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We have sailed many times on Carnival, but have been sailing other cruise lines, recently, for a change. We chose this cruise because it was a chance to try out the new Carnival Vista while going to our favorite island, St. Martin. Well, that didn't happen, due to Irma, so our itinerary was changed. Still, we got to see Carnival's new Flagship. We were not only unimpressed, but depressed. Carnival is sticking to it's policy of sticking more and more people on their new ships, while keeping common areas to a minimum. Generally, these areas (lounges, showrooms, casino) were too small for the amount of people they place on the ship. Timing of shows was difficult, too. The "Welcome Aboard" show was one time only at 9:00. Our 8:15 dining time wouldn't allow us to go, or I suppose Carnival expected us to skip meeting our dining team on our first night to see their show. We never made it to the late comedy show. We would rush to the lounge for the 9:30 show after dinner, to be told that the room was full and no one else could enter. Several of us in late dining had this same complaint. I would strongly suggest that future cruisers stick to early or anytime dining, as the late dining will keep you from most of the shows. The casino was cramped to the point that the one poker table was placed in the sports bar, and we were always fighting for a seat at one of only two low denomination blackjack tables. The promenade and mezzanine decks were tight. I miss the grand atriums, spacious promenades, and glass elevators. Carnival seems to be leaving those amenities to other cruise lines. The sports deck was nice. Mini golf was fun, and they had outdoor pool tables and foosball. They had a high ropes course and a skyride monorail, although we didn't get to try it out because the line was always 2 hours long. It looked like fun if you're more patient than we are. Crew was exemplary. Our waitstaff in the dining room was the best we've ever had and food was wonderful. Guy's hamburgers and barbeque were great! Best food ever! We never met a crewman anywhere on the ship who wasn't as friendly as can be. The entertainment (brass trio, string trio, and singing duet) were very good. The shows that we did see were generally good. After taking the time to reflect on how our cruise went. We would mostly likely sail on Carnival again, albeit on one of their older, more spacious ships. The Carnival crew was wonderful and we figured that should be the same on other Carnival ships. We definitely will not sail on the Carnival Vista ever again. The ship is a bad design. I suppose if you are lucky enough or wealthy enough to score a Havana cabin, you might like it. Most of the pax we visited did not like the cramped layout of the new ship or it's lounges.

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Carnival Vista Cruise Review by Bruce&Pam

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We have sailed many times on Carnival, but have been sailing other cruise lines, recently, for a change. We chose this cruise because it was a chance to try out the new Carnival Vista while going to our favorite island, St. Martin. Well, that didn't happen, due to Irma, so our itinerary was changed. Still, we got to see Carnival's new Flagship. We were not only unimpressed, but depressed. Carnival is sticking to it's policy of sticking more and more people on their new ships, while keeping common areas to a minimum. Generally, these areas (lounges, showrooms, casino) were too small for the amount of people they place on the ship.

Timing of shows was difficult, too. The "Welcome Aboard" show was one time only at 9:00. Our 8:15 dining time wouldn't allow us to go, or I suppose Carnival expected us to skip meeting our dining team on our first night to see their show. We never made it to the late comedy show. We would rush to the lounge for the 9:30 show after dinner, to be told that the room was full and no one else could enter. Several of us in late dining had this same complaint. I would strongly suggest that future cruisers stick to early or anytime dining, as the late dining will keep you from most of the shows.

The casino was cramped to the point that the one poker table was placed in the sports bar, and we were always fighting for a seat at one of only two low denomination blackjack tables. The promenade and mezzanine decks were tight. I miss the grand atriums, spacious promenades, and glass elevators. Carnival seems to be leaving those amenities to other cruise lines.

The sports deck was nice. Mini golf was fun, and they had outdoor pool tables and foosball. They had a high ropes course and a skyride monorail, although we didn't get to try it out because the line was always 2 hours long. It looked like fun if you're more patient than we are.

Crew was exemplary. Our waitstaff in the dining room was the best we've ever had and food was wonderful. Guy's hamburgers and barbeque were great! Best food ever! We never met a crewman anywhere on the ship who wasn't as friendly as can be. The entertainment (brass trio, string trio, and singing duet) were very good. The shows that we did see were generally good.

After taking the time to reflect on how our cruise went. We would mostly likely sail on Carnival again, albeit on one of their older, more spacious ships. The Carnival crew was wonderful and we figured that should be the same on other Carnival ships. We definitely will not sail on the Carnival Vista ever again. The ship is a bad design. I suppose if you are lucky enough or wealthy enough to score a Havana cabin, you might like it. Most of the pax we visited did not like the cramped layout of the new ship or it's lounges.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8A 8466
Cabin was nice. We had a balcony on deck 8 just forward of the aft wrap balcony. Balcony, itself, was wide, but very narrow. Only had two chairs and a small table on the deck, although it was wide enough for a chaise lounge. A little disappointed in that.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Excursion was billed as "snorkel with lunch grilled on the boat". When we got our tickets the excursion began at 2:30. How do you have lunch on the boat when it doesn't leave until 2:30? The food was good, however. Snorkeling was okay, but would have been better under bright daylight. Excursion finished after dark. Excursion was good but would have been great if it had left at an earlier time.
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