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Carnival Vista

November 2016 - Carnival Vista to Caribbean - Southern

Big ship still has some growing to do...

The Vista is pretty darn impressive looking up at it from the dock but, once on board, doesn't seem merely as large.  Most of the public places on the ship felt smaller than usual - there is no grand foyer or lobby, just a couple smaller areas - the "lobby" floor you cannot even get across without having to go up a floor since parts are blocked due to interior restaurants.  The larger restaurant (the Horizon) just didn't seem grand at all, it is difficult (unless you are right in the middle of the room on the 3rd floor) to even realize it is a 2 story dining area.  Pools areas even feel a bit congested and smaller.  This cruise felt like there was less wait staff than any we've been on - lots of tables with dishes and drinks and we had to find a bar for a drink as there was rarely anyone rotating around serving in the pool areas.  They've done away with most hot tubs (there are 2 in serenity and 2 in the back of the ship on Lido were all we found).  The electronics were spotty... still some kinks to work out there (Thanksgiving day football anywhere but in the sports bar was pretty much impossible to watch and wireless was largely unusable 2 of the 3 days I purchased the "top end" connectivity package).  That said, a bad day cruising is far superior to just about any other day on the planet.  Carnival isn't near competing with the likes of an Oasis-class ship with this offering.  General consensus of those we spoke with was that the ship was just ok - there really isn't anything the ship does better than others or that really differentiates it. 

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Ruby Princess

September 2016 - Ruby Princess to Coastal - West Coast

Carnival Pride

February 2016 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Bahamas

Nice time

We've cruised quite a bit - on a variety of ships in the Caribbean and Mediterranean and mostly out of the bigger ports.  Since this was a "winter getaway", we weren't expecting the warmth and breadth of sunning that we normally get in the summertime cruises.  Generally, it was a nice cruise - crew was friendly (as expected) and things went well despite some high winds and choppy seas.  What I was most surprised at was the lack of onboard activities and entertainment - the "shows" were relegated to the trip from Baltimore to Florida on the way down and from Bahamas to Baltimore on the way back - so you only had the major evening entertainment (shows, comedy) while on sea days.  Given the lack of warmth and sun, it really cut back on things to do.  Several of the activities (such as beer pong in one of the bars one afternoon) were oversubscribed and closed out for participation before the announced sign up time.  Again, we had a nice time - comparably not the best cruise we've been on and certainly not the most jam-packed with entertainment.  For a week-long winter escape, it was enjoyable.

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We had one really nice day in Freeport, Bahamas - a glorious day spent on the beach - unfortunately it was a short shore day (only from 9am - 1pm).  Generally it seems we picked the worst possible week as a cold front went further south than usual - Florida was in the low 50s when we were there.  I think we just got an unusually cold week.  I would try it again.  Also worth noting the main pool had a retractable clear awning/roof that was closed most of the time that, even when it was colder and windy made it feel bearable, bright and certainly comfortable when out by the pool.

Oh and also, the one-man submarine excursion in Nassau was AMAZING  One of the most entertaining adventures we've done in all our cruising and certainly something that can't be done at home.  Recommend it highly.Happy

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Oasis of the Seas

November 2012 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian Spirit

May 2012 - Norwegian Spirit to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Carnival Freedom

May 2011 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western

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