RECENT CRUISERS ON CCL VISTA

Normally, I'd know the answers to some REALLY important questions, but things being what they are, I thought I'd ask HERE instead. PINKIE already solved one lickity-split.....sooooooo:

1) Still delivering free continental bkfst in the am? still the good ol paper in the door the nite before, or do you order on the HUB?

2) What venues are open for bkfst in the AM, besides the buffet?

3) What venues are open for lunch on embarkation day, besides Jurassic Park that is? We already have dinner reservations.

You may get the idea that I strongly believe that the way embarkation day goes, is a good indicator of what may happen on "more normal" days. At least for me, anyway. I don't react well to hunger... we have set all kinds of records for embarkation, and sittting down for a pleasant, QUIET lunch....but these days who knows...

Any advice would be appreciated...btw, I did check reviews for the past few months...no help...

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In 5 days I'll be on the sister ship the Horizon, but that doesn't help a lot. Rumor has it that the daily paper will be on the HUB. If you want a hard copy, you pick it up at Guest Services. I haven't paid attention to room service being delivered as before, sorry. I have heard that seaday Brunch is still going as before. In fact , supposedly the only real change is smaller portions, not as late buffet options and only half of the buffet open at a time. A lot of folks are crying about that. Hopefully, you'll get someone to answer exactly what happened on the Vista. I promise to let you know about the Horizon which most likely will be similar.

That daily paper may be on the HUB, but usually you get a bunch of "slips" so you can get a Continental BKFST delivered early...FREE I might add....used to be limited menu for Embarkation day lunch, in certain venues, NOT the BUFFET....(as an aside, I read where they did away with tablecloths in the MDR...they can blame ANYTHING on COVID it seems)....I'll await your review....I know you'll give us all the gory details, not just clicking stars which seems to be fan favorites...

And yes, these "changes" for lack of a better word, are usually fleetwide anyway.

Sadly, the tablecloths are gone, even for cruise elegant night.Sad I am hoping that for the Sailabration cruises in March, some of those things will return.Surprised

We sailed on the Vista, October 9th-16th. We never ate breakfast in the main dining room, always on the Lido. They did have brunch on sea days, and I believe the main dining was open for breakfast every day. As far as lunch goes, we ate at various venues, and never noticed if main dining was open. We ate dinner every night in the main dining room, as we dressed up every night. ( old fashioned that way, I guess.) Never noticed any difference in the portion sizes, anywhere we ate. On embarkation day, everything on the Lido was open. We didnt venture too far from the pool.Big Smile All in all, dining was on par with other cruises we have taken ( with the exception of our cruise in 95 and 97, dinner setting was VERY formal). If you have any other questions, I did post a review, and you can ask on here or email me at pbelmar0420@gmail.com. Please, no spam. I do accept nudes (no dudes)....LOL Oh, and the daily itinerary is available on the "hub" app. Never did check to see if a paper copy was available.

I miss the "formal" place settings. It made cruising feel a tad more "elegant". even if they only did it on "formal" nights.

We miss it a lot as well!

Way back in the day, packing a little something more formal was a given..we actually enjoyed it, on a limited basis anyway. As time passed, it seems the "tradition" is falling out of favor...I suspect it remains alive because theres enough greyheads to make it interesting....ok ok, don't throw things at me...but anyway, we stopped even packing for it. Not for dinner, or a show, not for nothing...."cruise casual" is now almost the equivalent of formal, and THAT can be overdressed for most meals. The most you'll get out of me is slacks with a crease and an ironed shirt... Do we miss it??? welllllllllllllll...........

https://shouldbecruising.com/2021/09/03/room-service-on-carnival-cruise-line-with-menus/#Is_room_service_free_on_Carnival

Found this, per the date, looks recent, but who knows...looks like some things have changed, but some not....my "pre-breakfast breakfast" awaits..............that coffee and danish/fruit on the balcony ...delivered...is worth getting up for....

We will be spending Halloween on Vista, our third sailing on the ship. Dont like the vista, but we were offered a trip for $25 each, so cant turn that down. The Vista is too big for us, elevator layout weird, liquid theatre is not for us, no place to set drinks on main floor, wait staff doesnt know what a table for 2 is on main dining room, they set 2 couples at a table. We are a Dream class and Conquest class people. Will report on Vista when we get back.

Thanks for that. We used to think that when we started to see "the behemoths" appearing years ago...then we tried BREAKAWAY after it was moved from NY...and her sister GETAWAY....Actually do like them. Agree with you re some features of VISTA, at least from the deck plans...But we got a Havana corner, so it will hopefully eliminate some of the endless wandering. We're doing this as an experiment...an expensive experiment. Because we have another on her in Feb...I don't mind "learning" what they've done because of covid, and "getting used to it" as opposed to the way things were...but when it ceases to be fun (my definition of fun), then I'll be seriously eyeballing that Feb cruise....

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