Now I understand why “loyal Royals” who gravitate toward the line’s intimate Vision Class don’t consider it a typical smaller ship.
Aside from the fact that my one-night cruise aboard Vision of the Seas — which recently received its Oasis Class makeover — felt more like a three-nighter (so much to do, so little time!), the 2,514-passenger vessel that’s always set itself apart with big-ship touches has just taken it even further. For now, it has the bragging rights among its five siblings.
While there are reasons to talk about everything new added to Vision of the Seas, I’ve narrowed them down to the five coolest.
Panoramic Oceanview Cabin
It looks like a balcony, feels like a balcony, sounds like a balcony…. you catch my drift. This outside-category cabin with floor-to-ceiling window is ideal for those who want to save a few bucks without sacrificing the view. At 193 square feet, it’s slightly smaller than most Panoramic Oceanview cabins within the Vision Class, but the amenities, such as floor-to-ceiling window and two twin beds that convert into a king, that have made it so popular on other ships make up for it.
Nothing feels more like Nonna’s kitchen than family-style dining; I don’t have an ounce of Italian in me, but I sure felt like one at Giovanni’s Table, sipping red wine and reaching over the table for some freshly cut prosciutto. The decor, like that on other ships, is Tuscan elegant, with rustic touches that evoke a sense of comfort throughout. The coolest thing about Giovanni’s Table on Vision of the Seas? It’s the largest one (seating 78) on any Vision Class ship.
Considering the ship’s smaller size, Royal Caribbean really took advantage of this space. Vision of the Seas’ new Diamond Club is sleek, sophisticated and easy to move around. The decor is neutral — from light woods and beige chairs to mahogany leather booths — with pops of turquoise that complement the ocean. It’s also conveniently located just steps away from Giovanni’s Table and the line’s signature steakhouse, Chops Grill (also added during the refurb).
Chef’s Table, Aquarius Dining Room
Not only did the Aquarius Dining Room reap a few updates of its own, but it also welcomed the Chef’s Table. For some cruisers, the chef’s table on any ship is a regular splurge … for others, it’s reserved with a “You have to try it at least once” mentality. Passengers can book this intimate space — accented with wood paneling, large portholes and brass silverware chandeliers — for $95 per person.
Outdoor Movie Screen
Royal Caribbean is known for being an innovator in the industry, and although they jumped on the bandwagon led by other lines on this one, the outdoor movie screen has already proven to be a big hit on its other ships. Towering over the main pool, the screen broadcasts NFL games throughout the week and is also used for movies and other special events. I caught a glimpse of half time Sunday and was pleasantly surprised by the picture quality. (Sorry, Bengals fans!)
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