Carnival Vista

4.1 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: XL     Built: May 2016    
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Carnival Vista is an extra large ship, carrying 3936 passengers and 1450 crew, and sails from Miami, Florida and Galveston, Texas.

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Carnival Vista

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Awesome Experience!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The staff was amazing from the house keeping, dinning staff, even the fun crew. The Cruise director Mike was OUTSTANDING, every friendly, kind and fun of energy. Also, Java Joe from the coffee bar was so friendly, he made me welcome everytime we i came by, i.e, remembering my husband and myself name. Overall experience was great!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

the carnival vista cruise is great!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I was very impressed by the cruise director, Mike , who is always energetic to lead every major events and show.

The service from Horizon restaurant is great. 

I was also impressed by Gramm Philip, the guitar singer, who brought us the wonderful nights on the ship.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Mixed feelibgs

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The ports were good.  I chose this cruise due to its itinerary and being a new ship.

 

I also liked the sky areas aboard the ship (Sky Ride, Sky Fitness), and outdoor movies.

 

it was nice to have the IMAX theater (although didn't don't use).

the water park was nice, serenity area a good getaway from kids.

good comedy shows.

 

the food was very sub-par, especially breakfast.

specialty area foods was better (note:  I tried the seafood shack - 

lobster roll and it was pretty bad).

 

the selection of liquor was pretty sub-par; not well stocked on premium spirits-very sub par selection.

 

specialty coffee area was excellent with excellent service.

service otherwise so so.

 

sleeping bedding was comfortable.

 

tour selection was poor.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Vista rating

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Cruise director, Comedians and Performers were excellent. Staterooms were small and narrow. Service was slow in the dining room for dinner. Drink prices are high

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Carnival Vista

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

We enjoyed our cruise, along with cruise "buddies" we go with every time.  We had a great time, even though I will say, the Vista is definitely at the top of our list of favorite Carnival ships.  We sailed at capacity (4900) and this ship was just not equipped to handle the amount of people who sailed on this cruise.  The lines were extremely long with no place to walk as you passed the lines.  About as bad as it gets and we've been on 10 different Carnival ships.

That being said, the food was great, best we've had on any of the ships even though the desserts are pretty bad.  The chocolate melting cake is good but after years of eating it, it would be nice to have some new offerings that aren't, well.......very good.  Desserts is definitely an area that needs dramatic improvement.  

Our room was like all Carnival ships, excellent.  Our cabin steward was excellent as well, very friendly and polite and exceptionally adept at keeping our cabin in pristine condition.

Also, our server in the dining room, her name was Singsoong is the best we have ever had!  She and her crew were just great and rarely made a mistake.  Always called us by name, whether in the dining room or on the Lido deck. Always had a smile on her face.  Best in the business!

All in all, we had a good time, but again, this ship, when at capacity is not comfortable.

The smaller ships, (Freedom, Liberty, Conquest) are our favorite ships. They were built with comfort in mind and the public areas are accommodating to the amount of people onboard. All ships we've sailed on have been sold out so the Vista just doesn't cut it when it comes to public areas.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Excellent Family Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Recently took 8 day Eastern Caribbean trip and had a great time aboard the Carnival Vista.  There are so many things to do on board and all the staff is very friendly.  One thing I will recommend is that you book any specialty restaurants, Shore Excursions and Spa Treatments in advance as we found all the exciting excursions and all good times were booked up fast. The highlight of the trip was how happy my 7 year old daughter was with the water slides and pools and she loved Camp Carnival and asked if she could go back to camp allowing plenty of relaxing time for my wife and I.  We had a great time, especially in St. Martin where the beaches were crystal clear and the people and infrastructure on the island were nice and inviting.  As a repeat cruiser, this was definitely one of the nicest ships I've been on.  Can't wait until our next cruise!  

HappyHappyHappy  

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Being able to see the different destination without driving.All the great variety of food and activities. All the cruise staff were very helpful and friendly. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Carnival Vista Cruise - 4/2/17

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The cruise itself was amazing and the Vista is a beautiful ship but there were way too many unsupervised children running wild on the ship.

There did not seem to be any adult supervision on the majority of the children.  I saw unattended children in the pool and hot tubs, at the restaurants with no adults, running up and down the hallways, playing in the elevators etc. It sounded like a heard of elephants were in the room above mine.

The Vista has some design flaws.  The Liquid lounge has too many obstacles for viewing the stage performances.  I sat down in the third row on stage left and could barely see over the seat in front of me.  We moved 2 rows up and the seats sat higher.  Some parts of the ship were decorated and other hallways were stark white and very boring.  The new check in was the quickest we ever got on the ship.  The same for getting off the ship.

I still enjoyed my cruise who wouldn't but Carnival needs to come up with a different plan when there are 1700 children 17 and under running the ship.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great amenities

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

My favorite amenities on the ship were the IMAX theatre, the big screen by the pool, and the various restaurants. The food was good and plentiful. The kids enjoyed the basketball court and outside workout equipment.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Very disappointed

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I am glad that you have listened to the smokers who pay for drinks and most likely gamble while spending their money and you have designated comfortable seating areas.  

The food was awful.  It seemed to me like a lot of it is being recycled.  The fries always look dark and brown.  I think you changed distributors because my grilled chicken was like cardboard.  Waiters and waitresses were great but the food was of poor quality and there were many complaints that some had to wait as long as two hours for their food.  Since Pizza has become the late night food it was always perfect.  Because the food quality on this cruise was so poor I mostly ate that. 

Since I am a gambler the casino hosts and staff were remarkable and friendly.  My best time was in there.

And my room was tight for a balcony room but the Cloud 9 spa privileges that was included helped me get over the size and the uncomfortable beds.  

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phylsalerno
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Don't rush to dinner on the first night m- there will be a line. Go about 5-10 minutes late. Other nights were fine. Do not miss dining in the formal dining rooms at night as the food and service is top notch. We did self debarkation but had to wait for an elevator for about 20 minutes.

Cruiser53312855
Contributor Level: Purser

Be prepared that it is a very large ship. There are small bars that people don't seem to use like the Havana Bar. It has comfortable seating ,great bartenders,and a good place if you want a quiet drink. Later it has good music too.

radlejim
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Drinks are expensive. If possible, leave a few breaks from excursions in your plans. Our first 4 days were long excursions and by the 5th day, we really needed a sit on your rear end type break.

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Price

XL

Size

May 2016

Built

3936

Total Passengers

2.71

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1958

Total Cabins

53

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