Carnival Vista Cruise Review by merrie213
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
The food in general was decent, we did the Chefs Table - such unique food pairings and a tour of the kitchen, I highly recommend it. We had lunch at Ji Ji and Cucina (no charge for lunch), but the service was pathetic and the restaurants were tiny. We also had dinner at Bonsai (with upcharge) - they didn't bring half of what we ordered and did bring the wrong food, that was disappointing, also we waited a very long time, and it wasn't even crowded.
Set dining time is in the small Reflections dining room only, which is beneath the casino and you can smell smoke in that dining room. The larger Horizions dining room is 100% my time dining, so set dining times are hard to come by. My time worked ok, but I missed getting to know the same tablemates and wait staff during the week. Wait staff ranged from fun to robotic.
It seems to me, Vista was designed with cost savings for Carnival in mind. Less wait staff, smaller public areas so they could add more rooms, no 'washy washy' lady at dining entrances, hand sanitizers and rest room soap were often empty, too few pools/hot tubs which were Not clean. 1 pool and 2 hot tubs for the 500 people in Havana rooms, and 2 pools and 2 hot tubs for the 3,500 other people - seems they missed a few hot tubs.
I'd say the show areas were too small for the number of cruisers, but half the ship was sick so there were enough seats. I suspect so many people were sick because of some of the cutbacks made on this ship. In 17 cruises, I've never seen so many sick people on a ship.
There are lines for the comedy shows, dinner, and the theater, but those lines are only there before the doors opened and we never had a problem finding a seat. I would have preferred a more upbeat interactive piano bar, but that's just my taste, the piano player was a decent performer.
I realize there is going to be good and bad with any cruise, and we had a great vacation, the staff was very friendly, however, the ship's design was very lacking compared to some of their other ships, which surprised me considering this is their new flagship. If you've never cruised before, you wouldn't notice what was missing, but as frequent cruisers, we noticed.
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