September 2016 - Carnival Vista to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Overall, this was a great cruise. After having read a ton of reviews on cruise critic I was going in with no expectations as the reviews were about 50/50. This was my 9th cruise, my 5th with Carnival. I chose this cruise specifically for the boat and it just happened to be in Europe which was another location that my husband and I were looking at for vacation. So I thought this was a win, win situation. The boat was beautiful and of course very clean as it's brand new. I found the staff and crew to be very nice and helpful. The food was delicious and our accommodations were better than I expected. We stayed on the 2nd floor in the Harbor Family area with an ocean view. Several things that I did not like were: the fact that you had to pay to see the IMAX and thrill theater movies, along with the popcorn (when the popcorn at the outside movie theater was free). You were limited on the number of places to eat dinner if you didn't want to pay extra money. The anytime dining experience was very confusing for the first couple of nights (checking in on one floor and eating on a different). If you wanted to lounge at the serenity area, you had to get up very early to get a chair. The Comedians were terrible. The first 2 were ok, but the last 2 were not funny at all! So, Also, the stop at Sicily was a waist. Very dirty city.