This was my 41st cruise and 13th on Royal Caribbean. I traveled with my husband and 2 adult daughters. We are from Long Island and Manhattan. This was the May 11th 9-night sailing to Bermuda, Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay.
I highly recommend this cruise! But you need to keep everything in perspective. Because while this ship lacks “things,” it more than makes up for it in “people” – committed, passionate and engaged people who will truly go out of their way to make your cruise a pleasure. The Vision of the Seas is a small ship with a big heart – and if you can do without a Flow Rider, a North Star, an ice rink and bumper cars – even without a basketball court – you will have a fabulous time.
Case in point: the officers – they are everywhere! Always out and about, they are constantly chatting with the guests, walking around the ship, they’re even there to say goodbye when you disembark. Zoe, the Hotel Director, danced at the sailaway party and then jumped into the pool in full uniform to join the officers vs. guests pool volleyball game. Bal, the Cruise Director (and one of the best CDs I’ve seen on 41 cruises), was always at the back of the theater after every show to greet the audience – something you don’t see on the larger ships. Pramod, the Food and Beverage Director, Meralyn the Housekeeping Manager, Roy from Costa Rica, the IT Manager – they could all be seen around the ship as well as visiting the Diamond Lounge, making sure everything was going well. None of these officers had an “I need to be elsewhere” mentality – they made you feel cared for and happy. Frankly, the only other time I have ever seen this type of one-on-one engagement was on Azamara – a more premium cruise line with 700-passenger ships where you’d expect this kind of thing.
A nice place to overnight, although I wish that the ship's departure worked in conjunction to when the shops in port opened. Recommendation: ask a taxi driver to take you to Jobson's Bay Beach and look for the secluded cove.