Terrible. Would never recommend.
Vision of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Sail Date: August 10, 2011
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago
The cruise visited wonderful ports ... lots of great sightseeing opportunities ... but the ship-board experience was a challenging and frustrating example of hospitality.
The Vision of the Seas is aging and much too small/boring. There are no specialty dining options -- only the main dining room and the buffet, both of which were always crowded. The 'cafe' in the Solarium was uncomfortable ... it was difficult eating food after watching people shirtless or in speedos grabbing food ahead of you.
There were virtually no entertainment options aside from the music/dancing of the Royal Caribbean singers/dancers. No comedians, no magicians, nothing. Particularly frustrating on the day at sea ... All you could do is sleep all day, or drink in one of the dozen bars on the ship.
Further, I know that gratuities are expected aboard cruises ... but the number of times we were reminded of tipping was outrageous. For more than half of the cruise days, the onboard newsletter contained flyers about prepaid gratuities ... the ship TV channel looped a video about gratuities ... the envelopes were constantly left in annoyingly conspicuous places ... Enough. Such a turn off. It definitely resulted in reduced tips from me. Tips should be for quality service ... not for annoying your guests.
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Don't Miss: Peterhof ... Particularly the Cascades opening.
Cons: Too small, very crowded, too few dining and entertainment options. Far too alcohol focused.