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What people said about this ship:

"-The dessert menu in the main dining room left something to be desired." in 59 reviews.

"The Cruise Director, Steve Davis, was unbelievably energetic." in 13 reviews.

"I 'm so glad that I had the opportunity to cruise with Royal Carribean." in 12 reviews.



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hanawaykp
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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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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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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2014cruise50
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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
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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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mikellarutter
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Vision of the Seas

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

For the most part, this cruise was a blast. It was my boyfriend's first cruise and he was really impressed with the quality of the food and service.  To mention a few specific highlights: -We LOVED the staff in the Schooner Bar. We spent a lot of time in there and Norman and Alan called us by name after meeting us on the first day. They were fast, efficient, and made great drinks. Both were extremely knowledgeable and answered questions about the various types of alcohol. We were extremely impressed.  -We had a great time at the evening activities. We loved "Finish That Lyric", The Thriller dance, and Battle of the Sexes. 

 

-We enjoyed the poolside activities. The belly flop competition and world's sexiest man had us laughing out loud

 

-The Viking Crown Lounge has a great DJ and everyone we met would look forward to going there every single night. They keep an upbeat, lively atmosphere and it's nice that it is adult only. My boyfriend hates dancing and he even had fun. One complaint I heard others making is that there should be a smoking area in the lounge since it is adult-only. However, that didn't really affect us personally.

-The food was mostly great. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet and were always able to find something we liked for lunch as well.  Here are the things we found disappointing:

 

-The activities were really weirdly scheduled. Especially on the days at sea. For example, on the last day there was nearly nothing interesting between 10am and 5pm. There was weird stuff like napkin folding, but nothing very exciting. Then, as soon as 5pm hit it was like back to back activities arranged so closely together that we barely found time for dinner. Also, it happened to be raining our last day at sea and so the bars and restaurants all ended up really crowded because of the lack of fun activities. I think that Royal Caribbean could easily just schedule a few more activities throughout the day without severely straining the staff. We would have loved another trivia or even live music. 

-The entertainment was not our favorite. There was a musical impersonator, a 70's themed variety show, and a comedy show. Although none of them were bad, we were not hugely impressed. My boyfriend enjoyed the adult comedy show pretty well, but the others definitely left something to be desired.  -We LOVE trivia. We had fun playing with our friends, but we felt that the entertainment staff seemed uninterested and lacking investment in leading the activities. On other cruises, we've built excellent relationships with the activity directors and we felt that the Vision of the Seas staff lacked that personal touch.  -The dessert menu in the main dining room left something to be desired. Usually, this is my favorite part of cruises. For one, I really didn't like that the creme brulee is banana flavored. Why mess with a classic? It seemed like there was more emphasis on serving "original" or "unique" meals rather than just serving delicious well-made classics. However, for the most part I'd still rate the dining experience above average. Staff and atmosphere were great.  -We definitely missed a pool side snack bar. On many cruises, there is a hot dog/hamburger spot or other type of snack bar. This cruise has a cafe of healthy snacks like soup and salad in the solarium which is open basically 24 hours. It is good, but it didn't compare to a snack bar in our eyes. They do stir fry on the pool deck during the middle of the day. If that was replaced with something more casual then that would be perfect. I think poolside food should be something that you can eat easily without a fork and knife and there really were no options like that. Also, the pizza at the solarium is AWFUL. Seriously, it's BAD. But, I guess you would expect that from food that sits under a heat lamp all day. Plus, who goes on a cruise for pizza, right? Overall, we really did enjoy ourselves. The few small downfalls were definitely outweighed by the better parts. With a bit of tweaking to the activities staff and the food, we would be more than happy. Even the entertainment was not a huge downfall. To be honest, it seemed that maybe it just wasn't geared towards our age group (we are 25 and 27), but it seemed like older folks were loving it. I would definitely recommend this cruise. The price is on point and the amenities are great. Everyone we met seemed to have a great trip.

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Go to the dining room for breakfast--skip the buffet whenever possible.

Food much better in the dining room than at the buffet. Eat in dining room as much as possible.

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