1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Looking for a cruise from Galveston with our adult children. Chose Feb.9-14 Vision of the Seas to Costa Maya and Cozumel. Vision is an older small ship, but what the ship might lack compared to larger ships, the staff made up for. All ... Read More
Looking for a cruise from Galveston with our adult children. Chose Feb.9-14 Vision of the Seas to Costa Maya and Cozumel. Vision is an older small ship, but what the ship might lack compared to larger ships, the staff made up for. All staff worked to make sure you were enjoying your vacation. The wait staff in the dining room was amazing! If you get a chance choose Remy he is such a great Waiter and so knowledgable! Our room steward went above and beyond. The entertainment around the ship was fun. The only negative would be the production shows in the theatre, the singers were just not the quality as we have seen on other ships, cruise lines. The comedians were very good! The embarkment process was very easy and even with fog coming home, getting off the ship was very orderly. Cozumel is always fun, Costa Maya was better than Progreso, shopping was hit and miss there. Swam with the dolphins in Cozumel, dophinaris was great! I booked on line direct and purchased the family picture package through the website great deal compared to the price charged on site. I booked the wifi before the cruise with great discount, wifi worked great everywhere on the ship! Purchased the photo package before hand got some great pictures of our family! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
My husband and I had never been on a cruise, so we opted for a short one to see how we liked it. My husband did a lot of research, and we have many friends who gave us plenty of advice. We live in the Houston area, so the drive to ... Read More
My husband and I had never been on a cruise, so we opted for a short one to see how we liked it. My husband did a lot of research, and we have many friends who gave us plenty of advice. We live in the Houston area, so the drive to Galveston was not a problem. We boarded probably around 11am. Getting on board was so easy. Maybe it was because we went so early, but we never got stuck in any long lines. We seemed to get through the check in process pretty quickly and easily. I was honestly mostly worried about getting seasick. I had some patches on hand, but didn't want to use them unless I actually got sick. I was pleasantly surprised when I didn't get sick at all! But enough about me. The cruise was more than I expected. I LOVED having so many choices in things to do each day. The itinerary we received for each day of the cruise was awesome. So many games, shows, demonstrations....it was great for people like us who like to do different things, but can never quite decide. We saw a comedy show, game shows, played trivia in one of the bars, went to art auctions, went to karaoke night, played BINGO...etc. I even participated in the Thriller dance the cruise director was teaching. SO FUN! The food was excellent in the Windjammer. I loved all of the choices. And dinner in the Aquarius was always delicious. The servers were top notch! They would move heaven and earth to get us whatever we wanted..if we were difficult like that...but we're not. :-) Our room was fantastic! We did book a junior suite since it was a great deal and it was just the 2 of us, but I loved it. Our attendant was awesome . He kept our room in order and was always there if we had any questions. The towel animals were super cute! The only areas I wasn't as impressed with were the bars. It just seemed like it always took longer than necessary to get drinks at the bar. And if we were sitting at a table, there never seemed to be enough waiters/waitresses, so we had to wait unusually long periods of time to receive our drink orders. One waitress explained to us that the gratuity included in the bar tab would be distributed partiallly to the staff and the rest to Royal Caribbean. So it sounded like she was insinuating that we should tip her directly. I was uncomfortable with her telling us that. It only happened once, and I had a drink package anyway, so, regardless, we weren't tipping as we went. I just found it odd that she would actually tell us that. Other than that, everything else was fabulous on the ship itself. It was a one stop cruise. We did do an excursion to one of the ruins. We would have liked more time at the ruins since our tour guide talked a bit too much. The bus seats on the bus we were on could use some maintenance since several of the aisle seats were so loose, you couldn't sit comfortably. Just a little bit of weight on the back of the chair and it would recline into the person's seat behind you! It was not the most comfortable ride for my husband as a result. But it was air conditioned at least. We didn't know what to expect, but we know it could have been so much worse. The good outweighed the annoying on the excursion, so it was still enjoyable. So our first cruise was a success! We are hoping to do another one in the future with our children. We know we will need to look at larger ships that have more things for the kids to do though. But we were very happy with Royal Caribbean and will definitely recommend it to others. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
My wife and I saw the cheap rate RC offered and thought: "what do we have to lose, let's do it." Big mistake! We've been on 8 crises before, including RC. The food on this cruise was the worst, by far. We were nickled and dimmed ... Read More
My wife and I saw the cheap rate RC offered and thought: "what do we have to lose, let's do it." Big mistake! We've been on 8 crises before, including RC. The food on this cruise was the worst, by far. We were nickled and dimmed to death, including $30 per day for internet, which included streaming (I had to have it because of work.) Entertainment was OK by the pro singers in the show would have been better off lip singing. The staff was nice as well as the shore excretion. The Gym is nice but was very crowded in the morning. If you are going cruising do it right, spend a little extra and you probably will get a lot in return. If money is an issue then spend your vacation else where, at least you will have some control over the food you eat. (FYI: desserts were pathetic!) Cheap for a reason! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Pre-cruise Wanted to visit Houston and Galveston. The timing worked out for our February trip. Wanted to try a smaller ship. Been on Disney, RCCL, Princess, and Carnival since 1991. about 15 in all. Stayed at the Holiday on the ... Read More
Pre-cruise Wanted to visit Houston and Galveston. The timing worked out for our February trip. Wanted to try a smaller ship. Been on Disney, RCCL, Princess, and Carnival since 1991. about 15 in all. Stayed at the Holiday on the seawall and got free parking while on the cruise and free transportation to the port. Tip-take a taxi back to the hotel, about $25 with tip. its quicker. good fried shrimp at the hotel too. Embarkation was a breeze. about 20 -30 minutes from drop off till on the ship. there were representatives directing things and i really appreciated that. if you look lost, someone pointed you in the right direction. Food Apparently chops was open the first day for lunch at a reduced rate and we didnt know it. they didnt mention it but it was in the cruise compass. we never made it to chops(have in the past and it was great-get the lobster there for the extra price) but did try giovani for lunch at a reduced rate. there were two lunch days where chops was open and one lunch day where giovanis was open. both lunch's saves about $10 a person. Giovani's was disappointing. took an hour for the main course. the appetizer was cold. medium steak order was well done. desert was good. staff seemed to be doing all the work, maybe cooking too? they were overwhelmed. tried their best. but the overall giovani experience was like a 2.0. just stick with the main free dining. Buffet was always good and service was always friendly and welcoming. Cafelatitudes food and desert is complimentary. get some of the good stuff there for free, the coffee and ice cream there are extra.. Dining room food is about what we pay for it. very good service, about a 5.0, and about a 3.5 star rating for the food. not like it was in the old days but with the old day pricing and inflation we'd have to pay $5000 for this $800ish cruise. Entertainment and activities. Entertainment and cruise director were satisfactory. we really didn't do the events to accurately give a good report. Solarium and hang out places were comfortable and you could find quiet spots here and there. irritating being around drunks at the bars. The casino wasnt something we participated in either. it was extremely smokey and rank. we would bypass either under or above to navigate to the theater. Port Progresso was pretty dumpy. just wanted to go to the beach for free. getting dropped off in the middle of progresso and having to navigate on foot to the beach was kinda lame. tip. find a street map before you go so you can feel more comfortable because we were kinda lost, but did end up finding the beach and our way back. got a massage on the beach. tip-find a quieter place a little further down. some loud locals made it a little unrelaxing. progresso was like pre 1990 cozumel which i kinda liked. It was very third wold. i like seeing other places as they are, not as we change them. i did feel safe there however. not like Jamaica. i feel cozumel has turned into america as it's so built up now from what it was. Overall I preferred this ship and the enchantment over the Oasis. The ride was smooth. our cabin was in the middle and could have been the reason for that. Probably the fastest ride i've ever been on. they were booking it. only really felt the ship on the last day/night. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
For years I've told people Royal Caribbean is my favorite cruise line, based on a trip we took many years ago on Majesty of the Seas. Sadly, that is no longer true. Logistically, things went well for this cruise. They knew how to get us ... Read More
For years I've told people Royal Caribbean is my favorite cruise line, based on a trip we took many years ago on Majesty of the Seas. Sadly, that is no longer true. Logistically, things went well for this cruise. They knew how to get us on and off the boat. Our cabin was fine and the boat is quite attractive with a wide variety of activities and entertainments. Every crew member we encountered was helpful, polite and eager to serve. We loved the people at the dining table we were assigned to. We won a raffle at the Art Auction. We won the Love & Marriage Game Show. Based on these criteria we should have left the boat happy people, but we weren't. The food and entertainment were sub-par. These are supposed to be the highlights of the cruise, but instead they drug down the whole experience - beginning with the embarkation buffet. The buffet tables were a mess and the food was awful. It looked as if a hurricane had been through the Windjammer. The food tasted as if we were being served leftovers from the previous cruise. What's more, they began clearing the buffet tables 15 minutes early. Stay away from the Chocolate Sensation! I'm not sure what it is except awful. The most significant thing we remember about the Sail Away is that it was loud. In fact, the overpowering volume was part of every entertainment venue. While most of the musicians were pretty good, the singers were almost without exception weak. Someone should tell whoever is in charge that you can't make up for poor singing with volume. Dinner was better than the embarkation buffet, but that's not saying much. That first meal was probably the best they served on the cruise, but first night out is supposed to be lobster night, right? Well, forget that unless you want to pay a premium. And dessert? It was called something like Pear Chocolate Crisp, but it was some sort of weird creamy stuff. The food was just awful. Basic things like Carrot Cake were inedible. Lobster Bisque was like Campbell's cream of tomato soup with one too many cans of water. The New York Cheesecake tasted like one of those no-bake mixes from the grocery store. Most of the bread was too hard, tough and chewy. The Creme Brulee was runny. Night after night we'd joke our way through the meal. Two people at the table would order their steaks exactly the same way, but one would have grill marks and the other one wouldn't. How does that happen? The Escargot was great, but woman does not live by escargot alone. Enough grousing about the food. On to the entertainment. The Headliner shows were fine - a comedian, who thankfully was able to be funny with out depending on rudeness, profanity or sexual innuendo and an Elton John impersonator who was quite entertaining. The Production Shows? Barely worth going to the theater for. Some of the music in the 70's show wasn't even from the seventies. The singers were awful. The costumes were attractive, but many had no relation to anything I knew in the 70's. If you're going to sing songs that everyone knows, you need to be able to sing them. On another night there was a Broadway revue and it was even worse than the Boogie Woogie Wonderland. The dancers were dropping their props, their lines were uneven and you guessed it, the signing was awful. What really got me was during the part focusing on the classics of Broadway, someone had decided to write new music to go with the familiar lyrics - very bad! Believe me Rogers, Hammerstein and the Gershwin's got it right and don't need to be improved. There were things we enjoyed. For instance, our shore excursion was great. We met some wonderful people. Then we'd go to the Centrum for some music or have a meal and we were once again fighting our disappointment. The wi-fi was really a problem for us. My husband needed it for business purposes and spend more time trying to get it to work than he did checking on the market! If you are going to charge for internet service, then at least it should be good internet service that is easy to log onto and fast. I'll never be able to get my husband back on a Royal Caribbean cruise. In fact, we may never get on the ocean again. I'm willing to put up with almost anything to get to travel, but they made my husband so miserable that he's just done with big ships. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive long weekend. The ship was clean, well maintained. The staff seemed to enjoy working and having fun together. The Cruise director had a lot of energy and was always upbeat. There ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive long weekend. The ship was clean, well maintained. The staff seemed to enjoy working and having fun together. The Cruise director had a lot of energy and was always upbeat. There were more daytime activity options than I've seen before including foreign language beginner classes. There were some glitches: Sea pass card wouldn't open room, Sea Pass card had incorrect loyalty category. We didn't go on any shore excursions but we did enjoy Sr. Frog's margaritas in Cozumel. We sat at the same dining table each night. Our wait staff remembered our preferences and were very attentive. There was a nice variety of food and it was good. Loved the Park Cafe. We were glad to see employees wiping down stairway handrails with disinfectant. The Schooner bar piano player didn't have much personality but was musically talented. In the theater, the singers and dancers were good but I didn't like the arrangements they used for some of the songs. One song was almost unrecognizable. Loved the many trivia games. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We had booked this cruise quite awhile ago - essentially because we wanted a short cruise from a close by port to build up our loyalty points! But we wound up on the same ship and itinerary when we wanted to take our daughter, son-in-law, ... Read More
We had booked this cruise quite awhile ago - essentially because we wanted a short cruise from a close by port to build up our loyalty points! But we wound up on the same ship and itinerary when we wanted to take our daughter, son-in-law, & grandsons at the beginning of the year. We had an awesome time with them and were looking forward to being on the ship again. Change in captain was a little disappointing as we loved the previous captain. But it was still good. Many crew members also changed from the first cruise to the second. We really liked the intimate atmosphere of this smaller ship. The cruise director is awesome! He works his tail off to make sure passengers are entertained and happy, as does the rest of his staff. Things we weren't as impressed about: 1) Tiny little casino was always smoke smelly - the divide from smoking to non smoking was infinitesimal. 2) The entertainment in the main theater wasn't as great as some of the larger ships. 3) The ship is definitely showing its age. Even the engines tended to sound a bit rough. Paint flaking on the balconies, air conditioning sometimes cranky and loud, general wear and tear. Our shower head kind of dribbled. All in all, though, we had a good time! The crew is uniformly friendly and obviously takes the jobs seriously, but still has time for fun with passengers and one another. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We have been on Carnival and NCL and wanted to try Royal Caribbean. I liked the smaller ship, it was easy to navigate. My husband uses a scooter to get around so that's an important factor. I liked that they has tables in the ... Read More
We have been on Carnival and NCL and wanted to try Royal Caribbean. I liked the smaller ship, it was easy to navigate. My husband uses a scooter to get around so that's an important factor. I liked that they has tables in the Windjammer for the disabled that are close to the buffet. The weather was a bit chilly and windy so a lot of the activities were inside in the Centrum which was nice because I could see what was going on from our 7th floor. We ate at the MDR early seating for dinners and the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. It was nice sitting in a big tables and getting to know other cruisers. All of the food was delicious. The service was great. The entertainment and the comedians were great. We didn't get off the ship for any excursions as we had been to both places before. The ship didn't feel crowded, we didn't have to wait in line very long to get drinks or in the buffet lines. We got the unlimited soda package and it was nice that we could get our pops in the Windjammer and didn't have to go to the bar. I also liked that we were given an isolated glass for our pops so we only had to hand those to the bartender and they didn't have to ring it up which I think saved time. I liked the public bathrooms because they were a good size compared to the other ships we had been on. The adult only solarium was nice because it was inside. We got on and off the ship pretty quick compared to other ships we have been on. The lines went quickly. We both really enjoyed the cruise and will be sailing with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We needed 8 points to take us to Diamond Plus status in Crown and Anchor, so we booked our first suite, a Grand, with double points and a quick getaway. We ended up cruising with our cruise buds and two family members (their first ... Read More
We needed 8 points to take us to Diamond Plus status in Crown and Anchor, so we booked our first suite, a Grand, with double points and a quick getaway. We ended up cruising with our cruise buds and two family members (their first cruise) Since RCCL built its new terminal embarkations have been short and sweet...we were checked in by 11:00 and on board with in 15 minutes. Time for a drink at the pool bar and quick lunch and room was ready at 1:00 as usual, cases delivered by 2:00. We had cruised this class ship three times and we already liked the small ship feel of Vision. But as the cruise progressed it became evident that the ambiance of this little gal was special. What made the trip so excellent was the staff and crew. They were incredible from the dining partners John/Olga to the Master, Cpt. Lindberg, all were engaging and accommodating. This ship packs quite a punch when it comes to activities, we participated more this cruise than probably all of our previous cruises. The Egg Drop contest was fun and the Thriller performance was a hit. We never stopped from sun up till sun down. Shows were just par with the Beatle Maniacs and the ships production, but there was never a minutes rest anyway. Food in Wind Jammer was pretty good...but food in Dining Room has taken yet another dive in our opinion. I was so disappointed by my favorite Garlic Soup. The recipe has changed and it is dismal. Along with so many other cuts in quality, it has really down graded the quality of the food. Chops was good with tender fillets as usual. But this is a problem with Corporate and their policies and I don't blame it on the ship. Wake UP RCCL. The Concierge MJ was absolutely outstanding and Sil the bartender in RBar led 2 wonderfully entertaining mixology classes, not to be missed! The ship is long in the tooth but impeccably maintained. Aside from the slow elevators, there was nothing that was not in working order. We had one hiccup with the hot water and it was fixed within 10 minutes. The suite life is addictive, never seen so much storage space in a ship's cabin before. The bedding was so comfortable we slept through 15 ft seas and several storms like babies. Would book this ship in a blink and are already looking at another Grand Suite on her for spring 2019. Read Less
Vision of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.2

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