Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by Mormon Cruiser: Very nice ship with exceptions
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Very nice ship with exceptions
Destination: Baltic Sea
This ship has been recently refurbished and is beautiful and functional. The attitude and service level of the crew and staff could not have been more delightful, courteous, and outstanding. The Ship's Captain is an extremely no-non-sense, experienced and professional individual--generates a lot of confidence regarding his capabilities, commitment to his profession and to safety--very, very impressive professional.
Food and dining options were fine. Entertainment on some nights as an "A"; other nights a "B".
DOWNSIDE: 1. The TV choices on this ship are awful--so bad that we will never use Royal Caribbean again. Our waiter agreed with us and said, "Please, please put this in your comments; we live on this ship and we know how awful the TV is." I discussed this with several key crew officials. They know and it is not a priority to them. One comment: "We have a limited entertainment budget and we choose to use it on quality showtime entertainers and not on More paying for better TV programming." Nuts! NCL has as good of onboard entertainment as we have ever seen AND they have CNN and other good TV programming. (On Vision of the Seas, you get NO U.S. news--we went almost three weeks with no info about our home country.) A few TV shows or movies are played over and over again; e.g., One episode of "The Good Wife" played 4 times a day every day. We enjoy relaxing to TV on certain evenings or certain afternoons during sea days but not on this ship.
2. Staterooms are a little smaller than on other ships. We noted certain interior staterooms were like walk-in closets in size. Out ocean view stateroom was 152 sq ft--a tad smaller than other ships, but configured in such a way that the head of the double head had to be at the window. Hence we could only enjoy the window view if we stood up at the foot of the bed. Note: some ocean view rooms have a large rectangular window; others have one or two small round port holes.
3. This ship is smaller than other cruise ships we have been on. Hence in the open seas you feel more motion. One night, with a cross wind, the ship was quite uncomfortable with rocking--and we were on the third deck. We could only imagine how bad the motion was on say, decks 7 or 8.
Bottom line: Very nice ship with outstanding service and food options. Would never sail on this ship (or this line again) due to indifference to TV programming, size of ship, size and configuration of the ocean view state room. BUT: We certainly felt we were in good hands with the amazing skills, experience, and confidence of our Captain. Less
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