I spent 21 nights on The Vision of the Seas starting with the transtlantic cruise to Barcelona and then the cruise from Barcelona to Venice. Captain Merek is amazing! He was the most visible and interactive captain I have ever sailed with. He has a great sense of humor. He sang for us, did most of the announcements himself during the cruises and kept us informaed of weather conditions, birthdays, etc. , judged the Chopped contest and even stood near the gangway to personally say goodbye to every guest as we departed the ship on both cruises. It was obvious that he set the tone for the other officers, staff and crew. The head chef came around the main dining room and the windjammer asking for guest input. Guest services personnel, bar tenders, servers and stateroom attendants were all great. I anticipated poor entertainment on the crossing and I was totally wrong. We had excellent entertainment and additional activites. I certainly hope Captain Merek is promoted to a newer, larger ship soon and I look forward to sailing with him many times.
If I had to find a negative, it would be the decline in the quality of the food, however, I have noticed it on the last few ships I've sailed, so it is not unique to the Vision.
I completely enjoyed the crossing and highly reccommend it to anyone wanting to relax. The cruise from Barcelona to Venice was not quite as enjoyable due to the abundance of rude children (and their parents). I will stick to cruises that originate in the USA in the future.
Typical inside cabin. Incredible service from our cabin steward Reagan!
We wandered around on our own since we only had a few hours between cruises.
We took a private tour of Nice and Monte Carlo and had a great time.
We took a private tour to Rome and had a wonderful time.
We took the hip on hop off bus and were unhappy because the rude guests on the bus were screaming so loud at each other we could not hear the tour information.