June 2016 - 10 Night Mediterranean (Barcelona To Athens) Cruise on Carnival Vista
Very nice itinerary, good value for the price, ship layout, food and entertainment are okay.
The ship stopped at many nice ports. Considering we were mid-ship in the Lido deck with balcony the price was pretty good at about $135 a day. The rooms were slightly cramped, but nor bad knowing space onboard is at a premuim, although we thought The balcony itself was a little small. The excursions were well priced compared to other options, and as long as you aren't on a "Top 10" (mostly bus tour) excursion were nice, and those including lunch or dinner were very good.
The ship layout is a little confusing as they require you to go through certain common areas (e.g. Casino) in order to get to other areas of the ship, which required us to pass through a smoking area. The ship diagrams by the elevators help when you get disoriented or can't get from fore to aft on certain decks (e.g. deck 3 where the crew is quartered). Some of these are common on ships, but hoping they would do something different with new ship designs. I was surprised given the fact the cruise was fully booked, that we could usually find a place poolside during the day.
The good at standard dining was only okay. Guy's burgers, The Blue Iguana and JiJi's (lunch free) were nice free alternatines no-cost alternatives. The on-board service was pretty good.
The entertainment was hit-and-miss. Most of the shows were not as good as other cruise lines I've been on, but there were a couple of gems (e.g. Flick), and while the comedy shows were also hit-and-miss, it was nice to have this as an alternative to the regular shows.
While it was not a bad cruise or experience, my wife and I (soon free to travel without our teenager who is becoming an adult and doesn't really care for travel) will be looking for a more upscale cruise experience, so we will probably cruise on a more mid to upper scale cruise lines (versus budget oriented). So it's A matter of preference, not value or experience. This is a was a good value for the money.