First post-covid cruise

Carnival Vista Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Carnival Vista

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 03, 2021

Ship: Carnival Vista

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 7448

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Review summary

I was in the Havana rooms. On Day 2, the pool was extremely cloudy and green. Day 3, it was cloudy. Day 4, it had a brown film. Finally they cleaned it on Day 5 and it was clean again. But ridiculous that a paid amenity was in worse shape than the other pools.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Embarkation was generally good. Lots of fanfare due to being the first cruise out, which caused a lot of crowds. But once it got going, it went pretty quick. One place to check vaccine cards, one to do check-in and then into the lounge to board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
I thought the food was pretty good! Better than other lines. However, a few downsides: - Guy's Pig & Anchor was terrible. I love BBQ and this was just bad. - The buffet was small compared to other lines.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Not sure whether this is typical for Carnival or a symptom of post-covid life but I found there to be very few activities offered during the day. On other lines, I have found myself struggling to choose what to do. But on this cruise, I couldn't find a single thing to do before 6 pm when the comedy shows started.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Some of the comedians were great. Some were terrible. I wish the shows were of higher quality.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
My waitstaff was phenomenal. Room steward was good. But the rest of the staff I came in contact with did not want to help with issues. At all

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
It was super clean and staff were constantly cleaning. However, this ship isn't my favorite. I didn't like how all the spaces were closed off and there wasn't good flow from the back to the front of the ship without going up and down stairs.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5

Belize City, Belize

5 out of 5

Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
Hoo boy. This was a mess. We were 30 minutes late into port and it took 2 hours for non-priority to start getting off the ship!
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