Great way to get a taste of the Mediterranean area.

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Vision of the Seas

12 Night Mediterranean & Greek Isles (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 07, 2015

Ship: Vision of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7602

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

Depending on where you are coming from you may really wish to plan on an extra pre-sailing day to get into the time change and recoup your body to fully enjoy this great cruise. Time change from California was 9 hours, but took 21+ hours of travel time to get there. Took Turkish Airlines Business Class, was fantastic! Cruise was very nice, ports of call were very interesting, especially for the history buffs. Go prepared with Euros, exchange can cost you, and almost every stop requires them. Excursions are expensive, no matter what, so plan on it. Ship excursions were ok, but we also did Italytoursharing.com for Rome and Salerno(Naples) as we wanted to have a car for 9 hours and be able to direct our course. We choose Herculaneum over Pompeii as it is smaller ( you still can't cover it all in one day), and it is far better preserved and less tourist ( Our tour guide was excellent and included with the cost of the car). Drivers were great! Late Sept. or early Oct. good time to travel. A little rain in Rome, but the major tourist season is over and the crowds were smaller and temps. were comfortable. With the short day trips to these areas, you will find the place(s) that you will want to return to for longer direct visits. Enjoy!!

 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I would not have ore than 6 people in this cabin unless they are children. 4 twin/2 double beds, 2 drop down over 2 twin (very tight, no air) plus couch makes into bed. 2 baths, one very tiny. Storage/closets ok.

Ship tip

Get there a day or two early to get your internal clock going. We had 23+ hours of travel time from CA. USA and arrived midnight, boarding next day. Not a good thing to do. Allow yourself a day of rest before cruise. RC did a good job, tours ok, staff very good, food ok, smaller ship very nice.

Ports of call

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5

Santorini, Greece

5 out of 5

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5

Salerno (Naples), Italy

5 out of 5
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