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We got a great deal sailing on Vista this past December from Miami. We traveled with 3 boys ages 2, 3, & 4, our nephews ages 11 & 13, brother and sister in law, and grandma and grandpa. We all stayed in balcony rooms, on levels 9 and 11. The first night the seas were choppy and you could really feel the boat sway on deck 11. Our 4 year old vomited all over the bed -yay- but the cabin steward cleaned it up without complaints. The balcony rooms were roomy, even with a crib tucked in the corner. The staff was great - can't imagine having to work on a ship for 9 months straight. Most everyone was friendly and willing to help. Nikola, Milosh, and the wait staff at table 750 for anytime dining are wonderful. Always had a smile on their face and genuinely seemed happy to see us every night. The cruise director Matt is hilarious, the shows were pretty good, the little shops in the atrium were nice, they even have a library with board games to keep everyone entertained. We sent our 3 young boys to camp carnival everyday. They give cell phones to families with kids ages 2-5 in case they need to get in touch with you. They never called. The staff was friendly and were great with my clingy 2 year old. But that phone felt like a ticking time bomb, you people with young kids know what I'm talking about! You never know what could happen to kids in day care, bloody nose, fighting, vomit... I tried the sky bike once, the wait time for it can be long, up to 1.5 hours on a busy day. Wait til the ship is about to pull into the port of call, that's the best time to go. The water slides were fun, the pools weren't crowded, and we loved playing ping pong in their game room on deck 12. As with any cruise ship line, the excursions through the ship are always way overpriced. Everytime we've cruised, we always explore the port on our own. Tons of taxis and independent tour companies are available to show you a good time for half of what the ship charges. My only complaint is the food on the ship was only ok. It was always standard American fare. The pizza, taco/burrito place, and Guys burgers were pretty good.

Great family cruise on Vista

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by Lubalicious

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We got a great deal sailing on Vista this past December from Miami. We traveled with 3 boys ages 2, 3, & 4, our nephews ages 11 & 13, brother and sister in law, and grandma and grandpa.

We all stayed in balcony rooms, on levels 9 and 11. The first night the seas were choppy and you could really feel the boat sway on deck 11. Our 4 year old vomited all over the bed -yay- but the cabin steward cleaned it up without complaints. The balcony rooms were roomy, even with a crib tucked in the corner.

The staff was great - can't imagine having to work on a ship for 9 months straight. Most everyone was friendly and willing to help. Nikola, Milosh, and the wait staff at table 750 for anytime dining are wonderful. Always had a smile on their face and genuinely seemed happy to see us every night.

The cruise director Matt is hilarious, the shows were pretty good, the little shops in the atrium were nice, they even have a library with board games to keep everyone entertained.

We sent our 3 young boys to camp carnival everyday. They give cell phones to families with kids ages 2-5 in case they need to get in touch with you. They never called. The staff was friendly and were great with my clingy 2 year old. But that phone felt like a ticking time bomb, you people with young kids know what I'm talking about! You never know what could happen to kids in day care, bloody nose, fighting, vomit...

I tried the sky bike once, the wait time for it can be long, up to 1.5 hours on a busy day. Wait til the ship is about to pull into the port of call, that's the best time to go. The water slides were fun, the pools weren't crowded, and we loved playing ping pong in their game room on deck 12.

As with any cruise ship line, the excursions through the ship are always way overpriced. Everytime we've cruised, we always explore the port on our own. Tons of taxis and independent tour companies are available to show you a good time for half of what the ship charges.

My only complaint is the food on the ship was only ok. It was always standard American fare. The pizza, taco/burrito place, and Guys burgers were pretty good.
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