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Vision of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 2435 passengers and 765 crew, and sails from Venice, Italy and Tampa, Florida.

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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Cruisin 2016

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My cruise this time around was not such a good experience.  Due to the high waves of 8 - 10 feet we could not go to one of the ports.  Travelling on rough seas was definitely a scary experience for me. 

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4 1/2 Stars Actually

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Vision  of the Seas is a wonderful ship.  We enjoyed the smaller sized vessel as it was super easy to get around and comfortable having fewer people.  There were never really any lines or waits for seating or service.  The staff was very professional, courteous, friendly and helpful.  It was very clean.  Our room was on 8 and we loved it.  Very comfortable and roomy.  They do provide shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in small tubes/bottles.  They will keep you stocked.  Ice will be left daily if you ask your cabin attendant at beginning of trip for daily ice.  I can honestly say the cabin service was 5+Stars. 

 

The specialty restaurants are A+++.  They were some of the best meals I have had anywhere.  Giovanni's Table, Chops and Izumi...buy the 3 or 4 night dining package for $70 or $85 and you will not be disappointed.  You will be disappointed if you do not.  The food in the Aquarius dining room is really nothing more than a hotter version of what is in the Windjammer cafeteria/cafe, served on a ceramic plate and not kept in a chafing dish.  Eat breakfast at the main dining room, just hit the Windjammer or Park Cafe in the Solarium for lunch and the specialties for dinner.  If you want a quick dinner, eat in the Wndjammer.  We attended one formal night in the dining room and it was not great food.  We decided to add another night to specialty dining.  

 

The cafe hours change daily, so be sure to check the newsletter daily for venue hours.  It can be confusing at lunchtime.

 

Entertainment was okay.  They constantly had something going on.  Three nights had a comedian.  A few nights had perfornances by the RC singers and dancers.  The final night was a little rough so the aerial show was canceled.  The Centrum parties were fun.  Do not miss the 70s dance party.  The Art Auction three to four times was too much.  Try to avoid it.  It is quite disturbing that so many people will buy pieces of this quality and the prices they auction  them.  Art and art history person here...heed my advice.  Go to a real gallery or art show.  Skip this event.  The daily games and game shows are pretty much the same as on other ships.  I swear the trivia, scavenger hunt and love and marriage show are exactly the same as on Carnival.  Same questions.  I think frequent cruisers participate just to win, lol.  

 

The itinerary was why we chose this cruise.  Key West, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel.  We had excursions booked in all 4 ports. The ship had to skip Costa Maya due to rough waters that would make it unsafe to dock.  We were disappointed that we missed it.  The extra  day at sea was a little rough, literally.  They had to drain the solarium pool because it was rolling with the waves and splashing all over the deck. Yep, it was rough.  We were given a bit more time in Cozumel (extra hour) the next day which was nice.  Cozumel was the best port on the journey...vibrant, beautiful and perfect snorkeling.

 

The port of Tampa was not the nightmare we had imagined after seeing so many complaints about it.  We got there about 11 am and on the boat before 12.  Check in was a breeze.  Our return was just as smooth.  We opted for self assist.  We were off the boat by 730 and waiting for our car on the curb by 815.  Not sure what others complained about.  Port staff was very helpful and friendly, even the customs officials. 

 

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Okay cruise.

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Dining room food was good, but buffet in Windjammer left something to desire.  Dining staff were excellent in all dining areas.  Cruise director's staff were not sincere.  Prefer our other cruise on Norwegian to Royal Carribean for food and entertainment.

 

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We enjoy the Vision ..We returned to her this year because the crew is outstanding.!  We were disappointed that the ship was not able to dock in Labadee due to protesters in the area but we enjoyed the ship time and other ports of call.  

 

There are areas of the ship that could use a sprucing up and i think there are plans for that ..The cruise was very relaxing and the care and service was wonderful.

 

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The itinerary is the reason  I booked.  Food was ok. entertainment excellent but had to go an hour before to get   good seat.  Hassle with early dinning MY Time, even though I made reservations on line in October.  The wheelchair situation was a nightmare both boarding and exit.   Luggage misplaced upon return, labeled 17 and I found 2 pieces in 6 !!!! Outstanding dining server, Nalini and Edwin.  And excellent room steward, Lenore Reid.  Felt like we were nickel and dimed to death!!!  The library is a few bookshelves in a hallway.  And no coordination of bridge players for sea days.   Met  delightful people. 

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Vision of the Seas

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I feel that 10 days on the Visions of the Seas was too long.  We saw the entire ship in 5 days.  Not much to do after 10pm.  The port-of-calls were nice.  The entire staff on board were among the best we have encountered.  The food was great. The Staff made this ship enjoyable, but I would not cruse on it again.

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Vision of the Seas

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Great cruise but weather was an issue.  Lots of clouds and overcast.  Had to skip Grand Cayman due to rough seas.  Ship was to be tendered so Captain felt the risk was too high.

 

The crew and staff were great.  I recommend Royal Caribbean and would travel with them again.  This was our 6th cruise. 

 

Tampa is not the best terminal to utilize.  Took customs almost two hours to clear the ship so we could depart.  Only three customs agents were on duty to cover two ships.  Lines were a bear.  If Tampa can not improve, then Royal Caribbean should stop going there.  It is a hassle there.

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Our cabin was in the "inside inside" of the ship but we had a great room steward.  We originally were given an 8:00 PM seating but eventually with much fuss we were able to sit at the 5:45 PM my time dining with our friends.  I would stay away from the Bingo on this ship as it was not handled in an up-and-up manner.  The ship has been remodeled since my last cruise with it in 1998 and it looks great.  The special dining, Giovannis, was magnificent and well worth going to.  In general the food on the ship was average, the desserts were better than average.  The staff worked out all of your problems and were very helpful and courteous.  We could not tender at Grand Cayman because of high waves but we just sailed a little slower towards our final destination.  Music on the ship was wonderful, the shows were good, but not as good as expected based on previous cruising.  All in all, we enjoyed ourselves and all of the ports we stopped out.

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Vision of the Seas

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Great ship- great crew.  My only complaint was that we had 2 excursions cancelled- one for a broken tour ship and one because of minimal attendance. Neither was the fault of Royal Caribbean and to their credit, they offered substitutes at a discount. The only other change I would have made is a shorter stay in Aruba and a longer stay in Curacao. I am told that the length of time ashore does vary from sailing to sailing.

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it was ok - but nothing I would write home about

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I have to say - this was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean - and it didn't start off well - when "they" (RC) refunded my credit card $50 for no reason and then tried to say I didn't pay the cruise off and owed them $50.  Thankfully they didn't cancel my cruise but it just seemed to be a negative start to this first time trip with them.  Then they seemed to not like to deal with TA's - so another reason to not want to try them again.  We also didn't have confidence in any of their excursions (they didn't seem to "back" their excursions) so for the first time ever - we didn't book any excursions with the cruise line itself - though we did go on some (that we did on the spur of the moment by finding tours on the "dock") and that actually turned out a lot better than expected.

the embarkation went well - better than expected - we were on the boat in no time - but RC seemed focused on "selling" something (excursion, drink programs, specialty dining) and like most cruisers - we were starving so we went to the windjammer - and lo and behold - only one line was open and the food was well.......not that great. 

 

We then made our way to the dining room - to talk to the wait staff about my husband's shellfish allergy and an hour later - we walked away with the feeling no one understood what a shellfish allergy was - because they wouldn't let us pre-order our menu for that night and they PROMISED no seafood was on the menu the first night - so we would have no fear of cross contamination.  Well guess what - every single entre had seafood on it - and we were so frustrated.  When we informed our waiter of the shellfish allergy - he was so dismissive and just had a bad attitude.  After 2 nights of this - we asked to be moved to another area - as far away from "Igor" that we could get!!  Now I will say once we moved - we had fabulous dining service and the new wait staff was very attentive to my husband's food allergies.

 

Our cabin was ok - the bathroom incredibly tiny - but we weren't surprised by that but we were surprised that no complimentary shampoo's or conditioners were made available.  And the air conditioning was not as cold as it could be so most nights I sweltered and wished I brought a battery operated fan.  No robe either.  I was missing carnival really bad by then.

 

The entertainment was bleh - it just seemed to be an "old" ship that catered to "old" people.  Nothing against the senior generation but I missed having a dedicated comedy club and the karaoke was "so so" -

 

I did however enjoy the movies on the pool deck - and the matinee's in the theater - I did catch up on several movies.  Popcorn would have been nice (again missing those touches that carnival has)

 

RC does have a decent drink program - which my husband signed up for - and it didn't require that I had too (thank god because I don't drink enough to make it worth it).  I also enjoyed the extra long walking track on the upper deck - though sometimes the wind made it hard to get in a good walk.....but no fault of RC if it was windy.

 

The ports of call were great - Key west could have been a longer stay - but I'd been there before so I didn't feel cheated.  Aruba, Curacao and Grand Cayman were all great ports - and gave me an idea if I wanted to go back in the future for a longer (hotel) stay.

 

Debarkation was a nightmare.  We put our luggage out the night before - and the next day - all 3 pieces of our luggage was no where to be found.  we spent an hour in the terminal frantically trying to locate.  We found one piece with the luggage tag ripped off - and the other was in the wrong "line" and the last piece - a passenger took out of the terminal with them (stupid idiot didn't bother looking at the NAME TAG???) BUT it was so frustrating........we vowed never again and will do self assist in the future.

 

I liked the 9 night cruise but I was not overly impressed with RC or this boat.  I am not sure if I would cruise again with RC - unless it was a destination/price I couldn't pass up - but I think I'll stick with Carnival.

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I will never sail on a ship like this ever again especially during holidays. The price for the cruise was high the quality was Lackluster!! Royal Caribbean has really gone down in quality in food, entertainment, and on making cruising a enjoyable experience.

Until RCCL is able to resolve their problems with crew attitude on this ship, pick another ship or another cruise line

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