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We cruised on this ship from Athens to Barcelona, and then on to New York on the Vista’s maiden Trans-Atlantic. For the most part public areas where kept clean and tidy with staff often to be seen cleaning. This was especially so on the leg from Athens to Barcelona when apparently some cases of the norovirus where on-board. However, there did not appear to be enough bar staff, leading to tables not being cleared and people having to go to the bar to order, but they still had the cheek to charge the 15% gratuity on each drink. We were in cabin 2274 which is a nice cove balcony in a good location near the front elevators, with plenty of storage space and was big enough for 2 people, but would have been a bit crowded with the 3 it could take. There were noise issues however, firstly from inconsiderate guests talking loudly in the corridor or next door cabins, and for some reason they seemed to take delight in slamming their balcony doors every time they used them. Also on the 2 days from Gibraltar to the Azores the ship encountered some rough and windy weather. We were warned about this before leaving Gibraltar and the storm doors where put up on all the balcony cabins on deck 2. Due to the ships movement for the first 24 hours the noise from our balcony was horrendous, sounding like someone constantly hitting the metal with a hammer. When we complained to guest services they said all the balcony’s where the same and there was nothing we could do. However, we found out later that some people had taken a recording of the noise to guest services and the problem had been fixed. We did have other issues with cupboard door hinges and noise for the air condition grill, but these where sorted very quickly. All the staff where friendly and helpful and appeared to be happy. The facilities and entertainment where very good. We especially loved the Sky-Train, the production shows, the Shipsies live band, the string trio, and the occasionally watching a film on deck in the evening. Jamie and then Matt are excellent cruise directors who kept the fun going helping to create a good atmosphere. However, I can’t understand that on a new ship why the swimming pools are so small, and also a lot of the time not heated. Overall the food was good, but the choices for lunch and dinner in the buffet where limited, and tended to become a bit samey. On port days the buffet was very busy and chaotic with queues building up at the serving stations. Service in the main dining room was very inconsistent, with dining times ranging from 1 hour to 2 hours, although on most evenings we didn’t have a problem getting a table for 2 if we wanted one. To sum up we enjoyed the ship, but we like the Carnival Legend and the atmosphere on her more.

Good, but with a Few Niggles

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by weatherman46

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We cruised on this ship from Athens to Barcelona, and then on to New York on the Vista’s maiden Trans-Atlantic.

For the most part public areas where kept clean and tidy with staff often to be seen cleaning. This was especially so on the leg from Athens to Barcelona when apparently some cases of the norovirus where on-board.

However, there did not appear to be enough bar staff, leading to tables not being cleared and people having to go to the bar to order, but they still had the cheek to charge the 15% gratuity on each drink.

We were in cabin 2274 which is a nice cove balcony in a good location near the front elevators, with plenty of storage space and was big enough for 2 people, but would have been a bit crowded with the 3 it could take. There were noise issues however, firstly from inconsiderate guests talking loudly in the corridor or next door cabins, and for some reason they seemed to take delight in slamming their balcony doors every time they used them.

Also on the 2 days from Gibraltar to the Azores the ship encountered some rough and windy weather. We were warned about this before leaving Gibraltar and the storm doors where put up on all the balcony cabins on deck 2. Due to the ships movement for the first 24 hours the noise from our balcony was horrendous, sounding like someone constantly hitting the metal with a hammer. When we complained to guest services they said all the balcony’s where the same and there was nothing we could do. However, we found out later that some people had taken a recording of the noise to guest services and the problem had been fixed.

We did have other issues with cupboard door hinges and noise for the air condition grill, but these where sorted very quickly.

All the staff where friendly and helpful and appeared to be happy.

The facilities and entertainment where very good. We especially loved the Sky-Train, the production shows, the Shipsies live band, the string trio, and the occasionally watching a film on deck in the evening. Jamie and then Matt are excellent cruise directors who kept the fun going helping to create a good atmosphere.

However, I can’t understand that on a new ship why the swimming pools are so small, and also a lot of the time not heated.

Overall the food was good, but the choices for lunch and dinner in the buffet where limited, and tended to become a bit samey. On port days the buffet was very busy and chaotic with queues building up at the serving stations.

Service in the main dining room was very inconsistent, with dining times ranging from 1 hour to 2 hours, although on most evenings we didn’t have a problem getting a table for 2 if we wanted one.

To sum up we enjoyed the ship, but we like the Carnival Legend and the atmosphere on her more.
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