The Carnival Vista is an incredible ship. It's Carnival's newest adventure and we were thrilled when we got the chance to take a voyage ourselves. So in the deepest part of winter, I set sail to the Caribbean.
Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba! All beautiful places and so much fun.
But as a foodie, my favorite part of the cruising experience was all about the food.
Every day is a culinary exploration. So many choices!
Will you dress up and go to one of the beautiful restaurants or join others in your main dining room?
Will you go casual and check out one of the many buffets or smaller eateries on the Lido deck?
Maybe even stay in for the night and enjoy room service?
No matter what you choose, you won't be disappointed. The food on the Carnival Vista was great. And if by chance you didn't like what you chose, they are happy to take it back and remake it OR simply choose something else from the menu.
The Main Dining Room
I really liked the dining room experience.
This trip we chose to go with a group of our friends and we were all seated together. We had a lovely main waiter and his assistance really took great care of us. By the end of the week he knew that I preferred a gluten-free option, and had options available for me.
In this dining area, you choose as many from each section as you would like. Appetizers, soups or salads, main dishes and desserts. If you would like to have 4 appetizers, go for it!
The portion sizes are small. So don't feel guilty about choosing a couple of your favorite options. I liked to get a couple of the appetizers. One daring dish and one dish I knew I'd like. So I got the opportunity to try something new.
The candied salmon was one of those daring dishes that I found myself wishing that I could get every night. It was SO good.
Breakfast was pretty good. However the menu in the morning is much smaller. You are much better off going to the morning buffet for a wider variety of breakfast treats.
Lunchtime onboard is a little crazy. The Lido deck is all open with several areas of buffet style dining. From fresh fruits and salads to heavier meats.
The Vista also had a few specialty restaurants that are open for lunch as well.
12 different venues for lunch can be found. Everything from sushi to pasta. Even some of the specialty restaurants are open for a small extra charge.
One of my favorite lunches on the ship was the fresh salad bar on the adults only Serenity deck. You really do get a bucket of salad filled with fresh ingredients. There were so many toppings to choose from. Then you can enjoy your meal in the sun with a beautiful view and maybe try one of those frozen drinks that are everywhere on the ship.
The Vista has several specialty dining restaurants. From Asian to Italian, for a small additional charge you are treated to smaller tables and menus with more upscale options. Reservations are highly recommended.
JiJi Asian Kitchen is my FAVORITE. We actually had dinner there a couple of times and I am still craving the shrimp tamarind soup. Here you choose from each section, appetizer, main, side, and dessert and it is served family style. These dishes are very large and sharing is recommended.
The Steakhouse is a bit more formal but it is a true elegant evening. If you are a steak lover, this is the place you want to go. But they do have some other options if you must. These portions are huge and you will need to come hungry. We had a great time at the Steakhouse and would recommend it for our carnivore friends.
Chef Guy Fieri has teamed up with Carnival for some great small dining options all around the Carnival Vista. From a BBQ menu to a burger joint, Guy Fieri has some of the best food for casual easy dining on the ship. Don't miss the French fries at the Burger Joint! They are worth standing in line for!
Lastly, I have to talk about the desserts.
We loved the desserts on the ship. From the main dining room to the specialty dessert shop, each dish was made to perfection.
Now, I didn't love the buffet dessert as much as I loved the chocolate cake up in the coffee shop. But it was still worth having.
All in all, the food was great and we had no complaints. The service on the ship is incredible and they all go out of their way to give each passenger an unforgettable experience.
If you have any food restrictions, let them know when you are booking your cruise and again when you are in the main dining room, they are happy to help make sure your culinary experiece is a good one.
I love the Carnival Vista and I've fallen in love with cruising as a great way to travel without the stress. We loved the whole trip and we are excited to get back onboard for our next adventure.
Have you been on a cruise? Tell us about your experience! What was your favorite food?