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4.6

First Cruise and now we are hooked!!! by jennnjim

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Our first cruise ever an now we are hooked! have 4 more booked in the next 2 yrs. The Vista is a very large ship so it seemed the staff to guest ratio is off and that left us waiting a lot. The ship is beautiful and the Balcony room we had was wonderful. Our room steward was very sweet. The chefs table was a very elaborate experience. The steak house is a must!!!! It is super hard to get any loungers near the pool due to chair hogs. Overall we had a fantastic time.

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4.0

Hasta La Vista Baby by KLBway

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall, the Vista is a beautiful ship. the layout is completely different and I did miss the glass elevators in the Atrium. For an asthmatic, I recommend avoiding the Casino. if you find that your cabin is hot contact your room steward and don's suffer in the heat all 7 days like i did. The Private Photo session is VERY expensive. If you don't plan on spending at least $300 for a minimum package, don't waste your time. We did notice that this ship rocked more than any others we have been on however, we both agreed that we would sail on the Vista again.

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4.5

A great cruise with only a few small hiccups by CoolCruiserBill

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Overall a great vacation!!! Be smart, don't rush yourself. Come in the day before. Leave the day after. Account for the inevitable SNAFUs and be kind to others. Your vacation will be a better memory if you are not always in conflict.

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4.9

Vista 7 day Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel by cryingreenis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Vista

overall we had an amazing time there were some downsides room Stewart definitely was not good everything else was great aside from the hot part of the ship went out walking around in the public areas. I wish they would have used the space they had better but overall she is a beautiful ship but is lacking in the Granger in the main entrance when you first get on even though I find the funnels absolutely stunning.

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VIsta Time by findmeLisaM

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall I had a very good experience on my cruise. I will cruise again. Would like to have more port time and better experiences at port. But Will have to figure that out.

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4.0

Another Wonderful cruise by Popdog

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

     My wife and I traveled from the Boston area by train the day prior to the cruise as is our common practice. With the exception of a train, my wife has a very limited  tolerance for anything moving faster than she can walk.  You don't want to know the process we go through just to get to the train!

     We have never cruised with a group larger than the two of us.  A couple we are close to apparently got tired of looking at all the pictures we take and listening to the wonderful times we have on our cruises.  They asked if we would like companions on one of our cruises.

     I told them about a cruise on a brand new ship we were booking in February 2015 and two days later they booked the Carnival Vista also.  We were very pleased and excited about the new cruise experience we would be having.  Not to hold you in suspense, the four of us had a wonderful time cruising together and look forward to doing it again in the future.

 

Debarkation: A mess. After a fiasco on a Splendor debarkation in 2013 with only 3000 passenger my biggest fear for this cruise with 4000+ passengers was debarkation.  And thank you Carnival, you have met my expectations.  As suite passengers we have always had VIP Priority Boarding but this time we were mixed in with the Faster To The Fun and Disabled passengers.  Gone was the VIP Lounge and boarding.  As for Diamond and Platinum passengers I don't know possibly they were mixed in with us too.  When I asked about VIP Lounge, I was told there was none for this sailing.

     Also, the effectiveness of Staggered Check-in is questionable.  As suite passengers we had a scheduled check-in of 11-11:30 but "but as Suite Guests can check-in at your connivance " we were told.  I would estimate 1000 to 1500 people in the terminal when we arrived at 11:10. We finally were on board at 12:25 compared to the 20 minutes it took in July on the Carnival Sunshine.

 

The Ship: Absolutely wonderful.  As with any "New" ship it looked exactly like you would expect... NEW.  It definitely has the wow factor.  We normally take the time at boarding to tour the ship and take lots of pictures but this time as we were traveling with others we did the "Stupid" thing and went right to the Lido Deck.  Unbelievably, we had no problem finding a table to sit and this held true throughout the cruise. We never had a problem finding chairs on deck or Serenity either.  I particularly enjoyed Deck 5, Lanai.  Each venue Library, Cherry on Top, Fahrenheit 555, Red Frog, etc. have dedicated area outside to sit, eat and drink.

  

     We found the ship easy to navigated and move around with no noticeable crowding.  The one thing I did notice is the long waits for elevators.  When going to the Serenity Deck we took and elevator to Deck 12 and walked up from there (2 Decks...No Deck 13).  There is only 1 elevator that goes to Deck 15 and the wait is eternal.

 

Stateroom:  We had a Port Side Ocean View Suite.  Carnival apparently decided the Suites are to big and there is no need for a dressing room.  We totally disagree and are very disappointed in their decision.  I heard grumblings that Inside Staterooms are also smaller.  Maybe Carnival got tired of hearing how they had the biggest Staterooms.

 

     There is a larger flat screen television 42" I think, I didn't measure it. Drawer space is at a premium which we finally were able to deal with. 

 

Food:  No real complaints about the food other that the Lido seemed to have the same thing every day.  Of course the alternative options Asian and Italian venues are complimentary for lunch and there is Guy's Burger, Pizza, Deli, etc.  The there's the Lobster Shack, etc. which you pay for. You get the idea...plenty of food to enjoy.

As for Guy's Burger's...100% better than what I couldn't eat on the Sunshine in July but still terrible.  I do not like and will not eat Well-Done meat. Unfortunately that is all I could get.  The burgers are taken from the grill and continue cooking in a pan until they are put on a roll to be served.  I asked for one directly from the grill but that was not possible because others would ask for the same thing...Duh maybe that should tell you something.

 

     We attempted the Sea Day Brunch once and were told there was a hour wait for food, not a table, that you could get right a way but we would have to drink coffee for an hour waiting for food.  I never found out what that was all about.

 

     We only ate in the Reflections Dining 4 times of the 11 nights but when we did the food was well prepared and served.  I prefer my meat cooked medium so I order medium rare because it always seems to be over cooked.  One night I ordered a meal medium rare and had to send it back because they cooked it EXACTLY THE WAY I ORDERED IT.  I felt so bad I asked if I could talk to the person who prepared it so he/she would know I was not complaining.  I don't think the waiter understood. 

 

     I like Crème Brule'.  I told my waiter this on night one and each night even when it wasn't on the menu...I had Crème Brule'.  

 

Staff:  Our room steward and assistant were wonderful as usual.  These people are so much appreciated.  They always make whatever we ask for possible and I'm not going to test them by upping the ante  to see when they fail.

 

     The wait staff in the ding room were also great.  Again they anticipate our wants and needs and meet them.  Always exceeding my expectations.

 

     Throughout the ship we were always greeted by efficient workers with smiling faces.

 

Entertainment:  There never is for want of things to do on this cruise.  We did attend a couple of shows in the Liquid Lounge which were fine.  However we tended to find smaller venues for our entertainment including, Karaoke which we always find fun to watch but never participate,  Comedians, Tom who had been on the Sunshine in July had different material on this cruise but just as good.  Another comedian who shall go nameless was not nearly as good but did have a couple of good ones. 

 

The Piano Bar has "Sing Along With Ben".  He really gets people involved so don't miss him for a fun time.

 

Ports/Excursions:  We do not normally take any excursion.  The  one exception this cruise was a Deluxe Lobster & Champaign Cruise.  It was OK with two stops at beaches to swim and have the Lobster (definitely not MAINE Lobster).  I'm not sure it was worth the $119 cost though.

 

     As for the ports:  Amber Cove canceled due to rough waters and flooding.  This is Carnival's new "Private Island" at the Dominican Republic to which we had been looking forward.

 

San Juan, P.R.  Stayed on board.

 

St. Thomas and St. Martin:  Just did some walking around, eating, drinking and shopping local to the ship.  Both were neat and clean and enjoyable.  

 

Conclusion:  I'm real happy we went on this cruise.  We got to sail a really new Carnival ship and to experience the biggest ship on which we have sailed.  Carnival has done a wonderful job filling all the spaces with things to do, some of which are new even to Carnival.  Even though we were on the ship for 11 nights I'm sure we missed some of the things the ship has to offer.  There are still things to iron out which is OK but I thought most of the bugs would be gone after cruising the Mediterranean for the summer.   I strongly recommend the Carnival Vista for one of you future cruises and look forward to meeting you on board if I can get my wife to Miami for the cruise (reference line 2 of this review. LOL).

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4.6

A good cruise by giantsfanray

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista

My first thanksgiving cruise & I highly recommend during thanksgiving week. Just be ready to see a lot of kids running around 😳😳😳 but other then that is all good in the vista 😎😎😎

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4.1

The Fun Vista by justineheads

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista

Had a great vacation on the Vista Definitely recommend it ! The Imax theater was amazing by the way .

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4.8

Fabulous cruise by cruisemama53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

We had a fabulous cruise. My only complaints would be burning my husband’s pants and the uncomfortable bed, I thought they would be the same beds as the Paradise and it was one thing I was looking forward to. But, to me they are nothing compared to the fabulous time we had. I was a little nervous after reading some of the negative reviews. I don’t know what Carnival Vista ship they were on, but my Vista was the bomb! We all had a fantastic time. I must say all my boys got their money’s worth out of the drink package 🍻🥂🍹🍺🍷 We made some fabulous memories together and that’s what it’s all about for me. 💝 If I could go on a cruise every month I’d be the happiest person in the world. 😁 Our next cruise we want to take is to Alaska 😃

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4.9

Pretty great cruise by Kristine1223

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

My review would be 5 star, but for the fact that I caught a norovirus, along with about 100 other people who posted on our Facebook page...who knows how many others didn’t report it....but...with that said, this was an excellent ship and cruise and I like Carnival...definitely a “ fun ship” and will cruise them in the future...I was spoiled by being in the Havana area...it was worth every penny!!! So I will give it 4 stars and remind you to wash your hands until your skin falls off so you don’t get sick...definitely go to the steakhouse, the Italian restaurant and Bonsai sushi...tip your steward and servers...these people work hard and are wonderful people! If the sky ride is not functioning, not to worry, there is plenty of other stuff to do!! Have a great time!!

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4.8

Vista 2018 by AshSitz

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Carnival Vista

This was our first cruise, and it set the bar really high. Matt Mitcham was our CD and he was fantastic. The food, shows, activities and ports were excellent.

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4.1

Amazing Ship by skelson49

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Very interesting cruise, relaxing, did alot of things we have never done onboard before like Imax, thrill theatre, spa thermal suite, chef's table, Seafood Shack. All in all a wonderful cruise.

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4.9

Last minute trip to remember by Ptcounselor

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Vista

A++++++. Would go again in a heartbeat! Last second booking was the best idea and a trip I’ll never forget.

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4.6

Fun Trip on a Fun Ship by CruiselineSarah

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Vista is filled with great food and a ton of activities. I personally love the style and more modern feel of the ship compared to older ones. This itinerary was excellent and I'd highly recommend it, there was a good balance of port to sea days (4:3). Although some of the layout is weird and inconvenient, I wouldn't hesitate to cruise aboard this ship again.

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Excellent by Strikingsmile

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

The Vista is beautiful. The crew is friendly and helpful. The entertainment was great. The cruise director Matt be was one of our favorites. Lots of good food and plenty to do it you choose to do it. We loved it and can't wait for our next cruise.

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4.3

Loved it! by Missey

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Great cruise! It's what you make of it. Be positive, be happy, and you will have an amazing time.

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4.5

Amazing, relaxing, fun by annasommardahl1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Western

One of my favorite vacations, it was do much fun and there was always something to do, I was never bored! Can't wait to travel with carnival since they never seen to disappoint.

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No Sleep by Libra28

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

My Children has a good time overall, our sleep arrangements but a damper on our cruise but we made the best of it!

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4.8

Fantastic ship! by reneerobbins

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We had a great time and are seriously considering taking the 6 day cruise on the Vista next time! Highly recommend this ship and the itinerary (although 8 days was almost too much for us).

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4.6

Great ship, wonderful destinations. by b0b

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Carnival Vista / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Best cruise I’ve taken so far.

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