Vision of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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3 out of 5

Somewhat impressive

Sail Date: March 15, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The ship was great, large, lots to do.

Pros: The dining staff- they bent over backwards to give us a good experience

Cons: the excursions team- the manager should be fired

Recommends Vision of the Seas? Yes!

There was a lot to do and I enjoyed my time on the ship. However, some activities (yoga) had extra charges. DO NOT PURCHASE EXCURSIONS! We wasted $350 dollars on these (which are tours of the islands the ship visits). They are non refundable. We paid $64 to go to the beach in Antigua when a cab would cost $10. In Barbados, the ship was late. We had paid over $150 for two excursions that day. The staff insisted that although the ship was late, our tour would still go on. This was a outright lie. When we got off, we were informed that the tour left and the manager insisted we would have to pay for a place in a tour that was twice as expensive. We did, but the manager oversold and we were kicked off that tour after waiting 5 hours. They ruined our day in Barbados. We complained to this manager's manager, who did absoultley nothing, not even apologize. DO NOT BUY EXCURSIONS.
Ship Quality
Perfect size, layout, etc but some activities cost extra
Service and Staff
Dining staff and other service staff: EXCELLENT
Excursions staff and management: POOR QUALITY
Food and Dining
The staff were amazing. I am a strict vegetarian and they went out of their way to make sure I was satisfied. The food was great and there was a lot of variety.
I would suggest more "ethnic" food. The cruise was more than half latino, but they held back on the spice in the buffet and offer mostly traditional american food.
Cabin / Stateroom
Cozy. However if you are very fat it would not be suitable.
Bridgetown, Barbados
the sugarcane is delicious, and the beach is the best (warmest, most clean). Also the botantical gardens are incredible.
Don't Miss: Botanical gardens, best beach on this cruise
St. John's, Antigua
We paid the cruise ship a non refundable $64 to go to the beach when local cabs could take us for $10. Do NOT buy the ship's excursions. Because we paid them and not a local driver, we were stuck on the beach for 5 hours even though one person was very sick.
Don't Miss: Beach
Basseterre, St. Kitts
local cab driver overchanged us, but it still cost less than it would if we booked through the ship
Don't Miss: National Museum is cheap and interesting, beach is good
Castries, St. Lucia
The most beautiful island. The others are badly deforested but St Lucia retains its lush natural beauty.
Don't Miss: pitons, waterfall, volcano, sulfur baths, botanical garden, beach

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