Carnival Vista Cruise Review by icats75
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Western Caribbean
We arrived in Galveston the day before we set sail. We stayed at the Springhill Suites. No complaints. We had dinner at Shrimp N Stuff. The food was excellent!
We parked at the Falstaff Parking Garage and they shuttled us to the port. I highly recommend this place. Their service is superb! Once we made it to the port, embarkation was a breeze.
We had a deluxe ocean view cabin on deck 1. We really like the extra bathroom. Our room steward was Renell. We met him on the morning of the second day. We didn't have to introduce ourselves because he already knew our names. We told him we only needed service once a day. He told us if we changed our mind or needed anything to let him know and he would take care of it. He let us keep all of our towel animals in the window for the entire duration of the cruise.
We thought the food was the best we've ever had on a cruise ship! We had anytime dining. We were very fortunate to have Toshe' and his assistants as our servers in the dining room.
We had no problems with service on this ship. Ayi was our go to bartender on the lido deck and in the limelight lounge and liquid lounge. He was always there to make sure we had a cold drink in our hand. Errol was our bartender in the Ocean Plaza. He always had a smile on his face.
The entertainment was excellent! Matt Mitcham is the absolute best cruise director! The fun squad made sure everyone was having fun. We loved Lydia & Brandon and the rest of Hasta la Vista. They were amazing along with the rocking strings and horn group. All of the shows were fantastic! We enjoyed the comedy club and thought that the host, Houston, was very entertaining!
Our first stop was Montego Bay. We purchased the Hop on Hop off shuttle with our sail and sign card at the port. I don't think we will do this again. Too much confusion. Our second stop was Grand Cayman. We went diving/snorkeling at Eden Rock. It's an easy walk from the port. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The diving/snorkeling there is phenomenal! When we done, we did some shopping and then had lunch at Rackems. The food was good, service was great, and the view was amazing! We also snorkeled there. Our last stop was Cozumel. We took a taxi to Chanknaab. We've been there plenty of times and it is our favorite place in Cozumel. There is so much to do and it is very beautiful!
Debarkation wasn't as smooth as embarkation, but that is common. If everyone would follow the rules and wait until it is their time to get off, I believe it wouldn't be a problem.
We really enjoyed our cruise on the Vista! We did not find the elevators to be a problem for us. My only complaint is that the seating in the Liquid Lounge is terrible, if you don't get there early.
We are looking forward to sailing on the Vista again!