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13 Night Transatlantic Cruise from San Juan

13 Night Transatlantic Cruise from San Juan

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Juan
  • Day 2
    St. Maarten
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Tenerife
  • Day 10
    La Palma
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 14
    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: May 2019
We truly enjoyed our time on the Vision of the Seas for our 12 day Mediterranean sailing. This was our 4th cruise, and first Mediterranean sailing, but definitely something we are considering doing again in the future. Above all else ... Read More
We truly enjoyed our time on the Vision of the Seas for our 12 day Mediterranean sailing. This was our 4th cruise, and first Mediterranean sailing, but definitely something we are considering doing again in the future. Above all else we were most impressed with the staff on this ship. I could sense the comradory between all of them. In the dining areas in particular I loved seeing how the upper level staff quickly, and happily, stepped in to clear tables, refill drinks, and dispense hand sanitizer; it says a lot about the level of team work within the crew. Room: This was our first trip with a non balcony room. We had a picture window, and the room was quite a bit smaller than we are used to. There is a good amount of storage, and many hangers, so all of our clothing fit well. There are not self service laundry service onboard the ship, however they offered wash and dry service for $25 many times throughout the trip which many took advantage of. The ship also could stand to be updated throughout, but overall serves its purpose. Itinerary: We chose this sailing for the ports of call. We sailed from Barcelona, then went to Cannes, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Valletta. We booked all of our excursions independently of the ship, except for Cannes, which we were not impressed with. Our biggest complaint was the length of time in port in Santorini and Valletta. I know this is because of time restrictions, but as was mentioned by the staff, Santorini was truly the crown jewel of itinerary this for many, and the day in port was less than 8 hours, which made it very difficult, especially with tenders and the long que (over an hour) to get down the lifts to the tenders at the end of the day. It simply didn’t leave enough time to truly take in Oia and Fira. Other than two days we did feel the ports of call were perfect in length and location. Food: I’ll preface this by saying we aren’t particularly picky eaters. We enjoyed all of our meals in the dining room, though some were more our style than others. Even with a dairy free eater and vegetarian in our party we were all able to find something off the menu each night, and it was different each evening as well. The dessert menu is my only complaint, and mainly because of the dairy free restriction, there just weren’t many options, but it’s also something we’ve come to expect in this area. Lunch we highly recommend the dining room. Their lunch menu is arguably better than the dinner menu and the salad and pasta bar are incredible. There is also sit down breakfast, or a breakfast buffet in the dining room, though we ended up in the windjammer most mornings for more options. The breakfast hours were quite limited, and there was no sea Day brunch as we have come to expect from Caribbean cruises. Entertainment: This was our biggest disappointment this trip BUT much of this comes from the fact that we are not the “typical” demographic for this sailing. As 25 year olds we did not have much interest in many of the music shows put on, though we did enjoy a few of the headliner shows. We also did not feel there was much entertainment on sea days- we’ve come to enjoy the group games and activities, and beyond trivia, music, bingo, and some art activities, there weren’t many of these. With such a port intensive- and intense ports (think walking 8 miles a day)- the 10:30pm game shows would be much better served earlier in the evening when more could enjoy them. We did stay up for a few and were unsurprised by the low turnout due to the time and days in port. There was always something going on in the centrum in the evenings and this did a great job of bringing people together and was a truly enjoyable time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was the second part of TA crossing on Celebrity Infinity and changing ships and visiting Mediterranean ports to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary--a year early! 1 Stop in France; 4 stops in Italy; 1 in Croatia; 1 in ... Read More
This was the second part of TA crossing on Celebrity Infinity and changing ships and visiting Mediterranean ports to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary--a year early! 1 Stop in France; 4 stops in Italy; 1 in Croatia; 1 in Montenegro. Although it was a port heavy cruise with lots of walking, the ship still provided plenty to do with entertainment and special events, including a crew Talent show(very talented), Guest cruisers Talent show (in which my wife and I both performed), 30 cruisers persenting Michael Jackson's Thriller dance led my cruise director Steve Davis (6 hours of rehearsal) and the International Parade of Nations showing the countries represented by the crew with fun"acts" by certain nations. The beautiful Centrum was the central place for games and events...great for some, but creating a sound decibel for the live bands at a level I felt uncomfortable. Bring ear plugs! However the sound engineer in the theater did a great job of mixing music and vocals. Speaking of the theater, although many nights because of the itineray we had later back on ship times, we were still entertained by 9 varied acts including the unusal attraction of three tenors singing opera and the amazing Emperors of Soul recreating to a T the sound, vocal harmonies, movement and soul the 1960's Motown/Memphis sound. Magic, ventriloqist, amazing aerial duo and 2 productions shows . Plus if you are on a ship were Alexandria of the Production staff does her Judy Garland tribute, go see it. She has talent and it is wonderful to hear old classic songs. The activity team of Talita, Diego, Jacob, AJ and Meagan provided us with with plenty of trivia, games and contests. Talita especially went out of her way to collect song tracks for the songs in the talent show. Felt very sorry for Bill Baily the "piano bar" entertainer-they use the Schooner Bar, do not have a dedicated "piano bar", thus the emphasis is on BAR with lots of loud conversations. How he could concentrate was beyond me. We had numerous tenders and you went and got boat numbers and simply continued doing what you were doing and waited to be called...nice and easy. Also an almost 360 promenade deck made for easy stolls without too much wind. Because we were so busy and want to do EVERTHING we never ate in the main dining room, but only at the buffet and couldn't have been happier. Food quality was tasty and every night had diffenert specialties. There were two Dress up nights, but alas no lobster. Even with al those port days and time spent ashore, we still met so many fun people playing the trivias and contests, whom, although we will never cross paths again, this moment of brief intersection will always be remembered. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
If you need to be entertained 24/7 skip this boat. It has the basics which for me was fine. We had a busy itinerary and were only on the boat during sea days. Loved: staff, itinerary, food, specialty restaurants and chefs table, ... Read More
If you need to be entertained 24/7 skip this boat. It has the basics which for me was fine. We had a busy itinerary and were only on the boat during sea days. Loved: staff, itinerary, food, specialty restaurants and chefs table, entertainment, clean Didn’t Love: bed was terrible and I did not sleep well, crappy internet that was expensive, drink package overpriced, smoking almost everywhere on the ship which made it unpleasant to be outside by the pool or by the casino. The tender process into ports of call took too long. The ship is old with old decor but it’s very clean and the staff were the best. Checking in on day one was super easy and we received our luggage quickly. Checking out on last day also went smoothly. I would not cruise on this ship again due to the beds. I need to be able to sleep and I did not get any decent sleep on this cruise. Read Less
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