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We chose this cruise because Galveston is a convenient port for us and we wanted to be on the new Carnival Vista. We booked a balcony cabin, and about a month before the cruise, the "up grade fairy" called us and offered us an aft balcony cabin for about $6 per person. We took it and were very glad. The ship had arrived late so the lines to check in were fairly long since passengers were still getting off. However, Carnival handled it well, and called out in the line for passengers who had our arrival time booked, and sent us into the priority boarding line. We quickly got checked in and had a very short wait before being allowed to board. We had decided to go the barbeque eating place (Pig and Anchor) instead of the buffet where we were quickly served and sat outside enjoying the day as we ate. By the time we had finished, our cabin was ready. The cabin was large enough for our needs and our luggage had already been delivered. We unpacked and were pleased to find extra hangers that someone had left in the closets. There is lots of storage space. The message on our phone confirmed our dinner reservations for that night in the steakhouse. Our balcony is quite large with three chairs, a table, and a lounge chair. We actually sailed early. In fact we were still in the muster drill when we sailed, which was a bit of a disappointment. We had plenty of time to explore the ship, which is nicely decorated for Christmas. We attended the tree lighting ceremony in the main atrium. Some have complained about the atrium feeling claustrophobic since it is only three levels and without the glass elevators. We found it more cozy, with lots of seating areas on the three levels, good sound quality. We had a lovely dinner in the steakhouse with the free bottle of wine ( actually quite good). Overall we enjoyed the food on the cruise. Carnival is using two levels of the restaurant for any time dining which means there is no waiting for a table. We found out we could check in by using the Carnival Hub app on our phones and never had to go to the check in area. We loved our wait staff the first night and after that just went straight to the maître d and requested seating in that area and always were accommodated. Our only real disappointment with the food was that the location of the omelet station in the buffet was inconvenient because as the line got long, it interfered with the continental breakfast section. Also the pizza was rarely available and we had to wait in line for it to be cooked. It also was fairly tasteless. And on the one morning we ate breakfast in the main dining room, my eggs and my husband's waffle were hard as hockey pucks. Very disappointing. Other than that, special requests for different side dishes were honored in the main dining room, the food arrived promptly, and was of good quality. We loved the layout of the ship. We liked that the casino was on a lower deck and glassed in from the one above so that the smoke was not apparent on the deck with the bars and some of the specialty restaurants. Even though there are more passengers on this ship, it never felt crowded. We rarely had to wait for an elevator and got around quite easily. Entertainment was about as expected. We enjoyed the holiday show and the 70's show and really liked a trio of violinists who played in various venues around the ship. The Serenity deck (adults only) is larger and well equipped with seating and two hot tubs. We never had problems with people trying to get their children there. Although the ship stopped in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, we stayed on board the whole time since we have been to these places numerous times. It gave us time to really enjoy the ship and its amenities. Our cruise director, Schwartz, was one we had had before. He is quite good, very enthusiastic, and kept up the entertainment.

Lovely new ship

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by shackpacker

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-View Extended Balcony
We chose this cruise because Galveston is a convenient port for us and we wanted to be on the new Carnival Vista. We booked a balcony cabin, and about a month before the cruise, the "up grade fairy" called us and offered us an aft balcony cabin for about $6 per person. We took it and were very glad.

The ship had arrived late so the lines to check in were fairly long since passengers were still getting off. However, Carnival handled it well, and called out in the line for passengers who had our arrival time booked, and sent us into the priority boarding line. We quickly got checked in and had a very short wait before being allowed to board. We had decided to go the barbeque eating place (Pig and Anchor) instead of the buffet where we were quickly served and sat outside enjoying the day as we ate. By the time we had finished, our cabin was ready.

The cabin was large enough for our needs and our luggage had already been delivered. We unpacked and were pleased to find extra hangers that someone had left in the closets. There is lots of storage space. The message on our phone confirmed our dinner reservations for that night in the steakhouse. Our balcony is quite large with three chairs, a table, and a lounge chair.

We actually sailed early. In fact we were still in the muster drill when we sailed, which was a bit of a disappointment. We had plenty of time to explore the ship, which is nicely decorated for Christmas. We attended the tree lighting ceremony in the main atrium. Some have complained about the atrium feeling claustrophobic since it is only three levels and without the glass elevators. We found it more cozy, with lots of seating areas on the three levels, good sound quality.

We had a lovely dinner in the steakhouse with the free bottle of wine ( actually quite good). Overall we enjoyed the food on the cruise. Carnival is using two levels of the restaurant for any time dining which means there is no waiting for a table. We found out we could check in by using the Carnival Hub app on our phones and never had to go to the check in area. We loved our wait staff the first night and after that just went straight to the maître d and requested seating in that area and always were accommodated. Our only real disappointment with the food was that the location of the omelet station in the buffet was inconvenient because as the line got long, it interfered with the continental breakfast section. Also the pizza was rarely available and we had to wait in line for it to be cooked. It also was fairly tasteless. And on the one morning we ate breakfast in the main dining room, my eggs and my husband's waffle were hard as hockey pucks. Very disappointing. Other than that, special requests for different side dishes were honored in the main dining room, the food arrived promptly, and was of good quality.

We loved the layout of the ship. We liked that the casino was on a lower deck and glassed in from the one above so that the smoke was not apparent on the deck with the bars and some of the specialty restaurants. Even though there are more passengers on this ship, it never felt crowded. We rarely had to wait for an elevator and got around quite easily.

Entertainment was about as expected. We enjoyed the holiday show and the 70's show and really liked a trio of violinists who played in various venues around the ship.

The Serenity deck (adults only) is larger and well equipped with seating and two hot tubs. We never had problems with people trying to get their children there.

Although the ship stopped in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, we stayed on board the whole time since we have been to these places numerous times. It gave us time to really enjoy the ship and its amenities. Our cruise director, Schwartz, was one we had had before. He is quite good, very enthusiastic, and kept up the entertainment.
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Aft-View Extended Balcony
Cabin 8N 8476
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