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The itinerary for this Cruise was good. Left from Barcelona, then Marseilles, Naples, Rome, Almalfi coast, Crete, Rhodes, Turkey, and Athens as the final destination. The ship was only on its third sailing. Carnival labels itself as the fun ship and the decor in some of the public spaces seems to be child oriented with the bright orange and yellow combinations. The Havana lounge had the best decor. A tropical theme was used with various seating areas. The main dining room was quite plain like you would expect to see in a very inexpensive restaurant. A very long booth seat along walls served for seating for many tables. The deck spaces offered plenty and a variety of seating options. There were lounges, tables and chairs, sofa and chair groupings, stools and benches in the shallow pool areas , hammocks, and covered sunbeds. The rattan-looking seating was high quality and had comfortable cushions. The main atrium with a bar, shops, and entertainment area did not have the wow factor. The liquid lounge was a two story theater that had comfy seating but not ideal viewing from the back. The inside cabin on floor 9 in the center of the ship was roomy enough and allowed for storing 26" sized luggage under the bed. We were able to store all our clothes in the closet and toiletries on the bathroom shelves. The bed and pillows were great. Just include the charge for wifi with the cruise. There are too many extra charges. Pros.. Carnival does a great job providing transportation for guests at the ports. Even if you were not on Carnival excursion, there were buses to get you to the train, bus, or city center. Transportation was easy to use and readily available. The Vista was launched in May 2016. The entertainment was first rate. There was something to appeal to everyone. Shows with singing and dancing were amazing because of talented performers and beautiful sets. The live music in three more areas provided great entertainment for any taste. The deck seating spaces were plentiful. The cruise director did a great job providing information for the day and and acting as an MC for many performances. The 2 excursions booked through Carnival were well run and a good value. Cons.. food, quality, variety, and availability. I was told in a very curt manner all items are pre-prepared and could not be changed so order something else. There was only a burger stand or a small deli open after 2 pm. We were looking for something when we came back from being on tours all day. Very disappointing. Service was overall lacking. At a pool bar, I could not get a blender drink unless it was on their menu. Because this was a brand new ship, there were glitches. I asked for directions many times on this huge ship and half the time was given the wrong way to go. The most obvious example was when I asked 2 staff and they each pointed a different direction. Bad smell (made me nauseous) in the Serenity area due to painting or sealing on 2 days. On sea days, the 2 pools for 4,000 guests were too crowded. This ship definitely needs an adult only pool. We ate at the steakhouse for an additional $70. The service was better, but the food was not fabulous. I did not eat at the other 5 places that had upcharges. Some nights, there was a long wait (over 30 minutes) for any time dining.

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The itinerary for this Cruise was good. Left from Barcelona, then Marseilles, Naples, Rome, Almalfi coast, Crete, Rhodes, Turkey, and Athens as the final destination. The ship was only on its third sailing. Carnival labels itself as the fun ship and the decor in some of the public spaces seems to be child oriented with the bright orange and yellow combinations. The Havana lounge had the best decor. A tropical theme was used with various seating areas. The main dining room was quite plain like you would expect to see in a very inexpensive restaurant. A very long booth seat along walls served for seating for many tables. The deck spaces offered plenty and a variety of seating options. There were lounges, tables and chairs, sofa and chair groupings, stools and benches in the shallow pool areas , hammocks, and covered sunbeds. The rattan-looking seating was high quality and had comfortable cushions. The main atrium with a bar, shops, and entertainment area did not have the wow factor. The liquid lounge was a two story theater that had comfy seating but not ideal viewing from the back. The inside cabin on floor 9 in the center of the ship was roomy enough and allowed for storing 26" sized luggage under the bed. We were able to store all our clothes in the closet and toiletries on the bathroom shelves. The bed and pillows were great. Just include the charge for wifi with the cruise. There are too many extra charges.

Pros.. Carnival does a great job providing transportation for guests at the ports. Even if you were not on Carnival excursion, there were buses to get you to the train, bus, or city center. Transportation was easy to use and readily available. The Vista was launched in May 2016. The entertainment was first rate. There was something to appeal to everyone. Shows with singing and dancing were amazing because of talented performers and beautiful sets. The live music in three more areas provided great entertainment for any taste. The deck seating spaces were plentiful. The cruise director did a great job providing information for the day and and acting as an MC for many performances. The 2 excursions booked through Carnival were well run and a good value.

Cons.. food, quality, variety, and availability. I was told in a very curt manner all items are pre-prepared and could not be changed so order something else. There was only a burger stand or a small deli open after 2 pm. We were looking for something when we came back from being on tours all day. Very disappointing. Service was overall lacking. At a pool bar, I could not get a blender drink unless it was on their menu. Because this was a brand new ship, there were glitches. I asked for directions many times on this huge ship and half the time was given the wrong way to go. The most obvious example was when I asked 2 staff and they each pointed a different direction. Bad smell (made me nauseous) in the Serenity area due to painting or sealing on 2 days. On sea days, the 2 pools for 4,000 guests were too crowded. This ship definitely needs an adult only pool. We ate at the steakhouse for an additional $70. The service was better, but the food was not fabulous. I did not eat at the other 5 places that had upcharges. Some nights, there was a long wait (over 30 minutes) for any time dining.
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Cabin 4D 9337
Decent size with plenty of storage. Slow shower drain but adequate pressue. My bias is to select an inside room on a higher floor. The inside room is dark and wonderful for sleeping. Since you are almost never in your room except at bedtime and the ocean is pitch dark, a balcony room is a waste of money. I would rather spend the money on sightseeing. I always try to select a room towards the center of the ship and near an elevator. You spend less time walking down hallways and in elevators. This ship has a section called Havana and there is a separate pool.
Deck 6 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins