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Carnival Vista Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Bigger is NOT Better when it comes to Carnival Vista.

Review for Carnival Vista to the Eastern Mediterranean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2016
Traveled with children

Should be called the Carnival Waiting, because all we seemed to do was wait for everything on the ship. Not enough elevators for the size and capacity of the ship - embarkations and disembarkations were a nightmare at every port. Not enough guest laundry facilities - lines on every floor each night so most had to wait until the middle of the night. Long wait times for activities. My kids were looking so forward to the SkyRide, but could only ride it once in the 10 days due to very limited hours and very long lines. Also, only 4 bikes so very slow process. Same goes for the water slides - you would think a ship that new and big would have more water activities for guests, but only small pools and 2 water slides. The dining on the cruise was also disappointing. The service in the main dining room was Exceptional, but food and food choices were mediocre. The food and options in the Marketplace was average - very difficult to handle for the length of the cruise. The Vista website also seems to suggest many other separate "restaurants" but the Burger Joint, Blue Iguana, Seafood Shack, and Pizza were nothing more than take away areas. It also seemed those areas closed around dinner time, leaving less options for guests to dine. We did dine in the Italian restaurant one evening - not worth the extra charge. Did hear the Sushi spot was the highlight. We set up our own excursions, so the service from any Carnival workers at each destination was poor - if you weren't on a Carnival excursion they were rude and not helpful at all.

Cabin Review

Cabin 10th floor with balcony

Port Reviews

Malta (Valletta)

Took a private boat tour around the lagoons and grottos - beautiful




My suggestion is go off the beaten path and have lunch in Vico Esquense. the best pizza in Italy is Pizza a Metro. If you want a good place to stay in the Sorrento area, go to VIlla Ketty. Family run villa in Vico - beautiful villa, very friendly family and service, and they also own Pizza a Metro. For dessert there is a great gelato shop around the corner.

Athens (Piraeus)

Incredible - loved Acropolis and all ther other incredible ruins, and wandering around the Plaka


Ephesus is one of the most fascinating sites I have ever seen. Our guide was INCREDBILE - took us around Ephesus, led us through a traditional market, and then to lunch for a variety of Mediterrean delights - best meal I have ever had.

Taormina (Messina)



Go to Cassis

Florence (Livorno)

Florence is another must for visiting Italy. Go to St. Croce and see where some of the greatest minds ever are memorialized. Great side trip is Lucca - ancient walled city, more relaxed, laid back day. Rent bikes and ride the wall.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

The port is a nightmare. very disorganized and litte communication on how to get from port to train station. Rome is one of a kind, a must see for everyone in their lifetime.

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