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We were so excited to have the opportunity to experience this brand new ship. On the surface - it did not disappoint. The public areas and facilities were impressive. We travelled as a couple (52,46) and felt it was more geared towards families with children. But that said there was plenty for adults to enjoy. The pool areas were fine, as were the sports facilities. Despite a capacity of around 3500 passengers - we never struggled for somewhere to sit. It was vista by name and vista by nature - making good use of outside space (e.g outside seating at the bars etc). Some nice shady areas too - giving you choice of "sol o sombre". The entertainment was varied and well organised. No expenses pared on the main shows: exciting, vibrant and interactive. The comedians were ok - but geared towards the American client. There was always a good range of live music throughout the ship - ranging from acoustic sets to the more vibrant Cuban beats. Now the downside: it was probably the worst food ever experienced at sea! With the exception of the burger and pizza bars - the rest of the food was dire (& who wants to eat burgers and pizza all holiday?). We chose "anytime dining". What a performance! First of all you had to check in on deck 5. Sometimes you would be asked to proceed straight to the dining room on deck 3. Otherwise you would be given a pager which would alert you when a table became free. Not too bad... Arriving at the dining room, you are met by the maitre'd, who would then hover for a waiter to become free to escort you to a table. Asking for a table for two - you would end up virtually on the laps of the next guests as the tables were ridiculously close together. You were the. Left until another waiter came to pour water from a plastic carafe. (No table cloths either - a hanging offence in our view!). Yet another waiter would produce the bread basket until someone from the bar would take orders for drinks. Eventually someone else would come along and take your food order. On paper, the menus looked ok. The reality was sadly different: fatty cuts of meat, bones left, and a tendency to drown everything on a bitter red wine sauce. Thank goodness for the desserts - the only redeeming feature of each meal. But you can't go all day on sugar! Waiter service was also poor - with guests on the next table being served over our shoulders, cutlery missing for the next course, meals being served out of synch with each other. The lido buffet was equally poor. Everything looked grey or beige... Such a shame! A deal breaker from our perspective and we would be unlikely to travel Carnival again. We would agree with other reviews - the persistent Butlins-style announcements were irritating. The cruise director was very self indulgent and loved the sound of his own voice - yet had very little of substance to say. His port talks were mortifying! The staff appeared to make a huge effort towards the American passengers - leaving the remaining European passengers feeling invisible and under valued. We appreciate this all sounds very negative - but a few more gripes: $6 for a glass of fizz on formal night (formal night: another joke! There was actually a woman wearing hot pants in the dining room with her rear end on show! Shorts and flip flops were preferred over cocktail wear. Try doing that on P&O or RCI etc... We would also concur with the criticism re: port shuttle charges. Shocking!

Could be so much better!

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by kaf1sh

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We were so excited to have the opportunity to experience this brand new ship. On the surface - it did not disappoint. The public areas and facilities were impressive. We travelled as a couple (52,46) and felt it was more geared towards families with children. But that said there was plenty for adults to enjoy.

The pool areas were fine, as were the sports facilities. Despite a capacity of around 3500 passengers - we never struggled for somewhere to sit. It was vista by name and vista by nature - making good use of outside space (e.g outside seating at the bars etc). Some nice shady areas too - giving you choice of "sol o sombre".

The entertainment was varied and well organised. No expenses pared on the main shows: exciting, vibrant and interactive. The comedians were ok - but geared towards the American client. There was always a good range of live music throughout the ship - ranging from acoustic sets to the more vibrant Cuban beats.

Now the downside: it was probably the worst food ever experienced at sea! With the exception of the burger and pizza bars - the rest of the food was dire (& who wants to eat burgers and pizza all holiday?). We chose "anytime dining". What a performance! First of all you had to check in on deck 5. Sometimes you would be asked to proceed straight to the dining room on deck 3. Otherwise you would be given a pager which would alert you when a table became free. Not too bad...

Arriving at the dining room, you are met by the maitre'd, who would then hover for a waiter to become free to escort you to a table. Asking for a table for two - you would end up virtually on the laps of the next guests as the tables were ridiculously close together.

You were the. Left until another waiter came to pour water from a plastic carafe. (No table cloths either - a hanging offence in our view!). Yet another waiter would produce the bread basket until someone from the bar would take orders for drinks. Eventually someone else would come along and take your food order. On paper, the menus looked ok. The reality was sadly different: fatty cuts of meat, bones left, and a tendency to drown everything on a bitter red wine sauce. Thank goodness for the desserts - the only redeeming feature of each meal. But you can't go all day on sugar! Waiter service was also poor - with guests on the next table being served over our shoulders, cutlery missing for the next course, meals being served out of synch with each other.

The lido buffet was equally poor. Everything looked grey or beige...

Such a shame! A deal breaker from our perspective and we would be unlikely to travel Carnival again.

We would agree with other reviews - the persistent Butlins-style announcements were irritating. The cruise director was very self indulgent and loved the sound of his own voice - yet had very little of substance to say. His port talks were mortifying!

The staff appeared to make a huge effort towards the American passengers - leaving the remaining European passengers feeling invisible and under valued.

We appreciate this all sounds very negative - but a few more gripes: $6 for a glass of fizz on formal night (formal night: another joke! There was actually a woman wearing hot pants in the dining room with her rear end on show! Shorts and flip flops were preferred over cocktail wear. Try doing that on P&O or RCI etc...

We would also concur with the criticism re: port shuttle charges. Shocking!
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Cabin 4E 2266
Our inside room was decent. Reasonably spacious but sadly lacked storage space. It was well maintained by house keeping. Little extras like shower gel and shampoo in the bathroom were very welcome. We stayed in 2266 - which was next to a crew area so had to contend with comings and goings early each morning. There also seemed to be a lot of door slamming from the guests themselves. Although we appreciate that's not the fault of the company.
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