Been there and experienced a cruise. Not for me. Don't want a vacation where the two major forms of entertainment are to purchase a drink package and drink to excess or eat to excess because of boredom with very few original onboard activities.
The cruise was great for our first time. There was always plenty to do and staff were extremely helpful. The stateroom attendant kept the room very clean and organized and was always helping us with different items in the room.
We had a great time of the Vision of the Seas cruise. The food was wonderful and the service was top notch. The amount of movement from the boat was pretty high. I have gone on 2 other cruises and I did not feel the rocking of the boat near as much. We had wonderful weather so my only conclusion is that the ship is smaller and therefore you can feel more. It was not a problem for us other than walking a straight line. The hot water in the showers were my favorite part as they got hot and they got hot immediately. We had a window room and the space was nice for a cruise ship. They had lots of activities, but if you are not interested in trivia games, dancing, or gambling you might be bored. They had a rock wall and 2 swimming pools. If swimming on board is important to you, this is not your cruise ship. There were 2 pools: one for everyone and an adult pool. Both were fairly small so it wasn't so much swimming as standing in the pool. There were 4 hot tubs (2 per pool). During are port stay in Cozumel they drained the main pool and worked on it all day. Therefore the kids were allowed to go to the adult pool. There is a sign stating only 100% potty trained kids allowed but there was still an accident that morning which rendered the adult pool unusable for the remainder of the day. This was a bummer for those staying on the ship. But that was really the only negative. There was plenty of food and a great atmosphere. It is an older ship so there are plenty of places that look a bit worn down, but it was nice and clean and still pleasant. I would have no problem going on this same cruise again. I would add, Costa Maya was a really neat port so if you have the chance to visit, do it!
Weather was poor almost the entire cruise. Husband very dizzy from motion sickness patch. I enjoyed the cruise and he did not. We traveled with friends. Due to the poor weather did not snorkel as we planned, but enjoyed the two ports shopping areas.
Even with the cabin flooding issue and sea pass mix-up, I will sail RCCL again. Overall the cruise was great and I realize that the situation we encountered was an isolated incident (although the whole thing could have been avoided had the maintenance worker been quicker to turn the water off and the guest services staff taking care of the room switch paid closer attention in issuing the new sea pass cards...they actually got ours mixed up with another couple who were also moved). It helped that they applied the $100 credit and gave us a 20% discount for another sailing (although we're still waiting for that voucher). If not for those issues, it would have been a great cruise and a great value for the money.
Slow down, don't try to do everything, .....enjoy your cruise, no way can you do it all, see it all, taste it all, buy it all.........remember this is a vacation, to unwind, explore, talk to someone new as locals and passengers who become friends. If a problem comes up, talk to an "officer", someone who has the authority to get something done.
We were here to celebrate our anniversary. The trip was very good. We wished for warmer weather, but it did not happen. Pack appropriately for sailing in January since you never know what the weather will be each day. Conditions can change in an instance. Service was great all the way around on this ship. As always, food was excellent.
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