beer, and can easily drink 15 on sea days. I don't think he got to 15 on any of those days due to the long waits in line. There was plenty to do on the ship, we met some amazing people who we still keep in touch with. Will we cruise on Vista again...? Probably not. That being said, it wasn't the worst of the cruise/s, but it certainly wasn't close to the top of the list as we thought it would be leading up to the cruise/s. If Carnival were to hire more staff to accommodate the amount of Cruisers on this ship hubby and I agree the experience probably would have been much better. We are however glad we get to say we added Vista to our growing list of Carnival Cruises, and we do love Carnival Cruise Line. We hope this review was insightful. Happy Cruising Everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
20th Carnival cruise, mostly all good, but cabin location under galley was not best for light-sleeper. Should not need medication to help sleep, but that is what I had to do- kids slept fine and husband managed without sleeping pills, ... Read More
20th Carnival cruise, mostly all good, but cabin location under galley was not best for light-sleeper. Should not need medication to help sleep, but that is what I had to do- kids slept fine and husband managed without sleeping pills, although he commented nightly on the noise from above. We flew into and stayed in FLL and took SAS to the port the next day, Ordered Chinese delivery which was very good. Holiday Inn Dania pre-stay one night was fine, beds comfy and quiet by airport with free airport shuttle. SAS called pre-arrival and drive was fine to port. Embarkation was smooth, Sail and Sign key cards were picked up outside cabin door. Family Harbor Cove Balcony Suite 2425 was gorgeous with long balcony and only 1/2 obstructed view (no lifeboat over second half), but noisy as mentioned every night. 2nd bathroom with tub and sink was useful. Closet design not our favorite at first, but we learned to take turns to access the back wall hanging area and shelves- only one person can get to this area at a time. We don't gamble or buy the alcohol program. Loved the Waterworks and Sportsquare area for both adults and children. Saw the Rockstar show one night and one adult comedy show which were both great. Both times ordered drinks and service was quick and friendly. Loved the new atrium hologram and the entertainment there; also enjoyed the Ocean Plaza area and band, Red Frog Pub area, and deck 5 walking area with BBQ (we ate there once on embarkation, heard it was very busy the rest of the week). We do use the Cloud 9 spas on all the Carnival ships, and enjoyed this area every day for about 2 hours each time. We purchased the weekly pass on embarkation; the Vista design was fine with us, we used every part of the spa- I love the lavender scrub in the steam rooms, and we both loved the hot sauna, the infrared room, and the heated tile benches. There is a hot tub next to the benches so, depending on the crowd, there can be conversation going on in the room which on other ships is usually a quiet area. It didn't bother us if people talked in the hot tub, but on one occasion there was a very intoxicated man drinking and he was very loud. Staff should be sure there is no alcohol being drunk in this area due to the safety issue with extreme heat being used. We were waitlisted for the Chef Table, a galley tour and multi-course (sample-type) dinner that must be pre-ordered, and were approved a couple days before our assigned night. Enjoyed meeting Chef Deepak again (last met on the Breeze in 16) and his crew. New menu was amazing, dedicated Chef Table room was nice, and enjoyed meeting the table mates near us. We did notice that the galley tour was shorter, but we still enjoyed that part of the experience. Still includes a fun magic presentation by an onboard magician and group photo. Must-do for any chefs or foodies out there that like to try new things. We also went to Bonsai Sushi one night for dinner, always amazing and no different on this ship, and to the 555 Steakhouse for my husband's birthday. The steakhouse started out great with a complimentary lobster BLT app. Our order was not correct though, but our server offered to correct it immediately. We opted to keep the entrees we had; hubby was surprised with a birthday treat and staff sang Happy Birthday. We also were given a glass of champagne for the celebration. Overall it was up there with the Chef Table for best night out. We enjoyed Lido activities, especially the Hairy Chest competition which is silly fun where most everyone should be able to chuckle;) Serenity, the adult area, looked nice with the salad bar, but we only walked through once since we had children on board to monitor. The Havana area was nice, but we did not use it after 7 since it was already past sunset when we were allowed access (nice area for those booked in Havana Cabins). We used Your Time Dining, which was excellent. The hostess, Andrea, was always smiling and had something nice to say. Our various servers were amazing, but especially David from St. Vincent, as we created some musical chairs with two tables, 3 adults, and 5 children between two family groups. Food was served within a reasonable time and was delicious, no complaints from anyone in our group. Sea Day Brunch was excellent. Debarkation was one of the best we have ever experienced. Only issue we had was SAS dropping us at the wrong airport Hotel for our one night post-stay. The Hampton Airport North sent their shuttle over to get us and they are excellently located near Slackers Sports Bar, McDonalds, Wendy's, and other businesses. Slept great after watching some football in the hotel lounge. Pool area was nice to catch some final rays during the day. Can't recommend Doughboys Italian food; the Calzone we had was subpar, almost no meat and full of ricotta, not that good, ymmv. Free airport shuttle and no issues at FLL; pretty fast TSA check and one gate change with Jet Blue. First time using Jet Blue, will use again. Prepay for bags, save $. I will write our cabin review below. The Family Harbor Lounge was great! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Been on 3 previous cruises because my girlfriend and I like the amount of travel to cost. Over crowded boat, so get ready for lines everywhere. Staff is not trained in service or etiquette except for a few (Alchemy Bar). Food is ... Read More
Been on 3 previous cruises because my girlfriend and I like the amount of travel to cost. Over crowded boat, so get ready for lines everywhere. Staff is not trained in service or etiquette except for a few (Alchemy Bar). Food is mediocre at best. Comedy shows were good. Stage shows were not. Cruise director Excellent. Out of 18 people, 9 are still sick out of our group. Rooms were average. Havana area is worth the money just to get away from crowds although, they need to police it better. A gentlemen fell on deck. It took 20 minutes for boat to respond and without a plan. Not to mention 85% of the ships crew has no manners ( I know I previously referenced) Overall, it seems in my humble opinion, carnival tried to push a boat out with as much revenue as they can generate (by the number of people) without focusing on training and procedures to run the ship correctly. Maybe a trip on Celebrity can give them a few pointers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on many Carnival Cruises and love their boats and service. That being said this is the worst cruise we had ever been on. It was like they cut down on everything to save money. The AC on the boat hardly worked especially in our ... Read More
We have been on many Carnival Cruises and love their boats and service. That being said this is the worst cruise we had ever been on. It was like they cut down on everything to save money. The AC on the boat hardly worked especially in our room. The food was poor and they closed the buffet often even when there were lines. They made a larger boat just to add more people. They didn't account for the addition of people in any other area...They did not add any additional hot tubs and pools for people to be able to use and most of the time they were packed with unsupervised kids. We traveled with our kids (13 and 4) and they loved the camps and my oldest loved the ropes and bike but you stood in line for 2 hours to go on them. They added a ton of things you have to pay extra for after already paying a ton to go on the cruise. They didn't have enough bartenders or servers so you waited an average of 15 minutes at a bar for a drink and even longer in the dining room for a glass of wine... Our waitstaff were not personable at all until the last couple days because they were so busy they couldn't even find out our names... We of course loved the comedy club but they cut down on the shows so unless you were in line an hour before it started you didn't get a seat. The stage shows were great but the stage seating was set up so awful. There are literally 100 seats you can sit in and not see a single part of the show. You would see everyone sitting down and then moving seats to try to find one they could see from. Definitely would not be a boat we would go on again. The wait staff were so overworked they were not friendly and the boat is brand new and looks so dirty. There would be spilled food on the stairs that would be there all day long... Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Very unsatisfied with this cruise. As a frequent cruiser, and more specifically Carnival brand, this Cruise was far below expectations. As a part of the gold VIFP club, traveling on 7 Carnival ships in the past, this will be my last ... Read More
Very unsatisfied with this cruise. As a frequent cruiser, and more specifically Carnival brand, this Cruise was far below expectations. As a part of the gold VIFP club, traveling on 7 Carnival ships in the past, this will be my last without a doubt. By far the worst part of this cruise was the other passengers. Not only were they mostly children, but they were RUDE. I have never met a grouping of so many people with so little manners. I guess it makes sense though because the adults on board were just a bad. People would bump into you, push you out of their way, not say excuse me. I watched several people (both adults and children) use the public restrooms and leave without washing their hands. I heard people puking their guts out in the bathroom next to the pool, and then watched said person jump into the beach pool like any other ordinary day. Then there was dinner in the main dining room. We had the anytime dining. What a NIGHTMARE. I will admit, it was not as bad the last few nights, but the first 4-5 nights on board, we had to stand in line for 15 minutes, and it was HOT. Either there was no A/c, or the heat from the "pixels" gallery radiated the entire hallway. Once checked in, we had to proceed to deck 3 or 4, from 5, turn in our ticket and then we could be sat. Granted it was a new ship, and new crew, but we were showing the table presenters where our table was before they walked us around the dinning room 3 times. And then back to the other people... From what I understand from past cruises, there is a dining room dress code? NOT ANYMORE. Guests were eating dinner in baseball caps, shorts, sandals, sleeveless shirts, pants with holes in them. etc. I wish I could say this was just on "cruise casual" nights, but nope. Guests were actually wearing jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers on "CRUISE ELEGANT" this really set me off. The Dining room staff were very friendly and polite and the food was alright. Although we had anytime dinning, we requested the same servers, Jessen and Adrijan. They were the only reasons I went to eat in the dinning room for dinner, instead of the other options. If the wait staff can wear a vest a tie to serve you, the people under dressed should have been denied entry for dinner. Our cabin was great! our steward, Leonard, was VERY friendly and polite. However, we had a Spa Balcony, and you guessed it. More problems! When booked in a Spa Balcony, we were supposed to have exclusive access to the Thermal Suites (steam rooms, dry rooms, and whirlpool tub in the spa.) However, since carnival stands to make money wherever they can, they sell "spa day passes" WHAT A JOKE. we paid extra for the cabin, to use the thermal suites, and because the spa sold what seems like an endless amount of day passes, there was almost no way to have a relaxing, enjoyable experience in the spa. The amount of people they let in is just short of ridiculous. And even without the spa pass, people can mosey their way into the thermal suites. It is true the door locks and you swipe your sail and sign card for entry, but it stays open for about 10-15 seconds and anyone can just walk right in! there is no one that asks to see the wristband or day pass. On more than one occasion, the Whirlpool (that fits 10 people or so) was filled to capacity, and none of the occupants had any type of wristband. The bars! We had the CHEERS package. It would have been great if we could actually get a beverage when we wanted. The bars were packed, and the bartenders could not have been moving any slower. For the amount of people sitting in front of them, they lacked an incredible sense of urgency. It took almost 20 minutes to get waited on and served our beverages. Even a soda. If there was more than one person sitting at the bar, the bartender would take one persons drink, not even acknowledge any other occupant at the bar, proceed to make the first beverage and cash them out, then move onto the other guests. you could be sitting there for 10 minutes without a "hello! I will be with you shortly." This was mostly prevalent at the Red Frog bar on the Lido Deck by the beach pool. On port days, I attempted to get a bottle of water from the casino bar, and atrium bar before I left for the ports. They refused service because "we don't start serving until 9 and 11" (9 for casino, 11 for atrium.) Talk about bogus. I can understand not serving alcohol until a certain time, but they should encourage people to drink water. There was only a few times I was impressed with the bar service, and that was from Jaya, at the Blue Iguana. He was very friendly and polite, and it felt like he was the only one that actually enjoyed working there. Compared to the rest of my experiences with the bartenders, his attitude was phenomenal. The food was good, the dining room was a fine dining experience, and presented well. The desserts were sub par. and lacked a few of the traditional options I would have expected (cherries jubilee baked alaska.) they did have the carnival melting cake every night. Oh boy. I did not get a chance to try the pizza in the tides pool area. the line wrapped around the deck, mostly at night (because it is the only food option other than room service) however even in the day it could take 20 minutes or more standing in line for a slice of pizza. The Lido buffet was just as bad. We ate the buffet for breakfast only once. but the lines were "out the door" as with for lunch, with 4 different lines, it took almost a half an hour before we even got to the food. From what I remember in the past, the Lido buffet desserts were garbage this time around. there were less variety, and they did not taste like I remember. We ordered Room service a few times, it was delivered in a timely manner, and the food was good. It was mostly sandwiches and salads. We ordered buffalo wings for $5 extra. Not worth it. There were 8 wings, and they tasted alright. but they definitely were not buffalo. The Javablue cafe was nice, however the location was terrible. It was in the back of the ship on deck 5, between a bar, the ocean plaza, and pixels gallery. A better place would have been in the atrium, or around it, or even the Lido deck. The Coffee was good, the ingredients tasted fresh, and "java joe" had a great attitude. All in all, We made the most of our vacation. However all things considered, If given the opportunity, I would not travel carnival again. It is unfortunate that being a dedicated past member this is the carnival cruise that will stand out the most, for all the wrong reasons. I now can see why Carnival is dubbed the "Walmart of cruises." -Disgruntled traveler. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
First and foremost the staff on board this ship are AMAZING!!!! The Cruise Director Matt and COOKIE of the funship team deserve an honorable mention for keeping the FUN flowing on this cruise. They made the trip FUN!!! The ship itself is ... Read More
First and foremost the staff on board this ship are AMAZING!!!! The Cruise Director Matt and COOKIE of the funship team deserve an honorable mention for keeping the FUN flowing on this cruise. They made the trip FUN!!! The ship itself is great. Italian restaurant (except for that double portion business when people ordered the same thing) was good, the Seafood Shack is an AMAZING addition to cruising, Great prices, fresh, HOT food. BBQ was just OK ( I like hot food). Remember when you choose to cruise have a good time. Matt and Cookie were sometimes very PG 18+ but we loved them immensely. Anybody who didn't or were remotely offended to their banter or antics, LOOSEN UP or take Norwegian or Celebrity. You should not have been on the Funships! Also enjoyed the new DJ, kept the party going. Is there a way to find out who the funship team is before you book a cruise?? Only want to cruise on ships where COOKIE and Matt are! COOKIE you gave us LIFE!!!!!! you are on your way to Cruise Director.....or President and CEO of FUN The ship looks like an upscale resort you almost forget you are on the water. Loved it. Didn't stop in Grand Turk due to weather?? Stuck on ship for 3 days. ONLY gave a $15 credit per person which was very unfair!!! RUM bar was not stocked with Malibu rum for full day and a half which was disappointing. Bar staff was good though (courteous and friendly). Dining rooms upgrade really nice. Looks like an upscale restaurant. Dining room food is always pretty basic, hit or miss on entree choices. They definitely need more omelet stations in Lido Marketplace for 4000 passengers. You could choose to do as much or as little as you wanted as they kept the activities going. Need more options for late night food. NOTE to Carnival: people party then want to eat more than pizza late at night. Need to offer other options. Room service can be very slow when 4000 people want a late night snack. The staff (waiters, cabin stewards) work VERY HARD!!!! Remember that before you are unkind or rude to them. Honestly don't know when they sleep. They always seem to be doing something. CARNIVAL YOUR STAFF IS YOUR GREATEST TREASURE I HOPE YOU TREAT THEM WELL. Also note to travelers, even though cruising is pretty much all inclusive, it is still nice to leave your waiter, bar staff or room steward an extra tip for good service. They really appreciate it! Viva la VISTA!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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
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
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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