839 Carnival Vista Tips

Jul 11, 2016

Don't leave the sky ride to the last day. The line was too long and we missed out on doing it. (It is only open a limited amount of time). Don't over pack.

Dec 20, 2017

On debarkation day, have breakfast on deck 5 in the Ocean Plaza. It is uncrowded and a quick breakfast gets you off the ship quickly.

Oct 04, 2016

Don't rush to dinner on the first night m- there will be a line. Go about 5-10 minutes late. Other nights were fine. Do not miss dining in the formal dining rooms at night as the food and service is top notch. We did self debarkation but had to wait for an elevator for about 20 minutes.

Oct 15, 2016

First time we have chosen any time dining. It was a correct choice because of all the excursions.

Dec 15, 2017

Be sure to make reservations for any specialty restaurants you want ahead of time, or as soon during the cruise as possible. They fill up quickly. Cherry on Top now has ice cream sandwiches with various types of cookies in addition to the sundaes - they're really good and large. If you want a seat to any of the adults-only comedy shows, arrive 30+ minutes early. Sign up for mixology classes/martini tastings at the Alchemy Bar on embarkation day. They aren't heavily advertised but they do fill up.

Dec 19, 2016

Be prepared that it is a very large ship. There are small bars that people don't seem to use like the Havana Bar. It has comfortable seating ,great bartenders,and a good place if you want a quiet drink. Later it has good music too.

Mar 02, 2017

You do not have to venture to the Serenity area to have some quiet and privacy. Lots of areas on the the port side of the ship where you can sit there with your partner or solo. Read, listen to your music, or just gaze out into the ocean.

Oct 14, 2016

Drinks are expensive. If possible, leave a few breaks from excursions in your plans. Our first 4 days were long excursions and by the 5th day, we really needed a sit on your rear end type break.

Jul 12, 2016

I believe this ship is more of a family friendly oriented ship. It does not have as a really good area for adults. Great if you have a young family.

Aug 02, 2016

The daily newsletter is weak on information so need to read it carefully. There is little information about ports visited probably so you would buy the excursions. There were barbecues on the day at sea only which we found by luck.

Jun 25, 2016

Don't forget to leverage other dining options - some free (including JiJi's and Capitano Cuccina for lunch), Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana, and some worth a little extra. I thought the lobster roll was very good!

Aug 03, 2016

Don't forget to bring clothes for the "cruise formal" evenings. Take your own photos as much as possible, unless you don't think 20 bucks for a digital copy of an image is too steep.

Jun 06, 2016

The shop is massive. Get to. Know ir well. You will be faster to the fin

Jul 07, 2016

The inside Habana Cabins are by the bar and can be a little noisy.

Jul 25, 2016

Great ship. Good food. Lots to do!

Sep 06, 2017

It's a great time. The ship is a bit crowded with so many people and if it rains, there's not really a good central point on the ship that fits everyone. The pool was a bit crowded at times. The buffet lines and the pizza lines were unacceptable. Over 45 minutes to get a slice of pizza because people would get to the counter and get 6 pizzas at a time. I wish there was a 2 pizza minimum at one time that could be enforced.

Sep 07, 2016

Book shore excursions early one. We used Carnival Excursions which guarantees you if something should happen on an excursion and you would be late getting back to the ship, they will not leave you. They will leave you if you have booked outside arrangements and you are late getting back.

Oct 04, 2016

Be aware that early dining interferes with most shore excursions...we never were back on time or made it to dinner on time. After 18 cruises,this has never been an issue till this cruise

Sep 26, 2017

Download the Carnival Hub App! Check out the Days' Activities! Learn the Ship's Layout early on! Locate your nearest Laundry Rm & Iron your clothes day 1 -Relax & Happy Cruising!

Sep 25, 2017

Check the itinerary prior to boarding to know about things like 80s night or all white night etc. It would have made those things more inviting had we known.

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