The Cruiseman & Mrs. Cruiseman recently spent a week aboard the Carnival Vista, sailing from Galveston, TX with port calls at Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman Island & Cozumel, MX. We were impressed with some subtle improvements that Carnival has made with this line of ships. One very pleasing improvement was the way the buffet and dining rooms were laid out. They managed to divide up the seating space into some very pleasant smaller sections resulting in much quieter seating arrangements.
Like all the Carnival ships dining options at lunch time are abundant. You can pick from Guy’s Burger Joint, the Seafood Shack, the Mongolian Wok, Pasta Bella, Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy’s Pig & Anchor, the Lido Deck Marketplace (buffet) or the Main Dining Room. There’s even a nice salad bar on Deck 15 in the adults-only Serenity area. Oh, don’t forget the 24 hour Pizza!
Evening dining has it’s options as well. You can make a reservation in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, JiJi’s Asian Kitchen or Cucina Del Capitano. (These restaurants have cover charges). We tried both JiJi’s and Cucina and were very pleased with both.
An interesting twist in the Liquid Lounge (main theater) is that the seating on the lower level is mostly movable chairs rather than the long benches that cruisers are used to. It seemed rather odd to me until I saw what they did during one of the production shows. They were able to move the chairs around to allow for extra staging right in the middle of the audience so more people got a close up view. Very clever!
The Vista Lobby (Deck 3) has a major change from previous Carnival ships. The glass elevators are gone as well as the 14 deck high atrium ceiling. In it’s place they have a low ceiling just 3 decks high, which results in a “small ship” feel, similar to the Princess ships. The Vista Lobby is a natural gathering place for various events and entertainment.
We even spotted a famous basketball player in Jamaica!
Of course the Waterworks were busy keeping the kids and teenagers busy.
Mrs. Cruiseman wanted me to show you what she wants me to get for our home.
It’s an instant hand washer. It washes, rinses and sanitizes your hands in 12 seconds!
Just stick your hands in and it kicks into action. Genius!
We’d love to help you plan your next cruise vacation – on the Carnival Vista or maybe some other ship. Give us a call @ (800) 889-7683
In closing, please don’t be like these people.They waited until it was too late to enjoy traveling.