We chose this particular cruise because we wanted to experience Carnival's new ship and at the same time visit some of the ports in Europe we had not seen before.
As we have come to expect from Carnival, embarcation went smoothly, our cabin was ready when we boarded; however, it was our anniversary and I had purchased a package that included decorations, a bottle of wine, a card and chocolates. Whe we arrived only the decorations were there, the wine and the glasses were missing and the card was misspelled. Not a good beginning....(They did give us an extra bottle of wine and a very nice cake for our dinner on the date of our anniversary which was VERY nice of them)
Being a brand new ship, The Vista looked incredible. All the spaces were very nice and very appealing, the Sky Cycle was a lot of fun to ride and the I-Max theater was amazing. The Havana Cabanna bar and the Havana area on the back of the ship were incredible. We did have some issues with the design of the ship when you compare it with previous ones like the Breeze which was our last cruise with Carnival and remains our favorite Carnival ship. First, the Liquid Lounge which serves as theater and night club is smaller than in other ships, the seating arrangement is not good and the seats themselves are not confortable, they don't even have a place to put your drinks. The floor is not slanted so the viewing of the show can be a little challenging if you have taller people in front. The atrium which is the main lobby is not as open as other ships and they did away with glass elevators. They gave too much space for the Pixels Gallery and since they are doing away with the printed photo diplay in favor of digital displays for the viewings, they could have made it smaller. The "New Any Time Seating" system they came up with is not confortable. Everyone wants to eat at 7:30 and you could see people waiting in line for a long time before they got a table assignment.
The cabin was etremely clean and well kept. I have nothing but praises for the cabin. The bed was extremely confortable wich is something of a sore spot on other cruises.
Very nice port of call, we went on our own and took the Hop on Hop off buss and explored a little bit of the island. The boats to the Blue Grotto were not operating due to high seas so we saw it from the cliffs...
We went on our own to Savoca and Taormina. The visit was very entertaining and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is our favorite city in Italy but we are biased because my wife's family is from there.
We took the train on our own and visited all the sites and savored the local cuisine which is wonderful.
By now we were tired and decided not to leave the ship....