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(First, thank you to all who post!) We were a family of 7 with 3 children. This ship has soooo much to do for all ages! Kudos to the kids' Ocean Club, the water/sports activities, and the entire staff. Generally, we all loved the experience on being on Carnival's newest ship. IMHO: PROs: Spacious interior cabin Amazing kids' activities and programs. Lots of sports and activities: sky ride, rope climbing, mini golf, water slides, etc. Green Eggs & Ham breakfast ($5. pp extra and worth it with kids) Family Harbor on Deck 2 Outstanding! a must to book with children .. buffet, coffee machines, video and other games, much quieter and less hectic than other dining venues. Serenity Deck .. adults-only space with hot tubs and buffet, Embarkation: plenty of very efficient staff to speed the process considering how large this ship is and the number of people to process. Debarkation at ports and final: pretty smooth too. Great cruise director .. fun pool side contests. Movies outdoor. IMAX theater .. an experience. Dining room wait staff put on shows each night .. very much fun, especially the last night. Macarana finally! Had an absolutely great Maitre D' Senard who addressed our issues so well. Moved our table to a more efficient waiter, continually checked on us, sent a cookie plate to the cabin, and generally went above and beyond to ensure our happiness. HUB .. genius for communicating with family/friends. Worth it to sign up for this. CONS: Very chaotic the first 2 days because the ship is so large and so many people. especially figuring out the ship layout and when and how to show up at the dining room for anytime dining. Ship design is confusing ... lots of ups and downs stairs to reach where you want to go. Poor Signage .. not enough, misplaced or hard to find. Small pools .. salt water.. even though there are 2 pools, often crowded Dining room: lots of choices, but some entrees were a bit overwrought. Best to stick with the simple dishes. Buffet area ...poor sight lines, so it was hard to figure out what area had what. Better signage would have helped here. Food quality .. varies, some good, a few great, others weird. Ports: took shore excursions .. Belize .. very poor at Goff's Key .. skip this one Roatan .. highly recommend Big French Key .. outstanding property with lots of activities for kids and adults. Pretty good lunch included. Cozmel with 7 huge cruise ships in port that day .. very crowded (Carnival has their own separate walk-to -ship deck while others had to tender). Passion Island .. eh .. had to take a small power boat to get there... a rocky ride but interesting to see the shore line. A few activities, but just the beach for the kids. Pass on this one. Casino ... very large machines, expensive (for me) to play. Missed the old-fashioned penny slots. In all, a great time was had by the kids, my daughters and son-in-law. For us, as seniors, OK. That said, we are booked on the Panorama next Thanksgiving week. :-) so we know what to expect on this sister ship.

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Carnival Vista Cruise Review by xxyyzz

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Harbor Interior
(First, thank you to all who post!)

We were a family of 7 with 3 children. This ship has soooo much to do for all ages! Kudos to the kids' Ocean Club, the water/sports activities, and the entire staff. Generally, we all loved the experience on being on Carnival's newest ship.

IMHO:

PROs:

Spacious interior cabin

Amazing kids' activities and programs.

Lots of sports and activities: sky ride, rope climbing, mini golf, water slides, etc.

Green Eggs & Ham breakfast ($5. pp extra and worth it with kids)

Family Harbor on Deck 2

Outstanding! a must to book with children .. buffet, coffee machines,

video and other games, much quieter and less hectic than other dining venues.

Serenity Deck .. adults-only space with hot tubs and buffet,

Embarkation: plenty of very efficient staff to speed the process considering

how large this ship is and the number of people to process.

Debarkation at ports and final: pretty smooth too.

Great cruise director .. fun pool side contests.

Movies outdoor.

IMAX theater .. an experience.

Dining room wait staff put on shows each night .. very much fun, especially

the last night. Macarana finally!

Had an absolutely great Maitre D' Senard who addressed our issues so well. Moved

our table to a more efficient waiter, continually checked on us, sent a cookie plate

to the cabin, and generally went above and beyond to ensure our happiness.

HUB .. genius for communicating with family/friends. Worth it to sign up for this.

CONS:

Very chaotic the first 2 days because the ship is so large and so many people.

especially figuring out the ship layout and when and how to show up at the dining

room for anytime dining.

Ship design is confusing ... lots of ups and downs stairs to reach where you want to go.

Poor Signage .. not enough, misplaced or hard to find.

Small pools .. salt water.. even though there are 2 pools, often crowded

Dining room: lots of choices, but some entrees were a bit overwrought.

Best to stick with the simple dishes.

Buffet area ...poor sight lines, so it was hard to figure out what area had what.

Better signage would have helped here.

Food quality .. varies, some good, a few great, others weird.

Ports: took shore excursions ..

Belize .. very poor at Goff's Key .. skip this one

Roatan .. highly recommend Big French Key .. outstanding property

with lots of activities for kids and adults. Pretty good lunch included.

Cozmel with 7 huge cruise ships in port that day .. very crowded (Carnival

has their own separate walk-to -ship deck while others had to tender).

Passion Island .. eh .. had to take a small power boat to get there...

a rocky ride but interesting to see the shore line. A few activities, but

just the beach for the kids. Pass on this one.

Casino ... very large machines, expensive (for me) to play.

Missed the old-fashioned penny slots.

In all, a great time was had by the kids, my daughters and son-in-law.

For us, as seniors, OK.

That said, we are booked on the Panorama next Thanksgiving week. :-)

so we know what to expect on this sister ship.
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