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Vision of the Seas

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"The buffet and pool are on deck 9, and the dining room, casino and theatre are on deck 5." in 85 reviews.

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Very good but could be improved

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 15, 2015

The ship stopped at most of the right destinations.  Some stops could have been longer.  The crew provided excellent service.  The staterooms were adequate and very well maintained and serviced.  The food from the buffet to the specialty restaurants was very good.  Made new acquaintances mostly during excursions and sitting at the same table in the main restaurant.  Excursions were very nice.  On occasions guides could have done a better job.

On the down side (that is why excellent is a goal) the Internet was very slow.  Seemed that Royal Caribbean was nickel-and-diming passengers.  The drink packages could be redone with fewer options providing additional value.

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EXCELLENT

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 03, 2015

HappyHappyHappy The best experience. The friendly and hardworking staff.

The cruise director Mercedes did a great job, she organized a lot of shows during each day, many of them took place at the same time. 

 

 

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It's all about the destinations

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

For me, I cruise for the itinerary. I loved this itinerary. The only improvement would be to have an overnight in Rome. I had an excellent time, and bottom line, I loved the trip because I love Italy.  Other than that: service was excellent. Loved the capitain, cruise directors, waitstaff and room attendants. The food was inconsistent--some meals were excellent and some were not good. The entertainment brought on board were all enjoyable, but the ship's entertainers were mediocre at best. I did not like all the pushing of the RC excursions and lack of information provided beyond that. Sometimes I like their excursions but sometimes I prefer a smaller group experience. I'm not really into the activities for the at-sea days (like trivia games and napkin folding), but I was tired from the active excursions and enjoyed quiet days of reading and enjoying the sun while at sea. Overall, this was an excellent itinerary, and I enjoyed the trip. I would recommend it, and I would do it again?

 

 

 

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my thoughts about the cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

We were a party of grandparents with grandchildren (19 and 16). The overall experience is good. But we noticed the differences between the previous cruises and this one. The ship is very nice. But nobody greats you when you embark, nobody takes you to your cabin. The cabin is great. Patric was cleaning very well. But there are no chocolates on the pillow at night (our granddaughter was disappointed), no toiletries except 2 pieces of soap (you have to carry them overseas or run around to buy them). Mattresses are not good. The feeling of the 5 star hotel is not there any more. The experience in the dining room was very good. Sandro and Jose were wonderful. We were looking forward for dinner. Also the guy (don't remember his name, who was making the reservations in the dining room) was extremely helpful. The different story about the buffet. There are three times less personnel than before. Nobody cleans the tables. You can't find the table because they are all dirty. I think I can bring a cup of coffee for myself, but find a clean table is more important. Also you have to clean the chair before sitting on it. They are all sticky. The floor is dirty. If you run around and find the person to clean the table, he or she will say 'sure', then turn their back on you and leave. They prefer to bring coffee than to clean a table.

About the itinerary. It was wonderful, if you can get from the port to the city. You are forced to pay for the shuttle, if you want to be on your own. There is no other way to get out of the port. I understand, that the cruise is a big business, but the cruise line should not charge for the shuttle. It is your responsibility to bring passengers to the point in the port were they can walk around and enjoy the city.      

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Wonderful way to see a lot of things in a short time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2015

We took this cruise as part of our honeymoon.  While we wished we'd had a longer amount of time in some of the ports, we were very happy with this cruise.  The ship is one of the smaller ships in the fleet so you are able to recognize other guests and the staff get to know you within a day or two.  We really liked that.  The specialty restaurants on the ship were fabulous.  We ate in one of them every night as we liked the food there significantly better than the main dining room food.  We also got to know the servers in the smaller restaurants which added to the overall experience.  There was a great variety of events on the ships from trivia to honeymooners mixer to theme nights.  We have told everyone that we are very glad we made this part of our honeymoon!

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Best cruise ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2015

Excellent cruise and staff.  Everyone very attentive and always offering to help or provide with their services. Food was excellent and activities were very entertaining.

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Great destinations, but the on board entertainment and TV programming needs work.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2015

If you want to relax and also enjoy some ancient historic and scenic locations, this is a great cruise.  Royal Caribbean does a great job with customer service and keeping the ship nice and tidy.  Our cabin steward was wonderful and so was the formal dining service. 

My only complaint was that the on board entertainment did not suit my tastes and I thought the shows needed improvement (lead singers were not in tune).  The TV content was very out dated (2012 copyrights) and the programming repeated over and over many times.  With 12 days on the ship, it got bothersome. 

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Mediterranean Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2015

There were eight of us traveling together on this cruise.  We arrived in Barcelona two days before the cruise and enjoyed the city very much.  When we arrived at the port via taxi, Royal Caribbean employees quickly took our luggage and we checked in within 20 minutes.  For the first two stops, Cannes and La Spezia, we explored on our own.  We wanted to catch a train to Nice for the day from Cannes, but by the time we got to the train station it would have been impossible to get to Nice and back in the allotted time.  Instead, we explored Cannes on foot which wasn't a problem.  From LaSpezia, we took the train to Cinque Terre.  We were misdirected and wasted an hour trying to find the right place to purchase our day passes.  For the rest of the cruise, we purchased excursions through Rome Connection, Royal Caribbean, and the link off of Cruisesonly.  All of the side excursions were extremely enjoyable.  Everything was well organized and our guides were all informative.  I can't say anything bad about the excursions.  As for the ship and cruising portion, overall it was a great experience.  We enjoyed the trivia, bingo, entertainment, casino, fitness center and Zumba classes.  On ship, the eight of us did some activities individually and some together.  There was something for everyone.  We met up in the dining room for late dining.  I am gluten free, and I was able to order my meals the day before each dinner.  Overall, the food was average.  The gluten-free bread was horrible, but the gluten-free rolls in the cafe were good.  The gluten-free desserts in the dining room were horrible, and did not match their description.  Most were gelatinous molds that had little flavor.  Stick to the ice cream if you are gluten free, or go to the Windjammer buffet where they had gluten-free cookies.   They didn't have all of the wines that were listed on the menu, even only a few days into the cruise.  The accommodations were adequate.  We don't spend a lot of time in our room, so rooms aren't a big deal to us.  All of the staff members were friendly, professional, and courteous.  The gentleman running the Windjammer Cafe, and Elvis the Zumba instructor were exceptional.

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An inconsistent experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2015

The itinerary was great and well-balanced

Ship was well sized and spotless.  The balcony stateroom on deck 7 was spacious with lots of storage, well laid out, comfortable and accessible to dining areas and pool deck.  Pool area was crowded and noisy.  Solarium area was too hot due to lack of open windows, and had heavy chlorine smell.  Neither area was appealing.

Shore excursions were decent and well organized, but not as good as those we purchased from Cruises only.

Dining room waiters and cabin attendant were bright, personable, efficient, helpful and eager to please.  Food in dining rooms was creative, tasty, attractively presented.  Decent variety of offerings most nights. Portions at times could be larger, especially appetizer salads.  Breakfast and lunch buffets at Windjammer offered a very good variety of offerings, and were of generally good quality.  Park cafe was adequate, but opening times were inconsistent and varied from day to day.  There were times of day when lemonade (my wife's go-to drink) was the only unavailable beverage.

Daily newsletter at times had incorrect operation times of the restaurants listed, and staff was misinformed as well.  Guest services staff ranged from clueless to highly helpful and competent.  Upper Management (hotel director), however, was very responsive when we came to them with legitimate concerns. The captain was a gem, and management personnel were approachable, helpful, and eager to please.

Gathering procedure for shore excursions on tender days was not as well organized as advertised, and importance of obtaining a tender ticket, even if an excursion was not planned, was underrepresented.

Culture of upselling, especially during first 3 days, was insulting and annoying. Subtlety was nonexistant.  We were constantly approached by staff pushing packages for the specialty restaurants.  Bottled drinks were offered for sale at the exits during departures at ports.  Placards were everywhere offering drink packages, specials and sales, etc.  We could not escape the concept that we were there simply to enhance the profitability of the cruise company.

Had it not been for the ports, the cabin, and the service people with whom we interacted daily, the experience would have been more negative than positive.  I would do it again because of the special itinerary, but would alter my approach and expectation.  I might look for a slightly more expensive and upscale line to avoid the annoyances which tarnished our experience. Had this been a Carribean cruise, it would have been more negative than positive.

 

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Happy faces....Great time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 09, 2015

I took the cruise with my daughter since this was her graduation present. We had a great time and we now have great stories to tell.

The service on board was excellent, specially in the main dining area. The made us feel like family!

I would like to repeat the trip as many times as possible! I am very happy

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The ship offers great excursions but a bit expensive. I like a little bit of adventure, you can find many option right outside the port. Very inexpenisve ways to see places are trains and buses. Also, you can find people with the same interest looking for transportantion. You can team up with them!

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you can take it if the "price is right" there are better ships. However, the service was good and personnel very attentive. We had, as diamond+ members, at the same day 2 deliveries of food to the cabin, why can't that be on different days? Same goes for invitations - 2 in one day!

The ports that you stop at are mostly about shopping unless you have booked an excursion. There are lots of people selling the same excursions off the boat. We used the dive shop right at the pier to go snorkeling and had a great time with great snorkeling

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