Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by tamraedavis: Great Cruise
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We absolutely loved Vision of the Seas. Embarkation was very smooth, and we were able to get in our room within an hour (by 1:30 p.m.). We immediately went to the Windjammer for lunch and enjoyed the food. We ate in the Windjammer for most breakfasts, most lunches, and twice at dinner. The food was typical buffet but was tasty. Our only complaints were that breakfast and lunch were the same each day. We ate in the Main Dining room twice and both meals were very good. On our final night we ate at Chops Grill. Dinner and service were excellent! I ordered a NY Strip (well done), and I could have cut it with a butter knife. My husband had the porterhouse (medium) and he said his was perfect.
Service throughout the ship was excellent--very accommodating. We had no trouble getting drinks anywhere! We were served while seated in bar areas, and at times we would order at the bar. All crew always offered smiles and often asked how things were going on the cruise. We lounged in the More Schooner Bar one afternoon and a crew member told us if she went back by and we were sleeping she would get us a comforter.
We had an outside balcony stateroom and were surprised at how large it was. Our stateroom attendant, Antonio, was awesome. We enjoyed the 70's Show and the other entertainment and activities. We took the Tabyana Beach Break in Roatan. The beach is absolutely beautiful with snorkeling right off the beach. We also did the Dolphin Push, Pull, and Swim with Manatee interaction at Chankanaab. We were amazed at how much time we actually got to interact with our dolphin. Disembarking was a breeze. Everything was so well organized. We loved the Vision, but we now want to try a larger Royal Caribbean ship. We had only cruised once before 22 years ago when Disney Cruise line used "The Big Red Boat" Premier Cruises. Less
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Cabin review: 7612
Plenty of storage! Balcony included a small round table and 2 chairs. We loved our cabin.
Port and Shore Excursions
Dolphin Swim & Encounter
We couldn't believe how much time we actually got to spend with our dolphin, Marina. The one thing we didn't like was that no cameras are allowed. Once you are finished, they show you all of the pictures that were taken (over two hundred for our party of 7). The pictures are excellent but VERY expensive. When we started to walk away without buying, they came down in price. We ended up with 205 pictures on 2 CD's and 6 printed images for around $200 which we will split among 3 families. All images and CD's can be copied. We were also able to feed and touch a manatee named Edgar. While in Chankanaab, you can explore the park, snorkel, swim, etc.
Excellent Beach! Excellent Snorkeling. We had a guard assigned to our section of the beach, and he kept an eye on all of our possessions. We kept most of our valuables in a safe, however. Once in the water, men in kayaks also patrolled the water. One towed my husband and I out to a further point of the reef and then towed us back. There is no way we could have swam it. We were able to see so much more! There were a few locals trying to sell items on the beach, but once you told the politely "No thank you" they left you alone.
Wouldn't do Carnival again.
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