Great cruise with wonderful destinations but not too impresses by the Carnival Vista though.

Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 07, 2019

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8461

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This cruise did what it was supposed to do. The ship was clean and the staff was helpful and co-operative. The ship was clumsy to get around for us and seemed to be too crowded.


5 out of 5
Faster than usual.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was good and adequately served, though getting past long waiting times outside of regular dining was a problem.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Shows were great. IMAX should be free though. Open spaces were too congested. The main and rear pools were too small and always crowded. The open area mid-ship also seemed to be too small. Smoking areas were clumsy at best.


5 out of 5
Performers in the Liquid Lounge were very talented and wonderful to experience. Three female violinists in mid-ship were also good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff was very helpful all of the time. The service was polite and courteous all the time.

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
I had a rear stateroom on Deck 8. I found myself walking long distances and sometimes on the wrong deck as well to get to somewhere I wanted to go. It appeared to me that everything was too cluttered for the amount of people on the ship to enjoy themselves.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was 8461, last cabin on the starboard side of the ship. It was well laid out and kept very clean.

Ship tip

The cruise had great destinations and Carnival was OK, but the layout (or lack of one) on the Carnival Vista makes it a poor Carnival option.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas Did not visit port

Was the port of departure.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Shore excursion involved riding horses along a beach and into the water and finally tubing down a river. The horse riding was wonderful. The tubing started off great and then finally left us feeling vulnerable when it was over.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Stingray reef is a must. It was windy that day, but was still a wonderful experience.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did the jeep and beach excursion. It was a wonderful day for us, especially once we went to the beach. The guide was informative and very pleasant.


3 out of 5
I waited on deck 5 as directed for more than one hour. Decks 1 and 2, and then decks 14, 13, 12, and 11 were called. Finally getting disgusted, we just disembarked. I saw it becoming a free-for-all. Carnival needs to remember that Royal Caribbean also sails from the same port to the same destinations. They might want to consider that when they design their next ship.
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