1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Loved the 8 day Carnival Vista cruise. Pro: 5* dining Lunch options - free at La Cucina and Jiji Asian during lunch times - excellent Entertainment kept us as busy as we wanted Our room stewart, Alfonso (room 7321) was ... Read More
Loved the 8 day Carnival Vista cruise. Pro: 5* dining Lunch options - free at La Cucina and Jiji Asian during lunch times - excellent Entertainment kept us as busy as we wanted Our room stewart, Alfonso (room 7321) was amazing~ thank you Alfonso! Music options kept every taste in music happy Loved 1) Graham in the Red Frog Pub; Karoke 4 - 6 in Red Frog Pub; Violinists, jazz bands, horns, Havana Bar - excellent music! Cruise director, Matt, the best~ Had late night dining 8:30 pm at Station 202, Reflections - servers Luca, Subrata, Ikumang were fantastic Clean ship Hub app worked well - also so glad we added the Whatsapp for minimal $$ to keep in touch with family back home. Ship is massive Cons: Ship is so large we still didn't get our direction bearings after 8 days. Theatres had many obstructed seats - had to go early to get a good seat (at least 1/2 hr) Only 2 small pools (Lido and Tides area). Hot tubs - 2 at Tides and 1 at Serenity Embarkation and disembarkation a nightmare - only had 1 gang plank for both embarkation and disembarkation - we were instructed to embark at 11:30 am first day but were still waiting in line at 1:20 pm. very poor. Ports: St. Kitts - Found on-line & Pre-arranged a tour with Rose & Jim's Taxi - this was an amazing day. Highly recommend. Puerto Rico - did the free city bus tour to Fort and through Old Town San Juan. Great! St. Maarten - Found on-line Bernards - great tour - recommend! Turks n Caicos - BEWARE 'WET MONKEY' tours! Our group of 8 pre-arranged 2 golf carts for $50 each plus tax in early January for our January 27 visit to Turks n Caicos. When we arrived at their designated meeting spot, all golf carts had already been given away. After 45 minutes, they offered to give us 1 of their jeeps and 1 golf cart which they said had been filled with gas. We were told to fill up with gas when we returned. After agreeing to this deal, we checked the gas tanks and found they were empty. We demanded the contract and our money back. Another vendor came up to us at same area and we ended up taking a small 'train-like wagon' around Turks. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
They called this their "flagship". The food was horrible! Not ONE meal was anything above average. The "prime" rib was anything but.... The filet mignon tasted like a sirloin cut in a round puck...the shrimp cocktail ... Read More
They called this their "flagship". The food was horrible! Not ONE meal was anything above average. The "prime" rib was anything but.... The filet mignon tasted like a sirloin cut in a round puck...the shrimp cocktail was cocktail shrimp...far from jumbo...lobster tails were tiny and tasteless. On deck..there were more cushions with rips and tears than not. The crew did NOTHING to enforce their rules!! Kids frequented the serenity (21 and over) deck. People were allowed to throw a towel or other item on chairs thereby "reserving" them and no crew member EVER checked them. There is NO pool for adults...so if You want to swim it is with children..NO THANKS!! This ship felt dirty as soon as We boarded. The carpets look dirty and worn. There was a creaking in our stateroom that kept waking My Wife up...the informational channel on the tv didn't work half the time..There is NO WOW FACTOR ON THIS SHIP!! NONE! This was our 4th Cruise...the 2nd AND LAST with Carnival...they let us down..there is nothing worse than feeling You WASTED THOUSANDS on a vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our second Carnival cruise. First one was almost 4 years ago and I am so glad they improved on the embarkment and disembarkment. Before, they use to snap pictures of people when trying to get off the ship at ports right on the ... Read More
This was our second Carnival cruise. First one was almost 4 years ago and I am so glad they improved on the embarkment and disembarkment. Before, they use to snap pictures of people when trying to get off the ship at ports right on the gang plank. Now, they moved that to the dock, much better and disembarkation went so quickly going on and off. We did have a 2 hour delay getting on in Miami which was crazy and no one ever explained to us what was going on, but you're on vacation and away from the snow so no big deal standing in the sun in Miami for us Canadians. We had a balcony and it is the only way I have cruised so far so can't compare it to anything. Room was the usual small cabin/comfy quarters but how much time does one spend in their room, right? The cabin steward kept our room clean and lovely towel animals. Use to get chocolate on pillows but didn't get any this time. We went to Grand Turks, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and St. Maarten - Puerto Rico is still my favourite place. Saw damage from hurricane's in PR but especially in St. Maarten. So sad. The planes are returning to St. Maarten. Did not do any excursions on this trip so can't recommend. Entertainment was good. Matt the Entertainment Director was great, very funny. The staff on the ship work very hard and are always so polite and friendly. The ship is kept very clean considering there are thousands of people on it. Dining, Buffets and Food: I am a plant based vegan and that was impossible on the ship unless I only wanted to eat salad every meal. I started eating vegetarian on the ship, which also was harder than you would think given it is 2018. In the dining room one evening, I was about to order the tomato soup as a starter but my waiter informed me it was made with "chicken" stock. Seriously! Then whenever I found stir fry at the buffet, it had chicken or shrimp or both. Only once I found it with just veggies. I went to the asian place for lunch and ordered a veggie stir fry and it was good, although very small. I found the selection of food anywhere on the ship terrible if you were vegetarian and for get it if you were vegan. Family I was with had lobster one night at dining and the lobster was mostly raw. I think for the amount of money I paid (and for Canadians, we also have to fly to a port), the food should be better with options that are not ALL meat, cheese and dairy. And if you make a soup that contains no meat like vegetable or tomato, use vegetable stock to make it not chicken. So many of the various salad options were loaded with mayo ... vegans don't do ANY dairy. I have to say, I was very disappointed in the food. I expected better. I contacted Carnival prior to going and mention I was vegan/vegetarian and they said talk to my waiter. One night in the dining room they made me a special meal, two pieces of broccoli, over cooked asparagus and two hunks of not cooked tofu. It was disgusting. Carnival, you need to dedicate a cook to vegetarians/vegans at meal time. Someone who can make at least one thing completely tasty and healthy. Waterslides - so much fun! Skyride- LOVED it! Summary: for us, cruising is so expensive when you take in account the airfare to get to a port, cost of the cruise, all the gratuities, extras for decent coffee or a drink and then all the expenses when you go off at various ports. I think it is cheaper to go to a resort for 2 weeks then one week on a cruise. I also think that since I have only been on Carnival, I will have to research the other cruise lines to see if they have vegan/vegetarian options that Carnival just does NOT have. If so, my cruising dollar will go to the line that does. I'm not going to neglect my health just because I'm on vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel ... Read More
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel like family. Our cabin was dirty upon arrival. It took an hour just to get into terminal D building, embarkation was a nightmare!!!! I asked our steward the first day for a bucket of ice, needless to say I did not see him or the bucket of ice the rest of the cruise. My time dining was a joke, we had to go to deck 5 to stand in line and ask for a reservation, in which we were handed a beeper and had to wait for a table. Every day you had to repeat this process to go to Horizons Restaurant. Service was slow in the dining room, the buffet had the same hum drum tasteless food, so we ate pizza every night, Carnival is NOT cheap unless you cruise one of those old battleship looking ships like the Sensation!!! Carnival needs at least change the color of the decor from ship to ship!! NOT worth the money!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I was able to score a Havana Balcony and the itinerary was excellent. Never cruised out of Miami and was a little hectic compared to Galveston. Havana Balcony on deck 5 was expensive but well worth it. Spent majority of sea days on ... Read More
I was able to score a Havana Balcony and the itinerary was excellent. Never cruised out of Miami and was a little hectic compared to Galveston. Havana Balcony on deck 5 was expensive but well worth it. Spent majority of sea days on Balcony or in back of ship. Never went to Lido (other than for food), there wasn’t a need. I can’t say I would book again just due to the expense, but LOVED it. Antrim is missing elevators which I miss, but beautiful. Ship layout like most so if you have been on Dream, Magic or Breeze you will have no problem finding your way around. More seating for outside dining, it is amazing to be able to go to your specialized dining rooms and eat on the deck. Entertainment I found to be like any other ship and was good but not excellent. Seems to be a repeat after sailing multiple times. Service is excellent as always. I had the option of having my room cleaned am, pm, or both. I selected am and had no problems. Found Miami port to be very congested and longer wait times than Galveston. Ports to Grand Turk, St Kitts, San Juan, and St Maarten were fantastic. Would do this cruise, ports and ship again in a heartbeat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We just got back from our Jan. 2018 Sailing and we did have a great time. It was a rough first couple days because of the weather but the Captain did the best he could. We were the only ship to make it into our first port. I had heard ... Read More
We just got back from our Jan. 2018 Sailing and we did have a great time. It was a rough first couple days because of the weather but the Captain did the best he could. We were the only ship to make it into our first port. I had heard that a few others werent able to get in. This was our 3rd Carnival cruise and I have to say that the food was the best on this sailing. BBQ and Guys Burgers were very good. Even the buffet food has some really good choices at each meal. The room was pretty much the same as any other carnival cruise. The entertainment was good to great. We saw all 4 comedians. 2 were excellent and 1 was good, while the other was not so good. Blanchard was one of the excellent ones and the others name was Marvin something. Our Cruise Director Matt was the best we have had. Excellent all the way around. Lines were not bad other than if you wanted good seats for the comedy shows. One suggestion for people coming on the Vista. There are not enough good seats available around the lido deck to go around, so get up early and reserve your spot. Thrill Theatre was cool and fun. Did not see an Imax but they had some good movies to choose from. Jumanji and Maze Runner. Really my only complaint was the embarkment and really there wasnt much they could do. Only one gangway was working so it took too long to get the previous cruisers off and get us on. The line was long but we are pretty patient so we got there eventually. Thank you Carnival and all the Staff for a wonderful trip. Cant wait for the next one. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We did this as the second leg of our back to back. We moved from an interior cabin to the spa level (12) to a room with a balcony. This ship is far prettier and a nicer layout than ships like the Glory/Conquest. We appreciated the design ... Read More
We did this as the second leg of our back to back. We moved from an interior cabin to the spa level (12) to a room with a balcony. This ship is far prettier and a nicer layout than ships like the Glory/Conquest. We appreciated the design that allowed you to get from the back of the ship to the front without going through a smoked filled casino. We had the early dining in the Reflection dining room. It was noisy which in one way covered the bad jazz music that was repeated every night but not the crying children. The food was great but the service was not as good as what we had in the Horizon the prior week. Popcorn and the outdoor movie was our favorite. The shows in the Liquid theater are high energy and loud. The veteran's appreciation event was well attended by vets and guest. Carnival should be commended for a well presented event. I recommend attending even if you are not a vet. I purchased art on this cruise and the previous cruise. A nice plus was that we had signed up for the Cloud 9 experience which includes a private relaxation room, hot tub, and saunas. Also include is one free group class like yoga and their "InBody Test". For that you must attend a class and listen to how you aren't able to get rid of the fat you carry. Then you are eligible to pay $99 per person for the test but as always they have a special and you can do it two for one. As part of the Cloud 9 package you get it free. As far as I'm concerned, it was pure bogus. You stand on a machine and hold two handles with your thumb in a certain place. The machine does its magic and somehow generates information that would normally require a blood sample and CT or CAT scan to determine. Such as I have 31 pounds of visceral fat and a pH of .3. The purpose of the whole thing is to sell you products, especially seaweed. Overall I enjoyed this ship and will plan to do another back to back on it in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was a great cruise filled with many memories to last a lifetime. We went on a 6 day cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico. The Vista is definitely a big boat, with many pros and cons, but our overall experience was awesome!! We ... Read More
This was a great cruise filled with many memories to last a lifetime. We went on a 6 day cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico. The Vista is definitely a big boat, with many pros and cons, but our overall experience was awesome!! We stayed in an ocean view family harbor room. We had 3 adults and 2 kids and we all stayed comfortably. We loved having access to the family harbor lounge that had an ice cream machine, espresso machine, breakfast snacks throughout the day and games. The staff kept it well cleaned. We were on the Carnival Victory last year and with it being an older ship we loved the dining areas and had such a unique decor that we missed on the Vista. The Vista was more modern, not that it wasn't nice but we really enjoyed the decor on the Victory. The Vista was kept very clean and we loved Guy's Burgers. The food this year wasn't as good as last year's cruise but not saying it was terrible. The staff was phenomenal and friendly, always a smiling face. We watched a few shows while on the ship and Flick was a great production. We went on a few excursions while at Jamaica Port and Mexico that we booked when we got to port. We are so glad we went on the excursions because we now have so many new memories. I really don't have much bad to say about the Vista, other than some few minor things, but nothing that ruined our experience. Read Less
Carnival Vista Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.5 3.6
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.5
Enrichment 1.0 3.6
Service 4.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.6

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