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14 Night Around the World Cruise from Quebec City

14 Night Around the World Cruise from Quebec City

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Quebec City
  • Day 2
    Quebec City
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
  • Day 5
    Sydney (Nova Scotia)
  • Day 6
    Halifax
  • Day 7
    Saint John (New Brunswick)
  • Day 8
    Portland (Maine)
  • Day 9
    Boston
  • Day 10
    Bar Harbor
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 14
    Nassau
  • Day 15
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Vision of the Seas

Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

Cons

Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

Bottom Line

Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles


Cruise Reviews

We'd never been on this small of a ship before, but we loved it. Prior reviews commented about the age, but overall, the ship was in good shape. What impressed me was the staff. Our housekeeper, waiter and assistant waiter were ... Read More
We'd never been on this small of a ship before, but we loved it. Prior reviews commented about the age, but overall, the ship was in good shape. What impressed me was the staff. Our housekeeper, waiter and assistant waiter were outstanding. Being a smaller ship, we saw more of the Captain, the main staff, and the Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director, who are husband and wife, than we normally do. Having a cabin on Deck 7, it was only 2 floors to the Windjammer to get coffee, and only one floor to the Diamond Lounge. You didn't have to walk far to get anywhere. I didn't expect much of the entertainment, but was pleasantly surprised. Earl Turner was an all-around entertainer. Perhaps geared towards the older crowd, but he put on quite a show. If you ever get to see Ivan Pecel, you are lucky. Very funny while juggling an axe, bowling ball and an egg. We we're were not overwhelmed by the comic, but we were tired and the theater was half empty. as it was for most shows. The late night comic show was the last night, and we didn't make it. The production shows are so-so repeats, but the musicians and dancers are very talented. Its not their fault that RCL keeps recycling uninspired material. We were not used to the Centrum being used for so much. They held some of the silly competitions there, which were well attended. The pianist was very talented. I got up and took some short runs most mornings. The ship's track on Deck 10 is almost 1/4 mile, which was a nice surprise. The equipment in the fitness room was not in great shape, and not too many machines. Food was surprisingly good, given the reviews. It was mostly hits, and a few misses. The misses were the crab cake Eggs Benedict (mostly breading) and most of the dishes made with salmon. I don't know what they did to ruin it, but all of us agreed that the cooked salmon dishes were "pungent". My personal peeve was that the beef on weck in the Park Cafe was served only as a snack, and they didn't have horseradish. (They did hunt some down for me the last day, and then delivered the sandwich to me at my deck chair. I wanted to give a WOW card for that). Some hits were the crab cakes as an appetizer, the escargot and the Steak Diane on Day 7. Breakfast in the MDR and Windjammer was the same menu each day, but generally good. They had omelets made to order in both places. Lunch in the Windjammer did mix it up, and better than some other ships. They had a Mongolian stir fry to order where you picked your own ingredients, and a cook stir fried it for you. We went to Chops one night, and were not disappointed. Embarkation was the fastest I've ever experienced. They have a new system, which worked for this ship. Debarkation was also easy. We took a post-cruise tour to El Yunque and then to the airport, so we were off very quickly. Being a small ship, there were fewer bags in the terminal than we're used to seeing. For ports, we went ashore at Punta Cana via tender, and most of the shops at the port were closed, as it was Sunday. We didn't go in to town or a beach, so I'll reserve judgment. They did have decent entertainment and cold beers. We shopped at St. Thomas. We actually had a good time with the Colette and Bianca, the shopping guides from the ship. I'm usually turned off by the ship's guides, but they were a fun couple. For Martinique, we walked the town on our own and ate at the open air food market. Lots of fun (it was for me) when you don't speak any French, and they didn't speak English. St. Lucia got cancelled over the Corona scare. They replaced the stop with Dominica. We took a taxi tour, and had a good time. Recommendation, that if you ever go, don't take the first taxi you see. They were much cheaper 1/2 block away. We paid $120 for 6 of us in an air conditioned van vs. $200 the first guy said was a bargain. The last port was Barbados, which was our favorite. We went through Calabaza (booked on our own), and it was a 5 star day of snorkeling. Saw turtles up close, sting rays on the sand below us, 3 ship wrecks and lots of fish. Happy to see that the coral is still in pretty good shape. Crew and food were outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had room 3512 which is an ocean view. It turned out to be two portholes. The room was OK but very noisy. At night you could here the main theater even though we were on deck 3 and it was on deck 5. Every morning we were at a port ... Read More
We had room 3512 which is an ocean view. It turned out to be two portholes. The room was OK but very noisy. At night you could here the main theater even though we were on deck 3 and it was on deck 5. Every morning we were at a port the noise in the morning was crazy. Thrusters and anchor. Our cabin steward was excellent. Walls were very thin. Overall the service on the ship was excellent. Great bar service. Great entertainment. Windjammer service was also above average. Our big disappointment was the food. Dinner was really hit and miss. A few nights were great and a few others left us going to the Windjammer after our formal dinner because we were still hungry. We are older (late 50's) so we do not need large portions. But the portions on this ship were ridiculous. We ate in the main dining room for breakfast one day. My wife ordered a "side" of corned beef hash. It came in a ramekin that was the size you use for ketchup. We had a back to back lunch. Which was nice. They had "shareable" items. Much like Chops. We ordered the asparagus. It was 4 small pieces. So we each had two slivers of asparagus. now we joke when we see 4 pieces of asparagus. "That is a shareable". The Windjammer was also pretty much hit and miss. Good pizza. Good burgers and hot dogs and french fries. Everything else was hit and miss. Which I think is pretty typical for cruise ships. The big disappointment for us was the MDR. Crew was great. Really good service and friendly people. We love the size of the ship. Never really felt that crowded. We did not do any specialty restaurants. Lots of kids on this cruise. The curfew for kids was 1 AM. On both of our back to back cruises we had kids running up and down the halls laughing at 11 PM at night! I guess parents do not care what their kids are doing? Overall a nice cruise but would probably pick other cruise lines if the price was similar. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this ship based on ports. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We have sailed with NCL, Celebrity, and Carnival. Pros: we arrived at the port, checked our bags, and within 15 minutes we were on the ship. The food at the ... Read More
We chose this ship based on ports. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We have sailed with NCL, Celebrity, and Carnival. Pros: we arrived at the port, checked our bags, and within 15 minutes we were on the ship. The food at the windjammer was delicious. Same with the main dining room. Very flavorful. Our cabin, 4045, was always spotless and quiet even though it is located down the hall from the R bar. Our cabin steward was very friendly, called us by name, and asked what we were doing that day and/or how was your day. We went to see the comedienne (hysterical), Travis Cloer (jersey boys, very good), and a show with the VOS dancers (just ok). Chairs were always available by the main pool and the adult pool. Alexa, the bartender at the adult pool solarium, was awesome. She remembered names and favorite drinks. Always had a smile on her face. We took 2 shore excursions through Royal Caribbean. Both were excellent and timely. Cons: service in the MDR was just ok. We sat with 3 different waiters. Only once were we asked if we would like another glass of wine. You had to wait for them and then ask. This seemed to be reoccurring throughout. Bartenders and servers had to be ‘flagged’ down. At times, they still ignored you. My DH and I like to snack after 9. Unfortunately the only option is burgers, hot dogs, pizza, premade sandwich, and french fries, nothing healthy. Soup, salad, antipasto would have been nice. Most nights, Latin music or piano player were offered. A variety would be appreciated . The gym seemed to be an after thought. Additional space to use the free weights would be appreciated. Overall we enjoyed the cruise. Maybe next time we’ll try a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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