Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by sdm23669
- Sail Date: September 2014
- Destination: Western Caribbean
For the ship, the dining room food was fantastic! I ate lunch and dinner in there as I have discovered I much prefer the quality of food in there verses the buffet as well as the interactions with other cruisers I found the buffet challenging in the morning (only if you are an early riser, which I am). There is no food available until after 7 am (well you can do room service for a fee before 630 am, but delivery for a non-fee is somewhere after 630 am). I had to save a cookie or roll from the previous day just to have something in my stomach when I went to the fitness center. There were many cruisers hovering around the entrances to the buffet starting at 615 to 630 am. I really wish they put out muffins or breads or something prior to the opening like they do on other ships. After 7 am though food was pretty accessible until almost 11 pm.
The entertainment was your standard cruise ship shows, I have seen many so I didn't stay for all of them, but they were good. The spa had some really good deals on the first day of the cruise, and the treatments were great - just expensive if you don't get a deal. Also, watch once you get into a treatment, they will try to sell items to you and some can be a little pushy. The girl that did mine actually put her hands on her hips and shook her head at me when I told her I wasn't interested and actually made me feel really pressured into buying things. I avoided a lot of their seminars after that just because I didn't want to feel pressured into buying things that were really costly. There were tons of activities to do on the ship, so many that I couldn't fit them all in (which is a good thing). I loved that there was so much to do while on the ship. There were raffles and sales and talks throughout the sea days.
The room was nice - I had an interior room and I must say the walls seemed a little thin on this particular ship. The room next to me had little kids and unfortunately I could hear the making noise and crying at different times while I was trying to sleep (I was on deck 2). No noise for above or below, just next to me and behind my room. I could hear what sounded like carts being rolled down a hallway behind my room, I am guessing some type of crew hallway. I couldn't hear voices from them juts rolling carts going by. The room stewards and dining room crew were great. They went above and beyond to make the experience great. The guest relations desk was fine until the very end. When I went to get off the ship,after waiting in line for about 30 minutes, I was told I had to go to guest relations. I went and stood in another line for about 20 minutes. I was then told that I had a cash account and had to pay for my charges. I showed them my registration that showed my credit card was attached from my online reservation and also told the guy at the desk that the lady at check in also took my credit card and verified it to my account.
He told me I should have known to come to the guest relations desk to personally register my card and that doing online at the time of check-in was only a "reservation" and it didn't count. After I told him I had cruised many times before and had never had to do that he just shrugged his shoulders at me. After registering my card to him (now for the 3rd time) my account was charged and I was free to go back in another line to get off the ship. Thus my lesson was learned - I will double check and triple check to avoid that hassle and confusion again. All in all though it was an enjoyable trip, I only wish I had done a 7 day trip instead of 5 as it just seemed too short and left me wanting more time on the ship.
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