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Carnival Vista Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 22, 2020

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2438

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We have a 17, 16 and 10 year old. They loved the cruise and we would def sail Vista again! Great first experience


5 out of 5
They made it very easy to figure out the process. FTTF is def worth getting too!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was great everywhere!! The lobster and shrimp in the main dining room was phenomenal and we really enjoyed the Dr Seuss breakfast with the kids

Lido Marketplace

5 out of 5

Very convenient with kids

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

Loved the burgers!!

BlueIguana Tequila Bar

2 out of 5

Didn’t spend much time here. The atmosphere was not like at the Red Rum Bar

BlueIguana Cantina

5 out of 5

Loved the shrimp burritos!

Redfrog Rum Bar

5 out of 5

Can not give this place enough stars! By far our favorite spot. Derval, Dean and Preston are the best around. So much fun and knew us by name and even recognized our kids. Great service and drinks were always perfect!

Alchemy Bar

4 out of 5

The lady mixologists were very talented, but we did find the drinks too strong to enjoy at times

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
This ship has everything. We never saw our kids lol there was always something to do!


5 out of 5
Favorite spot was the comedy shows. Schwartz put on an awesome Military Appreciation service as well

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Camp Ocean / Reception

5 out of 5

My 10 year old loved Camp Ocean! She was able to sign herself in and out and all she wanted to do was attend all of their activities!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward Adrian was amazing!!! He knew my kids names right away and recognized them all week. He was very helpful with everything! All of the waitstaff was remarkable. Never received bad service at all. They all work so hard all the time and always acknowledged us and said hello, good morning, etc

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
They are always constantly cleaning

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The size was great. Highly recommend the Family Harbor area with kids. It was very convenient having the breakfast buffet every morning right there. Especially for port days! The Ocean View Deluxe was very spacious .....3 bunks and a king bed. Having 2 bathrooms was great too!

Ship tip

I had read reviews about this ships layout before we went and it is a little weird, but by the second day we all figured it out and even my 10 year old was able to navigate on her own. The ship is beautiful and so much to do. We still never found everything on the Vista. She’s beautiful though. Be patient with the lines. They move really fast so we never had to wait long at all. We reserved our table on our app for dinner and within 10 minutes and walking to the restaurant we were seated right away. For being a bigger ship, it never felt crowded.

Ports of call

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Another family favorite. The Jamaican atmosphere near the port is great!!! So much energy and music. We went to Margaritaville close to the port. Had lunch and was able to use their pool and beach area. The water here is beautiful!

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Most beautiful water we’ve ever seen!! We grabbed a public bus for $2.50/pp and went to Hell to get our passports stamped and then was dropped off at Seven Mile Beach next to Calico Jacks. The food and beach area was good.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
My kids favorite port! We LOVED Mr Sanchos!! The food is great, the drinks were great and the atmosphere was perfect. Our waiter Saudi was awesome and very attentive. They put us on the far end away from the “party” area so we had a little quieter time. Will def do Sanchos again. We have a 17, 16 and 10 yr old.

Galveston, Texas

2 out of 5
Just spent the night before boarding. Didn’t explore anything


5 out of 5
With FTTF we were off the ship and in our car by 8:15. Very simple process

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