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this was our first cruise so was a bit nervous about a few things: - embarkment and disembarkment chaos, amount of space in room with family of four (kids 11 and 13) with two weeks stuff, number of people on ship. Let me say then embarkment and disembarkment were a complete breeze. If you followed your directions. Our embarkment time was 2:00 and we were less than 20 minutes to get on the ship. Very little line ups. Disembarking we opted to have our bags picked up the night before. They called our zone just after we finished breakfast and were off the boat in Barcelona and in our hotel by 9:30. Those that seemed to have issues decided they were beyond any of the zones or processes so I guess that is the risk you take. The cabin was surprising well appointed once we organized a bit - extra hangers, shoe organizer on door, cases unpacked and under bed. Happy there. The number of people particularly on seas days was something that would stop me from repeating. The fights over lounger chairs, the complete chaos on lido deck. Your literally are touching arms with the people beside you. Even quitter areas you had to be up for 6 am to get a chair. Carnival really needs to address this. Others cruise lines and resorts seem to have handled this. There should be reminder and announcements and from day one start removing items after people are away for periods of time. They started this on the second sea day but too late. Also the drink package was a complete rip off. You PAY an extra %'age tax per drink (about $1.00 USD per drink and 0.15 for pop) on top of prepaid... in Greece it was 25%. Nowhere in the small print and no other cruise lines does it! BEWARE So we had a great time- how could you not with the ports - Marseille, Rome, Florence, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Naples, Sicily, Sardinia.... just not sure I"d chose this ship again. More because of the crazy crowds of people. That being said we had 3 sea days. If there was just 1 sea day it would have been fine. Port days and evenings were great and crowds were not noticed. On sea days they held activities etc around lido deck pool which was already stupid busy. They should be held elsewhere and that way would resolve some of the crowding issues. There were actual fist fights over lounge chairs on lido deck. We stayed far away.

Good but not blow away

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by jacxio

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
this was our first cruise so was a bit nervous about a few things:

- embarkment and disembarkment chaos, amount of space in room with family of four (kids 11 and 13) with two weeks stuff, number of people on ship.

Let me say then embarkment and disembarkment were a complete breeze. If you followed your directions. Our embarkment time was 2:00 and we were less than 20 minutes to get on the ship. Very little line ups. Disembarking we opted to have our bags picked up the night before. They called our zone just after we finished breakfast and were off the boat in Barcelona and in our hotel by 9:30. Those that seemed to have issues decided they were beyond any of the zones or processes so I guess that is the risk you take.

The cabin was surprising well appointed once we organized a bit - extra hangers, shoe organizer on door, cases unpacked and under bed. Happy there.

The number of people particularly on seas days was something that would stop me from repeating. The fights over lounger chairs, the complete chaos on lido deck. Your literally are touching arms with the people beside you. Even quitter areas you had to be up for 6 am to get a chair. Carnival really needs to address this. Others cruise lines and resorts seem to have handled this. There should be reminder and announcements and from day one start removing items after people are away for periods of time. They started this on the second sea day but too late.

Also the drink package was a complete rip off. You PAY an extra %'age tax per drink (about $1.00 USD per drink and 0.15 for pop) on top of prepaid... in Greece it was 25%. Nowhere in the small print and no other cruise lines does it! BEWARE

So we had a great time- how could you not with the ports - Marseille, Rome, Florence, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Naples, Sicily, Sardinia.... just not sure I"d chose this ship again.

More because of the crazy crowds of people. That being said we had 3 sea days. If there was just 1 sea day it would have been fine. Port days and evenings were great and crowds were not noticed. On sea days they held activities etc around lido deck pool which was already stupid busy. They should be held elsewhere and that way would resolve some of the crowding issues. There were actual fist fights over lounge chairs on lido deck. We stayed far away.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8G 6366
There were 4 of us in cabin. Two adults and two kids (11 and 13) and once unpacked everything and put cases under the bed we surprisingly had enough space. I brought extra hangers which is a must and a shoe organizer to put over the door which is also a must with that many people to hold sunglasses, sunscreen, waterbottles and reduced clutter. Not the 'greatest' view and I would pick something maybe on 8 as right below you is red frog etc. so there is an awning. That said we never heard any noise and actually bungee'd our door open while getting ready and could hear the acoustics of Edd Carr in Red Frog which was nice. Room Stewart was very attentive - seemed like every time we left and came back room was cleaned.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Self-Guided Walking Tour
    AMAZING. This was after we disembarked as stayed in Barcelona for two days. Spent 5+ hours here. It is at '92 Olympic stadium and get to do 25 activities i.e. run 100m on track, Football, Baseball, basketball, run hurdles, long jump, flag bearer, stand on podium etc. All on actual facilities. AND it was completely quiet when we were there in middle of August. Just opened in June so very little people know about it. We stumbled upon it and returned the next day. Our kid fav part of whole 14 day trip. Kids 11 and 13 LOVED.
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  • Corfu
    We got off Ship as soon as in port. Walked around the city wall with less crowds and were back on boat around 12:00 for sea kayaking trip at 12:30.
    Would recommend both. But again could have saved lots of money for the four of us doing ourselves. Easy to get into the town and there were about 6 places offering exact same tour for a lot less money. This is VERY easy port to do on your own.
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  • Dubrovnik
    got off ship as soon as in port Walked around wall early with less crowds which was perfect. By time we finished around 10:30 (started around 8:30) there was a line up to get in. Back on boat around 11:30 and then did sea kayaking through the ship.
    If were doing again. Would reco not through cruise line. SOOOOO easy to do on your own - sea kayaking was amazing but there are loads of companies right there offering for MUCH cheaper. This is super easy port to do on your own....
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  • Florence & Pisa Tour
    Booked Pisa and Florence on own through ship. It was good. Just right amount of time in both places. i.e. 1 hour in pisa and 3 hours in Florence. You are on own which is nice but guide give you maps and lots of tips.
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  • Marseille Tour
    Too cab into town as was $15 euro per person each for shuttle from carnival and we paid $10 Euro each way for cab (so would have been 60 Euro and cost us $20. Don't take ship shuttles. Cabs always were much cheaper and rates were posted. Particularly from family of four.
    This was first day and we were jet legged. Petit train was perfect trip for us looking around, having lunch and back to boat. good first port ....but wouldn't repeat
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  • Capri Walking Tour
    Booked Capri almost on own. Don't bother. Ferry to Capri is right there. tour guide basically bought tickets and we went with others who bought their own much cheaper on ferry. Could have saved ourselves about 80 Euro. If going to Capri do on your own. So easy to do. It was also holiday season in Italy. We waited 1 hour to get a cab to Capri from port. Funicular was about a 2 hour wait. So be prepared. Beautiful and worth visit. We were there in June and was much quieter. So that is just risk of going in summer.
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  • Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Stayed on boat thinking would be quiet. It was a zoo. It seemed like very few got off the boat in Rome after full days in Florence etc.

    Even event staff said it was crazier than expected. No sun loungers, sky ride and ropes course 2 hours + wait, suggest get off boat.
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  • Sardinia
    Shuttle again was $20 per person through cruise. We took the free port shuttle to port and took a indepent tour with half our boat. It was $10 each way so save us $40 Euro. We got there early and got a sunbed and umbrella at a private place which I would reco. By about 10:00 they were old sold out Beach was crazy busy but beautiful. Easy to do this port on your own.
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  • Mount Etna
    We did the Mt Etna bus trip and had about 1 hour at crater. It wasn't long enough and with active family could have spent more time there. It was mostly older folks and less mobile. So I"d choose a different excursion next time. Noticed lots of folks had booked private tours with 4 people in vehicle which would have been MUCH faster than bus and kids would have enjoyed more. So if want to spend more time walking around craters (which I reco with kids) then suggest look independent
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