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Was excited to be on a new cruise ship. The ship itself is beautiful, with many amenities and things to do. 5000 passengers is too much. Long lines at the buffets, uncaring US passengers dropping food and leaving it on floors and carpets, eating like it's their last meal (multiple plates, lots of food wasted) even though they are grossly overweight, and just plain loud and rude. Staff is nice, shore excursions are overpriced, daily cost of internet access is exorbitant. You will be attracted to the cruise based on the great price, but after tips, extras, and drinks expect to pay at least double of what your ticket prices were....or more. Main dining room menu's were adequate, but simple and boring. Best food on the ship was the pizzeria and Guys Burger Joint. If you drink, buy the unlimited plan. It's expensive, but cheaper than spending $8.95 per drink, plus tips. Unlimited Bubbles is a great value. Book shore excursions through Viator. Better tours, better guides, much less expensive. Expect to pay 35 euro PP for transportation from the port to the airport. Athens public workers were on strike when we ended our trip, so we had no choice. Smaller previous cruises on MSC or Royal Caribbean have been much more pleasant.

Good but not great; expensive options add up fast!

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by EuropeanWanderer

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Was excited to be on a new cruise ship. The ship itself is beautiful, with many amenities and things to do. 5000 passengers is too much. Long lines at the buffets, uncaring US passengers dropping food and leaving it on floors and carpets, eating like it's their last meal (multiple plates, lots of food wasted) even though they are grossly overweight, and just plain loud and rude.

Staff is nice, shore excursions are overpriced, daily cost of internet access is exorbitant. You will be attracted to the cruise based on the great price, but after tips, extras, and drinks expect to pay at least double of what your ticket prices were....or more.

Main dining room menu's were adequate, but simple and boring. Best food on the ship was the pizzeria and Guys Burger Joint. If you drink, buy the unlimited plan. It's expensive, but cheaper than spending $8.95 per drink, plus tips. Unlimited Bubbles is a great value.

Book shore excursions through Viator. Better tours, better guides, much less expensive. Expect to pay 35 euro PP for transportation from the port to the airport. Athens public workers were on strike when we ended our trip, so we had no choice.

Smaller previous cruises on MSC or Royal Caribbean have been much more pleasant.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 6B 9214
Comfortble beds, nice closets, nice bathroom.
Lobby Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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