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Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any event, a nice feeling. Good - the ship decor, cleanliness, and appointments. As a new ship, the cleanliness was to be expected, but the pleasant decor was a plus. Other ships had hideous wall designs and coloration. The atrium was a continuous gentle swirling of color - very relaxing. Room decor was also well done. Each room has a large, flat-screen TV. Good - in-room safe. The safe opened and closed with a 4-digit pin, so all occupants had access without needing the one person with the specific credit card to be available. Good - the daily Carnival Fun Times was concise and efficiently presented. Small enough to be folded into a man's pants pocket without difficulty. A nice improvement is the addition of movie ratings and length for all movies, not just some (movie length helps immeasurably in planning for the busy daily schedule). Good - main dining room food. Equal to the best of any other Carnival ship. For those familiar with the 3-part menu, it was mostly repetitive as to the leftmost two pages. But the right page ("Ports of Call" foods) represented Spain, Italy, France, etc. and was distinctly several steps above Caribbean, Caribbean, Caribbean, etc. Bad - operating hours of the Salad Bar in the seniors-only (Serenity) area were not posted. It was open on our first day of the cruise. We intended to go there on future days but it was always closed. Eventually I asked a staffer what was up. He said it was only open on sea days. The only sea day on this particular cruise was the first day, so we missed out. The hours need to be posted (and maybe put a heads-up in the Fun Times to avoid passenger disappointment). Tip: visit it early and verify your sea days. Bad - Serenity whirlpool safety. The warning sign outside the whirlpool tells users to limit time to 15 minutes. But there is no clock visible! Carnival needs to put up a clock nearby. Tip: if you are sensitive to long-term exposure to heated water, or in any way concerned, bring your watch to keep track of the time. Bad - limited number of whirlpools. The ship is much larger with so many more things to do, but whirlpool availability has become limited. There is no whirlpool in the fitness center as on other Carnival ships. There is an age-restricted (21+) whirlpool in the Serenity area and only two whirlpools open to everyone else. Very crowded and usually very populated with children. Good - music all around the ship. The Vista had the best performers we've seen in the various lounges and atrium. Exceptionally skilled violinists, piano players, and guitarists. The piped-in music seemed to be better, too (maybe my imagination as I can't be sure what I remember about piped-in music on other ships.) BAD - the layout of the main showroom (the Liquid Lounge) is a huge disappointment. The main level is basically that - LEVEL! The rows barely increase in height so you can't see over the heads of the people in front of you. Also, the designer must have thought that a flexible seating area would allow rearrangement to suit various productions so the majority of seats are chairs. But since the showroom is rather tiny, Carnival squeezed in a row of chairs between the fixed seats and packed in the rows of chairs very tightly, so that there are very few aisles to move around the room. It's hard to get to many of the seating areas. And the waiters can't get through most of the rows to serve drinks. Tip: arrive early for shows to scope out the location of the moveable chairs and to get the better seats. Good - the productions in the main showroom are terrific. And the cast is particularly talented in singing and dancing. Their choreography is worthy of Olympic synchronized events. Bad - the casino layout (done by the same company that did the Liquid Lounge) was again a disappointment (possibly due to Carnival's placement of the slot machines and tables). In several locations against the wall it is impossible to pass behind the player's chairs. This was true of the interior walls as well as the outer, seaside walls. Also, in the center there is a circular bar with a circular wall around it. To pass between the wall and one of the huge pillars, one must turn sideways. Bad - male restroom access from the casino. You probably won't believe this, but I swear it is true. When a male asks a casino staffer "Where is the nearest men's room?", the answer is "It's not on this floor. Take the elevator up one floor and it is right there!!" That's the only time I have ever been told to take an elevator to get to a restroom on a Carnival ship. (BTW - not a problem for ladies. They have a nearby restroom.)

Vista - The Good, the Bad, & Some Tips

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by pete19808

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Cove Balcony
Good - the staff. Every one gave 110%. We often were greeted with "welcome back" as if the staffer recognized us from a prior cruise - or from a prior day onboard - or observed our color-coded prior cruiser room card. In any event, a nice feeling.

Good - the ship decor, cleanliness, and appointments. As a new ship, the cleanliness was to be expected, but the pleasant decor was a plus. Other ships had hideous wall designs and coloration. The atrium was a continuous gentle swirling of color - very relaxing. Room decor was also well done. Each room has a large, flat-screen TV.

Good - in-room safe. The safe opened and closed with a 4-digit pin, so all occupants had access without needing the one person with the specific credit card to be available.

Good - the daily Carnival Fun Times was concise and efficiently presented. Small enough to be folded into a man's pants pocket without difficulty. A nice improvement is the addition of movie ratings and length for all movies, not just some (movie length helps immeasurably in planning for the busy daily schedule).

Good - main dining room food. Equal to the best of any other Carnival ship. For those familiar with the 3-part menu, it was mostly repetitive as to the leftmost two pages. But the right page ("Ports of Call" foods) represented Spain, Italy, France, etc. and was distinctly several steps above Caribbean, Caribbean, Caribbean, etc.

Bad - operating hours of the Salad Bar in the seniors-only (Serenity) area were not posted. It was open on our first day of the cruise. We intended to go there on future days but it was always closed. Eventually I asked a staffer what was up. He said it was only open on sea days. The only sea day on this particular cruise was the first day, so we missed out. The hours need to be posted (and maybe put a heads-up in the Fun Times to avoid passenger disappointment). Tip: visit it early and verify your sea days.

Bad - Serenity whirlpool safety. The warning sign outside the whirlpool tells users to limit time to 15 minutes. But there is no clock visible! Carnival needs to put up a clock nearby. Tip: if you are sensitive to long-term exposure to heated water, or in any way concerned, bring your watch to keep track of the time.

Bad - limited number of whirlpools. The ship is much larger with so many more things to do, but whirlpool availability has become limited. There is no whirlpool in the fitness center as on other Carnival ships. There is an age-restricted (21+) whirlpool in the Serenity area and only two whirlpools open to everyone else. Very crowded and usually very populated with children.

Good - music all around the ship. The Vista had the best performers we've seen in the various lounges and atrium. Exceptionally skilled violinists, piano players, and guitarists. The piped-in music seemed to be better, too (maybe my imagination as I can't be sure what I remember about piped-in music on other ships.)

BAD - the layout of the main showroom (the Liquid Lounge) is a huge disappointment. The main level is basically that - LEVEL! The rows barely increase in height so you can't see over the heads of the people in front of you. Also, the designer must have thought that a flexible seating area would allow rearrangement to suit various productions so the majority of seats are chairs. But since the showroom is rather tiny, Carnival squeezed in a row of chairs between the fixed seats and packed in the rows of chairs very tightly, so that there are very few aisles to move around the room. It's hard to get to many of the seating areas. And the waiters can't get through most of the rows to serve drinks. Tip: arrive early for shows to scope out the location of the moveable chairs and to get the better seats.

Good - the productions in the main showroom are terrific. And the cast is particularly talented in singing and dancing. Their choreography is worthy of Olympic synchronized events.

Bad - the casino layout (done by the same company that did the Liquid Lounge) was again a disappointment (possibly due to Carnival's placement of the slot machines and tables). In several locations against the wall it is impossible to pass behind the player's chairs. This was true of the interior walls as well as the outer, seaside walls. Also, in the center there is a circular bar with a circular wall around it. To pass between the wall and one of the huge pillars, one must turn sideways.

Bad - male restroom access from the casino. You probably won't believe this, but I swear it is true. When a male asks a casino staffer "Where is the nearest men's room?", the answer is "It's not on this floor. Take the elevator up one floor and it is right there!!" That's the only time I have ever been told to take an elevator to get to a restroom on a Carnival ship. (BTW - not a problem for ladies. They have a nearby restroom.)
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