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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Easier to fly and cruise from Barcelona than drive to Southampton. The service throughout the ship couldn't be faulted if a little forced at times. The Havana Club was worth paying a bit extra for and the extended balcony gave ... Read More
Easier to fly and cruise from Barcelona than drive to Southampton. The service throughout the ship couldn't be faulted if a little forced at times. The Havana Club was worth paying a bit extra for and the extended balcony gave good space to relax in. Unfortunately its ambiance deteriorated after 7 p.m. when the Havana Bar and its pools were made available to all passengers. As a consequence, I now know a lot about the American Social Security System that I would rather have replaced with the peace and quiet you expect on a rear facing balcony. The food in both the dining room and the self service areas was well presented, of good quality and covered a variety of tastes. Even on sea days these areas never seemed crowded and there was plenty of available seating. Drinks were expensive and Carnival are as good as any cruise line in trying to increase customer spending. Having visited some of the excursion destinations we opted out of trips ashore as the ports themselves did not look too inviting. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Take plenty of money if you are on Vista. It was the worst Carnival cruise we have done. Can you imagine you pay extra 6 bucks for fish and chips for lunch. We never met our cabin staff and the reflections restaurant was like some sort of ... Read More
Take plenty of money if you are on Vista. It was the worst Carnival cruise we have done. Can you imagine you pay extra 6 bucks for fish and chips for lunch. We never met our cabin staff and the reflections restaurant was like some sort of cafe in a department store. The food and the service was about the same. There were no TV movies but if you want to see a movie in the theater you pay. You could have a sauna for free but if you wanted a steam bath you paid an extra 100 or so bucks for a complete spar package.We wondered what you get when you pay the port charges as it certainly has nothing to do with transportation from the ship to the port gates. Some ports in Europe charges us 20 E each for the privalige of spending money in their cities.All in all it was not up to the standard we have had on many Carnival cruises Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Just back from the Athens to Barcelona cruise Oct 2016. Boat is very nice. Great condition as new (even so all of the foyer carpeting had to be replaced during our cruise). Lots of room and rarely felt crowded. Drinks - beer, wine, ... Read More
Just back from the Athens to Barcelona cruise Oct 2016. Boat is very nice. Great condition as new (even so all of the foyer carpeting had to be replaced during our cruise). Lots of room and rarely felt crowded. Drinks - beer, wine, cocktails & pop very expensive. Also got stuck paying 24% VAT tax so Carnival removed drink package option. The Thirsty/Red Frog beer was amazing. Food. Had all dinners in the Reflection (same as Horizon). Special thanks to Frank & Ilyana (sp.?) for their wonderful, attentive service. Amazing looking menus with superb selection but always looked better than it tasted. One of the problems of serving up hundreds of simultaneous meals - becomes a commodity regardless of how you dress it. On Lido deck Guys Burgers offered AMAZING hand-made, delicious burgers with great fixings. Same with the Iguana tacos. Felt like we could have eaten here all week. Mornings we had continental room service. Always great coffee. Toast always served cold. If it can't be delivered hot, suggest they offer up cold, fresh breads instead. Decent fruits, cereal, yogurt otherwise. Outdoor theatre was fun. Blankets were available as was chilly outside. Great sound so don't understand why English speaking movies also needed English sub-titles? Very distracting. Free popcorn was nice idea but terrible quality - served with some sort of edible (barely) oil product. The IMAX & 4D theatre were great - reasonably priced and not crowded (at least when we went). Sky ride also good. On rainy or cool sea days could really use indoor observation lounge (move the spa?). Would sell more alcohol as well. Otherwise stuck with poor side views from inside. Music & entertainment. Great throughout and lots of variety. Latin band, piano bar, shows, combos, all well done. Personally there was way too much "jazzy saxophone elevator" music played throughout the ship which grated on us after awhile. Also, for a cruise that was 90% age 50 +, we really did not like the liquid lounge DJ "music". Saw many people come in, than turn around and high-tail it out. Was playing rap, hip-hop, electronic more suitable for 19 year olds (a handful). When asked about selection or requests was told the music supplied by Carnival was very limited (like no Drive By - Train?). Balcony room @ 9th floor was very nice with larger bathrooms than previous cruises. Elevators. Always slow. Need to press at least 3 sets of buttons as one set does not control all up or down elevators. We got used to using the stairs most of the time. After an excursion, expect to wait 15 mins from 0 to 10. Pools & hot tubs looked nice but we did not use. Something about hundreds of sweaty, unsanitary, people hopping in totally dry (no shower before entering) is a turn off (especially with showers right beside!). Come on people...seriously, in this day & age? Glad to see at least rules enforced regarding the "lounge hogs" who put towels on primo chairs in the morning, then leave for most of the day. Crew allowed 40 mins of this then towels removed and loungers freed up. The Spa. We did not partake so no comment on the quality of service. We found it very expensive and really did not like having to be forced to pass through the "sales gauntlet" of charming young ladies always standing at the entrance to the lido deck promoting this over-priced (obviously profitable) service. Excursions were well organized and good value. Despite the numbers never felt over-crowded. All considered the Vista offers good value in what I would call a commodity cruise. The proviso being that while you are being lulled into a sense of care-free wonderment, they are there to make a profit. This by extracting as much money from you as possible with their many extra-cost services geared to take advantage when your budget defenses are in holiday mode. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This cruise was a new experience for us (never been to Europe) and absolutely wonderful! I am starting to realize just how "ship-based" cruising experiences are opposed to the company that is hosting the sailing (i.e. Royal ... Read More
This cruise was a new experience for us (never been to Europe) and absolutely wonderful! I am starting to realize just how "ship-based" cruising experiences are opposed to the company that is hosting the sailing (i.e. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, etc.). Me and my 62 year old mother went on this cruise, and we were very pleased with most about this cruise and the ship. CUSTOMER SERVICE: We've sailed on both Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Carnival Cruise Lines, and have often said that customer service on Norwegian Cruise Lines is better. This ship had the most proactive and responsive customer service I've ever experienced on a Carnival ship. When we arrived to the cabin, we had the water we'd previously paid for already in our room, and customer service immediately called to ask my mother whether she brought her CPAP machine (for her sleep apnea), and if she would be needing distilled water for it. One reason for the 4/5 rating in this category is that it took several hours after that telephone call, and a couple of calls before we received the water. However, we did appreciate the proactivity. As with most Carnival experiences, there were certain issues throughout the cruise that we had to bring up to customer service, but they were promptly, and politely responded to. The workers here were overall more considerate, kind, and responsive than any other Carnival ship I've been on (Breeze, Splendor, Liberty). FOOD: The food was CONSIDERABLY better than on any other Carnival ship. Even the food on the buffet was more flavorful and better prepared. The foods in the dining rooms were most often superb, and definitely in the specialty restaurants. Typically, Carnival food is mediocre at best. Whichever Chef you have on this ship who is responsible for the food - KEEP HIM. Lots of great restaurants to choose from. Didn't get to try to the Asian or the Italian restaurant on this ship, but heard they were really good from other guests. EXCURSIONS: Carnival offered excursions that we had a good time on, but I think they need some fine tuning. Overall, most of the excursions offered were just way too long, and were like history lessons and school field trips, vs. vacations (particularly in Rhodes, Greece and Valleta, Malta. I"m not really sure how Carnival can rectify this, other than finding tour guides that are more engaging and less talky. Some of this can't be avoided because if you want to spend a day in the country learning about it, there is no other way. The Italy excursion guides seemed to understand this concept. They provided history about the city, but also knew when to shut the heck up and let you relax. I think offering more excursions where you can enjoy certain aspects of the country you are visiting (there is no way you can learn every single thing about each country you visit), would serve them well. Also, spending 8-10 hours a day on an excursion every day is exhausting. We had to end up cancelling two of the excursions just to allow ourselves some rest. More 4 hour excursions (as opposed to 10 hours) should be offered so that people have more free time to do what they want without someone talking at them. Going to these countries, you are going to be walking a lot, so if you are going to be bringing any senior citizens or babies with you with walking issues, maybe you should arrange something to wheel them around in all day. EMBARKATION: Was a breeze! We didn't get there until 4pm on embarkation day. We literally walked right up to the desk and got on the ship. Our luggage was at our room within an hour or two at most. Just awesome. DEBARKATION: Great that we didn't have to go through customs, so we could easily find our suitcases without waiting in line. The directions on how to get to your Carnival Transfer (to the airport or hotel) in Barcelona were absolutely horrible. There was no one to tell you where to go and you had a bunch of people outside packed like sardines trying to figure out where the heck to meet. This was not acceptable because we'd asked a couple of folks on Carnival a few times during the cruise about what we should expect during this process, and they either gave misinformation, or not much to offer. The workers in Barcelona that are outside during this process are pretty useless as it relates to giving information - so beware. CLEANLINESS: Overall, the ship was pretty clean in the common areas. The cruise director stressed washing your hands every five seconds (not a common trait on carnival ships although it is on norwegian ships) because rumor had it that a few people on the cruise were discovered to have Norovirus (like on Day 2 of the cruise). They never announced it, but people put two and two together and many workers on the cruise told a few people what was going on. I'm not sure whether it was the air change, the air circulation in the ship, or what....but a lot of people also had sinus issues. Mom and I both had cold symptoms the entire cruise, but we were basically ok. I know others who also had sinus issues....but this could have been coincidental. They may want to look into the air circulation. ENTERTAINMENT: Due to the intense excursions (only 2 out of 10 sea days), we didn't experience much of the entertainment other than the comedy shows, the club (me not mom) and the casino. But there seemed to be a variety of activities at night and I didn't ever feel bored. I do think they should offer a bit more to do during the day for those that are not getting off the boat. There were times where I was on the ship early and twiddling my thumbs a bit. Lots of activities at night that I didn't even get a chance to participate in because there were only a few hours after the excursions and after you ate dinner, you were so exhausted that you picked ONE activity , and that was it. But there are several movies to choose from (both on TV Demand and each night offered to watch publicly with other guests), virtual simulator and 3D movies (didn't get to try this) with actual popcorn, and a variety of outdoor activities. For the most part, it got to be a bit chilly toward the end of our cruise so the last thing I wanted to do was hang out outside at night. OVERALL SHIP: Great! Pretty, lots to do, and set up pretty great. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Great cruise, skipped turkey while other cruise ships continue to go there. We changed planes in Istanbul, felt safe. Theater is substandard. 2 levels instead of three with bad sight lines. Closet space has been reduced to ... Read More
Great cruise, skipped turkey while other cruise ships continue to go there. We changed planes in Istanbul, felt safe. Theater is substandard. 2 levels instead of three with bad sight lines. Closet space has been reduced to accommodate air conditioners. Other than that, a great ship. Food service in main dining room has improved. We had Paul as a our dinner waiter and his service was prompt. We had Christian as our breakfast waiter and his service was also prompt. The Horizon will also probably have a small theater which converts to a dance floor with many chairs on the same level making it difficult to see the performances. I was told Carnival is working on the closet space issue. Jamie was a great cruise director. The food quality seems to have declined. It's good enough in the main dining room, but nothing special. There is good sushi available on board. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
we choose the Carnival Vista as it is the newest ship in the Carnival fleet and we also wanted to do this cruise from Athens. The service was excellent from the time that we entered the check-in at the port to the time that we collected ... Read More
we choose the Carnival Vista as it is the newest ship in the Carnival fleet and we also wanted to do this cruise from Athens. The service was excellent from the time that we entered the check-in at the port to the time that we collected our luggage in Barcelona. We couldn't have been more pleased with the service, ship and itinerary. Having sailed with Carnival before and other cruise lines, we think that this was probably the best cruise that we have taken (25+). The staff were pleasing and trying to give you exceptional service wherever possible.Food was better than other cruise lines that we have been on so it is a plus for Carnival. I would like to see them continue with the European cruises in the future. we found that the itinerary from Athens was excellent and rewarding with the areas that were included. Our children and grandchildren would have loved to have been on this cruise with us and we are already looking for another Carnival cruise that we can take them on due to the experience that we had with this one. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Very quiet and smooth sailing. Lovely decor. Paradise 4 kids with the waterpark. The cabin was same as other cruise lines. Variety of food in Carvery was excellent compared to other liners. Just played awefull band stand music from the 50 ... Read More
Very quiet and smooth sailing. Lovely decor. Paradise 4 kids with the waterpark. The cabin was same as other cruise lines. Variety of food in Carvery was excellent compared to other liners. Just played awefull band stand music from the 50 s over and over and over in the restaurant. That drove us and the staff that works there MAD! The main theatre was a total disaster. There were NO seat in there where the stage was not partially blocked by a head in front of you or a pillar. How did the architects get it so wrong? Can they not calculate the correct slopes of the seats? Entertainment compared to the other liners was the worst. Ports and excursions was the same as other ships. Spa and gym was excellent, but we could not affort to do anything, because of our useless Mandela money. Our South-African Rand was 15 x times weaker than the euro! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise for two reasons, firstly it was a new ship and secondly the destinations. Although we had cruised many times and had taken 6 previous trips with Carnival we had never cruised in the Mediterranean and thought it would ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two reasons, firstly it was a new ship and secondly the destinations. Although we had cruised many times and had taken 6 previous trips with Carnival we had never cruised in the Mediterranean and thought it would be nice to visit the noted ports of call. The ship was not a disappointment, very well appointed, well maintained and with a good variety of places and activities to be enjoyed. The décor theme was a bit simple and "plastic" in some areas and navigation of the main activity decks was a bit difficult sometimes, requiring an "up and over" route. The embarkation process at Athens was excellent as we were 60 minutes from our hotel lobby in Athens city centre to being in our cabin. Our cabin, 8 deck balcony, was as expected for a major cruise line, roomy and some new features like the larger screen television with the simpler remote control were good. There were one or two noise issues like the vacuum toilet system from adjacent rooms, poor PA audibility and a terrible vibration from the room panelling when the balcony door was opened in certain wind directions. Our room steward was friendly although we felt there was a lack of attention to detail, like only one drinks glass was provided, the bed sheet had some "washed in " stains that we noticed, so why didn't he? and we were interrupted several times whilst dressing for dinner for the evening room service after informing him of our dining time. Dining was the biggest disappointment of our trip. The food was never bad, just not what we had experienced in the past. Choices were uninteresting and repetitive, presentation was sometimes sloppy, orders were often mixed up, starters were sometimes not worth dirtying the plate for and accompaniments were strange from time to time. Perhaps it is an American thing but serving Mac and Cheese with a piece of beef is odd. With the exception of the 2 formal nights, we dined on formica table tops, a first for us, even in the restaurants of cross channel ferries between UK and France table cloths are the norm. At least 66% of our service team tried to work hard, but language was sometimes a problem for them. We were all Brits at our table, maybe that was the issue. But we felt that our table team were struggling to cope most the time. One topic of critical conversation at our, and many other tables, was the notification at the end of day 1 that a charge of 24% would be added to all on-board purchases. By this time many guests would have signed up for drinks and table wine packages and this was somewhat naughty we felt. The blame was laid at the door of EU requirements since the cancellation of the port in Turkey presumably removed the zero tax rating on exported items. The Lido deck Marketplace buffet was generally unappetising unless one wanted salad or cold cuts. We ate only one burger which, as we chose to have it without cheese, was kind of re-cooked to raise the temperature from cold to less cold. Any of the buffet dining options require vigilance in the face of over enthusiastic table staff. We ate continental breakfast often at the open air taste bar and, despite leaving evidence of occupying the table, all our cutlery, napkins and drinks were cleared away when we went to get our next plate of food. There was a variety of entertainment. The main stage shows were well produced in terms of sets, co-ordination, costumes etc but a lot of the music was less enjoyable. Comedians were usually good entertainment. We formed an opinion that cruising is becoming more and more like airline travel. At one time something a bit special but now just basic unless you pay extra for all the add-ons to improve the experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Chose this cruise as it was a new ship and we thought the price was good. The ship, food, entertainment and service was a big disappointment to both of us. This was our eighth cruise, our first and last with Carnival. They can learn a lot ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it was a new ship and we thought the price was good. The ship, food, entertainment and service was a big disappointment to both of us. This was our eighth cruise, our first and last with Carnival. They can learn a lot from there competitors as a lack of training was obvious where the staff especially in the dining areas were concerned. The so called entertainment at night, especially in the theatre was amateurish to say the least. The singers were well below par and gave the impression that they thought if they shouted loud it was ok. Some of the visiting artist were good and the two young men who sang in the lounge were worth listening to. All in all a very disappointing cruise, we tried not to let it spoil our holiday and we did enjoy the ports we stoppped at. We came to the conclusion that carnival are only interested in making money and some of there scams were day light robbery especially in the bars. The surcharges on the price of drinks was outrageous for example a bottle of wine that was thirty dollars ended up costing us forty when they had finished adding the charges to the price. The guest relations personal on our cruise were kept busy as a lot of people had complaints,I think that says it all. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We travelled with our 2 young children - aged 2 and 3. We had a family Harbour room (2400) with large balcony which was perfect. A bunk bed and sofa bed for the children. For us there was lots of ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We travelled with our 2 young children - aged 2 and 3. We had a family Harbour room (2400) with large balcony which was perfect. A bunk bed and sofa bed for the children. For us there was lots of wardrobe space with hangers. (yes you might have to double up a few shirts!) These rooms have access to the Family Harbour lounge where you could get breakfast till 9.30 and cookies at night (and snacks on sea days) which was great.Our room was quiet - we were surprised we could not hear people on either side. There were a few bumps and squeeks from something upstairs but it did not bother us. We had a large TV for us and a small TV for the kids (room could be curtained off for them). Not much on TV but there were half a dozen free movies for adults and kids) Embarkation was easy as we had priority boarding although that means lots of pushy people who believe they have more priority than you do!.. It was probably easier to be non priority!. We just picked up our sail and sign cards and walked on board, and were met at the entrance and pointed where to go. It took us a while to find where everything was but was fun exploring!. The choice of food was good - A main buffet in the Lido area. Nice small choice of salads and mains and desserts. Food was not luxury and could be bland but still reasonable. There was a burger place and Mexican available during the day, and mongolian wok, pasta bars and salad bar (the last 3 were not advertised very well so you have to search them out!) for lunch. A nice pizza place was available 24 hours. We had fixed time seating and although meal choices were not huge they were tasty and service was very friendly. We discovered a nice deli in the Lido area where you could get your own toasted sandwiches made up. The room service menu was basic - some salads, and sandwiches but was useful for a snack. We did not go to any of the pay extra places but all looked good and probably under utilised and we felt that it was probably worth the money. The kids club was brilliant and a huge surprise for us. It was free before 10pm. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and our kids loved going there. It was well organised and made our trip as we could drop the kids off to spend time with our family or doing things by ourselves. We enjoyed some of the entertainment - the dance show every night was great. There were a few bands in different venues but we always felt sorry for them as there were only a dozen or so people watching. We walked passed a few activities for the day and only a couple of people were joining in. (My wife got ready for the Zumba class - turned up and found only 3 kids there! so quickly disappeared!). The cruise director enthusiasm was good to see but I think she struggled to get people into some of the activities and the mood. Casino was good although smokey. We have got too used to having smoke free public spaces so have forgotten what it is like to have people puffing away next to you!. The sky ride and ropes, and slides were all good activities. The movies under the stars each night were great and a good choice.(free popcorn, and blankets) The ship layout did not make the most of the space. A lot more could be made of the promenade deck outside. A nice walk around the front of the boat- but could have had more atmosphere with shops and a boulevard feel. The pools were small and really only used by children - note your children have to be potty trained and we were lucky they were as we were not aware of this. If I did not have children I would have been disappointed with the pools - too many kids and not big enough!.but for those with kids - perfect!. We did not use the spa - it was very expensive but expected. My wife did use the fitness area and used the running track around the ship everyday. Drinks were expensive but we expected this and we did not go there to drink so not really a problem for us but I could see this as a big extra cost (with all the tax and gratuities) if you liked a few drinks each night. We found all the wait and cleaning staff extremely friendly. Only staff not so friendly was customer service (although to be fair I imagine they get a fair bit of rubbish thrown at them), and the bar staff seemed a bit disinterested. The boys in the family harbour room entertained our kids every morning and were great to talk to. Everyone we saw said hello - all levels of staff and people knew us and our kids names. We only did 2 excursions (1 basic bus to Rome to do our own thing), and 1 trip to Sorrento and Pompeii. At all ports we all either got the shuttle or walked in and spent a couple of hours at the location which was fine for us. Our only complaint was the shuttle to Livorno where they squeezed us in like cattle much to the distress of a few people. Cannot say that was Carnivals fault(just the company who runs the shuttle) I have read a lot of the reviews of previous trips for this boat, and we listened to a lot of Americans on the boat who complained about this cruise. Firstly - most of it is down to attitude..if you come on a cruise to look for faults and look for all the poor comparisons to other boats - (especially for those experienced cruisers) you will find them. (I heard people complaining about the most silliest of things that really did not matter!.) If you set out for this to be a mega cheap all inclusive deal - it isn't , nor is it a luxury yacht, however if you come for a good time, with a friendly attitude and take things for what they are, and make the most of what is available then you will not be disappointed!!. We were amazed at the level of service, cleanliness and friendliness - I expect that there may have been an improvement from earlier sailings. We met up with family we had not seen for years on the boat and this is a great way to do it. Everyone has space to do their own things but come together and enjoy things as well. Would we do this again with our kids or alone! - yup!... we expect many more cruises to come. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We have never cruised before, envisioning cruises as a boring places. where you just ate and read books all day. We opted to cruise the Mediterranean because we are a family of four (two children ages 8 and 11) and it seemed like a great ... Read More
We have never cruised before, envisioning cruises as a boring places. where you just ate and read books all day. We opted to cruise the Mediterranean because we are a family of four (two children ages 8 and 11) and it seemed like a great way to get an overview of the area without having to change hotels everyday and waste time on trains getting from place to place. I am pleased to say that our trip on the Carnival Vista changed our perspective about cruises - it is a very fun high energy ship with lots to do for the whole family. It was far from boring. On the positive side: - room was clean, new, well laid out and fit all of our belongings easily. Bed was comfortable. Cove balcony was lovely - we stayed in a family harbour room which meant we had access to the family harbour lounge. This is a wonderful feature. We ate there for breakfast every day. There was a coffee machine, juices, milks and hot and cold items of decent quality. Since the only "free" water stations on board are the four stations on top pool deck (deck 10), having our own beverage station was priceless. Breakfast in the lounge also allowed us to avoid having to deal with lining up to eat in the main dining room. Afternoon snacks were also welcome after a long day on shore. Staff in the family lounge were also friendly, helpful and diligent. - There were a lot of fun activities planned on board and there was never a dull moment. Most were family-friendly. That was really great. - Camp Ocean (the kids club) was excellent and my daughter would have spent every day there if we let her! - The "Carnival hub" for your smart phone is an excellent feature, allowing us to keep instantly informed of what is happening and what charges are being put on our account (necessary since our kids had signing authority). The "chat" feature allows you to stay in touch with your family while on board when there is no cell service. - The food and service in paid restaurants was of excellent quality. JiJis and the steakhouse can easily compete with high quality city restaurants. The upcharges for food in the restaurants were fairly priced. - There was lots of variety on the ship for eating options in addition to the restaurants -there is an ice cream shop, Cuban food in the Havana bar, Caribbean food in the red frog pub, a nice sushi bar and a seafood shack. Again these were all paid options which cost extra but food prices were reasonable. - the free casual food options - tacos and burger joint -were of great quality and easy to access - The comedy club was fun and having a "PG" performance from each comedian was a great experience for the kids who never get to go to comedy clubs. - I loved karaoke in the comedy club in the evenings - the shows in the liquid lounge were very well done. The troupe did a wide variety of shows with high production values and were very talented. These shows far exceeded our expectations. -there is a wide variety of evening entertainment to choose from - a piano bar for the sing-along types, a comedy club, a nightclub, an outdoor movie by the pool, casino, various types of live music, a house band which plays dance-able hits from 60's-80's, and impromptu contests. - the cruise director (Jaime) is high energy and helps maintain a festive atmosphere on the boat - there is very good, well appointed and generously sized gym beautifully situated at the front of the boat with nice views. Always more machines than people - there is a great sports area with basketball / volleyball court, ropes course, mini-golf, foosball, pool etc. - a nice option for us active types -lots of fun and imaginative ad hoc activities throughout the day like theme based trivia, bingo, dance contests etc. - getting on and off the ship for shore excursions was really easy and smooth - we never waited to get on or off - the spa has a "thermal suite" which costs $40 for a whole day and it is a real indulgence with a hamam, heated chiropractic chairs, infrared sauna, mineral pool, etc. - housekeeping was excellent - they cleaned the room twice a day - staff were excessively friendly - boat was clean, new and spacious with lots of "zones" - you never felt crowded. - Marseilles was a dirty ugly city. All the other ports were nice, easily accessible, lots of service people at the port to help you or take you on a tour. Negatives: - Perhaps due to our naivete as first time cruisers, we certainly paid a lot more for the experience than we expected. At the end of the cruise our sail & sign account ($3,000 USD) was almost equal to what we paid for our room ($3200 net of port fees), despite our family having spent 7 days of the 10 day cruise on shore eating our main meals in the local restaurants! While on board we primarily ate in the extra-cost restaurants and pubs and I have no complaint about those additional costs which I think were fairly priced for the quality of food we received. However, I do not think beverages were fairly priced. Other than a handful of lemonade / juice machines on board, you have to buy all your beverages (alcoholic and otherwise). You cannot even purchase bottled water in a shop -you have to get it from the bar. Drink prices were exorbitant and very unfairly priced. These are nightclub prices, not reasonable "upcharges". We spent $1400 in beverages alone for two parents drinking a few drinks a night and two children with no expensive wine. - We were charged a mandatory $500 fee for "gratuities" at the end of the cruise, despite having already paid a 15% mandatory gratuity which was added to all of our food and beverage purchases on board, plus the "extra" tips we felt obligated to pay when presented with our bills each night which had a nice blank "gratuity" line inviting you to tip more above and beyond the 15% already added to the bill. End result? We paid around $900 in gratuities at the end of the day! - there was some really strange dining management system where people had to lineup at a kiosk to get permission to go to the dining room to eat. We just avoided it by going to paid restaurants (no line-ups). - there were long lines at guest services and not enough staff to service people. Only "platinum" and "Diamond" members got service staff. I tried to complain about this but was met with indifference. - the thermal suite was reasonably priced, but other spa services were far above market price. - there are neat theaters on board, but you have to pay, and they repeat the movies too often. There is also an arcade, but it is mostly full of gambling (crane) type of games and expensive. One expects an arcade to be able to entertain a kid for an hour for around $15-20. However, Our kids spent USD $96 in 15 minutes on the first day (I am not exaggerating) and we had to run downstairs to shut them off! They could not really use the arcade - Carnival often made itself look cheap and money-grabby with its constant marketing and solicitations intended to compel you to spend more money. There were photographers strategically placed all around the ship and elevators constantly harassing you for photos. They used fear tactics to try and scare you into buying their shore excursions (which were WAY overpriced for what you were getting). There was a always some jewelry sale, spa sale, etc. The limited access to "free" water/juice coupled with outrageous beverage prices and surprise mandatory "gratuities" also demeaned the quality of the ship and made it look money-hungry. Arcade was highway robbery. At times Carnival felt a little time-share-esque, like they got you on the boat with a good room rate with a view to getting a bunch of money out of you once you were on the ship. This was particularity problematic in Europe because once you hit Greek waters you have to pay a whopping 24% "Value Added Tax" to every purchase you make on board (including food, beverage and services). All in all we had a really good time on the boat and would recommend it to families in a heartbeat, with the caveat that you should be prepared to spend a lot of money once you are on board if you want a comfortable experience. I would budget to spend at least an additional 50-100% of your room cost once on board. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This is my 3rd time going on a cruise ship with Carnival. I have to say I was a little worried about the ship after reading some of the others. We flew in a few days before the trip to see Barcelona and thought the area was very pretty. ... Read More
This is my 3rd time going on a cruise ship with Carnival. I have to say I was a little worried about the ship after reading some of the others. We flew in a few days before the trip to see Barcelona and thought the area was very pretty. Getting on the boat was very easy and was less than 20 minutes. The staff were very helpful and seemed to move people right along. Getting off was just as easy, we took our own luggage so we just walked right off the ship. We stayed 4 days after the trip. I thought the layout and color choices on the boat were well thought out and loved the in and out door walk ways. There is a lot of things to do on the ship and even though it was full of guests I didnt feel like it was too many. I never had to wait for things like others and the staff were always very nice to me and my husband. We also did not have to wait for a sun bed and also never had to wait in line for food. I have two things that were a "complaint" the adult area was small for that amount of guests and the slides were off the same side so we had to hear kids screaming all day. Which if you are trying for quiet was not something we got :) and the other thing was the food always seemed over cooked. I am sure that was to keep food poisoning low. The staff were great and had no issues like some of the others, not sure why they did. ALL the staff were friendly and helpful and truly fun to talk to. WE loved the burgers and had them almost everyday when we got back. We had dinner once at the JiJi restaurant and that was amazing!!!! Worth the $$$$ lots of food and we could barely walk after :) Entertainment was okay, we were so tired that it was hard to stay up We brought our son who is 18 and he also had tons of things to do and the staff always watched out for him,example they turned in a man who was harassing our son to security. Our cabin was amazing!!!! It had a tub with jets, walk in closet and plenty of room for 3 adults. I didnt think I would use the tub but after all that walking it was nice to relax. We did not book any trips with Carnival and chose to do that ourselves. We only had one issue in Rome waiting for the train for 4 hours because the trains lost power. I would go again if they went to different ports of call in a minute. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Would definitely recommend this ship, and we do not usually sail with Carnival. Chose this cruise because we loved the itinerary and long days in each port. We knew this was a very port intensive cruise rather than a laid back relaxing ... Read More
Would definitely recommend this ship, and we do not usually sail with Carnival. Chose this cruise because we loved the itinerary and long days in each port. We knew this was a very port intensive cruise rather than a laid back relaxing cruise like going to the Caribbean. We mostly joined many private excursions which saved us a great deal of money, and allowed us to travel comfortably and meet many wonderful people. We did do CARNIVAL's excursion to Tsambika beach in Rhodes which we enjoyed. It is a much larger ship than we have previously cruised on and expected there would be lines for everything yet this was not the case; we barely ever had to wait in line. There were so many fun things to do on the 2 sea days we had. Loved the brewery, sky ride (free), obstacle course (free) and water slides. The pools were small however there were a few so it did not seem cramped. The ship is beautifully decorated with ample space to sit while eating at the buffet. Although we were not impressed with the food in the main dining room except on the formal nights, the steakhouse (which does have an additional charge), Guy's Burger's (free) and pizza (free) were amazing. Ice cream was available 24hrs/d. The staff were awesome: friendly, helpful and accomodating. Our cabin stewards and wait staff couldn't have been more doting. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I had a great cruise on the Vista and would definitely go on her again. I will now tell you about the things I liked and did not like as much about the Vista. The Ship - I really liked the look of the Vista from the outside, from ... Read More
I had a great cruise on the Vista and would definitely go on her again. I will now tell you about the things I liked and did not like as much about the Vista. The Ship - I really liked the look of the Vista from the outside, from the shore side. Also I thought the outside decks and amenities were great. I loved the Havana pool bar and outside area. One really good thing that the Vista has, more than any ship I have been on so far, is fantastic seating areas on the outside decks. Lots of comfortable chairs which meant we never had a problem finding somewhere to sit outside on deck. There are a couple of things I did not like about the ship though. Firstly I thought the Atrium was too small and that the decor of the walls was just too plain and boring. I really like the grand atrium's of their other ships. This is obviously my personal preference and no doubt there are people out there who did not like the "over the top" decor of their other ships. Secondly I did not think that the Theater/Liquid Lounge was big enough or that the obstructed views were something that you should have to put up with on a modern ship. I made sure I got there on time to get a good view but there were a lot of people who were unhappy about the obstructed views and the set up of the Theater. The Cabin - I really liked my cabin and thought that it was larger than cabins on other cruise lines. Although the balcony was smaller than on some previous cruises. Also I was surprised to find a shower curtain on a new ship. I easily filled up the small amount of drawer space in the room, so I think that this would be a problem for 2 people. My bed was comfy and the fridge did a good job of cooling drinks down. The room had a good aircon unit and it was easy to adjust the room temp if needed. My cabin steward Michael was really nice and did a great job looking after the room. Dining - Food is very important I think on a cruise and is very subjective to different people. I personally thought that the food was ok to very good. I did not have a bad meal on the ship and I did not go hungry. As I said in the review, I was not impressed with the system of "Your time Dining". Why you could not go to deck 3 to book in for the restaurant I will never know. Having to go to deck 5 then deck 3 made no sense at all. When booking, you were told that you would have to wait for more than an hour sometimes. This is a big problem on the newer, larger ships, that have 5000 plus people onboard. I understand that you all cannot book the same time, so I don`t know the answer to this one. It is just something you have to prepare yourself for when going on the mega ships. As I said, I am not a fan of "no Tablecloths" and the service style of the American Table restaurants. I am British and call me old fashioned, and do not like to be served my dessert when others are still eating their main courses. One other thing that happened when we were in the restaurant was my brother asked for mustard with his steak, they brought out a jar that still had a cellophane wrapping on and just placed it next to his meal. Why was this not served in a small bowl instead of a greasy workman`s cafe style way of serving sauces. I am sure even a greasy spoon cafe would take off the wrapper on the jar. Overall the service in the restaurant was ok but not great. We did not eat in the buffet so I cannot comment on the food served here. Because this was a port intensive cruise I would have eaten in the buffet when we got back in the afternoon from our trips ashore, however nearly every time we got back on the ship the buffet was closed at 4pm. Guys was open but that was the only choice for people arriving back on ship, burgers or nothing. As nearly every night we had to wait till gone 9pm to eat dinner it would have been nice to get a small meal or salad from the buffet at teatime. My only other complaint about the dining was that there was only a very sweet lemonade or coffee available to drink that was free. No sugar free alternative. The food in the for a fee restaurants was excellent however and would highly recommend Ji Ji Chinese restaurant. This was the best food I have had at sea ever. I did like the burgers from Guys as well. Entertainment - The shows in the Theater were brilliant, I really enjoyed these. Sorry I did not go to the smaller shows, like the juggler or singer that was on our sailing, as I did not have time for them. The piano bar was also really good and the music in the Atrium I liked as well. The band in the Havana bar were great as well. I found the music in the red frog pub was also really good. In fact I thought the entertainment throughout the whole ship was above average when compared to other cruises I have been on. The Cruise Director never stopped and she was great at getting the enthusiasm levels up on the ship. In fact I found that there was always something going on at all times of the day and thought that it would be a sad person indeed who was bored on the Vista. Outside decks - I loved the outside decks and also always found something to do. The best thing I liked was the Skyride, the slides and the seating areas. I did like the ropes course but was terrified while doing it. The pools were average and I think needed to be bigger on a ship with 5000 plus people onboard. The hot tubs were not very hot and also there was only 4 of them. Staff and service - Overall the staff were excellent as was the service. Compared to most of the cruises I have been on, I think this was one of the better ones. Staff were very friendly and went out of there way to look after you. The only place I found this not to be the case was in the Horizons restaurant. The service here was only average to poor. It was far from great. This was probably due to the time we were able to dine in there. I like to go to a show before dinner which meant we not able to check in till around 8pm most nights. Because of the wait times we were rarely in the restaurant before 9pm. This meant that the waiting staff were far from their best by this time. I have to say my cabin steward was fantastic and did a great job. The bar staff were also really friendly and efficient and did a great job too. So that`s it for this cruise. I will definitely go on the Vista again and look forward to traveling on a Carnival ship again in the future. I am not loyal to any brand and have never had a bad cruise. My next cruise should be next year on P&O, on the ship Britannia. I know it will be hard going on a cruise on my own but have read lots of reviews on here by other people who do it all the time. So till next time, and if anyone wants to ask questions about Vista feel free to ask me anything you want to know. Thanks for reading, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The number of various ports was exceptional - providing something of interest for everyone. Carnival Vista is beautiful and spacious. Crew is most attentive to ensuring it is tidy and clean. Our cabin steward team was prompt, ... Read More
The number of various ports was exceptional - providing something of interest for everyone. Carnival Vista is beautiful and spacious. Crew is most attentive to ensuring it is tidy and clean. Our cabin steward team was prompt, energetic, and attentive to ensure our room was fresh and clean. Exceptional outgoing personalities - respectful, courteous, and thoughtful. Replenished our ice bucket daily. We enjoyed eating at the Lido Marketplace Buffet for each of the daily meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fresh and delicious selection of various types of food items. Especially enjoyed the slow-churned, hand-dipped ice cream / gelato Attended a few of the Dive-In Movies We are sailing the Vista's 1 Oct and 11 Oct journey cruises - would have preferred a different selection shown - rather than all duplications. Hopeful anticipation that the Vista's TA Dive-In Movies get changed out for a different selection. Don't understand why Carnival must charge so much for the IMAX theater, I would think they could make more money lowering the price and increasing the number of viewers. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Chose this cruise cuz it fit a block of time between already booked flights and it was rt barcelona and had a good itinerary and was new and bigger than other carnival ships. Boarding process was a nightmare and the food esp breakfast in ... Read More
Chose this cruise cuz it fit a block of time between already booked flights and it was rt barcelona and had a good itinerary and was new and bigger than other carnival ships. Boarding process was a nightmare and the food esp breakfast in the dining was often inedible. im talking poorly made omelettes and rancid bacon on 2 occasions!! eve meals hit and miss--only got enough to eat if you ordered 2 or 3 of every course and were lucky if you liked one or 2. red meat and melons tended to be best options.the waiters tried their best but kitchen staff definitely lacking as was the quality of some of the ingredients. shore excursions ok but cant say i really enjoyed ay of them. Avoid dine as you wish as their check-in system was diabolical. Really glad i was able to get assigned to a mixed group table for 10 at the late seating. spa was nicer than most but the people were loud and inconsiderate so not very relaxing. Music options and room stewards were great as were guest services if you didn't mind standing in line for ever to see them. you must bring debit card to change money at atm as they dont handle cash at the desk. Might possible try vista again for carrib cruise but not for europe. just glad i met some nice people on my own as no planned singles lunches or breakfasts. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because of the ports. It was fun and food was great. I was frustrated with Carnival charging $17 per person to ride a shuttle from port in MArseille. They warned us of crooks there - Carnival was the biggest. Same ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports. It was fun and food was great. I was frustrated with Carnival charging $17 per person to ride a shuttle from port in MArseille. They warned us of crooks there - Carnival was the biggest. Same with other ports - CItavichia and Palma de Mallorca. We walked to Mayor beach, but it was red flagged due to pollution. Got in a cab to go to a different beach and it started pouring rain. Paid the driver to return us - $40 for nothing. To go to Pisa it was cheaper to take a cab. LOved the cruise director Jaime. SPa was the normal rip off. The water slides, bikes in air and ropes course was all fun. No academic classes like photography or computers offered like on Holland America. The singers - dancers and musical entertainment were all great - especially the piano bar and several guitar players and violins. Outdoor movies were fun as was Imax and Thrill theater. Getting on and off was easy. We took a great tour through italytours.eu in Naples - Pompeii, sorrento and amalfi coast. Way cheaper than carnival tours and we had 12 people with a great driver. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We cruised on the CARNIVAL VISTA September 23rd itinerary from Barcelona in a Havana Suite. We had a wonderful cruise experience overall. The Suite was just beautiful, it was very spacious for two people. We dealt with bass noise from the ... Read More
We cruised on the CARNIVAL VISTA September 23rd itinerary from Barcelona in a Havana Suite. We had a wonderful cruise experience overall. The Suite was just beautiful, it was very spacious for two people. We dealt with bass noise from the band playing in the bar until late each night and slamming of the hallway for leading to it, however earplugs helped. The cabana patio was not as private as I had hoped however and had a neighbouring cabana guest come into my balcony and switch cushions from my chair (hers was left out in rain so she helped herself to my dry one)...Caught her by surprise when I opened the door to come out and barely saw her out after. The large rainshower in the suite is lovely, wish I had one like that at home now! Our room steward was wonderful in the beginning very attentive and addressed us by name mid cruise she became more MIA and the service declined a bit. We were able to take part in the new suite perks including free laundry, waters, and other surprises and goodies given to us throughout the cruise. Overall a great choice despite the above mentioned hiccups. Jamie Dee was a ball of smiling never ending energy, high praise to her as kept everything flowing perfectly, and was entertaining! Always there was something to do and they kept the activity of 4000 people flowing through the ship so it never seemed overly busy anywhere. I can see why she was CD of the year! She also surprised us with a SOAS and other goodies during the cruise. Our waitstaff team were the standouts...in the Horizons your time dining room was Sasa, Ted, and Jesson. They gave us exceptional service throughout the cruise and were always ready with a smile and jokes! It was amazing they took the time to surprise by serenading us recognizing our anniversary and my birthday with special cakes! Food was always very delicious and featured different port offerings, I have read others say the quality has gone down however we did not experience or have any reason to complain about the food on board anywhere. We also dined one evening in the outside seating of 555 Steakhouse and had a delicious meal with great service including witnessing the most amazing sunset during dinner. In addition the Italian speciality restaurant was perfect for both lunch or dinner, no complaints. Guys burgers and fries yum, Blue Iguana yum, sea day BBQ yum, as well as the salad creations on the Serenity deck. Did not have time to try JiJis, Going through food withdraw just typing about all of these. The Playlist Productions on board were wonderful, the shows we saw were The Welcome Show, FLICK and America Rocks. The liquid lounge is a different concept however sitting in the upper section we could see everything perfectly fine. The 80s glow party on the Lido started great but fell flat fast, port intensive cruise so maybe all were as tired as us. Jamie did a great job keeping everything going with spunk and a smile. I do not believe we had the opportunity to see everything the ship had to offer however packed as much fun as we could into an 8 day itinerary. Due to physical limitations I did not make use of the sports deck or water slides however looked fun! Embarking and disembarking were well executed, no problems except the early time getting off the ship. The ship itself was always spotless and we always saw someone cleaning or doing routine maintenance. The crew on board was friendly and always acknowledged everyone quickly. The Vista is a gorgeous ship and never felt over crowded...we loved our first Carnival Cruise! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This is Carnivals newest ship, Carnival Vista. It is a beautiful ship, very nicely done! The ship is quite spacious, we never felt crowded at any time on the ship. The embarkation experience was flawless, the room was a Balcony ... Read More
This is Carnivals newest ship, Carnival Vista. It is a beautiful ship, very nicely done! The ship is quite spacious, we never felt crowded at any time on the ship. The embarkation experience was flawless, the room was a Balcony Stateroom and was of average size. The staff members were always friendly and helpful, especially our cabin steward, who was always gracious. The food was better than on other Carnival ships we have sailed on. I have found the food on most Carnival ships to be lackluster and not very flavorful, but not this ship! The food was excellently prepared each day and presented very nicely. We usually dine at specialty restaurants, but we were very pleased with the food at the dining room and the new dining room is beautiful. The service was not always up to par, I think the waiters and their staff get overwhelmed at times. I do not have anything negative to say because it was a great experience. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was mine and my girlfriends first cruise so I read a lot of reviews about the Triumph and now realize that most people are too picky and complain to much. We enjoyed our 5 night cruise and did not want to get off the boat. We enjoyed ... Read More
This was mine and my girlfriends first cruise so I read a lot of reviews about the Triumph and now realize that most people are too picky and complain to much. We enjoyed our 5 night cruise and did not want to get off the boat. We enjoyed our balcony room and will have to have one going forward. Loved having a glass of Crown and Coke on the balcony while the women got ready for dinner. However I will say, we were on Deck 6 close to the elevators and late at night you could definitely here the music from the night club which was pretty much my only complaint. Our first stop was Cozumel and we decided not to do a Carnival excursion. Instead we went with the Cozumel Bar Hop and had a blast. It was much cheaper then majority of the Carnival excursions and we got to see the east side of the island of Cozumel. All of the locations they took us to had amazing views of the beach and reasonable food/drink prices. The tour guide was very informative and friendly. After the Hop they returned us back to the dock our ship was at which was nice. The second port was Progresso and we decided to just stay on the ship and relax. It was nice since the ship was not as crowded on a port day. We enjoyed the dinner every night in the London Dining room (Request Allan, best server on board). Got to have a Woo-Woo shot from the little guy who walks around dinner with liquor (dude is a trip). Enjoyed the Dive-In movies, casino, bingo, and different activities that went on. The crew on this boat have exceptional people skills. The only rude people I encountered were other fellow cruisers which can be expected with 3000 people on board. We truly enjoyed our first cruise. This ship is what you make of it so go on with the right mind set and you'll have a great time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Having taken many cruises the vista appeals to us as a new ship with many eating venues, entertainment spots and things to do on board. We travelled as a group of 4, two couples. We embarked in Piraeus after an overnight stay (booked ... Read More
Having taken many cruises the vista appeals to us as a new ship with many eating venues, entertainment spots and things to do on board. We travelled as a group of 4, two couples. We embarked in Piraeus after an overnight stay (booked separately). The check in process was smooth enough,however they have a strange embarkation process whereby once checked in one must wait for a number to be called then all the people with that number embark at the same time. This caused queues on the gangway. The overall first impression of the ship was very nice. Not the wow factor but definitely "this is nice". As we had had a substantial breakfast we were in no hurry to find food so spent some time finding our way round the ship. It is quite easy actually as if you were to lose direction just head for decks 5 or 10 and you will soon get your bearings. the different deck areas made it appear that one was on different ships. The main pool area is large enough for a couple of hundred people, and, at sea it feels like thousands. It is the main area for entertainment during the day. The tides pool at the back (deck 10) was a small pool with sun beds, tea/coffee station, a pizza bar and sea food shack. To be honest this area is not big enough. If you are lucky enough to have an Havana suite then you get your own outside space until 7pm. Not sure it is worth the extra payment though. Our favourite area was the Serenity area on deck 15. This is adults only, has two whirlpools and sun beds of all shapes and sizes. The ship does have a number of entertainment venues and something for everybody all spotlessly clean. Now for the good bad and the ugly: CABIN We had a cabin on deck 6 forward (starboard) 6245. At first we could fault nothing. The doors onto the balcony are different, gone are the sliding patio doors, to be replaced with heavy single doors. These can and do slam shut so be careful, especially with children. After we had retired on the first night at approx 1am, the whole cabin was vibrating. For some reason known only to Carnival the theatre becomes a nightclub at 10.30pm. This goes on until late! No specified time. If you lay down the whole bed shook and the banging of the bass from the speakers was dreadful. If one had children it would have been worse. this went on every night, and every morning we were at customer services. This also included several phone calls in the middle of the night to ask it to be stopped. To be fair to the ship they did have engineers out in the evening monitoring the noise level, and they agreed it was unacceptable, however no cabins were available to move into. We came off the Vista exhausted, and not in a good way. The main problem with he disco is that it was mainly used by the staff. Carnival allow staff members to use the guest facilities, sometimes to the detriment of the guest experience which is unacceptable. Of course we received platitudes from customer service, offered onboard credit and free wine with a meal, however this is not what we wanted. All we want was to get a good nights sleep. The disco was moved elsewhere on Naples and Rome nights to enable passengers to get some sleep before busy days ashore. DINING One of the main things people always comment about when on a cruise is the food, and how good it is. Not this time. The choice of food was limited and almost the same each day. At lunch time there were plenty of no extra cost places however in the evening this turned into $35 extra plus tax, plus gratuity. In the dining room it was no better. What we did get was ok but luke warm. I like my food hot and cooked. At times it was actually cold. Now to be fair this may just be the British taste as everybody I heard complaining about the temperature of the food were the Brits. In the Lido restaurant the choice was limited. The only decent meal we had on board was at the 555 steak house. Another difference was the lack of tablecloths. the tables were kept bare apart from the 'cruise elegance' night where cloths appeared. ENTERTAINMENT The shows put on by the team were spectacular. The visiting artists were hit and miss. The theatre has a really strange layout and this restricts the view so get in early for the shows. The comedy club had comedians rotating every couple of days. the first two were very good but it went downhill from there. The group were good, but the best place for use was the piano bar. Natalie Carboni is hilarious, she is also a fantastic singer, musician and comic. Every night the bar became packed with staff all jamming and singing together, it was a good atmosphere. SERVICE In 10 days we experienced one waiter who knew what he was doing, unfortunately this was the last night. At other times the dining room staff had no clue what to do. They were clearing plates whilst still eating, even one night taking the plate away half full with food. It was all very rushed. Upstairs in the buffet was no better, although the opposite happened. Plates were not cleared, staff standing around and chatting and ignoring customers. the use of hand sanitisers was not promoted. The ship has strategic hand washing stations and I can count on one had the number of people i saw using them. the Cabin steward was efficient. He changed the towels and made the bed daily with a turndown service at night. the guest relations staff were all polite and well trained. They had to be, this was the busiest area of the ship. Noise food and service being the main players. Most of the bars did not have waiters so queuing was normal. HIDDEN EXTRAS Tax! As we had sailed out of Greece every price shown was to be increased by 24%for tax, then an extra 15 % of the total is added for service. Basically whatever your budget for onboard spends, increase this by 40%. This is just one big rip off. If we had had children with us i would have been really worried about the prices. Another thing we noticed was how many passengers were bringing alcohol onboard without being stopped. Carnival do not bother about these things. Every port was the same. I have tried to give an honest view of this cruise, however the negatives outweighed the positives for us so No i will never cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
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