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16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Booked a week for our 10th wedding anniversary as we always wanted to try a cruise, and thought a week was enough, in case we didn't like it. From the time we boarded until the time we left was fantastic, and the crew were marvellous, with ... Read More
Booked a week for our 10th wedding anniversary as we always wanted to try a cruise, and thought a week was enough, in case we didn't like it. From the time we boarded until the time we left was fantastic, and the crew were marvellous, with a special shout out to Rain who was our bar steward in the Squid and Anchor, and was always making sure our glasses were full and even knew exactly what we were drinking before we had sat down, he's a credit to your company!!They worked extremely long hours and still couldn't do enough for you and were always polite and smiling. Plenty of food choices from buffet to sit down and plenty to go around. Night time entertainment was nonstop in several areas of the ship, although I can't comment on the day time as we were on excursions all day and not getting back until late afternoon. The excursions we booked were great, with the guides being very informative, but be prepared for a hectic and tiring day as your trying to cram everything in to such a short amount of time. Make sure you have your boarding card on you at all times as you need it to get on and off the ship, when ordering your drinks, and also in the shops as it's all registered to your cabin. Security is very tight, and a bit time consuming, but to be expected in the world that we now find ourselves in, so give yourself extra time when you leave or return to the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was a Family cruise of a group of 25. This was a trip in Memory of our Aunt, Sister, Mother, and Grandmother who embarked on her own trip to Alaska years ago by Cruise. Of the 25 only 5 had ever cruised before. We had 4 various ages ... Read More
This was a Family cruise of a group of 25. This was a trip in Memory of our Aunt, Sister, Mother, and Grandmother who embarked on her own trip to Alaska years ago by Cruise. Of the 25 only 5 had ever cruised before. We had 4 various ages of minor children who participated in your children's activities and LOVED it! As adults we enjoyed shows, trivia games, bingo games, casino activity, fine dining, buffet, drinks, ice cream, pizza, fantastic Burger bars. I loved the dancing, comedy, art galleries, shoppingvwas amazing on board and not over priced for t-shirt soveignors, jewelry, BIG bear and Moose only $25. We celebrated 2 children's birthdays and your staff sang and made them feel very important with signs and balloons. The pools were really nice, 2 adult only pools were nice. We had many choices of bar atmospheres. Loved the piano bar, country music, and the dance club for 18 + made it fun for our under 21's to join us. Thank you for a wonderful trip ! Looking forward to cruising again with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
My travel agent suggested celebrity was on top of the line of cruises regarding service and entertainment, so I trusted her and although I don't have any cruise experience ( this was my first) I had a great time, everywhere I went there ... Read More
My travel agent suggested celebrity was on top of the line of cruises regarding service and entertainment, so I trusted her and although I don't have any cruise experience ( this was my first) I had a great time, everywhere I went there was someone smiling at me and asking me if I needed something. I personally loved the gym, I like to workout and it is a very well equipped fitness center with more than enough tradmills and ellyptical machines, and the view was amazing! how often do you get to work out looking at the fjords. The entertainment was the funniest, I almost wanted to stay on the ship the days we were on ports. I think thay I still need need to cruise a little bit more so that I can have a more objective point of view, but for a fist tiem, believe these guys really made want to cruise with them again. ( or any other cruiseline for that matter. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I couldn't ask for a better experience for my first cruise, which traveled from Miami, to Cuba to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas and back to Miami. The entertainment as non-stop, the food above expectations and the service tremendous. ... Read More
I couldn't ask for a better experience for my first cruise, which traveled from Miami, to Cuba to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas and back to Miami. The entertainment as non-stop, the food above expectations and the service tremendous. The shows and comedian were enjoyable. I also took in trivia, karaoke, Deal or No Deal and Salsa dancing. We ended each night at Dazzles for drinks and dancing. I took the classic car tour in Havana, and would recommend that as well. I had read about renting cabanas in the Bahamas for $300. I did not rent and in my opinion there is plenty of shade if needed, and you can rent clam shells over two chairs for only $35. I spent a decent amount of time in the water. The multiple pools and hot tubs allowed plenty of space. They never seemed over-crowded. I would definitely choose Norwegian Sky again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We stayed a night earlier at the Marriott Waterfront The porter walked our luggage over and they processed our luggage right away AWESOME Overwhelmed with anticipation being our first cruise ever but The Bliss Crew and Captain put all ... Read More
We stayed a night earlier at the Marriott Waterfront The porter walked our luggage over and they processed our luggage right away AWESOME Overwhelmed with anticipation being our first cruise ever but The Bliss Crew and Captain put all those fears away. Being on such a massive ship with over 6 thousand people we did not know what to expect . The embarkment and disembarkment were smooth and fast. The instructions were easy to understand and follow. The lay out of the ship made it easy to get around and you never felt overcrowded. Entertaining was awesome with a wide arrangement to please everyone. The instructions for exiting for the excursions were very well planned and easy to follow. Staff was everywhere to direct you. The cabin was classic, (Mr Fernando was the best)the food was awesome,(that is saying a lot being we are from New Orleans lol) The complimentary meals at Savor, Taste and Manhattan were simply fabulous. The entire staff was amazing (Happy Happy Smiley Smiley)and the captain’s navigation skills kept us calm and secured. Thanks NCL for giving first time cruisers the time of their life. We celebrate 44 years of Marriage and we are glad we chose to celebrate it on this magical ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
First Cruise for us , so cant compare. We have been all inclusive Resorts in the past and should have stuck with this. We found the cruise to busy , hectic and extremely expensive . Having only about 10 to 12 hours at each port ... Read More
First Cruise for us , so cant compare. We have been all inclusive Resorts in the past and should have stuck with this. We found the cruise to busy , hectic and extremely expensive . Having only about 10 to 12 hours at each port really does not give you the time to explore, and so excursions are in order , on the boat with Norwegian this will cost you your first born . After joining a tour bus twice at prices from Norwegian our budget was dwindling quickly. Tours were just fine but you are left tired and feeling ripped off , we did. In Naples not willing to spend $320.00 US per person for another tour we decided to check what was available on the pier and found Taxis that offered much the same for a fraction of the cost on board, this you can find in all ports For $280 Euro we ended up with our own minivan and driver , we could have waited for another couple or two to share this with bringing cost down half or to a third as Van could sit 6 but decided that we would do this by ourselves. This day was great , our driver adjusted to what we needed wanted to see and basically told us he was ours for the next 10 hours , Amalfi coast was beautiful , but what a tourist trap lol . Cabin was on deck nine with a balcony and we where surprised with the size of it and the huge amount of closet space . not good was the kitchen exhaust close by and so greasy smell was especially in port very strong and a let down . Food was great on board , bars could not have been better , staff was great . For us this boat was to large and to stand in line for like everything was not in our plans . Deck 15 buffet was packed in the am with no seats unless you wait and jump as soon as someone leaves. Restaurants i found all great and to my surprise most except 2 have no dress code , this worked for me as i did not pack any jackets or dress shirts . Shows were well done and who needs a casino , this was to large by far. Biggest item for me is the fact that i bought a watch on board regular $320.00 US now for $180.00 US , GREAT RIGHT , what a good deal until i came home and find it for 120 Canadian , so BUYER be aware , or simple don't get anything on board. Drink package was a must for us and well worth it , the Martini bar was fantastic , never busy and so was Whisky bar , both on same level with the smoking room and Deck right there . Would i do this Cruise again , i don't think so, i needed a vacation after just to get some sleep , then again sleeping was not an issue on board not after the amount of walking we did . Hope this helps a bit Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We traveled with another couple and planned our own private tours. For me, this was perfect as we had a one on one relationship with our driver\guide and those were wonderful! Not knowing what a cruise would be like, I am over the moon ... Read More
We traveled with another couple and planned our own private tours. For me, this was perfect as we had a one on one relationship with our driver\guide and those were wonderful! Not knowing what a cruise would be like, I am over the moon in love with them. Not only did I feel like the entire ship's staff LOVE ME, but they love their jobs. The rooms were great, everything I needed and the attendants go our of their way for you. Having the chance to have a fantastic meal every morning with ANYTHING you can image right there was a HUGE plus. Each afternoon, a program for the next day is left on your bed so you can plan things on the ship and know ahead of time. There is not ONE bad thing to say only praises for this ship and the crew! We scheduled our own daily excursions and we gave the wrong time! NO PROBLEM!!!! The attendant at the desk called the company and assisted us in getting the time changed. Words cannot say how much we appreciate EVERYONE and EVERYTHING they did for us! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Poor Service. This was my first cruise, and I expected the greatest time of my life on this new ship, the Vista, from reviews online and from my sister (a frequent cruiser on other Carnival ships). I was told that I would be treated very ... Read More
Poor Service. This was my first cruise, and I expected the greatest time of my life on this new ship, the Vista, from reviews online and from my sister (a frequent cruiser on other Carnival ships). I was told that I would be treated very special, akin to a queen, with free food and waiters/butlers EVERYWHERE and at all times. However, neither happened. I had to PAY for everything I wanted, on a supposedly an all-inclusive cruise, spending approx. $1K on the ship for food and a few drinks for my husband and me. My entire group on this cruise (my husband, and two sisters with their husbands) each paid for "Faster to the Fun" (FTTF) perks, and we all found that package was a waste of money, except for when we had to stand in line at Guest Services. I spent most of the trip searching for food, only to find out that the eating places were only open at certain times with small windows (12-2) and everything closed for late night (except for a pizza shop that had thousands of people in the line also searching for a late night snack), including the “specialty restaurants” serving sub-par food during the 2 hours they were open for lunch and then serving better food at a premium price when it re-opened at 5 pm. The main buffet on the Lido was closed most of the time, with long lines and a lack of food variety being served, especially at breakfast. Omelettes served at breakfast with either a bad mix of or unmixed eggs (see photos) in one of only 2 LONG lines serving over 4000 guests. Lunch lines were long where only sandwiches were being served, while the rest of the buffet areas were closed. To top it off, room service only offered a continental breakfast. Furthermore, I had to fetch whatever I needed (i.e., water, condiments, etc.), after being pointed in the direction BY the waiters as where to find whatever I was asking for (when they were even around – typically, we had to walk to find one). We also lounged several times on decks where we had to either find a waiter to order our drinks or go stand in a line to get them ourselves (which was the norm on this cruise), including on the Lido deck and at parties. When we lounged on the 5th floor deck, I NEVER saw a waiter... ever… on any occasion when we were there. Further, I waited forever on hold for Guest Services, using my "dedicated" extension to call them (so long that the call was disconnected each time). Few outlets in rooms, tho the rooms were nice. Lastly, for debarkation, I also had to wait for someone to meet me and my party, as per FTTF instructions provided, for debarkation at the end of the cruise -- a no-show! No one came to escort us off the ship. We eventually left the designated "meeting" location and joined a "general" line outside in another area to debark. I complained to the female cruise director about the debarkation issues when I saw her, while I stood in the long "general" line with others (folks who had not subscribed to FTTF) to exit the ship. She pulled us out of that “general” line and placed us in another shorter line (thanks for that!). My sisters, who both cruise often on other ships, including Carnival, also tried to assure me that this was not the norm for Carnival (they were also disappointed with the service). Needless to say [again], I was extremely disappointed, as my experience did not match the countless reviews that depicted a wonderful life on a cruise. I expressed my dismay to Carnival, but received no response, much less an apology. I will never take a Carnival cruise again, based on my experience on board the Vista. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
The staff were excellent, really loved the staff in the gastro bar and the sunset bar. The buffet was great as was the MDR. The cabin boy was excellent and deserved his big tip, well done Jamie. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6, which was ... Read More
The staff were excellent, really loved the staff in the gastro bar and the sunset bar. The buffet was great as was the MDR. The cabin boy was excellent and deserved his big tip, well done Jamie. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6, which was really good. The casino is a joke, was looking forward to a game of poker but a buy of, $200-$500 was way too high. The tournament were Russian roulette, $60 for 4000 chips with 10 minute blinds. I read on the Internet that celebrity were against pool bed reserving, not on this ship. Some folks lay on the starboard side and had beds reserved on the port side for afternoon. Also people left their towels on the beds when they had finished sunbathing. We saw a couple of shows in the theater and they were both really enjoyable. Don't know if cruising is for us though. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of ... Read More
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of all places! Then they canceled grand Bahama island and made it 2 days in Nassau. But boat was fun and we had a great time. All of the food was delicious. We all tried new foods and ate a lot. My teen was in food heaven- room service for pre- breakfast, buffet for breakfast, buffet/dining room for lunch, cafe for afternoon snack, buffet for pre-dinner snack, dining room for dinner. Trivia and other games were fun to play as a family. We won family bingo and got medals! Excursion to blue lagoon was to die for. Go there if you can. Well worth the money! Btw, this was our first cruise and we all get motion sickness easily. I was motion sick the first night. We were still on the Chesapeake bay so I was thinking I would have to get off cruise at first port (because I thought the ocean would be way worse). But then we all put on a scopolamine patch and sea bands. We felt great the rest of the trip. Read Less

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