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We have only cruised once before and that was with RCI so thats the only comparison I have. The price for the cruise was excellent so we went right ahead. Embarkation was really easy and quick. First impressions were fantastic till we saw the atrium, what a let down, it looked like an afterthought, very disappointing. Our cabin and steward were fantastic, spotlessly clean as were all the public areas. We had any time dining and yes one one night we had to wait around 40 mins but hey everyone went at the same time. The food was good and we do not have any complaints there. The lido marketplace was fantastic and better than the equivalent on RCI. The food was plentiful and fresh no complaints there either. We primarily used the tides bar swimming pool at the rear of the ship which was quite relaxing, we never had a problem getting a sun lounger as the staff removed towels from the hoggers after 40 mins unoccupied, a nice touch. Main pool area people were rammed in like sardines and it was chaos with kids running around everywhere so we gave it a miss. This ship needs another pool desperatly as they were always packed out with kids. Love the beer in the red frog pub the pale ale is to die for, friendly staff and a good relaxing singer Ed Carr. Now I love craft beer but was very, very diappointed at the availability. The only bar on the whole ship you could get all three craft beers they brew, the IPA,the wheat beer and the red frog was in the pub on deck five. No red frog beer in the piano bar, the ocean plaza bar, blue iguana bar, the red frog rum bar, the alchemy bar, tides bar or the MDR. For a company that makes the brewery at sea a major selling point why cant you get the beer almost every bar, crazy and not acceptable. We spent most evenings watching the entertainment in ocean plaza (which was great by the way) and nipping next door to the red frog pub to get a beer was not a major drama. But I had to leave the piano bar and walk to the pub just to get a red frog or IPA. Why cant they put at least one draught beer in at least the evening bars. The first time we used the MDR I asked for a red frog to be told it was unavailable, there was a bar in the MDR with a red frog pump but there was no one staffing the bar for the entire cruise. Again disappointing. Which brings me onto the shocking 21% spanish port tax imposed by the EU. As a brit I was not aware that because the ship did not call at a non EU port the point of origin tax on all drinks applied for the whole cruise. Just to put that into perspective a $5 beer from the pub became a $7.19 beer, a bottle of $25 wine bcame $31, a single glass of wine at $6.50 became $9 We did not know this in advance as it was not mentioned in the pre cruise literature. This tax was applied to soda and bottled water aswell so a large water in the state room minibar cost $3.51. For all you europeans out there if you purchase the cheers package before travel in your respective EU country you are deemed to have paid tax under EU law. They will try to stiff you for it though. We met a fellow british family who had purchased 3 adult cheers and one soda package. The man in the family argued and argued with guest services over a couple of days that as he had purchased the packages within an EU member state prior to sailing he was not subject to the 21%drinks tax. They eventually agreed and he received a refund of $489, they said it was a "good will gesture". Also I discovered by chance if you use the self serve beer pumps for the 3 ship brewed beers it costs a straight $5 instead of $7.19 if the barman pours it for you 2 metres away, crazy!!!! There are self serve pumps in the red frog pub and in the lido marketplace. I have travelled on 3 continents to various countries and have never been charged €6 or equivalent to use the ATM for a cash withdrawal,we have pre paid international mastercards and the deal is you do not get charged in foreign countries. So why do Carnival charge this extortionate amount. We had trips booked independantly with other passengers from cruise critic and saved a fortune. Carnival tours are a total rip off, do not bother. For example in Palma they wanted $17 for a return shuttle into town. You can get the local bus from outside the terminal to Palma for €6 return, we got the HOHO outside the terminal for $19 pp which took you around all the city and back. The shuttle to Marseille however is strangely good value at $17 as we were 9km away. There is a boat trip from Marseille old port marina to Chateau D'If for €10, its fab takes around 1 hour and stops at the castle island where they filmed the Count of Monte Christo. We then did a train ride around town for €8 each on the train from tha same Marina, it takes you al the way up to the Basilica on the hill as well as other places for around 1 hour, you can HOHO. Please get off at Marseille we just wanted a couple of hours but we were there for 6 hours, a real hidden gem, a truly stunning location. Room service sandwiches were good, they charge for movies in cabin however. All the cocktail glasses were exactly the same size and shape (different to RCI), they are small, filled with ice and weak. They measure out the spirits in a measuring cup so if your cocktail of choice has one shot you are paying $11. I liked the different sizes and variety of glasses and cocktails far better on RCI. Overall loved the cruise, staff, ship and trips but Carnival never again, if these people could bill you for breathing oxygen they would, if we cruised again it would be with RCI which is on board a lot better value for money than Carnival. For what we spent we could have gone long haul.

Good cruise; will not use Carnival again though.

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by Harry3534

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior with Picture Window (walkway view, obstructed view)
We have only cruised once before and that was with RCI so thats the only comparison I have. The price for the cruise was excellent so we went right ahead.

Embarkation was really easy and quick. First impressions were fantastic till we saw the atrium, what a let down, it looked like an afterthought, very disappointing. Our cabin and steward were fantastic, spotlessly clean as were all the public areas.

We had any time dining and yes one one night we had to wait around 40 mins but hey everyone went at the same time. The food was good and we do not have any complaints there. The lido marketplace was fantastic and better than the equivalent on RCI. The food was plentiful and fresh no complaints there either.

We primarily used the tides bar swimming pool at the rear of the ship which was quite relaxing, we never had a problem getting a sun lounger as the staff removed towels from the hoggers after 40 mins unoccupied, a nice touch. Main pool area people were rammed in like sardines and it was chaos with kids running around everywhere so we gave it a miss. This ship needs another pool desperatly as they were always packed out with kids.

Love the beer in the red frog pub the pale ale is to die for, friendly staff and a good relaxing singer Ed Carr. Now I love craft beer but was very, very diappointed at the availability. The only bar on the whole ship you could get all three craft beers they brew, the IPA,the wheat beer and the red frog was in the pub on deck five. No red frog beer in the piano bar, the ocean plaza bar, blue iguana bar, the red frog rum bar, the alchemy bar, tides bar or the MDR. For a company that makes the brewery at sea a major selling point why cant you get the beer almost every bar, crazy and not acceptable.

We spent most evenings watching the entertainment in ocean plaza (which was great by the way) and nipping next door to the red frog pub to get a beer was not a major drama. But I had to leave the piano bar and walk to the pub just to get a red frog or IPA. Why cant they put at least one draught beer in at least the evening bars. The first time we used the MDR I asked for a red frog to be told it was unavailable, there was a bar in the MDR with a red frog pump but there was no one staffing the bar for the entire cruise. Again disappointing.

Which brings me onto the shocking 21% spanish port tax imposed by the EU. As a brit I was not aware that because the ship did not call at a non EU port the point of origin tax on all drinks applied for the whole cruise. Just to put that into perspective a $5 beer from the pub became a $7.19 beer, a bottle of $25 wine bcame $31, a single glass of wine at $6.50 became $9 We did not know this in advance as it was not mentioned in the pre cruise literature. This tax was applied to soda and bottled water aswell so a large water in the state room minibar cost $3.51. For all you europeans out there if you purchase the cheers package before travel in your respective EU country you are deemed to have paid tax under EU law. They will try to stiff you for it though. We met a fellow british family who had purchased 3 adult cheers and one soda package. The man in the family argued and argued with guest services over a couple of days that as he had purchased the packages within an EU member state prior to sailing he was not subject to the 21%drinks tax. They eventually agreed and he received a refund of $489, they said it was a "good will gesture".

Also I discovered by chance if you use the self serve beer pumps for the 3 ship brewed beers it costs a straight $5 instead of $7.19 if the barman pours it for you 2 metres away, crazy!!!! There are self serve pumps in the red frog pub and in the lido marketplace.

I have travelled on 3 continents to various countries and have never been charged €6 or equivalent to use the ATM for a cash withdrawal,we have pre paid international mastercards and the deal is you do not get charged in foreign countries. So why do Carnival charge this extortionate amount.

We had trips booked independantly with other passengers from cruise critic and saved a fortune. Carnival tours are a total rip off, do not bother. For example in Palma they wanted $17 for a return shuttle into town. You can get the local bus from outside the terminal to Palma for €6 return, we got the HOHO outside the terminal for $19 pp which took you around all the city and back. The shuttle to Marseille however is strangely good value at $17 as we were 9km away. There is a boat trip from Marseille old port marina to Chateau D'If for €10, its fab takes around 1 hour and stops at the castle island where they filmed the Count of Monte Christo. We then did a train ride around town for €8 each on the train from tha same Marina, it takes you al the way up to the Basilica on the hill as well as other places for around 1 hour, you can HOHO. Please get off at Marseille we just wanted a couple of hours but we were there for 6 hours, a real hidden gem, a truly stunning location.

Room service sandwiches were good, they charge for movies in cabin however. All the cocktail glasses were exactly the same size and shape (different to RCI), they are small, filled with ice and weak. They measure out the spirits in a measuring cup so if your cocktail of choice has one shot you are paying $11. I liked the different sizes and variety of glasses and cocktails far better on RCI.

Overall loved the cruise, staff, ship and trips but Carnival never again, if these people could bill you for breathing oxygen they would, if we cruised again it would be with RCI which is on board a lot better value for money than Carnival. For what we spent we could have gone long haul.
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