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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. Meals in the main dinning hall were VERY GOOD, the menus were varied and as allways included alternatives for the less adventured cruisers as well as some classic Carnival signature desserts . ALL the restaurans and alternative eating venues in the ship are just amazing, from the Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint to the Bonzai Sushi and the Farenheit 555 steak house passing through the buffet line and walking to the 24/7 Pizzeria and a few others, you could allways find something to tickle your taste buds. Carnival's classic after dinner dance performed by the waiting staff was very enjoyable with the added plus of Ken our Maitre'd who sang every night and entertained us with Sinatra's greatest hits. The entertainement on board was just amazing, all of the ship's productions were incredible. The other acts booked for the trip were fabulous as well. If were going to say anything is that maybe they could have more activities during the evening after the last show. As far as service is concerned, we feel that Carnival's biggest asset and its most redeeming quality is the staff and we don't mean only the people you see but also the ones you don't. They are nothing short of amazing, allways willing to do anything to make you feel like you own the ship and make your onboard experience the best one in your life. One sore point for us was the Cloud 9 Spa. I will say 2 words... "Norwegian Epic"... Sorry guys but after experiencing the Spa on the Epic, we were hoping for something a lot more spacious and enticing. The Casino is not very welcoming, it feels small and the gaming tables too close to each other without space to move around. Also the ventilation is not very good so the atmosphere is dense with cigarette smoke. The ports of call were very good, we were sorry to lose the visit to Turkey but that is part of the way things go in a cruise. The shore excursions offered were very good only they were a little on the expensive side. From reading the book in our cabin about the design of the ship, we got that it was designed by hotel people more that cruise ship designers... It Shows.... In short, we had a wonderful time on the Vista, we loved the ports of call, we loved interacting with all the staff. we thoroughly enjoyed the shows onboard and the cuisine and we will keep sailing on Carnival (it remains our favorite cruise line).. Only not on the Vista.

Great Cruise, Not the Best Ship Design....

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by Mace350

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
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.

Meals in the main dinning hall were VERY GOOD, the menus were varied and as allways included alternatives for the less adventured cruisers as well as some classic Carnival signature desserts . ALL the restaurans and alternative eating venues in the ship are just amazing, from the Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint to the Bonzai Sushi and the Farenheit 555 steak house passing through the buffet line and walking to the 24/7 Pizzeria and a few others, you could allways find something to tickle your taste buds. Carnival's classic after dinner dance performed by the waiting staff was very enjoyable with the added plus of Ken our Maitre'd who sang every night and entertained us with Sinatra's greatest hits.

The entertainement on board was just amazing, all of the ship's productions were incredible. The other acts booked for the trip were fabulous as well. If were going to say anything is that maybe they could have more activities during the evening after the last show.

As far as service is concerned, we feel that Carnival's biggest asset and its most redeeming quality is the staff and we don't mean only the people you see but also the ones you don't. They are nothing short of amazing, allways willing to do anything to make you feel like you own the ship and make your onboard experience the best one in your life.

One sore point for us was the Cloud 9 Spa. I will say 2 words... "Norwegian Epic"... Sorry guys but after experiencing the Spa on the Epic, we were hoping for something a lot more spacious and enticing.

The Casino is not very welcoming, it feels small and the gaming tables too close to each other without space to move around. Also the ventilation is not very good so the atmosphere is dense with cigarette smoke.

The ports of call were very good, we were sorry to lose the visit to Turkey but that is part of the way things go in a cruise. The shore excursions offered were very good only they were a little on the expensive side.

From reading the book in our cabin about the design of the ship, we got that it was designed by hotel people more that cruise ship designers... It Shows....

In short, we had a wonderful time on the Vista, we loved the ports of call, we loved interacting with all the staff. we thoroughly enjoyed the shows onboard and the cuisine and we will keep sailing on Carnival (it remains our favorite cruise line).. Only not on the Vista.
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