We sailed September 28th on the Vision with certain expectations. We always enjoyed the larger RCI Voyager class ships with the Promenade, specialty dining, mini golf, flowrider, etc. We were told the smaller ships were more intimate and personal. After spending the week on Vision we came to the conclusion we prefer the larger ships. There was less to do on Vision and found we were bored at times.
The cruise director was disappointing in our opinion. We were looking forward to attending the Quest and Love & Marriage program, but passed on the events due solely to his style and lack of energy. He apparently was hired for his singing ability (good) instead of humor. We attended the Musical Programs and found the entertainment good. Dreamgirls was outstanding! The Magician was great. The comics were both good.
We boarded the ship within 10 minutes after arriving. Our luggage arrived to our room right after we ate lunch at the Windjammer. Our room attendant was outstanding. (Brenda) Cabin was standard size, with great bedding. I prefer the shower door (newer ships) over a curtain on the Vision.
The dining room staff was great. (Edwin was outstanding) First nights dinner was disappointing. Edwin recognized this and tried everything he could to satisfy our needs. The rest of the week was great. The food quality is not the fault of the waiter and we would not hold him accountable for that aspect. Edwin did carvings and magic tricks to entertain the grandchildren. He also made special efforts each night to accommodate finicky appetites, supplying fruit plates ahead of time. This occupied the children, while the adults selected their dinner choices.
The Adventure Ocean Program was the highlight of the cruise. The staff was exceptional. Our grandchildren were given the choice each day to go to the "kids program" or stay with us. They wanted the Adventure Ocean Program every time. We watched through the gate at times and found all the children were engrossed in crafts and fun things while learning at the same time. The staff are all teachers, not babysitters. I commend them for their dedication.
Beware of the Texas Hold'em Tournament. If there is not enough participants (49), the pay out is cash not a free cruise.(Disappointing) I believe, if you advertise the prize, you honor it! Disclaimers do not help consumer confidence.
We had a rare treat one day while in the Windjammer. We saw a number of whales spouting in the distance. (They were in the ocean, not the dining room). We came up to two and saw them up close, right next to the ship. We never expected to see whales this early in the season. WOW
The ports were nice. Cabo was beautiful, but the water was rough for snorkeling.(lost equipment in the breakers) The Scenery was fantastic. Mazatlan was okay. Stone Island: Victors had great coconut shrimp. PV more modern than expected, but nice. The massage at NR Krystal was great.(what a deal) The shopping was plentiful.
The future cruise consultant was very helpful. We bought two future cruise vouchers and anticipate many future vacations with RCI. The best cruise line in the marketplace for families looking for value. Some ships are stuffy formal, others are party boats, others are bland, but RCI is a well rounded compromise.
Overall, the trip was relaxing and a great time with the family. What Vision lacked due to age, it made up for with service. In the future we will book the Voyager class or larger ships.
Note: Sorry we missed the meet and mingle. We saw the aussie group and probably spoke to some others from cruise critic without knowing it. You are all a great group of people. I hope you enjoyed the trip.