253 Carnival Vista Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

This is my 28 cruise. Seven of them had been with Carnival and had excellent experience with them but with this one the only good thing about it was the intinerary (Turk & Caicos, La Romana, Curacao & Aruba). My review is according ... Read More
This is my 28 cruise. Seven of them had been with Carnival and had excellent experience with them but with this one the only good thing about it was the intinerary (Turk & Caicos, La Romana, Curacao & Aruba). My review is according to my experience. Embarkation was long and very disorganized. The Market buffet was rediculous long lines all the time to get something to eat (breakfast and lunch) and not good food at all. People did no use sanitizer (no washi, washi) or washed hand before taking food. Staff was unhappy all the time. Not at all “Fun ship” party at the pool like other old Carnival I had been on. Liquid Theater horrible design, you can hardly see the show in any angle. Poor shows, the only I like was “Amor Cubano”. Every where you go inside the ship was crowded. People smoking in no designated area. The only quiet place to read was the Library and every afternoon they had an Art exhibition, so you have to leave the Library. The Horizon dinning room, food was not good at all. And worst of all, last evening of the cruise I had to make a super long line in the desk service to discuss like 7 charges in my account I never did, so be careful with your account and check it every day is possible. So, the lady who take care of me, took those charges out from my account. But I was surprised when she told what those charges was about. I never signed a receipt for those charges. Be careful with your folio # and make sure to sign a receipt for anything you order and ask for the receipt copy. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
First I know reviews are opinionated by nature but I think they can be more about the experience then some really are. We traveled last week in August into September. We flew into Miami morning of cruise from NJ and had no issues. Uber ... Read More
First I know reviews are opinionated by nature but I think they can be more about the experience then some really are. We traveled last week in August into September. We flew into Miami morning of cruise from NJ and had no issues. Uber to port for 19 bucks no issues. Embarkation - this was a problem only cause a bad storm came by. Being outside in lightning - not fun - being inside minutes away from a cruise - priceless. It is what it is .. it did not take too long to get on. Maybe one hour from getting online to getting on boat. That is without FTTF and silver/Plat service. Room was ready when they said it would. Our room steward was not great. Never brought the ice or towels we asked for. His bad. We got on our own and tipped less. It was room 8257. It was right by the main elevators. Two flights up to pool and three flights down to most of the action. Pools very small and when the boat is crowded so are the pools. We went to all the shows, caught a movie and some played bingo daily. If you want to get lost and be alone the ship has places for that. If you want to have fun, do crafts, read a book, play board games or have a few drinks... there are plenty of places to do that. I have read about the lines for food - well there are - if you get up early there are not many lines. Our go to was the "oceans lounge" not to many people knew it but there was a wonderful buffet set up there every morning and no lines, plenty of seats and everything within a few feet from your arms reach. The entertainment was some of the best. The performers were awesome. Talented, friendly and full of energy if that is what you wanted. We did. If your on the ship before January - go to the atrium and listen to the Horn Stars & The Rocking Strings and Violin man. There is a band in the oceans lounge - Hasta la Vista that is out of their world good. The main theater... yes the seats upstairs have some blocked views and glass like you are at a hockey game.. .but sit downstairs. The new shows are designed to get the crowd involved. I did not get the movable seats until we went to the shows and asked some of the dancers. this allowed for them to set up the theater to meet the needs of that nights performance. I give the cruise director and his team.. along with everyone of the instrumentalist and singers a A+ probably the best I have seen in 25 years of cruising. Grand Turk .. kind of getting tired of it. Pool and beach are nice but feels like a trap now. La Roma - did not get it... we stayed on the boat and did the skyride/ropes corse and the slides and pool. Curacao was wonderful. Look for a place called LaBoheme for a beer and a sandwich it will not disappoint. Went on the VIP Snorkel in Aruba. Very expensive but worth the price..... Last two days at sea hung out with the entertainment crowd. Our kids did not like the Kids club this time - mostly because the first night there was not ice breaker for them. I wish the platform was different. Disembarkation - your call ... self assist - take your bags .. you can get off early but they do go by deck. We got tags and left luggage. the tag numbers, in Miami, are the belt you pick up your luggage at when you get off the boat. they call your deck.. you walk down and off you go. I would recommend hanging on deck 5. You get off on three and the two flights down walk you in a way that is straight forward and off the boat. We had no problems with security getting on and off. It is way more efficient. From time floor called to waiting for Uber - about 20 minutes total. I kid you not. The ship was clean, the people were nice, the food was delicious. The cruise is what you make of it. Most employees wear a button or a lanyard that say I am Carnival. They are there to make your trip a happy one - I suggest if things don't make your day - let them know - I am sure they will do what you need. Safe travels. I hope this helps. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Embarkation was horrible. People everywhere and no direction. One person tell you to go here and then another person yell at you for going there. Just awful. Took about an hour and a half just to get through. Our room was great and the ... Read More
Embarkation was horrible. People everywhere and no direction. One person tell you to go here and then another person yell at you for going there. Just awful. Took about an hour and a half just to get through. Our room was great and the steward, Dewa. Room always clean and he was always available. We had two bathrooms and a small fridge which was awesome. Been on multiple cruises and never experienced had this before. Good - Guy's Burger, Guy's Barbecue, Cruise Director James, which he was a temp while the actual director was at training. The entertainment was great. The shows in the Liquid lounge and the Comedy shows were awesome. Always something to do. Disembarking went smoothly. The DJ's in the nightclub were wonderful. They played music that appealed to all genres. Bad - Food lines way too long at buffet. (Hello, everyone wants bacon so why not make enough) The lido deck often had plates of leftover food everywhere. Hard to find a place to eat sometimes because the tables weren't cleaned. In the past they have been picking up my plate while I was still eating. LOL. As I mentioned before Embarking was horrible. Took 45 minutes just to get a wheelchair for an elderly person in my group. Pizza line at night was way too long. If you know this is the only thing open, why not put 3 or 4 people back there. Many times it was just one guy working. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports it was going to. This was our first Carnival cruise (we have done Princess and Royal) and there were some really great things but other events not so great. First the great; food was excellent! ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports it was going to. This was our first Carnival cruise (we have done Princess and Royal) and there were some really great things but other events not so great. First the great; food was excellent! Entertainment great! Staff - most of them friendly, lots of fun activities. Not so great; the theatre - who designed it and okayed it? There are seats right behind these huge pillars so your view of the stage is blocked. If you sit on deck 5 you are looking through plexiglass which impairs your view of the show. The isles go nowhere so if you come in late or want to leave early you have to climb over other guests because that's the only way out. Most of the seats on deck 4 are on the same level so if you have a large person sitting in front of you - you'll have to move. Embarkation - We signed up for a 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. check in time. I'm not sure why, it didn't make a difference we were still in the same line as the other 3,000+ people that were there. I'm not sure what the purpose of the online check in was, it didn't get us on any faster. Disembarkation - There were 2 people scanning close to 4,000 people off the ship. Really? They couldn't find a couple more people to do that? It took us 4 hours (we did the right thing and waited for our floor to be called - sure enough, it was the last floor) to get off the ship. We stayed in the library playing a game but I'm glad I didn't have young children! Food - As already stated, it was great but sometimes an issue finding it. Line ups at the Lido buffet were sometimes long and of course you always had those who felt they were more important than the rest of us and just walked in line saying "I'm just getting some..." then would hold the whole line up. It was frustrating but great food when you finally got it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have been on several cruise ships with Carnival and other lines as well. I can say I can remember the first carnival ship I went on and the ship and the cruise director were awesome and they are both retired.......This ship is way too ... Read More
I have been on several cruise ships with Carnival and other lines as well. I can say I can remember the first carnival ship I went on and the ship and the cruise director were awesome and they are both retired.......This ship is way too big. Way understaffed and boring for all ages. I felt they did not have enough activities for any age. The ship holds 5,000 people. The hallways are narrow, the rooms are small. By squeezing all these rooms in, they took the luxury out of the ship. It is just blah....my comparison is like a cheap hotel that floats. I feel that is what a cruise ship is a floating hotel but the others I have been on were very entertaining. But not this one. No need to dress up for any of the formal dinners. People were in the formal dining room with cutoffs and t shirts although the "rules" state that type of attire is not allowed. There were kids in the hot tub with life jackets on. All the pools are small. My son would not use any of the pools. He compared them to community baths...Clearly the staff did not care. The staff is overworked. They did not have enough staff to keep the ship clean. There was always food on the floor outside the cabins on the stairs and even the elevators. the food lines were atrocious. (they kept saying that was their number one complaint and they were working on it.) Our cabin was directly above the buffet. We had an automatic wake up call so to speak every morning at 5:00am they were pushing dishes across the floor to get ready for the morning breakfast.... I was told by a member at guest services that I was not a priority.....I could have gone to Disney World and been a priority even with 56,000 people walking through the gates daily. The shows were subpar the theatre was small compared to other cruises. The comedy shows were ok. But the lounge they held it in could not hold all the guests that wanted to attend. When "Houston" the comedy host was approached the issue was dismissed. There were people sitting in the lounge with three to four others deep standing in front of you. So technically you went to sit in the lounge and "hear" the show because you could not see it......there was additional charges for Bingo and room service. They were adding an additional 15% gratuity to your bar bill if you did not specify your tip amount. People also felt that there were "hidden" charges they were not told about up front. My son and I waited 50 minutes in line at the guest service desk and had to call guest services four times within minutes. We would call guest services put the phone on speaker and let it ring until it disconnected us. So take the number of rings before you are disconnected and multiply that by 4. Then you get the rude service member that tells you that you are not a priority on the ship......The islands were nice. But they go to grand turks and the night before you get there. There is a letter in your mailbox telling you that there is brown seaweed in the water. (apparently due to past season hurricanes. So this is not new)...They suggest you go to a place called margaritaville which is nice but you can do some swimming there and there is a pool. But picture this 5,000 people from the vista and another ship was there too....(shouldn't they have told you that before you booked the trip.) and then when 5 people are an hour late returning to the ship they waited....I don't think we left one port on time because of people returning late to the ship...... Then in LaRomana they were told that there was an algae in the water and that you may have an allergic reaction to it...(shouldn't they have told you that before you booked the trip. Just so that you could make an educated decision about your choice of cruises.....) They dock in curacau at 1:00 in the afternoon until 10:30 in the evening. But when we went to the gathering about the island we were told. This is a regular day for them, so everything closes at 6 or 7.......(why would we remain there for that length of time if everything closes early) There is a moving bridge there that moves when boats come in and out of town....don't worry sometimes the bridges opens for 10 minutes sometimes it opens for 40.....but there are ferries that run back and forth when the bridge opens for any length of time. I did not see one ferry transport anyone and one person told me she actually got stuck there by herself for 40 minutes because there was no ferry. I had been to aruba before so I knew what to expect there. We did zipline in LaRomana and that was a lot of fun. But the cruise was from Saturday to Sunday and everyone I spoke with and I spoke with people of all ethnicities and ages and everyone was just tolerating it because they had already boarded and paid for the vacation and were ready to go home by Friday. My kids kept asking can't he just pick up the pace and get us home sooner. I don't think I spoke to one person that was actually having "fun" on the so called "funship". I called cooperate as well to let them know my concerns and dissatisfaction and the first guest service member basically said the same thing as the guest service rep on the ship. When I spoke to a supervisor he did thank me for my feedback and told me they would work on these issues for future cruisers......just do your own research before you book. I was not told any of this by the booking agent. i will not be returning to the carnival line in the future. Read all reviews that everyone writes. I second guessed myself after reading the reviews and thought oh I've never been to these islands we will have a good time. The islands were nice. But boy was my family disappointed about the overall cruise. It is pretty sad when you take your older kids on vacation a week before school/college starts and they are asking to get home. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was my 23rd Carnival cruise and my 47th cruise overall. Our family has cruised Carnival frequently over the years; in fact, my 7 y/o child turned platinum on this cruise! I consider myself an experienced cruiser and am overall not ... Read More
This was my 23rd Carnival cruise and my 47th cruise overall. Our family has cruised Carnival frequently over the years; in fact, my 7 y/o child turned platinum on this cruise! I consider myself an experienced cruiser and am overall not hard to please. This was our third time on the Vista, and unfortunately this will be my last Carnival cruise based on the declining product, cutbacks, fellow passengers, and outgrowing the brand. We flew in the day before the cruise into FLL and stayed at a Hampton Inn. We used SAS transportation to shuttle us from the hotel to the Port of Miami. I have used SAS numerous times and have been very pleased with their services. We got to the port around 10AM and waited while passengers were still disembarking the ship. They started priority boarding around 11:20 if I am remembering correctly. Our room was ready and we stored our carry-on bags and set out to get some lunch. Since this was our third time on the ship, we had our bearings. The Vista is looking worse for the wear: many areas of stained and ruined carpeting, worn fixtures, and many broken/damaged areas. The sports square was in bad shape-mini golf was torn up and the foosball tables were in various stages of disrepair. The Lido buffet was not well ventilated and very hot and muggy all the time. The flooring remains very slick – I don’t know why they have not changed this-it seems very dangerous and a liability for Carnival to have this slippery flooring. The two main pools were very dirty all the time-water was cloudy and smelled bad. Later in the day a scum appeared on the surface of the water that was really quite disgusting. There were only two hot tubs that kids could go in during the day and they were always crowded. There are no hot tubs at the main pool. Carnival makes no effort to enforce their rule of no diapered babies in pools, so watch out! Babies and toddlers in diapers everywhere in pools, hot tubs, and waterworks areas-NASTY and a public health hazard!! One of my main issues with this cruise was the downgrading of the food. I feel this is done on purpose to steer you to the upcharge restaurants. Even the Lido buffet food was downgraded and was barely edible. I always enjoyed the Blue Iguana cantina food in the past, but the meat tasted weird to me and gave me bad stomach pains. Gone are the carved meats at lunch and dinner-in its place is a baked potato bar, if you can believe that!! You are not permitted to get your own bacon in the mornings-the bacon police will serve you. If you ask for crispy bacon the servers will roll their eyes at you. The food just tasted very bland. The deli sandwiches are pre-made. Better food options are the fresh pizza- the lines are long but the pizza is excellent. They make homemade ice cream which is quite good, but it is only available at lunch time. I tried the BBQ place once and found it fatty and not very appetizing. Guy’s burgers are good, but I wish it was open later. We did a few dinners in the MDR and the food was mediocre. We did free room service a few times for desserts –the chocolate cake and cheesecake are pretty good. There is a very long wait if you want the Mongolian Wok at lunch. The hostess will actively discourage you from ordering and waiting for your food. The hours for food service do not match up with when people want food. For example-getting back from a port day and finding the Lido closed with hundreds of hungry people-the only options are pizza or hamburgers or room service. On NCL, they always have an area of snacks open and a small salad bar on their buffet, plus they have a 24-hour free restaurant (O’Sheehan’s). My biggest issue with this cruise was the behavior of other passengers. Carnival touts itself as being a family friendly cruise line; however this sailing felt like being in a frat party 24/7. Groups of scantily clad adults drinking all day and blaring music loudly on the pool deck via Bluetooth speakers. The music contained violent and sexual lyrics laced with profanity. Security did nothing and looked the other way. I saw a man carrying what I thought was a pony keg (which would not surprise me), but alas, it was a portable speaker. Groups of unsavory characters having loud conversations on open pool decks using vulgar language was a daily occurrence. I had to remove my child from the pizza line because a group of “women” were having a loud conversation about fighting-the f-bomb was dropped every other word and they were screaming and security did nothing. Groups of selfish people holding up lines while taking selfies; twerking and shaking various body parts around. Many people wore inappropriate or ill-fitting attire that was unsightly. It was a cross between being in Walmart and being in the middle of a frat party. Drug use was an hourly occurrence on the ship, and again security did nothing. I had an aft balcony and could barely enjoy it due to the constant smell of pot wafting from my neighbors’ balconies. I called security one time and they came to my room. They basically said there was nothing they could do except have CBP come with a drug sniffing dog. They then proceeded to accuse me of smoking pot because how else would I know the smell of it? I was very offended by this. Also, you are only supposed to smoke or vape in designated areas. No one abides by this rule. A drunken man came out to the pool deck smoking a cigarette and passengers and security said he could not smoke there. Security did nothing and watched him finish his cigarette. People will also blast their own music on their balconies from portable speakers. Fellow passengers have zero regard for anyone else. Ports of call were Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. The port time in Grand Turk was way too short-wish we would have stayed longer. There is a ton of seaweed/sea grass that was not there last year-I’m guessing from the hurricanes. La Romana you have to take some sort of excursion because there is nothing in the immediate port area. We did the Catalina Island excursion and thought it was decent. Curacao was OK-the beach we went to was manmade and very crowded. I have been there several times and will stay on the ship next time. Aruba is awesome and I love it there-we did the 4x4 Jeep safari and it was one of the best excursions I have ever done! A land trip to Aruba is in order! Our aft balcony cabin was nice and we had a great room steward. You are given the choice of once or twice daily cleanings. Fellow passengers are not so nice with constant door slamming, yelling and shouting in the halls at all hours. Other cruise lines have a sliding balcony door that eliminates the door slamming-wish Carnival did this. We spent a lot of time in The Red Frog Pub playing the table shuffleboard and foosball (one of the tables was badly broken). I was sad to hear they eliminated the RFP from the Horizon. They play a few movies on the big screen at night, but not very many family friendly ones, or if they do, they are at strange hours. Forget about watching any type of movie in your room-you have to buy movies on demand. Carnival used to show a movie on the room TVs that would be on a constant loop all day. The movies playing at the IMAX theater were not family friendly. One thing I have always been impressed with is the staff that runs the kid’s programs. Camp Carnival/Camp Ocean has always been a big hit with my child and he loves going there. We will miss it! The last night of the cruise I had a question to ask at guest services. The line was wrapped around the entire atrium and I overheard many people discussing how they would be removing tips. The priority line was long and I personally witnessed disgusting passengers stiffing the crew because they were too cheap and low class to tip these hard working people. Absolutely appalling behavior! Disembarking the ship was a nightmare and was very unorganized. I’m not really sure why. We took the SAS shuttle back to FLL. When I got home, I promptly cancelled two future bookings with Carnival. Royal Caribbean, NCL, and Disney will be getting my business from now on. I will not continue to give Carnival anymore of my vacation dollars. It is kind of sad because I always considered Carnival “home,” but I just can’t tolerate drugs, trashy passengers, drunken frat parties, and nasty food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
For weeks I was so excited for my cruise on board Carnival vista August 11-19 2018. Since I enjoyed all of my carnival cruises thus far I was almost certain this one would be great considering the new ship. By the second day my hopes were ... Read More
For weeks I was so excited for my cruise on board Carnival vista August 11-19 2018. Since I enjoyed all of my carnival cruises thus far I was almost certain this one would be great considering the new ship. By the second day my hopes were crushed and it only got worse as the days went by. 1. The design of the Vista seemed by be crammed to fit so many extra restaurants making the free dining rooms and staterooms extra small and uncomfortable. 2. The drinking water on board had huge amounts of chlorine in it. 3. There were only two drink options the entire cruise, lemonade and a weird tasting iced tea. 4. The pastries were awful, it was like everything lacked a sweetner. 5. We weren't given 24 hour access to soft drinks and ice cream as with my previous cruises. Drink and ice cream stations closed around 11pm leaving us thirsty throughout the night. 6. The food on the list deck was just awful, all around and the staff was very aggressive when it came to closing time. 7. The stewards weren't very swift as with previous cruises. I would return to my room about three times at intervals atleast an hour apart and the room was still the way I left it. 8. We stayed within the family harbour area and were so excited to be able to access breakfast without having to go on the lido deck and to be able to get hot beverages late at night. Once again, our expectations weren't fulfilled. The breakfast in the family harbour lounge stopped at around 9:30 am each morning which is way too early for a parent having to get about four little ones ready to go and get breakfast in the "family lounge" while on vacation. Just like the lido deck the ice cream, hot and cold beverages in the family harbour lounge were cut off at 11pm. The staff at the lounge were aggressive as well. One particular morning I arrived for breakfast at around 10am and they were beginning to breaking down. However the food was still on display. I made an attempt to quickly get some breakfast before they took it away and the lady yelled at me in her philipino accent "no, we break down! Go to lido deck" 9. Again with the design and limited space on the ship. Having more than 1000 guest on board, the two little swimming pools were just not enough! I could not wait to go on vacation to enjoy tropical cocktails while in the pool. Due to the size of the swimming pools, hardly anyone on board got to use them including me. 10. The night club limelight lounge was way too small making it difficult for all guests to fit. Due to this I only got to go 3 days on an 8 day cruise. Besides, the Dj was awful! I had an amazing time with dj atomic and Tah Willy on the splendor last year. Overall my experience (this time only) was just awful and I don't know if I will ever recommend this cruise line to anyone ever again. Just before sailing I was about to book my birthday cruise in November and I am so glad I didn't. Now I'll have to look into other cruise lines in detail hoping to never have an experience like this again. My party consisted of eleven guest and we all feel the same about our experience on the Vista. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose Carnival to participate in a family reunion. We have previously travelled with Royal Caribbean and thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the RC Cruise line company. There was only one thing lacking; the "party" ... Read More
We chose Carnival to participate in a family reunion. We have previously travelled with Royal Caribbean and thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the RC Cruise line company. There was only one thing lacking; the "party" aspect. We were told we would get all Royal had to offer and more so we decided to go. What a mistake. Carnival gave us the "party" aspect alright, Frat Party. To start, the embarkation process was long and unorganized. They ushered everyone to the Lido deck where there was nothing but lines and heat (AC unit was not functioning effectively). There were long waits for food and access to the room, even though we had an appointment to board the ship. Once we gained access to the room we found it to be "rush-cleaned" with an odd odor. My Lysol and other products could not cut the smell. I think it was grease from the burger place on the carpet somewhere; any who, the smell stuck with us the entire trip. Our ship mates were less than "polished" with regular swearing and scandalous MTV style bathing suits. There were many families who thought we would all enjoy the sound of their music so they walked around the ship with their portable speakers blaring at the dinner table in the Marketplace and around the ship. Mostly inappropriate lyrics as well. The ports of call were nice but the embarkation bacon the ship was horrific. Long lines awaited us with each port, with slow and inefficient check in processes. Our room steward reported they have had their workload doubled since the boat's upgrade and offered only 1 service per day instead of two. We felt bad for him so we went with the once a day option just asking for towels as needed. Too much work for a small amount of employees. The gym was tiny with low ceilings. My family member who is 6ft 3 almost hit his head using the treadmill! The air conditioning was not very good either making the workouts a bit difficult. The food was subpar and often-times overcooked. When we mentioned it we were given undercooked food. Sigh. The whirlpools in the adult area and all throughout the ship were fully sun-exposed. There was no escape from the direct sunlight if we wanted to be in a body of water (Royal has canopies/awnings over their whirlpools). Guest services and other employees were overworked and often times downright rude when you had a question. The only solace was on the Serenity Deck where I concluded the workers must have had special training on customer service or simply worked at Royal once upon a time. Guys, there were two fist fights throughout the week that we knew of and the smell of skunks sporadically while at sea (PS: there were no skunks on board. conclusion: drugs). The crew did not replenish the Purell pods regularly and we were often-times met with empty sanitizer stations. with that, I went home with a cold. there was much more but I won't continue. All that said, we will stick with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise because of the ports. Embarkation was quick and easy for us as we had faster to the fun. Our cabin was ready when we got on the ship. No wait for us going through and we arrived at 10:20 to the terminal to embark. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ports. Embarkation was quick and easy for us as we had faster to the fun. Our cabin was ready when we got on the ship. No wait for us going through and we arrived at 10:20 to the terminal to embark. We did have to wait in a room until about 11:35 to get on board due to previous guests still getting off the boat. Cabin was the average interior cabin and very quiet. Did not feel any motion of the ship at all while others complained from deck 2 that they could. Main Dining room takes about an hour and a half. Request for Andre's group and you will not be disappointed. Horizon breakfast is great. Lido lines are always long for breakfast. We were only able to eat there once. Pig and Anchor are average; not as good as Eastern North Carolina BBQ. Steakhouse was average. Seafood shack was good. Again we had faster to the fun so guest service line was quick and efficient for us both for others the line was super long. Guest Services were always nice and helped get us what we needed. Aruba was stunning, Curacao was wonderful at night, Grand Turk has more seaweed than I remember from last time I was there and recovering from the hurricane still. Jack's Shack is still quiet drinks are around $10 each there but tasty. Dominican Republic was a let down and would not have felt safe if venturing out by ourselves. The Dolphin Excursion we did at Punta Cana however was good. The boat ride and sunset excursion at Curacao was disappointing as the beach was crowded. The excursion at Aruba was okay but again no beach as advertised only snorkeling, drinks and lunch was excellent. I would cruise again but maybe not on the Vista. It is too crowded. Skyride always had an hour wait. waterslide was fun. Disembark was easy but we did self assist dembark where you carry off your luggage. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose the Vista because of it's itinerary and the description of the ship itself. It all sounded soo wonderful. The staff were generally great, but you could see the strain they were under, even though they tried. There were just ... Read More
We chose the Vista because of it's itinerary and the description of the ship itself. It all sounded soo wonderful. The staff were generally great, but you could see the strain they were under, even though they tried. There were just TOO many people everywhere, and yes the ship was beautiful, but we felt like trapped sardines. There were such LONG lines for ANYTHING: from food lineups, to counter lineups, to pizza lineups, even to access the only ONE working machine to check your Cruise Folio. And my husband and I were extremely sickened to our stomachs at the condition of each and every pool/hot tub that we tried to go to. The water in it was cloudy and filthy with scum floating around. I couldn't even bring myself to dip my feet in there. How can the staff not change the pool water? I imagine maybe they did, but there were just SO MANY bodies in there all the time, that perhaps it was a losing battle to keep the water clean. I have never been on a ship with such disgusting pool conditions...and my husband and I have been on various other cruise lines. Our Cabin 8282 was perfect for the two of us, and our cabin steward was very friendly and did an amazing job as always in providing everything we needed. No complaints there at all! My ONLY best encounters were the late night comedy club, the fantastic shows, and some of the restaurants (food was pretty good!), and FOR SURE the fantastic staff in the EFFY shop onboard! The comedy club had some very talented comedians and we have never laughed so hard and had so much fun with comedy shows before! Great work on getting these superb shows Carnival. As far as EFFY, first I want to apologize sincerely to the managers of Effy for not posting this review soon enough (took me over 4 months to finally post this review--so sorry Abhay and Shahnav). Abhay and Shahnav, along with their terrific staff, went above and beyond their basic duties and did SOO much to help us and guide us, as we made our purchases and as we decided to make couple of pretty big purchases too! (very big for us, indeed!) They are very friendly and made us feel just like family, and I even got pretty emotional on the last day as we said our goodbyes. I've never felt that close to anyone from any of our countless trips/cruises before. All my husband and I want to say is that we wish them both an excellent 2019 ahead, both in success and happiness, and wishing their families the same as well! Carnival Vista: PLEASE please do something about the condition of your pools and hot tubs (hopefully it has been corrected by now). And we surely hope you can figure out a better way to serve meals to the guests without having them wait in 30-45 minute lineups, especially after returning from an excursion on shore and being tired as it were. And we surely hope you get more of those machines installed where guests can print their folios and keep it in working order, especially the last cruising day! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The ports are fine. Grand Turk is the best with Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville pool. Aruba had some beautiful beaches as does Curacao. Do not bother going to La Romano in the Dominican republic. It’s just as bad as Mexico, with the ... Read More
The ports are fine. Grand Turk is the best with Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville pool. Aruba had some beautiful beaches as does Curacao. Do not bother going to La Romano in the Dominican republic. It’s just as bad as Mexico, with the children begging and selling gum. Our balcony state room was fine, with our cabin steward Elmer, the best Stewart we’ve ever had. We are platinum cruisers, and were very very disappointed in the dining room. Our two waiters should not be waiters at all, as they constantly messed up orders and spilled food. Almost 2 hours on one service with 15 to 20 minute wait between appetizers, soup, salad, etc. The food was actually horrible, and two years ago the food on carnival was the best we’ve ever had. I don’t understand the discrepancies. On a brighter note, our cruise director, Chris Williams, the flying Scotsman, who is by far the most entertaining cruise director we have ever had and CARNIVAL Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took a family trip with my DH, DD10, and DD7. I'll break down different aspects of the trip by category. I'll also compare it some to RCCL (we've done Allure of the Seas). Not-so-goods: First-day-buffet: We ... Read More
We took a family trip with my DH, DD10, and DD7. I'll break down different aspects of the trip by category. I'll also compare it some to RCCL (we've done Allure of the Seas). Not-so-goods: First-day-buffet: We were dumb and went to the buffet on the first day right when we got onto the ship. On RCL, we've done that too, and it's been busy, but not like this. It freaked me out, to be honest, and after waiting in a line that took forever, I was super nervous because the selection of food was few and far between. But I didn't realize they did things differently than RCCL, where RCCL has ALL of the food in the buffet, where Carnival spreads it outside of the actual buffet, literally right outside its four doors with four specific cuisine spots you could get food: Guy's Burger Joint (seriously the best burgers I've ever had), Seafood Shack, Pizza place (forgot the full name), and the Blue Cantina Mexican joint. Once we figured that out, and didn't have to deal with first-day-buffet crowds, we enjoyed the Lido Marketplace (buffet name) much better. Soda package: I know this is nit-picky, but if you got the soda package, it was all from a can, and fountain pop is much better, IMHO. But I did realize something a few days in; you can ask the bartenders for the can and they'll give you the whole thing rather than filling up a cup of ice and pouring half a can and having to go back. It's much nicer on RCCL when they give you your own cup and have the machines to fill up on your own all over the ship. Advice for pop drinkers like me: if you sail Carnival, bring a Yeti to and just refill it with the cans they give you (although you can't get a new one until 5 minutes after getting the last one). No curfew/supervision of teens: I only experienced this once or twice, but I heard stories from others. There were teens around acting rudely and running around without supervision. One time my DH walked by the Family Habour lounge (we stayed in this area) at about 1 am, and there was a group of about a dozen of them and they had destroyed the place. It's just rude. The Awesomeness: Embarkation/Debarkation: We were able to get the Faster to the Fun pass, and it was worth every penny! We bypassed probably 400 people getting through security. Then, when we were in the terminal, we didn't have to be put into a zone and wait to be called upon, we could just board the ship! It was great! Plus, we had a special line at guest services and got an early zone number (2) sent to our rooms for debarkation. If you get a chance to purchase this under shore excursions online, do it! Totally worth it! Cruise Director: We've been on multiple cruises, and this is the first time I actually remember and know I'll continue to remember our cruise director, Chris Williams, or the Flying Scotsman. He was phenomenal! I feel like on DCL and RCCL, I couldn't tell you who our CD was to save my life, but Chris made the cruise amazing! He was hilarious and personable. Loved it guy! If you ever have a chance to cruise with him, do it! He's the best! Cabin: We had an interior stateroom in the Family Harbor area. The room was small, but did its job. We'd rather spend money on excursions and shopping than the room where we sleep and shower. Plus, we loved staying the Family Harbor area. Having that lounge access was awesome, especially in the morning when they had a full service buffet where we didn't need to go upstairs to the main buffet. We tried to get a Havana room, but they were sold out. I would love to get one of those sometime because they have access to their own pool, but it seems like you have to book almost two years out to get one. Ship: It was a pretty ship, but there was some areas that were a bit worn already. I think the only thing that bothered me was something that I think Carnival does as a positive that can turn to a negative. They have it so the guests never have to clean up after themselves, but that also means there's no place to really throw anything away or put empty glasses/plates. Because of that, a lot of times there's random garbage/cups lying around. Other than that, it's a great ship. I love how much there is to do! The outdoor sports square and the sports course were our favorites besides the pools, which surprisingly were never that crowded. The chairs filled up quick, but we could always snag at least two. Dining: The food was excellent. The breakfast was really good, but our favorite was probably lunch and dinner. At lunch every day my DD10 and I got the burgers at Guy's Burger Joint because they were to die for. My DH always ate at Blue Cantina, and my DD7 always ate at the Lido Marketplace. For dinner, every night we ate at Horizons main dining room and loved it. The food was so good, and when they did "sssssssshowtime!" we loved it! It was so fun! The wait staff was great, with Roberto, the man we had on the last night, being our favorite. Also, another man, with a long name that went by Daas did magic tricks for us one night, it was great! I got the Carnival Melting Chocolate Cake. Every. Single. Night. Worth the price of the cruise alone. Entertainment and Activities: When it comes to the production value of the shows at night, RCCL beats out Carnival, but that doesn't mean Carnival was bad, it's just you can tell there's a bit more money put into the shows on RCCL (like the water show on the back of the Oasis class and paying for Broadway rights). Flick was awesome, and my DD7 won the Hasbro game show, which was so cool! The magician was great, and the comedians were amazing! I will say, and I don't mean to sound cliche, but Carnival is definitely more FUN when it comes to entertainment while RCCL seems to be a bit more uppity. For instance, when they were having auditions for the Lip Sync Battle on the top deck early in the cruise, it was just laid back and with a "let your hair down" style of entertainment, while we didn't see much of that on RCCL. Anything with Chris the Flying Scotsman in it was super entertaining. Service: Service was awesome; everyone was so kind and friendly and remembered our names! That was really neat to see everyone so personable. Compared to RCCL, which had good service too, the Carnival crew seemed more familial than RCCL, which seemed more friendly, if that makes sense. Ports and Shore Excursions: We went to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and ARUBA!!!!!!!!! I'll write about each, and put the number next to which port we liked best (1) to worst (4) (gee, I wonder which one I like best...). Grand Turk (3): We decided to stay at the cruise center. We first went down to the beach, but the chairs were either being sold by locals, or the free chairs were too far back and crowded. I did not like the beach here at all, so we went to the Margaritaville pool, which was spectacular. We laid out and had some drinks while the girls swam. It rained, so we went shopping in the cruise center shops, which were great too. La Romana (4): Although the shore excursion we did was unbelievable (zip lining), this was my least favorite port. It was very shady and the people tended to make you feel guilty and try to make you give them more money. I didn't like that; I am not saying I didn't already feel terrible for their situation, because I absolutely do, but it was very pushy. That being said, we booked the zip lining through Carnival, and it was unreal! It went through 12 courses and it was super fun! Curacao (2): This was our first time here, and my first time booking an excursion on my own not through the cruise line. I've always been too nervous to do that considering if you don't get back in time, the ship will leave without you and the company might be shady. However, this ATV and Buggy Tours company got the most amazing reviews on TripAdv. so I booked it. We had a great time...until the police seized all of the ATVs/UTVs at the second stop on our tour and we had to end it 3 hours early. They apparently didn't have their vehicles registered and used bogus licenses for them. Luckily, we got vans to pick us up and return us to the shop to get our money back and then to the port. It was interesting! I still give Curacao the second place island because that was fun (what we did get to do) and we went shopping in Willemstad, which was the most beautiful port I've ever shopped at. Loved it! Aruba (1): No island in the world beats Aruba, period. It's not just my favorite on this cruise, but my favorite place ever! My DH and I honeymooned here, so it's nostalgic for us. And we've cruised and traveled all throughout the Caribbean and been to over a dozen places there and still, nothing compares to Aruba. We took a catamaran ride to snorkel and then to a beach. Just beautiful; seriously, I don't have words. OVERALL: I really liked Carnival. I was nervous at first because I heard it was a party ship and some were run down, but it was beautiful and so much fun. I'd go back in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because we had never been on a southern Caribbean cruise previously. It was with serious caution that we booked on Carnival having less than ideal experiences on our first cruise which was on Carnival Liberty. We are ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been on a southern Caribbean cruise previously. It was with serious caution that we booked on Carnival having less than ideal experiences on our first cruise which was on Carnival Liberty. We are married couple with a 10-year-old child and took this cruise because it fit within our schedule and was visiting ports we have ever been to. The cabin and the ships public spaces were well maintained and very clean. Our cabins skewered was excellent, friendly and always greeted us by name. The two excursions we took, one swimming with dolphins in La Romana, and snorkeling from a catamaran in Aruba were both excellent and fairly priced. Having previously sailed on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Disney, to compare to. One thing that was missing from the Vista was a public space that was indoors and quiet. Loud music both live and recorded, were prevalent throughout the ship. The Serenity dock for adults only was outside and without shade. Almost every other crew ship we have been on has for example quiet locations such as a library or a forward lounge on an upper deck with an expansive view of the sea. Enrichment activities that other cruise lines offer include lectures to learn more about the ports and natural features relative to the cruise. An example of an enrichment activity I'm Vista was beer pong. Hardly something that I could call enriching. Meals at the Lido marketplace buffet were a letdown. Our first day onboard after embarkation we found the the Lido buffet and it was way over capacity. Lines were very long and there were no seeds to be had. This experience was commonplace multiple times during the cruise. Most other cruise lines offer a wide variety of foods in their buffet area. Extensive salads, ethnic cuisine, etc. The Vista had for individual food names that were identical to one another in their offerings. There would be at most 12 to 15 food items and rarely did day belong with one another. For example, there may be a Chinese dish next to spaghetti which was next to paella. It was as if the menu were selected by committee or from a dartboard. Often, we found hot items to be at room temperature as well as cold items not chilled. We had selected early dinner in the Main dining room and found ourselves there most evenings simply to avoid the frustration from the buffet experience. The waitstaff was very attentive, provided quality service and greeted us by name each evening. There was enough variety of the menus to find something to enjoy, however typical of most main dining rooms, the portions were small. Food did arrive at the table at the appropriate temperature. We did it enjoy dinner once in the on-board steakhouse. Service, food quality, environment, and presentation were all excellent. Our son did partake in the children's programming at camp ocean almost every day. He did enjoy the interaction with other children and the programs conducted by the staff. Another letdown was the evening entertainment. We did not get to see any of it. Many of the evening shows began at a rather late hour and well past our child's bedtime. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I would say this is my least favorite ship that I have been on with Carnival. We took our boys on the 8 days Southern cruise because we really enjoy the ports on this trip. The ports were absolutely amazing. Grand Turk is changing so ... Read More
I would say this is my least favorite ship that I have been on with Carnival. We took our boys on the 8 days Southern cruise because we really enjoy the ports on this trip. The ports were absolutely amazing. Grand Turk is changing so much we probably will make that a boat day whenever we visit there again. The Vista itself however was so disappointing. There just were not enough crew members for the amount of guests that were on the ship. There were so many things that were broken and you couldn't use them. They didn't have parts to fix things. The Red Frog Pub didn't have darts for the dart board. The bartender at the Red Frog Pub towards closing time (11:30 I believe) seemed to be a little put out that we wanted darts (even though the pub stays open, just not the bar). There was a lot to do on the Vista I will give it that. But they made all the areas so small in order to fit everything in. This is the first Carnival Ship I have been on that there were hardly any bar waiters on the decks. You had to go to one of the bars any time you wanted a drink. I saw maybe 3 deck waiters in 8 days and that was during the parties on deck. Most of the time only 1 buffet line was open so the lines got crazy if you wanted the buffet. The BBQ was absolutely amazing, wish they would have been opened more. My husband enjoyed the Sushi and all except 1 night our experience in the dining room was great! There was a lot of teenagers on the ship who were mainly destroying things and arguing and basically just trying to start arguments with people as they walked by. I believe had there more crew members walking around that may have cut down on that. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Carnival is an inexpensive cruise line compared but the dining experience was poor We sailed on the Celebrity Silhouette two year. ago and had excellent food. I met the chef and all but kissed his spatula. We sailed on the Carnival Vista ... Read More
Carnival is an inexpensive cruise line compared but the dining experience was poor We sailed on the Celebrity Silhouette two year. ago and had excellent food. I met the chef and all but kissed his spatula. We sailed on the Carnival Vista last year and the only decent place to eat was Guy's burger joint. We won't be going back to Carnival.We were on the RCCL Allure five years ago and it was good. But it seems that the overall quality of dining room food is going down especially on Carnival.Carnival cuisine used to be OK but not the last couple of times we have sailed. The dining room service was good but due to congestion there were a lot of minor accidents. The cabin service was good and was never late. The room service menu seemed limited compared to past cruises even compared to other Carnival cruises we have taken but it was delivered fairly promptly. Guys burgers and the Bar B Q was the best food on the ship I wish I could have eat there every meal. The entertainment was good . The rock and Roll show was entertaining to a boomer like my self. The Carnival shows are among the best I have seen The only reason I can see to sail on Carnival is the low price, but I only get so much time off and it is not worth spending it on an inferior cruise, We sail next on the RCCL Brilliance and hope it is a good experience Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The southern Caribbean cruise on the Vista was an amazing experience in every way. It leaves from Miami, and our overnight stay at the Intercontinental hotel was perfect. The cab ride to the ship was quick and easy, and embarkation was a ... Read More
The southern Caribbean cruise on the Vista was an amazing experience in every way. It leaves from Miami, and our overnight stay at the Intercontinental hotel was perfect. The cab ride to the ship was quick and easy, and embarkation was a breeze! The ship itself is designed so most activities are on decks 4, 5, and 10 - this made it easier to get around this extraordinary mega ship. The food choices are unbelievable... we ate someplace different everyday! The steakhouse is not to be missed, and the art at the table dessert is super cool and delicious. My husband's favorite, besides the steakhouse, was Guy's burgers (no surprise there). I have to admit, they were really good! We particularly enjoyed the Alchemy Bar and the Red Frog Pub. Try one of their homemade brews - I am not normally a fan but they are really good! There were 4 ports of call - Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba. No need for an excursion in Grand Turk. The beach and shopping are right off the pier. We spent the day at the Margaritaville pool, and if we get to go back we want to check out Jacks Shack. I do recommend an excursion in La Romana. There's not much to do without one. We took a taxi to the Dreams Resort, which was really nice. For $65 you get an all-inclusive day pass which includes food, drinks, pool access, and beach access. It was well worth it. Curacao had a ton of things to do within walking distance. It was a quaint town with great shopping - lots of inexpensive souvenirs here! Aruba has breathtakingly blue water as far as you can see... if you can do an excursion that involves the water, I highly recommend it. There are some shops here, but the prices aren't as good as Curacao. The ship itself is a playground that takes days to discover! We went on the sky ride, the waterslides, and the ropes course. We had his and her spa treatments, and we used the thermal suites pass almost daily. Do the hot stone massage if you get a chance... ahhhhhhhhh. If you love adventure and fun, you will love this ship and this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chose this cruise as a nice family cruise. I have 3 kids ages 6,9,13 so though a ship with waterslides, minigolf, etc would be a great choice. I expected the ship to have a lot of kids which would be nice so my kids could meet some nice ... Read More
Chose this cruise as a nice family cruise. I have 3 kids ages 6,9,13 so though a ship with waterslides, minigolf, etc would be a great choice. I expected the ship to have a lot of kids which would be nice so my kids could meet some nice friends. First the bad, there were many kids on this ship that should not have been able to leave there parents side. I couldnt believe the way these kids acted. I fully expect kids to be kids. You know, kids maybe running in the halls, accidentally bumping into you, being a bit loud sometimes, splashing in the pools, etc. You know, stuff normal kids do. However here is what I saw. Kids fighting on the ground at the mini golf and a worker just watching. Then in the room with the ping pong table it was always taken over by some teens with mouths on them that would shock a drunken sailor. Just F bombs and sex talk constantly, every day, they just took over that room for the whole cruise. Had to remove my kids from there and just kept going back each day hoping that they would be gone for a while to eat or something. Actually got in there once for a few minutes until the gang showed back up and tried to kick my kids off of the ping pong table until I walked over to them and told them that they had to wait until there game was done. So while we played ping pong they took some soccer/pool balls from one game and proceeded to throw them down the bowling lane so nobody could play the soccer/pool game anymore. When we finished ping pong, they proceeded to take all the ping pong ball and smash them with the paddles. Another day we saw kids throwing golf balls off the side of the ship. One kid was daring the other to then throw a golf club over. Had some teenagers ask me to buy them alcohol too. Just too many kids left unattended who really couldn't handle the freedom of being without adult supervision. I think the areas with all these unattended kids should at least have a worker to supervise these kids. Told a worker about the kids throwing golf balls over the side of the ship but he didn't seem to care. Now the good. Dinner was fantastic every night. The wait staff was very attentive and the food always good. I am not a very picky eater though so others may disagree. But I thought it was good. Also the room steward always had our room cleaned and left a towel animal which the kids liked. Matt the cruise director is the best. Very funny and always got the party going. He seemed to be everywhere. I don't know when that guy sleeps. But he always seems to be in a good mood and is always engaging with the guests. A true class act. The playlist shows were also good. They were very entertaining. There were also several other live music performers on board that were really good. We went to La Romana, Grand Turk, Aruba, and Curacao. We enjoyed all the ports of call. We were able to do our own excursions for La Romana and Curacao. Grand Turk we just went to the beach right off the ship. We did an excursion through carnival(Kukukanookoo bus I think.. ). It was a lot of fun and we had 2.5 hours at the beach at the end of the tour. Embarkation was kind of slow, but the debarkation process went smoother than any other cruise I have been on. From the time they called our number to get off the ship until the time we got our luggage and went through customs was only around 30 minutes. A few other random things that were disappointing. 1) The Liquid Lounge seating is terrible. There are not many seats in that theater that have a good view. Get there early to try and get a decent seat. 2) I don't know what they put on the floor of the Lido, but it was like an ice skating rink in there when trying to get food. I saw several people take some hard falls in there over the week. I almost fell a few times but managed to keep my balance. Overall it was a decent cruise. It wouldn't be my first choice of ships to go on again, but if I got a good deal, I would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Been on a few Carnival ships. Nothing fancy about the ship itself, not luxurious, but hits the nail on the head where it counts. Great food, entertainment, multiple musicians throughout the ship, and at sea brewery was kinda cool. People ... Read More
Been on a few Carnival ships. Nothing fancy about the ship itself, not luxurious, but hits the nail on the head where it counts. Great food, entertainment, multiple musicians throughout the ship, and at sea brewery was kinda cool. People sometimes write off Carnival as a cheaper ship but I think they are more fun than most others. Pros: Good food. Buffet and dinners are typical but the new Burger Bar and BBQ Joint were pretty good. Carnival also does a lobster night which none of the other cruises I know of do. Entertainment was great. Not only was music good but it was also all over the ship. Seems like everywhere you went they had some type of live music playing which was great. Fun. Always something going on with Carnival. They also have stand up comedy on top of their usual nightly shows. Cons: Pool is always crowded. Seems to be on all Carnival Ships. Poker table was hidden inside a bar so never got to play poker because no one new it was there. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The dining room dinners were standard cafeteria dinners. Nothing was served hot. In order to have a excellent meal, make reservations at the Steak House or JiJi’s before your cruise. The sushi bar is also good. It will cost extra, ... Read More
The dining room dinners were standard cafeteria dinners. Nothing was served hot. In order to have a excellent meal, make reservations at the Steak House or JiJi’s before your cruise. The sushi bar is also good. It will cost extra, but at least you will get a couple of good meals. The dining teams everywhere were really good at working with you if you have food allergies. The service was good everywhere. The crew worked their tails off keeping the ship clean all of the time. We loved our Room Steward. He did a great job of keeping our stateroom in tip-top shape. If you book a shore excursion, make sure it’s not overbooked before you go. My family went on the catamaran excursion, and there were not enough seats or life jackets for everyone on board. Our favorite ports were Curaçao and Aruba. La Romana didn’t have much, and we were warned of high-crime areas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Warning, this is a long review! If you want the "Cliffnote" version, yes it was amazing and, I most certainly recommend it! My wife and I booked this cruise as a "get-away" vacation, and it did not disappoint. The new ... Read More
Warning, this is a long review! If you want the "Cliffnote" version, yes it was amazing and, I most certainly recommend it! My wife and I booked this cruise as a "get-away" vacation, and it did not disappoint. The new Vista class from Carnival has plenty of options for all ages to enjoy every moment of vacation. The food in the main dining room, 6PM early dining, was delicious and served hot every night, and the new dining options add even more to the overall experience. Guy's Burgers was by far our favorite venue, but other options like the Blue Iguana Cantina, Cucina del Capitano, and the Lido Marketplace we're all amazing as well. The buffet on this ship has many more intriguing options throughout the cruise than previous cruises had; I would recommend giving it a shot before passing it off as your standard buffet menu. Another exciting addition was the Shake Spot adjacent to the Ocean Plaza. Milkshakes and coffee delights while playing trivia and other assorted games, yes please! As far as activities go, there is plenty for all ages to get involved! For the more adventurous, you have the Skyride and Skycourse to test your limits on the high seas. Right below those two attractions is the Sportsquare; you'll find bean bag toss (Cornhole for Southerners like myself), multiple foosball tables, pool tables, ping pong (table tennis if you want to be fancy about it) galore, and a great mini golf course. There's also the Club area of the Sportsquare that contains bowling (paid game), more ping pong, and Skybilliards- billiards with small soccer balls! There's also the aforementioned trivia, fun-squad lead Hasbro games, Bingo, and an IMAX theater and 4-D Thrill Theater for those days when you might have had more than enough sun. All of the crew members we encountered were pleasant and cheerful as always, including our stateroom attendant and dining room servers. Our only complaints, yes there were a couple, are of the lack of smoking signs and the entertainment shows. For the smoking situation, there were not many (I didn't even see one) visual indicators of smoking areas. I don't like smoke, but I especially don't like breathing smoke in when relaxing in a hot tub, beating my wife at ping pong, etc. I would be even more upset with this if my wife and I had children on board inhaling the smoke. I also noticed a couple passengers moving ash trays to different seating areas, and I feel that this should be more strongly enforced. Now for the entertainment...I've alwaysoved the shows on cruises, even though I was harshly skeptical prior to my wife convincing me to attend one. This cruise, I feel that the focus was more on technical aspects and visual effects rather than the actual show. The dancers were incredible as always, but the vocalists weren't the best suited for the chosen shows either. The ports of call were incredible! I had only been on Western Caribbean itineraries prior to this trip, and was thrilled with every port of call. Grand Turk has pristine beaches, great snorkeling, and a Margaritaville to top it off! La Romana has deep forrests filled with amazing scenery and animals, Curacao has a gorgeous downtown area with a floating bridge (don't be worried if you're on it when it opens for a ship, just watch for others' facial expression of the surprise movement), and Aruba has beautiful waters and natural pools to spend the day. All in all, I strongly recommend the Carnival Vista, and the 8 day Southern Caribbean itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Great itinerary, top notch cruise director, all the bells & whistles offered by Carnival. The main dining room service was good but the American Table menu is HORRIBLE. The specialty restaurants were good, but we think Carnival is ... Read More
Great itinerary, top notch cruise director, all the bells & whistles offered by Carnival. The main dining room service was good but the American Table menu is HORRIBLE. The specialty restaurants were good, but we think Carnival is purposely keeping the MDR food bad to push people to the for fee restaurant choices. The entertainment was excellent...best I've seen on a Carnival ship in a few years. Matt Mitcham is an excellent Cruise Director, with a quick wit and great delivery. Not as much energy as Mike Pack, but a funny guy. The Atrium musicians were perfect, including the string trio and the guitar/vocalist duo. I really don't like what the video "funnel" does to the atrium...I miss the 10 floor glass elevators of the Breeze. Overall, the decor in the Vista was on a par with Breeze...warm and inviting, with a tropical, island theme. We purchased Faster to the Fun and embarkation was the best so far, and self assist was even better. We were off the ship and in our car by 7:30 a.m. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Where do I begin. We had a wonderful cruise. The cruise director, Matt, is the best I have seen. He motivates people to have fun and seems like a genuinely nice guy. There were so many deck parties, dances, etc. which made this ship the ... Read More
Where do I begin. We had a wonderful cruise. The cruise director, Matt, is the best I have seen. He motivates people to have fun and seems like a genuinely nice guy. There were so many deck parties, dances, etc. which made this ship the most fun we have been on. However, not everyone was in fun mood. There needs to be a better way to reserve deck chairs. We were almost in fights over lack of chairs. Everyone wants to hang around Lido deck but there aren't as many chairs. There are chairs all over this ship on different levels empty because everyone crowds to lido. Speaking of levels, this ships has a layout that I never could get used to. It seems everything is in the middle of ship on different levels. Around day 7 I finally had some idea where things were. Even though this ship is biggest, it seemed smaller than other ships. A lot more closed in areas. I think they crammed so many things into this ship, it takes away from openness. The ship was hot in many areas. Toilets were overflowing in public bathrooms, the elevators were too slow, thankfully we were on deck one and didn't have far for dinner. Dinner was disappointing. Not enough staff, took way too long. Food was good, our waiter good, but they needed help. No time to talk much or entertain. The buffet was very good on this ship. We are there most of the time. We didn't do anything that required extra cost. The entertainment was outstanding (piano bar, violins, America Rocks show, comedians). The kids club seemed great for kids. The ports were beautiful. We will probably not sail on Vista again but a smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My Lady & I have previously cruised with Carnival (5+ times each) and usually had a pretty good experience. We did our research before booking on the Vista since we heard/read about the negatives of Mega-ships (lines, impersonal crew ... Read More
My Lady & I have previously cruised with Carnival (5+ times each) and usually had a pretty good experience. We did our research before booking on the Vista since we heard/read about the negatives of Mega-ships (lines, impersonal crew service, lines, sold out excursions, lines, packed pools, lines, lack of lounge chairs, lines, standing room only shows at night, etc, etc). We fall into a demographic known as "active seniors", we love life, are thankful for our blessings of good health and decided to accept this challenge. And it turned out to be the BEST CRUISE of OUR LIVES. We had a ball. With a little pre-planning via the free Carnival Hub app on our smart phones we were able to avoid many of the perceived issues some were concerned about. We few into Miami the day before and decided to stay in the Little Havana section. Had dinner at Casa Juan, then walked around and people watched on Lincoln Road. Embarkation day went smoothly utilizing Carnival's boarding registration station at the airport. We were fortunate enough to receive a free upgrade to cabin 14-232, a spa balcony. One of the perks, unlimited use of the thermal suites. Patrick, our cabin steward was simply the best. Friendly, yet professional. Quick yet thorough. We found the service & food in the Horizon restaurant to be fine. My only issue, if you choose the "your time dining" option as we did, you to to 1st check in on deck 5 before proceeding to the restaurant on deck 3. Loved Guy's Burger Joint, Seafood Shack, Guy's Pig & Anchor, & JiJi's Asian Kitchen. So many activities & entertainment choices to choose from. The Skyride is a must (very short line on 1st day), loved the water slides,the seaside theatre, and the Punchline comedy club acts. So much to do, never got a chance to try the IMax Theatre. Enjoyed our port of calls: if it's sun & fun you want, no excursion needed for Grand Turk (great beach right at port, especially if you walk further down where less folks will venture) or Aruba (short inexpensive cab ride to Eagle Beach: $13 US). Enjoyed the later night stay and shopping in Curacao & the VIP All Inclusive Saona Island excursion in La Romana, DR. We also loved cruising at this time of the year, nice headstart to the summer for Northeasterners like ourselves. One small thing I absolutely loved: the public auto hand washing stations using water thru out the ship. Awesome! So, bottom line, would we do it again? Absolutely, only this time aboard Vista's twin sister, The Horizon. Which will be sailing out of Miami in 2019, while the Vista will be switched to Galverston, Texas. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Great ship. Three out of four ports were great. We had a fun time and would go on this ship again. La Romana is a filthy, disgusting place. We did the catamaran and snorkel excursion. There is trash floating in the water everywhere. ... Read More
Great ship. Three out of four ports were great. We had a fun time and would go on this ship again. La Romana is a filthy, disgusting place. We did the catamaran and snorkel excursion. There is trash floating in the water everywhere. When snorkeling off of Catalina Island, there is trash floating in the water column and trash all over the reef. Plastic bags wrapped around coral. Cans and bottles all over the bottom. Tires on the bottom. Random trash and debris on the bottom. This is not hurricane debris. It is the result of negligence. I have snorkeled just about everywhere in the Caribbean and never seen any place so dirty. Curacao, Aruba and Grand Turk were all fantastic. Our group of 8 are all snorkelers so we did snorkeling at every port. Grant Turk might be boring depending on what you like to do but the snorkeling was great. Guys burger joint, pig and anchor bbq, pizza place and blue iguana were all fantastic. The Italian specialty restaurant was disappointing and we would not go there again. The specialty steak house was also disappointing and we would not go back again. The service was awful and food was not worth the extra price or time. Don't get the ceasar salad or the lobster. The main dining room was fun and more enjoyable for us. We did "your time dining" and found the process to be simple and convenient. We only had to wait on formal night which is to be expected. Service was good every night except the last night which was very bad. Nobody was winning the casino. We lost about $700 in record time over the week. We couldn't win a bet on any game. The ship itself is fantastic. Great outdoor areas all over the ship. This was our 5th cruise and our favorite ship so far. Our last cruise was on Royal Caribbean and we found the Carnival experience to be much better. Better service. Better food. Better activities. More fun in every way. We had 4 teenagers in our group who all had a great time. Royal Caribbean has a curfew of 1 am which for teenagers under 18 and that detracted from the experience for the kids on our last cruise. Carnival does not have a curfew and our kids took advantage of late night pizza and ice cream. Tip: Havana bar was empty at embarkation. We had the place virtually to ourselves and never has to wait for a drink. Of course I knew that from previous Carnival cruises. It seems the Havana bar is the last to be discovered by many. Carnival is not a cruise line for people who want a sophisticated experience. There are some people who have reviewed the ship and seem to think they are supposed to get the Queen Mary experience. If you have those expectations you will be disappointed. Carnival is called the "fun ship" and that is what it is. It is not "the snob" ship. Some of the activities are cheesy and silly. The service is not top notch but is provided with a smile and did not detract from our experience. The food is not gourmet but it is generally good. We all had a great time and will have fond memories of our trip forever. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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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