OK...so it was a great time to be aboard the Vision of The Sea for 11 mights! We enjoyed it...we were in a Grand Suite and chose late seating dinner. All good, right? Yes...for the most part.
We have been cruising for many years and have, recently, taken to staying in a suite for the longer cruises. We find that extra room is nice when aboard for longer cruises.
The GOOD: The cruise staff was extremely engaging and very pleasant. They were not annoying as some are and they genuinely got people involved! Kudos to them! The food was generally quite good--I would say better than many of the recent cruises we have taken. New Year's Eve was, possibly, the best meal I have had on a cruise. Overall (as is usually the case on cruises) the beef was excellent and the pasta was very good. The fish was mediocre and the fruit was excellent. They have a policy of having lobster and filet mignon on the "menu" every night---it will cost you $86 per person to get it which, in my opinion, is OUTRAGEOUS! You pay all that money to go on the cruise and they have the audacity to charge that much extra??? Lounge chairs were relatively abundant and we did not have problems getting them. The price point for this cruise seemed to be lower than many--the drinks, massages, and wine (by the bottle) seemed a bit lower than other R/C cruises we have taken. That is ALWAYS a nice thing!
THE BAD: The issue with the filet mignon as above---granted, there are no specialty restaurants so this may be their justification Paying the price we did for the Suite, one would think some significant luxuries would accompany that. Other ships (R/C included) give you daily hor's d'oeuvres in the room--granted, this ship invites you to a special lounge for Suite guests each night before dinner.
THE UGLY: The ship needs some refurbishing. It is kept up nicely given its age but there is some wear-and-tear.
I think that the best thing to say about the Vision is that it is an EXCELLENT value for the money. I suspect that R/C keeps the price of things down as it attracts bargain hunters on this ship.