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Carnival Vista

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Itinerary
7 Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean
Departure date
Saturday, 10/08/22
Route
Galveston, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, Galveston
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Overview

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

Decks

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

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 185 - 260 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 176
Accessible rooms: 30
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 877

Activities & entertainment

Activities (52)
  • Art Auction
  • Bingo*
  • Carnival Multiplex
  • Carnival WaterWorks™
  • Cloud 9 Spa Treatment Rooms*
  • Cloud 9 Spa Treatment Rooms*
  • Dance Classes
  • Deck Parties
  • Disco
  • Dreams Studio*
  • Evening Kids Programs*
  • Family Harbor Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Green Eggs n Ham Breakfast*
  • Groove For St. Jude*
  • Hot Tubs (6)
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • IMAX Theatre*
  • IMAX Theatre*
  • Internet Café*
  • Karaoke
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Photo Portraits*
  • Pools (3)
  • Relax Room*
  • Sauna
  • Sauna
  • Seuss-A-Palooza Parade & Storytime
  • Shops
  • SkyCourse
  • SkyCourt
  • SkyFitness
  • SkyGreens
  • SkyRide
  • SkyTrack
  • Spa Parties*
  • SportSquare™
  • Thalasso Pool
  • The Salon*
  • The Warehouse Video Arcade*
  • Thermal Suites*
  • Thrill Theater*
  • Trivia
  • White Party
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Waterslides (2)
  • Camp Ocean
  • Circle C
  • Club O2®
  • Dr. Seuss Bookville
  • The Clubhouse
Entertainment (10)
  • Carnival Seaside Theater
  • Comedy Shows
  • Limelight Lounge
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Liquid Lounge
  • Liquid Lounge
  • Live Nightly Music
  • Outdoor Movies
  • Piano Bar
  • Vista Casino*
Dining (33)
  • Horizons Restaurant - American
  • Horizons Restaurant - American
  • Reflections Restaurant - American
  • Ji Ji Asian Kitchen - Asian*
  • Fat Jimmy's C-Side BBQ - BBQ
  • Cherry On Top - Candies*
  • Cherry On Top Outdoor Area - Candies*
  • Lido Marketplace - Casual
  • Havana Bar - Cuban Bar*
  • Guy's Burger Joint - Fast Food
  • Chef's Table - Gourmet*
  • Fresh Creations - Healthy Fare
  • Cucina del Capitano™ - italian*
  • Bonsai Sushi - Japanese*
  • Bonsai Sushi Outdoor Dining - Japanese*
  • Taste Bar - Light Bites
  • Vista Lobby and Bar - Lobby Bar*
  • Alchemy Bar - Martini Bar*
  • BlueIguana Cantina - Mexican
  • Shake Spot - Milkshakes*
  • Piano Bar 88 - Piano Bar*
  • Pizzeria del Capitano - Pizza
  • Tides Bar - Pool Bar*
  • RedFrog Rum Bar - Poolside Rum*
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar - Poolside Tequila*
  • Plaza Bar - Popular Bar*
  • RedFrog Pub & Brewery - Pub*
  • Library Bar - Quiet Bar*
  • Serenity Bar - Quiet Pool Bar*
  • Seafood Shack - Seafood*
  • Sports Bar - Sports Bar*
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse - Steakhouse*
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse Outdoor Dining - Steakhouse*
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mehrman001 wrote a review Today
Fort Worth, Texas24 contributions7 helpful votes
Worst cruise ever. Jamaica cut down in half from 8 hrs to 4 hrs, cayman isla d was cancelled, and we arrived late….something to do with the engine running slow… not sure what hPpe etc but we are so disappointed…. Waiting for a resolution as we type this. On the bright side consul el was fun and we got to stay 2 extra hrs
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Tony T wrote a review Mar 2022
Mississippi1346 contributions649 helpful votes
There was a lot more things on a larger ship, but to be honest we like the smaller ships better. Bigger ship has more guest and crew and just has less lets get to know you feel. We had a 14th level balcony for this 7 day cruise. I would NOT recommend staying above deck 12. They only have two elevators that go to this deck. With so many extra guest on board, it is very hard to use elevators to get up and down to our room. It also did not help that these elevators were also very slow. Outside of Guy's and Blue Iguana most of the free meals were very disappointing. We spent more money eating at the pay restaurants than ever before on a cruise. The one thing that was outstanding and I highly recommend is doing the Chef's Table. Only found on bigger ships and food was unbelievably good. You need to get this before you get on boat. All 7 nights was sold out before cruise started. Only 14 guest per night. The Carnival App was a nightmare the whole trip. It did not work most of the time. This caused lots of traffic jams trying to eat in the mornings and at night trying to check-in for meals. Overall the crew did a good job trying to take care of everyone on the ship. I was very disappointed in the activities on board the ship, considering this being Carnival's 50th anniversary cruise. They put a lot of hype into the at Sea Meet-ups and is was not that big of deal. We will cruise with Carnival again no question, be we will stick to smaller fleet. That being said, we will at some point take a cruise on the Mardi Gras.
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brighamman wrote a review Feb 2022
Brigham City, Utah52 contributions53 helpful votes
Have been on enough cruises to opine. Let me begin by saying the staff could not have been more professional, kind, and friendly. The balcony cabin was great. Now. The food---not very good. Dining room food was barely average. Meals at Guy's burgers, Blue Iguana and Italian place were better. Stage entertainment was terrible. Repetitive night after night, blasted painfully over 90 decibels (my phone has a meter). The entertainers didn't seem overly skilled. The layout of the ship was unusual. Very small pool and pool deck area. The fancy pool slides, air bike seem not to be used much for the space they took. I miss the grand atriums of other ships.
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Cynthia J wrote a review Jan 2022
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Ship was clean and staff worked hard and were friendly. Beverage package does not “work” for first and last day of cruise. Presumably so they can make a good bit on those days. Food was generally not good. Not one meal in the main dining room was edible. Rubbery chicken - chicken should not be difficult to make. Only the meals in the specialty dining were decent - and they were very good. No snacks available to speak of - no chips, nuts, cheese, crackers available, but there is pizza 24/7. Room service food service was minimal. The buffet options were just ok. Overall we paid a reasonably high price for the trip and had hoped for a relaxing and easy week with easy access to some wine and food and a nice view. Our needs are simple. Instead it was challenging to access food and drinks ( including rules around how often you can order a drink etc) and continual marketing of everything under the sun to the captive audience. I do not remember this type of arrangement (esp the beverage package) on the other cruise lines I’ve been on and will likely go with one of those cruise lines next time.
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David G wrote a review Nov 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia4 contributions3 helpful votes
Here's my review of our November 6th sailing of the Carnival Vista out of Galveston, Texas. A 7 day cruise visiting Roatán Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel Mexico. This was our very first cruise so I have nothing to compare it to other than the various all-inclusive resorts we've visited over the years. Somewhat of a last minute trip for us and the booking process couldn't have been easier. We did it all through the Carnival website where we were able to pre-purchase options such as the all-inclusive drink package, on shore excursions, wireless internet and various other add-ons at a discount versus buying them when on-board. They provide all the information you need to meet their COVID protocols. Speaking of which, due to COVID they are capping capacity at 60% right now which was awesome and no doubt played a large part in my positive experience. On embarkation day, Galveston had a motorcycle rally going on with 500,000 bikers from around the country expected. This on top of two cruise ships arriving into port, offloading and then quickly reloading. It was impressive! Not only the sights and sounds but the way it had little impact to us getting to the cruise terminal which was literally across the street from the rally. I wished we got there a bit earlier as I would have loved to have explored all the vendors and sights more. Drop the checked bags off and then quickly go over your COVID stuff, pass through security and get your sail and sign card. Really simple process and pretty speedy considering how many people were boarding. You board by group times so that helps with traffic flows. Our suite had priority boarding, so it was ready as soon as we boarded the ship which was very nice. Our bags arrived within 10 minutes which was also impressive. We booked a Family Harbor Suite which included a living area with a sofa with pull-out bed, it's own tv and a privacy screen that could be used to close the area completely off from the rest of the cabin. It had two washrooms, one featuring a full bath, shower and sink with the other offering a larger than expected shower, the most powerful toilet in the world (seriously, I was afraid of a towel or t-shirt getting sucked down that thing!) and large sink/vanity area. Also had a small but usable walk-in closet which I wasn't expecting. Main bed was a queen and while not the most uncomfortable bed I've slept on, it was pretty awful. Overall the suite was the perfect size for us, I don't think we would have been as happy in anything smaller and the balcony was amazing, much longer than the standard sized and on the 2nd deck so offered privacy and some protection from the sun since the lifeboats were hung on the deck above. The view was incredible! We saw dolphins, turtles and even a whale along with a ton of interesting ship traffic and oil rigs. The Family Harbor suites also offer access to the Family Harbor lounge which was an area where they served breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, coffee/lattes/etc and soft serve ice cream throughout the day. This was right down the hall from our suite and was the perfect spot to grab breakfast and a quick snack with hardly anyone in there. Very convenient and if we were to sail on the vista again, I would request the exact same room. It was perfect. Our suite steward, Luke was amazing. While introducing himself he asked if we needed anything in our room and I mentioned I like ice and asked where the ice maker was. Every day Luke had fresh ice in our room. A nice touch. Guy was on point all week. Speaking of customer service, we've never experienced better customer service while on any vacation. This includes vacations that have cost 10x more than our suite on the Vista. We were absolutely blown away. Better than Sandals, Beaches, Sunscape and even the Four Seasons. I'm telling you, it was impeccable service and I was honestly not expecting it after hearing so many reviews stating the opposite. The food? Honestly, it was great! We did a mix of the included restaurants such as the main dining room and some of the add-on options such as the sushi restaurant, seafood shack and steakhouse. We were not once disappointed in a single meal. There was always somewhere to get a quick bite to eat. The sushi was some of the best I've had, extremely fresh! It was one of the add-on restaurants but it only cost $20'something for a sushi boat full of sushi, salad and miso soup for two. The lamb chops in the steak house were delicious as well and some of the best I've had. Even the buffet was great, one day they had indian out and it too was some of the best I've had. Oysters were fresh and delicious, as for the lobster roll, I've had better. The "Cheers Package" - One of the things that has always turned me off about cruises was the lack of truly "all-inclusive" packages. At Sandals & Beaches Resorts, you pay for your accommodations and everything with very few exceptions is included. Scuba, all food/restaurants, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, you name it. In fact, their staff are not even allowed to accept tips. It's forbidden with the only exception if you have Butlers. It's wonderful! Carnival's Cheers Package is an add-on you can purchase that allows you to pre-purchase 15 alcoholic beverages. The break even point works out to be about 8 drinks. This could be beer, wine, a mixed drink, whatever. It also includes a tip of 18% I believe - which I add an extra dollar per drink. They had top shelf stuff, way better selection than Sandals that's for sure both in beers and the hard stuff. Bartenders were all pros and could make any concoction you desired. They were not the watered down crap that you typically get at an all-inclusive - I only once came close to reaching my 15 drink limit and for anyone that knows me - that's saying something.. lol They also offer a soda package for only non-alcoholic drinks, or you can take a 12 pack of soda on board which many did. You're also allowed to bring one bottle of wine on board per adult. Since this cruise departed from Galveston, there is some law in place preventing them from offering the cheers package until day two. I suspect this is because they are collecting tax on the drinks being sold on that day? Who knows, but we did buy an overpriced bottle of vodka from room service and was disappointed to learn that this too would not be delivered until day two due to the Texas laws.. Well played, Texas. Well played indeed. We skipped all the formal nights, that's not our thing but those that went seemed to really enjoy themselves. We went to one of their main production shows, it was awful. The whole plot was wack, the singing felt off and acting was very forced. The older crowd seemed to love it, so we left after the 2nd act. However the comedy shows were HILARIOUS! We went to multiple shows each night and they were all fantastic. Most of them having their on specials on HBO, Comedy Central and other shows and networks. The shore excursions were all excellent, again some of the best customer service we've received while traveling. We only booked excursions directly from Carnival as you were guaranteed that the boat would not leave you if you ran late. Since the tour operators were under what I would imagine to be a lucrative yet hard to get contact they pulled out all the stops for us and unlike on other excursions we've been on, they didn't try to nickel and dime you on up-sales. As for the Vista itself, she was a thing of beauty. The crew keeps her in immaculate condition, constantly cleaning/polishing/squeegee'ing and painting. Anytime that thing was alongside a dock there were guys hanging off of it painting. They had people running around everywhere wiping down all hard surfaces and disinfecting anything that you could touch. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations were everywhere. Coming back into port was a breeze, in fact we followed the Carnival Breeze from Cozumel back into Galveston. With our suite we were given priority disembarkation, so we had put our bags outside of our door where they were quickly carried off, had a quick breakfast and met in the main lounge. From here we waited until our bags were off the boat and then allowed to disembark. Very smooth, efficient process. You walk through the facial recognition thingy, get a green check next to your face and that's it! If you purchased duty free alcohol or tobacco you were supposed to declare it with Texas but we didn't buy any since the prices were not worth the effort of packing it.. We were back to our car within 15 minutes of stepping off the ship. (Only to wait 4 hours in the parking lot due to car troubles..) We absolutely loved it and can't wait to do another or possibly some of the more premium lines. Every concern we had was unfounded, there was something for everyone in the family from food to activities and entertainment. I thought I would be bored out of my mind at sea days but I found those to be my favorite and just hanging out on the ledo deck or our balcony was so relaxing. Fantastic vacation, one of the most relaxing ever. If you're on the fence about taking the cruise I say give it a shot! With the current pricing and capacity they are sailing at, it's the perfect time IMHO. Hope this helps!
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