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Carnival Vista

December 2016 - Carnival Vista to Caribbean

Carnival Vista

The ships was clean but entirely aimed at millenials, not baby boomers!!! Specialty dining was poor in La Cuchina, horrible food, F 555 was a typical steak house, Ji Ji was excellent. Bonsai Sushi was amazing. Main dining room menu needs some updating, has not changed in years on Carnival.


Staff needs to be trained in the Carnival Culture of addressing passengers by name on return of the Sail and Sign card. Staff need to be more friendly and make you feel wanted rather than a burden to them.

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Carnival Glory

August 2015 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern

The Ship Needs Love

This ship truly needs some love. It looked a bit run down in its appearance. The dining room staff was efficient but not overly friendly. The entertainment aboard ship was mainly geared toward the Latin American passengers and no one else including the "Caribbean Beach Party". It was all very heavy Reggie music not island type beach music as I expected. In the casino bar only the Latin music band played, the other band played other venues away from the crowds.

The cruise director was excellent as was his assistant. The comedy club was good as always. The buffet was adequate, however on port days when passengers wanted to get off the ship it was over crowded and difficult to get a table.

Prices in the spa were outrageous especially on port days when business would be slow. It certainly discouraged me from going to the spa for a massage and facial at their rates!!!!!

Overall it was a good cruise as far as the itinerary considering we had to change due to Hurricane Erika.

The excursions were great. We snorkled with dolphins in Roatan and went snorkling on the Mesoamerican Reef in Belize. Organized, exciting, and fun.


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Norwegian Getaway

August 2014 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern

Getaway Break

Overall the cruise was great. We had a major issue with our cabin steward as she was lazy. We asked for water and ice in the cabin and we were told by her that she will get to it as it is too far for her to walk to get it!!!


Freestyle cruising was new to us. We liked all of the dining options both included and premium. The Tropicana Dining Room was their largest over all the service was good. We did see "Burn The Floor" in that room and it was a nice show. Savor and Taste serve the same food as Tropicana just more intimate. Freestyle to me means come when you wish and stay as long as you want.....not dress like a slob for dinner and be loud and boisterous. That was a disappointment. Gentlemen should wear pants to dinner not bathing suits or ratty shorts and flip flops, while their dinner dates (wives, girlfriends, etc) dress appropriately. Perhaps I am a bit more traditional in my thinking.


Cagneys, La Cuchina and Le Bistro were good. Cagneys has no clue how to prepare a steak "Pittsburg". La Cuchina should learn from my wife how to make chicken parm. Le Bistro had the best of the premium foods.


Planning activities aboard ship is a bit of chore. The interactive TV for booking shows doesnt always register. Having to book and preplan contradicts the freestyle concept of cruising.


The alfresco areas should have ceiling fans for air circulation about the area. In the afternoons and early evenings in the summer time the air can get stagnant.


I never felt crowded on the ship and getting on an off was a breeze. Over all the service from the crew was great. The management addressed my concerns regarding the cabin steward and attempted to rectify as quickly as possible and made the cruise enjoyable.


I would recommend this ship and NCL and for a summer cruise I would consider it again

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marvinmerrit's Tips

Carnival Glory Carnival Glory - The pizza is great. it is open 24 hours a day and it is a good variety especially when hungry after a late night. On the other hand, Guys Burgers are greasy.....a heart attack on a bun!!!!
Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - Don't go to "lobster" night at the buffet your better off passing they were horrible!!!!!

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