Vision of the Seas Entertainment
The Centrum, which is only located on Vision-class ships, is a mecca for entertainment options. Its central location is ideal for the activities that abound day and night. The two most notable upgrades made during the refurb are the addition of the R Bar (Deck 4) and Centrum Experience -- an aerial aerobatics, light and sound show. During the day, passengers head to the Centrum for enrichment activities, live music, art auctions and more. At night, the R Bar is the place to grab a drink, enjoy the vertical theatrics and boogie to a live band or DJ.
The Some Enchanted Evening Lounge on Deck 6 and the R Bar are great to meet and mingle with friends over drinks before heading up to the Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub on Deck 11, where the DJ gets dancers to stay till dawn. (If you prefer more of a relaxed ambience while dancing, stick to Some Enchanted Evening Lounge.) The updated Viking Crown -- with its curved, tiered seating areas and huge, outward-sloping windows -- also provides the perfect location all day for viewing the passing scenery and the ship's main decks, which look particularly glamorous at dusk.
Other entertainment, such as piano performances and trivia games, can be enjoyed in the Schooner Bar, which offers a more relaxing atmosphere on Deck 6, outside the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge. You'll find nautical touches (brass lamps and a large wooden sculpture of a lighthouse), comfy leather seating and big sea-view windows.
Casino Royale is filled with slot machines and all the usual card tables (poker, blackjack, craps), and it became quite the hopping spot at night. Another evening highlight is performances at the ship's Masquerade Theatre; the usual snazzy, fishnet-and-feathers production shows are interspersed with cabaret slots by comedians, singers, magicians and impressionists.
By day, there are quizzes and deck or pool games, treasure hunts, port lectures and beauty demonstrations to keep passengers busy.
Vision of the Seas Public Rooms
Glorious sea views can be had in the glittering seven-deck atrium, the hub of the ship. Indeed, the only place you won't find sea views on this ship is in the Boutiques of Centrum shopping area on Deck 6. There, passengers are clearly encouraged to feast their eyes instead on a wide range of fashion and logo goods, jewelry, perfume, and chinaware -- actually at quite reasonable prices. Also on Deck 6 are the art gallery (adjacent to Latte-tudes) and the photo gallery. Just below, on Deck 5, you will find the reception area and shore excursion desk.
Vision of the Seas is equipped with bow-to-stern Wi-Fi, although some service in some areas might be spotty. Internet can be found in the Royal Caribbean Online lounge (Deck 8), which offers access to the Web 24/7. You can pay as you go for 65 cents per minute or purchase one of the available packages: $35 for 60 minutes, $55 for 100 minutes, $75 for 150 minutes, $100 for 250 minutes or $150 for 500 minutes.
A peaceful haven is the ship's library, set opposite the Card Room on Deck 7. It's is a lovely room with highly polished, inlaid wood walls, deep leather sofas, nautical memorabilia and -- as a quirky touch -- a life-size figure of Pinocchio, carved (of course) from cherry wood.
Conference rooms are located on Deck 4, and the medical facility can be found on Deck 1. Self-service laundry is not available.
Added during the refurb, the Concierge Club and Diamond Club are exclusive hangouts for top-tier loyalty program members. The Concierge Club (reserved for Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Crown and Anchor Society members, as well as select suite passengers) is accessible via the Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub. Although spacious and surrounded by windows bringing the views in, the decor is not as impressive as that found in the new Diamond Club, located off the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge on Deck 6, exclusively for Diamond members (and higher).
Considering the ship's smaller size, Royal Caribbean really took advantage of the Diamond Club space. It's sleek, sophisticated and easy to move around. The decor is neutral -- from light woods and beige chairs to mahogany leather booths -- with pops of turquoise that complement the ocean. It's located just steps away from Giovanni's Table and the line's signature steakhouse, Chops Grill.
Vision of the Seas Spa & Fitness
The main pool deck can be found on Deck 9. The pool starts off shallow and gradually gets deeper as you make your way in. Four shaded hot tubs surround the pool, and each offers a view of the ship's outdoor movie screen. While Royal Caribbean was not the first to offer poolside movies, the outdoor screen has already proven to be a big hit. It broadcasts popular sporting events throughout the week and is also used for movies and other special shows.
The adults-only Solarium, adjacent to the main pool area, features an all-weather sliding-glass roof, a substantial pool, the new Park Cafe and the two-deck Vitality Sea Spa and Fitness Center (which overflows onto Deck 10). The pool area has been given a Mayan theme, with jewel-bright tiled canopies above its whirlpools and a cream, brown and white color scheme enlivened by terracotta statues.
The Mexican theme continues into the spa, which has a gently trickling "wall of water" feature in its relaxation room, designed by artist Neil Dawson Baker and called Chalchiuhtcu after the Mayan water goddess.
A well-equipped gym and separate dance studio in the spa's fitness center offer a mix of free aerobics and general fitness classes, as well as yoga, kickboxing and Pilates at a cost of $10 per class.
Spa treatments are what you might expect from Steiner: professionally delivered, but pricey. Those prepared to stay aboard on port days could take advantage of cut-price "sampler" deals that combine two 25-minute treatments (such as your choice of a massage, mini-facial, reflexology or Lime & Ginger Scrub). A la carte services range from collagen-boosting facials and hot stone massages to detoxifying body wraps and teeth whitening. There is also a hair and nail salon and special packages for both men and teens.
For those who prefer fresh air and exercise to pampering, Vision of the Seas also has a sports court, jogging track and Royal Caribbean's signature rock-climbing wall, all on Deck 10.
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