Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Vista

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 08, 2017

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10297

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We enjoyed our cruise, along with cruise "buddies" we go with every time.  We had a great time, even though I will say, the Vista is definitely at the top of our list of favorite Carnival ships.  We sailed at capacity (4900) and this ship was just not equipped to handle the amount of people who sailed on this cruise.  The lines were extremely long with no place to walk as you passed the lines.  About as bad as it gets and we've been on 10 different Carnival ships.

That being said, the food was great, best we've had on any of the ships even though the desserts are pretty bad.  The chocolate melting cake is good but after years of eating it, it would be nice to have some new offerings that aren't, well.......very good.  Desserts is definitely an area that needs dramatic improvement.  

Our room was like all Carnival ships, excellent.  Our cabin steward was excellent as well, very friendly and polite and exceptionally adept at keeping our cabin in pristine condition.

Also, our server in the dining room, her name was Singsoong is the best we have ever had!  She and her crew were just great and rarely made a mistake.  Always called us by name, whether in the dining room or on the Lido deck. Always had a smile on her face.  Best in the business!

All in all, we had a good time, but again, this ship, when at capacity is not comfortable.

The smaller ships, (Freedom, Liberty, Conquest) are our favorite ships. They were built with comfort in mind and the public areas are accommodating to the amount of people onboard. All ships we've sailed on have been sold out so the Vista just doesn't cut it when it comes to public areas.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Absolutely great, of course, the layout is the exact same as every other balcony cabin but this one (since the Vista is so new) had a very accurate thermostat which made for extremely comfortable temps in our stateroom and the decor was nice and very updated with LED spots instead of the old perimeter fluorescent bulbs. A very nice touch. Room was clean and our cabin steward, Koko was the absolute best. He kept everything in perfect order and handled our laundry for us. Just excellent.

Ship tip

Be prepared for extremely long lines on the Lido deck for breakfast. It's difficult to even walk because it's so crowded in every single area of the Lido deck at breakfast. Worst of the fleet. So be prepared to wait. Other than that, the food is very good. Try the other restaurants too!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
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