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Vision of the Seas

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

What people said about this ship:

"Our wait staff in the dining room were very professional and had all our names by the do..." in 54 reviews.

"We recenlty sailed on Vision of the Seas with Royal Carribean to the Southern Carribean." in 12 reviews.

"Steve was a great cruise director." in 10 reviews.


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2014cruise50
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
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Royal has changed!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 31, 2014

It was great to get away for a few days, but I'm a past employee so found several things have gone downhill. They tell you you can't bring bottled water onboard - you can! If you bring or buy be prepared to drink warm-no fridge in room. Viking crown lounge stinks from sushi restsurant attached. No announcement of poolside lunch or other activities like galley tour. No cushions,popcorn or bar service at deck movie. Limited supply of souvenir barware and bar servers don't know where you can get it. Drinks too sweet and too weak! Deck bar servers walk with empty trays-you have to wait forever for your drink. In the past they would circle the pool deck with trays full of daily drink special so you could get one on the spot. Used to be 3 employees to 1 passenger. Now it's 1 employee to 4 passengers. I guess they've moved their focus to the new mega ships. 

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rmeisneript
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Vision 5 day western cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 26, 2014

This ship gets a above average for the dining room food. The food on all ships have seemed to have gone down since the 80's and 90's, this cruises dining brought me back to those days. I usually go on two or three cruises a year and I do rate the dining room food on Vision to be on top.The Windjammer restaurant was less than on other Royal ships. The specialty restaurants are always great.

This ship had two ports of call. The Key West port is nice for everyone, and the Grand Cayman is

terrific for everyone. The ship also has better entertainment than most ships of the same size. It does not match ships like the Allure, but for the size the entertainment is above average. And last the children's area is very average.  They try to keep the children engaged but just don't have the setups that newer bigger ships have. Still the best on the seas is the newest Disney ships.

Happy sailing, RussHappy

 

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crisuda
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

1 star
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Terrible

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Aug 14, 2014

Cruise line does not even supply shampoo or conditioner and I wasn't told!  After a complaint I was given it.  Very poor food selection and quality was the lowest.  I spoke to a Diamond Cruiser and she told me that that had been the worst cruise she had been on.  She was noticing that Royal Caribbean was not what it used to be. I had always cruised with Norwegian and after this experience I will surely be faithful.

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hanawaykp
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Really Exceptional

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Aug 14, 2014

This is the 4th cruise that I have taken over a period of about 20 years. Actually, I had almost given up on cruises, however, Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas was an awesome affordable cruise! The staff and crew were focused on making this an exceptional experience. Mind you, I came into this thinking by the time this four night cruise is over I will be ready to jump overboard. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cruise Director, Steve Davis, was unbelievably energetic. He was involved and truly cared about the experience of the cruise. He was excited about it and involved! The Vision of the Seas was renovated not quite a year ago and is an absolutely gorgeous ship with multiple panoramic views. There was an adult pool near and whirlpool area that was quieter with less sun that was more my speed. The entertainment was top notch, a comedian, a performer (I did not think I would like spinning plates - it was soooo fun!). The musical was wonderful. I am going to a Broadway play in two weeks in NYC and if you told me these were Broadway performers I would easily believe it! The Michael Jackson dance that the cruise Director taught with passengers was the most entertaining performance I found unbelievably fun. The food was excellent in both the main more formal dining room as well as in the "Windjammer" Room. I also took a Sushi making class with my partner with about 20 other people took. Arthur taught the class and you could not have a more informed, interested, and lighthearted handsome soul teach that class. It was wonderful and now I've made my own sushi twice at home since the cruise.

      I have had other cruises on the Cunard Countess years ago when Cunard had some smaller ships. I also have been on the Norwegian Dream about 10 years ago. More recently I was the chaplain on Rosie O'Donnells "R Family" vacation on the Holland America Oosterdam to the Mexican Rivera. The first two cruises I thought were rather boring. I could not wait to get off (these were both in the Caribbean). The last trip on the Oos

terdam to the Spanish Rivera from the West coast of the US it was hard to evaluate since I really was the chaplain. Overall, I vowed I would never get on a cruise ship again! Royal Caribbean changed my whole perspective!

      This vacation was the most fun I have ever had on a vacation. I liked there were people from all over the world and from kids to the elderly. As a gay man, me and my partner felt welcomed, and I like to be in a heterogeneous group. I like being around people of all different backgrounds and interests. It was great fun, with no stress, and I felt like it enabled me to get back to being me! My partner hates to lose money so we did not spend a lot of money in the casino, but paradoxically he loves going the casino. My rating 10/10 and I know of no one related to Royal Caribbean, it's my opinion.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 star
2 star
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budget cutting evident

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 31, 2014

What can you say when there is no shampoo in the stateroom, no ice in the stateroom, no chocolate on the pillow, no fridge in the stateroom, and lobster for a charge in the main dining room on formal night?  The food was adequate but nothing stood out.  The only pizza you will find on this ship appears to be late night and there is basically nothing decent to eat on this ship (other than room service) once the Windjammer closes at 9:00pm or 10, I can't remember. Spa was inoperable for the entire cruise. I found the attempts to save money blatant and petty.  I would not book this ship again.

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Popular Tips for Vision of the Seas


Speciality restaurants are a good choice on the first day. Hitting the fitness center mid morning better than early morning.

The cruise director teaches the Michael Jackson "Thriller" dance on board to anyone who wants to learn and then the people perform it on the last night. It was great!

Make sure you check out the adult area which is where the indoor pool is. You will never want to leave that place. Also I highly recommend chops steakhouse great atmosphere and food.

Roll Calls


Vision of the Seas
17
Members on Cruise

9 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale To Tampa)

Sail Date: Nov 06, 2014
Ship Name: Vision of the Seas
17 Ship Mate app members

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Vision of the Seas
12
Members on Cruise

7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Jan 24, 2015
Ship Name: Vision of the Seas
12 Ship Mate app members

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Vision of the Seas
10
Members on Cruise

7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Feb 07, 2015
Ship Name: Vision of the Seas
10 Ship Mate app members

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