Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by FantasyGoddess: First time on Royal Caribbean
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First time on Royal Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband and I took our first cruise on RCI last week. We have been on Carnival twice and NCL three times prior to this cruise. Here are our thoughts, observations and opinions….
Embarkation was very easy. We did not wait at all and got right on the ship at about noon. Cabins are not typically ready until about 1:30 pm so we roamed the ship looking for the spa area. We were surprised at how small it was. In our search we found the Solarium area, an adult only pool with a glass roof, comfy cushioned lounge chairs, tables and chairs, a cafe serving salads, sandwiches, soups and sweets and a bar. Lunch was good and relaxing as the Solarium is at the back of the ship on deck 9 - out of the way and peaceful at that time.
Our ocean view cabin (3114) was adequate and clean. It had the smallest bathroom we had ever seen on a ship. The shower was a corner with a curtain - there was no movement that could be made without moving the curtain but it sufficed. The bed was More waaayyyy toooo hard and the pillows were way too skimpy. (PS we are spoiled as we usually book a suite so consider this when reading our review ;) ) Claire, our cabin steward, was adorable and accommodating at all times…thanks Claire!! :) Since we planned on spending most of our time out of the cabin, the size really did not matter - but the uncomfortable bed/pillows did matter :(
Not much to do on this ship so if you want to have many activity options, go elsewhere. We spent most of our time in the Solarium - relaxing. It was wonderful. The drinks were good and the cafe food was good and convenient. I don't like the cattle call buffets so we only went there for breakfast and had lunch at the cafe. The Solarium pool did get very crowded (especially on sea days) but it was ok because adults don't splash so the pool could handle a lot of people without a problem. Our one criticism is the sign that says you can't save chairs - if the chair is unoccupied for more than 30 minutes, the towel will be removed. RCI puts up the sign and then does not enforce the rule. Come on RCI - either enforce the rule so those rude passengers who save 6 chairs at prime time and saunter in hours later will be without chairs or take the sign down!!!!!
The fitness facility is unbelievably small. The first sea day it was so crowded people walked out. RCI should consider revamping this area and not offering classes which take up valuable area in a gym that is already way too small for the number of passengers on the ship.
RCI needs to get their act together when it comes to dinner dining. We opted for "my time" dining which is obviously a response to NCL's freestyle dining. In theory it sounded like a good alternative to the traditional set time dining of 6 pm or 8:15 pm but in practice it does not work. We still had to make a reservation or stand in a long line to wait for a table. Service was so slow it took at least 90 minutes to eat dinner. And, we ate in the up charge restaurant, Chops Grille, on the first night where it took us 2 hours to get through dinner due to the painfully slow service. The food was good in main dining room, though there could have been a few more selections. Chops Grille food was VERY good but the ambiance was lacking and, as I have already stated, the service was too slow.
We did not go to much of the entertainment except for what was happening in the Centrum…that was fun! Since there is not much to do at night, it seemed like everyone ended up in the Centrum. The 70s music party, aerialist show and parade of flags were a lot of fun.
All-in-all this was a good cruise and we accomplished our goal of just relaxing. However, if you want a party ship and lots to do and all the "bells and whistles" - go elsewhere. Vision of the Seas is good for a 4 night cruise but much more time would have been too much time.
We will try RCI again - next time on a much larger ship. :) Less
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