Fun but the most expensive trip I've ever taken!

Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 10, 2019

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 6209

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Good but more expensive than a 10 day trip to Hawaii or a 12 day trip to Europe.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining room was good. Burger joint & Sushi fantastic! Buffet was ok/typical... Steakhouse lost our reservations from several months ago and would not accommodate seating, even after escalating to management.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools were small and one was closed due to a child accident. Havana pools restricted to cabins. Fitness center equipment was limited. Casino was fun but stingy.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Comedians, music and shows were all great!

Children's Programs

2 out of 5
Kids 12-14 not allowed into 15-17 and visa versa, so if you have kids in those age brackets, expect them to be separated if attending kids club. That said, our kids did not go on their own and we did not participate in either program. Arcade is expensive.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All did a fantastic job!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very clean overall.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Bed was fine and room was clean. Shower small as expected.

Ship tip

Be aware that Adult drink package not included for day 1 or 7 and that prices are hiked up on day 1 (e.g., two mixed drinks = $23USD; while at sea = $13.50).

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

3 out of 5

Montego Bay, Jamaica

2 out of 5
Hardrock is overrated and staff was unprofessional.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Sea Trek was fantastic! Lunch for four was expensive at Guy Harvey's (e.g., 4 panini sandwiches, fries and sodas = $182 USD).

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Dolphin swim is fantastic. Photos were expensive but negotiated 80+ pic package down from $450 to $220.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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