We chose the specialty dining experience onboard, and spent most of our lunch and evening meals spread throughout Chops, Izumi, and Giovanni's. For us, it was important to escape the crowds and practice safer dining habits than found in the Windjammer, MDR, etc. We were well taken care of at every interaction in specialty dining, welcomed like family, and immediately recognized and treated with the utmost care and precision of service. In particular, Chops was running like a well oiled machine, and the leadership and service provided was outstanding.
We got to know this group on a personal level, and it was an elevated experience that we will cherish for years to come. The food was excellent, the chef's willing to create/change custom orders to taste preferences, and we received extreme value for money in specialty dining.
We received exceptional service from the Chops staff, including Enderson (Manager), Chandravi (Host), Michael (lead), as well as Katia, Amie, and Ganesh (servers). All are absolutely fantastic human beings and have bright futures in the cruise industry. Thank you so much for making us feel special and included in your wonderful corner on Vision of the Seas.
We decided to skip the Royal Up bidding seeing as the ship was sold out, and one night we saw a few aft balconies Junior Suite's available. I jumped at the opportunity to upgrade and ended up in Room which featured a wraparound balcony with the most exterior space on the ship. It was a *terrific* location, we ate breakfast outside in our nook, spent the evenings lounging on our high-quality beach chairs, and got to see the stars at night all from the privacy of our own room.
This room is a cheat code and feels very much like one of the best suites on the ship, highly, highly recommended.
Baltimore is pretty easy to get in and out of. The embarkation process was simple for us as Key guests, from door open to boarding it took 10 minutes max. We enjoyed the Baltimore Hampton Inn Inner Harbor the night before, and spent the afternoon at the aquarium which was within walking distance. Hard to complain about Baltimore, though the roads suck.
We love coming to Bermuda, the first time we did all the touristy stuff including Horseshoe Bay and a taxi ride up the coast. This time we opted to hit Bermuda Fun Golf which was terrific. Everything is within walking distance off the ship, and we found the prices for drinks/entertainment to be reasonable.
Nassau just isn't for us once you get past the "must do" things like Atlantis, Margaritaville, etc. The people are pushy, there's sketchy sales tactics, and it's not always the safest port of call. We chose to stay on the ship this time and had a nice quiet pool day in the Solarium.
Ordinarily Coco Cay is awesome, but this time we felt a little down about it. We got a beach bed at Chill Island, which was not "chill" by our definition. Kids everywhere, the small harbor there doesn't have a lot of space and we couldn't really swim or move around much without having someone on top of us. We didn't get drink service to the day beds which we found odd, the servers stayed with the "regular" chairs and never came over. We encountered ants on our bed, and ended up leaving early. If you're looking for a chill day, get the beach beds at Breezy Bay or pay the upgrade for Coco Beach Club.
Still, it's Coco Cay and it was a beautiful morning, hard to argue!