74 Carnival Vista Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

My wife and I chose this cruise to visit some points in history that we had not visited before. We chose a balcony room, it was roomy and very functional. Our service on the ship was always good, this included dining and room service. Our ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise to visit some points in history that we had not visited before. We chose a balcony room, it was roomy and very functional. Our service on the ship was always good, this included dining and room service. Our room steward and crew did an acceptional job. The ship was loaded with activities and shows. We saw a move at the IMAX and were quite happy with the experience. Carnival is our preferred cruise line, but are going too try some of the others to see how they fair. Overall our trip was great,we saw a lot and visited many sights. Thank You Carnival for a great trip. We have scheduled two more trips with Carnival to the Mexican Riviera and one to Ensenada during Christmas of 2016. We cruise not so much for the destinations, but just to be on a cruise. The cruise vacation has a good dollar value and includes plenty of relaxation if you want. My wife especially likes this type of vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We've been cruising mostly Carnival the last 17 years. I feel we get the most bang for our buck and the treatment we get is awesome. We recently sailed with another couple (from the Czech Republic) on the new Vista through the ... Read More
We've been cruising mostly Carnival the last 17 years. I feel we get the most bang for our buck and the treatment we get is awesome. We recently sailed with another couple (from the Czech Republic) on the new Vista through the Mediterranean just before she headed to New York. The ship was very nice and met all of our expectations with a couple of exceptions...no glass elevators. My wife and I have always loved the layout of the Carnival ships so they are very easy to navigate. I think this time I expected something different. The "different" was the I-Max theater. Wow, very very nice but they need a much bigger selection of movies. Sci-Fi might be cool movies to see but it's just not us. "Sully" was great to see. The down side of having the I-Max was the loss of the glass elevators which I always thought were really awesome. They need to make the next ship (Horizon) long enough to accomodate both. The buffet was ok...the Seafood Shack was good and the price no big deal but I missed the Indian food and the fish & chips (on the Glory). Sushi is a must! The taste bar and the outdoor BBQ were fabulous! The salad bar on the Serenity deck needs an awning but what a fabulous idea...loved the selection..would've liked it to be self serve but the service was great. The Sky Ride was very cool and the water park was something I can't wait to take our grandkids to. The cabin (inside was adequate as usual). The updated room temperature control was an A++ on my wifes book! She hates being cold in the ship (we're outside mostly anyway) but she was cold in the cabin too much on other ships. We thought the "any time" dining would be great but after 10 days of it we decided assigned dining was better. That way you can get to know your waiter and the people you sit with. We'll probably do the early dining again as we have been on quit a few of the excursions for which late dining is nice.The service was great as usual with the exception of one dining night when the server was slow and oblivious. The items on the menu were sumptuous...I really got hooked on the flat Iron steak in wine sauce Because we were out and about so much in Greece, Italy, France and Spain we were too tired to hit much of the entertainment after dinner...sit in the hot tub and soak out the weariness. The countries we visited were absolutely picturesque with tons of history everywhere you go. All the ports were very nice and getting through them was very easy. The BEST way to get Euros is to take money out directly from your account from back home through an ATM at the country you are in. If you go to a bank you have to show them your passport. The exchange rate is better through the ATM as well.The real disappoinment was for as long as these countries have existed there were some places very filthy with grafiti everywhere.. even where there shouldn't have been. The joke was "it looks like Greek to me!". The open top buses (hop on, hop off) is one of the best ways to see most of the local major sites..about 20 Euros per person for the day.. The train ride to Rome was great and fast (100 mph/165 km).The crouds in Rome were insane. We still managed to see enough to scratch our siteseeing itch. The weather in Greece was very nice but got cooler the further north we went..naturally. By the time we got to Spain it was jackets! We are good with Europe for a long while now..we love the warm Carrabean. Overall, Carnival did a great job! Their service is splendid! Our entertainment director did a great job, unfortunatey she went to another ship. We'll be back on the Vista Dec 3 for a couple weeks. Coming from Michigan I'm looking forward to the warmer weather! ..and hopefully they have a larger selection of movies in the I-Max. I'm hoping Carnival has something going from Hawaii to Australia soon...I'll be on it if they do. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because of it gave us a great itinerary and allowed us to stretch our budget enough to spend a few days in Greece before embarking joining the cruise. We were picked up form the Athens airport by Carnival and it was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of it gave us a great itinerary and allowed us to stretch our budget enough to spend a few days in Greece before embarking joining the cruise. We were picked up form the Athens airport by Carnival and it was impressively smooth. The driver was fantastic and the embarkation process from the airport to getting on the ship was simple and efficient. When we got on board, our luggage was already at our room, giving us a chance to get unpacked and settled before the muster drill. The hallways were substantially wider than any ship we had been on previously, but this is our first newer ship so this may be more standard now. Also, despite being a sold out cruise, it rarely felt crowded on the ship. It was the largest ship we have been on and it was nice that it didn't feel like you were constantly fighting with people for elevator access and space on the deck, etc. The casino was one major drawback. You had to go through it to navigate from front to back of the ship on deck 4 and it was always smokey and the smoke tended to waft out into the common areas on either side. Being a new ship I would have expected it to have much better ventilation. The staff was amazing, from the dining staff to the entertainment staff. Although we did find that we had some trouble with meals being extremely slow in certain areas of the dining room. There was a bit of confusion on the first night surrounding special dietary needs but things were straightened out and they provided a delicious meal. Every other night was smooth, with menus being provided for the next day at the end of the meal. This was a very port intensive cruise so we did not spend a lot of time enjoying the amenities of the ship but what we did partake in were very good. We enjoyed most of the comedians we saw and the shows done by the entertainment staff were top notch. As others have commented, the liquid lounge design is not ideal for viewing the shows if you are in the floor seating at the back but I would say it is no worse than floor seating at any concert held in a sports arena. At most of the ports we did our own thing, but did do a tour with Carnival. That excursion was enjoyable but I would probably continue to arrange much of our time off the ship through private companies. I felt like we saved money and saw more/did more with the private companies. There's a big difference between seeing the Vatican with 6 people versus 50 in your group, The debarkation process on the ship was probably the smoothest we've ever experienced. I think some of this might have been helped by the fantastic gangways that they had in Barcelona making it so it was easy to get off the ship but it is worth noting that, despite it being such a large ship, it wasn't jam packed to get out with lots of confusion and chaos as we have experienced during debarkation elsewhere. Overall we had a great time and would definitely do this cruise again although we would try to have a TA after that port intensive itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We did the final Mediterranean sailing of the Vista before she made the Transatlantic trip to the USA. We stayed in an inside room on the 7th floor and signed up for anytime dining. Embarkation, outside of the Greek Air Traffic ... Read More
We did the final Mediterranean sailing of the Vista before she made the Transatlantic trip to the USA. We stayed in an inside room on the 7th floor and signed up for anytime dining. Embarkation, outside of the Greek Air Traffic Controllers going on strike the day we were slated to arrive, went okay. One thing odd did happen- it appeared as if someone stole my luggage tags and the wire cables holding my cruise tags. Luckily all our luggage made it to our room okay. Once on board and since this was a brand new ship, I guess I was expecting something 'more' than we had found on previous ships so I may have been slightly disappointed only because of my own expectations. What we did find is that the room, although square-foot-wise it was quite ample, the lack of storage space especially closets, was rather annoying. One narrow hanging closet and one narrow closet with shelves and drawers built in was all we had. There was a set of three open shelves under the counter that housed the mini-fridge but most of them were so 'short' and deep that all I used them for was to hold the pool towels and some paperwork. And, with the lack of closets, the life jackets are now housed under the bed therefore making it tough to even stuff your empty suitcases under the bed. Service however, was not disappointing. I would like to point out the across the board, the staff was excellent. Our room was always ready and we were never disturbed by housekeeping. The dining staff was friendly and helpful. We didn't really go to any shows or use guest services so I can't give any opinion. Because the stop in Turkey was cancelled, there was a 24% VAT added to everything purchased on board for the duration of the cruise. And due to this high charge, Carnival decided to cancel all drink packages, claiming they weren't a good value. I hated to point out that instead of paying 24% on a discounted drink, we now had to pay 24% on the full price which seemed even less of a value for us travelers. One can't really go wrong cruising through the Med which I will most likely do again in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Had 3 nights in Athens prior to cruise . Embarkation went very smoothly and quick. Rooms were ready straight away too. It felt a bit flat walking onboard for 1st time as your straight into deck 0 the lifts . We have been on several cruises ... Read More
Had 3 nights in Athens prior to cruise . Embarkation went very smoothly and quick. Rooms were ready straight away too. It felt a bit flat walking onboard for 1st time as your straight into deck 0 the lifts . We have been on several cruises before with carnival , RCI and NCL and my most memorable embarkation was on carnival splendour, straight into deck 3 I think it was, into the most beautiful black marble , sparky glitzy lobby. Totally wow ! We felt vista was a nice ship but no wow factor about it Food was fabulous in all the eating areas, top marks. Loved the guys burger bar at the poolside . We chose the any time dining and never had to wait for a table for any longer than a few minutes , and usually went around 7.30-8pm Staff in the main dining room excellent and always cut our 2 young daughters steak for them We had a family harbour balcony cabin which had a few great extras including use of the family harbour lounge . This was a great lounge but often had no food available in it and the ice cream machine broke a few days into the cruise and very disappointedly was never repaired. Often no cups for tea available either The entertainment on the ship was very good , fantastic shows , comedians and deck parties . Cookie and Jamie were the best cruise director / entertainment staff ever. Didn't like the lay out off the liquid lounge . Not as big as a usual ship theatre . The cabin was nicely decorated but we felt it wasn't the best lay out and defiantly not enough cupboard space for a family of 4. So glad I took my 3 year old daughters dresses on her hangers . Our room Steward Ricky did an excellent job We have 2 girls age 6&3 who loved the ship . They went to the camp carnival a few times too and always had fun, they enjoyed a steak every night , loved the ice cream machine . The choice at breakfast time and the pools / hot tubs and water slides . The youngest also spent a lot of time at the crazy golf . And eldest had a whale off a time on the sky ride. Great experience on something different . We visited the thrill theatre which was so much fun. The only really disappointing thing of the whole cruise was the extra 24% tax we had added onto everything on top of the usual 15 gratuity so that was a total of 39% on everything purchased on board. Thankfully we got a really good deal on the cruise price . I'm not a big drinker but like the odd one and also really enjoy a coke at meal times or a non alcoholic cocktail at the poolside but this really put me off. And I think this is possibly the reason the were not batting an eyelid when people were walking on with bottles of alcohol and cans of juice. We always did our things in the ports off call. Our favourite this time was Rhodes . Expensive shuttle bus at Marseille too. The gym was brilliant . 30 treadmills and lots off cross trainers, exercise bikes and weights etc Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this ship because it was new and for the itinerary. i sailed solo so chose most economical cabin, so small but cozy ,nice bathroom The individual eating venues that I tried were great, Buffet, Burger joint, new BarBQ, Burrito ... Read More
I chose this ship because it was new and for the itinerary. i sailed solo so chose most economical cabin, so small but cozy ,nice bathroom The individual eating venues that I tried were great, Buffet, Burger joint, new BarBQ, Burrito Bar, Horizons Dining room service was outstanding. I couldn"t eat at them all The Comedy Club offered new comics every few days and all were very funny, 9:30 was family friendly, at 10 it was for adults only and some very raunchy. Staged shows were spectacular, just the costumes alone, for each show were outstanding! All the singers and dancers were so talented. Everyone in all categories were courteous, friendly, smiled, and so helpful. All ports were exactly what I wanted and why I chose this cruise, I have been to most of the port before. Transpo to Rome comfortable, only excursion I went on was very good and well worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this particular cruise because we wanted to experience Carnival's new ship and at the same time visit some of the ports in Europe we had not seen before. As we have come to expect from Carnival, embarcation went smoothly, ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because we wanted to experience Carnival's new ship and at the same time visit some of the ports in Europe we had not seen before. As we have come to expect from Carnival, embarcation went smoothly, our cabin was ready when we boarded; however, it was our anniversary and I had purchased a package that included decorations, a bottle of wine, a card and chocolates. Whe we arrived only the decorations were there, the wine and the glasses were missing and the card was misspelled. Not a good beginning....(They did give us an extra bottle of wine and a very nice cake for our dinner on the date of our anniversary which was VERY nice of them) Being a brand new ship, The Vista looked incredible. All the spaces were very nice and very appealing, the Sky Cycle was a lot of fun to ride and the I-Max theater was amazing. The Havana Cabanna bar and the Havana area on the back of the ship were incredible. We did have some issues with the design of the ship when you compare it with previous ones like the Breeze which was our last cruise with Carnival and remains our favorite Carnival ship. First, the Liquid Lounge which serves as theater and night club is smaller than in other ships, the seating arrangement is not good and the seats themselves are not confortable, they don't even have a place to put your drinks. The floor is not slanted so the viewing of the show can be a little challenging if you have taller people in front. The atrium which is the main lobby is not as open as other ships and they did away with glass elevators. They gave too much space for the Pixels Gallery and since they are doing away with the printed photo diplay in favor of digital displays for the viewings, they could have made it smaller. The "New Any Time Seating" system they came up with is not confortable. Everyone wants to eat at 7:30 and you could see people waiting in line for a long time before they got a table assignment. Meals in the main dinning hall were VERY GOOD, the menus were varied and as allways included alternatives for the less adventured cruisers as well as some classic Carnival signature desserts . ALL the restaurans and alternative eating venues in the ship are just amazing, from the Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint to the Bonzai Sushi and the Farenheit 555 steak house passing through the buffet line and walking to the 24/7 Pizzeria and a few others, you could allways find something to tickle your taste buds. Carnival's classic after dinner dance performed by the waiting staff was very enjoyable with the added plus of Ken our Maitre'd who sang every night and entertained us with Sinatra's greatest hits. The entertainement on board was just amazing, all of the ship's productions were incredible. The other acts booked for the trip were fabulous as well. If were going to say anything is that maybe they could have more activities during the evening after the last show. As far as service is concerned, we feel that Carnival's biggest asset and its most redeeming quality is the staff and we don't mean only the people you see but also the ones you don't. They are nothing short of amazing, allways willing to do anything to make you feel like you own the ship and make your onboard experience the best one in your life. One sore point for us was the Cloud 9 Spa. I will say 2 words... "Norwegian Epic"... Sorry guys but after experiencing the Spa on the Epic, we were hoping for something a lot more spacious and enticing. The Casino is not very welcoming, it feels small and the gaming tables too close to each other without space to move around. Also the ventilation is not very good so the atmosphere is dense with cigarette smoke. The ports of call were very good, we were sorry to lose the visit to Turkey but that is part of the way things go in a cruise. The shore excursions offered were very good only they were a little on the expensive side. From reading the book in our cabin about the design of the ship, we got that it was designed by hotel people more that cruise ship designers... It Shows.... In short, we had a wonderful time on the Vista, we loved the ports of call, we loved interacting with all the staff. we thoroughly enjoyed the shows onboard and the cuisine and we will keep sailing on Carnival (it remains our favorite cruise line).. Only not on the Vista. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Wow what an experience for our 1st cruise where to begin. Beautiful brand new ship, loaded to the rim with great restaurants, activities and attractions. Being an adventurous family, we never took the Carnival excursions, rather we rented ... Read More
Wow what an experience for our 1st cruise where to begin. Beautiful brand new ship, loaded to the rim with great restaurants, activities and attractions. Being an adventurous family, we never took the Carnival excursions, rather we rented cars in most of the ports of call, which wasn't simple due to the distances involved but ultimately highly rewarding due to the freedom and flexibility this gives compared to the structured (and expensive!) nature of the excursion methods. Jaime the veteran cruiser director and the rest of her staff are out of this world - energetic, friendly, funny, knowledgeable, patriotic! There were 4 main night shows, all entertaining and not too crowded if you show up on time (no need to reserve anything) + some playing performances + a commercial performances + the Dr. Seuss kids show. The Dive In Movies are great we saw quite a few and they provide comfy blankets if it's cold outside. We also went to the IMAX to see the brand new Magnificent Seven movie - great experience but pricey. Still worth it. We ate breakfast at the Family Harbor and Lido Market - never crowded, never big lines, great service and selection. We ate lunch and dinner at the big dinning rooms - again great food and service. No lines if you take the select your own time option rather than the prefixed options. Elevators are too few in all 3 sections of the ship, they should have added a lot more with these many guests but it's bearable. The hamburger joint is great for late lunch or early evening snacks, solid 24/7 pizza joint too, you can also eat lunch for free at two of the paid for restaurants - the Italian and Asian ones - both were nice! My wife went to the spa and really enjoyed herself there. The kids were really happy in Camp Ocean, hot tubs and of course the waterslides/water park. The 11 y/o could use all slides and also the rope course and Sky ride, which are great and not busy during port days. All in all the value for money is great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose Carnival Vista because of reasonable prices and port-intensive itinerary. I'm writing this because I had seen so many poor reviews which made me apprehensive before we left. All in all, we (my husband and myself, seniors) ... Read More
We chose Carnival Vista because of reasonable prices and port-intensive itinerary. I'm writing this because I had seen so many poor reviews which made me apprehensive before we left. All in all, we (my husband and myself, seniors) had a great time. We used Carnival transfers from the airport to the embarkation port in Athens and everything went smoothly. The port, itself, is a makeshift port to handle all of the people (i.e., set up with tents). Carnival, though, had things organized pretty well. The ship is very modern, decor is not as fancy as some other Carnival ships. The gym was great - all new equipment and it was never crowded when I was there. There is a lot to do, especially for children. They have a large camp area and many areas for kids to play onboard. The water area with slides is very cool. They have a ropes course above ground and the sky ride. Ken, the maitre'd, was wonderful, as always. He would sing a song every evening at dinner, bringing the dining guests together to provide a homey feel. Our waiter, Sasa (Sasha) and his team (sorry, can't remember the rest of their names) were awesome. We had a great balcony room, near the elevators on the 8th floor. Very convenient to everything. Room stewards were attentive and wonderful. My only reason for giving a 4 and not a 5 is because of the Lido deck. We were reminded to wash our hands all the time, but I didn't see many people doing that. Also, people fill drink bottles at the automated drink stations by putting their bottle right up to the mechanism -- not sanitary. Once, while getting breakfast, a man came by and put 4 pieces of toast back because he didn't use them. I told him I didn't think he was supposed to do that. There were no attendants around to tell him otherwise. It taught me to take food from the back of the tray whenever I was selecting. In sum, I think more attention to what folks are doing there is necessary by Carnival crew. Carnival, as those who cruise frequently most likely know, has cut costs by cutting back on amenities and food choice. They have added places where you pay additional for food. We had dinner at the Italian restaurant (additional $15/pp) and it was very good. Waitstaff was very attentive there, too. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The European ports MADE this cruise! Sorry the ship is moving to the caribbean. As far as the ship itself: noticed definitely lower ceilings in many areas (my husband had to duck to avoid head trauma!), and the "show" areas were ... Read More
The European ports MADE this cruise! Sorry the ship is moving to the caribbean. As far as the ship itself: noticed definitely lower ceilings in many areas (my husband had to duck to avoid head trauma!), and the "show" areas were oddly designed leaving many obstructed view seats in all the show lounges. Carnival's attempt to make these multi-purpose venues made them not-quite-right for any. The crew was fabulous, friendly and personable. The addition of the micro brewery in the pub onboard was a great idea and a very fun place to hang out. The food was normal Carnival....not exceptional but perfectly adequate. Our cabin, 8400, was fine but I do wish Carnival would put coffee pots in the rooms! I ordered early room service coffee every morning and got it 8 out of the 10 mornings. The other 2 mornings they "forgot" to collect the breakfast orders from our end of the floor. First World problem, I know, but irritating all the same. We will definitely cruise Carnival again, although perhaps not this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My step-daughter and I went to Barcelona a few days before the cruise departed. We enjoyed exploring the city and seeing it's beautiful architecture. The afternoon we boarded, things went very smoothly from checking our bags with the ... Read More
My step-daughter and I went to Barcelona a few days before the cruise departed. We enjoyed exploring the city and seeing it's beautiful architecture. The afternoon we boarded, things went very smoothly from checking our bags with the porter outside, to checking in and getting our room key, to finding our cabin. We were staying in a Spa Suite and our cabin was clean and ready for us when we arrived. The cabin was spacious, with two twin beds, that were very comfy after walking around our ports all day. There was plenty of closet space for our belongings. The bathroom had double sinks, a spa tub, and shower. Our room steward, Eddy was always nearby and ready to help out. Because our itinerary was very port intensive and we had long excursions planned, we selected the any time dining option. We never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated, and the service was adequate. The food was never great, and I was super disappointed about the desserts. I'm not usually a buffet person, but on this cruise, the buffet food was far better than the dining room food. The Vista is a brand new ship, so of course everything is sparkly and new, with no wear and tear yet. I enjoyed the LCD funnel in the atrium, although I missed the glass elevators. Speaking of elevators, one of my pet peeves on the ship was that you could not push a single button to call all elevators in a section. You had to walk and push each button, by each individual elevator. It was nice that Carnival finally brought in some different entertainment in the Liquid Show Lounge. That is one of the things that I wish Carnival would improve on is varying the entertainment instead of having the same shows across the board on each ship. There are two big water slides on the Vista, and they are both a blast. The new sky ride was fun. We went to the Havana area one night just to check it out and were a bit jealous of the private pool, jacuzzis, and bar. We had a great cruise and enjoyed the ship very much and have already booked again on this ship for it's first sailing out of Miami. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Fantastic Ship . requires many more days to explore without daily excursions. Can't wait to go again. Loved the Havana Suites and Cabana local and private access. We were pleased to see our cruise director JAMIE again. She ... Read More
Fantastic Ship . requires many more days to explore without daily excursions. Can't wait to go again. Loved the Havana Suites and Cabana local and private access. We were pleased to see our cruise director JAMIE again. She was on our Carnival Sunshine Cruise in 2014 (December). The PLAYLIST Production Crew was phenomenal. FLICK was great, but all 4 shows are a must see. The Cast of 12 featured at least 6 fantastic SINGERS/Dancers combos with some amazing Duets as well. We would see each of the shows again if possible. The Seafood Shack was yummy and worth the up-charge. The Bonsai Sushi restaurant was also excellent and made for a nice upgrade for the dinning room. Price was also reasonable. The SkyRide was lots of fun... but the SkyWalk was scary for the inexperienced. The Vista is tastefully decorated and by far the most Beautiful Carnival Ship we have sailed to date. We like the CARNIVAL HUB APP. Traveling with a group of 8 was easy to communicate and track down our friends and family. Well worth the 1 time $5 fee per person/device. Extended Aft Balcony - 6465 Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
After waiting for over a year we were excited about cruising on the new Carnival Vista leaving Barcelona Spain on Sept 23rd 2016. It start with only two of us but our group grew to twelve quickly. We planned our trip months in advance ... Read More
After waiting for over a year we were excited about cruising on the new Carnival Vista leaving Barcelona Spain on Sept 23rd 2016. It start with only two of us but our group grew to twelve quickly. We planned our trip months in advance using helpful travel tips from this board. Our 4 days in Barcelona were a lot of fun. We enjoyed the history and beauty of the city. Of course the food and the Sangria were big hits also. Our boarding day came to quickly. We took 2 taxi's to the ship due to luggage issues. We were met by a nice porter who waited for everyone to arrive on the pier. we went inside the cruise terminal and started the check in procedures.We had a group photo taken and were on board in no time at all. First we went to our forward cabin at the bow of the ship. our room was very nice and we dropped off our carry on baggage. The ship is very beautiful and clean. The food is very substandard and you could tell Carnival has taken a nose dive on the quality of their food they serve. The bar service was terrible and it was evident they cut corners on the drinks they made. No table clothes in the main dinning room except on dress up night. Improvement needed. The Guy's hamburger diner was good. Entertainment was outstanding. We also enjoyed the first run movies at the IMax theater. Service was a little strained like they were understaffed. Senior officers and customer service were a tad unfriendly. Ports were excellent and we also took advantage of Barcelona. We compared Carnivals prices and size of excursions and chose to plan our own. We would like to cruise on this ship again but hope Carnival improves their food and drinks. Bring back the table clothes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
There were many good things about thiscruise, but definitely things that needed improvement. I have sailed Carnival before. Pros: Food was good, conveniently located, varied. Tables were cleaned immediately. Cabins were comfortable and ... Read More
There were many good things about thiscruise, but definitely things that needed improvement. I have sailed Carnival before. Pros: Food was good, conveniently located, varied. Tables were cleaned immediately. Cabins were comfortable and clean. Laundry facilities were conveniently located and worked well. The movies and IMAX were great. The sky ride was fun. The exercise facilities, slides and outdoor entertainment were fantastic. Other than the first day when everyone was trying to get on board, the elevators worked great. The carnival app was ok, but not great. It definitely needs an upgrade. Lots of bugs. But a good first effort. The wifi worked fairly well. Cons: Excursions were scheduled so that many hundreds of Carnival guests would show up to the same place at the same time, making the place so crowded it was difficult to enjoy. Most scheduled excursions showed up at the ship at the same time. The security was ill equiped to handle so many people getting on the ship at the same time. In Naples, for example, we were routed into the port building, where we climbed about 70 steps and then waited in a line for 20 minutes. Then we got in another line and waited for another 15 minutes. Then we were sent back down another set of 70 stairs and came out of the building around the corner from where we entered. Then we waited in line there for another 15 minutes. Then we walked the full length of the ship intp a line of about 700 people. We were slowly allowed to go through security one at a time. Finally someone decided that it might help to open another line. Finally we got on board. When i complained to Carnival, they kept repeating that they could not possibly know when everyone was returning to the ship. I tried to point out that we came back to port at the time Carnival appointed us (who paid $200 for an excursion) to return. So, until Carnival hires someone competent to manage excursions on the Carnival Vista, I would recommend you schedule your own excursions. Do your excursion in reverse order from Carnival to avoid some of the crowds. Get in a little earlier than the hoards are dropped off. You will have a much more enjoyable time. Guest services is completely clueless so do not waste your time calling them for information or help. Once you have benn on the ship for 24 hours, you will know more about the ship than they do. The large show entertainment was pathetic. The piano bar and some of the bands were great. Did not go to the comedy show. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise in order to visit Europe for the first time. With only two at sea days, we did a lot of excursions. We did one through Cruise Critic which was excellent. The other excursions were booked through Carnival and had large ... Read More
We chose this cruise in order to visit Europe for the first time. With only two at sea days, we did a lot of excursions. We did one through Cruise Critic which was excellent. The other excursions were booked through Carnival and had large groups (40+) which meant more waiting but the guides were good. I most enjoyed the Sky Ride and Thrill Theatre. The water slide area looked very cool but I couldn't take part because of health issues. Food was below the standard that I expect for Carnival. I had a couple of great meals in the restaurant, the rest were just okay. The evening shows were also a disappointment. I really enjoyed the shows that came along with Carnival 2.0. The new entertainment on the Vista had bad choreography, lack of variety, sound was off whenever multiple people were singing, and the special guests weren't that special. I usually love the comedy club but except for Manny Oliviera, I did not enjoy the comedians. Cookie and Jaime were the only 2 entertainment staff that I spent time with and both were good at getting things going and making them fun. The deck parties were great with people continuing to dance long after the entertainment staff left. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Chose this cruise cos we did carnival sunshine and it Was brill. What a contrast to this appalling bag of rubbish. From waiters in the restauraunt to entertainment staff it was rubbish. Dirty pots left all over, shows garbage. Drinks in ... Read More
Chose this cruise cos we did carnival sunshine and it Was brill. What a contrast to this appalling bag of rubbish. From waiters in the restauraunt to entertainment staff it was rubbish. Dirty pots left all over, shows garbage. Drinks in the bars always different prices even though you had the same drinks!! Food also not up to scratch. Where do you go to a 4/5 star supposed restaurant and not have table cloths -try the carnival vista - might as well have been in a working men's cafe. Queued up for a ticket for the restaurant only to go and queue outside the restaurant to be seated at the table they gave you upstairs. No organisation whatsoever. Sent a complaint off and they couldn't give a stuff that you didn't enjoy it - end their reply with we look forward to welcoming you back on board. Haha what a joke. Back to P&O we go. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
me & my wife went for 10 nights around the med on 13/9/16 till 23/9/16 this ship is all about money 4 cans of beer cost £31 joke there was a 24% tax on everything you brought even if you brought a can of pop which on the pop can it ... Read More
me & my wife went for 10 nights around the med on 13/9/16 till 23/9/16 this ship is all about money 4 cans of beer cost £31 joke there was a 24% tax on everything you brought even if you brought a can of pop which on the pop can it would say duty free you still got charged the 24%tax there were shuttle buses but there was a charge for those too & even that wasnt cheap the food i would only give it a 2 out of 5 the guys burgers were ok but you needed a big gob like a yank to get your mouth i had eggs benedict 1 morning for breakfast & told the waiter to take it away because the white of the egg wasnt cooked & was slimy most for the time the food was warm & not hot i was still eating my starter 1 night & was brought my main course around it the ship entertainment leader a girl jamie her voice was that loud you could hear her inside your cabin she didnt need a microphone thats for sure when i got woke up by her 3 times in 1 day i had enough & complained to the reception & was asked if i wanted some ear plugs we walked through casino & it was like walking into a stinking smoke hole i always thought there was no smoking in public places & no smoking on ships the only reason theres smoking in the casino is because carnival like to keep the yanks in there to carry on gambling there money away again all about the money & not about the safety of the passengers most of the ships crew were nice around the ship & the ship itself is a nice its not so nice on the inside but around the promenade deck & the outside was nice the balcony we had was nice too cabin Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My wife's Birthday surprise didn't turn out as expected, just a money magnet pay extra for everything, plus surcharges and gratuities on drinks and services. Will not be travelling with Carnival ever again, take advice DONT GO ... Read More
My wife's Birthday surprise didn't turn out as expected, just a money magnet pay extra for everything, plus surcharges and gratuities on drinks and services. Will not be travelling with Carnival ever again, take advice DONT GO WITH CARNIVAL, Entertainment not worth going to ,pay for Imax movies, pay to use sauna, food and service need attention (same menu every night) pay extra for specialty menu, service slow, unable to dress table cutlery (had to ask for correct cutlery most evenings)pay extra for speciality coffee . Ok if you like Bingo and Casino .Not on our list to do, prefer a more adult cruise with a half decent entertainment programme, which is included in the price instead on being ripped off by Carnival to get every cent they can, plus extra tax on your account that comes as a shock when settling at the end of the cruise, Don't Go. Very few deck guides (had to go to lifts for guides) more signage needed. Cabin adequate (7238) for two adults, had to put clothes away in wardrobe/cupboard each time we changed our attire. Cabin steward not very attentive ,PJs left on bedside table, but always greeted us with a smile. We had visited most of the ports of call on other cruises and made our own way(just as well Carnival tours where very expensive(BE WARNED) book tours before going (check them out on line)Cruise Excursions half the price. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our previous experience of Carnival had been good. We choose this particular cruise on the Vista as this ship was new and it's advertised as their flagship. We embarked from Athens this process went smoothly bearing in mind the ... Read More
Our previous experience of Carnival had been good. We choose this particular cruise on the Vista as this ship was new and it's advertised as their flagship. We embarked from Athens this process went smoothly bearing in mind the numbers of guests boarding. Our stateroom was fine as you would expect on a brand new ship. We were not previously made aware that all purchases on board were also subject to a 24% Athens tax plus their usual 15% gratuity charge this lasted for the entire cruise an example of this meant a can of Strongbow cider cost $8.27 (£6.30). Drinks packages advertised prior to cruising had been withdrawn no staff member could explain why. The main dining room resembled a school canteen no linen table cloths, dirty cutlery, poorly laid tables, cramped conditions, bland decorations and poor service. Food served in the main dining room was usually luke warm or cold there was no real variety with the daily menu's. Food served in the buffet was average however from the takeaway venues eg pizzeria was excellent .The staff who were friendly and helpful were in the minority. The waterpark ,sun decks and sports facilities were excellent and catered for children .In my opinion the entire ship lacked atmosphere! We will never use Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
long time Carnival cruisers (platinum) but at $6k for this cruise (plus airfare and hotels) we were fairly underwhelmed with the new ship Dinner in the two main dining rooms were a disappointment - unlike even other cruise ship ... Read More
long time Carnival cruisers (platinum) but at $6k for this cruise (plus airfare and hotels) we were fairly underwhelmed with the new ship Dinner in the two main dining rooms were a disappointment - unlike even other cruise ship e've been on, these have the ambiance of a Denny's or Mac Donald - very plain and not what one would expect from the newest addition to the fleet - formica table tops - service was good - food was mostly just adequate - again not what we were expecting from this ship Burgers were good/taco/burrito bar also good (altho must be the only Mexican restaurant in the world that has no chips and salsa???)- seafood place for lunch - that you pay extra for was just plain awful. main Buffets were ok. New to Carnival was the option to purchase snacks - hot wings etc for the room - previously this was free? Calling the service desk from the room was impossible - even with the "special - platinum guest access number - we tried multiple times - made it through only once after remaining on hold for 20+ min Racked up 20,000 points between us at the Casino - this resulted in one comped dinner at the steakhouse ($60) - no wine or drinks included This 24% VAT (Greece??) charge applied to ALL purchases on the ship - including the stores !! - what happened to duty free???? - $8.25 for a beer - before any added gratuity We tried all of the "specialty " restaurants" at a charge that included both a 15% gratuity and a 24% VAT - adds 40% to your bill! - Steakhouse -excellent (went twice here - because dining room was not great - Asian - OK - Italian - very good - Chefs Table - awesome Fitness center had plenty of treadmills, a fair number of elliptical machines, but limited/single weight machines- no attendants - rather load rap or new wave music - probably not ideal for the crowd/age - TV's not working on any of the machines throughout the cruise - nor the heart rate monitors. No attendants Serenity Deck most often jammed - no seats - even finding two chairs together on a sea day was difficult. Don't waste your time/money on the laundry service - clothes came back "folded" in worse shape than when they left. They should provide talks on some of the sites/cities to be visited - would make for far more interesting shore excursions. one interesting observation was that unlike the carribean ports of call where you may have 3-6 ships in port at the same time, there was usually on one - and sometimes no other ships in port at the same time. Overall this cruise didn't live up to our expectations - nor justify the significant additional costs - we would not try a Carnival cruise in the Med again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
First, let me say that we booked this cruise, and the one following this (9/3 and 9/13 sailings) for two reasons: price and itinerary. So just based on that, this cruise is a winner. The ports are fantastic. When reading other criticisms ... Read More
First, let me say that we booked this cruise, and the one following this (9/3 and 9/13 sailings) for two reasons: price and itinerary. So just based on that, this cruise is a winner. The ports are fantastic. When reading other criticisms about the ship itself, I was skeptical ... but many are valid. But I would like to start with the positives. I love, love, love the electronic, technical advances. Your photos are available to see on the Carnival Hub app almost as soon as they are snapped. The app also shows you what is happening when and where and has a ship's map. No more carrying around paper. There are lighted maps in front of the elevators with viewing from two sides. Great. The ship is clean and for the most part the staff are friendly and helpful. The food in the Marketplace -- the buffet -- is on par with buffet food we have had on other ships the past few years. (That means, not quite as good as when we started cruising in 2001) There is an abundance of seating in this area as well. On other ships, you can spend quite a lot of time just finding a table. Seating in other areas of the ship is also abundant and nice with a variety of seating configurations. The comics in the comedy club have been good -- much, much, much better than those on the Transatlantic Princess cruise we took 4 years ago. Our cabin, while a bit smaller than on other Carnival ships, was nice, and our cabin stewards were helpful. The Sky Ride is a blast! Some of the negatives: As others stated, the Atrium does truly lack any kind of "wow" statement. Overall, Carnival really missed the mark on this ship, for me anyway, in the overall design and decor. It is bland. It is like being used to the lobby of the Ritz, and all of a sudden being given the lobby of the Super 8 motel. Carnival mistook, I believe, our penchant for casual dress -- shorts, tank tops, flip flops -- for a desire for decor to match. Not so. On vacation, I want the surroundings to be beautiful, something out of the ordinary. Take the main dining room. We have to dress down to match this dining room. The tables look like cafeteria tables (cheap laminate). No table cloths. You don't get a butter knife. There are noticeably fewer wait staff. The food is just ok. Nothing to write home about. The rest of the ship is bland. A lot of white and brown tile. White walls. There is no "art gallery", just art hung on a few walls. And I overheard many people echo our thoughts about the location of things -- you can't find anything on this ship! Things are hidden . Bathrooms are not marked well. There is no direct route to the anytime dining room. In summary, if the ship itself is an important aspect of your vacation, this isn't the ship for you. If the itinerary is what you are looking for, this is a wonderful cruise itinerary, even losing Turkey. (Oh, the check in process at the beginning of the cruise was very easy, and we were on board before noon.) Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had an excellent time. We met our cruise critic friends from our roll call. A great group of people. Loved joining the private excursions so much nicer with the much smaller groups as compared with the cruise line excursions that are ... Read More
We had an excellent time. We met our cruise critic friends from our roll call. A great group of people. Loved joining the private excursions so much nicer with the much smaller groups as compared with the cruise line excursions that are such large groups. The Carnival Vista was a very nice ship it had a lot to offer all ages. We were in port so many of the days that we really didn't get to enjoy as much as we would have liked to. The itinerary on this cruise was amazing all the places we had been wanting to see we saw. We had a cove balcony located on deck 2. We were a little worried being so low down on the ship. It was the best loved it. The cabin size was more than enough. Staff were great. Food was good. Production shows were great! When going to see a show in the The liquid lounge go early to get a good seat you don't want to be stuck behind a pillar. There are so many that will block your view. Lots of activities sky ride, golf, basketball great water slides. Embarkation went smoothly we showed up early 10:30 walked right in didn't wait long to board and was in our room by 12:30. We cruised Sept 13 to 23rd. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Just back from our 10 day cruise, can only say it was the worst holiday we have ever had, the ship is new and clean, the cabins are OK as long as you don't have any of the cabins around the 624 area they are just over the Disco, so ... Read More
Just back from our 10 day cruise, can only say it was the worst holiday we have ever had, the ship is new and clean, the cabins are OK as long as you don't have any of the cabins around the 624 area they are just over the Disco, so you can forget sleep till after 3 in the morning. We complained every day trying to get a change the boat was full. This left us felling ill lack of sleep. On top of this they use the show area for the Disco so the are rehearsing during the day so no respite from the noise. If you have booked a trip check your cabin befor you go. Some more thing that are poor on this boat are poor service in the dining room they take the plates from you sometimes befor you are all finished very poor service , on several occasions I had to send cold food back, tried to speak to the head waiter ( still waiting). In the end had to see the Maitre D. Another thing we found poor was the price of drinks with the 24% tax and 15 % gratuity on all thing purchased. So on the hole it was not a good holiday we went to rest and relax come home felling very poorly will we go back on a Carnival holiday NO. One more thing we found that if any of the evening entertainment was good you could not get a seat the ship entertainment team had all the best seats the paying guests had no chance. Poor very Poor. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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