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This was our first Carnival cruise and we were a bit hesitant, thinking this was the Walmart experience. Embarkation A Embarkations was super fast. We received a text alert that one gangway was not operation and expected significant delays, but only 10 minutes from curb to ship. The ship cards were immediately available at your stateroom. Décor: B First impression was the atrium lacked the wow effect. Only three decks and did not have the typical glass mirror and in the center a LED martini glass. No rich wood or decorum. We however warmed to this area, and the music performances seemed more intimate. Cabin; B Our room was in the Family Harbor section and we enjoyed having a nearby lounge for breakfast and coffee. The room had a slightly extended bathroom which meant the door was extremely narrow. The bathroom was fine and did not feel overly small, the AC was fine, and the two special request we made to the steward were promptly addressed. Another guest had a comment that Carnival was slipping and mentioned that room service was only once a day. This was true and we had to find our own towels several days. Another problem, and perhaps worse with the younger passengers is that people continue to use their outside voices in the hall. Food:A Breakfast: Generally in the lounge, and restaurant only once. No issues or complaints. Lunch: Wow!!! there were so many options, including no cost specialty restaurants, out side venues like the BBQ, Mexican and Burger places, buffet and the taste bar. Very good. Dinner: at the restaurant and excellent each night. Be sure to look over the entire menu as some items are on a separate page "Ports of Call". We often ordered more than one appetizer and thought most were excellent. After hours, great sandwiches and 24 hour pizza. Daily Activities A Very extensive with multiple events and trivial several times each day. Outside, there were so many things to do, our family, including my teen son, was very active. Major Entertainment B Matt, the cruise director was very good and high energy. The Limelight Lounge where more comedy shows were held was fine. Although the 18+ was pretty raw. Would like to have seem more PG offerings. The Liquid Lounge is too small, and had very bad sight lines. I understand it is multipurpose, but the rows, especially in the upper level were not tiered, The second and third row provided no view, while other rows were also affected. The upper deck should have been dropped 12 - 18 inches and all rows properly tiered. There was a special performance by C. Ivy and she very good, Wishing for more songs. The ship's troupe did not seem to have dynamic voices and that may have been the source or how the microphone was set up. Overall, not too impressed with the vocals. Secondary Entertainment A Very nice acts with plenty of variety. Safety D One night, a 19 year old teen, who was apparently drunk, confronted, then attacked a group of ten teens. He tossed glassed, chaired and physically stuck some of the kids. The next day, he was free to roam the ship without escort. Shore calls: very fast and easy to get off and on. Debarkation A Went very well.

JUST THE FACTS MA'AM

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by blueelmforever

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Harbor Interior
This was our first Carnival cruise and we were a bit hesitant, thinking this was the Walmart experience.

Embarkation A

Embarkations was super fast. We received a text alert that one gangway was not operation and expected significant delays, but only 10 minutes from curb to ship. The ship cards were immediately available at your stateroom.

Décor: B

First impression was the atrium lacked the wow effect. Only three decks and did not have the typical glass mirror and in the center a LED martini glass. No rich wood or decorum. We however warmed to this area, and the music performances seemed more intimate.

Cabin; B

Our room was in the Family Harbor section and we enjoyed having a nearby lounge for breakfast and coffee. The room had a slightly extended bathroom which meant the door was extremely narrow. The bathroom was fine and did not feel overly small, the AC was fine, and the two special request we made to the steward were promptly addressed. Another guest had a comment that Carnival was slipping and mentioned that room service was only once a day. This was true and we had to find our own towels several days. Another problem, and perhaps worse with the younger passengers is that people continue to use their outside voices in the hall.

Food:A

Breakfast: Generally in the lounge, and restaurant only once. No issues or complaints.

Lunch: Wow!!! there were so many options, including no cost specialty restaurants, out side venues like the BBQ, Mexican and Burger places, buffet and the taste bar.

Very good.

Dinner: at the restaurant and excellent each night. Be sure to look over the entire menu as some items are on a separate page "Ports of Call". We often ordered more than one appetizer and thought most were excellent.

After hours, great sandwiches and 24 hour pizza.

Daily Activities A

Very extensive with multiple events and trivial several times each day.

Outside, there were so many things to do, our family, including my teen son, was very active.

Major Entertainment B

Matt, the cruise director was very good and high energy.

The Limelight Lounge where more comedy shows were held was fine. Although the 18+ was pretty raw. Would like to have seem more PG offerings.

The Liquid Lounge is too small, and had very bad sight lines. I understand it is multipurpose, but the rows, especially in the upper level were not tiered, The second and third row provided no view, while other rows were also affected. The upper deck should have been dropped 12 - 18 inches and all rows properly tiered.

There was a special performance by C. Ivy and she very good, Wishing for more songs.

The ship's troupe did not seem to have dynamic voices and that may have been the source or how the microphone was set up. Overall, not too impressed with the vocals.

Secondary Entertainment A

Very nice acts with plenty of variety.

Safety D

One night, a 19 year old teen, who was apparently drunk, confronted, then attacked a group of ten teens. He tossed glassed, chaired and physically stuck some of the kids. The next day, he was free to roam the ship without escort.

Shore calls: very fast and easy to get off and on.

Debarkation A

Went very well.
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