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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"The dining room service was very good." in 84 reviews.

"Especially Puerta V. Did the swim with the dolphins for a shore excursion." in 6 reviews.

"The best feature was Steve, the cruise director." in 19 reviews.




514 reviews from our community




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4 out of 5

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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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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Excellent ports. excellent service. Food was great.

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

We had a junior stateroom and it really helped being on the boat for 12 days. The only criticism I would give regarding the food was that the steak in the main dining room was really subpar. You had to go to one of their specialty dinning rooms and pay for the meal to get a good piece of steak. Otherwise the food was great. Cost for drinks were really high. Ship was clean. The captain was very visible and we heard from him everyday at each port. Headliner shows were mediocre at best. Some were better but most were just ok. The stateroom attendant and dinning room waiter were exceptional. They could not have done more.

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lissetca
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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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Don't pick deck 8

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

Great sites to see in each port, whether with RCL excursions or private tours.  Deck 8 the uppermost deck is subject to very loud noises overnight as the cleaning crews roll very heavy carts above your head all night long.  Some nights we could sleep through, most nights we could not. Size of junior suite was wonderful as was balcony.  Room service great for morning coffee.  Entertainment was ok, not great. Overall a very standard cruise experience well done, but not on deck 8.

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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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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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Family Celebration !!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: May 28, 2015

The ports were amazing, Kotor was the best. It is a must see. 2 days in Rome would be better than 2 days in Venice. The staff were nice and accommodating. The food was much better the second part of the trip. Due to the high prices of the shore excursions we did many of the sights on our own, by hiring a driver when we got off of the ship. Also, the shuttle prices were a little high. We wanted to spend more time in the spa on the at sea days, but, again, the prices were beyond normal, a facial was $169 for 50 minutes. Overall, it was a great trip and we had a blast.

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Bucket list.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: May 28, 2015

EnjoyedBig Smilecruise so very much. Much to do and see. Also time to rest and enjoy quiet time. Enjoyed the Diamond lounge, and the crew there was exceptional.

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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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