Vision of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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5 out of 5

Southern Caribbean "Cultural Immersion" Cruise

Sail Date: December 07, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This was an excellent cruise! Of the 2000 or so passengers, only 100ish were American, the rest being from Central and South America. This meant that certain aspects of the cruise catered towards their tastes, for obvious reason, such as the buffet offerings, on board music, and TV lineup. Overall, I found the change much welcome--I got to brush up on my Spanish, learn some salsa, and my wife had all of the beans and tortilla she wanted! The only negative was that the movies on TV were Spanish dubbed, but when that's your biggest issue on a cruise, you know it went well! The weather wasn't the best, but that was mostly due to the time of year. The stops (Cartagena, Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao) were all excellent and made for a great snorkel/SCUBA itinerary! I was a bit confused as to why they didn't visit the islands in order, which would allow for more time on each island, but I'm sure the itinerary is set up for a reason.


I highly recommend this cruise--my favorite so far!

Ship Quality
Newly renovated--very clean with much updated equipment.
Food and Dining
Great offerings and quality.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Great for snorkel/SCUBA
Colon, Panama
Nothing much in Colon--stay in Panama City, and take a shuttle or bus to the port in Colon
Cartagena, Colombia
Plenty of historical things to see. Not dangerous at all (Columbia has a reputation).
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Not very populated island, so not big taxi service--had to rent a car. Snorkel spots closer to the Port, SCUBA spots farther to the north.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Great beaches and very South Florida feel. Public bus is only $2ish each way.
Willemstad, Curacao
Best snorkeling on the trip! Public bus is only $1 each way.

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