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12 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

12 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Barcelona
  • Day 2
    Villefranche
  • Day 3
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 4
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 5
    Naples
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Venice
  • Day 8
    Venice
  • Day 9
    Split
  • Day 10
    Kotor
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Barcelona

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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. My husband had never been to the Mediterranean and I thought a cruise would be a great introduction. We stayed in Barcelona for 4 days prior to the cruise to acclimatize. Beautiful city. ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. My husband had never been to the Mediterranean and I thought a cruise would be a great introduction. We stayed in Barcelona for 4 days prior to the cruise to acclimatize. Beautiful city. We were not disappointed. Embarkation was too easy. We used the app and were prioritized. Took one minute to get through to the duty free. Our bags were placed on the scanner, and since we only took hand luggage for a 12 day cruise (still overpacked), we were on our way. Grabbed two bottles of wine at Duty Free and were in the Solarium 5 minutes later bypassing all photo ops. Once we ensconced ourselves on chairs, we realized that no one checked our bags on board. No one asked about wine or anything. I took this as an opportunity and returned to the Duty Free no questions asked to purchase more wine. This was at noon. No one checked for wine/ booze until we saw tables being set up after we got to our cabin. Not sure how many times people could have returned to the Duty Free before having wine confiscated! Our cabin was the smallest cabin available on deck 4. Perfect for us, only there to sleep and shower, and literally steps from the Centrum for live entertainment daily. Did get tired of the salsa/ Latin music by about the third day, but everything else was great. Had my time dining. Used the app and booked 8:00 seating on the first day and then booked every night for the same time. Had the same server and window table for 2 nightly. Each meal was excellent as was the service. Entertainment was a little weak on the cruise for our tastes, but we volunteer at our local theatre and are spoiled by concerts and dancers there. Played trivia daily. Won several times! New for us was the option of entering our name into a raffle for a prize at the end of the cruise instead of little prizes. It worked!!! WE ACTUALLY WON THE RAFFLE! We were shocked when a basket of RCCL goodies were delivered to our cabin. Shared the wealth with our trivia teammates who were equally thrilled. Would we do it again, YES! Perhaps we would research a little more about the ship as there were times we just read on deck instead of participating. We are used to larger ships, but VISION is still high quality for the price. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
First, let me preface this by saying we enjoyed the cruise amid the hiccups. The ports on this cruise were awesome. I always select a room with another room above and below. And I did that when I booked this cruise on another RCI ... Read More
First, let me preface this by saying we enjoyed the cruise amid the hiccups. The ports on this cruise were awesome. I always select a room with another room above and below. And I did that when I booked this cruise on another RCI cruise through Future Cruises. The RCI team member assured me that this was the case for room 3577. However the deck chart is incorrect for this ship and above our room is a bar on the fourth floor and not another room as the chart shows. When anybody moves getting on and off of a chair around the bar we hear the chair scoot across the tile floor and people walking basically from noon until 0100 or 0200 in the morning. I complained at customer service and was told they had no available rooms. So I complained to the Concierge who took copious notes and seamed concern. After finally finding the Loyalty Ambassador at her desk she coordinated with Customer Service and gave us another room (3449). But when I went to get the key I was told that they had already given it to someone else due to bedbugs in their previous room. So because the ship is full I had to wait another day until a couple left due to an emergency and then we were given that room (4549). However when I went to look at the room it was below the casino. We dealt with a Customer Service Supervisor, who was extremely rude. She had an attitude of she really did not care. During my contact with her she stated that she couldn’t give me an upgrade as though that is what she indicated I wanted. I didn’t ask for an upgrade and wanted nothing less than the same category room without the noise! However after finally talking to the Loyalty Ambassador again we were given the key to that room (4549) after her insistence and was allowed to sleep in it that night. However, we could hear the slot machines and people walking and after a couple hours we went back to 3577. Notwithstanding, that besides the noise the room was dirty and there were blood stains on the cabinet in the bathroom. Subsequently, that room was not acceptable. I tried to tell Samantha the night before about the possible noise being under the casino and her attitude was “take it or leave it”. So I talked to the Loyalty Ambassador the next day and we were given another room (3034) to look at and when I looked at it on the chart it was next to a room that was determined to have five people including small children. So that room was not accepted due to possible noise. Finally we decided to just bear with the noise that we are dealing with from the bar and stay in room 3577. It has been a real challenge to get a good nights rest. During the day you cannot stay in the room and read or nap as people are still utilizing the bar and setting in the chairs and moving them. We wore ear plugs and took a sleeping pill which were a little help. I recommended that maintenance put felt pads on the bottoms of the chair legs to mitigate the noise. However that was never done. So unfortunately no good nightrest. During our episode with the noise above our room we felt the only person that really cared about our situation was the Concierge. The Concierge and his staff did an excellent job each night. Just a note that it took two days to finally find the Loyalty Ambassador at her desk during her published hours. We followed some people at her desk one night that were complaining to the Loyalty Ambassador about her not being at her desk during published hours. She had all kinds of excuses instead of understanding the wait for her. Although the Loyalty Ambassador has been nice it appears that she is a novice in her job. For example, as a Diamond Plus we get certain amenities and she did not realize that both my wife and I both get the amenities as Diamond Plus. I had to remind her several times as she kept forgetting. Also, we were given notice for our luncheon with an officer and on the luncheon announcement she gave us and the other party it had the wrong location. We had to determine on our own the correct location. We feel this was the worst Customer Service on any Royal Caribbean cruise we have ever been on. Their attitude and misinformation, not abiding by normal protocol for seeing customers and the Supervisors attitude was uncalled for. On one occasion I was first in line and had to wait more than 10 minutes while they dealt with other customers. That is okay. However, when it was my turn the Spanish-speaking employee allowed a Spanish-speaking person to walk up while I’m standing in front of her and she dealt with that person before she dealt with me. All because he did not speak English. There was no reason that he could not wait in line like the rest of us. However, on other occasions she was always positive and corrected other employees who gave us incorrect transportation information at one port. A major issue is WiFi. The WiFi is extremely slow and keeps dropping you off the net. The IT made some switch adjustments on our devices but it did not help. I purchased WiFi for two devices prior to boarding. Because I purchased WiFi for two devices and I logged in once I came on board I no longer have the ability to utilize the two free days that are allotted to me as a Diamond Plus member. My wife has and can use the two free days that she has as a Diamond Plus member. However, it is not right that because I purchased a WiFi package I no longer have the ability to utilize something that is part of my Diamond Plus package that I earned. RCI is negligent in taking a service that rightfully belongs to me. However, towards the end of the cruise the IT made a plan that allowed me to use one of my allotted days, notwithstanding that I wanted it earlier in the cruise. But I do appreciate them going the extra mile to give us a work around resolution for ONE day, but I still got cheated out of one day. RCI needs to fix the software. A Diamond Plus member gets upgraded bathroom amenities for members with 340 or more cruise points. We have well over 340 points and not once during this cruise did we get this benefit. RCI members that went the extra mile to make our cruise enjoyable were our servers, a Chef who passed on some wonderful tips to my wife, and Manager Guest Services and Manager House Keeping for their concern after them asking about our room situation during our lunch with an Officer. The food was excellent in the MDR. As always we enjoyed the entertainment. We were amazed that we were considered the Top Cruisers on this ship and recognized by the Captain. It was an honor as a Diamond Plus! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
Always having done beach 5/6 star holidays, my wife and decided on doing something different this, so we chose a cruise. Never done one before, didn’t know what to expect. Royal Caribbean - Vision of the Seas - 12 night cruise of the ... Read More
Always having done beach 5/6 star holidays, my wife and decided on doing something different this, so we chose a cruise. Never done one before, didn’t know what to expect. Royal Caribbean - Vision of the Seas - 12 night cruise of the Mediterranean. Full Board, which we found out is not the same as All Inclusive. We opted for all found, I.e include flights and another stay over in Barcelona at the end of the cruise. Day 1 and we had to get to Barcelona from Scotland, however the flights were via Amsterdam. We Hat should have been a quick 3 hour journey turned into 8 hours. Didn’t matter we were in Barcelona and waited for the coach to take us to the port, and waited, and waited. Eventually they were ready to take us to the ship, at the port passing through different security procedures and oops, no wi fi so everything ground to a halt and not even a glass of water offered. Didn’t matter we could see the ship and it was all exciting and we were eventually taken onboard, where straight away the hard sell started - “take a photograph” “buy an alcoholic drinks package” “buying a dining package” - we just wanted to get to our cabin and after check in we could do so. Please se our review below of the disappointing cabin. The cruise itself was without any issues and enjoyable with the stop off and excursions as expected. The service onboard was very good - especially the room attendant Sarah. After a day or so there was a promotion on the drinks packages and we thought great, we would do that so we went to the promo desk to find out that it was applicable to the alcohol package only. As neither of us drink alcohol it was not applicable, never mind we would take the soft drinks package but low and behold this was not on promo and still $30 a day per person. We didn’t take it. Instead we paid for soft drinks and coffee as we took them on the sea pass. Point to note, the prices displayed are not the prices paid when ‘in port’ as tax is applicable, but this is not explained. The only other down side was the customer service desk, insufficient staff on this desk meant that there was always a queue of at least ten people sorting out their issues. Food - couldn’t fault and a huge variety to suit all taste. There was a buffet style service and a waiter service available. Entertainment - better than hotel staff doing it as these were professional still just average. So all in all would we do it again? Some of the daytime entertainment was a bit tacky - best belly flop? Sexiest man? Please! Probably not - but it did give us a taste of places we would like to visit for a longer period. Read Less
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