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We chose the 12 night Mediterranean / Greek Islands cruise partly because it started at Barcelona (We added 4 days at the start to explore this incredible city) and also because the itinerary visited places we'd either not been to before, or not visited for a number of years. Embarkation was very smooth, we waited until mid afternoon to beat the rush, it also meant that the traditional day one lunch at Windjammer was less crowded as we timed to get there just after the cabins opened. Our previous RC cruises have mostly been on the Independence Of The Seas and the Navigator, both much larger ships than this one. We were concerned that the Vision might feel too small, but we needn't have worried. The space was very well used and beautifully presented. Our cabin was a junior suite, spacious and in an excellent location on deck 8. Dining: We found the choices in the main dining room a little limited - always about 7 or 8 different dishes per night, but between each day not all of these would change, resulting in a lot of the choices appearing numerous times throughout the cruise. My wife is vegetarian and there was usually one starter and one main course she could choose per night. However, it has to be said that the food was uniformly excellent and the standard of service was superb. Thankfully, windjammer provided a very viable alternative when we needed to use it on an evening. We didn't use the specialty restaurants on this occasion. Overall, we ate very well wherever we went to. Our favourite place was the solarium - the main pool was crowded and noisy (although people there who wanted that seemed to be having a great time). The solarium is an adults only area which was calm, and a lovely pool too small to swim in properly but lovely to wallow in after a day out in the sun. We also particularly liked the Schooner Bar and the Viking Lounge - both great for relaxing in the evening. The service without fail in all areas was superb. Despite there being well over 2000 people on the ship, we were made to feel like we were the only ones who mattered. The staff are a real credit to the ship and the captain, who incidentally gets very involved with the activities too! Entertainment: We only went to the theatre twice to see the headline entertainers, but both shows were great. From past cruises I'm afraid I have very little patience with the RC home grown shows so we didn't go this time. We loved the events in the centrum such as the 70s party, the dancing with the officers event, Rock out with the captain etc, and the entertainment and activity team worked tirelessly to keep everyone busy and having fun. We loved the fact that you could join in these activities if you wanted but also they were easy to avoid. We did three ship shore excursions:: Athens on Your Own: I wouldn't bother with this - the open top bus pulls up by the ship and takes passengers from there. The problem was that the pick up time to come back to the ship was 2:00pm and the departure time was 6:00pm. So much time lost that could have been used exploring the wonderful city. Only consider this if you must have the safety net of the ships transport. Train Transfer to Rome: Highly recommended- a specially chartered train (The Roma Express) which is old but really quirky which whisks you into Rome, beautifully following the coast. You get off 10 minutes walk from St Peters Square before having 6 hours to explore, then returning. You can even leave things on the train if you dont want to carry them. Everything that was wrong with the Athens trip was right with this one. We had time to linger in St Peters Basillica, visit the Trevi Fountain, the pantheon and the Spanish Steps, whilst exploring other places along the way. Pisa and Florence with Smart Device: We wanted longer in Florence but there was no trip that offered more that 4 hours so we chose this one. An excellent way to see both places if you want to have a taste of each place. We didnt bother with the smart device, if you have a smart phone you can get all the information anyway. For Mykanos and Santorini, get in the queue for tender tickets early unless you want a long wait. On Santorini we went up to the town of Fira and took a service bus to Oia , less than 2 euros each way and a very regular service. Well worth doing. For Marseille we paid the 18 dollars each for the shuttle bus, there is a free bus about 15 minutes away but I couldnt say how often it runs, and if there is more than one cruise ship in, it could get extremely busy. Finally - travelling with children. We didn't and I would hesitate to recommend this ship for children. A number of the other, larger RC ships have become like floating entertainment centres. This isnt one of them, so I think it depends on what you need as a family. Ive read other reviews of this ship where people have been complaining that there is nothing for their 4 year old to do after 10:00pm - if that is what is important to you, then don't choose this ship. Whereas there is still a lot to do, it doesnt compare to the larger ships. We actually really liked the fact that this cruise was much less child orientated than others we have been on - the independence in particular has sometimes felt like parents let the children and teenagers go feral on day one and then don't see them again until the end. The vision felt more "adult" and the crew were on top of any behaviour that might spoil enjoyment for others. The main pool area was great for families as that was the focus of the entertainment. As already mentioned, the solarium provided a wonderful escape from that. Overall we loved our time on the ship, a beautiful itinerary, first rate crew and a lovely, relaxing experience. We would definitely book the Vision again if the itinerary was right.

Wonderful ship, fanatstic crew.

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by PT71

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We chose the 12 night Mediterranean / Greek Islands cruise partly because it started at Barcelona (We added 4 days at the start to explore this incredible city) and also because the itinerary visited places we'd either not been to before, or not visited for a number of years.

Embarkation was very smooth, we waited until mid afternoon to beat the rush, it also meant that the traditional day one lunch at Windjammer was less crowded as we timed to get there just after the cabins opened.

Our previous RC cruises have mostly been on the Independence Of The Seas and the Navigator, both much larger ships than this one. We were concerned that the Vision might feel too small, but we needn't have worried. The space was very well used and beautifully presented. Our cabin was a junior suite, spacious and in an excellent location on deck 8.

Dining: We found the choices in the main dining room a little limited - always about 7 or 8 different dishes per night, but between each day not all of these would change, resulting in a lot of the choices appearing numerous times throughout the cruise. My wife is vegetarian and there was usually one starter and one main course she could choose per night. However, it has to be said that the food was uniformly excellent and the standard of service was superb. Thankfully, windjammer provided a very viable alternative when we needed to use it on an evening. We didn't use the specialty restaurants on this occasion. Overall, we ate very well wherever we went to.

Our favourite place was the solarium - the main pool was crowded and noisy (although people there who wanted that seemed to be having a great time). The solarium is an adults only area which was calm, and a lovely pool too small to swim in properly but lovely to wallow in after a day out in the sun. We also particularly liked the Schooner Bar and the Viking Lounge - both great for relaxing in the evening.

The service without fail in all areas was superb. Despite there being well over 2000 people on the ship, we were made to feel like we were the only ones who mattered. The staff are a real credit to the ship and the captain, who incidentally gets very involved with the activities too!

Entertainment: We only went to the theatre twice to see the headline entertainers, but both shows were great. From past cruises I'm afraid I have very little patience with the RC home grown shows so we didn't go this time. We loved the events in the centrum such as the 70s party, the dancing with the officers event, Rock out with the captain etc, and the entertainment and activity team worked tirelessly to keep everyone busy and having fun. We loved the fact that you could join in these activities if you wanted but also they were easy to avoid.

We did three ship shore excursions::

Athens on Your Own: I wouldn't bother with this - the open top bus pulls up by the ship and takes passengers from there. The problem was that the pick up time to come back to the ship was 2:00pm and the departure time was 6:00pm. So much time lost that could have been used exploring the wonderful city. Only consider this if you must have the safety net of the ships transport.

Train Transfer to Rome: Highly recommended- a specially chartered train (The Roma Express) which is old but really quirky which whisks you into Rome, beautifully following the coast. You get off 10 minutes walk from St Peters Square before having 6 hours to explore, then returning. You can even leave things on the train if you dont want to carry them. Everything that was wrong with the Athens trip was right with this one. We had time to linger in St Peters Basillica, visit the Trevi Fountain, the pantheon and the Spanish Steps, whilst exploring other places along the way.

Pisa and Florence with Smart Device: We wanted longer in Florence but there was no trip that offered more that 4 hours so we chose this one. An excellent way to see both places if you want to have a taste of each place. We didnt bother with the smart device, if you have a smart phone you can get all the information anyway.

For Mykanos and Santorini, get in the queue for tender tickets early unless you want a long wait. On Santorini we went up to the town of Fira and took a service bus to Oia , less than 2 euros each way and a very regular service. Well worth doing.

For Marseille we paid the 18 dollars each for the shuttle bus, there is a free bus about 15 minutes away but I couldnt say how often it runs, and if there is more than one cruise ship in, it could get extremely busy.

Finally - travelling with children. We didn't and I would hesitate to recommend this ship for children. A number of the other, larger RC ships have become like floating entertainment centres. This isnt one of them, so I think it depends on what you need as a family. Ive read other reviews of this ship where people have been complaining that there is nothing for their 4 year old to do after 10:00pm - if that is what is important to you, then don't choose this ship. Whereas there is still a lot to do, it doesnt compare to the larger ships. We actually really liked the fact that this cruise was much less child orientated than others we have been on - the independence in particular has sometimes felt like parents let the children and teenagers go feral on day one and then don't see them again until the end. The vision felt more "adult" and the crew were on top of any behaviour that might spoil enjoyment for others. The main pool area was great for families as that was the focus of the entertainment. As already mentioned, the solarium provided a wonderful escape from that.

Overall we loved our time on the ship, a beautiful itinerary, first rate crew and a lovely, relaxing experience. We would definitely book the Vision again if the itinerary was right.
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Cabin Review

Junior Suite
Cabin J2 8532
A fantastic location within the ship- Windjammer, the Solarium, Park Cafe and the Gym were one deck above, the main entertainment areas on deck 6. This was midship.
Lets start with the downside - the main pool deck was above,, and there was some noise when people walked across (we assume in heels or boots) but nothing you couldn't get used to. Also sometimes there was some scraping early in the morning when sun beds were being put out , but nothing that lasted for more than a few seconds.
Thats it - apart from that, the room was spacious, comfortable and had a huge balcony. My wife really appreciated having her own bath, I would have liked a shower I could have stood up in but then I am exceptionally tall! There was a kettle and fridge in the room. We really enjoyed having this space and would definitely book it again.
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