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I will try to keep this short and sweet and the really wordy reviews are hard to read. Frequent cruiser and first time on Carnival Vista. Pros: Everything is fairly new so the ship doesn't look worn yet. Many more lounges and finally a new layout which was nice to see they tried. The pizza was better, the staff was great. Love the new photo changes where you look at everything digitally and paper waste is gone. Internet mid tier was fast and reliable. Abundant food options. Cons: Again this is just my opinion. The ship while bigger has much lower ceilings everywhere. Very little is open, if you like the big open promenade on Royal Caribbean you will hate this ship. The foyer now is only 3 decks tall, where older ships they foyer goes up to the 9th or 10th deck. They used the extra space for the new thrill and IMAX theater. Much smaller lounges for both comedy and the main theater. They took out mass amounts of space in both and if you have ever traveled on Carnival before you now how early you needed to get to either to get a seat, well now it is even worse with much smaller space. Steakhouse- no more great bread with the multiple different dips and spreads, they put a cold plate down in front of you and then place your hot foot and place it on it now. No more meat cart rolled out like they use to do. Decor is not as fancy as it was on other ships. Dining Room- the decor is very 70's to me. Yellow short back chairs, brown wood paneling, no feeling or elegance like on other ships. Very boring decor is the best way to describe it. A shame they decided to bore this space down. Lido- I know some people like the new buffet and seating design. For us it felt closed in. Elevators as others mentioned were very hard to get. In short Vista added more but those extra options all came with an extra cost. You can tell some accountant helped design the ship and pointed out how X and Y extra space on older ships could be converted to more space and that's what they did. It is a bigger ship that feels so much smaller and cramped. This ship removed all of the luxurious feel and replaced it with Brady Bunch decor. If you liked 70's orange and yellows you will love this ship.

Love Carnival but the Vista was just Okay

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by mindelicatotx

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I will try to keep this short and sweet and the really wordy reviews are hard to read. Frequent cruiser and first time on Carnival Vista.

Pros: Everything is fairly new so the ship doesn't look worn yet. Many more lounges and finally a new layout which was nice to see they tried. The pizza was better, the staff was great.

Love the new photo changes where you look at everything digitally and paper waste is gone.

Internet mid tier was fast and reliable.

Abundant food options.

Cons: Again this is just my opinion. The ship while bigger has much lower ceilings everywhere. Very little is open, if you like the big open promenade on Royal Caribbean you will hate this ship. The foyer now is only 3 decks tall, where older ships they foyer goes up to the 9th or 10th deck. They used the extra space for the new thrill and IMAX theater.

Much smaller lounges for both comedy and the main theater. They took out mass amounts of space in both and if you have ever traveled on Carnival before you now how early you needed to get to either to get a seat, well now it is even worse with much smaller space.

Steakhouse- no more great bread with the multiple different dips and spreads, they put a cold plate down in front of you and then place your hot foot and place it on it now. No more meat cart rolled out like they use to do. Decor is not as fancy as it was on other ships.

Dining Room- the decor is very 70's to me. Yellow short back chairs, brown wood paneling, no feeling or elegance like on other ships. Very boring decor is the best way to describe it. A shame they decided to bore this space down.

Lido- I know some people like the new buffet and seating design. For us it felt closed in.

Elevators as others mentioned were very hard to get.

In short Vista added more but those extra options all came with an extra cost. You can tell some accountant helped design the ship and pointed out how X and Y extra space on older ships could be converted to more space and that's what they did. It is a bigger ship that feels so much smaller and cramped. This ship removed all of the luxurious feel and replaced it with Brady Bunch decor. If you liked 70's orange and yellows you will love this ship.
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