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We chose this cruise to be asea for Christmas. It was most definitely disappointing in that aspect. My wife mentioned and I had to concentrate to try to find actual Christmas music. It was as if RCL went well beyond making this an apolitical, secular Non Christmas cruise. Every song played in the centrum was ordinary Christmas pop music. But not one religious Christmas song was played. Even while strolling around the ship the absence of actual Christmas music was missing. Sad that RCL is jumping on the PC bus even while marketing this as a Caribbean Holiday. Attended the Centrum 'Christmas Music' Guessathon. I'm not particularly religious, but it would seem that Christmas is not allowed to be celebrated (unless its in a separate venue, and not out in public).Sad. There was a Menora on display, so it is not as if NO religious artifacts were allowed, just a prejudice towards Christianity. That said, onto the ship. Boarding in San Juan was an absolute breeze. The 'pre check in' system on the app was the best check in we've ever experienced. Unlike other companies, there was NO line at embarkation unless someone had not used the pre check app. The Vision is old, smaller than the new Glitz ships. There is no water slide or mini golf. We were all reminded that other cruise lines have different 'feel'. However the combination of being on an older smaller ship brought back our first cruise memories of 20 years ago. We ate in MDR for all breakfasts and Dinners all days. Food is excellent. If you doubt the food quality take the Champaign dining tour. Takes an hour and a half but is an excellent way to gain appreciation of all that goes on in prepping 2500 meals 3 times a day! (and the Champaign is great too!) The Windjammer Buffet up on deck 9 was good for afternoon snacks after returning from the beach. They do officially close at 3:00 but would often be open a little longer to get a snack for lunch after a beach day. The Solarium snack bar pizza and deli sandwiches was a seemingly excellent (but underused) venue. We saw three shows, two comedy shows, a good juggling show in the main theater. In spite of the age of the ship, The crew works their behinds off to make the cruise excellent. Disenbarkation was easier and faster than advertised.

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Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by magic cap

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We chose this cruise to be asea for Christmas. It was most definitely disappointing in that aspect.

My wife mentioned and I had to concentrate to try to find actual Christmas music. It was as if RCL went well beyond making this an apolitical, secular Non Christmas cruise. Every song played in the centrum was ordinary Christmas pop music. But not one religious Christmas song was played. Even while strolling around the ship the absence of actual Christmas music was missing. Sad that RCL is jumping on the PC bus even while marketing this as a Caribbean Holiday. Attended the Centrum 'Christmas Music' Guessathon. I'm not particularly religious, but it would seem that Christmas is not allowed to be celebrated (unless its in a separate venue, and not out in public).Sad. There was a Menora on display, so it is not as if NO religious artifacts were allowed, just a prejudice towards Christianity.

That said, onto the ship. Boarding in San Juan was an absolute breeze. The 'pre check in' system on the app was the best check in we've ever experienced. Unlike other companies, there was NO line at embarkation unless someone had not used the pre check app.

The Vision is old, smaller than the new Glitz ships. There is no water slide or mini golf. We were all reminded that other cruise lines have different 'feel'. However the combination of being on an older smaller ship brought back our first cruise memories of 20 years ago.

We ate in MDR for all breakfasts and Dinners all days. Food is excellent. If you doubt the food quality take the Champaign dining tour. Takes an hour and a half but is an excellent way to gain appreciation of all that goes on in prepping 2500 meals 3 times a day! (and the Champaign is great too!)

The Windjammer Buffet up on deck 9 was good for afternoon snacks after returning from the beach. They do officially close at 3:00 but would often be open a little longer to get a snack for lunch after a beach day.

The Solarium snack bar pizza and deli sandwiches was a seemingly excellent (but underused) venue.

We saw three shows, two comedy shows, a good juggling show in the main theater.

In spite of the age of the ship, The crew works their behinds off to make the cruise excellent. Disenbarkation was easier and faster than advertised.
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