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We were part of a group reunion. Had done 2 Carnival cruises in 95-96 so was rather curious about today's Carnival ships especially since this is a newer ship. Overall, the ship is satisfactory, but doubt if I would sail again with them as they did not have the WOW factor for me. Overall decoration of the ship was ordinary. Food was okay, but portions were generous -- French onion soup and melting chocolate cake were excellent. The Lido buffet did not have a great deal of variety, vegetables were limited. The layout is spread out and makes it initially confusing and inconvenient. First day of Anytime Dining was confusing and hectic. Much improved the next night. In fact, kind of nice in that you register for a table on deck 5, are given a unit that glows when a table is ready. In the interim, there is a lounge near by for cocktails or just comfortably waiting. Guy's Burgers were excellent and not long lines on off-peak times. The soft serve and frozen yogurt machine areas were constantly busy. Did not really participate in any of the main showroom or lounge entertainment, but did not hear any great reviews. A great big plus for Carnival with their Military Appreciation. The Cruise Director Matt did a great job in recognizing all service branches. The showroom was almost full with active, retired military, their families and cruisers who were just there for support. Indeed a highlight and heartwarming. Overall, the staff was accommodating, courteous and friendly. The Hub app was great when it worked. It was $5 for each phone for the week. The tv access to the activities, account, etc were easy to navigate. The Serendity area for adults only was disappointing. It was small, limited number of chaise, cabanas, umbrellas, etc. Handrails to one of the whirlpools were loose and posed a safety concern which I reported to Guest Services. Yellow towels were generously large and thick which you have to sign in/out. Onboard shopping is typical cruise availability with 'sales' thorughout the week. Embarkation was relatively quick and easy although hectic. The Lido was open for lunch while the cabins were being prepared. Disembarkation was delayed due to the recent government shutdown in which there were limited TSA agents available. Luggage tags are provided the day before to facilitate staggered disembarkation. Previous other cruise lines offer priority disembarkation for their excursions, but I did not hear any announcement for this if it was available. Ship scooters for anyone needing special assitance are available, but must be reserved in advance. Wheelchairs were available.

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Carnival Vista Cruise Review by bluazure

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We were part of a group reunion. Had done 2 Carnival cruises in 95-96 so was rather curious about today's Carnival ships especially since this is a newer ship. Overall, the ship is satisfactory, but doubt if I would sail again with them as they did not have the WOW factor for me. Overall decoration of the ship was ordinary.

Food was okay, but portions were generous -- French onion soup and melting chocolate cake were excellent. The Lido buffet did not have a great deal of variety, vegetables were limited. The layout is spread out and makes it initially confusing and inconvenient. First day of Anytime Dining was confusing and hectic. Much improved the next night. In fact, kind of nice in that you register for a table on deck 5, are given a unit that glows when a table is ready. In the interim, there is a lounge near by for cocktails or just comfortably waiting. Guy's Burgers were excellent and not long lines on off-peak times. The soft serve and frozen yogurt machine areas were constantly busy.

Did not really participate in any of the main showroom or lounge entertainment, but did not hear any great reviews.

A great big plus for Carnival with their Military Appreciation. The Cruise Director Matt did a great job in recognizing all service branches. The showroom was almost full with active, retired military, their families and cruisers who were just there for support. Indeed a highlight and heartwarming.

Overall, the staff was accommodating, courteous and friendly.

The Hub app was great when it worked. It was $5 for each phone for the week. The tv access to the activities, account, etc were easy to navigate.

The Serendity area for adults only was disappointing. It was small, limited number of chaise, cabanas, umbrellas, etc. Handrails to one of the whirlpools were loose and posed a safety concern which I reported to Guest Services. Yellow towels were generously large and thick which you have to sign in/out.

Onboard shopping is typical cruise availability with 'sales' thorughout the week.

Embarkation was relatively quick and easy although hectic. The Lido was open for lunch while the cabins were being prepared. Disembarkation was delayed due to the recent government shutdown in which there were limited TSA agents available. Luggage tags are provided the day before to facilitate staggered disembarkation.

Previous other cruise lines offer priority disembarkation for their excursions, but I did not hear any announcement for this if it was available.

Ship scooters for anyone needing special assitance are available, but must be reserved in advance. Wheelchairs were available.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8D 8319
Cabin is nicely laid out. Bathroom has bright lights and a pullout magnifying mirror. Towels were heavy weight. I find I like the door at the balcony better than the sliding traditional glass doors. Beds were comfortable with crisp sheets and fluffy pillows. As with all cruise lines the tv stations are limited programming. The paid movies were only $4.99 and the selection fair. The bathroom had a moldy, musty smell which Housekeeping did take care of. Our traveling companions next door described theirs as sour. This same smell was in a couple of ship areas. In past cruises, the room is automatically cleaned twice a day uness otherwise notified. Carnival gives you a choice of morning, evening or both.
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