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  • Writer's pictureBill Hernandez


Review By: Dori Saltzman / Cruise Critic Senior Editor

Carnival Cruise Line's 3,936-passenger Carnival Vista might just be one of the line's most fun with so much to do from scheduled activities to outside attractions and a nightlife that doesn't slow down till late.

Even on a 10-night cruise, we weren't able to get to everything. We did the SkyRide (an elevated bike ride), but not the ropes course. We tried out the outdoor Twister board, but never got a chance to play mini-golf or outdoor billiards. We never hit the water park either. We went to the 4D Thrill Theater movie theater but never saw an IMAX movie. We saw four Playlist Production shows in the main theater, but skipped the magic show in favor of an evening of comedy. We made it to only one RedFrog Pub & Brewery trivia session, and never got to try one of the pour-your-own-beer taps or enjoy a drink in the pub's outdoor seating area.

Cruisers we spoke with had the same experience -- so much to do and not enough time. Yet, despite the constancy of activities, Carnival Vista never felt manic. There was no sense that if you didn't do it all you were missing out. Perhaps that's because our fellow passengers were all laid-back, as ready to chill out as they were to have fun.

While you can find places to be solitary and quiet (the adults-only Sanctuary, for instance) if that's what you're looking for, Carnival Vista is not a ship for wallflowers. It's an extroverted ship full of friendly people, most of whom come from English-speaking countries, though you'll hear a fair amount of Spanish as well. And watch out during school holidays; the ship's passenger count can get pretty close to 5,000 with well over 1,000 kids during the busiest months.

Between the laid-back and friendly passengers, always-smiling crew and plethora of onboard activities, Carnival Vista maintains a vibe that is young at heart and down to earth.

Carnival Vista Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

Two main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateriesAll theater shows and the comedy clubUse of the SkyRide, ropes course, water park, mini-golf and other outside SportSquare activitiesMost daily activities unless noted belowUse of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

Gratuities ($13.99 per person, per day or $15.99 per person, per day for those staying in suitesAutomatic beverage (18 percent) and spa tips (15 percent)All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffetSpa treatmentsShore excursionsWi-FiActivities including, but not limited to the IMAX and Thrill theaters, arcade games, bingo and Build-a-BearPhotos and artwork

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