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This Vision of the Seas cruise, Dec. 20-27, 2014 was only our 2nd cruise (first was on Holland America 2013 thanks to my generous mother-in-law). I loved that this was about the same size ship (about 2K Pax and 800 crew) compared to our HAL ship. I'm reading some complaints about the ship's dining and wondering if these people were on the same ship?! I am a healthy eater and really enjoyed the WONDERFUL, FRESH fruits, salads and array of cheeses and fresh rolls available at breakfast, lunch and dinner. My husband and I are in our late 40's and traveled with my 11 y.o. daughter and her 12 y.o. best friend. There was really something for everyone on this ship.. the girls LOVED the rock climbing wall, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, the huge movie screen and large pool. We all enjoyed the FANTASTIC ENTERTAINMENT - from the big name (family friendly) comedian, The Drifters (!), broadway star Jordan Bennet (Les Mis) and juggler to the outstanding singers and dancers onboard the ship who did a great 70's disco show. There were aerial acrobats in the centrum for short shows during the evening as well. Also, Santa came on Dec. 25 and even had presents (!) for my girls.. a nice headset and a good sized RC totebag. Nice touch! All of our excursions were with independent vendors (highly recommend to save lots of money) so can't comment on RC excursions. I would take this cruise and go on this ship again IN A HEARTBEAT. Plus, it was cool to have a female captain, Liz Lauritzen, one of only 2 in the entire cruise industry. All the staff and our cabin steward, Carlos, were FABULOUS, hardworking. ONLY COMPLAINT - need more treadmills in the Fitness Room .. they only had a handful and each morning before breakfast all were taken. It was tough to get a free treadmill. But that's a minor complaint. Really enjoyed the food, service, layout and good vibe of this ship.

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Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by CarolFrau

Trip Details
This Vision of the Seas cruise, Dec. 20-27, 2014 was only our 2nd cruise (first was on Holland America 2013 thanks to my generous mother-in-law). I loved that this was about the same size ship (about 2K Pax and 800 crew) compared to our HAL ship. I'm reading some complaints about the ship's dining and wondering if these people were on the same ship?! I am a healthy eater and really enjoyed the WONDERFUL, FRESH fruits, salads and array of cheeses and fresh rolls available at breakfast, lunch and dinner. My husband and I are in our late 40's and traveled with my 11 y.o. daughter and her 12 y.o. best friend. There was really something for everyone on this ship.. the girls LOVED the rock climbing wall, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, the huge movie screen and large pool. We all enjoyed the FANTASTIC ENTERTAINMENT - from the big name (family friendly) comedian, The Drifters (!), broadway star Jordan Bennet (Les Mis) and juggler to the outstanding singers and dancers onboard the ship who did a great 70's disco show. There were aerial acrobats in the centrum for short shows during the evening as well. Also, Santa came on Dec. 25 and even had presents (!) for my girls.. a nice headset and a good sized RC totebag. Nice touch! All of our excursions were with independent vendors (highly recommend to save lots of money) so can't comment on RC excursions. I would take this cruise and go on this ship again IN A HEARTBEAT. Plus, it was cool to have a female captain, Liz Lauritzen, one of only 2 in the entire cruise industry. All the staff and our cabin steward, Carlos, were FABULOUS, hardworking. ONLY COMPLAINT - need more treadmills in the Fitness Room .. they only had a handful and each morning before breakfast all were taken. It was tough to get a free treadmill. But that's a minor complaint. Really enjoyed the food, service, layout and good vibe of this ship.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 3315
While this was a small room, it was SUPER CLEAN, very well kept and great closet space. My husband I are both over 6' tall, so the shower was definitely tight but sufficient. For our interior cabin, I found it good to keep on the "ship's channel" on the outside Webcam from the deck so our TV essentially became a "port window" and we'd get up when the sun would rise, thanks to the TV..
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