My DH and I were on the Vision on 11/11/07 and had another great Royal cruise. This was my 6th cruise, 3rd with Royal and my DH's 2nd cruise both on Royal. We used the Shuttle service through RCI from LAX, the greeters weren't exactly the most efficient but they got us to our bus which eventually got us to the ship. FYI if you are on US Airways or Southwest you will be the first on the bus and will get the full hour tour of LAX as you pick up other passengers (at least we were the first off at the end of the week). Embarkation went fine - we arrived around Noon and were on the ship after about 30 minutes. The ship is nearly 10 years old, but has been well maintained. Everything was clean and shiny. We had a Category N Stateroom, it was our first time trying out an inside cabin and honestly we liked being inside. It was quiet and cozy. Our cabin steward Ana was good, she did her job well and our room was clean and well stocked. The service in the Dining Room was great, Rodney and More
Arnold were fun, quick and professional. Our dinner pairing was very well done. We often ate "family style" as to share and sample as much as we could. Overall the staff and crew were great. We are pretty self-sufficient people but when we asked for anything it was taken care of.
The Windjammer often did have the same foods, but that's why there are other options: Dinning Room, Solarium or Room Service. We did not go to many of the shows, but we thoroughly enjoyed the Newlywed show - people were literally falling out of their chairs in hysterics! The Ports were OK. We've only been to Eastern Mexico and were bothered by how in the West you were bugged constantly to buy things or take a taxi. In Cabo we did not make any plans, the famous Los Archos and Lovers beach were swarming with water craft and people taking away any charm we originally envisioned. Next time we will book an excursion. We had a blast in Mazatlan! We took a water taxi (a little hard to find) to Stone Island. Us and another couple from the ship scored some great beach chairs at one of the little beach front cabanas. The food and drinks were great - turns out the place we picked was the favorite of Captain Stein and his officers as they were sitting next to us.
In Puerto Vallarta we went to the Krystal Hotel for some great $50 massages and downtime at their amazing pool. We were tried of being hassled in the tourist shops we did our souvenir shopping at the local Wal-Mart. Our only complaint was disembarkation. They starting the process of kicking us off an hour early - our color was called an hour and 15 minutes before posted and we felt rather rushed. The biggest problem was not Royal's fault, but rather was customs at San Pedro. My husband is a Canadian Citizen we had to wait in the "Non-US Citizen line" which took more than an hour to get through as there were only 2 customs agents working that line. We had a great cruise and a great time on the Vision. We will plan to take this cruise again. Less