November 2015 - Vision of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern
I have been cruising around the Caribbean for over 45 years and this was the first time I've been to Bonaire. Those I spoke with who did the "around-the-island" tour seemed to truly enjoy it, although the weather was hot (90+). Of course, Aruba and Curacao were beautiful as always.
The Vision of the Seas could use some upgrades - old carpet, old bathrooms, old pillows and mattresses. The bathroom sink in our cabin had been replaced with one that sat 6-8 inches above the counter and almost touching the faucet - very awkward. Our cabin (3046) was very small in comparison to others in the same category. No sofa, just a very worn chair. The pillows were awful. Had there been a convenient Walmart, we would have bought our own pillows. The beds were lumpy as well. I would have preferred a deck chair.
The staff on the ship was wonderful - all of them. The food on the ship was fantastic! This was one of the most attentive groups of people we've ever had on a cruise. The captain was always walking around the ship meeting people, having his picture taken, even putting on a show for us (twice) with his singing talents including a solo of "I'll be watching you". And he's young and handsome besides.
I will definitely do this itinerary again next fall. And take my own pillow.