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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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David G wrote a review Nov 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia4 contributions1 helpful vote
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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Ken A wrote a review Oct 2021
Fort Lauderdale, Florida49 contributions
My first cruise was exceptional. The best 7 days of my life in a long time. I stumbled on the cruise by accident thanks to Carnivals Sales Director Adolfo Perez. The Balcony room was spacious Mid Ship with everything I needed and the best views and sea breeze. food was great , service excellent everyone called me by name and spoke to me with courtesy and respect, the cruise director I don't remember her name any more(Kate , Kay ?) from Fort Worth Texas was just fun to be with she is a great personality, so much to talk about so little space . Just call me or send a message i will tell you all about it. Oh I forgot to mention the Galifuna people in Roatan and Belize! The drums , the dance on the shore excursions were great. The Maya Temple too
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January wrote a review Oct 2021
Irving, Texas11 contributions2 helpful votes
Took the 7-day cruise for our Honeymoon, had an amazing time! Here are some of the highlights to our experience: The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar- Mr. Chow, Arif, and Putu were always the life of the party, especially when they found out that we were Honeymooners. You guys were awesome and we miss you already!! The Blue Iguana Cantina- We LOVED the Breakfast burritos from this place, and their tacos were amazing too. Unfortunately, we didn't' get to know these guy's names but they were always ready to make some of the best food on the ship! Aft Pool Bar- Jesse was another guy who became one of my buddies, great service and open til midnight unlike some of the other bars! Thank you Jesse!! Level 5 Coffee Bar - Joe and Wanpen were hard-working baristas and always gave a friendly, positive vibe, even when they were slammed with coffee orders. Joe was so funny too, excellent taste in music (90's all the way bro) and when he found out my wife's name (Faith), he even threw in a "I gotta have FAITH!!" Hahah, thank you both for a wonderful experience! Stateroom Attendants- Gerald and his team were absolutely superb! They were all very friendly and fast! I never had a bad experience with any of them and I remember even asking Gerald "Do you ever sleep!?" He seemed to always be working hard at making our experience the best he could. Thank you Gerald, again you and your team were outstanding! Romaine on the Steel Drums - This guy dropped my jaw, I didn't know what to expect when I first heard there was gonna be a guy playing steel drums. When I heard him, I immediately went to see who was playing the steel drums so flawlessly. Very talented guy. very nice and open for requests! Guy's Burgers- These burgers caught us by surprise, we expected a good burger, but it was so good, I went back for another instead of finishing my fries! I definitely needed a nap after that but it was worth it! I loved that I could completely customize the toppings on my burger as well, great job guys! There were so many other people that made this a great cruise but these were the top ones I can remember. Kendall Fire, the cruise director, was pretty hilarious as well, what a character! She definitely adds to the fun and works hard to keep the energy up.
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Joey C wrote a review Aug 2021
3 contributions
So we took the Vista out last year, June 2020, then Covid hit. So cancel the next two trips (we’ve been on 14 so far). So now we’re vaccinated and fully tested so that we can cruise again. Now we sit down to eat in the formal dining room about to enjoy a great meal and ask for my favorite drink while in a cruise, double Crown on the rocks. The waiter comes back and says we no longer have Crown. WHAT?!? Carnival is no longer going to serve Crown. I asked the manager and he said sorry, pick something else. Carnival this is unacceptable.
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Mandy B wrote a review Mar 2021
Thunder Bay, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
We have been on many cruises (Carnival, RCL, NCL) and the New Year's Eve cruise 2019-20 was the best experience we have ever had on a boat! We travelled as a group of 8 (4 adults, 4 kids ranging in age from 6-16) and everyone had a great time. Our only complaint was dining room food was tepid (not hot) but otherwise everything was excellent.
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