We went on this cruise with a group 10 (9 of us are retired) including 4 brand new retirees. Since we are a group ranging in age from 55 to 80 (most in the 55-65 range) we were looking for an active cruise agenda and some fun ports of call. Most of us are fairly novice cruisers (less than 5 cruises) and we wanted to keep to a cruise of less than 7 days.
We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise agenda and the staff of the Vision of the Seas was top notch. The ship is a bit on the smaller side and is dated in some areas, but is a beautiful ship inside and out. The food was excellent and the stops at Coco Cay and Key West were fantastic. Our only negative was Nassau. The city has some nice restaurants and attractions, but the locals are very aggressive around the port in hawking debarking passengers for taxi, tours and other offers ... its a but unsettling. Additionally, the city is not all handicapped friendly ... streets and sidewalks are narrow and uneven without many ramps or access points for wheelchairs.
We hit some rough seas on the return trip to New Orleans and several of us were a bit queazy over the final day and evening. Overall, a great experience made so by the staff of the Vision.
The cabin was nice with many drawers and cubby holes to store all our stuff. The biggest issue is the cloth shower curtains do a poor job go keeping water in the shower ... every shower the bathroom floor is soaked.
New Orleans is a fun city to embark from ... we spent two days enjoying the sites of the city. Would not recommend Bourbon Street on a Friday night ... too loud, dirty and crowded.
The drivers had a blast bouncing over the waves and going fast as hell, but our passengers felt like they had a near death experience. The water was much rougher than expected in several spots ... we through it was going to be a leisurely experience but it was way faster than we expected.View All 52 Wave Jet Reviews
Looks like a beautiful city as we sailed in, but once off the ship the locals are very aggressive in their efforts to get your $. They hound you for taxi rides, tours and other things ... not a pleasant experience at all. Additionally, the port area is not good for anyone in a wheelchair or walker ... very narrow and broken sidewalks with few access points or ramps. I through the restaurant prices were high for basic bar food.
A great tour if you love Hemingway history, rum and cigars. Was fun to learn a lot about rum and cigars and to have a chance to roll our own cigars was great.View All undefined undefined Reviews