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This will be a detailed review from a first time cruiser. We decided to go on our cruise to celebrate our 15th Anniversary. Our departure port was Galveston and we decided to drive down the night before and stay the night. We were not impressed with Galveston. The city did not have much to offer and seemed pretty run down. We stayed at a hotel that offered to let us park our car in their lot and shuttle us to and from the port. EMBARKATION: We had a boarding time of 12-12:30. I highly recommend to plan on leaving a little early to get to the terminal on time. It was very busy and congested on the road to get there. Once inside the terminal everything moved smoothly and efficiently. We got on the boat at about 12:30 but our rooms wouldn't be available until 1:30 so we decided to walk around a bit to familiarize ourselves. Vista is a large ship and I will talk about this a little more later. We booked a spa cabin so we decided to take a tour of the spa to pass some time and see what deals they had for embarkation day. We love to feel pampered on our vacation but be prepared- even with "savings bundles", these services were very expensive. We ended up booking 6 treatments between the two of us. I would not do this again because I did not feel like the treatments were worth the high prices. CABIN: We booked 14202, on the 14th floor forward of the ship. It was an Oceanview but had a partially obstructed view due to a walkway right in front of the window. The room was nice and exceeded our expectations. We were assuming that the quarters would be cramped but it didn't feel that way at all. The only complaint would be that there weren't enough drawers to stow all our stuff in but there was plenty of hanging space in the closet. FOOD: Overall, really impressed with the food. We ate at the buffet a few times for lunch and picked at it for snacks as needed in the evenings. We took advantage of the ice cream, although it wasn't close to DQ quality ;). We were really impressed with the dining room dinners. most of the dinners were very tasty and service was great. We had anytime dining so we had to dine in Horizons which was located on 3 and 4 Aft. Get the Carnival Hub app to be able to request a table otherwise you will have to check in for dining on the 5th floor and then go down to the 3rd. Also, you cannot walk from forward to aft on the 3rd floor. so you either have to walk through the very smoky casino on the 4th floor and go down the stairs or go to the 2nd and go up the stairs. It was a little tricky. We ate at Guy's Burger, it was good. We also tried the Seafood Shack, which my husband loved. We had dinner at the steakhouse for our anniversary and the food was phenomenal!!! if you can swing it, have a dinner there. The pizza was decent but it was very convenient. ENTERTAINMENT: We didn't do much on this, so can't review too much. We saw two comedy shows, one PG and one R rated. They were ok. We popped in one night for The cuban show and was not impressed so we ended up leaving. We played bingo one day but it was 80 for both of us to play and the game was over so quick it didn't feel worth it. We played trivia one day but this was popular and in a very small area of the ship that it was difficult to find a table. All in all, there was plenty to do but we are more relaxation vacation people so take that into consideration. SERVICE: We did not have a bad service experience. We had a great room Steward. Mostly good waiters. But Brunch on sea days the service was slow and the food was inconsistent. Lots of smiling faces and people were willing to talk and help wherever they could. DISEMBARKATION: This was the WORST!!! Carnival has a plan in place but none of the passengers actually follow it and they do nothing to discourage the "rule breakers". We decided to carry our own luggage off and this was suppose to be "express" but it was anything but. When they finally started calling floors to get off the ship, everyone just started going down to get off, it did not matter what floor they were on! since we were on the 14th floor we were trying to follow the rules and wait but by 10:30 we had had enough and just made our way to the gangway. most of the ship was already off and they had only cleared up to the 5th floor. NO ONE was following the rules they set out before. It was a complete waste of time! This needs to be fixed. So be prepared. OVERALL: As stated above, Vista is a big ship BUT the common areas feel pretty cramped. The liquid lounge seemed too small and so did the ocean plaza where they played the games. There were generally long lines with anything you wanted to see or do. Also, the casino seemed so tiny and there were many times that there was no where to play. We heard from several "veteran" cruisers that they did not like the Vista and preferred other ships in the Dream class. We are looking forward to trying one of those ships.

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Carnival Vista Cruise Review by KDorrell0131

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Cloud 9 Spa Ocean View (walkway view)
This will be a detailed review from a first time cruiser. We decided to go on our cruise to celebrate our 15th Anniversary.

Our departure port was Galveston and we decided to drive down the night before and stay the night. We were not impressed with Galveston. The city did not have much to offer and seemed pretty run down. We stayed at a hotel that offered to let us park our car in their lot and shuttle us to and from the port.

EMBARKATION: We had a boarding time of 12-12:30. I highly recommend to plan on leaving a little early to get to the terminal on time. It was very busy and congested on the road to get there. Once inside the terminal everything moved smoothly and efficiently. We got on the boat at about 12:30 but our rooms wouldn't be available until 1:30 so we decided to walk around a bit to familiarize ourselves. Vista is a large ship and I will talk about this a little more later. We booked a spa cabin so we decided to take a tour of the spa to pass some time and see what deals they had for embarkation day. We love to feel pampered on our vacation but be prepared- even with "savings bundles", these services were very expensive. We ended up booking 6 treatments between the two of us. I would not do this again because I did not feel like the treatments were worth the high prices.

CABIN: We booked 14202, on the 14th floor forward of the ship. It was an Oceanview but had a partially obstructed view due to a walkway right in front of the window. The room was nice and exceeded our expectations. We were assuming that the quarters would be cramped but it didn't feel that way at all. The only complaint would be that there weren't enough drawers to stow all our stuff in but there was plenty of hanging space in the closet.

FOOD: Overall, really impressed with the food. We ate at the buffet a few times for lunch and picked at it for snacks as needed in the evenings. We took advantage of the ice cream, although it wasn't close to DQ quality ;). We were really impressed with the dining room dinners. most of the dinners were very tasty and service was great. We had anytime dining so we had to dine in Horizons which was located on 3 and 4 Aft. Get the Carnival Hub app to be able to request a table otherwise you will have to check in for dining on the 5th floor and then go down to the 3rd. Also, you cannot walk from forward to aft on the 3rd floor. so you either have to walk through the very smoky casino on the 4th floor and go down the stairs or go to the 2nd and go up the stairs. It was a little tricky. We ate at Guy's Burger, it was good. We also tried the Seafood Shack, which my husband loved. We had dinner at the steakhouse for our anniversary and the food was phenomenal!!! if you can swing it, have a dinner there. The pizza was decent but it was very convenient.

ENTERTAINMENT: We didn't do much on this, so can't review too much. We saw two comedy shows, one PG and one R rated. They were ok. We popped in one night for The cuban show and was not impressed so we ended up leaving. We played bingo one day but it was 80 for both of us to play and the game was over so quick it didn't feel worth it. We played trivia one day but this was popular and in a very small area of the ship that it was difficult to find a table. All in all, there was plenty to do but we are more relaxation vacation people so take that into consideration.

SERVICE: We did not have a bad service experience. We had a great room Steward. Mostly good waiters. But Brunch on sea days the service was slow and the food was inconsistent. Lots of smiling faces and people were willing to talk and help wherever they could.

DISEMBARKATION: This was the WORST!!! Carnival has a plan in place but none of the passengers actually follow it and they do nothing to discourage the "rule breakers". We decided to carry our own luggage off and this was suppose to be "express" but it was anything but. When they finally started calling floors to get off the ship, everyone just started going down to get off, it did not matter what floor they were on! since we were on the 14th floor we were trying to follow the rules and wait but by 10:30 we had had enough and just made our way to the gangway. most of the ship was already off and they had only cleared up to the 5th floor. NO ONE was following the rules they set out before. It was a complete waste of time! This needs to be fixed. So be prepared.

OVERALL: As stated above, Vista is a big ship BUT the common areas feel pretty cramped. The liquid lounge seemed too small and so did the ocean plaza where they played the games. There were generally long lines with anything you wanted to see or do. Also, the casino seemed so tiny and there were many times that there was no where to play. We heard from several "veteran" cruisers that they did not like the Vista and preferred other ships in the Dream class. We are looking forward to trying one of those ships.
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Cloud 9 Spa Ocean View (walkway view)
Cabin 6T 14202
Nice and spacious. Good view of the ocean in front of the boat but only partial view. Close to the warning horn which started sounding at 4:30 in the morning on debarkation due to heavy dense fog. It sounded every 2 minutes, so forget about sleeping a little later.
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