Overall a good cruise, ship and crew has some issues.

Carnival Vista Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 34

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 14, 2019

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 2431

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We had a great time, with a few hiccups. Know the ship beforehand! Know what to expect with certain things, i.e. the entertainment staff and pizza, bummer.


3 out of 5
We had priority due to booking a Family Harbor suite. This made the embarkation process a breeze.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
We love eating in the dining room (we were in Horizons dur to a party change). The food was great for the most part and our waitstaff was wonderful. The buffet was great as well as the omelet and sandwich stations we good also. The guys making the pizzas didn't seem enthusiastic at all about their jobs. There was always a long line, but not because the quality was so amazing...they just had one person out making pies every time we went there and they were not fast. The addition of delivery of pizza didn't seem to help either.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The pools were due for cleaning and the hot tubs are fewer than we realized, so they were always packed full. Our kids thought the Sky Course was good, but were not able to go on the Sky ride due to restrictions.


3 out of 5
All the standard things are available. That being said, we didn't go and stay at any shows due to the quality of the performances was lacking. We had seen poor reviews stating this prior to choosing this ship, it is still an issue. The comedy acts were great though.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5
Both of our children enjoyed the staff at the respective age groups areas.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our steward and waitstaff were fabulous! Thank you I Made, Raul, and Sasipah for making every night in the dining room special! Adi, you are a stealth ninja!

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
This ship has a terrible design! Do plenty of research on how to get around before you go! If you plan to choose a Family Harbor room, know that the kitchen and prep area for the main dining rooms are right above you and you will have trouble getting rest! Everything was well maintained and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
We loved the cabin, hated how hot it was and how loud it was all night long! The kitchen/prep area is right above it and they work loudly, ALL NIGHT LONG! Our steward, Adi, was great and a real ninja!

Ship tip

Really research this ship and understand how to get from point a to b!

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

4 out of 5
We love the ambiance of Galveston. Try the Gumbo Diner! Don't count out the older motels, they've been there for a long time for a reason.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We love the snorkeling here! We did an excursion with First Lady Sport Fishing Cozumel, well worth the money! Great crew and an amazing time. They also made us fresh guacamole and ceviche, on the boat and it was amazing!

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
We love Grand Cayman! It is easy to get around and there is so much to see and experience!

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
What a beautiful place! The people here are great! We definitely plan to return to this port! We did the Mystic Mountain lift excursion through Carnival and loved it!


3 out of 5
Again, due to priority status that came with our cabin, we disembarked early and with ease.

Traveler Photos

Digital atrium Yah Mon!  We love Jamaica!
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