Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by taxlady7
- Sail Date: August 2017
- Destination: Transatlantic
The ship is lovely, well maintained and crew really worked hard to make it a positive experience for us.
The entertainment was the best we have seen in over 20 cruises. We really enjoyed a variety of headliners including singers, a violinist, a magician and a ventriloquist. The tribute band was our favorite. The theater is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The lectures were a disappointment in both subject matter and lackluster delivery. While the trivia was usually fun, the scrapbook session once again was in a location that is impossible to work in and with poor tools to work with if you wanted to try to assemble a kit.
We enjoyed the ports the most. Skagen was lovely to walk around and the Danes were so friendly to talk to and the shops were beautiful. In Norway we did the hop on and off bus and visited the really magnificent churches and enjoyed the beautiful views. As we are not in good shape to walk distances or uphill we passed on the excursions for the two ports. Originally scheduled for Shetland Islands we did really enjoy our excursion into Inverness. The shopping was especially fun there since Denmark, Norway and especially Iceland are very expensive for tourists and made the Scottish shops look like bargains. Iceland was the highlight of our trip and having 2 days in each port made it especially good. The Golden circle tour of the big 3 attractions outside Reykjavik was spectacular. In Arkureyi we went to nature baths which is a mini polar bear challenge running from shower room in 38 degree weather to hot bathing pool but such a cool experience. The Godafoss falls are incredible and a little scary since there aren't a lot of fences or railings around any of the cliffs. The tour guides were really superior in all our tours-talking in clear English with humor and knowledge. Everybody in Iceland has 2 jobs and work so hard. The at sea days were restful and I was actually .disappointed when they closed the pool because the ocean motion made it into a great wave pool which management considered dangerous. I am not a fan of having to give my card every time I needed a towel. I had to watch I wasn't accidentally charged $25 for not returning one.
Being a member of the Diamond club made the cocktail hour a pleasure with limited menu drinks and snacks. Although the lounge was always crowded the servers did a great job especially Laura who was friendly and quick.
We had a problem in not getting a table assigned for fixed early dining but it was resolved and food in the dining room was excellent with a few exceptions. We did not think the Windjammer was as high quality with some items overcooked and others bland. The roast beef was especially disappointing with an unpleasant hammy texture. The pavlovas meringues were superb and desserts in dining room were good but lilmited.
Disembarking in NJ was smooth and quick.
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