Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Third Mate

7+ cruises


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5 out of 5

Europe 2016. Fun time had by all!

Sail Date: July 09, 2016

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

The Carnival Vista is a beautiful ship and stopped at amazing incredible ports in the Mediterranean. On the cruise,  We loved the serenity deck for adults only.  Matt our cruise director was very funny and very lively! He was very entertaining. The meals were delicious too. Well for some improvements we could change the confusion about dinner. It's ridiculous to send us to a location on the 5th floor to be given a pager/buzzer to go off when our table on the 3rd floor becomes available. The pagers often didn't work and 2x  when we went to the Horizon dining on the 3rd floor bc the pager went off the hostess said oh no you must be mistaken about the lager going off bc there isn't a table for you. Very strange way! 

Also in a couple of the ports there should be added free bus shuttle service to get to the end of the port! Overall we loved the amazing cruise. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Standard service. James was helpful when we needed help and he was low key but did his job!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarking was time consuming. Too many stop points.
Disembarking was relatively painless and very easy. Well done.
Ship Quality Great ship but we had a hard time finding our way to walk on the deck outside. It seemed very difficult to just run out to the deck instead we had to go to the usual lido deck or to 5. On other ships we were able to go out side with much more ease.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
The entertainer Ed Carr at the red frog was sick and not playing for about 3/4 nites and we were extremely disappointed. He was very good when he was there.
The piano guy was not for a mature crowd, he kind of talked too much when we wanted to hear him sing.
Matt the cruise director was very entertaining.
The shows were not that engaging.
Service and Staff
Wee from dinner was wonderful!
Food and Dining
The food choices were very delicious. The staff was overall helpful and friendly!
Barcelona, Spain
Plan out your port visit. Nice city, the ship is located right near Las Ramblas, which is the Main Street there.
Marseille (Provence), France
Took a tour there to Avignon and the winery. Very nice!
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
The ship had a shuttle to the train station. Do not hesitate. It was well worth it. 5 Euro I think. Then took the train to Pisa, then to Florence. Had a nice time in both places. Print out the train schedules for the day you are there on TrenItalia so you know when the trains are due. Validate your ticket before riding the train.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
At this port in the past the train was close, 4 blocks. This time it left you close to a mile. Pay the 7 euro for a round trip or take a cab with a group. Train ride is about an hour. Planned strip to the catacombs with Viatour. Know what you want to see when you go here. Trevor fountain etc....
Naples, Italy
From the ship directly walked to the high speed ferries to Capri. In Capri we rented a drive your own boat for 90 Euro for 2 hours. Went around Capri, had a great time! Capri Boat rentals... Fun place!
Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Plan out your port visit.
Rhodes, Greece
Plan your port visit!
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Plan your port visit.


Great ship. Good food. Lots to do!

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