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Only reason I sail from Galveston is it's only a four hour drive. Other than that it's the worst cruise terminal in the world. After traffic was backed up for a mile Galveston P.D. finally decided to get someone out at 1230 to direct traffic. Wait in line to turn, why, we'll just act stupid and cut in front of everybody whos' been waiting. Seven days of people that don't know how to shut a door without slamming it. Balcony door or cabin door, doesn't matter. People who only care about what their doing. Wait on elevator just to find someone one floor down having a conversation just holding the door open. We watched, that car had been idle for quit a while. The drunker and more stupid you acted the better you got along with the entertainment staff. Had drunk with his pitcher of whatever drunk in the Punchliner trying to save two rows of chairs threating to fight everybody, running up on stage like he owns the place. Does the staff do anything? Of course not he's what Carnival Stands for. Not the Fun Ships, we're the Drunk Ships. Try to eat in the Reflections Dining Room. Hope you like yelling across the table, because we don't know what an inside voice is. I will admit that once you could get your waiter to understand what you wanted over all the noise the food in the MDR was pretty good. Though I have yet to get a baked potato that was cooked all the way through. Don't know why guest services has a phone number. Tried calling three different times and after being left on hold for 15 minutes each I gave up. Finally got room steward to get cloths line fixed in shower. Unlike other cruise lines where you call one number for all specialty dining on the Vista you have to know the phone number of the restaurant you are trying to reach. The problem, they only publish the number to one specialty restaurant a day in the daily paper. So, if you didn't save yesterdays or the restaurant you want hasn't been listed yet the only way to get a hold of them to make or change a reservation is to go to it. Why are there urinals in the mens public restrooms? Every time I went into one there was a large puddle of urine on the floor. Ship is only few years old and flies are already a problem. On a good note, there was plenty of seating in the Market Place Buffet. They do need to add those hand wash stations to all their ships, also there could be more of them. It seemed as if about by Friday they were hinting to get us off the ship. Sausage is not supposed to be Rare and the gravy for biscuits and gravy was cold. As was anything from Blue Iguana. Went twice and both times both items were cold. Unless you're a fan of fat and gristle stay away from Guys BBQ. Lines are way too long and for what you get small portion and a plate of mostly fat and gristle, to sit out in the sun and poke at, not worth the wait. Main stage shows. I don't know why Carnival thinks were at a Rolling Stones concert. Just because you turn the volume up to 11 doesn't make your mediocre performers any better. Two of your three females thought they were a lot better than they actually are. The only one with a decent voice was the short blonde. Other two terrible, but hey, it was loud. Only way Carnival can justify the space for a library any more is to put a bar in it. First time I've seen that. I guess we need to have every inch of free space has to sell booze.

4000 Hoopleheads that dont' know how to shut a door

Carnival Vista Cruise Review by wgb7428

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Only reason I sail from Galveston is it's only a four hour drive. Other than that it's the worst cruise terminal in the world. After traffic was backed up for a mile Galveston P.D. finally decided to get someone out at 1230 to direct traffic. Wait in line to turn, why, we'll just act stupid and cut in front of everybody whos' been waiting.

Seven days of people that don't know how to shut a door without slamming it. Balcony door or cabin door, doesn't matter. People who only care about what their doing. Wait on elevator just to find someone one floor down having a conversation just holding the door open. We watched, that car had been idle for quit a while.

The drunker and more stupid you acted the better you got along with the entertainment staff. Had drunk with his pitcher of whatever drunk in the Punchliner trying to save two rows of chairs threating to fight everybody, running up on stage like he owns the place. Does the staff do anything? Of course not he's what Carnival Stands for. Not the Fun Ships, we're the Drunk Ships.

Try to eat in the Reflections Dining Room. Hope you like yelling across the table, because we don't know what an inside voice is. I will admit that once you could get your waiter to understand what you wanted over all the noise the food in the MDR was pretty good. Though I have yet to get a baked potato that was cooked all the way through.

Don't know why guest services has a phone number. Tried calling three different times and after being left on hold for 15 minutes each I gave up. Finally got room steward to get cloths line fixed in shower. Unlike other cruise lines where you call one number for all specialty dining on the Vista you have to know the phone number of the restaurant you are trying to reach. The problem, they only publish the number to one specialty restaurant a day in the daily paper. So, if you didn't save yesterdays or the restaurant you want hasn't been listed yet the only way to get a hold of them to make or change a reservation is to go to it.

Why are there urinals in the mens public restrooms? Every time I went into one there was a large puddle of urine on the floor. Ship is only few years old and flies are already a problem.

On a good note, there was plenty of seating in the Market Place Buffet. They do need to add those hand wash stations to all their ships, also there could be more of them. It seemed as if about by Friday they were hinting to get us off the ship. Sausage is not supposed to be Rare and the gravy for biscuits and gravy was cold. As was anything from Blue Iguana. Went twice and both times both items were cold. Unless you're a fan of fat and gristle stay away from Guys BBQ. Lines are way too long and for what you get small portion and a plate of mostly fat and gristle, to sit out in the sun and poke at, not worth the wait.

Main stage shows. I don't know why Carnival thinks were at a Rolling Stones concert. Just because you turn the volume up to 11 doesn't make your mediocre performers any better. Two of your three females thought they were a lot better than they actually are. The only one with a decent voice was the short blonde. Other two terrible, but hey, it was loud.

Only way Carnival can justify the space for a library any more is to put a bar in it. First time I've seen that. I guess we need to have every inch of free space has to sell booze.
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Cabin 8B 7437
Cabin was spacious and furniture still in good condition. Just don't understand why everything has to be covered in dust. For cruise shower it was actually pretty big. Need more hangers in closets. Three or four hangers to a slide was too much. Couch was actually too stiff and uncomfortable to sit on. Would be nice if Carnival would spend a dollar and get a few more news options for the T.V. That sorry CBS station just didn't cut it. Carnival HUB APP and their Wi-Fi is a joke. Tried logging on and got an error on my phone security policy violation. Phone didn't work properly entire cruise, even in port.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Mr. Sancho's... What more needs to be said. Just be sure to make your reservations early.
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    No control of traffic flow. Have two cruise terminals using one entrance. No seperation of people getting on or off. Porters are more interested in getting luggage off of busses than being available to those driving. No organization to the luggage drop off. People parked three across, so they block the exit for those who actually did the right thing and pulled up to the curb. But hey I don't care about anybody behind me. I'll just stop and block everybody. I will give them some credit, don't know what they changed since we sailed back in Feb. but we were one of the last ones off the ship this time and had cleared immagation and customs by 11:30. Last time we didn't get cleared until 12:15 and there were still at least 1500 people behind us.
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    Do not do the Great Gatsby Beach. One giant rock. Only place you can swim is off the pier and the bottom is one giant rock. Didn't dare venture too far from dock because the water was so rough and the tide would pull you out. My wive doesn't swim but likes to be in the water. All she could do was just stand at the pier and hold on. Bar service people lie. Asked how much a local beer was. Bubba said $8.00. When he came back the the beer it was magically $9.00 and nobody has any change. Seems funny that you want to run a cash bar but nobody ever has any change.
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