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Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Carnival Vista

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 13, 2018

Ship: Carnival Vista

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Not sure if we will sail Carnival again or not. We basically did this one for the stops. Will go back to Royal next time. Inly saving grace was the cruise director. Also I do want to applaud him for the absolutely beautiful Military Appreciation he did in our last season day. It was so moving and one if the best things that happened that week.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was smooth and fast.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main Dining Room was very good and all of the specialty restaurants. The buffet was terrible.

Lido Marketplace

1 out of 5

Food was awful had breakfast here twice and lunch once.

JiJi Asian Kitchen

5 out of 5

Had lunch here very good.

Seafood Shack

5 out of 5

Very good food here.

Redfrog Pub and Brewery

2 out of 5

Service was awful here.

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

Good burgers and quick service.

BlueIguana Cantina

5 out of 5

Good was good and quick here.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pool needed to be bigger The kids splash area and slides are nice.

Vista Casino

1 out of 5

Poor service and not enough help in this venue.

Sky Ride

2 out of 5

Lines were so long we were never able to ride unless you wanted to wait over an hour.

Carnival Waterworks

5 out of 5

Very nice for the kids.


3 out of 5
The shows were ok, not theatrical like on Royal, if you were able to get to it but they only played one time so if you missed it you never were able to try and see it again.

IMAX Theater

5 out of 5

Saw Cocoa was a nice venue.

Liquid Lounge

3 out of 5

Too small for the amount of people in this ship.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Children's program was great for our friends 4 year old. He loved it.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
If you were in the cruise directors team they seemed very happy with their jobs, but the other staff seemed over worked, and tired. Their definitely is not enough of them.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

When debarking for shore excursions, don't rush to get off the ship. They only opened in gang plank and were hurding us off like cattle. You were waiting in line a ling time to get off. Also if you are given a free drink card to use in the casino, be prepared, because you can only get those drinks from a waiter that you can never find. And they make those drinks in the back, so they are so watered down when they bring them to you. After my husband was given this they wouldn't even let him buy a drink at the bar if we were in the casino. The card was more of a hassle then a benefit.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5

La Romana, Dominican Republic

1 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5


4 out of 5
We we're delayed a little this day due to the government shut down. No fault of Carnival's.
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