6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Review of Vision of the Seas, Transatlantic Galveston to Barcelona, April 19th to May 6th 2019 – 17 nights. Overview: Amazing trip, great ship, superb crew. The whole trip was amazing with one major issue, which was the medical ... Read More
Review of Vision of the Seas, Transatlantic Galveston to Barcelona, April 19th to May 6th 2019 – 17 nights. Overview: Amazing trip, great ship, superb crew. The whole trip was amazing with one major issue, which was the medical staff/facilities and one minor issue, which was new sheets that were dirty (bloodstains) on the sofa bed, the new sheets they sent were also badly stained, so we requested them changed again. We are a family of 3 Diamond members, 50/44/3 (almost 4). This was our first Transatlantic. Background/In depth CABIN: We were in a Spacious Oceanview cabin, 7088. The cabin was midships, so little movement. The cabin was great, big enough for all 3 of us – and the toys, lots of storage space. It had full wall windows from knee height to ceiling, there was a “seat” running the full width of the cabin with amazing windows… (the deck 8 cabins above had floor to ceiling windows without the seat). These cabins are great for sitting watching the flying fish, whales and dolphins. This cabin is amazing, and will pick these it they are available again in the future. The only minor issue with these cabins is that they are close to the centrum, where all the major entertainment is held every night. There are doors from the corridor to the centrum that can be closed, and these reduce the noise by 90%... the cabin door also reduces the noise by about 90% on its own, so with both doors closed the cabin was silent, with only one closed the noise was very low…. Close them both for silence. FOOD/WAITSTAFF: Overall good (MDR) to Very Good (WJ), MDR: Waiter was OK, a bit standoffish and not very interactive with the table, Assistant Waiter was excellent. With the 3 year old, they looked after him, bringing him a fruit plate as we sat down. We changed that after a few days, as he ate the fruit before dinner, so he wasn’t eating too well, they kept the plate for when we asked for it. I have an allergy, so I made this clear to the staff on the first night. They brought the menu for the next night to the table for me to fill in with my request. We ate in the MDR about 8 of 17 days, with the remaining nights spent in the Windjammer. MDR Food was good overall, nothing really exceptional. My biggest bugbear was the vegetables… hardly cooked at all, all almost raw, at every meal. Had Breakfast in the MDR one day, food was OK, staff OK. After numerous cruises, decided to try breakfast, but truthfully, nothing too exciting, and I enjoyed the WJ better. LUNCH: Had lunch once in the MDR, Food was very good, service was great, however as it was a private lunch with the Captain, can’t compare with normal service. Windjammer, Staff were great, clearing tables very quickly, bringing drinks etc all the time. Food: there were the usual selections every day/meal, salads, meats, pizza, burgers, hotdogs etc, the selection rotated round a few times. Also there was a meat carvery every day. Food was generally very good. There were themed nights with stations set up as well as the usual selections. Dessert was a bit limited in selections, the items rotated round very quickly, with some days nothing that I wanted (my taste), as it was a 17 day cruise, the selections rotated through a few times. Breakfast, as usual, very good selection, plenty of food. With all meals in the WJ, we walked through the whole selection then found a seat, then took turns to select food. This was to ensure we saw everything on offer for the child to eat. Milk and Chocolate milk was available at all meals under the desserts counter so ask for it if you want it. Chef Royston in the WJ was great with our son, he always came out to see him and made sure he had enough food, even making special requests when he thought he needed more food. When he was Ill, Chef Royston went into the kitchens and cooked him a meal of his favourite things to ensure he ate something… it worked. Other eating places: PARK CAFÉ: we ate there a number of nights, for a snack. Quality very good, especially the 3 cheese panini, which was grilled…. Amazing, we had them every time we ate there. Cookies and fruit as well as pizza, nachos and other sandwiches available till late. ICE CREAM: 2 machines, available at some different times during the day. Nice Ice Cream, cones, but some limited times, all closed at 2130 to 1100… some additional times would be better. PHOTO PACKAGE: We had the “All Photo Package”, bought online before the cruise. The cost on board was about 30% more than we paid, with the USB another $64 on top of that. There were on average 3 stations set up each night, where they took at least 2 photos at each. We wanted some with just us, with us all, with Son on his own… as well as at every port at least 2 photos, meals, Formal, events etc. We walked off with over 2KG/4.4lbs in weight of photos…. At least 500, still not counted. The staff was amazing and if we asked for other unusual stuff, they would if possible. We had one with an amazing sunset on deck, we asked him to come do that, which he did on his break. ADVENTURE OCEAN: 0900 to 1200, 1400 to 1700, 1900 to 2200 sessions. Our son only went to one of the 3 sessions offered daily. He only went to about 6 in total. He was one of only 9 children on the ship, so when he went there were 7 staff just for him. We only wanted him to do one session per day when he wanted to, to keep him in the routine for school. He loved the time there, and even though there was a schedule printed out, they took the time to talk to him and basically did things that he was interested in doing rather than doing the scheduled activities. ENTERTAINMENT: With a 3 year old, our visits to the different entertainment venues was limited. On a TA the entertainment is more geared to adults that something a 3 year old would sit through. We decided what to do each day on what we thought he would like/sit through without causing disruption to others at each venue. We did not go to the theatre at all, so can’t comment on the shows. Centrum had a number of shows/events every night, we attended a number of these. Overall we had plenty to do every day, some days more than others. There was a lot of trivia on the trip, with some ongoing for at least 3 hours a day, it did seem like this was the new staple entertainment, with about 3 or 4 different sessions per day (I like trivia, but only took part in the progressive, and offered some assistance to friends when I could) PORTS: We did not do any ship excursions, but had our own plans at each port. No issues experienced as far as I know, there was one port where 5 people were delayed, but only by about 20 minutes. DIAMOND LOUNGE: The lounge was too small for the numbers, so they closed the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge for us each evening. Experience was good in there. Coffee maker was well serviced, and even with the numbers on board, I only saw it run out twice, and each time attention was very quick coming. I only drink coffee (allergic to alcohol), so I used that machine a lot. BENEFITS ON SEAPASS, we used the lounge every night, as well as the 3 drinks loaded onto the Sea Pass card. Casino free roll, the machine is tight, and in the past 2 cruises won nothing at all, so this time we won a raffle ticket…. I actually stayed up until 2300 on the last night to be there for the drawing…. For a T SHIRT… you would have thought they would have a decent prize. Very disappointed in that. Internet, see below in notes. % off RCCL merchandise, Used this in the shop, the attendant said it could be used over and over again, which was news to me… only used once though. Washing: Did the $10 off a $34 wash, it was on the day they offered it at $24.99 in the compass, and got charged $17.36 in total… the clothes came back not very clean, and not smelling washed, so not sure if that is the way they wash them, or just not a good service. NOTES: I have never seen a Captain stand on the dock wishing people a good day as they left the ship, But Captain Mike was there at a number of ports, talking to people and wishing them a good day. It was a nice touch. It was Easter on our sailing, and the number of children was extremely low, so we ended up with over 100 eggs and rabbits… All the crew kept giving our son eggs, so we ended the cruise giving them to the crew as we had so many. Internet: We had 2 free days as Diamond. We spread them out till the middle of the voyage for day 1. I opted to go for the upgrade, which cost $7.00 as the Diamond free portion paid for the rest. Speed was actually very good, it surprised me. Unfortunately, after 11 hours, the signal was lost. I reported it straight away (luckily)…. But as I said I picked the middle day and as we were in the exact middle of the Atlantic the majority of the ship lost internet for a number of hours. They logged the loss, and I was credited with another 12 hours at a later date after a few visits. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted to go thru the Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles. We are diamond plus level cruisers and are supposed to be admitted to the concierge's lounge. We were forced to go to the diamond lounge or overflow lounge because ... Read More
We wanted to go thru the Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles. We are diamond plus level cruisers and are supposed to be admitted to the concierge's lounge. We were forced to go to the diamond lounge or overflow lounge because they had too many pinnacles. This is the first time that we were ever excluded from this lounge. The Vision had just returned from dry dock and they had stripped all of the refrigerators from the lst three floors of the ship. Not good if you have 3 bottles of wine. There was a broken pipe and we had frigid air coming into the room for 12 hours. Then they plugged up the air vent and we had no air circulation for 24 hours. This was an inside cabin. One morning none of the toilets would flush. We had booked this room on board a ship and they neglected to mention that our room was directly below the centrum and we could not to sleep until 11:45 pm each night because of the loud music. We complained and the cruise director said that he did not think that the music was too loud, but he was not in our room. On the 3rd formal night none of the toilets would flush in the ladies room next to the main dining room so that women in formal clothes could not flush their toilets. On the departure day, we received no service in the dining room and had to eat cold eggs from the buffet line. They called groups one to ten all at once and then five minutes later called groups one to fifteen so that everyone was trying to leave the ship thru tight doorways all at once. They lost my luggage tag and it took 20 minutes before anyone would show me where the untagged luggage was. The bus to the airport did not leave until 10:00 am even though we were getting off the at 8:30 am. The bus driver had no idea where any of the airlines were located at LAX and we had to read the signs and tell him where to stop. This made the foreign guests very nervous. During the cruise the shore excursion group had people routinely waiting for 45 minutes to l hour before going out on the tours. We had to get up early, lose rest and then wait unnecessarily. We complained about the room and finally gave up getting a better room. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We were in Europe for 6 weeks and wanted to cruise back home at this time. This was the second cruise we took on RCCL. We thought it was just ok the first time. We find other cruise lines ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We were in Europe for 6 weeks and wanted to cruise back home at this time. This was the second cruise we took on RCCL. We thought it was just ok the first time. We find other cruise lines better. We were not impressed with RCCL at all with this cruise. The ship needs a lot of work. Most of the furniture is old, chipped and needs to be replaced. And get rid of those hideous artificial plants! The food is mediocre at best. The dinner service was excellent though. The breakfast service in the dining room was so bad that most days we didn’t eat there. We had to wait a long time for a table even though there were empty tables and it took a long time to get our food. The whole breakfast service was very chaotic and disorganized. The only thing good about eating breakfast in the dining room was Hans. He is a delight! The cruise director, Steve was very good and worked hard, as was his staff. Orlando was very personable and funny. He would make an excellent cruise director. We also enjoyed Talita very much. She is funny but at times difficult to understand. We enjoyed laying out by the pool most sea days, but found the music annoying. They should take into consideration that the average age of their cruisers is 60+. We don’t enjoy techno, teenie bopper music. Same with the movies the showed on the outdoor screen. They were mostly kids’ movies and no one was watching them but you couldn’t get away from the sound. The evening shows were a mix, some very good and others not so much. We really enjoyed the Beatles show, the pianist, the ship’s orchestra, David Nestor, and James Stephens. We didn’t really care for the 2 production numbers, they seemed to drag. Also didn’t like Neal Austin. He should be doing children’s parties. We also enjoyed the enrichment forensics talks very much. They were very interesting. The shows in the Centrum were good and enjoyable, but too crowded and hard to see. Late comers squeeze in in front of those in seats so people that were there and seated coulddn’t see. The ship seemed clean, and the cabins were also clean. The room attendants worked very hard. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Vision of the Seas – Transatlantic – April 16th 2017 Overview A wonderful crossing for the second year in a row. We love the Vison Class ships. They have a very friendly staff in all parts of the ship. The food was very good the ... Read More
Vision of the Seas – Transatlantic – April 16th 2017 Overview A wonderful crossing for the second year in a row. We love the Vison Class ships. They have a very friendly staff in all parts of the ship. The food was very good the entertainment was mostly excellent. Embarkation We stayed at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston. It’s a marvelous old hotel located very close to the port. We didn’t go to the ship until close to 1 p.m. and were able to board quickly and head to the room Cabin – Ocean view 3628 Adequate size for us to store all our stuff. We chose to have the bed separated into two singles as it made the layout a lot friendlier with access to the window. There is no comfortable place to stay in the room for any length of time (so we didn’t). Cabin steward was OK (nothing extraordinary) On Board Nit-picks first – The music played on the ship was on a loop that ended up playing the same music at the SAME TIME every day! C’mon man! That’s just lazy. They had a shortage of martini glasses on the ship (yes you read that right). One night they served our martinis in wine glasses. Very weird (and unprofessional) The good- The Schooner Bar is our favorite before dinner place. An awesome bar! Food in the MDR was very good as well as the service. The solarium was our sea day hangout! Food in the Windjammer was good, but the same every day. Food in the Park Café was exactly the same limited menu every single day. We did not go to a specialty restaurant Entertainment on board was typical cruise ship stuff. The headliners were generally good, I am not a big fan of the ships singers and dancers, but they were ok too. The best was the Piano headliner Brook Aehron who was fantastic and then he brought on flutist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry who provided on of the best onboard shows I have seen! There was also a guest speaker talking about spying which I attended but it was only mildly interesting Ports San Juan – got off and looked around, had a beer and did some shopping and went back to the ship. Been there many times Porto Delgada – We took a ships tour to Crater Lake. We don’t often take the ships tours anymore, and now I remember why. You have to go to a meeting place and follow in a nice little line behind the girls with the sign and find your bus. I much prefer booking a trip on my own BUT this excursion was pleasant and the island is very nice! Sea Days! – HEAVEN! Malaga – (Spain Rocks). We took the shuttle to town (5 Euros return). Walked to the cathedral and went on the big Ferris wheel (again) for the views (20 euros) and had some a nice cold beer. Alicante – What a great place! Everything is close to the port. We walked around town, saw the old church and had something to eat and drink. Lots and Lots of restaurants! Palma. – A big rainstorm, We stayed on the ship. (It was $20 return for the shuttle! Ridiculous!) Barcelona – Straight to the airport this year. We were there last year for a few days. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Sailing from Galveston is always very convenient and this itinerary was perfect! The ship was in very good condition considering its age. The captain and the crew were very friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious! We had a Grand ... Read More
Sailing from Galveston is always very convenient and this itinerary was perfect! The ship was in very good condition considering its age. The captain and the crew were very friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious! We had a Grand Suite which was wonderful. Lots of extra drawers and space with a spacious balcony. The ship doesn’t have all the ‘bells and whistles’ like the much larger ships but there was always plenty to do. The entertainment was very good, especially the concert pianist and the young flutist. We ate mainly in the dining room and had My Time Dining. Perfect service and very good food. We also ate in Chops 2 nights and it was excellent. For lunch we ate in the dining room, the Windjammer, and the Solarium All very good! We had access to the Concierge Lounge which was always a fun place to go and meet old and new friends. The Concierge, Ryno, was excellent! It was a GREAT cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but ... Read More
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but were five feet into the air! The pool lift only reached into shallow water and would not reach into the pool itself. We have cruised on over 150 cruises from all different cruise lines. We were astounded to learn the RCCL charges a $7.95 service fee for any food ordered through Room Service. We have NEVER paid a service fee for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The only time a service fee was assessed to a cabin was when a whole pizza was ordered for room service, BUT never for any other meals. We paid close to $200.00 for an upgraded internet package and had very slow internet could not stream nor use skype even though it was promised! We are Diamond on RCCL and other cruise lines, but we will seriously think twice before booking on a cruise line that consistently charges extras for things that should be included within a normal cruise experience. We will search out other cruise lines that can offer the type of amenities and features that we most like about cruising. The Vision of the Seas is a very old ship compared to the rest of the fleet. They need to retire this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the ... Read More
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the glass railing to look over to see anything. This is where the flag ceremony was of the different nations. Same thing. Had to go to upper deck and stand and lean over to see. Also when the Captain sang with the cruise director. No seating. Back to the upper deck to see. Always crowded no seating. Everyone that was talking said should have been in the theatre. Somebody really needs to look into this. Don't want anyone leaning over to far and falling. I'm younger than most of these cruisers. My legs were hurting standing so long. Not a good place at all. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept ... Read More
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept guests informed on PA system of what was happening with weather, delays, announcements and so forth. Interacted with guests, performed at a couple of shows and greeted guests, wished them a safe journey, as they left the gangway on last day of cruise. Food was ok. Some nights there as a better selection at the buffet. Tv showed only very old movies. Poor selection of movies on the pool deck (only showed three movies all week. Only terrible disappointment was excursions (to merida) were suddenly cancelled last minute. Weren't told about the cancellation until we were on the pier. One of the reasons we booked this ship was to visit this city. We booked the excursion before we went on the cruise. We had been to all the other islands. Transportation to the airport from ship was a disaster! Hugh mob of people waiting with their luggage in the heat. Finally, everyone scrambled in different directions to get on a bus. No one checked to see if passengers had paid for transport. It was a messy free for all! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ... Read More
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ship is older but in good condition and as always the RCI crew were wonderful. There were a lot of upper tier RCI cruisers ( i.e. pinnacle ) and this was the first cruise where "status" was so in your face. I get it, I was platinum on good old Northwest ( Delta) when I traveled a lot for my job and enjoyed all the first class upgrades, and certainly repeat customers should be rewarded, it was just so overt on this cruise- maybe because it was a small ship filled with mostly retirees who could take a 14 day cruise. I think out of the 1900 people on board at least 1600 had some level of status ( we are lowly Gold ourselves). Cabin: When I booked the best cabin available was a sea view 3rd floor aft. What I didn't realize was that it was directly under the main kitchen and there was a lot of activity at night even at 2am. Guest services was very accommodating and moved us to another cabin on the same floor which was much quieter so that worked out. It was a bit of a disappointment that the bed is located directly under the window so when you are sitting on the couch you kind of have to look over the bed to see out the window, but we could have requested the beds be separated which would have opened it up a bit. Dining: We are not foodies and while the food in the Windjammer was hit or miss, the food in the main dining room ( we had "My Time" seating for dinner ) was fine - our waiter and asst. waiter were wonderful and we enjoyed many dinners with friends we made on board. After a few days of the buffet for breakfast and lunch we decided that eating at the dining room whenever possible was a better choice both for the quality of food and to limit the quantity. Entertainment and Activities: I was a bit surprised at the choice and number of movies ( there were quite a few sea days since we left from NJ and made our way down to Galveston TX.) - several of the movies seemed to be more appropriate for a much younger group and there certainly could have been more shown during sea days, but the evening entertainment was fine. I heard some grumbling about some of the shows but I thought they were generally good. There are not as many activities on this ship as on the larger ships, and the shops are just not quite the same caliber but that is probably a good thing for my wallet. I did pop for internet service when there was a special that combined full internet with our drink package. Well worth the money since there was a lot of on ship time. Service: No complaints - we found all the staff to be excellent and attentive. The captain was especially friendly and went out of his way to say hello to the guests. Ports and Shore Excursions: Well, it was a lot of islands. The shore excursions were for the most part ok - it really depended on the guide. We were only truly disappointed in one excursion to one of the Mayan ruins and we made sure to express our concerns to the shore excursion staff. Disembarkation: Horrible! We were self assist and had to report to the Centrum at 7a and there were already probably 100 + people with their luggage on multiple lines. The staff could have explained the cause of the hold up a bit better - we have been able to just walk off the ship on other cruises. We ended up having to stand in a hot line for an hour or so all the while panicking because we had arranged a car and it would be waiting and had an early flight out of Houston. This left a bad last impression but the captain came down and explained that the delay was due to the immigration staff at Galveston not clearing the ship so I have to give him kudos for facing the angry crowd. So, overall we will cruise RCI again but probably look for a shorter cruise on a larger ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had ... Read More
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had cutain(shower very small-average sized adult(i,m not!) would not fit easily=best captain on the planet! Deck 7 balcony very nice-large balcony-show very good-two nites of comics-dining staff outstanding- limited daytime activities of all the 1,979 passengers, approx 1,500 were from texas( no kidding!) did not take a port excursion so i cannot judge.-steve davis was cd. Very talented and active- asst. cd conducted a zumba class every day and was quite good( she is also a brazilian) all in all, it was a wonderful cruise- we met a lot of nice people while on board boarding and leaving ship were fast and efficient. We have never gotten on board as early( by 11:30). Captain marat(sp) was always visible. Friendly and personable- announced birthdays of passengers every day, including day of disembarking. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the Vision since it was a smaller, older ship but we were pleasantly surprised in the really great condition it was in for it's age. None of the bells and whistles of the newer-built RCCL ships like a promenade, ice rink, flowrider, sport court, zip line, etc. but with only 5 sea days out of a 14 day cruise, we were OK. The best part of a smaller ship is no waiting in lines for anything. We did My Time Dining and NEVER had to wait for a table and we always asked for a table for 2. We chose not to make "reservations" or request a particular waiter so we had a variety of waitstaff and they were all excellent. We thought the food was better on this ship compared to the larger ships. Hot food was served hot, cold food was served cold and beef/steaks was tender. Service was also very good throughout the ship. We enjoyed all the ports of call except for Progreso which was not good because our docking was not until 1:00. Because we had to be shuttle-bused to town (and it getting dark by 6:00), we felt there was not really enough time to do a tour since most of the highlights were at least an hour or more drive away. We usually do not book the ship's shore excursions. We like to do our "homework" and usually take public transportation to the beach to snorkel, do a private tour, or do our own thing. Only in Curacao did we book a tour from one of the port tour companies because the weather looked like it might rain and we decided not to go to the beach that day. For "experience" purposes, we are Diamond Plus on RCCL with 283 cruise days and enjoy many of the perks that we receive with that status. We have also sailed on Princess, Carnival, Disney, NCL and various other now out-of-business cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was ... Read More
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was efficient and helpful. Sorry to see the bean counters taking over management of the cruise industry, as those things that make cruising an experience can not be quantified, they are eliminated. I was sorry to see the pillow chocolates go and now gone are the ballroom dance classes, craft activities... The ships singers and dancers are very talented and actually looked like professional dancers; too bad that the material that they were given to perform was so poor. Our grand daughter really enjoyed the variety of food in the Main Dining Room and dressing up for the formal nights. We booked excursions in each of the ports through the cruise line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller than the newer ones, it has less activities but it was fine for us. There is of course a casino, bingo, contests, etc. There was pleanty for someone to do. We had My Time dining and we were usually seated in the same area each night with the same wonderful waiters. We prefer the dining room for all meals but we did try the Windjammer several times and they had a good variety of selections. As a Diamond Plus member I was able to visit the Concierge Lounge and the Diamond Lounge. The Concierge Lounge service was superb! The Diamond Lounge was very slow. It was overall a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and ... Read More
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and Daniel's seminars on art were very informative and well done. We also enjoyed breakfast every morning in the MDR. We had great service, food and conversation with the different table guests every morning. The morning breakfast team was very professional, adaptable, and started our day off right with their infectious smiles. Our MDR Waiter, Ermon, and Asst Waiter made our dinner very enjoyable. We also enjoyed having Ali as our waiter in Giovanni's Table for two nights. The Tour of the Bridge with the Captain was great and overall we really had a great time on the Vision of the Seas. We will sail her again on September 23rd, 2018 out of Barcelona, Spain. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and it didn't disappoint. We loved every Port of Call, where we did some excursions through Royal Caribbean, and some just exploring on our own. The food and service in the dining room was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary, and it didn't disappoint. We loved every Port of Call, where we did some excursions through Royal Caribbean, and some just exploring on our own. The food and service in the dining room was excellent, and we were most fortunate to be seated with an excellent group. The entertainment on this ship was excellent, and the Cruise Director and Activities Manager (Chris and Talita) were fantastic. They made me laugh every morning while watching their early am information session on the RCI TV. I especially liked Talita - very outgoing, funny, beautiful, and she taught an excellent Zumba class. We had a Ocean View cabin (forward). It was just my husband and I travelling, so even though the cabin's are small, it accommodated us just fine. The ship itself, while smaller than the other ships we have cruised on, was just fine. We would definitely take this cruise again, as we loved seeing the Atlantic Provinces in Canada, and really enjoyed the New England area. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
*Loved the two night stays in Iceland - wish there were more cruises offering this. Not having a deadline really makes for a better vacation experience. *Food in the dinning room was just ok, so we landed out eating at the Windjammer ... Read More
*Loved the two night stays in Iceland - wish there were more cruises offering this. Not having a deadline really makes for a better vacation experience. *Food in the dinning room was just ok, so we landed out eating at the Windjammer for 14 of our 16 nights. While visiting Iceland, Icelandic yogurt was offered, which offers a wooping 19 grams of protein! Very healthy choice to start your day! *Room was good, but there was a lot of noise coming from the engine (2616). Guess this can be expected from the 2nd floor. *Fridge available upon request, but I have no idea where it would have been placed, that wouldn't have been in our way. But if you need one, ask as soon as you get on board. *Cruise Director Chris never stopped! He was everywhere!!! Keep us laughing. *Enjoyed the entertainment. The adult comedy show wasn't so great, but otherwise I'd watch all the shows a second time. * This was our 14th cruise, and our 3rd with RCL. Disney is still our favourite line, and we don't have any children. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Chose this trip because of itinerary & even though we booked 14 months in advance we weren't able to get outside cabin. In general trip was great. Ports were really nice, with beautiful scenery. We generally travel on Celebrity ... Read More
Chose this trip because of itinerary & even though we booked 14 months in advance we weren't able to get outside cabin. In general trip was great. Ports were really nice, with beautiful scenery. We generally travel on Celebrity but really enjoyed & appreciated the crew for their service and helpfulness. We do our own excursions so I cannot assess the ship's excursions, but I will say that disembarking in some ports was done very poorly with passengers lined up on stairways for many floors. It was ridiculous. I also do not understand why ship does not have a shuttle going from ship to port exit. In some ports it is a very long walk which is not easy for those who have mobility issues. We chose anytime dining & made our times in advance of getting on cruise so we never had to wait. We found the food in dining room to be good, with extraordinary service by Melissa & Dev at dinner. Breakfast service in dining room was very slow, but enjoyed the relaxation. Really enjoyed salad bar lunchtime in dining room. Am not much of a show person as I spent evenings in casino. Casino personnel were friendly & helpful. Of the Shows that we did see some were very good & some not so much. We found the music groups that played in the Centrum were terrific & the show band excellent. Embarking & disembarking from cruise on first & last day was excellent. All in all we found the cruise terrific, with this ship looking worn & in need of refurbishing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We were concerned that the Vision would be so small that we would be bored to tears on a 16 nt cruise, but we were happily surprised. Hubby missed an indoor movie theater and a basketball court, but we enjoyed how easy it was to navigate ... Read More
We were concerned that the Vision would be so small that we would be bored to tears on a 16 nt cruise, but we were happily surprised. Hubby missed an indoor movie theater and a basketball court, but we enjoyed how easy it was to navigate the ship. There were 700+ Diamond and above cruisers on this trip, so the "Some Enchanted Evening" Lounge was used for free drinks/snacks in the evening. Plenty of room for all. Chris Hopkins was our Cruise Director and this is a new role for him. I've never had a better cruise director! He was everywhere, involved in everything, and always wanting to stop and chat with passengers. His assistant Angelle, was also very, very good. They held the usual "Love and Marriage" and "Quest" shows, but also added some things we'd never seen that were fun. We had the best head waiter ever (Das, from India). He was busy, busy, busy....helping his staff do their jobs, at the entry to the dining room every evening, passing out hand sanitizer, and in the Windjammer every morning busing tables, delivering drinks and whatever else needed to be done. Always with enthusiasm and a smile. He definitely enhanced our cruise experience. For every day we were in port, crew members were posted in each stairway to manage the lines. No line cutting, no rushing out of the elevator and jumping into the line. It was very, very organized. We also had the best embarkation and debarkation ever. I'm not sure why they were so good. Just really fast, friendly and efficient. Cabin 7588 is a Preferred Oceanview Cabin and I can't say enough about how great this type of cabin is. It is larger than most of the balcony cabins we book. It had a very large "picture window" with a window seat, instead of the usual small window. The bed was right next to the window, and you could pretend you were practically laying right on the water! We loved Iceland and definitely want to go back. Loved embarking from Copenhagen. We stayed two days in the city pre cruise. It's easy to find your way around, clean and friendly...just watch out for all the bicycles! The only negative experience we had with the whole cruise was at the Chef's Table. This is a five course meal with wine pairings. The guy who did the explanations of the wines just talked WAY too long!! He talked for at least 15 min about every wine. Three people at the table were not even drinking wine! It totally ruined the experience for me. Total time spent at the Chef's Table......4 HOURS and 20 MINUTES. Crazy! In general, this transatlantic will go down as one of our favorite cruises ever. Loved the ship, loved the staff, loved the itinerary. Thanks, Royal Caribbean! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
A fantastic cruise from a person that has done over 200 cruises, This was a great trip, Great cruise director, great Captain, great entertainment and wonderful ports full of nature and sights to see. Good weather, Smooth sailing, Northern ... Read More
A fantastic cruise from a person that has done over 200 cruises, This was a great trip, Great cruise director, great Captain, great entertainment and wonderful ports full of nature and sights to see. Good weather, Smooth sailing, Northern lights, whales, iceberg, and wonderful ports of call, Food was very good, Even the buffet had a big choice. Diamond lounge was in the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge as there was a big group on board. Drinks and food in the lounge were great, I am a diamond plus member. Entertainment was top notch. Many times the entertainer came back the next day for a 1 pm show on sea days. Violin player, female singer impersonator. Rookie group, motown group. magician, pick pocket show, 2 production shows, comedian, piano player, singer Frank Sinatra type. The rooms were clean, Good cabin steward. Disembarkation in Bayonne was fast. Embarkation in Copenhagen was fast,. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We had an inside room. #4459. We knew it would be small BUT the shower was the smallest I have ever had in all my years of sailing with RCL. It was smaller than The Majesty and the Empress!!! Then the bed did not have twin mattresses ... Read More
We had an inside room. #4459. We knew it would be small BUT the shower was the smallest I have ever had in all my years of sailing with RCL. It was smaller than The Majesty and the Empress!!! Then the bed did not have twin mattresses when pulled apart BUT bunk size twin mattress that sagged on the right and my husbands on the left. In other words if they had been together the mattress would have sagged in the middle. There was no refrigerator. So we asked our great room steward Elisabeth to pls. get us one and she did. No shelves in the closet. For a 16 day cruise very little room to put anything.. The worse part was that above us on Deck 5 was the casino bar and the back office of Guest Services. EVERY SINGLE night the noise from about would start around 10PM and last until 2-3AM!!! There was an elephant walking (swear)people dropping boxes, chairs grating across the floor. They said it was the casino bar but not totally. The back office also. It took me 3x to convince Guest Services to try and calm down the noise. After the 3 complaint of me going up to the desk in my PJ's at 1AM saying "you need to do something NOW!" did anything happen. Then security came and knocked on our door at 1:30AM. I said the noise was not from passengers but from the crew!. Anyway it lessened somewhat but not enough that I could sleep. There was only 1 empty Emergency Room on deck 2. But there was only 3 nights left of the cruise so why bother to move. The entertainment was good. Brook Ahern my favorite did 2 performances. I like the way if the entertainment the night before was good, they performed the next night in the centrum so they had 2 shows going almost each night. During the day there was many exercise and dance lessons going on and very well attended. The Centrum was the center for all activities which I though were very good. The food was standard for RCL. Not super good, but not bad either. Sort of in the middle and quite edible. As long as I am not cooking I will almost eat anything or find something else in the Windjammer. The salad bar in the dining room on sea days is Wonderful!! I got one every day we were at sea. Plus I got one for dinner at night also. The crew were wonderful!! The Concierge, MJ, was the best I have ever had in all our sailings. MJ made it a point to shake everyones hand at night when they came in, and to go around and speak to Everyone, NOt just suite and pinnacle people. Which is what usually happens. He was just terrific. Would I sail on this ship again. No. Only because it is old and needs fixing up and bigger showers that can be easily addressed by putting in the sliding rounded plastic doors. Plus refrigeratore and more storage. I will stay away from the "Vision" class of ships. It was a good cruise all in all but gave it a 3 because of all the problems. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
I've sailed on Vision about 7 or 8 times, and have enjoyed it. I choose this ship mainly for the itinerary, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My April 2017 cruise was my first on Vision since the remodeling, which hurt my experience. ... Read More
I've sailed on Vision about 7 or 8 times, and have enjoyed it. I choose this ship mainly for the itinerary, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My April 2017 cruise was my first on Vision since the remodeling, which hurt my experience. They took away public spaces and stuffed in more cabins, making the public spaces too crowded. (One time, there was a line to get into the Windjammer.) The Cruise Director made things worse, with loud, very intrusive activities. It was difficult to find a quiet space to relax. The Centrum is a terrible entertainment or activity venu, but it was used a lot for this, making it virtually uninhabitable for much of the day and night. This is a classic case of corporate greed, i.e. milking a few more $$ from each cruise, killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. I plan to avoid this ship, unless the itinerary is overwhelming. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
The itinerary is what I want and the price is right. We enjoyed the following ports : Petra, Muscat, Ashdod ( Dead Sea ), Haifa ( Bahai garden ) and the passing of Suez cannel. The food is above average. The service is excellent in the ... Read More
The itinerary is what I want and the price is right. We enjoyed the following ports : Petra, Muscat, Ashdod ( Dead Sea ), Haifa ( Bahai garden ) and the passing of Suez cannel. The food is above average. The service is excellent in the Windjammer. We tried out three rock climbing and the staff are very helpful to encourage us to reach the top. Bartender at the Diamond lounge and the deck 11 lounge are very friendly. My room steward is very hard working and friendly. Too bad he had to leave the ship in Athen due to some visa issues. The land tour to Petra is in the expensive side, we managed to find a private tour only half of the price. However, the Dead Sea tour is very well organize and relaxing even it is called " Dead Sea on your own". The Gym is kind of small and had to wait for most of the machines. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
What a wonderful adventure!! From the arrival terminal to final destination in Venice, this was a fantastic cruise. The Vision was in great ship. Have read a lot of negative comments before we left and was pleasantly surprised on how ... Read More
What a wonderful adventure!! From the arrival terminal to final destination in Venice, this was a fantastic cruise. The Vision was in great ship. Have read a lot of negative comments before we left and was pleasantly surprised on how good a shape she was in. The departure terminal in Dubai is one of the best departure experiences we've ever had. From arrival to on-board was maybe 30 minutes. Beautiful facility and lots of agents to speed the process. Our JS cabin was wonderful. Never had a JS before. Well appointed, spacious, well decorated. For 16 days, it was very nice having the extra room. Had an aft corner balcony which on this class ship is absolutely huge. Wraps around the side of the cabin. The service, from cabin steward to dining room, was excellent. Food in the Wind Jammer was disappointing but we seldom eat there. Dining room meals were ok but nothing to write home about. Chops Grill was fantastic. Well worth the extra charge. Giovanni's was pretty good. Did not try the Asian restaurant. Wine list was very disappointing. We had the beverage package and few of the wines by the glass offered on the wine list were available and those that were available were very poor quality. We won't get the beverage package again. Entertainment was outstanding, some of the best we've had on RC. We only took one shore excursion from the ship (Muscat, Oman) and it was ok. We are starting to stear away from ship shore excursions. We booked our own in Jordan, Israel and Greece and they all worked out very well. All in all, a wonderful trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Ship is old, but kept up. many sea days with not enough activities going on around the ship, could have had more hands on activities for everyone. Meals were very good service was outstanding both at the buffet and the main dinning room. ... Read More
Ship is old, but kept up. many sea days with not enough activities going on around the ship, could have had more hands on activities for everyone. Meals were very good service was outstanding both at the buffet and the main dinning room. Cabin was very good, well maintained with very good housekeeping. The ports and shore excursions were outstanding, well organized, got everyone off and on in a very timely fashion, The excursions were very good, used very good and informative guides on all of the excursions that we took. The entertainment was good, we enjoyed it. We would do this one again, but would probably look for a newer ship. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very fast and very smoothly, it was well planed and carried out well. Spent extra time at our departure city, when we left the ship. this was probably one of our best cruises that we have taken, mostly because of places that we visited. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We had a fabulous time....the Weather was brilliant as we expected We arrived at the terminal after a flight from the UK around 11 am. We were on board within 15 mins We booked for the 19th December for one week over Christmas ... Read More
We had a fabulous time....the Weather was brilliant as we expected We arrived at the terminal after a flight from the UK around 11 am. We were on board within 15 mins We booked for the 19th December for one week over Christmas stateroom 8024 and then stateroom 8032 from 26th December for the New Years Cruise . These staterooms are under the pool deck and you can hear trolleys, children running etc but it did not bother us to much We had a wonderful time ,so much so we have booked to sail again on this cruise on February 6th 2017 we have booked an aft jnr suite. We were very impressed with the service that we experienced everywhere on the ship The Captain Michael Lindberg was very visible and made a point of speaking to many guests on a one to one basis . The Officers we would like to thank for making our cruise very special are the Loyalty Ambassador Fernando, The Bar Manager Alex from Romania, the Maitre de and of course Junior and his team for the wonderful fresh food on board. The Concierge Team of Mangesh and V were also amazing When we docked at Muscat you can buy a hop on hop off bus ticket there is a special deal if you buy the Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and the Dubai bus tours which were a great way of seeing and learning about these great places. These buses are frequent and not to crowded. If you have a gold card then you can have breakfast served to you in Giovanni's. Check the cruise compass for timings. You can also have breakfast served in the main dining room. The Windjammer was very busy on times but as long as you avoid these busy moments then you will always find a seat and the staff are quick to assist and help, offering to take away empty plates and/or bring drinks. We ate at Chops, Giovanni's and Isumi several times during both cruises and enjoyed the exclusivity and quality of the food.and don't forget to try the Park Cafe in the Solarium for lighter options or late snacks. Room service was delivered quite quickly and if you fancy breakfast in bed then put out the breakfast menu before you go to sleep. your on Holidays after all ; o ) The Gym is well equipped and the spa was very good with special offers on port days The entertainment team we enjoyed and the cruise Director and his team were entertaining and happy at all times.we enjoyed the shows and the trivia quiz. There are plenty of lounges to sunbathe on because a lot of people are doing the shore excursions and don't forget to try the Park Cafe in the Solarium. You can also get fruit cups and some desserts at the Seattle's coffee bar deck six We went out in the evening in Dubai during the overnight stop for a curry on the and found that taxi's are cheap and we used Uber to take us back to the ship, worked out less than $10. You feel very safe in Dubai. My Husband had a shoulder back and neck massage along with a manicure inside the terminal it was extremely good and very reasonable, worth checking this out. Disembarkation was quick but we had already booked a car to our Hotel which was a day rate at the Hilton Creek.which is a wonderful Hotel The taxi rank however was not that busy around 8.30 but around 9 am it went very busy around 70 people waiting but the line moved quickly with plenty of taxi's Read Less
Vision of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 3.5 3.6
Public Rooms 3.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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