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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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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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5 out of 5

My wife and I were... by jkevinwilson

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My wife and I were on Vista from 11/11 to 11/18/18. We thought the ship was great. Cabin steward Christopher was great. The Reflections dining room staff and food were great. The steakhouse, Italian restaurant and Asian restaurant were great. Matt the cruise director has to be the best in the business. Very approachable and hillarious. IMAX theater was a great experience, we went twice! Dive In Movies were fun and relaxing. Will definitely sail on her again in the future. Elevators were not as bad as everyone says they are. Once we were past embarkation day it was easy to get on one. We loved our balcony room.

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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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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

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

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

Our first cruise was in... by sherbs

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Our first cruise was in the Vista, we LOVED it! Came home and booked another! We thought the Vista was great, the employees were so nice, always remembered our names. Really didn't have a problem with lines or anything. Food was excellent!

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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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5 out of 5

Best, Enjoy, Fun by mario8572

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

the Best,,, Lots of Fun and Partying I Had a Great Time cant wait to Go again.

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4 out of 5

First Cruise Caribbean style by vitaminseapls

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First let me say this was my first time cruising. Embarkation was very smooth. As soon as we got on there were staff all around to take pictures of our group. Once we left there we all went to the lido deck to eat. The food on this ship was very good for the most part. There was only one night I wasn’t really interested in what they were serving but still selected from their wide range of desserts. Icecream 🍦 is always available. This was one of my favorite memories going to get icecream cones in the middle of the night - just because. I loved guys burgers and although there’s always a line it seemed to move reasonably fast. I had a balcony room which is were I got most of my enjoyment. But I also went to an art show and dinner and the steakhouse which was fantastic! I wish they had a jazz/poetry bar but they did not. I also which this ship had a bigger pool or a separate one that all the kids didn’t take over. One night I also went to the serenity deck 30mins before close and they have already closed the hot tubs. Dinner in the dining room was always enjoyable. It was a great opportunity to see other people on this ship and most dressed up. My group always wore dressy attire. I also loved being able to order whatever you wanted off of the menu. You could get 3 entree’s and 3 desserts if you want to try them all. I also recommend always going on at least a 7 night cruise. We had plenty of time to do everything we wanted and we had good time at sea. We also had 4 ports.

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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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4.1 out of 5

Glad I took a chance by Orangeblossom4

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This was my first carnival cruise and I actually enjoyed it. I've heard so many bad things about Carnival that I really considered cancelling the cruise beforehand. I'm so glad that I didn't. I had a good time and would definitely cruise carnival again.

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5 out of 5

I can’t complain about vista... by jjjk685

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I can’t complain about vista because everything was great ,food was good, service was great,the room was perfect.overall it was a wonderful family trip..

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5 out of 5

First time on Vista I... by Babycakes42

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First time on Vista I really enjoyed myself on this cruise. From the entertainment to the restaurant the service here is a 1 top notch. The staff here is very helpful. The ship is very beautiful and updated. 😍😍😍

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4.6 out of 5

One of most entertaining and fun cruises I had ever been on. by desidoo25

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This was my First Carnival Cruise. Great ship. Very clean. Excellent service and staff. Food was good for cruise food. Drinks were strong. Excellent bartenders, great variety of food and entertainment. It was a little over crowded but I guess that can be expected that time of the year (August). I will definitely sail Carnival again.

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5 out of 5

Vista was a very nice... by BlessedLife

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Vista was a very nice experience. Some tips I would give cruisers who are not platinum or diamond level cruisers is to look into purchasing “Faster to the fun” for priority embarkation. It’s so worth it. There are only limited numbers of these available. I think Carnival still offers this. As far as food, we are diamond cruisers & the food was very good on Vista. Nothing is better than the steakhouse!! It is worth every cent (only $35pp) but I recommend making reservations through Carnival website well before you cruise. The French onion soup is the best I’ve ever eaten. Huge Cheesecake for dessert. Keep in mind that the steakhouse experience is about 1 1/2 hours long. A tip most people miss: don’t miss “sea day brunch” in Horizon dining room!!!! They have steak (tender filet) & eggs that are excellent among other delicious selections. The flaming tomato soup is really good. Another tip: If lido is busy for food service, they have a sandwich bar near the back & I was pleasantly surprised (about 12 different types). The meatball sandwich was sooo good. The healthier turkey with avocado was just as good. Make sure you have them grill the sandwich. Fail safe: Guy’s Burger on lido: the best!!! I always go straight to Guy’s Burger (get the “ringer”) with fries on embarkation day. Always remember: first sea day is formal night & lobster night in the main dining room! There was only one night in the dining room we didn’t much like the food. It was a grilled chicken dish & it was too dry. Once you get used to the layout of the ship you enjoy it. We do miss the open center atrium concept of the previous ships. The only negative was the elevators were super slow which was frustrating. The rooms are good sized but less closet space than other ships, but not a big deal. Overall Vista has excellent hard working staff that could not have treated us better. They went above & beyond. We especially liked the nice quiet seating area we found on deck 5 if the upper decks are too busy for you. Last tip: we found the Havana Bar & spent the most amazing evening there. We visited Cuba last year & the Latin flair of music & people dancing was really fun. We prefer the ship layout on the Breeze better than Vista, however we absolutely loved this cruise.

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