19 Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but ... Read More
We chose the vision of the seas for its itinerary leaving from Bayonne, NJ and sailing fourteen days to Galveston, Texas. We were very unhappy with the pools and hot tubs. They had handicapped lifts that did not reach the wheelchair but were five feet into the air! The pool lift only reached into shallow water and would not reach into the pool itself. We have cruised on over 150 cruises from all different cruise lines. We were astounded to learn the RCCL charges a $7.95 service fee for any food ordered through Room Service. We have NEVER paid a service fee for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The only time a service fee was assessed to a cabin was when a whole pizza was ordered for room service, BUT never for any other meals. We paid close to $200.00 for an upgraded internet package and had very slow internet could not stream nor use skype even though it was promised! We are Diamond on RCCL and other cruise lines, but we will seriously think twice before booking on a cruise line that consistently charges extras for things that should be included within a normal cruise experience. We will search out other cruise lines that can offer the type of amenities and features that we most like about cruising. The Vision of the Seas is a very old ship compared to the rest of the fleet. They need to retire this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary and that it ended in Galveston, close to home. The food was vey good, nice variety. The service was especially nice. The ship is older but it has been maintained very well. Because the ship is smaller than the newer ones, it has less activities but it was fine for us. There is of course a casino, bingo, contests, etc. There was pleanty for someone to do. We had My Time dining and we were usually seated in the same area each night with the same wonderful waiters. We prefer the dining room for all meals but we did try the Windjammer several times and they had a good variety of selections. As a Diamond Plus member I was able to visit the Concierge Lounge and the Diamond Lounge. The Concierge Lounge service was superb! The Diamond Lounge was very slow. It was overall a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and ... Read More
We really enjoyed our first repositioning. The only downside was disembarkation--we did not want to leave. Shout out to the Park West team: Daniel, Christina, Dimitri, Kathy and Anri. We really enjoyed getting to know you and Daniel's seminars on art were very informative and well done. We also enjoyed breakfast every morning in the MDR. We had great service, food and conversation with the different table guests every morning. The morning breakfast team was very professional, adaptable, and started our day off right with their infectious smiles. Our MDR Waiter, Ermon, and Asst Waiter made our dinner very enjoyable. We also enjoyed having Ali as our waiter in Giovanni's Table for two nights. The Tour of the Bridge with the Captain was great and overall we really had a great time on the Vision of the Seas. We will sail her again on September 23rd, 2018 out of Barcelona, Spain. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the ... Read More
The Centrum was not a good place to have the Halloween Party. You would have to get there a hour early to get a seat. And not much seating for the crowd they had. The Centrum deck 4. You had to go to deck 5, 6, 7, 8 and lean on the glass railing to look over to see anything. This is where the flag ceremony was of the different nations. Same thing. Had to go to upper deck and stand and lean over to see. Also when the Captain sang with the cruise director. No seating. Back to the upper deck to see. Always crowded no seating. Everyone that was talking said should have been in the theatre. Somebody really needs to look into this. Don't want anyone leaning over to far and falling. I'm younger than most of these cruisers. My legs were hurting standing so long. Not a good place at all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ... Read More
I can't resist a good deal on a cruise and since we thought the Allure of the Seas was a bit too large I thought that a 14 day repositioning cruise on the Vision would be a great choice. And overall, it was a very good cruise- the ship is older but in good condition and as always the RCI crew were wonderful. There were a lot of upper tier RCI cruisers ( i.e. pinnacle ) and this was the first cruise where "status" was so in your face. I get it, I was platinum on good old Northwest ( Delta) when I traveled a lot for my job and enjoyed all the first class upgrades, and certainly repeat customers should be rewarded, it was just so overt on this cruise- maybe because it was a small ship filled with mostly retirees who could take a 14 day cruise. I think out of the 1900 people on board at least 1600 had some level of status ( we are lowly Gold ourselves). Cabin: When I booked the best cabin available was a sea view 3rd floor aft. What I didn't realize was that it was directly under the main kitchen and there was a lot of activity at night even at 2am. Guest services was very accommodating and moved us to another cabin on the same floor which was much quieter so that worked out. It was a bit of a disappointment that the bed is located directly under the window so when you are sitting on the couch you kind of have to look over the bed to see out the window, but we could have requested the beds be separated which would have opened it up a bit. Dining: We are not foodies and while the food in the Windjammer was hit or miss, the food in the main dining room ( we had "My Time" seating for dinner ) was fine - our waiter and asst. waiter were wonderful and we enjoyed many dinners with friends we made on board. After a few days of the buffet for breakfast and lunch we decided that eating at the dining room whenever possible was a better choice both for the quality of food and to limit the quantity. Entertainment and Activities: I was a bit surprised at the choice and number of movies ( there were quite a few sea days since we left from NJ and made our way down to Galveston TX.) - several of the movies seemed to be more appropriate for a much younger group and there certainly could have been more shown during sea days, but the evening entertainment was fine. I heard some grumbling about some of the shows but I thought they were generally good. There are not as many activities on this ship as on the larger ships, and the shops are just not quite the same caliber but that is probably a good thing for my wallet. I did pop for internet service when there was a special that combined full internet with our drink package. Well worth the money since there was a lot of on ship time. Service: No complaints - we found all the staff to be excellent and attentive. The captain was especially friendly and went out of his way to say hello to the guests. Ports and Shore Excursions: Well, it was a lot of islands. The shore excursions were for the most part ok - it really depended on the guide. We were only truly disappointed in one excursion to one of the Mayan ruins and we made sure to express our concerns to the shore excursion staff. Disembarkation: Horrible! We were self assist and had to report to the Centrum at 7a and there were already probably 100 + people with their luggage on multiple lines. The staff could have explained the cause of the hold up a bit better - we have been able to just walk off the ship on other cruises. We ended up having to stand in a hot line for an hour or so all the while panicking because we had arranged a car and it would be waiting and had an early flight out of Houston. This left a bad last impression but the captain came down and explained that the delay was due to the immigration staff at Galveston not clearing the ship so I have to give him kudos for facing the angry crowd. So, overall we will cruise RCI again but probably look for a shorter cruise on a larger ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had ... Read More
Excellent Itinerary, 14 Days, Reasonable Pricing- Left Out Of Bayonne, NJ Main d/r food was terrible. Many chose to eat in buffet rest. For dinner. Wonderful ports. great weather..even after recent renovation, bathroon shower still had cutain(shower very small-average sized adult(i,m not!) would not fit easily=best captain on the planet! Deck 7 balcony very nice-large balcony-show very good-two nites of comics-dining staff outstanding- limited daytime activities of all the 1,979 passengers, approx 1,500 were from texas( no kidding!) did not take a port excursion so i cannot judge.-steve davis was cd. Very talented and active- asst. cd conducted a zumba class every day and was quite good( she is also a brazilian) all in all, it was a wonderful cruise- we met a lot of nice people while on board boarding and leaving ship were fast and efficient. We have never gotten on board as early( by 11:30). Captain marat(sp) was always visible. Friendly and personable- announced birthdays of passengers every day, including day of disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Love the Vision class and this ship did not change our opinion. Size is perfect for what we prefer in a ship. We did find some of the staff to be disconnected, mainly in the Diamond Lounge, R Bar and Windjammer. Very short staffed ... Read More
Love the Vision class and this ship did not change our opinion. Size is perfect for what we prefer in a ship. We did find some of the staff to be disconnected, mainly in the Diamond Lounge, R Bar and Windjammer. Very short staffed in Diamond lounge; the few waiters would totally avoind the back side of Some Enchanted Evening Lounge, with the exception of Laura who ran rings around the other staff. It is not as if RCCL did not know there were over 400 Diamond, D+ and Pinnacle members on board. We were only in R Bar once, but it was not pleasant. Ordered two glasses of wine with D+ card (allows 3 drinks from 4:30-8PM free), waited 15 minutes when brought to be slammed down with card and statement "no free drinks as card already used" then stomps off before I could even respond, never to be seen again, Went to bar where I was told waitress was on break and to go to Guest Services. Guest Services, at first. handed me D+ amenites list and did not seem to understand HH drinks. Another staff member corrected the first, checked my card and told me to go to bar to get credit for the two drinks. Charged, but never signed receipt! Back to bar to have charge removed. Windjammer also has issues by not refilling food containers until empty thus creating a logjam with those wating. Many times there were no coffee cups at coffee dispenser, ice tea not available and not enough silverware. This is not rocket science, plan ahead!!! There were coffee issues in the Diamond and Concierge lounges also. Empty or not working coffee/espresso machines in the morning. Have staff check before 6am - not difficult! Captain Marek is the most outgoing, informative captain we have ever sailed with. From announcing guest and staff birthdays each day to shaking each guests hand upon disembarkation. Such an asset to RCCL!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the itinerary. Sailed from New York (actually Port Liberty, NJ) to Galveston, TX via Bermuda, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Progreso. Initially, we were worried about sailing on the Vision since it was a smaller, older ship but we were pleasantly surprised in the really great condition it was in for it's age. None of the bells and whistles of the newer-built RCCL ships like a promenade, ice rink, flowrider, sport court, zip line, etc. but with only 5 sea days out of a 14 day cruise, we were OK. The best part of a smaller ship is no waiting in lines for anything. We did My Time Dining and NEVER had to wait for a table and we always asked for a table for 2. We chose not to make "reservations" or request a particular waiter so we had a variety of waitstaff and they were all excellent. We thought the food was better on this ship compared to the larger ships. Hot food was served hot, cold food was served cold and beef/steaks was tender. Service was also very good throughout the ship. We enjoyed all the ports of call except for Progreso which was not good because our docking was not until 1:00. Because we had to be shuttle-bused to town (and it getting dark by 6:00), we felt there was not really enough time to do a tour since most of the highlights were at least an hour or more drive away. We usually do not book the ship's shore excursions. We like to do our "homework" and usually take public transportation to the beach to snorkel, do a private tour, or do our own thing. Only in Curacao did we book a tour from one of the port tour companies because the weather looked like it might rain and we decided not to go to the beach that day. For "experience" purposes, we are Diamond Plus on RCCL with 283 cruise days and enjoy many of the perks that we receive with that status. We have also sailed on Princess, Carnival, Disney, NCL and various other now out-of-business cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was ... Read More
The itinerary and length of cruise. We wanted some sea days and ports of call with sunny beaches. Our 18 year old grand daughter also enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. The crew provided excellent service. The Excursion staff was efficient and helpful. Sorry to see the bean counters taking over management of the cruise industry, as those things that make cruising an experience can not be quantified, they are eliminated. I was sorry to see the pillow chocolates go and now gone are the ballroom dance classes, craft activities... The ships singers and dancers are very talented and actually looked like professional dancers; too bad that the material that they were given to perform was so poor. Our grand daughter really enjoyed the variety of food in the Main Dining Room and dressing up for the formal nights. We booked excursions in each of the ports through the cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept ... Read More
Enjoyed the ship. Easy to navigate, not too large. About 1,900 passengers. Entertainment was very good. Cruise director Steve and his assistant Talita were excellent! Staff was very courteous. Captain was about the ship a lot and kept guests informed on PA system of what was happening with weather, delays, announcements and so forth. Interacted with guests, performed at a couple of shows and greeted guests, wished them a safe journey, as they left the gangway on last day of cruise. Food was ok. Some nights there as a better selection at the buffet. Tv showed only very old movies. Poor selection of movies on the pool deck (only showed three movies all week. Only terrible disappointment was excursions (to merida) were suddenly cancelled last minute. Weren't told about the cancellation until we were on the pier. One of the reasons we booked this ship was to visit this city. We booked the excursion before we went on the cruise. We had been to all the other islands. Transportation to the airport from ship was a disaster! Hugh mob of people waiting with their luggage in the heat. Finally, everyone scrambled in different directions to get on a bus. No one checked to see if passengers had paid for transport. It was a messy free for all! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Vision of the Seas....Tampa was by far the easiest port we have ever used for embarkation. There was someone right there to help us unload luggage from our taxi and we were inside and onboard in, ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Vision of the Seas....Tampa was by far the easiest port we have ever used for embarkation. There was someone right there to help us unload luggage from our taxi and we were inside and onboard in, literally 5 minutes...Granted this was at 3:00 as it was a rainy day so we waited a little longer than usual. We still had plenty of time to look around and were also, conveniently able to get right into our stateroom...Our luggage was delivered in an amazingly fast time....our room attendant knocked a few minutes later and introduced himself and from that point he was very friendly but extremely non intrusive. We did not want for anything at anytime...the room always looked clean and the towels were fresh. I was worried that we would be bored on an older and smaller ship but it actually gave us the opportunity to really enjoy the actual "cruise" experience-dancing, the silly games, the amazing piano bar, the jam-packed trivia games in the Schooner Bar( get there early if you want a seat), the shows, the casino.......The food was your average cruise fare...I am definitely not as impressed as I used to be but I know that is across the board...Gone are the chocolate fountains, midnight buffets, ice sculptures and bowls of cut up berries and bananas every day...*sigh* Having said that, again, the service was outstanding in the dining room...Jeznilk and Reynold were warm, funny and seemed to enjoy what they were doing night after night...That has to be difficult but they made it look effortless...Mother Nature was not kind to the sun worshipers as we had rain in every port except Cozumel....However, plenty of our fellow cruisers seemed perfectly content to curl up in the Solarium (on the really comfy chairs) and read.....It also gave us our first opportunity to stay onboard on a port day-(something we always said we would do but haven't previously) in Honduras. There was plenty of things on the schedule and they even made announcements throughout the day of things they were adding to the day because of the rain...The mid-afternoon full length movie in the Masquerade Theater was a very nice surprise... I won't waste your time or mine with a hotel review...Bay Harbor Hotel...Just don't....seriously....they were not the least bit concerned with customer service (with the absolute exception of their shuttle drivers who were wonderful). We could barely get them to pay attention to answer our questions-they advertised as being close to the port and having a shuttle that goes there-neither of those things are true....it was $40 for the two of us to get there by taxi which they did not and would not call for us....There's no beach area, there is no one watching the stored luggage-they would not let us into our room even 5 minutes earlier than check in time-conveniently, there were rooms available for a $20 early check-in fee...Just. Don't.......Hmmmm, I guess I did have the energy to review them..... Vision of the Seas? Two very enthusiastic thumbs up-I would board again tomorrow and probably will board again in the near future...... Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
WARNING - Let the Elephant Races begin! – We just completed a 7 day cruise on the Vision. And with the exception of 2 issues it was a great cruise: 1 - We had two adjoining Junior Suites – 8046 & 8048. Great cabins and ... Read More
WARNING - Let the Elephant Races begin! – We just completed a 7 day cruise on the Vision. And with the exception of 2 issues it was a great cruise: 1 - We had two adjoining Junior Suites – 8046 & 8048. Great cabins and location. EXCEPT these cabins were located under two ping pong tables on deck 9 and the noise generated from the play on these tables was what I would assume elephant races would sound like. You would never think that this banging and thumping could come from playing ping pong. The noise was incessant from 9 AM sometimes until 10 or 11 at night. 2 - Isumi – We had 6PM reservations and all was well until 7PM. Then the loud disco music coming from the Crown lounge started – it was so loud that you not talk to your tablemates without shouting to be heard. The replies from Guest Services (three trips) were not acceptable, they ranged from: “You booked a cabin under the Sports Deck so you should expect some noise.” First of all the Sports deck is on deck 10. Deck 9 has the Windjammer, the Solarium and the pools etc. – nothing on the deck plan indicates that there might be any noise from above our cabins other than shuffling of chairs. Concerning Isumi – “The Kids program uses the Crown Lounge from 7 to 8PM and maybe I should have considered eating after 8PM” How absurd! Anyone that dines at the specialty restaurants would expect to be able to talk with their table mates and not be required to dine at a specific time to enjoy the meal. The Crew and the Ship were great. I could not say anything negative about the crew (except the Guest Services) if I wanted to. The crew seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs and working together. The ship is in fantastic shape, it came out of dry dock in 2013 and shows little or no wear since then. The entertainment and food are subjective so my opinions may differ from others. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Lastly, let me say that I am not complaining to hear myself complain. “The worse cruise I have been on was just wonderful !” My only point is to avoid cabins 8046-8048 and that these issues were not handled well. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We live in Tampa so our embarkation was pretty nice. We took for granted how close we were so much that we barely made it before they close the gates! We chose this ship primarily for the ports of call. We enjoyed all the ports and also ... Read More
We live in Tampa so our embarkation was pretty nice. We took for granted how close we were so much that we barely made it before they close the gates! We chose this ship primarily for the ports of call. We enjoyed all the ports and also enjoyed our shore excursions. Our favorite port was Roataan, Honduras. We rented a scooter and went on our own adventure ending up at Bananrama with our own private beach area. Our favorite excursion was the Lamanai ruins with the river boat. A big disappointment on the cruise was my time dining. My wife and I are night owls and usually eat later in the evening. We consistently had to wait about 15-20 minutes for a table even with reservations every night. This caused to miss several shows. We also had very slow service which drew our dinners out to over an hour which is long for us. This including waiting longer than normal between courses. The ship was nice but I prefer larger ships (been on Freedom and Liberty). Some of the ship features were updated and some were older than I am used to with Royal. We were disappointed with the soda package because Vision does not have Coke Freestyle machines onboard. You have to take your cups to a bartender. Overall I would recommend Royal Caribbean as a whole and I would go on Vision again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Pre-cruise: Stayed (2 nights) at the Hampton Inn Ybor City - great location - safe - right in the heart of Ybor City. We dined at Bernini on 7th Avenue - not to be missed. Embarkation: Vision of the Seas Smooth, pleasant, quick, ... Read More
Pre-cruise: Stayed (2 nights) at the Hampton Inn Ybor City - great location - safe - right in the heart of Ybor City. We dined at Bernini on 7th Avenue - not to be missed. Embarkation: Vision of the Seas Smooth, pleasant, quick, and we appreciated the extra assistance from the staff helping us with the wheelchair. Cabin: Large accessible cabin on deck 8 - very quiet - and steps away from the elevator. Dining: We had a little problem with My Time Dining) but by the second night everything was sorted out and we dined every night at the Main Dining Room around 5.30 PM. Breakfast/Lunch: Great venue for a leisure breakfast and or lunch. Dinner: ( Main Dining Room) From good to excellent. Impeccable service throughout. Entertainment: The shows were a welcome distraction from the daily routine on board ship. Ports: Curacao-Aruba-Bonaire and (Grand Cayman missed due to weather condition) We visited these ports before and we chose to walk (wheelchair) around and about in Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. Disembarkation: Wheelchair assistance from RCI to the Super Shuttle Service location at the Pier. From there we went to Tampa International Airport which is one of the most wheelchair friendly/accessible airports in the world. Summary: We had another great RCI cruise! The only negative we have is that - 'some' - (albeit a very few) obnoxious able bodied passengers totally disregarded the clearly marked "Reserved for Handicapped Seating" in the theater and in the Windjammer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Departure: Terminal 2, somewhat disorganized, escalators not working, one elevator, so we took the stairs. Otherwise, check in was went fairly well although they did not have tables where you can fill out the health form, so that was a ... Read More
Departure: Terminal 2, somewhat disorganized, escalators not working, one elevator, so we took the stairs. Otherwise, check in was went fairly well although they did not have tables where you can fill out the health form, so that was a little discomforting. Once on the ship, getting around thanks to the interactives near all elevators. Went to the Solarium for the Park Cafe roast beef sandwich. These were always delicious. We had a Junior Suite, but frankly, it was not much bigger than a balcony. But we did have enough storage space. Since we are Diamond, we went to the Diamond Lounge for cocktails before dinner. The space held approximately 50 average sized people. We heard that there were approximately 300 Diamond members on board. So they allowed the bar next to the Lounge to cater to the Diamond members who could not get into the Lounge and also allowed them to sit in the area around the bar. I don’t understand why they would not put the Diamond Lounge next to the Concierge Lounge on Deck 11 which catered to the Diamond Plus, Pinnacle and Suite guests. Other Diamond members commented on the fact they are now being treated as third class cruisers with more attention given to suite guests. We are also considering going with another cruise line to get the treatment that we are paying for and not being shoved aside for suite guests. That being said, the cruise was wonderful as a cruise generally is. We docked at Key West at the Outer Mole. Which means you are shuttled into town. Due to a chance of showers, we elected to stay on the ship. Next port was Aruba. We had been there before and took an excursion so again we elected to enjoy the ship and the peace and quiet. Curacao was next. A beautiful little island, which, in my humble opinion is much nicer than Aruba. Next port was Grand Cayman. This is a tender port, so again we elected to remain on board. Departure was rather smooth for Terminal 2. Re the food: If you can’t find what lights your fancy, you are way toooo picky. We have My Time Dining and reserved for 6:00 every night. Every dinner had a good selection of various types of food as well as the standard standbys of salmon and chicken. Outstanding staff included: Gabriel and Willford our servers at dinner for Table 127; Monika, Sebastian and Idana in the Schooner Bar; Ronaldo at the Solarium Bar (my husband’s favorite bartender); and last but not least Vojtech Prochazka (V) and hs wonderful staff in the Diamond Lounge who always were far and above in excellent service and attitude. . Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This cruise was OK but not great. The positives: ** Most all the bartenders were excellent (with the exception of one) ** Overall, entertainment was very good ** Cabin Steward (Raz) was excellent ** Specialty dining was ... Read More
This cruise was OK but not great. The positives: ** Most all the bartenders were excellent (with the exception of one) ** Overall, entertainment was very good ** Cabin Steward (Raz) was excellent ** Specialty dining was excellent (all three speciality dining restaurants) The negatives: ** Booked a Jr Suite and this stateroom is nothing more than a large balcony room. There are virtually no "perks" associated with a Jr Suite. Don't waste your money. Either book a Grand Suite (or above) or a balcony room. The "Jr Suite" is a marketing deception by RCCL. Other cruise lines offer much more when one books a Jr Suite. ** There are virtually no "quiet" bars on the ship except the Royal Viking Lounge (at the very top of the ship). However, one has to be a certain status (many cruises) or in a suite. We went up there and was asked to leave because a "Jr Suite" is not considered a suite by RCCL. ** The Centrum area is always loud and there is almost constant loud entertainment going on all the time. ** The main pool area is very loud, as well. Music is always blaring. RCCL just needs to notch it down a bit. Can't hardly talk with the music this loud. ** The food in the main dining area is average (at best) to lousy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was my boyfriend's and my 5th cruise together, first time taking Royal Caribbean. We've sailed on Norwegian once, and Carnival three times, and our first time taking a cruise that was more than 7 or 8 nights. I suspect ... Read More
This was my boyfriend's and my 5th cruise together, first time taking Royal Caribbean. We've sailed on Norwegian once, and Carnival three times, and our first time taking a cruise that was more than 7 or 8 nights. I suspect that because of the time that we went, plus the length of the cruise, was the reason that the ship's demographic tended to skew older this time. I recall our cruise director, Rob (who was great, by the way! Lots of good one-liners), said that we only had 11 kids on the entire ship. But surprisingly, we had a lot of fun! Let me start from the beginning. We drove down to Tampa from NYC, and stayed for 2 nights at the Chase Suite Hotel pre-cruise (which is fantastic, and we'd definitely return there if we find ourselves back in Tampa again). We arrived to the port around 1pm, and check in was a breeze. We were on the ship by around 1:40-1:45. Went straight to the pool, grabbed lunch, and wandered the ship for a bit. 11 decks total on the ship. Our first stop was Key West. Didn't take an excursion as we had been here before, so we spent the day looking for Key Lime Pie, finding it at Kermit's Key Lime Shoppe. We then went to the Key West Aquarium, which is just off the trolley that takes you from the port into town. The next two days were sea days, and plenty of activities were offered. BF and I are late sleepers, so we missed all the morning activities. Lots of games, dance classes/contests at the poolside, live music. One thing both of us loved was that the pool and whirlpools (4 at the main pool) were never full. There was also an adults-only area at the back of the ship, called the Solarium, but we didn't check that out until the last day. The weather was too nice outside =) On the last day, they had a staff vs. passenger pool volleyball, which was fun to watch! Other contests they had were the ladies bicep contest, men's bellyflop, sexiest man, bean bag toss and Copycat. Fifth day, we went to Bonaire. Took an excursion here, the Flamingo Salt Tour, which took us on a tour around the southern part of the island, and we got to see where all the salt is made. Didn't see too many flamingos, as they were quite far away, but we heard that the tour around the northern part of the island, you visit a national park and can get up and close with the flamingos. I'm not sure what that tour is called, though. We also had a stop off at the Sorobon Beach Club...what a beautiful little place, and gorgeous clear waters. Definitely a recommended stop! After our tour was over, we headed to Spice Beach, which we liked, but not as much as Sorobon. Sixth day was Curacao, and we were here from 9am-10pm. Probably our most favorite stop. We took a shore excursion here as well, the Turtle and Shark feeding. So worth it! We were taken to the Curacao Seaquarium, given diving/snorkeling gear (depending what you signed up for), and dropped into the lagoon with stingrays, tarpons, yellowfish, and a giant grouper. We were able to feed sea turtles, nurse sharks, and lemon sharks through glass windows/feeding holes, so no danger of getting bitten here. Our guide was hilarious and great, very informative and made sure everyone in our group of 5 got a chance to feed all the animals, multiple times. It was the first time we'd gotten so close to stingrays, as they would come right up to you and glide over you. Afterward, some wandering around town, and we were taken to Cabana Beach, which was coincidentally, near the Seaquarium. Another place with gorgeous water and sands, and plenty of fish and some coral to see underwater. Seventh day was Aruba. Sad to say we missed much since we didn't get up until 12, and the port of call was only from 7am-4pm. There are a few beaches within walking distance, and we ended up at some place called Barefoot, and the nearby beach. Spent a couple hours there and walked back to the ship. All three islands were beautiful and colorful, but the one thing we wish we knew was how much the taxis cost. Taxis charge you $20 on average for a ride, whether you have 1 person or 4 people. It's much more worth it to go with 4 people, where you pay $5 pp. Our last port of call was Georgetown, Grand Cayman on Day 9. No excursions for us again, but we did pick up a Tortuga Rum Cake and headed for the Royal Palms Beach Club. Taxi fares are much cheaper here, and we paid $4 per person to get there. Yet another gorgeous beach with clear, warm water, and a very pretty resort, with a bar and an outdoors cafe/restaurant. Definitely worth checking out. Overall, we had a good experience. Service was good, and our steward was attentive. I felt bad for him because we got up so late everyday and he probably had to stay late during his shift to clean up our room. We used the gym twice, nice space, but the cardio and weight equipment were kind of bundled together. We also did karaoke and went to all the game shows (Quest, Newlywed game show, Name that Tune, 60 seconds or less...I feel like I'm missing one? But I can't remember). Tip for karaoke...if you want to sing, try and get there early and sign up for your songs. It seemed to us that the same people got up to sing, night after night. We had 2 formal nights, also. Our only complaints with this cruise line (or maybe it's just this particular ship), was that the main dining room closed too early, at 9:30, and we didn't know you had to make reservations. If you went during primetime, I'd say 6:30-7:30, expect to be in line for up to an hour, especially without a reservation, which wasn't always easy to get. We did My Time Dining. At times, the maitre'd's were also very slow with seating everyone, and the line would build up to be very long. Not too much choice when it comes to dining, especially if you don't partake in the specialty restaurants. We ate at the Windjammer for lunch, which, for the most part, had pretty mediocre food. I did like the stir fry station, though, that was always good. We went between the Windjammer and main dining room for dinner, in which the food was always up to par and delicious. By the way, loved the cheese breads they offered in the bread basket...so good with melted butter! Also, not enough cookies and chocolate cake! Not too much going on in the ship after about 11pm. Went to the Viking Club some nights for dancing, and at the most we'd see maybe 10-12 people on the dancefloor with us. Our fellow passengers were great, very friendly, and we definitely socialized more on this ship than we had in any of our previous ones. The Cruise Director's staff were also very involved, as well, and hilarious, great at what they do. But overall, a fun trip, relaxing, and worth it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We booked this cruise to coincide with a previous week at a time share in Orlando. We arrived at the ship about noon on the Saturday and were promptly processed and on board by 12:30. Staterooms aren't ready until one so we did an ... Read More
We booked this cruise to coincide with a previous week at a time share in Orlando. We arrived at the ship about noon on the Saturday and were promptly processed and on board by 12:30. Staterooms aren't ready until one so we did an exploration tour of the ship. We were in an ocean view cabin on deck 2. When we were able to get into our cabin we noticed a slight door around the ventilation vent. We were told it would clear up once we were underway; which it did and never returned the balance of the cruise. Our room attendant was very good and any requests were handled promptly and with courtesy. Unfortunately the bed was such that we were unable to fit our emptied suitcases under the frame. We were able to nest them so they didn't take up too much room but it would have been better to get them out of sight completely. The bed was a touch soft which might be an issue for those who like a real firm mattress but it was okay for us. The itinerary was good, all ports we had been to before so didn't book any shore excursions except at Grand Cayman. Unfortunately the Sting Ray City tour was cancelled due to rough water conditions. It was a nice mix of ports (4) and sea days (4). Great weather all round except for rain on one sea day. I understand that this is an older ship that had been retrofitted in 2013. We thought the public areas were well maintained and in great condition. Our cabin showed signs of wear but nothing that affected our ability to enjoy the cruise. Remember to bring your own toiletries as RCCL does not provide shampoo or soap; not even the bulk type attached to the shower walls! We did not have any issue with noise or vibration. The food was very good in the main dining room (perhaps we just were lucky with our menu selections) and service from Branislav and Craig was wonderful. We are not fans of the buffet and were not impressed with food quality in the Windjammer. When both sides were open the serving seemed to go well enough. We tended to go to the Park Cafe for breakfast and lunch. For some reason only one side of the Windjammer was open on the last sea day and that was not good; very confusing, crowded and not enjoyable. The special coffee shop, Lattitudes, did not work well. For the most part it was only staffed by one person. Given the length of time it took to prepare an expresso or latte; the waits weren't worth it. The entertainment provided by the headliners was exceptional in our opinion. Two comedians, a female impressionist and a juggler were all fun. We only went to one production show, Boogie Nights, cast full of energy but not our thing. Many of the more popular diversions, such as the disco themed party and crew show as well as aerial productions took place in the Centrum. This is the area in the centre of the ship that extends through all decks and houses guest services and several bars. However, it is not designed to host a crowd. The area would quickly fill with all seats occupied and no where to stand. If you are a reader bring your own material as there is no library. They have an area they call the nook which has a few shelves of books that are quickly spoken for. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Vision of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 3.5 3.5
Public Rooms 3.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 3.5 3.3
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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