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This was our third cruise with Carnival. Normally, we are a loyal Royal Caribbean customer, but this cruise was organized by a friend and it was over New Year's Eve so thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, this was anything but a "Funship." The bar staff with the exception of two people were very unfriendly. Almost made you feel like it was an imposition to ask for a drink. The food was okay, but definitely not up to normal standards. The dining staff was very friendly and attentive. It was apparent that there has been a cutback in the number of staff, as dishes were piling up everywhere and the two formal nights were absolute chaos. Again, not the fault of the staff, but put the blame on management. The entertainment which Carnival is known for was less than enjoyable. Poor singing and an equally poor layout of the Liquid Lounge. You couldn't see the stage very well no matter where you were on the main floor or in the balcony. The Casino was unbearable to be in or even walk through. The smoke was thick. For a brand new ship to not have a better ventilation system is inexcusable. When you see young adults walking through with their shirts pulled above their noses, you know it is bad. The cabin was very nice and the Cabin Attendant was good. The embarkation process was phenomenal. Kudos in that department! Really enjoyed the piano bar and the Red Frog Brewery. Unfortunately, this will be our last Carnival cruise. Back to Royal Caribbean.

Anything but a "Funship"

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by mamaj2445

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-View Extended Balcony
This was our third cruise with Carnival. Normally, we are a loyal Royal Caribbean customer, but this cruise was organized by a friend and it was over New Year's Eve so thought it would be fun.

Unfortunately, this was anything but a "Funship." The bar staff with the exception of two people were very unfriendly. Almost made you feel like it was an imposition to ask for a drink.

The food was okay, but definitely not up to normal standards. The dining staff was very friendly and attentive. It was apparent that there has been a cutback in the number of staff, as dishes were piling up everywhere and the two formal nights were absolute chaos. Again, not the fault of the staff, but put the blame on management.

The entertainment which Carnival is known for was less than enjoyable. Poor singing and an equally poor layout of the Liquid Lounge. You couldn't see the stage very well no matter where you were on the main floor or in the balcony.

The Casino was unbearable to be in or even walk through. The smoke was thick. For a brand new ship to not have a better ventilation system is inexcusable. When you see young adults walking through with their shirts pulled above their noses, you know it is bad.

The cabin was very nice and the Cabin Attendant was good.

The embarkation process was phenomenal. Kudos in that department!

Really enjoyed the piano bar and the Red Frog Brewery.

Unfortunately, this will be our last Carnival cruise. Back to Royal Caribbean.
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Aft-View Extended Balcony
Cabin 8N
We had a nice cabin on the AFT section, but not worth the extra price.
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