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Carnival Vista

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Passengers: 3,936   |   Crew: 1,450
Passengers to crew: 2.71:1
Passengers to space: 341:1
Launched: 2016   


  • Deck 1
  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
Additional decks
Deck 1 layout
  Interior Upper/Lower (1A)  
  Interior (4B)  
  Porthole (PT)  
  Ocean View (6A)  
  Deluxe Ocean View (6M)  
  Interior (4A)  
  Deluxe Ocean View (6L)  


Cabin size: 185 - 260 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 176
Accessible rooms: 30
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 877
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melissa1176 wrote a review Jan 2024
10 contributions3 helpful votes
We've used nothing but Carnival, but this might just be the straw that breaks the camels back. This was by far the worst boat we've ever cruised on. Teeny, tiny smokey casino. I got sick and my fiance who generally stays to play craps wouldn't even go down to play craps. This boat was going into dry dock after our sailing. We had no idea about that, but the dealers in the casino told us it was because the ventilation was bad. Well that's an understatement. You could smell the smoke from the casino throughout the atrium. It was a disappointment for sure.
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Asheda M wrote a review Nov 2023
Watson Lake, Canada1 contribution
The carnival vista November 4th-10th This was not my first cruise. Room 6259 with balcony The staff was great. Always pleasant and professional. Before sailing, I downloaded the Carnival Hub app months prior. I never saw anything Vista specific. Just the typical cruise information. Most of what was on the Hub was umbrella and applied to most of their cruises. When were just days out, I called Carnival to make sure I was packing accordingly. The information I received was we were having 1 elegant night on the second night of the cruise. Of course there were 2 elegant nights and an all white party. Wow what a disappointment when my husband had only packed the 1 elegant suit and neither of us had a white outfit. The ship itself... let's just say thank goodness that was the last sailing from Galveston before updates/remodeling. The decor throughout the ship including the staterooms was, to put it politely outdated. The shower had horrible drainage. Maybe that's how all of Carnival ships are but standing in pooling water is not my idea of feeling clean. I pray I don't get athlete's foot 🙁 The pool area gave me the creeps. There were times when I thought I was going to get the plague from just walking past it. One of the pools had to be closed temporarily before we left Galveston so one of the staff could scoop something out of it. Yay! I can't forget to mention the God awful sewage smell in the middle of the ship on days 2 & 5. Completely unbearable. The biggest gripe I have is the elevator system. Taking the stairs may be an option for some but for elderly, those with disabilities, crutches, or walkers waiting 10 to 15 minutes for an elevator is actually unacceptable. The food was edible. Due to religious beliefs my husband and I don't eat pork or shellfish. I really didn't think this would be an issue. I was wrong yet again. Very minimal options especially at breakfast. There was nothing "fine" about the fine dining. Stale bread, under seasoned food with a wait longer than the elevator system. As for drinks what's included is water, juice at breakfast, coffee, and the lemon concentrate they call lemonade. Im sure that lemon concoction gave me a stomach ulcer. Never ever select open dining option with Carnival. The dining room was such a clusterf*@k. We used the carnival hub app for "easy" table reservations. Once we were notified that our wait was expected to be under 10 minutes, we still waited over 30 minutes and 45 minutes once seated to just get bread. The sad thing is we were trying to plan around the big crowds. As for activities, this was a very geriatric experience. My husband and I are in our early 40s and did not find many activities that peaked our interest. However, if you want to feed their casino machines in a small room full of smokers good luck! I can't forget about the cruise photographers. Not sure if they go to school to learn the 3 repeated poses of awkward, more awkward, and finally just plain weird. 😬 I am so glad there were photographers at all of the excursions so that we could have some good pictures of our 15th anniversary that was ruined by a Carnival cruise nightmare. Please don't take this review as me wanting any freebies. The only thing free I'd take from Carnival is tickets on the Royal Caribbean or Virgin.
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Melody S wrote a review Jul 2023
1 contribution
This was not my first cruise but it was my first with Carnival. But it probably will be my last. I've cruised with Royal Caribbean, Princess and Viking. My husband and I took our whole family of 13. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Let's start with the positive. The room was nice enough but smelled, which they promptly tried to fix. They sent champagne to apologize. There was a Mexican restaurant poolside that way good, a BBQ Place I heard was good but never found. There were a couple of restaurants that were extra except at lunch time on boarding day. After eating lunch there I had no desire to eat there at night let alone pay extra for it. The swrvice in these were awful. Guys burgers was good but it and Mexican place was outside and Lways a long line to wait in.im used to people waiting on you in buffet area and taking drink orders, they did not. So you stood in long lines for food and then long drink lines. Evening meals were better in main dining room. On other cruises I'm used to bread baskets and dishes of butter but they gave you one roll and one pat of butter. In general these meals were good. Most of the time service was good. Somelnights service was fast Other times it seemed we waited for half an hour for food. Sometimes it was room temperature entrees. My other big pet peave was getting nickle and dimed to death. No more free room service, not even coffee. If you're not going to have coffee service to rooms then st least put a coffee station on each floor. Who wants to get up, get dressed, wait for an elevator to go to 10th floor for a cup of coffee? The IMAX theater was great but there again you had to pay to attend. My grandsons, high school and middle school were excited to play in a 3 one basketball tournament but it was for 18 and older. Same for dodgeball and free throw contest They tried to get a group started for later but all those activities closed at 5.we found out later that the court was built over two of the specialty restaurants. That would explain the noise and ceiling lights shaking at lunch. The outside water slides and sky rider were fun.There were so many things I could go on about but it would take forever. Let's just say I'll stick with Royal Caribbean.
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Suzanne H wrote a review May 2023
Spring, Texas3 contributions1 helpful vote
Took about 20 minutes to embark. Restaurants: Pig & Anchor, was ok, food was cold; JiJi's is deicious and is free on sea days; Guy Fierie's was awesome. Main Dining room was good about half the time. The Vista Rock band was awesome, could play every genre. Some of the comedians were great and some were not. Trivia games were fun. Enjoyed the foosball and shuffleboard in the Red Frog Pub. Ports: Falmouth, don't go into town, drug dealers kept trying to put drugs in our hands, very dirty, crowded. You can walk around the cruise area to see some shops and buy a meat patty that was good. Grand Cayman - didn't get off ship as 6 ships were in port and we were only there from 7 am to 2 pm. Cozumel was great as always, went to Chakanaab National Park to snorkel and get a massage. Debarkation was a hot mess, took 2.5 hours. The Vista is was overdue for dry dock. There was a constant smell of sewage in the halls. Engine problems. We were self assist with our luggage, but was not allowed off first as promised. It was called by floor.
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Tammy E wrote a review Feb 2023
Billings, Missouri94 contributions79 helpful votes
Let's start with the food. It was apparent that significant budget cuts were made as the majority of the food was subpar. The prime rib and filet mignon both had a lot of fat and gristle, and neither was cooked correctly. The lobster tail in the MDR (cut to just one night) was laughably tiny. Desserts were pretty, but cake were dry and the icing overly sweet. The creme brulee wasn't cooked correctly-not set up and the sugar not crisp. Bacon was cheap and tasteless. The Chef's table was fantastic, so we know that someone on the ship knows how to cook. Service was equally bad, with much of the crew that was walking around (not the stewards) didn't care about the guest experience. One got on an elevator in front of us with a mop and bucket, rather than wait for a different elevator like other cruise lines staff. Many times they blocked aisles or didn't step aside for guests to pass. The captain was qualified, but no personality and few announcements. Louie, the Cruise Director, was exceptionally annoying and obnoxious. There was no beverage service at the buffet or pool like other cruise lines offer. We had to stand in line and wait. The photographers accosted everyone that walked by trying to sell photos. At breakfast in the MDR, my eggs were hard (and overdone) instead of soft boiled as ordered. I had to ask twice for grapefruit. Although early and the MDR was basically empty, we were seated by serving station instead of a window. Seafood Shack didn't activate our buzzer when lobster roll was ready and after 20 minutes we found it under a heat lamp. It was awful-too much dressing. Vaping and smoking in restricted places was not enforced, and it reeked. There was no acknowledgment of our anniversary or birthday even though we included on our booking. Regarding the ship, there is no size inclusivity in the gift shops and no Christmas ornament selection. Chairs, especially by Pig & Anchor are too narrow for anyone who is a little overweight. Lounge chairs on Havana cabana were too low for people with mobility issues to get down and up again so the swing was the only option for seating and there was only one. The captain's announcements were only hearable in hallways and not cabins. The mattress was horrible and messed up our backs, even though our steward brought us a mattress topper. Hot tubs had lukewarm water. Several lockers in the Spa had locks that didn't work. JiJi's at lunch was under the playground and was loud and shaking and a bad experience. MDR tables for two were NOT private. It was more like sharing a table for 6 with 2" between. Piped in music was bad-I realize this is subjective, but why not play music with a vacation vibe instead of country or hard rock? I wish that Carnival would actually read and sincerely accept that there were significant issues instead of dismissing out of hand. Admit there were problems and work to address them. We know from the FB group that many people are positive and will pile on praise, but there were others who had a similar experience to ours. At this time, under no circumstances will we consider sailing with Carnival again. We had fairly low expectations and understand that there are supply chain issues and crew shortages, so were willing to overlook some of the problems, but Carnival failed to meet our low expectations. This was the worst cruise we've ever been on.
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