Any time Dining was no fun

Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 44

Overall rating:

3.4 out of 5
Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 31, 2019

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

NOTES TO CARNIVAL: 1) Have Faster to the Fun available. 2) Make a smokeless cascino area or CLEAN UP THE SMOKE WITH FILTERS. 3) Allow people to have their preferred dining time OR LET THEM AT LEAST HAVE A TABLE TO THEMSELVES. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE IT A SEARCH AND FIND MISSION TO SIGN IT AND GET A TABLE. 4) Some better signage to help guests find entertainment & restaurants. 5) Don't make our last memory of the cruise be a bad memory. Let us sit in the restaurant or open a show area for seating.


3 out of 5
I booked in feb for a trup the first week of sept and could NOT get Faster to the FUN. NOT HAPPY WITH WAITING AND STANDING AND NOT GETTING IN LIKE IN PREVIOUS TRIPS.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
JJ'S SPECIATITY RESTAURANT WAS THE BEST CRUISE FOOD I HAVE EVER EATTEN. Try them. You will find them to be excellent food and service! Main dining was 'anytime' dining and we were very unhappy. Walked to a different floor to get a table number leave there go down 2 flights and then be walked to the back of the dining room pass dozens and DOZENS of empty tables. Had to sit with people we did not know. NOT HAPPY WITH THE EVENING DINING ROOM EXPERIENCE.

Seafood Shack

4 out of 5

Food was good and priced fairly but note to self. Take it inside to enjoy it in the AC. Way too hot to enjoy outdoors due to not air movement.

Reflections Restaurant

3 out of 5

Hard to find. Good food. Always seated us waaaaaay in the back.

JiJi Asian Kitchen

5 out of 5

Just one word. EXCELLENT!Excellent food.Excellent staff.

Horizons Restaurant

4 out of 5

Hard to find. Always seated us waaaaaay in the back.

Guy's Burger Joint

4 out of 5


Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Pool was over flowing with people and the color of the water told me we should not get in it. SKY RIDE was out of service and it was one of the main reasons we booked this ship on the Vista they never told us it was out of service or being repaired! Notification came one week before departure. Not sufficient time to change our plans and no offer of a refund or discount

Sky Ride

1 out of 5


Vista Casino

2 out of 5

I'M SORRY BUT I COULD NOT BREATHE IN THERE! The smoke was everywhere. The air was so stale it permeated our clothing. PLEASE CONSIDER A NON-SMOKING CASINO, TOO!

Cloud 9 Spa

4 out of 5

Nice... but note to self... ASK IF IT'S GOING TO HURT.


4 out of 5
80's music by the (something) ____________ Riff band... They were excellent. The lead singer was an energetic blonde who engaged the whole room. We went to see them 4 out of the 6 nights at sea!

Ocean Plaza

4 out of 5

We had a great time watching the Riff band... almost every night!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
I'm sure it is because we had been spoiled by other carnival cruises where our wait staff knew us and brought us tea or water or coffee on que with our meals. This time we had to wait to stop a busy waiter as they sped by.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It was BIG. Getting on and off the ship and finding a place to sit was difficult. It was clean. If I had ONE wish it would be that carnival would stopo making us walk through the casino to get to a show or dining room on the other side of them... OR MAKE A NO SMOKING SECION FOR NO-SMOKERS TO BE ABLE TO WALK THROUGH & play the games. The casino smelled awful and merely walking through it make our clothes smell like smoke.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was clean. It was small. The tub area took up space that would have been appreciated as interior room use instead.

Ship tip

ASK if the sky ride is fixed.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

4 out of 5
Easy to access. Easy to park.

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

4 out of 5
Lovely port. We went on a Fabulous excursion with monkeys & parrot interaction.

Belize City, Belize

4 out of 5
Port was ok but not as friendly as Roatan. The train ride around town was ok but we would not recommend it unless you are looking for how the locals live and want to see some exteriors of houses.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
By far the friendliest and nicest of the 3 ports we visited. We went on an excursion to a private casa with all adults. Great food & cocktails... but not great snorkeling since the water made folks fight against the current to get back to the stairs.


2 out of 5
We had to be out of our room early (which I understand they need to clean the rooms) but they closed the big doors to the lobby(s) so we had to find our way around to a place to eat breakfast. Workers sent us every which way and it took us 30 minutes DRAGGING CARRY ONS to find the restaurant where we had to walk all the way to the back of the dining room again and sit and eat at a shared table, when we walked past over 1/2 of the room set up and EMPTY but not allowing us to sit there. We felt like second class citizens.
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