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4.9 out of 5

Exciting and fun cruise! by shavannaross

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I really enjoyed the ship and all the activities it had to offer. The staff were friendly and professional. The ship was clean and neat. Plenty of options for food and entertainment. Would have like a pool at serenity or an adults only pool.

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5 out of 5

My family of 16 sailed... by amandat118

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My family of 16 sailed on the Vista July 15th ages 4,8, high school graduates, young adults and grand parents. After reading reviews I fully expected to not be happy as this was my first Carnival cruise ( I have previously only sailed Disney) but I can say we ALL had the best time!! It was not issue free we had some problems with drainage in our bathroom which they fixed quickly and followed up multiple times which is all we can ask. We missed Aruba and Curaçao because of weather which wasn't anyone's fault and we had a great time in San Juan and Saint Maarten instead. My big kids loved both the IMAX and Thrill theatre. We all loved the sky ride, the line could get long but we just looked at when it opened and planned for it - we did it multiple times. Dive in movies was a favorite of all of us. Matt the CD was wonderful. Our stateroom host and dining staff were great and they worked so hard. I do believe they are understaffed on this boat which is unfair to both the guests and the staff..they can only do so much with the time they have but we had no complaints about our service, they all were nice and worked really hard. Pizza line could get long at night especially - didn't ruin our trip we either waited or we didn't no big deal - the food was great we all agreed and we sure didn't go hungry. My 4 year old asks every day when we can go back to the Carnival "Bista"'she calls it. My 8 year old loved the kids club as well. We felt like there was just so much to do for every one of us. Overall it was one of the best vacations we ever had and have already booked the same sailing for next year. We still gotta get to Aruba!

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5 out of 5

On the Vista for the... by Crazycruiser962

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On the Vista for the second time and I have to say this time around was even better! I wanted to give an honest review and look at everything with an open mind! Why 5 stars? The ship is impeccably clean and well maintained and whether you like the design or not shouldn’t be a reason to take away a star! We happen to like the design of the Vista and all of its amenities! Some reviewers I think don’t rate the Vista on its merits don’t like the colour of the rugs take away a star, it’s silly really and for the people that give the Vista a one, two or even three stars just isn’t realistic and we should probably ignore those types or reviews! Just my opinion of course 😊 let’s see embarkation very smooth on the ship within 15 minutes! Cabin spotless and tons of room for closet space! Cabin cleaned twice a day and our room steward Mudita was amazing! He never missed a beat and new us by name immediately! Balcony cabin, last year we had the benefit of being aft Havana! Next year Havana on the horizon! Can’t wait! Dining went very well the team of Saw and his staff were great food great to very very great! Food was always hot and we has a beautiful table at the aft looking over the ocean! Specialty restaurants on the Vista of course are excellent in fact the steak house is rated as one of the best at sea! So for Carnival bashers sorry this restaurant and service is incredible! I recall a reviewer saying that the buffet was terrible and that all they served was pork, that simply isn’t true as there is a ton of options for anyone! There is so many things to do on the Vista one simply can’t do them all on a 8 day cruise, but it’s sure fun trying! From the sky ride which is really a lot of fun, the ropes course the water slides and on and on for fun in the sun! For quieter times the serenity is great! People mention the pools are small and not enough so book the Havana suites or cabins and you have a pool to yourselves pretty much! People need to remember that we are on a cruise ship after all and how big can the pools really be! There is enough deck chairs for everyone to enjoy and yes people do get out there early and keep them, but this is an issue with every cruise line unless you sail with Seabourn or crystal or other high end cruise lines! Can’t say enough about the staff on the Vista they are incredible, happy and always there to help with anything! People mentioned about the long lines at the buffet or guys or blue iguana, that’s an easy fix don’t go at peak times and really they get people through quickly! The Vista is run like a fine tuned machine and we never had any issues or complaints! I will agree however that the liquid lounge has less then stellar seating so do try and sit below so the pillars aren’t in the way! We did every show and the singers and dancers were very entertaining! The veterans ceremony that Carnival does is really unbelievable! What an honour it was to witness! The entertainment on the ship was fabulous from the violinists to one of the male singers he was incredible! We were on board for St. Patty’s day and Carnival celebrated the day with style! It’s funny you know I was down at the customer service desk putting some cash down on our account and a women was there unfortunately being so rude and a loud as she could be so that everyone could hear her, she was complaining about a 2 dollar charge at the casino bar! She didn’t let the staff resolve it without her yelling! it’s very unfortunate that people treat this amazing group of staff so poorly over something so trivial! Disembarking was a breeze and thanks Carnival for another wonderful cruise and we can’t wait for next year!!

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5 out of 5

Just got off the Vista,... by srhoades071189

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Just got off the Vista, not even home yet😔. Great and beautiful ship. The shows [*A must see is the scavenger hunt adult show *] were entertaining, comedy was great and music was some of the best (throw back to the best of all time!). 2 trips to Cloud 9 for massages well worth the extra expense, treat yourself!!😋 Sky Ride was worth the 45 minute wait, wish we had done that more than once! Italian restaurant ($15/per person) and Steak restaurant ($30/per person) worth every penny! The Asian restaurant ($15/per person) ok but much different than what you get when you go there for Mongolian....just my opinion, not sure we would do that again. Guys Burgers and Blue Iguana Cantina were both amazing! Lido and pizza were good, as well. We, my husband and I, didn't find that the lines were long (like we had expected from previous reviews) for any of the food stations. Sea Day Brunch was GREAT.....make sure to do THIS!! Room service was the standard, as always. Elevators were slow but there were 5k people on the ship, we expected this! Same stuff on this ship as others: kids that parents let go wild, running all over the ship all times of the day and night, ice cream machine left running all over the floor, people pushing to get in front of you thinking their going to get somewhere before you, etc. Up side: lots of nice and friendly people from all around the world. Met some great people and some great kids, too!! Cruise Director, Schwartz, was very visible and involved in EVERYTHING! He was fun and wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time. HANDS DOWN THE BEST CRUISE DIRECTOR WE'VE EVER HAD! This was our most enjoyable cruise!!😎

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4.6 out of 5

Great Birthday Cruise! by DeeRob

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Overall, my cruise was great and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I like the pleasure of going to different ports. It feels like taking multiple vacations within the same timeframe.

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5 out of 5

Disembarked a couple of hours... by UKWildcats

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Disembarked a couple of hours ago. I can never understand people complaining about vacations. So you wont be reading any here. Carnival Vista is a very nice ship. The atmosphere was outstanding. The crew, room attendants, servers were all gracious, helpful, nice, and polite, despite a few of unhappy cruisers. Wife and i boarded priority and had immediate access to our ocean suite. From there we explored the ship and found where most of the stuff was. Those Havana balconies are really nice. A couple of places like the lido deck buffet and Red Frog Pub have beer self serve dispensers, swipe your card and pull a lever. Very convenient. Overall the Cruise Director and Playlist players kept us busy and with something to do. Do not listen to bad reviews about the Vista. TRY IT OUT FOR YOURSELF AND BE YOUR OWN JUDGE. We enjoyed it.

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5 out of 5

Best cruise ever!! by ichellebereel

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I have cruise many times before:however, this was the best cruise I've been on! It was relaxing as well as entertaining. The decor was beautiful. The staff was great!

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5 out of 5

I have to admit I... by donniepricejr

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I have to admit I have been Cruising on Carnival since 2012 and out of the 9 cruises I have been on, Carnival Vista was the best one I have been on so far. I mean this ship blew my mind with all the Entertainment and fun and food etc. that this ship had... incredible. I will go again and again and again on this ship. The staff was wonderful the atmosphere was fantastic and I was in awe with everything. Kudos Carnival you have made an amazing incredible fantastic Fun Ship. Choose Fun Choose Carnival Vista.

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4.5 out of 5

Vista from Miami to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel by awendland

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Like with all things, planning is key, a good attitude is a must, and making the best of it will make the difference. Don't sweat the small things! Try new things. Make friends!

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5 out of 5

I've been a fan of... by ProfessorMurph

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I've been a fan of Carnival cruises for a few years now and had been counting down my cruise on the Vista, Carnival's flagship, for 9+ months. I had been seeing bad reviews for the ship and was nervous on embarkation day, but after having spent the last week onboard, let me say that those bad reviews are (in my opinion) completely unfounded! I loved everything about the ship! All staff members I encountered were friendly, courteous, and were always more than willing to help. The ship, though large, was easy to navigate and there was never a shortage of deck chairs or space to lounge around on sea days. All of the activities on board were so fun, especially the ropes course and the Skyride, and that's coming from someone who is afraid of heights! And the food offerings?! Ladies and gents, this was the best part of the voyage! From Pig and Anchor to Guy's Burgers (both included in the fare!) to Cucina Del Capitano and Seafood Shack (both extra but well worth it!), I did not go hungry at all! And of course the main dining was delicious and entertaining! If you're debating on whether or not to take the plunge and go on this ship, DO IT! You will not be disappointed.

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5 out of 5

Can’t understand the negative reviews!... by jerrydebra

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Can’t understand the negative reviews! This ship is beautiful and for being a large ship very easy to get around. I did not like everything I ate but believe me there was enough that I did😂 loved guys burgers as always, the seafood Shack lobster rolls were great,also the way they did the baked Alaska was so good. Loved the the sky ride, imax and thrill theatre the only negative does not have anything to do with carnival it was the drive to and from Miami. If you can’t have fun on this ship or any carnival ship in my opinion, we’ll bless your heart❤️

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5 out of 5

one of the most... by bienaventurado

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one of the most beautifull ship i ever see a lot of fun no complaing we have Amazing vacation onboard the vista i have nothing Wrong to say about this ship Full I have is good memory good time with my family's Thank you Carnival vista for one of the most beautiful vacation we ever have .

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5 out of 5

First time cruisers with many to follow....may be impossible to top this one by Cruiser62034079

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Maybe impossible to top this cruise experience. From our travel specialist to our steward.....we were treated like royalty...the smiles were infectious as well the food being delectable....looking forward to many more...

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5 out of 5

Could not of been better by jejl50

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We had such a good time. We will sail on the vista again this summer with family.

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4 out of 5

Just sailed on the Vista... by daniellewike

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Just sailed on the Vista August 26-September 3! This was our second carnival cruise. After reading so many negative reviews I wasn't sure what to expect. We thought the food was wonderful! Sure, the lido deck is crowded but it's a buffet on a cruise ship...what do you expect? The wok, guys burgers, blue iguana Mexican, the steakhouse and of course the pizzas were delicious & we never waited more than 5 -10 minutes if that. Our dinners in the main dining room were delicious and I only had one meal that I wasn't impressed with. And our server was THE BEST!!! The ship is so incredibly beautiful with soooo many extras for entertainment. Out air conditioner went out one day and it was fixed very quickly. Sky ride, slides, rope course was a BLAST! Our only complaints were the wifi & pool sizes. the premium wifi was sooo slow. We didn't have that problem on our previous boat. I only had the internet to FaceTime my daughter and really wasn't able to do so bc of the poor connection. They did refund me partially which was nice. And for the size of the boat, the pools should be a little bigger. It is hot, and the pools are crowded. It's hard to cool off with 50 people in the pool. But other than those two things, we had a perfect vacation & loved the Vista!!!

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5 out of 5

I have been on many... by coconutmike

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I have been on many Carnival cruises, (all different ships). The new design of the Vista was different and I didn't know how I felt...thinking back on it, I loved it! The ship is more "modern". Food was good, ( some great, some OK). The Seared Sea Bass on formal night was fantastic as the Lobster was sub-par. Guy's Burger Joint and my favorite, Blue Iguana Cantina, was great! The new Carnival Playlists Productions shows were very entertaining, (a lot better than the old "Broadway Shows"). The Piano Bar as well as the Comedy Show was very funny! I had the privilege of having Emma as the Cruise Director on the Sunshine, (thought there couldn't be a better Cruise Director), but was I wrong...Matt Mitchum was great and knows how to throw a party! Staff was excellent! 5 stars for this Carnival Cruise!!!

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4.5 out of 5

Irma Cruise by Artie3

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Great cruise. Due to Irma it went from a 6 night to a 10 night. Staff, everyone was very accommodating. Love the Vista. This was our second time on her.

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4 out of 5

I enjoyed this cruise and... by Alycia141

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I enjoyed this cruise and the extended stay making it a total of 4 extra days. I really liked when we docked in Cozumel, Mexico one night to stay looking at the city from my balcony was just beautiful. I got a chance to see "IT" at the IMAX theater, which was a nice feature on the ship. My family and I enjoyed the Thrill Theater we went multiple times, and I loved the live performances. The DJ definitely had the jams I wanted to hear and the band was great too. Dinner was okay I didn't like some of the selections in the entrees, but I did enjoy breakfast on the Lido and Sea-day Brunch. After dinner I always got a Frappé from the JavaBlue Cafe, they are delicious. I enjoyed the Wok but the wait time seems to be slightly longer since it is now JiJi's Asian kitchen. Overall it was GREAT time and I can't wait to plan my next cruise with Carnival.

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4 out of 5

Big ship! Awesome entertainment. My... by ronr2u

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Big ship! Awesome entertainment. My favorite entertainer was Ed Carr who plays acoustic guitar at the RedFrog Pub. This guy is a real talent and deserves his own record contract. :-). Matt, the cruise director, was absolutely amazing. His high energy and comedic delivery style engaged the audience and draws laughter every time. I enjoyed his quips like, "child, child..." or "sir, sir, where are you going sir? You remind me of my dad. Why are you leaving? Come back dad, don't leave me." Our dinner server team of Tatjana, I Made, I Komang were the best servers who did a wonderful job of making us feel delighted during every meal. Their attention to detail was unlike anything I've experienced. We received spectacular dinner service each time we ate at the Horizons restaurant. They get to know you and you get to know them. And Franklin, our room steward, was very cordial, attentive, and responsive to our needs. The different daily towel animals added a special flare to the room when they were cleaned. All of the Vista staff works their butts off to ensure that the guests have an experience of a lifetime. Kudos to the staff!!!

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4.7 out of 5

Amazing !!! by dessranee

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This was our honeymoon and it was amazing !!! The cruise director was absolutely amazing he was our favorite part about the cruise ! We have to brag on the exceptional service from Amit the bartender in the Casino, he knew what we wanted to drink after the first day we didn’t even have to tell him. I can’t think of a better way to have spent our first week married !!!!

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