“Vision of the Seas”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas

redmom Vision of the Seas 5 Vision of the Seas
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We arrived in Stockholm 2 days prior to our cruise. We stayed in the Stockholm Sheraton which was a great location. We took the express train from the airport and walked the 2 blocks to the hotel. We visited Gamla Stan, Vasa, Skansen, Ice Bar prior to boarding. We took a taxi to the port from the Sheraton. Ship was in good shape. There are no good tv stations/movies. The ship is MUCH more smokey than US travels. Food quality was good. Kids were grouped in 12-17 age group which was a bit much in my opinion-truth or dare was a bit much for my 12 year old. Service was wonderful-we had our best head waiter ever...she was involved-got to know our family and didn't just come buy on tip night! Great waiter and stateroom attendants as well. Assistant waiter seemed to be still learning-but very sweet none the less. This trip was very port intensive so we seemed to have less on board time/activities-but we managed to hit lots of trivia and accumulated our fair share of luggage tags and highlighters! Ports-In Helsinki we toured with SPB-prior reviews in cc were mixed but Maria did a great job and we enjoyed our bus tour. Rock Church was great! Food at the outdoor market was fair at best. In St Petersburg we also used SPB tours-Victoria was great and we were on a tour of 8. We loved Peterhoff gardens and Kate knew all the ins/outs for us to see our sites efficiently/best views etc...considering we only got 1 day in St. Petersburg. The Russian pies were awesome-we ate at Stolle-yummy! We went with Andrew in Gdansk to see the concentration camp. There were 10 on our tour. I thought I would cry at the camp-no tears.No food at the camp-we brought snacks which we ate on the bus...made a yummy trail mix from the granola buffet at breakfast! Day was long so snacks were a must! Andrew's tour was good-Gdansk was lovely-should have made it more clear as to souvenir desires-we only had 1/2 hour and were on a street that only sold Amber (which we already took care of in SPB)-group was looking more for t-shirts, etc. We got back to the ship at 5:30-so a bit rushed for formal night since we had early seating. We did Riga on our own...cute-cheaper Amber than in SPB. We wondered to the church and listened to an organ concert which was lovely. Found a local restaurant and ate outside with a piano player complementing the meal! Helsinki we walked around-botanical gardens, wall, ate outside...lovely-lots of hills! We chose to use the ship transfer to the airport which was great...off the ship at 7:20-plenty of time to make our 12:00 flight...bummer that in Munich at our stop over we had a 3 hour delay! Evening shows were terrible-no comedians...which I much prefer over the RC singers/dancers...that was my biggest disappointment. Most frustrating part of the ship was on the first night our party of 10 was sitting at 3 different tables. In fact, my 12 year old was eating on a different deck! After being told there was nothing that could be done because the ship was full, they finally came through and we all ate together!
Vision of the Seas Cruises to the Baltic Sea
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Published 07/10/12
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