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8 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston

8 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Costa Maya
  • Day 5
    Belize City
  • Day 6
    Roatan
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Galveston

Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Tons of fun with a water park, IMAX, ropes course, sky-high bike ride and brewery onboard

Cons

Dining room menus repeat too often and dishes dubbed too fancy by Carnival's passengers

Bottom Line

An action-packed ship with more activities than you can possibly do in seven days


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first time back on Carnival in a couple of years. First the good. Vista is a nice big ship with lots of on board activities. The crew was really friendly, always smiling and went out of their way to be helpful. We had an aft ... Read More
This was our first time back on Carnival in a couple of years. First the good. Vista is a nice big ship with lots of on board activities. The crew was really friendly, always smiling and went out of their way to be helpful. We had an aft balcony 9074. This is nice big cabin and the balcony is much bigger than standard and is fully covered unlike the aft balconies on the other decks. If you are subject to motion sickness this is where you want to be. We usually eat most our meals in the dining room. Be sure to download the Carnival app. You can request your anytime dining table without having to go to deck 5. The food was typical cruise food and was mostly good. A couple of times nothing jumped out to me so I got a flat iron steak and it was good. On some days they served brunch there. The steak and eggs were great. The dancing waiters at dinner were fun and invited everyone to dance with them. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants. The lido was pretty good but anything that was especially good had a long line. The last time we were on the Glory there was a seafood shack that was part of the lido. On vista it is a charge per item place. Guy's barbque was good. I liked the soft serve frozen yogurt. The entertainment was typical Carnival which is good or bad depending on your taste. It's why we don't normally do Carnival cruises. If you are a young person that likes your music ear ringing loud and girls with very little clothes it's great. The pg comedy shows were very good. The others get fairly raw. We liked the outdoor movies. They have a counter to check out a blanket which was nice. Movies on demand in the room had a lot of good movies for free. Others were $4.95. There is music all over the ship. Mahogany Bay on Roatan is a nice alternative to a typical cruise port. You just get off the ship and walk to it. Lots of shopping and beach with lots of places to sit. Unlike every other private island we have visited none of the food was free. If you want to ride the skylift over it costs $13 per day. We got right on the ship because we didn't get there till 2:00. I am in a wheelchair and they took great care of us all over the ship. Getting off the ship we waited for a little while but were at our car by 10:00. You can see your pictures and check your bill on the tv or on your phone with the app. There was a $15 laundry charge on my bill which we did not do. They promised to take it off but never did. We used to sell cruises and have been on most of the lines and have lost count of the cruises we have been on. I don't remember hearing so many negative comments about a ship by frequent (mostly Carnival) cruisers. The fact that so many things cost extra and the long wait times for elevators and most anything worth doing seemed to be big. Also the lack of good shows to go to at night were universal. We used to live in Atlanta and had multiple ports to drive to but Galveston is limited to Carnival and Royal Caribbean. We will fly from now on instead of going on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I plan to post a more detailed review on our cruise but overall we were pleasantly surprised by the Vista. Based on reviews we had read we were expecting a ship that was crowded, long lines, etc. but basically it was the same as other ... Read More
I plan to post a more detailed review on our cruise but overall we were pleasantly surprised by the Vista. Based on reviews we had read we were expecting a ship that was crowded, long lines, etc. but basically it was the same as other ships we have sailed. The good: + The crew - everyone we dealt with with were polite, professional and contributed to us having a great cruise. + A big shout out to Matt who must have been born to be a Cruise Director, he really is a natural and contributed to our cruise experience. Funny, funny, funny... + Music - I finally have been on a cruise that I liked (most of) the music. From the band Farmer to the Piano player (Josh) and the other musicians, "the horns" etc, we really enjoyed the music. + Music #2 - Actually had live music for one of the shows, not too many cruise ships doing that nowadays and it was a pleasant surprise! + The food - we did not have one single bad experience related to food. From the MDR, Steakhouse, Iguana burritos, Guys burgers as well as the buffet, the food exceeded our expectations (this is one area we were really concerned based on some reviews we had read) + Big TV - we had an Ocean suite and while we didn't watch it that often it was nice to have a full size TV in the room! ++ A big "thank you" to the medical crew that took care of my better half, very professional, friendly, understanding and efficient - really exceeded my expectations! The not so good: (and really these are minor, certainly didn't take away from the cruise) - The design of the Liquid Theater is OK but could have been better. At two floors it is smaller than the theater in the Breeze, the floors are flat so back rows don't have a good view, additionally, the posts block many views as well. I took a few pictures that better show that I will have in my review. - Balcony had 3 chairs and one table, would have preferred one chair, table and lounger. - Disembarkation - They parked us in the Reflections restaurant but we couldn't hear the announcement and subsequently were delayed getting off the ship. This can be improved on, someone should be in these areas making announcements (I heard that other areas had the same problem). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We had not sailed aboard the Vista and wanted to try it out. This was my 16th. Carnival cruise. I had carried a book that I wanted to study and on sea days there was not a spot (even on our balcony) that was quiet enough. The music that ... Read More
We had not sailed aboard the Vista and wanted to try it out. This was my 16th. Carnival cruise. I had carried a book that I wanted to study and on sea days there was not a spot (even on our balcony) that was quiet enough. The music that was playing on the speakers in the Ledo dining areas was absolutely HORRIBLE. The food on the buffet was not as good as you would get at Luby's Cafeteria. Thank goodness for Guy's Burger! The crew did a great job and was very friendly and that helped. The majority of the passengers I saw were aged between 55 and 85. For this crowd the Dive-in movie was something like "The ant man vs the wasp". Really, If Carnival is going to purchase their movies from the Wal Mart five dollar box they should arrive earlier before the selection becomes that poor! This ship was not as open as the other Carnival ships and it was crowded. The casino was totally filled with cigarette smoke. We had selected the anytime dining. You had to go to one floor to sign into the dining area and then travel to a totally different floor to access the dining room. I typically go to the seaside brunch on each sea day and the dining room each night. I only went to the dining room one time this cruise and that was more than enough. The ship was clean and our room was pretty good. Read Less
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