Vision of the Seas Entertainment
In the evenings, the ship's Masquerade Theatre with its plush velvet seats provides the usual snazzy, fishnet-and-feathers production shows interspersed with cabaret slots by comedians, singers, magicians and impressionists.
Live or taped music for dancing is provided nightly in the Some Enchanted Evening and Viking Crown lounges, while a pianist performs in the Schooner Bar. Piano and classical music is also provided in the Centrum and on the Champagne Terrace, which lies between the Champagne Bar and the Aquarius Restaurant on Deck 4.
By day there are quizzes and deck or pool games, treasure hunts, port lectures, and beauty demonstrations to keep passengers busy, though on Alaska sailings most seem contented enough to while away sea days simply watching the fabulous scenery roll by.
Vision of the Seas Public Rooms
Vision of the Seas' signature Viking Crown Lounge sits atop the ship. Its curves, tiered separate seating areas and huge, outward-sloping windows provide a perfect retreat from which to view not only the passing scenery, but also the ship's main decks, which look particularly glamorous at dusk with their gleaming globe lights and sea-inspired color scheme of turquoise and white.
Another peaceful haven is the ship's library, set opposite the Card Room on Deck 7. This 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.
You'll find more nautical touches (and more comfy leather seating) in Vision of the Seas' Schooner Bar, another signature Royal Caribbean facility, which is particularly pretty on this ship with latticed wood dividers, brass lamps, big sea-view windows and a large wooden sculpture of a lighthouse leading into the Some Enchanted Evening show lounge.
Glorious sea views are also to be had in the glittering seven-deck atrium. Indeed, the only place you won't find sea views on this ship is in the Boutiques of Centrum shopping area on Deck 5. Here, guests 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.
Vision of the Seas Spa & Fitness
The main pool is large and surrounded by four hot tubs.
Facilities surround the ship's Solarium, which has an all-weather sliding glass roof, a substantial pool, a cafe, and the ShipShape Fitness Centre and Spa to the rear. On Vision, the Solarium 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.
For those in search of a goddess-like physique, the spa has a large, well-equipped gym and a separate dance studio offering a mix of free aerobic/general fitness classes and $10 sessions in Yoga, kickboxing and Pilates.
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 combining two 25-minute treatments (massage, mini-facial, reflexology or Lime & Ginger Scrub).
Most eye-wateringly expensive item on the spa menu is a couple's massage at $247 for 50 minutes (though you do get some free massage oil). The best value is probably the Gentle Touch tooth whitening treatment, which seemed reasonable at $199 since these treatments are at least twice the price in the U.K. On the other hand, 200 bucks buys a heck of a lot of toothpaste....
For those who prefer fresh air and exercise to pampering, Vision of the Seas also has a ball court and Royal Caribbean's signature rock-climbing wall.