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Vision of the Seas Review

3.5 / 5.0
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1160 reviews
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Fun & relaxation

Review for Vision of the Seas to the Mexican Riviera
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Nov 2008

Embarkation Security to get on the ship was a repeat of airline security. Make sure you have your ship pass & passport/drivers license(if applicable)in hand for instant viewing by security personnel. This also applies when departing the ship in port and even more stringently when returning from an off-ship activity. All hats, glasses etc must be removed for your pix to be snapped when you get back on board. By the way Do Not! try to slip booze you bought in port back onto the ship! I saw a couple get caught at the x-ray/magnetometer gate trying this, and the liquor had to be turned over to ship personnel. I didn't stick around to see about any other repercussions. All the staff at San Pedro gateway were businesslike friendly. Nothing stood out as exceptional customer service. All bags arrived as they should, thank goodness! Altho I had to retrieve my bags from the 3 deck lobby pileup of bags myself, in order to get them on time to change clothes for dinner. Ship Board I wasn't as blown away by the ships' accoutrements' as I had expected to be from the online pix & descriptions. Indeed some of the reviews I had read left me apprehensive about the physical state of the ship due to age. However, she was clean & pretty well cared for. At nite I would walk around & was impressed by the number of people cleaning, vacuuming, polishing etc all over the ship. The effort showed. Every morning the whole ship was immaculate. The food was good, not great & the customer service by waitstaff was better than good but not superb. Our head waiter didn't do anything to prove to me the job was necessary. As a matter of fact one nite some at the table ordered wine and the glasses were barely half full. We all noticed,& complained to the Head Waiter who tried to dispute our complaints. We stuck to our guns, & the shortfall was made up to a barely acceptable level. We never had this problem again during the cruise. The Lobster meal was the last port disembarkation nite. The lobster tails were very small, altho tasty & properly cooked. Shrimp was also served. I was surprised there was no midnight buffet. I also wish to note that the 1st night in port when you returned to the ship the Windjammer was closed until 6:30p. Do be careful of the "Art Auction" on board. If you choose to attend look at it as more entertainment than a serious auction, altho the auctioneers are serious about taking your money. I did not attend any of the 'floor shows' or any other Masquerade Theater productions. Excursions - If I have any disagreements about booking your on shore excursions online it's the time blocking elements. There is way too much time made unavailable for some activities while you are left sitting cooling your heels waiting for other participants to show up. I could not fit in parasailing because of poor time management which was out of my control due to lack of knowledge. The Americas Cup Yacht excursion was GreaT! (Cabo San Lucas)a bit scary but definitely worth the money. The wind was so strong the jib actually tore. The zip line was terrific, and very scary! The secret is learning how to slow down just as you reach a platform. For some it was easy, not so much for me. But I'm glad I did it & had enough fun. The dolphin swim was astounding. I had no idea what to expect, but the dolphin was so powerful I have a much better understanding of the stories I've heard of their saving shipwrecked sailors from drowning. The only thing I suggest on this is to check the interior of your life vest before donning it. Both I & another member of our group wound up with bug bites inside the vest area on our chests. The horseback riding was leisurely and great fun. Altho I hadn't been riding in years the distribution of horses according to experience level was well done.

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The cabin was adequate, altho bare boned with enough storage. I did bring a power bar I was thankful to have. Hangers were just shy of requirements.

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