August 2016 - Carnival Vista to Europe
The ship is new and large. The ports were why we choose this cruise. Barcelona is a great starting point and is a great city to explore. The stops in Sicily, (although warn you the beaches in Sicily are not like the Caribbean at all. Stony and volcanic sand), but still nice. Naples is great with Pompeii nearby, Rome has so much to offer, Pisa was interesting and Marseilles, France was great. The peoples of Marseilles were quite friendly and we did not encounter any problems. Military and police units are quite visible in Marseilles. Mallorca, Spain was quite spectacular. Beautiful place. Quite ritzy. Took a trip up into the mountains which was also great.
Carnival Vista is an interesting ship and offers quite a few amenities not found on other Carnival ships. All of the water works areas are great for both Kids and Adults. The gym/spa area is nice. Warn you that the locker rooms at the gym are quite small, only offer two showers, no steam room, but does offer a sauna. The workout equipment is pretty decent as well. If you want a steam, you have to opt for the Thermal Suites which carries a charge and is co-ed.
The food onboard is pretty decent. There a all kinds of specialty restaurants and the Lido deck offers all kinds of food on the buffet lines. The Dining Rooms were good also. One of the best meals we had was on the first formal night which had lobster tails on the menu. The second formal night offered a great steak that you would normally have to pay to enjoy.
All in all, a good cruise and would recommend it. Hal