Vista Photo Review: November 2017, 8-Day

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#61
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Really enjoying the pics and review! We finally have another cruise booked to look forward to. Doing an 8 day Southern Caribbean cruise on the Horizon so I'm interested in the Vista as it will be very similar.
We love love the balcony cabins but due to the price difference, we usually get the category 4J rooms. This time we are splurging on ourselves to celebrate our 30th anniversary,(six months late), and can't wait. Looking forward to the rest of your review.
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Congratulations and best wishes on your marriage! Hubby and I will be on the Vista in just over week, can't wait! I was on her in March 2017 with my niece so it will be my second time, and hubby's first. I'm really enjoying all your photos. Thanks for taking the time!
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#63
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Following as we are going on this cruise in May. Loving your review so far, the pictures are amazing!
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Congrats on your wedding and thanks for sharing your cruise with us!


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#66
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Can you tell me how you determined which cove balcony was not under a lifeboat? I'd like to book one like yours which seemed so much brighter.
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Originally posted by mom2girlsVT
Can you tell me how you determined which cove balcony was not under a lifeboat? I'd like to book one like yours which seemed so much brighter.
If you find a good exterior side shot of the Vista, you can then count how many balconies until you reach the spot with no life boats. Find the Vista deck plan, count back from the first cove balcony and you should be able to find the one without the boat above you. I think about 12-13 back should get you clear of the boats and keep you from being under the galley.
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#69
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Originally posted by dst
Please do
We have late dining but plan to eat at the steakhouse at least once, this will help us plan
Originally posted by cruzkitty
Yes! I would love to see those Menus and TYIA!!

Sounds good, I will be sure to post menus!
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Originally posted by cio541
We have chef's table booked on our upcoming cruise. I sure hope they do not do it on elegant night however! Hoping for the new menu as we did it two years ago.
It was kind of a bummer that it was on the first elegant night, but we still dressed up, so that was nice.
I also forgot to mention that since it was on the elegant night (lobster night), we were told that on the last night of the cruise we could say the Chef would let us have lobster since we missed it. They checked that we indeed did Chef's Table that elegant night and voila, we had lobster the last night of the cruise!


Originally posted by jenniferandwhatnot
Chef's Table looked amazing! I passed last time we were on Carnival and am questioning my decision!
Hopefully there's another cruise in your future and you can reconsider then! It's definitely a hefty price tag but a truly unforgettable experience.
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Originally posted by smurfm69
Really enjoying the pics and review! We finally have another cruise booked to look forward to. Doing an 8 day Southern Caribbean cruise on the Horizon so I'm interested in the Vista as it will be very similar.
We love love the balcony cabins but due to the price difference, we usually get the category 4J rooms. This time we are splurging on ourselves to celebrate our 30th anniversary,(six months late), and can't wait. Looking forward to the rest of your review.
So exciting! And HUGE congratulations on your anniversary (and for spoiling yourselves a little bit!). Wishing you a wonderful trip.
We're visiting the Horizon in March 2019 on a Western itinerary, and very much looking forward to seeing the sister ship. Thank you much for following along!

Originally posted by Buckett
Congratulations and best wishes on your marriage! Hubby and I will be on the Vista in just over week, can't wait! I was on her in March 2017 with my niece so it will be my second time, and hubby's first. I'm really enjoying all your photos. Thanks for taking the time!
Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope your Vista trip is fantastic and your husband enjoys the magic of this beautiful ship. I'll keep plugging along so hopefully you can see some more pictures soon!
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#72
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Originally posted by willdra
Congrats on your wedding and thanks for sharing your cruise with us!

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Ahhh Willdra's reading my review! My husband and I LOVE your Vista and Magic reviews so much- your humor and personality are SO much fun to read! Thank you for the kind words and for reading along!
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#73
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Originally posted by atakkat
Congratulations on your marriage! Really enjoying your review. Please post the menus!
Originally posted by jesskuhmarie
Following as we are going on this cruise in May. Loving your review so far, the pictures are amazing!
Many thanks to you both for reading the review and for your compliments, so happy to have you here! I will keep at it with the pictures and will be sure to add the menus. Thank you again!
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Thanks for your excellent review so far. I feel like I was there with you. But that would be weird since you were on your honeymoon. LOL!
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#75
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Originally posted by bobjer17
Thanks for your excellent review so far. I feel like I was there with you. But that would be weird since you were on your honeymoon. LOL!
LOL Love it!
I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying the review and it feels so real!
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#76
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Monday, November 6th 2017, Sea Day:



The day started with another dose of Blue Iguana breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, which I’m now super craving as I type this. We rushed over to the Sky Ride at 8:50am and got in the line that was already forming. There were nine people in front of us, and the line quickly extended behind us. The staff working the Sky Ride were doing their safety checks and opened pretty close to 9am. The line moved pretty quickly and my husband was riding by 9:20ish. We decided that he would ride first and take the YI action camera and I would hold on to our electronics, then when he returned to the platform I would ride. I know this might not be the most considerate thing to do, but other people were able to ride in between our turns and we didn’t hold the line up by doing this. The workers found other single-person riders to ride next to us, so we weren’t wasting anyone’s turns.

And then it happened. While in line for the SkyRide, I met the type of person who writes those terrible, over-the-top horrible reviews of Carnival ships. I don’t think she had a single ounce of fun in the 48 hours she had been on the ship. She shared that normally she sails from Europe on smaller fancier ships and she totally regretted sailing on the Vista because it was filthy (the plates in the hallway really got to her) and the people are loud and rude and the embarkation was a nightmare. I really do kinda feel bad for her and I hope she found some enjoyment at some point on this beautiful cruise. I always make it a point to acknowledge that a trip is what you make of it, and if you want to find the negatives then you will. Yes, there were a few room service plates outside doors in the hallway- that’s where they’re supposed to go. Am I going to let that ruin my cruise? Absolutely not.


To make up for that sidebar of negativity, here’s our footage of the SkyRide!
My husband's trip on the SkyRide. He said his footage was so shaky and full of motion because he couldn't stop looking at everything! I suppose that's valid when you're on this awesome ride!


My trip on the SkyRide. I tried to be more conscious of the camera and move my head steadily and smoothly. Personally, I like my video better 😃


The SkyRide was super fun, and slightly nerve-wracking. I never thought I’d be that high off the deck on a cruise ship riding on an open-air bicycle and even though I was belted in with two different safety mechanisms, it was still a little scary. But also so much fun! The dip when going from the inside to the outside was much faster than I was expecting but also provided a jolt of adrenaline. If you’re a thrill-seeker or even willing to go out of your comfort zone in a safe way, I would very much recommend trying the SkyRide. Also the design and engineering involved is really just remarkable and inventive.

He's ready to go!


There I go!


After experiencing the SkyRide, we walked around the lido and other sun decks before getting to the lanai on deck five. We grabbed a two-person circular lounger and sat there looking out at the ocean for a bit before deciding we were burnt and needed shade. The weather was incredibly beautiful and we were really enjoying the views, so we found some seats underneath the overhang of Bonsai Sushi and stayed there for over an hour reading, napping, and enjoying refreshing beverages. It was so relaxing and refreshing. As I look out at the snow-covered, 9-degree weather of Iowa right now, I’m really missing this moment I just described above.

For real, can this be my everyday?
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We walked up to the Serenity and got in line for the salad bar, Fresh Creations. The line stood still for a good 5 minutes while workers were bringing up clean bowls from wherever they go to be washed. Not the best design if they’re going all the way to the galley to be washed and then need to be brought back up to deck 15. It was VERY windy outside and not conducive to building a salad in open air. The lettuce and spinach were covered by plastic lids and really hard to get to with tongs, and some of the salad toppings were also flying around. Trying to hold onto your plate while serving flying food was not a pleasant time. We decided that eating outside was not a possibility so we went down to the Pub & Brewery to eat lunch and buy our very first fishbowl. What an experience that was! Also very surprising how quickly you make friends while sipping a fishbowl, as several people approached us to ask what we were drinking or how to get one. So fun!

I promise I shared some of it with my husband!


Our next agenda item was Big Bang Theory trivia in the Ocean Plaza, which was fun and jam-packed full of BBT lovers. Unfortunately we did not win, because we’re apparently not die-hards like some other people, even though we’ve seen every single episode. Boo. At some point we made our way back to the room where we discovered our super sweet gift from John Heald, the senior cruise director and brand ambassador for Carnival. Fun Tip: if you write on his FB wall about 2-3 days before your cruise, with your name, room number, and occasion you’re celebrating, he will try to send you a little gift to your room. A please or thank you won’t hurt the cause either! I had my husband write on JH’s wall for my birthday/our honeymoon, and I am so happy that he took the time to send a little gift. AND WE GOT A SHIP ON A STICK! The trivia wouldn't prove very fruitful this cruise, but I'm so glad we still walked away with a "24K gold ship on a stick."




We tried our hand at sports trivia before heading to the Horizons MDR for our first dining room experience of the cruise. Overall it was pretty tasty and we definitely left very full. We had Your Time Dining, so we showed up at the check-in on Deck 5 right next to the Java Blue/Shake Spot venue and were given a ticket to head down to Deck 3 for the MDR. There was maybe one person ahead of us in line, and I don’t think we ever waited more than 5 minutes between getting to the check-in line and getting to the doors of the MDR to be seated immediately. It seems like a pretty good system to me, because there’s no lines outside the MDR. My husband had the braised ox tongue that “melts in your mouth” (that’s a direct quote, ladies and gents). He also was so excited about trying the Indian entree because I had told him many people have positive things to say about it, and he is officially now one of those people. He said it was delicious and he’s looking forward to getting it again. I had the peach soup and loved it, but wasn’t a huge fan of my BBQ spareribs as they were just alright and not noteworthy (yet here I go making a note...). We split a s’more parfait and OH WOW I wish I got two and I wish we had even more than that. It was incredible. My husband had the double roasted pineapple and that had amazing flavor as well.

Horizons Bar


A blurry picture of the Indian food:


We saw Amor Cubano in the main theatre and really enjoyed it. I will confirm what most others say about the theatre (Liquid Lounge) on the Vista- it’s not great. The seating isn’t well planned and the lines of sight are sometimes interrupted by giant posts. We did find seats early enough that weren’t too bad, but I really don’t enjoy the theatre layout as a whole. The show was pretty great and I’m glad we went. The comedian, John Floyd, on the other hand, was not entertaining and we left within 10 minutes of it starting. Thankfully we were right by a door in the back so we didn’t cause a lot of disturbance by leaving. The Limelight Lounge is a nice space to the comedy shows, but you absolutely need to show up 20+ minutes before showtime if you even want a chance at a seat. Also, I am confused why they named the Limelight and Liquid lounges very similar names. Maybe that's just me. We decided to head to the room and get ready for Aruba the next morning before going to sleep.

Another beautiful Dreamscape:


Bonus Portrait we had taken:


UP NEXT: Tuesday, Aruba
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Originally posted by Nyhawkeye
Great review - LGH!

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Originally posted by the_lovely_voyage
It was kind of a bummer that it was on the first elegant night, but we still dressed up, so that was nice.

I also forgot to mention that since it was on the elegant night (lobster night), we were told that on the last night of the cruise we could say the Chef would let us have lobster since we missed it. They checked that we indeed did Chef's Table that elegant night and voila, we had lobster the last night of the cruise!








Hopefully there's another cruise in your future and you can reconsider then! It's definitely a hefty price tag but a truly unforgettable experience.


We were on the same cruise with you. Great review and I share many of your observations.

Quick tip on Chef’s Table on Vista. We made our reservation 10 months in advance (via email) and requested a specific night to avoid having CT dinner on elegant nights. We did CT on Nov 6th. We celebrated our 25th anniversary on this cruise.

Congrats on your wedding and wishing you both many happy years together!


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