Vision is a sister ship of Grandeur which we sailed on Jan 2003 out of New Orleans. We loved Grandeur so much it was one of the reasons we booked the Vision trip. Since September 2001 we have taken 5 RCI cruises. All have been well worth the money, especially this cruise with very few if any complaints even now.
Vision came with everything we expect in a RCI vacation. A very clean ship, well serviced with lots to do. We found the shows average, but then again were not really show people, and our table mates seemed to enjoy them. We did our homework and booked our shore excursions or beach time ourselves well in advance over the net. Of our past cruises the shore excursions really seemed to be a value. Maybe it was just the location being Mexico, and our first time to the Mexican Riviera. We did horseback riding, chartered an offshore fishing trip, just $350 for the two of us for 8 hours of fantastic saltwater fishing, and enjoyed lots of beach time.
Our only negative experience with any RCI vacation did come on this trip. We were told before booking that Vision was like Grandeur in Every way. It's not. We really enjoyed the quiet relaxing atmosphere in Grandeur's Solarium pool and hot tubs. On Grandeur, at that time any way, it was an adults only area, this was not the case on Vision. Why children have to be in every pool on the ship is beyond me, but we were very disappointed. There was no place to sit, read, or relax by a pool that wasn't filled with screaming, cannonball jumping kids. We thought maybe we were over reacting until we overheard other people also complaining about it. Even though signs were posted everywhere forbidding it, children in diapers were allowed in the pools and hot tubs. When we complained we were told the staff didn't want to upset the parents.
Food was the only other disappointment, and I was hoping it was just this ship, but I have been told by many of the staff this is not the case. RCI has started to cut the corners and begun lowering themselves to the Carnival level. We noticed it only during dinner in the dining room. RCI has done away with the New York Strip dinner and having it as an alternate selection on the menu. Instead they offered this horrible, tuff, thing called a ranch steak. Were not even sure if it was a steak. I should have known something was up when our waiter didn't recommend it and cringed when I still ordered it. Several of the meals were fantastic as usual and second helping was always available. It was our first cruise though where we were disappointed at more than one dinner. The Windjammer was excellent as always, offering a wide range of pleasing meals and desserts. We ate there for every breakfast and lunch. The Solarium food was an added plus with different pizzas available everyday. A nice touch and something new I think.
Overall we would probably take the same trip again. If you're looking for a quiet place to relax by a pool, forget about it, it was almost as bad as a Disney ship.