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Vision of the Seas

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"...I go on two or three cruises a year and I do rate the dining room food on Vision to be on top.The Windjammer was less on..." in 50 reviews.

"We have sailed many times on Royal Carribean Cruise Line ships and always were very pleased." in 12 reviews.

"The Cruise Director, Steve Davis, was unbelievably energetic." in 10 reviews.


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bsaslopoke
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

2 star
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Not the best but most memorable cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: May 22, 2014

Let me start by saying that I did relax and had one of most enjoyable shore excursions ever. I went on the salsa and salsa trip,it was just fantastic. But the cruise was far from even being good. The dinner service was totally disorganised and unprofessional. Tables were not ready for diners. The menu was not special,rather ordinary. There were a couple nights we ate at the buffet. The final dinner gave me food poisoning, I ate the vegetarian, sweet and sour chicken chunks. The service at the pool and on deck was nonexistent. When we asked where the servers were,we were told they were in the corners. If this is what cruise are now,then I guess I will not be going on any more. I have always been ready to reboard the ship after leaving. Not this time I was happy to get through customs before vomiting my dinner from the night before. I have cruised quite a few times (6) and I have never been so entirely disappointed. The pastries were good but not exceptional, there was no midnight buffet,no flare to any thing. Looking back I feel either the crew was training or utterly exhausted.

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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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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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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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mikellarutter
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 star
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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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Popular Tips for Vision of the Seas


Take a minute to admire the art work and sculptures. All the artwork had a little write up on the artist and pieces. I really enjoyed every piece. Great!

The park cafe is great for lunch. Keeps you from over eating. HeHeHe

Eat at the specialty restaurants

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Vision of the Seas
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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
12
Members on Cruise

4 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 25, 2014
Ship Name: Vision of the Seas
12 Ship Mate app members

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