Background: We are retired, active, mid 60's. We have done 25 cruises on all lines except Carnival. This was our 4th on RCCL, all being on Vision class ships. This was our first on Vision of the Seas. We cruise to be on the water, relax, read, and enjoy warm weather. We do not need all of the bells and whistles of newer, bigger ships.
Pre-Cruise: We flew in 2 days early and stayed at Extended Stay America on 17th Street. Good basic hotel with a good price and many restaurants within walking distance. Rented a car from Budget, across the street from the hotel.
First night we had planned to go to the Panthers game, but NHL was on a lock out. So we toured the area and went to Dania to watch a little Jai-Alai. Sunday, we drove to the Dolphins game vs Patriots. On the way back, we had dinner in Hollywood at a place called La Chocolata. EXCELLENT and reasonable.
Embarkation: We returned the car, Budget shuttled us to the ship. We arrived about noon and were on board within 20 minutes.
The Ship: This is a basic cruise ship: 1 dining room, a buffet, several bars, no specialty restaurants.
Food: We enjoyed all of our meals. We had My Time Dining. We wanted to eat about 7:15, but failed to make a reservation upon boarding, so we ended up eating at about 8:30.
Entertainment: We have been on 25 cruises. It does not mean much to us. All of the musical groups were good. Singers and dancers were ??? We did enjoy the "ukulele" guy and the impersonation guy.
Service: No complaints.
Ports: We have been to all of these places before. Picked this cruise because it stopped at St Vincent, something new for us. Do not know why it stopped there. Sunday morning from 8:00 until 2:00. Except for folk who went on snorkel trip, almost everyone was back on board by 11:00. Everything in the town was closed. A few shops in the terminal. Could not even find an XL tee shirt.
Disembarkation: Walked off at about 9:00. This was on Friday, December 14. We were only ship in port. We were through airport security by 10:15.
Overall: Nice relaxing cruise. Read 2 books, met some nice people, gained 4 pounds, etc. We are looking at this ship for Norway next summer.