Spring Break on the Vista

Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 17, 2019

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 12204

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall this was a great cruise. I got to spend a lot of valuable time with my dad. That is what this cruise was really about for me. We laughed, hung out and explored together. It's a great time to slow down and reconnect. My mom passed last year, but I know she was smiling down on us and would be so happy that we took this opportunity to make wonderful memories.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was very smooth and painless.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The good was awesome and the staff was great.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We really enjoyed the spa as we had access differe to staying in a spa balcony stateroom. The skyride was fun. We made sure to do that right away to avoid long lines.


3 out of 5
The music was fantastic. The DJ's were great as well as the love music around the ship. The singing in the shows was subpar. As Simon Cowell would say "it was very pitchy". The comedians were okay. Not the best, but good for a few laughs.

Children's Programs

Didn't have any kids traveling.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward Jonnathan was great. He always greeted us by name. The waiters in the MDR did the same. It was a nice touch. Everyone I encountered was friendly and willing to help.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
I liked the ship but I did miss not having a true atrium. Also, for the ship to be so large kr didn't feel that big. I think it was because the weren't a lot of really open spaces. Everything was compartmentalized. Not a big deal, just something I noticed. The ship was very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was amazing. It is port side so we were able to see the towns and watch as passengers disembarked and scrambled back. We had the room set up with the two twin beds but we'd still had enough room. It was a little squeeze to get around one bed, but not a big deal. Jonnathan always had our room clean after we left in the morning. He asked right away his often are wanted the room cleaned. We chose one time, in the morning and that instruction was followed to a T.

Ship tip

If you are an adult, try the salad bar on the Serenity deck. I didn't try until the last day and now I wish I had tried it sooner. It may have saved me a few lbs.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

4 out of 5
Just went to Dollar Tree to get a few items. Didn't do much either time, arriving or departing.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Went to Nachi Cocom and had a great time. Tried to snorkel off the shore but there really wasn't anything to see. Enjoyed the beach, hot tub and food.

Belize City, Belize

3 out of 5
Just shopped at the port. Enjoyed being tendered to port. It was a nice ride.

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
The free beach is nice. Plenty of chairs and the water was great. I think it's worth the extra cost to rent a cabana or the clam shell that goes over the chairs for added shade.


2 out of 5
This was horrible. We were on the 12th deck and had our luggage. We were some of the last called. Even after some of those with checked luggage. We actually followed the rules. Now I see why so many did not.

Traveler Photos

Dive-in movie on the Lido Dessert in Reflections Dining Room Military appreciation View from balcony Tender ride to Belize Shopping in Belize View from the buffet of Mahogany Bay shipwreck
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