What Everyone Really Wants For Christmas Is A Caribbean Cruise! Which Carnival Cruise Ship Is The Best Gift To Give— & Get?

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I’m pinching myself because I was here— on Carnival Vista sailing the Western Caribbean seas!

Having sailed Carnival three times so far, Vista is the best cruise ship to go on!

In this post, I’m running down seven reasons why Carnival cruise ship Vista is the best gift to give— and get!


Carnival cruise ship Vista is the best cruise to choose!


All I want for Christmas is another Carnival Caribbean cruise + 7 reasons to sail Carnival Vista

1. Year-round tropical weather! (You had me at “tropical”!) Carnival Vista departs from Galveston, Texas, and sails the Western Caribbean seas. My tour visited Cozumel, Belize and Honduras!


Carnival 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise - Cozumel, Belize & Honduras
Carnival 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise – Cozumel, Belize & Honduras


2. No cabin fever here— Vista is one of the largest of the Carnival fleet!

Fun fact: the Carnival logo is a red and blue funnel in the shape of a whale tale, also at the top of every Carnival ship. The iconic funnel is SO MUCH BIGGER in person— whale size in real life vs. in pictures!


Carnival cruise ship Vista whale tail funnel


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3. I’ve cruised four times in my life, and mostly with Carnival. I keep returning partly because of the food! 

For us old school cruise fanatics, there’s no longer a midnight buffet. But Carnival makes up for that with round the clock dining on the top deck, scheduled dining room full-course meals, and 24-hour pizza, ice cream and room service!

There’s also an array of specialty restaurants on Vista. Aside from our curated meals at the Horizons Dining Room, we had the pleasure of experiencing many of the nine additional restaurants onboard Vista.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse is my favorite, and not all because of the food. The ambiance and service were first class. For example, our oyster appetizer was plated under a glass dome with flowers, and liquid nitrogen affects! I also recommend ordering the wagyu steak and their signature “Art Of Dessert.”


Carnival Vista restaurants


JiJi Asian Kitchen was comfort Asian cuisine served family-style. Our table was a group of ten, so the entrees kept coming and coming!

We also experienced Cucina Del Capitano, a fabulous Italian restaurant with fantastic pasta and my favorite— warm Italian bread!

Oh, and on the Lido Deck by the pool, Guy’s Burger Joint (by Guy Fieri) offers *the best* loaded burgers!


Carnival Vista exotic Western Caribbean cruise


Carnival cruise ship Lido Deck


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Did I mention the bars? Alchemy Bar is my favorite for casually hanging out in style— a classy destination for the best in mixology! The Havana Bar I choose for upscale good times with a live music experience!

4. Yeah, so I like food. And in the spirit of good food, Carnival cruises are all-inclusive. Alcohol is extra, and they have inclusive packages for that, too!

5. I also like a room with a balcony, which I suggest when cruising. Sunrises are my favorite, and I’ve always been partial to a desert sunrise. However, a sunrise over Caribbean waters is a serious competitor! My balcony view was the best for taking these in.


Carnival cruise ship Vista Havana suites


Carnival state room balcony views


Carnival cruise ship Vista towel buddies


6. On the boat, I couldn’t keep up with the round the clock activities! There’s even an IMAX movie theater that plays the most current blockbusters! 

On our 7-day cruise, we had two formal nights and a white party that rocked! There’s also shows, a piano bar and Carnival’s franchise of the hit show, Lip Sync Battle— an insanely entertaining experience!


Carnival cruise ship formal nights


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7. Onboard, Vista is no shortage of activities and events to please the most discerning of guests, i.e., me! (and food— did I mention that I came for the food?). 

Still, the off-board excursions were my absolute favorite. We experienced so many overseas destinations in only a week’s trip!

I chose a group excursion in Honduras at a beautiful wildlife preserve and an afternoon on the beach.

In Belize, we took a riverboat to hike and explore the Mayan Ruins and temples.

And in Cozumel, we spent the day shopping and hanging out about town.


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Carnival Cruise ship Vista is the premier of the fleet
Cruise ship photos by Jenna Sparks Photography.



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In short, I’m ready to do it all again!

All I want for Christmas is another Carnival Vista cruise! 2020 destinations include Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and the tour I experienced in Honduras, Belize and Cozumel.

Santa, I hope you’re listening!


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  1. Antoinette M
    January 8, 2020 / 11:12 pm

    I would love to go on a cruise…it’s on my bucket list! Thanks for the info.

    • January 8, 2020 / 11:17 pm

      You’re welcome and I hope 2020 is your year to cruise!!

  2. Sheila Ressel
    January 16, 2020 / 7:43 am

    That looks and sounds like so much fun! I have never been on a cruise before and really want to now!

    • January 16, 2020 / 4:53 pm

      Sheila, I hope 2020 is your year to set sail!!

  3. June 28, 2020 / 7:57 am

    We have been putting off a cruise forever. First because of work, then because we had a small child, now Covid-19. This looks so amazing! I’m thinking 2021 might be time for a luxury vacation!

    • June 28, 2020 / 7:58 am

      I’m ready to sign up for a 2021 cruise getaway, too!! I hope you finally get to go on yours!

  4. nenas110
    June 29, 2020 / 12:05 am

    I really miss being able to travel, and especially cruise! I probably won’t feel safe doing so until, maybe next year though.

  5. Wendy Hutton
    June 29, 2020 / 1:20 pm

    sounds like so much fun

    • June 29, 2020 / 1:52 pm

      Wendy, this was my 4th cruise and my best one ever!

  6. Tina Louise
    June 30, 2020 / 8:43 pm

    I have always wanted to go on a cruise. My sister and her husband go often and they always have wonderful stories.

    • June 30, 2020 / 8:55 pm

      Tina, when it’s safe again, a cruise is the way to go!

  7. Ron Ablang
    July 5, 2020 / 10:49 am

    There’s lots of nice islands in the Caribbean. I’m wondering which are the LEAST touristy? I’ve heard most of them are expensive.

    • July 5, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      A great way to experience more than one Caribbean island in one vacay is via a cruise to find out which ones you’d like to come back & explore more (when we can safely cruise and vacay again).

  8. rita leonard
    July 11, 2020 / 9:19 am

    I do love a cruise and am looking forward to doing it again in the future

    • July 11, 2020 / 10:51 am

      You and I both, Rita! I think cruises are the perfect way to experience many islands in a short period of time.

  9. Brittany Gilley
    July 14, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Thanks for these tips. A cruise was high on my list to do before coronavirus happened, I’ve never been on one so I was having trouble choosing options

  10. sandra
    July 22, 2020 / 10:32 am

    i like that they offer so much to do onboard you barely need to leave the ship

    • July 22, 2020 / 11:53 am

      So true! You’ll need a vacation after the vacation if you take part in all the fun activities onboard!

  11. Corey Olomon
    July 25, 2020 / 11:23 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise before, but would love to (when its safe, of course!)

    • July 26, 2020 / 11:58 am

      Definitely a cruise for when traveling resumes!

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