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Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 23, 2018

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11250

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I think it's a shame that Carnival is now trying to charge for all kinds of little extras on a cruise. That was the allure of going on a cruise. Most everything was included. Charging for popcorn for the movies is ridiculous! We were bored a lot of times because there are not enough different things to do. Lots of repeats. We will go back to Royal Caribbean next time!


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food was not bad, but it could have been better. The food spots were open at such odd times and were never the same each day. We never knew when things were open or not.

Reflections Restaurant

3 out of 5

Very disappointed. Looked like we were in Lubys! We expect the dining room to be very elegant and more formal. Who wants to dress up for elegant night when you're going to Lubys?

Guy's Burger Joint

4 out of 5

Food was very good, but they weren't open enough. You had to catch them at just the right time.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Comedians were good. There were not enough trivia, games, etc. to get involved in. We seemed to get bored most days, and that has never happened on a cruise before.

Cloud 9 Spa

4 out of 5

Chloe did the Ionithermie treatments for me, and I'm not sure they really worked all that well. But she was fantastic! She is a great girl to deal with in the spa!

Vista Casino

1 out of 5

Terrible!!!! Casino was so small, and people were smoking so badly, you couldn't even walk through there, much less stay in there, without choking on cigarette smoke. We were horrified! You need a separate room or separate casino for non-smokers!!!!

Photo Gallery

5 out of 5

Love the way you look at photos now. So much better than trying to find yourself in a sea of pics!


1 out of 5
Comedians were good. Stage shows were lacking, and there were too many repeats. We love magicians, and there were none. Music was fair. Not a lot of talent.

Dance Floor

1 out of 5

What dance floor? There were very few clubs for dancing. You used to have theme nights with different types of music for dancing. There were none. Piano bar was closed every night for a private party.

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The layout was different than any other Carnival ship we've been on. Things were not flowing. Several things you had to really hunt and find because they were in odd places....such as the Pig & Anchor being outside on the deck. Always before, you could walk through the ship and see everything and know where everything was. It was a bigger ship so more things could be added, BUT when more things were added, everything was a lot smaller. Not good.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Go on another ship. This one was lacking. Somewhat of a disappointment.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5

Montego Bay, Jamaica

2 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5


1 out of 5
There must be some way to make sure people follow your rules. When you say don't head down until you are called, EVERYONE was doing it anyway, and it was causing a major blockage. You need more people checking to make sure it's the right people trying to disembark. It's also ridiculous that you only put luggage tags in the rooms of diamond or platinum members. Red, blue or gold members should NOT have to go to guest services to get luggage tags or customs forms! They are just as important and these items are pretty necessary! It makes them feel less appreciated and want to go on another cruise line where they are taken care of.
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