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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grest time on carnival

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

grest time on carnival

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My family had a wonderful time and are looking forward to next year my kids were none stop running around and me and my mom relaxed and tanned ❤️😂. I would def recommend this cruise and ship to families and even if you don't have children there is something for everyone 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

disappointing

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

I had read negative reviews about the Vista and unfortunately they were correct.

 

The food was terrible. Meats served on the buffet and in the dining room were awful quality. We paid for the restaurant dining the evenings we could get in and they were all well worth the money. 

 

The BBQ and seafood was good but the lines were always long. Lines were also long for mexican food, pizza, and burgers. Not worth the wait. I think that is what 

Carnival wants- they tout that there is pizza 24 hrs a day but they make 3 at a time and people can get as many as they want so you wait and wait. I think Carnival wants people to give up on the wait and leave.

 

The Liquid Lounge is a joke! Chairs pushed around- could hardly get through to get a place to sit for BINGO when we did there was soda spilled all over the floor so we had to find another place to sit. Who ever thought that kind of set up was a good idea has no clue about laying out a room.  The lines were long to get in here too- we never did go to a show because of the venue and long lines we knew we would encounter.

 

I have never cruised and had to wait in line to see the comedian. The lines were horrible to get in to the comedian. We went one time- not worth the wait. As if cruising isn't enough of a cattle call getting on and disembarking you make your guests go through the same lines and hassle to get into something that is supposed to be relaxing and part of the experience. 

 

Before we left I looked and looked to see how many formal nights there would be and if there were any special nights for attire- white night etc..I could not find anything. We even called Carnival and asked- they didn't know. Get on the ship and guess what- there is white night!! who knew!! what a joke! Which pretty much sums up Carnival- a joke!

 

Carnival is losing ground when it comes to pleasing the customer or care whether the passengers have a good time.

Many staff seemed miserable. Matt droned on and on the last day at sea and it was blasted into the pool area- not sure what that was all about but it sucked the fun right out of the short time I had on deck to enjoy the sunshine and music. 

 

I am pretty sure my cruising days are over. Too much money to spend half my vacation in line for food that is hardly human grade and to wait for entertainment that is supposed to be fun. Carnival has managed to take all the fun out of cruising.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Carnival Vista

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The Vista was wonderful, Crew friendly, Matt the Cruise director was incredible...would highly recommend ....

Ship was clean and there was plenty to do every day. Ports were incredible also ...

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Carnival is not what it used to be.

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

Nothing was very favorite about the this cruse. The cabin service was terrible. They didn't clean it for three mornings in a row. Didn't have any soap at the sink for several days. Complained and they gave us a couple of free drinks.

 

The food was not as good as it was in the past on Carnival. The make huge cutbacks on the quantity and quality of the food. Never charged before for lobster and filet now they do.

 

The buffet was very limited with only three main dishes available and it seemed like the same food every day presented in a different way.

 

No midnight buffet, not captains party.

 

It seemed all they wanted was to nickel and dime you for everything on the ship.

 

The ports were ok and the entertainment was pretty good.

 

Other then that I don't think I would cruise with them again even I think that I will  up grated from gold status to the next level with this cruise.as I strongly believe their quality of service has gone down and profit seems to be the bottom line.

 

 

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
4 out of 5

New Ship New Adventures

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Overall the cruise was delightful.  We couldn't have asked for better waiting staff, dining room food was excellent and the ship was spotlessly clean.

 

We didn't like one of the evening performers act.  The Juggler.  He had been a clown in an earlier job.  Would have been a better act if he had dressed as a juggling clown.  The 12 dancers were excellent dancers and singers.  We also enjoyed the three violinists.  They were excellent as well as the brass band and singers.

 

The main negative, to us, was the size of the ship and the starkness of the ship architecture.  It doesn't have the glitz like the other ships, which I enjoy.

 

 As the ship holds 4000 guests, the chairs on the Lido deck fills up fast with people laying towers on the chairs.  Much of the time the chairs don't have guests sitting or lying in them but have been reserved for some other time of day.  Very annoying to us. Same does for the Liquid Lounge, the main auditorium on the ship.  We believe the architecture was very stark, the seating didn't seem adequate with many of the seats didn't allow good views of the stage.

 

In summary, we had a great time and enjoyed the ports visited but will probably return to cruising smaller ships on Carnival.  One final comment, Matt the Cruise Director was GREAT!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Cruise to South Carrib.

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Marco, our Room steward was more than great, very helpful, competent and engaging. He made our trip more enjoyable.

In the restaurant, we greatly enjoyed being at table 386 three time with Roman(sp?) and his 2 assistants. He also made the evening meals great. 

The calendar of events and performances (loved the Piano Bar with Ben) were complete and quite good

Of course, Matt our cruise Director was fabulous. You are lucky to have hime for sure.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

FUN

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THE ONE THING I DID NOT LIKE IS THAT I HAD TO SLEEP IN SEPARATE BED WITH MY WIFE.OUR CARBINE HAD ONE SINGLE BED AND A SOFA AND THEY COULD NOT JOINED TOGETHER .

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

Disappointing cruise

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was very disappointed in this cruise the cabin steward didn't clean the room ordered room service stacked the dishes neatly on the tray and later that even had to remove them myself didn't want to set in the hallway my husband was in a wheelchair. Half the elevators were broken the food was half the time gross we have been on 20 some cruises with carnival they need to change or I will change to a different cruise line. This was an anniversary cruise and they made it turn into a bad anniversary and don't seem to care  

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Very disappointed

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I have been on several cruise ships and the Vista does not match up to some of the others. The entertainment was very poor, not enough going on at night. The bars were not open most of the evenings. The dining situation was poor as well, too many restaurants you had to pay extra for, after all the money I had already paid. I found a bug in my salad in the captain's restaurant of all places, and all they did was take it away. Very disappointed in this cruise.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun Ship!

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The best part about this cruise is that someone besides myself makes the bed and fixes and serves my food!!  But other than that... the Fun Squad led by Mike the Cruise Director is awesome.  They are full of energy and make all guests feel personally welcome.  The formal dining room staff are just as friendly.  The shows were very entertaining, and more impressive that the same staff were involved in all 4 different shows.  That's a lot of choreography to learn!  

 

For my personal preferences...the bed in my ocean view cabin was too firm for me...although the bedding was perfect.  The selection of food on the breakfast buffet did not vary; and even if I was too choose the formal dining room for breakfast..there was little variance.  The selection of food choices the rest of the day was excellent with several choices of venues to choose from.  I thought the bbq place was out of this world, and wished it was open all days ..not just on the sea days.  

 

Getting on and off the ship was a very streamlined process..easiest I've encountered yet.  

 

For all the negative things I read about the Vista before going... I am glad I chose to ignore them and just went into the vacation with an open mind and excitement...it did not disappoint me.

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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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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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