Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this ship because of the itinerary and to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We boarded around noon and embarkation was smooth and quick. We had an interior cabin which was comfortable with ample storage for our clothes and personal ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the itinerary and to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We boarded around noon and embarkation was smooth and quick. We had an interior cabin which was comfortable with ample storage for our clothes and personal items. The bathroom was stocked with a liquid soap on the shower wall and 2 small bars of soap. Dining: We had My Time Dining, food was mediocre at best, menu rarely changed, Breakfast in the dining room was terrible and choices were limited, the windjammer offered the normal breakfast items on the buffet, on the last day everything was cold...bacon, eggs, potatoes, worst breakfast ever. Desserts were stale, boring and lacked flavor. Twice we were charged for alcohol and had to go to guest services to have it removed. I'm still at a loss as to how our account was charged since we never ordered anything but Ice tea or coffee in the dining room. No explanation was offered other than sometimes mistakes happen. The coffee station outside the Windjammer was available 24 hrs, problem was the coffee was always old and lukewarm. Cafe Latte-tudes offered Ben and Jerry's, sandwiches and desserts, left over dinner rolls were passed off as pastries by filling them with some kind of jam and covered in powdered sugar to disguise them, they were disgusting. Restaurant hours were very limited across the venue and complimentary beverages....ice tea, lemonade and flavored juices, with the exception of lukewarm coffee or tea bags were non existent and tightly locked up in the Windjammer. Entertainment: the dancers and singers need more practice, most performances were on par with a high school performing arts department at best. On board activities: 75% consisted of Spa facial rejuvenation, Art Auctions, trivia, self led card and board games, Casino Activities, recorded ball room music for your listening and dancing pleasure, shows were held in the Atrium which had limited seating and was very crowded. No comedy club or shows were offered. Only 2 movies were offered on a 12 day cruise and both were shown in the Masquerade Theater and Spanish subtitles were added in large print across the bottom of the screen making it impossible to read the English narrative at the end of the movie. Bingo was offered twice at a cost of $39 or $79 depending on the pkg . Soccer played non stop on the outdoor screen for all 12 days. and when soccer wasn't playing Army Fail videos played on a repeat loop the entire cruise. The itinerary was the only saving grace. We have no plans to ever sail on RCI again anytime soon......overpriced, boring activities, talent-less shows and mediocre food at best, no thanks! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We wanted to see Europe and experience it. We had never been there before and wanted to see it. We loved visiting Spain, France and Italy. Montenegro was really a neet place to see also. The food was really good. We didn't care for ... Read More
We wanted to see Europe and experience it. We had never been there before and wanted to see it. We loved visiting Spain, France and Italy. Montenegro was really a neet place to see also. The food was really good. We didn't care for the buffett so we ate most on ship meals in the dinning room and we really liked the food and the service. We brought two of our teenage girls on the trip and they enjoyed it too. there were a lot of really nice people on board and we enjoyed getting to know lots of them. We could not believe how fast the 12 nights went. The fist few days were very long and busy port days which was a lot of fun but wore us out a bit. There were not many sea days which was good for us. The night stay over in Venice was a real highlight for us too. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This cruise is great for travelers who want to see a lot in a short amount of time, It touches on the highlights of the Mediterranean, with the convenience of unpacking only once. We boarded the Vision of the Seas in Barcelona for this ... Read More
This cruise is great for travelers who want to see a lot in a short amount of time, It touches on the highlights of the Mediterranean, with the convenience of unpacking only once. We boarded the Vision of the Seas in Barcelona for this 12-night cruise which stopped in various ports in France, Italy and Montenegro. We had 3 sea days and single days in the ports near Monaco, Florence, Rome, Naples, Ravenna and Kotor, with 2 days in Venice. You really need to go on the shore excursions to see anything and I recommend booking them with Royal Caribbean because their providers make sure you are back in port before the ship departs. I am giving them an average rating only because some tour guides did not have very good command of the English language and some fellow travelers were complaining they did not understand what they were saying. The ship is not new but is well maintained and cleanliness is a priority, which is very important. They make everybody use hand gel before entering all dining venues and the crew is wiping down handrails constantly. Service is excellent which is a lot to say in a ship that was filled to capacity. If I had a constructive criticism for the Windjammer, it was that they wanted to take away your plates even before you were done eating! There is a "family" atmosphere aboard the ship and to me it was like coming "home" after long days sightseeing on shore. This was a great way to discover the highlights of the Mediterranean! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Loved our hotel-Arc La Rambla precruise in Barcelona. Excellent location right on Las Ramblas and very close to cruise port. This was my 20th cruise and unfortunately see negative changes on Royal Caribbean. I suppose new cruisers would be ... Read More
Loved our hotel-Arc La Rambla precruise in Barcelona. Excellent location right on Las Ramblas and very close to cruise port. This was my 20th cruise and unfortunately see negative changes on Royal Caribbean. I suppose new cruisers would be happier than us "oldtimers" since we know "how it used to be"! Royal Caribbean is "nickel and diming" every chance they get! Drinks, internet, speciality restaurants all overpriced. And in addition we were now charged for a shuttle bus into town- and a tender into Venice! Really? Many passengers were quite unhappy with the absence of lobster on formal night- never! As far as the benefits of Diamond status... slim! The Diamond Club was such a small space. We went once to the cocktail hour but left quickly since it was so crowded. Yes, drink vouchers -3 per night- were loaded on our Seapass card but try to get a bartender to wait on you when no tip is involved! There was one "Top Tier" event for the entire 12 night cruise. In the past there were three special events. Oh, and room service now has a charge of $7.95. It is truly not my style to be negative but feel Royal Caribbean is changing and not for the better. I enjoyed the cruise, fellow passengers, ports and had a wonderful time - in spite of the changes. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
With over 100 cruise nights on many different ships, this has to be the most underwhelming experience onboard that we've had. Previously we had a fairly high opinion of Royal Caribbean, now they're certainly not our first choice to sail ... Read More
With over 100 cruise nights on many different ships, this has to be the most underwhelming experience onboard that we've had. Previously we had a fairly high opinion of Royal Caribbean, now they're certainly not our first choice to sail with. Having said that, the ports of call were pretty wonderful (but why Ravenna???). The good and the bad, in no particular order: Great handling of embarkation - very efficient. Spanish translations were constant, annoying and unexpected given the very low ratio of Spanish-only speaking passengers. RCL very reluctant for some reason to give you upfront (pre-cruise) information e.g. Last minute changes due to Monaco Grand Prix - RCL in denial? everyone else knew it was on! We emailed RCL pre-cruise on the timings of the Roma Express train excursion. No satisfactory answers given, so we didn't know how much time we had in Rome itself. A last minute change to the tour in Kotor added a 45 minute visit to a leather factory - "A shopping opportunity" which none of us took up - 45 minutes that could have been better spent looking at the awesome countryside. It made us feel 'captured' and, unless you had the odd 2000 Euros lying about to spend, very much wasted time. All walking distances on RCL shore excursions on this itinerary were understated and significant. No detailed maps of destinations available from tour desk - even if you spent a fortune on their excursions - e.g. Ship's shuttle was sold as 'direct to St Mark's Square', we walked over 500m from the ship to the shuttle (then stood in a long queue), and had to walk a further 600m from the shuttle to the square. Luckily we had printed off a rough map of Venice before we left home - RCL refused to give us the local tourism office map because it 'wasn't sanctioned by RCL' and their own inferior map didn't cover where the shuttle docked and gave very limited information. In short - they take your money and you get dumped in town to make your own way without a usable map! We made our own arrangements in Salerno - far more efficient, welcoming, informative and cost friendly. We highly recommend italytoursharing.com who were amazing from start to finish. Headliner acts and production shows were above average and probably the best combination on any cruise we've been on (there were only a couple of 'duds'). CD & his team worked hard. Passengers used as 'entertainment' seems to be the trend these days and not good enough considering the daily amount passengers pay. The only place where you can buy a 'specialty' coffee was Cafe Lattitudes. However, they serve in cardboard cups with wooden stirrers and cakes come with plastic spoons - we get better quality at the local drive-through. Generally it felt like staff numbers were low, not many in evidence throughout the ship apart from the dining areas - and most of the dining staff seriously need more training. In the main dining room the waitstaff were frequently reaching across diners, interrupting conversations without apology and clearing as soon as each had finished their meal rather than waiting till everyone at the table finished (last one is picky, but basic manners in a formal setting please). Food selection was poor and usually cool to luke warm temperature. Why was an identical glass of champagne on French Riviera at an absolute waterfront restaurant so much cheaper than on board? Generally drinks were really expensive. Their hard sell just kept coming throughout the cruise. Specialty restaurants, art shows, drinks packages, internet packages - you name it. Irritating. Their first concern seems to be to get as much of your money as possible, while you're captured. Finally, on the last morning we came out of our cabin to find that all shipboard accounts were folded once and stuck on the message holders outside the cabins. No envelope, no privacy. If you're that way inclined - have a look at your neighbours account...... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this Royal Caribbean cruise because it had the itinerary we wanted, and we knew that Royal Caribbean had a great reputation. Also, there was a buy one get one passenger 1/2 price offer. We thought the breakfast, lunch and dinners ... Read More
I chose this Royal Caribbean cruise because it had the itinerary we wanted, and we knew that Royal Caribbean had a great reputation. Also, there was a buy one get one passenger 1/2 price offer. We thought the breakfast, lunch and dinners were great - and the highlight of our evening meals was, without a doubt, our waiter Anton. He was so attentive and caring, always paying attention to the smallest detail. We also likes Wenyu. (I hope I have his name correct!) We also had a wonderful meal at the Italian restaurant. The lamb chops were to die for. Lunches and breakfasts were also fabulous. Zumba/fitness classes with Taleta were awesome. If I had more days at sea I would have gone to every one. She has boundless energy and is delightful. What a breath of fresh air! The shows were also fabulous. Loved, loved, loved the Beatles, and the other shows were all great. Sometimes we were too tired to attend the adult entertainment after the show, but everything was fabulous. Also had a great manicure, and I thought the prices in the stores were great. We did take excursions that were with a different company other than the ship, and we enjoyed those more than the ones on the ship because they were smaller and more personal, and definitely cost way less for a more elegant experience - wifi van, knowledgeable travel guides, etc. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, which was perfect for us. This was our first RCL experience, so I do have some trouble knowing what was “ship” and what was “corporate”. The ship is smallish, but we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, which was perfect for us. This was our first RCL experience, so I do have some trouble knowing what was “ship” and what was “corporate”. The ship is smallish, but we prefer smaller ships. There were limited bars/lounges, and we think there should have been one or two additional options, although I don’t know where they could shoehorn them in. Speciality dining seemed quite limited, although it was not an issue for anyone we talked with. When cruising, are fans of eating our meals in the main dining room. On this ship, the main dining experience was typical and the food, with a few exceptions, was nothing memorable. The buffet has set hours, which was a confusing surprise. We are used to 24 hour buffets, with at least a fruit/salad bar and old pizza slices (or such) available at all times. The buffet was closed most times we’d stop by for a snack or off-hour meal. The physical ship seemed a little dated and a little worn, but very clean and well maintained. The crew was excellent, and seemed to genuinely love their work environment. Overall, I would not hesitate to sail on this ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Great itinerary. Shows were great. Crew staff was excellent Best cruise we have ever taken Would highly recommend this cruise. Cruise ship was just the right size. Not too large or too small Especially liked the cruise ... Read More
Great itinerary. Shows were great. Crew staff was excellent Best cruise we have ever taken Would highly recommend this cruise. Cruise ship was just the right size. Not too large or too small Especially liked the cruise ship entertainment staff They put on fantastic shows and also excellent late night after show parties Will definitely book this cruise again People we met all said the same thing. Best cruise they have ever taken We took the Mediterranean cruise visiting Italy ports. The tours to Venice Florence and Amalfi were great. The way the crew handled the large number of people going to these ports was very good They efficiently got several thousand people on and off the ship very quickly They were also very concerned about the safety of their passengers and made sure they got on and off the tenders safely Once again I would highly recommend this cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Itinerary was good, food was terrible, crew was very good, ship was average. Royal Caribbean seems to be nickeling and diming you for everything these days...$3 for the bingo pen! Extra $300 to get from ship to Venice with no walk off ... Read More
Itinerary was good, food was terrible, crew was very good, ship was average. Royal Caribbean seems to be nickeling and diming you for everything these days...$3 for the bingo pen! Extra $300 to get from ship to Venice with no walk off options, $7.95 to have breakfast delivered, most wines did not qualify (they were over $12) for the "Deluxe Drink Package" that we bought for $3k for the cruise. Food in the windjammer was almost not eatable, main dining room was ok but was more like cafeteria food, the specialty dining was good (not great), but expensive considering all we had paid for already. We are Diamond members that are now exploring other cruise lines for our next trip. We paid way too much money for an "average" experience. I do not recommend the Vision of the Seas. the only bright point was that the crew was awesome and saved the trip! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
My husband and I chose this trip because of the itinerary. We spent four days in Barcelona prior to the cruise (Hotel Mur Muri). This time was very helpful, as we were able to adjust to the time difference and see most of the sites in ... Read More
My husband and I chose this trip because of the itinerary. We spent four days in Barcelona prior to the cruise (Hotel Mur Muri). This time was very helpful, as we were able to adjust to the time difference and see most of the sites in Barcelona before the cruise began. The highlights of this cruise were the food, the dining service and the excursions. Our itinerary included the following excursions and tour companies: Barcelona and Montserrat Tour- Barcelona Day Tours Nice, Eze and St. Paul de Vence- Italy Tours.eu Pisa and Florence- Italy Tours.eu Rome in a Day- Italy Tours.eu Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano (small group)- Royal Caribbean Venice Gondola Ride- Royal Caribbean Doge's Palace, St.Mark's Cathedral and the Glass Factory- Royal Caribbean Bologna in Depth- Royal Caribbean Grand Tour of Montenegro- Royal Caribbean We had excellent tour guides. The small groups allowed for flexibility with the itinerary. No regrets with the choices. The negatives of the cruise were few, very much outweighed by the positives. The cabins (including balconies) certainly reflected the age of the ship, the beds were not as comfortable as previous cruise experiences, and most of the entertainment was not good on this ship. There was a very nice atmosphere on the ship...guests and staff became very close over the course of this 12 day cruise. The weather was warm throughout the cruise. Overall, it was a fantastic cruise experience. Read Less
Vision of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 3.5 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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