1 Carnival Vista Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Mediterranean

I booked this inaugural sailing of the Carnival Vista in December 2015. Used Carnival to book the airfare which ended up being very cost effective. They also allowed me to fly in to Venice Italy two days in advance and also allowed for ... Read More
I booked this inaugural sailing of the Carnival Vista in December 2015. Used Carnival to book the airfare which ended up being very cost effective. They also allowed me to fly in to Venice Italy two days in advance and also allowed for two extra days in Barcelona at the end of the cruise. EMBARKATION: Terrible. Trieste Italy is not set up as a regular stating point for cruises so the embarkation took quite a while. It seemed like the walk was forever. Took almost 1.5 hours from arrival at the port to the time we stepped on board. SHIP: For this being Carnival's newest ship, she was a beautiful ship. Her layout was rather friendly. She is everything you would think she would be as a flagship to the company. The best thing about the Vista is Deck 5 and the Lanai that wraps all the way around the ship. After 5pm when they open up the Havana pool area to everyone it is a great way to get around the ship and have great views. The Atrium is also one of a kind. While there are no more glass elevators there is a new Bar setup with some beautiful views. Serenity Deck for adults is very nice and the added feature of the bar with a salad station was the biggest differences over other Serenity areas on other ships. DINING: Used Your Time Dining which utilized Horizon's Dining Room. If you had a table at the back windows you were treated to great views. They utilized the American Table set-up which was OK. I would like to see tablecloths utilized instead of making it feel just like sitting in the Lido buffet. The staff were still trying to figure out the table numbers as they had difficulty remembering which numbers were where. I have to admit though that the menu really had little flair to it. The Lido buffet was probably better than other cruises I had been on. Well set-up. Breakfast was excellent as long as you avoided what was supposedly scrambled eggs. The omelette station was excellent and it was right between the buffet lines. ENTERTAINMENT: There were all new shows featured in the Liquid Lounge as they rolled out a couple of great new well choreographed numbers. These will be rolled out to the entire fleet over the next couple of months. The comedians were all pretty good. It was what you expect of a comedy club. I heard that this is the final month for it being a George Lopez comedy club. Not sure it will actually make any difference. Because there was so much to do all the time while on board, the ship seemed empty at times even though there were well over 3000 passengers. SERVICE: Being that this was the Inaugural cruise of their new flagship, it would only be correct to say the service was topnotch. I only did the main dining room twice but the waitstaff was very helpful. CASINO: Quite a large casino in comparison to other ships. I did not spend a lot of time there since this cruise was port intensive and did not have a lot of time to spend there, or money with all the excursions. PORTS: We sailed from Trieste, Italy. Very nice city and had we known that Trieste was so nice, we would have not spent as much time in Venice which was rather unimpressive due to it being quite dirty with tons of graffiti. First stop was Dubrovnik, Croatia. Did the excursion through Carnival. Rode the Cable Car up above the city and got treated to incredible views. Following the Cable Car we did a walking tour of the walled city. This city has a storied history as it was all but destroyed after attacks from Serbia and Montenegro back in the 90's. It has now been completely restored. Did not get to walk the walls due to health reasons but I could tell it would be a rather impressive activity. Kotor, Montenegro was just a treat. It was added on late after they cancelled our stop in Turkey due to possible threats of terrorist acts. The one hour sail into Kotor through the narrow passages was just spectacular. Did not do any tours but did take the boat to shore and was able to walk around the town. Athens, Greece has really taken in beating in the recent economic troubles. The city was filled with graffiti on just about every wall. The only saving grace was the old ruins. I probably won't visit Greece again in the near future but am glad I got the opportunity to visit The Acropolis, The Olympic Stadium and Sounion. Crete, Greece was also on our list of ports but I had caught a cold and decided to take a break from any excursions. Malta was a nice little country with a lot of history. We visited a World Heritage site Hagar Qim that dated back to a time in the Fourth Millennium BC. It ended up being a very educational tour. Palermo, Sicily ended up being one of those ports that I missed again due to the cold I had caught on board. This was mainly because the next few ports were long excursions. Rome, Italy was beautiful. Took a tour of the downtown areas around the Colosseum and then were taken to the San Sebatiano catacombs. This tour had a lot of walking involved and most of it seemed to be uphill. The bus driver decided that he would take us on a little tour of the Vatican. It was just a drive by but this was not a scheduled event and we were all more than happy to get back to the ship a little late. Florence/Pisa, Italy was my favorite stop only because of the tower and the church there at the Tower. We did a Pisa by Trolley and while the tour itself was nice, it was ruined by the Trolley part. Old trolley, dirty plastic windows, crammed seating, and a driver who should be fired made it a disappointment. Marseille, France was everything I imagined. That was not really much. Not impressed and all this was seemed to be a filler stop to get us to Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain was our disembark point. We got there on race weekend which made it all that much crowded but then Barcelona won the Soccer World Championship and the city became a party place. On Sunday we toured using the Hop On/Hop Off bus service and we had been rerouted twice due to 100s of Thousands of people celebrating in the streets. Best way to see the sites of this city was using that hop on/hop off service. We also were able to get up to Montserrat to view the beautiful church there which houses the Black Virgin. I would love to do this again. Looking forward to 2018 when the new Vista sister ship is supposed to be delivered. You can count me in on that one. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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