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Vision of the Seas Review

3.5 / 5.0
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1168 reviews
2 Awards

Great Ports and good experience with the Latin American

Review for Vision of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2014
Traveled with children

We had a very nice cruise which was both exciting seeing all the new ports and experiencing the Latin American culture and also relaxing as for us there wasn't a lot to do on the ship so there was no guilt in going to bed early!

We stayed the night before the cruise in the Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal and then hired Rudy's Private tours to show us the sites of Panama (both pre and post cruise). We toured Panama City, Fort of Portobello, Gatun Locks, an Embera Indian Village, and Gatun Lake. Stayed the night before departure (Tocumen Airport) at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Both hotels were very good and the views from our balconies of first the Panama Canal and then the rainforest/Lake were spectacular.

This was our first RCL cruise and we knew it was going to be Spanish first/English second but our high school daughter is learning Spanish and wanted the cultural immersion and we love experiencing new things. There was no problem with ship communication and the staff all spoke English. The only time I felt "left out" was during the entertainment and playing Bingo. We went to see the Argentinian Gaucho (cowboy) and he was great except most of his stories were in Spanish and the crowd including my daughter were laughing there heads off but sadly no translation but my daughter said he was very funny. Obviously! There wasn't a lot to do at night compared to other cruises I have been on but we decided that that wasn't a bad thing as after long port days, dinner and we went to three of the shows it was good to just go to bed.

Cabin Review

Great room. The aft balcony was very private and even wrapped around a little to the side. There was some rocking especially the first night going out of Colon to Cartagena but it just put me to sleep. That was really the only time I felt it was significant. We did here the engine a little bit but it wasn't bad and really only again noticed it at the beginning of the trip. Our balcony was really dirty after the first night due to engine soot but we called and they came and cleaned it while we were in port and it was never a problem again. Must of been the way the wind was blowing that first night. Would definitely pick this room again.

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