PRE-CRUISE HOTEL; As usual, we booked our hotel through Stay123. We again chose the Hampton in Plantation, FL. Which offered a lovely room, free hot & cold breakfast, free parking for 7 days (nominal charge for the other 3 days), transportation to and from the hotel.
EMBARKATION: Embarkation on Monday September 1st was a breeze. We arrived at the Ft. Lauderdale pier at 10:21 AM, doors opens at 10:30 AM and we stood in a short line to get our Seapass. We were on board the Vision of the Seas by 11:05 AM and soon were having lunch in the uncrowded Park Cafe, instead of the crowded Windjammer Cafe. Cabins were ready by 1:15 PM and safety drill at 4 PM. Our luggage efficiently came before dinner.
CABIN; Our large interior cabin #3457 was on deck 3, not on the starboard or port side. We were actually down a small hallway that only had 11 cabins. It was very quiet, as only the people that had those rooms would be walking in the hallway. Thus, no late night party animals talking loudly at 2 AM! When we book again, we would definitely book this little nook!
Our LARGE interior cabin was on deck 3, but not on the starboard or port side. We were actually down a small hallway that only had 11 cabins. It was very quiet, because only the people that were staying in those 11 rooms would be walking in the hallway. Thus, no late night party animals talking loudly at 2 AM! When we book again, we would definitely book this little nook!If ours was a LARGE interior, I would hate to be in a regular interior. Our room was small & compact! But we are only in the room to: sleep, shower, change clothes & brush our teeth! No shampoo, conditioner or body wash - just a bar of soap. Shower curtain was a challenge. Much prefer the ships with a shower door.
Charleston – water taxi to Patriot’s Point and back to ship in time for lunch at the Park Café.
Bermuda – Our disappointment was that we docked at Kings Wharf on Friday at 7 PM and it was already getting dusky. We were able to get off and purchase our one day ferry/ bus passes for $15 each at a kiosk on the pier. Most of the shops at the Royal Navy Dockyard were already closed. Unfortunately, the fast ferry to St. Georges does not run on the weekends, so we had to alter our plans. Saturday: visited Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute ($12 per senior), lunch at Hog Penny Pub, Queen Elizabeth Park to watch the Gombey dancers (free & only on Saturdays in the summer), bus to Horseshoe Beach Bay, bus & ferry back to Kings Wharf.On Sunday we had to be aboard at 2:30 PM, so we did not want to get to far away from the ship. If RCI does future cruises from FL to Bermuda, they should be sure to be in Bermuda during the week and not on the weekend. Sunday: We did a walking tour of the Royal Navy Dockyard, went to Twin Tower Mall and bought a few T-shirts. Back on the ship for lunch at the Park Café.
Nassau Bahama – We have been here several times, so we didn’t leave the ship.
Coco Cay – We took the 9 AM tender- beach chairs were very worn, hammocks were looking over used and hanging low – snorkeled – saw jellyfish – took the noon tender back to ship - went to Park Café for lunch.