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Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 28, 2018

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7407

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I was so looking forward to this cruise for my 50th birthday with my family. In the first hours on the ship I quickly realized I would be spending half our time waiting in lines and for elevators. I was devastated to see the pools had no access with my limited walking ability and they were packed any time the weather was nice. No resos available at the steakhouse and the comedy shows were packed. It was very loud and stressful. If you like to drink and party this is your ship. If you are in a wheelchair it is not easily navigated and if you want to relax this is not your ship. We met a lot of wonderful people and the staff and their stories were really touching but way too many people.


1 out of 5
Took hours to drive a couple blocks and a chaotic stressful experience.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
JJs Asain was a great dining experience. The Pasta place was the only place we were treated rudely. The other dining was really good food except the buffet which was hit and miss.

Alchemy Bar

5 out of 5

Denis made me the best strawberry cocktail I've ever had. I wish I could buy it at the store.

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

Really good.

JiJi Asian Kitchen

5 out of 5

Great service and food.

Pizzeria Del Capitano

5 out of 5

Really good.

Redfrog Rum Bar

5 out of 5

Great service and drinks. Laura and Waynon are fabulous.

Redfrog Pub and Brewery

5 out of 5

Fun place and loved Jonathan.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Beach Pool

2 out of 5

Not handicap accessible.


3 out of 5

Carnival's Seaside Theatre

3 out of 5

Really nice to watch movies outside in the warm weather. I wish there were more comfortable chairs as the ones there were monopolized the entire trip by the same people.

IMAX Theater

5 out of 5

Fun thing to do.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
The accessible bathrooms are few and far between and the pools, bikes, and slides are not accessible. The elevators left a lot to be desired. Ship was very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

This is a mega ship with thousands (almost 5000 people). It is a loud party ship with long lines and few elevators that resulted in waiting for a very long time if you cannot use the stairs. It is not wheelchair friendly. The pools are inaccessible and restaurants are several floors away from accessible bathrooms.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5


1 out of 5
No one listened to the procedure and it was a chaotic mess.
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