This was our fourth cruise and we were really looking forward to getting away and seeing the canal. Unfortunately, there were some down sides.
#1. The Fort Lauderdale Terminal seemed a little seedy and slow moving.
#2. We finally got on the ship and it was hotter than blue blazes and it stayed that way for about a week. The climate control button didn't work in any of the rooms so it just stayed hot and sticky.
#3. The Windjammer was fine, nothing extra-ordinary. The coffee was AWFUL throughout the ship and people complained about it the entire trip. Finally we just started off with a half cup of water before adding coffee. That was funny considering we were visiting coffee plantations. :)
#4. The activity director was OK but lacked personality that made us want to see him on the tube 24 seven. We were tired of seeing the activity and cruise director feeding off each other -- rather bland. They need a woman.
#5. The band that played by the pool constantly played the same tunes over and over and nothing much of anything either. Another band that imitated the Beatles was better but didn't play often enough. The violin and piano went on forever -- Practice at Home!!!!
#6. The guest relations desk never had any stamps and was unable to mail anything for the entire two weeks.
#7. The biggest problem of all was the lack of internet. People who had their own devices could get on, but those of us relying on the ship's resources were out of luck for THREE DAYS!!! Why did I even buy any time? They said that there could be occasional outages, but THREE DAYS??
#8. In the formal dining room they refused to get any steak well done -- this was a problem the entire cruise for our table of 8. They acted sad and pitiful about it, but it never got any better.
#9. Luckily I had a great table, but noticed that they were doing "my time dining", even though they had told my travel agent they didn't have that on the Vision.
#10. The days at sea, of which there were many, enabled me to read five books which added up to several thousand pages. There just wasn't enough to do.
#11. The Vision itself desperately needs refurbishing, which I understand will happen in 2013.
#12. Oh yea, and the Panama Canal that happened on Day 5 was great. Unfortunately some people hogged the front and back of the ship and wouldn't let anyone in for HOURS. I think the crew should insist that chairs not be moved to the front or back because they take up space and allow people to sit in the best spots forever.
#13. The shore excursions were great but scary due to local problems. It's hard to shop or relax with people everywhere with machine guns. This is our last trip to Mexico -- too dangerous.
#14. The entertainment was AWFUL. El Gaucho was great and the Temptations tribute band was good. The rest of the acts were old and cold, washed up has-beens. I mean when they are introduced by a video of them on Johnny Carson you know they're old. The Talent Show was great -- get some of those people to do your entertainment.
#15. The best part of the whole trip was the Vision of the Seas Orchestra -- they could do anything.
#16. Getting off the ship was fine and a real pleasure.