The Vision of the Seas Officers, Cruise Staff and Crew were very friendly and highly visible. This TA offered new, fun, free activities that we had never experienced before - the egg drop, cake decorating, scavenger hunt, debates, Neptune ceremony, escape room puzzle, Crew talent show, many different game shows, to name a few. This was our first time on a Vision Class ship and while not as “kid friendly” as many RCI ships, it was perfect for us. The flow in the Windjammer, Shops, Lounge and Theater area was excellent; especially compared to the Radiance Class (Jewel of the Seas) that we just sailed. The stairways and aisles seemed wider and were easy to navigate. The ship does show some wear, but not as much as the Jewel and Vision is headed into a 14 day dry dock as we disembarked. This is only our third TA, but, though a smaller ship, the Vision offered the most and most varied activities. It was a great trip.
Main Dining Room: Food and service were excellent. Very flexible in adjusting to our group’s staggered arrival times. We were booked for MyTime dining but when we arrived were advised we had been assigned early sitting at a table for 10. MyTime was overbooked and they could not / refused to accommodate another party of two. We were offered a table for two in the MDR on night 2 but we declined. RCI needs to get a handle on scheduling MyTime; we had a poor experience on the Jewel, also. Compliments to the Chef for the Beef Wellington - it was extraordinary!
Specialty Dining: Giovanni’s was outstanding - service, food, atmosphere was excellent. The staff was very friendly and all of the food - from bread to dessert was great. While they didn’t have a window seat, they graciously sat the two of us at a table for four with a view. Izumi was also very good. The server explained the menu and offered suggestions. The hot rocks are a fun cooking / eating experience. Unfortunately, at Chops, usually our favorite, the server and maitre’d were not friendly / almost rude from the start. The steaks, appetizers and desserts were very good but the accompanying sides were all cold (potatoes, spinach and mushrooms). For some reason in our section of the dining room, the lights were never dimmed and our table was so close to the party next to us that we could hear all of their complaints to the server. The server never asked if we wanted more wine (we did) and did not clean up the table (crumb catcher) between courses. It was a really poor experience.
Apparently, not all cabins have refrigerators. We had a portable one where the desk chair goes. Shower is larger than on many RCI ships but has a curtain that clings when you shower; I prefer the smaller shower with door. The closet and shelf space were a little tight and not enough hangers. I’m not sure what has happened to RCI bedding. In the past, I thought the beds were more comfortable than home; now, they are very hard, even with a thick mattress pad. A night light in the bathroom would be a nice addition found on other ships. As well, the bedside lights did not have the reading light found elsewhere. FYI: The “extra room” in the cabin is in the incredibly large window well - not really usable except as storage for our large suitcase.