27 Carnival Vista Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

Getting on the ship, a mass of people pushing and shoving and no clear lines to move through in orderly fashion. A disaster in the making. New ship = confusing directions at each of the elevators (not enough of these), and poorly laid ... Read More
Getting on the ship, a mass of people pushing and shoving and no clear lines to move through in orderly fashion. A disaster in the making. New ship = confusing directions at each of the elevators (not enough of these), and poorly laid out public space. People trying to sell you photos/spa services at every turn was annoying. Food was ok, better on formal nights. No table linens was inviting germs. Free burgers (not that good) free pizza (not good) free stuff on Lido was ok, but nothing great. Room was dirty when entering. Took four times before it was clean, of "gunk" (previous person's hair and "other stuff"). Steward was not friendly and did nothing to make the experience better. Theater seating was horrid, entertainment "shouted" their way through each production. And some wandering man stayed on stage for one entire performance which did not make sense to many people. Lines to the theater were horrid with people pushing and shoving older people with disabilites out of line or taking seats that should have been reserved for those with physical limitations. Rude passengers may be the norm, but this ship seemed filled to the brim with them. First cruise and last cruise on this cruise line. Too many other cruise lines offering better pricing, less "people herding" and better food to pay this company for their lack-luster performance. I felt sorry for the customer service people who had to field long lines of complaining passengers. Internet service was poor and cost way too much, tv channel selection was poor, and movies were average. Did not use the spa, over priced. Exercise area was ok; sky ride was fun, as was the ropes course. Had to find alternative routes around the casino with the noise and smoke. Bars in every corner of the ship offered over priced drinks and with the added VAT tax in the Med, did not use this service at all. There were exceptions in service, some dining room people were excellent, while others took forever (three hours for a meal is way too long). Some passengers said their room stewards were good, while the one my family had was horrid. Lack of training and consistent reinforcement was a problem, as was the issue with so many people getting ill on the ship. Decor looked cheap and the atrium was a huge disappointment. Carpets were being replaced on Med cruise. One coat of paint was already flaking off with many rusty areas showing through on interior window areas. All in all, gives rise to the question of safety of the part one could not see. Tried to find something positive about the ship - it did not sink. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
On board I discovered the cabin next to us paid $700 less than we did (they booked around a year or so ago). When I told friends we met on board, I discovered they paid $800 less than us. They booked around 2 or 3 months prior to ... Read More
On board I discovered the cabin next to us paid $700 less than we did (they booked around a year or so ago). When I told friends we met on board, I discovered they paid $800 less than us. They booked around 2 or 3 months prior to sailing. Both, like us, were on 3 b-to-backs and this was the transatlantic crossing portion. We were ending 15 mths of travel worldwide. We booked a while ago, but did not always have internet availability. After 33 cruises, I'm well aware of cruise price fluctuation and it being the responsibility of the travelers to check constantly for price fluctuations. It just wasn't always possible when on the go, although I did email vtg a couple of times as I had a feeling my price was high. Very disappointed in the fare difference We were involved in a car accident as passengers (in Spain) the day before we boarded. I judge the ship from the perspective of someone with limited mobility. Elevators slow. No big crow's nest-type place to relax indoors. No toilets on deck 11. Had to make my way down one deck Lido deck (Marketplace) was inconvenient for me, Muffins at the back of the ship, croissants in the fwd section); grapefruit & prunes at back, other items fwd etc. Too much walking, crew helped, but would have liked to get it myself. Crew were attentive when I needed help (quite often) and the first 2 cruises were perfect for recovery (port intensive, so we had the ship to ourselves almost every day.) Doctor on board was always busy. (Availed myself of their xrays and he replaced my cast with another. Kept me supplied with drugs until I was able to fill a prescription). Perfect to know he was on board if I needed him and I did not feel the charges were excessive (the way most excursions are for instance) We're used to Celebrity food so we kept our expectations low since we were sailing Carnival. Food far exceeded our low expectations (still prefer Celebrity's food though) Plush comfortable deck chairs were SO appreciated! All in all, quite a different cruise experience (had to cancel all excursion plans due to our disability). We had a wonderful time and I can still say "we've never been on a cruise we didn't absolutely love"! Read Less
Sail Date October 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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