51 Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

Review of Vision of the Seas, Transatlantic Galveston to Barcelona, April 19th to May 6th 2019 – 17 nights. Overview: Amazing trip, great ship, superb crew. The whole trip was amazing with one major issue, which was the medical ... Read More
Review of Vision of the Seas, Transatlantic Galveston to Barcelona, April 19th to May 6th 2019 – 17 nights. Overview: Amazing trip, great ship, superb crew. The whole trip was amazing with one major issue, which was the medical staff/facilities and one minor issue, which was new sheets that were dirty (bloodstains) on the sofa bed, the new sheets they sent were also badly stained, so we requested them changed again. We are a family of 3 Diamond members, 50/44/3 (almost 4). This was our first Transatlantic. Background/In depth CABIN: We were in a Spacious Oceanview cabin, 7088. The cabin was midships, so little movement. The cabin was great, big enough for all 3 of us – and the toys, lots of storage space. It had full wall windows from knee height to ceiling, there was a “seat” running the full width of the cabin with amazing windows… (the deck 8 cabins above had floor to ceiling windows without the seat). These cabins are great for sitting watching the flying fish, whales and dolphins. This cabin is amazing, and will pick these it they are available again in the future. The only minor issue with these cabins is that they are close to the centrum, where all the major entertainment is held every night. There are doors from the corridor to the centrum that can be closed, and these reduce the noise by 90%... the cabin door also reduces the noise by about 90% on its own, so with both doors closed the cabin was silent, with only one closed the noise was very low…. Close them both for silence. FOOD/WAITSTAFF: Overall good (MDR) to Very Good (WJ), MDR: Waiter was OK, a bit standoffish and not very interactive with the table, Assistant Waiter was excellent. With the 3 year old, they looked after him, bringing him a fruit plate as we sat down. We changed that after a few days, as he ate the fruit before dinner, so he wasn’t eating too well, they kept the plate for when we asked for it. I have an allergy, so I made this clear to the staff on the first night. They brought the menu for the next night to the table for me to fill in with my request. We ate in the MDR about 8 of 17 days, with the remaining nights spent in the Windjammer. MDR Food was good overall, nothing really exceptional. My biggest bugbear was the vegetables… hardly cooked at all, all almost raw, at every meal. Had Breakfast in the MDR one day, food was OK, staff OK. After numerous cruises, decided to try breakfast, but truthfully, nothing too exciting, and I enjoyed the WJ better. LUNCH: Had lunch once in the MDR, Food was very good, service was great, however as it was a private lunch with the Captain, can’t compare with normal service. Windjammer, Staff were great, clearing tables very quickly, bringing drinks etc all the time. Food: there were the usual selections every day/meal, salads, meats, pizza, burgers, hotdogs etc, the selection rotated round a few times. Also there was a meat carvery every day. Food was generally very good. There were themed nights with stations set up as well as the usual selections. Dessert was a bit limited in selections, the items rotated round very quickly, with some days nothing that I wanted (my taste), as it was a 17 day cruise, the selections rotated through a few times. Breakfast, as usual, very good selection, plenty of food. With all meals in the WJ, we walked through the whole selection then found a seat, then took turns to select food. This was to ensure we saw everything on offer for the child to eat. Milk and Chocolate milk was available at all meals under the desserts counter so ask for it if you want it. Chef Royston in the WJ was great with our son, he always came out to see him and made sure he had enough food, even making special requests when he thought he needed more food. When he was Ill, Chef Royston went into the kitchens and cooked him a meal of his favourite things to ensure he ate something… it worked. Other eating places: PARK CAFÉ: we ate there a number of nights, for a snack. Quality very good, especially the 3 cheese panini, which was grilled…. Amazing, we had them every time we ate there. Cookies and fruit as well as pizza, nachos and other sandwiches available till late. ICE CREAM: 2 machines, available at some different times during the day. Nice Ice Cream, cones, but some limited times, all closed at 2130 to 1100… some additional times would be better. PHOTO PACKAGE: We had the “All Photo Package”, bought online before the cruise. The cost on board was about 30% more than we paid, with the USB another $64 on top of that. There were on average 3 stations set up each night, where they took at least 2 photos at each. We wanted some with just us, with us all, with Son on his own… as well as at every port at least 2 photos, meals, Formal, events etc. We walked off with over 2KG/4.4lbs in weight of photos…. At least 500, still not counted. The staff was amazing and if we asked for other unusual stuff, they would if possible. We had one with an amazing sunset on deck, we asked him to come do that, which he did on his break. ADVENTURE OCEAN: 0900 to 1200, 1400 to 1700, 1900 to 2200 sessions. Our son only went to one of the 3 sessions offered daily. He only went to about 6 in total. He was one of only 9 children on the ship, so when he went there were 7 staff just for him. We only wanted him to do one session per day when he wanted to, to keep him in the routine for school. He loved the time there, and even though there was a schedule printed out, they took the time to talk to him and basically did things that he was interested in doing rather than doing the scheduled activities. ENTERTAINMENT: With a 3 year old, our visits to the different entertainment venues was limited. On a TA the entertainment is more geared to adults that something a 3 year old would sit through. We decided what to do each day on what we thought he would like/sit through without causing disruption to others at each venue. We did not go to the theatre at all, so can’t comment on the shows. Centrum had a number of shows/events every night, we attended a number of these. Overall we had plenty to do every day, some days more than others. There was a lot of trivia on the trip, with some ongoing for at least 3 hours a day, it did seem like this was the new staple entertainment, with about 3 or 4 different sessions per day (I like trivia, but only took part in the progressive, and offered some assistance to friends when I could) PORTS: We did not do any ship excursions, but had our own plans at each port. No issues experienced as far as I know, there was one port where 5 people were delayed, but only by about 20 minutes. DIAMOND LOUNGE: The lounge was too small for the numbers, so they closed the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge for us each evening. Experience was good in there. Coffee maker was well serviced, and even with the numbers on board, I only saw it run out twice, and each time attention was very quick coming. I only drink coffee (allergic to alcohol), so I used that machine a lot. BENEFITS ON SEAPASS, we used the lounge every night, as well as the 3 drinks loaded onto the Sea Pass card. Casino free roll, the machine is tight, and in the past 2 cruises won nothing at all, so this time we won a raffle ticket…. I actually stayed up until 2300 on the last night to be there for the drawing…. For a T SHIRT… you would have thought they would have a decent prize. Very disappointed in that. Internet, see below in notes. % off RCCL merchandise, Used this in the shop, the attendant said it could be used over and over again, which was news to me… only used once though. Washing: Did the $10 off a $34 wash, it was on the day they offered it at $24.99 in the compass, and got charged $17.36 in total… the clothes came back not very clean, and not smelling washed, so not sure if that is the way they wash them, or just not a good service. NOTES: I have never seen a Captain stand on the dock wishing people a good day as they left the ship, But Captain Mike was there at a number of ports, talking to people and wishing them a good day. It was a nice touch. It was Easter on our sailing, and the number of children was extremely low, so we ended up with over 100 eggs and rabbits… All the crew kept giving our son eggs, so we ended the cruise giving them to the crew as we had so many. Internet: We had 2 free days as Diamond. We spread them out till the middle of the voyage for day 1. I opted to go for the upgrade, which cost $7.00 as the Diamond free portion paid for the rest. Speed was actually very good, it surprised me. Unfortunately, after 11 hours, the signal was lost. I reported it straight away (luckily)…. But as I said I picked the middle day and as we were in the exact middle of the Atlantic the majority of the ship lost internet for a number of hours. They logged the loss, and I was credited with another 12 hours at a later date after a few visits. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I would like to commend the following crew members that made this cruise so enjoyable, especially Imade, our cabin steward who provided superior service; Oswin, a head waiter at the Aquarius dining room who went out of his way to ... Read More
I would like to commend the following crew members that made this cruise so enjoyable, especially Imade, our cabin steward who provided superior service; Oswin, a head waiter at the Aquarius dining room who went out of his way to accommodate our every request and ensure that our dining experience was first class. His personal attention carried over at the Windjammer during breakfast and lunch; Naik and Lucas, who were our waiters at the 5;30 dinner setting could not have done a better job. At the Windjammer, there were many occasions when we were served by and assisted by Ying Ying and Hsin-Hua whom we got to know quite well. All of these people seemed to love their job and provided outstanding service of which Royal Caribbean should be proud. The entertainment provided on this cruise was some the best that we have ever experienced. Of particular delight were the performances provided by classical artists. The entertainment directer did a great job. The ship itself was quite comfortable, but it was the personnel assigned to this ship that made this voyage so special. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The Vision of the Seas Officers, Cruise Staff and Crew were very friendly and highly visible. This TA offered new, fun, free activities that we had never experienced before - the egg drop, cake decorating, scavenger hunt, debates, Neptune ... Read More
The Vision of the Seas Officers, Cruise Staff and Crew were very friendly and highly visible. This TA offered new, fun, free activities that we had never experienced before - the egg drop, cake decorating, scavenger hunt, debates, Neptune ceremony, escape room puzzle, Crew talent show, many different game shows, to name a few. This was our first time on a Vision Class ship and while not as “kid friendly” as many RCI ships, it was perfect for us. The flow in the Windjammer, Shops, Lounge and Theater area was excellent; especially compared to the Radiance Class (Jewel of the Seas) that we just sailed. The stairways and aisles seemed wider and were easy to navigate. The ship does show some wear, but not as much as the Jewel and Vision is headed into a 14 day dry dock as we disembarked. This is only our third TA, but, though a smaller ship, the Vision offered the most and most varied activities. It was a great trip. Main Dining Room: Food and service were excellent. Very flexible in adjusting to our group’s staggered arrival times. We were booked for MyTime dining but when we arrived were advised we had been assigned early sitting at a table for 10. MyTime was overbooked and they could not / refused to accommodate another party of two. We were offered a table for two in the MDR on night 2 but we declined. RCI needs to get a handle on scheduling MyTime; we had a poor experience on the Jewel, also. Compliments to the Chef for the Beef Wellington - it was extraordinary! Specialty Dining: Giovanni’s was outstanding - service, food, atmosphere was excellent. The staff was very friendly and all of the food - from bread to dessert was great. While they didn’t have a window seat, they graciously sat the two of us at a table for four with a view. Izumi was also very good. The server explained the menu and offered suggestions. The hot rocks are a fun cooking / eating experience. Unfortunately, at Chops, usually our favorite, the server and maitre’d were not friendly / almost rude from the start. The steaks, appetizers and desserts were very good but the accompanying sides were all cold (potatoes, spinach and mushrooms). For some reason in our section of the dining room, the lights were never dimmed and our table was so close to the party next to us that we could hear all of their complaints to the server. The server never asked if we wanted more wine (we did) and did not clean up the table (crumb catcher) between courses. It was a really poor experience. Masquerade Theater: Entertainment had it’s highs and lows - James Stephens III, Mark Preston, Brooks Aehron (pianist), the Beatles and Gary Williams are not to be missed. Comedian David Naster was good but Neal Austin and Steve Rawlings were not. The Duo Artmotion (aerial performance) was good, but a little long and repetitive, especially for the first night. The Production Show cast members were very good, talented singers and dancers; the costumes and sets interesting; but the material was boring and old. I think the production shows are past their prime. On long voyages, it would be nice to see the production cast more. We enjoyed the matinee performances and the classical music was a different, welcome addition. Eunsely Park (violinist) was remarkable. FYI: the theater is way too warm - need more A/C. Customer Service: Very helpful and friendly. Needed to have my SeaPass replaced - no problem! The ship really needs to be upgraded so you can view your bill on the room TV; it would save many trips to Customer Service. Next Cruise: Only dropped in once. Very abrupt and did not seem especially interested in selling me a cruise. Photographers: Always a great, friendly group, the Vision was no exception. Especially enjoyed the young man from India and the married couple from Mauritius. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We were in Europe for 6 weeks and wanted to cruise back home at this time. This was the second cruise we took on RCCL. We thought it was just ok the first time. We find other cruise lines ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We were in Europe for 6 weeks and wanted to cruise back home at this time. This was the second cruise we took on RCCL. We thought it was just ok the first time. We find other cruise lines better. We were not impressed with RCCL at all with this cruise. The ship needs a lot of work. Most of the furniture is old, chipped and needs to be replaced. And get rid of those hideous artificial plants! The food is mediocre at best. The dinner service was excellent though. The breakfast service in the dining room was so bad that most days we didn’t eat there. We had to wait a long time for a table even though there were empty tables and it took a long time to get our food. The whole breakfast service was very chaotic and disorganized. The only thing good about eating breakfast in the dining room was Hans. He is a delight! The cruise director, Steve was very good and worked hard, as was his staff. Orlando was very personable and funny. He would make an excellent cruise director. We also enjoyed Talita very much. She is funny but at times difficult to understand. We enjoyed laying out by the pool most sea days, but found the music annoying. They should take into consideration that the average age of their cruisers is 60+. We don’t enjoy techno, teenie bopper music. Same with the movies the showed on the outdoor screen. They were mostly kids’ movies and no one was watching them but you couldn’t get away from the sound. The evening shows were a mix, some very good and others not so much. We really enjoyed the Beatles show, the pianist, the ship’s orchestra, David Nestor, and James Stephens. We didn’t really care for the 2 production numbers, they seemed to drag. Also didn’t like Neal Austin. He should be doing children’s parties. We also enjoyed the enrichment forensics talks very much. They were very interesting. The shows in the Centrum were good and enjoyable, but too crowded and hard to see. Late comers squeeze in in front of those in seats so people that were there and seated coulddn’t see. The ship seemed clean, and the cabins were also clean. The room attendants worked very hard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Following a wonderful family trip across Europe we enjoyed a 13 day transatlantic cruise. I was very concerned that there might not be enough activities for my wife. Luckily the activities director was a non stop activity machine. The ... Read More
Following a wonderful family trip across Europe we enjoyed a 13 day transatlantic cruise. I was very concerned that there might not be enough activities for my wife. Luckily the activities director was a non stop activity machine. The lovely Talita Leone taught Zumba and stretching and Brazilian dancing classes daily in the centrum and pool side. Fantastic. The evening events included parties and the quest. The crew was excellent. Food was very good in MDR and service excellent. Breakfast and lunch were good. The ship is nice and very easy to get around. Music by Vicky and band were good. Fellow passengers were amazing fun. One of our best trips ever. The entire staff was friendly and service was excellent. The ship is headed for a refurbishment that’s needed. But we’ve found some great things in small ships like this Visions and the Grandeur. Maybe they try harder. Diamond lounge was available from 4:30 to 8 pm every day including day we got on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Vision of the Seas – Transatlantic – April 16th 2017 Overview A wonderful crossing for the second year in a row. We love the Vison Class ships. They have a very friendly staff in all parts of the ship. The food was very good the ... Read More
Vision of the Seas – Transatlantic – April 16th 2017 Overview A wonderful crossing for the second year in a row. We love the Vison Class ships. They have a very friendly staff in all parts of the ship. The food was very good the entertainment was mostly excellent. Embarkation We stayed at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston. It’s a marvelous old hotel located very close to the port. We didn’t go to the ship until close to 1 p.m. and were able to board quickly and head to the room Cabin – Ocean view 3628 Adequate size for us to store all our stuff. We chose to have the bed separated into two singles as it made the layout a lot friendlier with access to the window. There is no comfortable place to stay in the room for any length of time (so we didn’t). Cabin steward was OK (nothing extraordinary) On Board Nit-picks first – The music played on the ship was on a loop that ended up playing the same music at the SAME TIME every day! C’mon man! That’s just lazy. They had a shortage of martini glasses on the ship (yes you read that right). One night they served our martinis in wine glasses. Very weird (and unprofessional) The good- The Schooner Bar is our favorite before dinner place. An awesome bar! Food in the MDR was very good as well as the service. The solarium was our sea day hangout! Food in the Windjammer was good, but the same every day. Food in the Park Café was exactly the same limited menu every single day. We did not go to a specialty restaurant Entertainment on board was typical cruise ship stuff. The headliners were generally good, I am not a big fan of the ships singers and dancers, but they were ok too. The best was the Piano headliner Brook Aehron who was fantastic and then he brought on flutist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry who provided on of the best onboard shows I have seen! There was also a guest speaker talking about spying which I attended but it was only mildly interesting Ports San Juan – got off and looked around, had a beer and did some shopping and went back to the ship. Been there many times Porto Delgada – We took a ships tour to Crater Lake. We don’t often take the ships tours anymore, and now I remember why. You have to go to a meeting place and follow in a nice little line behind the girls with the sign and find your bus. I much prefer booking a trip on my own BUT this excursion was pleasant and the island is very nice! Sea Days! – HEAVEN! Malaga – (Spain Rocks). We took the shuttle to town (5 Euros return). Walked to the cathedral and went on the big Ferris wheel (again) for the views (20 euros) and had some a nice cold beer. Alicante – What a great place! Everything is close to the port. We walked around town, saw the old church and had something to eat and drink. Lots and Lots of restaurants! Palma. – A big rainstorm, We stayed on the ship. (It was $20 return for the shuttle! Ridiculous!) Barcelona – Straight to the airport this year. We were there last year for a few days. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Sailing from Galveston is always very convenient and this itinerary was perfect! The ship was in very good condition considering its age. The captain and the crew were very friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious! We had a Grand ... Read More
Sailing from Galveston is always very convenient and this itinerary was perfect! The ship was in very good condition considering its age. The captain and the crew were very friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious! We had a Grand Suite which was wonderful. Lots of extra drawers and space with a spacious balcony. The ship doesn’t have all the ‘bells and whistles’ like the much larger ships but there was always plenty to do. The entertainment was very good, especially the concert pianist and the young flutist. We ate mainly in the dining room and had My Time Dining. Perfect service and very good food. We also ate in Chops 2 nights and it was excellent. For lunch we ate in the dining room, the Windjammer, and the Solarium All very good! We had access to the Concierge Lounge which was always a fun place to go and meet old and new friends. The Concierge, Ryno, was excellent! It was a GREAT cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My parents invited my husband and I to take this transatlantic cruise with them. This was the 4th cruise we had been on and the first transatlantic. Like the first cruise on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas back in 2010, the Vision ... Read More
My parents invited my husband and I to take this transatlantic cruise with them. This was the 4th cruise we had been on and the first transatlantic. Like the first cruise on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas back in 2010, the Vision was a fabulous experience. While a smaller (and older) ship, it was pristine and immaculate and the layout was great. Easy to get around, lots happening everywhere (you could not get bored on this ship!), and outstanding service. I have to admit that when I saw the ship docked in Galveston, I thought "oh my, this looks old and outdated" as we had been on the Coral Princess about 5 years ago (to Panama) and that ship was the same age as Vision, but it was horribly run-down and smelled awful (mold, wet shower curtain) in the hallways and staterooms). But once we boarded the Vision, we saw this was a beautiful ship, our room (standard with balcony) was clean and sparkling, and the common areas were all updated and well maintained. The food was not as good as I recall on the Voyager, but better than Princess (besides the Coral Princess in 2015, we have been on the Emerald Princess back in 2011). The Windjammer Buffet was great - many healthy options and wide variety. The dining room was mostly quite good but a few items were sub-par (cuts of meat quality in particular). Dining room staff was outstanding and bent over backwards to make sure we were happy, same for our stateroom attendant. All in all, this is a good size ship (2,000) and I would definitely recommend for an older clientele - not much for children here but definitely caters to the older (75+) crowd. Note that I gave a "3" for entertainment. The reason is that I'm 56 years old and one of the youngest on board - the entertainment (shows, music venues) was definitely geared toward the 75+ age group with ballroom dancing, classical music, and lots of Frank Sinatra. Not my cup of tea, but the majority of passengers loved it, so if you like that type of entertainment, this ship is for you. I also want to give kudos to the Cruise Director's staff. Cruise Director Steve Davis was the BEST - a true performer and "people person" all round. His Activities Manager Talita was also fabulous, along with Stephanie and Jakob. They were all very visible and engaged with the passengers throughout the entire cruise (like on the Voyager but unlike Princess, where you never knew who the cruise director was or even saw him/her). Quite an obvious difference in the way this position/department is viewed by Royal Carribbean v. Princess. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We knew what to expect when booking the 2017 edition of Royal. The food and service are now mediocre and bear no resemblance to the Royal of a bygone era. However, the itinerary was fabulous, including 4 days in Iceland. In fairness, ... Read More
We knew what to expect when booking the 2017 edition of Royal. The food and service are now mediocre and bear no resemblance to the Royal of a bygone era. However, the itinerary was fabulous, including 4 days in Iceland. In fairness, the Park Cafe staff was friendly and on the ball and some of the Aquarius restaurant staff were helpful in correcting errors. Unfortunately, the cabin attendants, and guest relations staff were out to lunch. The Windjammer was absolutely gross, forcing us to eat off the ship when in port. Royal only has one dinning venue when the ship ports, that being the Windjammer. Izumi Asian restaurant was a nice evening alternative to the dinning room. The on board entertainment was average with the exception of the rock cover band, Rookie. Rookie was the best cruise entertainment I've seen in 60-70 cruises. The balance of the shows were the usual; magicians, card tricks and diva singing. In my view, most of it wasn't worth the time. Our cabin attendant was nicknamed the invisible man. He was never around, so if something was needed, the attendant done the hall helped. Royal seems to suffer from under staffing. The food in Aquarius featured cold fish, poorly executed sauces and indifferent service. It was so bad that the sauces were often indistinguishable from one day to the next. Royal is a cheap ticket to travel, don't expect an upscale experience. Despite the on board problems I'd repeat the trip because of the ten ports featured in the itinerary. On board, Royal is challenging NCL and Carnival for the low rent bottom. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Maître d' Katharina provided exceptional customer service. It's good to see someone who so truly cares about making the customer experience exceptional every time. Our Giovanni's experience was ruined by being served ... Read More
Maître d' Katharina provided exceptional customer service. It's good to see someone who so truly cares about making the customer experience exceptional every time. Our Giovanni's experience was ruined by being served items we advised we had allergies to, then being ignored after being served so unable to correct. Divina (bartender in Diamond lounge) was excellent. We had to go to the Diamond Lounge most evenings because the Concierge Lounge was full. I find it interesting that they PENALIZE the most loyal customers this way. Robert Popescu - Diamond concierge also wonderful and spoke to each table each evening Pawan & Inacio in dining room were a great time and very efficient. Angelle & Chris (cruise director) were very entertaining and easy to approach or talk to. Love the option to ask a question via comment card and have it addressed on the daily talk. Cristian, IWayan & Reagan in the R Bar make up the best martini team on the seas! Their martini seminars were the highlight of the cruise. I highly recommend them. I was alarmed to see staff putting what they deemed unused silverware back into clean cutlery instead of washing it all. Any item put on the table should be washed. People sneeze and cough during meals, and even use their spoons and put them back in place after licking them clean. This practice needs to stop! It's no wonder so many people were sick by the end of the cruise... We always book The Chef's Table and have found it to be a very enjoyable experience and opportunity to meet other people. However the temperature of the room was so hot that you had to keep getting up to leave the room between courses to cool off! They did apologize for the heat, but were told they couldn't cool the room because when they do the cabins on the deck below complain it's too cold. It completely ruined the dining experience. The ship was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We were concerned that the Vision would be so small that we would be bored to tears on a 16 nt cruise, but we were happily surprised. Hubby missed an indoor movie theater and a basketball court, but we enjoyed how easy it was to navigate ... Read More
We were concerned that the Vision would be so small that we would be bored to tears on a 16 nt cruise, but we were happily surprised. Hubby missed an indoor movie theater and a basketball court, but we enjoyed how easy it was to navigate the ship. There were 700+ Diamond and above cruisers on this trip, so the "Some Enchanted Evening" Lounge was used for free drinks/snacks in the evening. Plenty of room for all. Chris Hopkins was our Cruise Director and this is a new role for him. I've never had a better cruise director! He was everywhere, involved in everything, and always wanting to stop and chat with passengers. His assistant Angelle, was also very, very good. They held the usual "Love and Marriage" and "Quest" shows, but also added some things we'd never seen that were fun. We had the best head waiter ever (Das, from India). He was busy, busy, busy....helping his staff do their jobs, at the entry to the dining room every evening, passing out hand sanitizer, and in the Windjammer every morning busing tables, delivering drinks and whatever else needed to be done. Always with enthusiasm and a smile. He definitely enhanced our cruise experience. For every day we were in port, crew members were posted in each stairway to manage the lines. No line cutting, no rushing out of the elevator and jumping into the line. It was very, very organized. We also had the best embarkation and debarkation ever. I'm not sure why they were so good. Just really fast, friendly and efficient. Cabin 7588 is a Preferred Oceanview Cabin and I can't say enough about how great this type of cabin is. It is larger than most of the balcony cabins we book. It had a very large "picture window" with a window seat, instead of the usual small window. The bed was right next to the window, and you could pretend you were practically laying right on the water! We loved Iceland and definitely want to go back. Loved embarking from Copenhagen. We stayed two days in the city pre cruise. It's easy to find your way around, clean and friendly...just watch out for all the bicycles! The only negative experience we had with the whole cruise was at the Chef's Table. This is a five course meal with wine pairings. The guy who did the explanations of the wines just talked WAY too long!! He talked for at least 15 min about every wine. Three people at the table were not even drinking wine! It totally ruined the experience for me. Total time spent at the Chef's Table......4 HOURS and 20 MINUTES. Crazy! In general, this transatlantic will go down as one of our favorite cruises ever. Loved the ship, loved the staff, loved the itinerary. Thanks, Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose the cruise because of the great destinations and cruise price. The ports of call and total price did not disappoint. We were very fortunate to interact with outstanding staff throughout the ship. We started in Copenhagen ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the great destinations and cruise price. The ports of call and total price did not disappoint. We were very fortunate to interact with outstanding staff throughout the ship. We started in Copenhagen and on to Norway, Scotland, Iceland, Newfoundland and landed in New Jersey. The embarkation in Denmark was very smooth and disembarkation in NJ was easier that we could have every expected. A positive was the Main Dining Room with their staff, Julio and Jesuno, and food which offered great and tasty options. When considering the total cruise, we were a disappointed that there were too few places where water, tea and coffee were available; the ship feels dated; internet was not very good as advertised ("streaming"); available excursions were limited; drink packages were limited and expensive; TV options were very limited with the same exact show running over and over again every single day which became comical at times (remember, this was a transatlantic with multiple sea days) Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Chose this trip because of itinerary & even though we booked 14 months in advance we weren't able to get outside cabin. In general trip was great. Ports were really nice, with beautiful scenery. We generally travel on Celebrity ... Read More
Chose this trip because of itinerary & even though we booked 14 months in advance we weren't able to get outside cabin. In general trip was great. Ports were really nice, with beautiful scenery. We generally travel on Celebrity but really enjoyed & appreciated the crew for their service and helpfulness. We do our own excursions so I cannot assess the ship's excursions, but I will say that disembarking in some ports was done very poorly with passengers lined up on stairways for many floors. It was ridiculous. I also do not understand why ship does not have a shuttle going from ship to port exit. In some ports it is a very long walk which is not easy for those who have mobility issues. We chose anytime dining & made our times in advance of getting on cruise so we never had to wait. We found the food in dining room to be good, with extraordinary service by Melissa & Dev at dinner. Breakfast service in dining room was very slow, but enjoyed the relaxation. Really enjoyed salad bar lunchtime in dining room. Am not much of a show person as I spent evenings in casino. Casino personnel were friendly & helpful. Of the Shows that we did see some were very good & some not so much. We found the music groups that played in the Centrum were terrific & the show band excellent. Embarking & disembarking from cruise on first & last day was excellent. All in all we found the cruise terrific, with this ship looking worn & in need of refurbishing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
*Loved the two night stays in Iceland - wish there were more cruises offering this. Not having a deadline really makes for a better vacation experience. *Food in the dinning room was just ok, so we landed out eating at the Windjammer ... Read More
*Loved the two night stays in Iceland - wish there were more cruises offering this. Not having a deadline really makes for a better vacation experience. *Food in the dinning room was just ok, so we landed out eating at the Windjammer for 14 of our 16 nights. While visiting Iceland, Icelandic yogurt was offered, which offers a wooping 19 grams of protein! Very healthy choice to start your day! *Room was good, but there was a lot of noise coming from the engine (2616). Guess this can be expected from the 2nd floor. *Fridge available upon request, but I have no idea where it would have been placed, that wouldn't have been in our way. But if you need one, ask as soon as you get on board. *Cruise Director Chris never stopped! He was everywhere!!! Keep us laughing. *Enjoyed the entertainment. The adult comedy show wasn't so great, but otherwise I'd watch all the shows a second time. * This was our 14th cruise, and our 3rd with RCL. Disney is still our favourite line, and we don't have any children. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
19 friends chose this for its ports and time of year. I always found excellent food in the Windjammer Café and was pleased by the service at our cozy table for 6 in the 6 p.m. dining at Aquarius. We sat in a curved niche under a ... Read More
19 friends chose this for its ports and time of year. I always found excellent food in the Windjammer Café and was pleased by the service at our cozy table for 6 in the 6 p.m. dining at Aquarius. We sat in a curved niche under a chandelier facing a big window . Couldn't be better! Signing up through Online Travel we had 'L' interior cabin which I feared would be too small, dated and with a 'ghost' steward. But it was none of the above! The entire ship was beautiful and always immaculate. There were 'line-jumpers', 'push to the fronters', 'chair stealers', 'loud talkers', but I told myself to calm down over them and just have a good time. I have been loyal to Celebrity expecting it to out-class this experience but found the (beautiful) theater entertainment better and the food was even a little more impressive, a surprise I could live with! There were no brioche at breakfast was the only disappointment. The desserts were better in Windjammer than in the dining room (I have a wicked sweet-tooth). We learned to be at the Windjammer door first thing for breakfast and lunch so we always got our favorite table at the bow for beautiful Atlantic Ocean views for 16 days. A problem occurred when the whole ship was exiting for port and the line snaked up to the 7th deck stairwell; note should have been given in the nightly Newsletter to plead for a fair line-up in a civil fashion because the exiting was very fast but the anxious types bust into the line on every floor rather than climb up to the line end. There was an Exclusionary feel to this trip because 1,000 Elite Members had areas of the ship blocked off just for them various times of each day. This was my 1st RC cruise and I was embarrassed to be denied parts of the ship as a 'newbbe'. That was not good PR for this cruise company and I'll go back to Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise for the amazing itinerary. It was an advertised cruise through a local travel agency, and we had never used an agency before, nor had we cruised with this line before. We were happily surprised with the cleanliness ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the amazing itinerary. It was an advertised cruise through a local travel agency, and we had never used an agency before, nor had we cruised with this line before. We were happily surprised with the cleanliness of the Vision of the Seas, the pleasant crew members and the meals. The stateroom was quite adequate, however, there was no refrigerator, microwave or coffee pot - all of which we sorely missed. While the entertainment was not quite up to the standards of the cruise line we mostly use, we still had a couple of enjoyable evenings in the theater. The group, Rookie, was phenomenal!! We heard several negative comments regarding the decline of service and food, however, we found nothing to support these comments. The Captain was eager to point out special sightings of whales, icebergs and even the Northern Lights, which were greatly appreciated, and we might have missed without his announcements! We would definitely consider RCCI again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
A fantastic cruise from a person that has done over 200 cruises, This was a great trip, Great cruise director, great Captain, great entertainment and wonderful ports full of nature and sights to see. Good weather, Smooth sailing, Northern ... Read More
A fantastic cruise from a person that has done over 200 cruises, This was a great trip, Great cruise director, great Captain, great entertainment and wonderful ports full of nature and sights to see. Good weather, Smooth sailing, Northern lights, whales, iceberg, and wonderful ports of call, Food was very good, Even the buffet had a big choice. Diamond lounge was in the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge as there was a big group on board. Drinks and food in the lounge were great, I am a diamond plus member. Entertainment was top notch. Many times the entertainer came back the next day for a 1 pm show on sea days. Violin player, female singer impersonator. Rookie group, motown group. magician, pick pocket show, 2 production shows, comedian, piano player, singer Frank Sinatra type. The rooms were clean, Good cabin steward. Disembarkation in Bayonne was fast. Embarkation in Copenhagen was fast,. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise for the wonderful itinerary. Our 4 day stay in Copenhagen before boarding was great and we would love to go there again. Tip for visitors: museums are closed on Mondays. Getting on the ship was an ordeal with lines ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the wonderful itinerary. Our 4 day stay in Copenhagen before boarding was great and we would love to go there again. Tip for visitors: museums are closed on Mondays. Getting on the ship was an ordeal with lines snaking out the doors and people jumping lines and long waits of over an hour to check in. The ship is lovely, well maintained and crew really worked hard to make it a positive experience for us. The entertainment was the best we have seen in over 20 cruises. We really enjoyed a variety of headliners including singers, a violinist, a magician and a ventriloquist. The tribute band was our favorite. The theater is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The lectures were a disappointment in both subject matter and lackluster delivery. While the trivia was usually fun, the scrapbook session once again was in a location that is impossible to work in and with poor tools to work with if you wanted to try to assemble a kit. We enjoyed the ports the most. Skagen was lovely to walk around and the Danes were so friendly to talk to and the shops were beautiful. In Norway we did the hop on and off bus and visited the really magnificent churches and enjoyed the beautiful views. As we are not in good shape to walk distances or uphill we passed on the excursions for the two ports. Originally scheduled for Shetland Islands we did really enjoy our excursion into Inverness. The shopping was especially fun there since Denmark, Norway and especially Iceland are very expensive for tourists and made the Scottish shops look like bargains. Iceland was the highlight of our trip and having 2 days in each port made it especially good. The Golden circle tour of the big 3 attractions outside Reykjavik was spectacular. In Arkureyi we went to nature baths which is a mini polar bear challenge running from shower room in 38 degree weather to hot bathing pool but such a cool experience. The Godafoss falls are incredible and a little scary since there aren't a lot of fences or railings around any of the cliffs. The tour guides were really superior in all our tours-talking in clear English with humor and knowledge. Everybody in Iceland has 2 jobs and work so hard. The at sea days were restful and I was actually .disappointed when they closed the pool because the ocean motion made it into a great wave pool which management considered dangerous. I am not a fan of having to give my card every time I needed a towel. I had to watch I wasn't accidentally charged $25 for not returning one. Being a member of the Diamond club made the cocktail hour a pleasure with limited menu drinks and snacks. Although the lounge was always crowded the servers did a great job especially Laura who was friendly and quick. We had a problem in not getting a table assigned for fixed early dining but it was resolved and food in the dining room was excellent with a few exceptions. We did not think the Windjammer was as high quality with some items overcooked and others bland. The roast beef was especially disappointing with an unpleasant hammy texture. The pavlovas meringues were superb and desserts in dining room were good but lilmited. Disembarking in NJ was smooth and quick. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Because 3 of us 4 were diabetics we need to eat at the same time each evening. We were told that our time would be 8:30. Unacceptable to us. We finally had to go to Customer service to get it changed., We spent the first evening eating at ... Read More
Because 3 of us 4 were diabetics we need to eat at the same time each evening. We were told that our time would be 8:30. Unacceptable to us. We finally had to go to Customer service to get it changed., We spent the first evening eating at the buffet on Deck 9-not good. When we finally got a dining time we found that the food was just barely warm and not that good. We did love being served and our waiters were excellent and a joy to see them every day. The sugar free deserts were barely eatable. Not sure who planned the meals but they were not "fine dining" The set up for the eggs upstairs at breakfast time was not adequate for the number of people being served. Standing in line and the cooks can only fry 4 eggs at a time due to the small frying pans. All bread and buns we kept under a heat lamp which caused them to dry out very quickly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I spent 21 nights on The Vision of the Seas starting with the transtlantic cruise to Barcelona and then the cruise from Barcelona to Venice. Captain Merek is amazing! He was the most visible and interactive captain I have ever sailed with. ... Read More
I spent 21 nights on The Vision of the Seas starting with the transtlantic cruise to Barcelona and then the cruise from Barcelona to Venice. Captain Merek is amazing! He was the most visible and interactive captain I have ever sailed with. He has a great sense of humor. He sang for us, did most of the announcements himself during the cruises and kept us informaed of weather conditions, birthdays, etc. , judged the Chopped contest and even stood near the gangway to personally say goodbye to every guest as we departed the ship on both cruises. It was obvious that he set the tone for the other officers, staff and crew. The head chef came around the main dining room and the windjammer asking for guest input. Guest services personnel, bar tenders, servers and stateroom attendants were all great. I anticipated poor entertainment on the crossing and I was totally wrong. We had excellent entertainment and additional activites. I certainly hope Captain Merek is promoted to a newer, larger ship soon and I look forward to sailing with him many times. If I had to find a negative, it would be the decline in the quality of the food, however, I have noticed it on the last few ships I've sailed, so it is not unique to the Vision. I completely enjoyed the crossing and highly reccommend it to anyone wanting to relax. The cruise from Barcelona to Venice was not quite as enjoyable due to the abundance of rude children (and their parents). I will stick to cruises that originate in the USA in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
worst service everywhere on the ship we have ever experienced. we have been on 9 rccl cruises. great captain merrick. but the food was terrible, entertainment was not acceptable,with exception to the vegas singer and the ventriloquist, and ... Read More
worst service everywhere on the ship we have ever experienced. we have been on 9 rccl cruises. great captain merrick. but the food was terrible, entertainment was not acceptable,with exception to the vegas singer and the ventriloquist, and adult comic. but that was for 14 days. cabin storage was good. cabin noise was very bad #3583. we also stayed on for the next 7 day cruise Barcelona to venice. that was even worse than the14.day. the itinerary was great!!!!!!!!!! rccl took all the english speaking stations off the tv. the 24 food options were uneatable. room service was awful if you could get them to answer the phone.thier food options were sooooooo nasty.we would prefer to go on carnival for now on. our last one in july was 5 stars. we were so unhappy we can not believe how it has gone down hill. embarkation was good. but we didnt get a stamp in our passport in venice when we got off. so we had alot of trouble changing planes in Amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our transatlantic voyage on the Vision of the Seas was a lovely experience. There were some minor issues, but our goal was to get to Europe in the most pleasant and economical way possible. The weather was generally very good with just a ... Read More
Our transatlantic voyage on the Vision of the Seas was a lovely experience. There were some minor issues, but our goal was to get to Europe in the most pleasant and economical way possible. The weather was generally very good with just a few instances of rainy weather that resulted in some instability. We had no trouble with walking or sea sickness during these very few times. The Vision of the Seas is a small ship but very well maintained. With age comes some inherent issues, such as smaller than usual staterooms and equipment that is challenging to maintain to current standards (the shower water was never very warm, especially during high use times). There were a few nights where it was a bit rocky with vibrations from the stabilizers. The Windjammer on VOS has a very small selection without a lot of variety. In their defense, the serving area is quite small. Captain Marek Slaby is an excellent captain and the crew was also top notch. I usually hold most crews in high regard but this group was exceptional. Captain Marek is personable and quite handsome. His wife was onboard and it was lovely to see them dancing and interacting. He was a guest judge each day for the Officers’ Master Chef Competition. Captain Marek also said goodbye to each guest at disembarkation. Embarkation: We stayed at the Doubletree Suites which was very nice and in a safe neighborhood. We had dinner at a nearby Caribbean restaurant. The hotel provided a shuttle, but we walked back. The hotel arranged for a shuttle $10 pp to port. The embarkation process was very efficient and we were onboard between 11:30-12:00. Only the Windjammer and Café near the Solarium are open for lunch on embarkation day. We toured the ship by ourselves. The first night’s entertainment featured comedienne Rick Snyder who offered up old jokes. Things got better after that first night. Dining: The MDR was generally a very good experience. Our waiters were excellent and the food was nicely prepared and delicious. A few beef dishes were a bit tough according to the other guests at the table. Our table mates were all lovely people and we enjoyed the conversation each evening. I don’t particularly enjoy waiters dancing and don’t like the pressure to rate them a 10 that increased as the end of the cruise neared. The Windjammer’s breakfasts featured generally the same items each day with a little variety (scrambled egg with tomato, scrambled eggs with shrimp, etc.) The fruit was cut into chunks (nice!) but the pancakes and waffles were dry and hard. The one omelet station was crowded. The food in the Solarium Café was very good and it was pleasant to enjoy a meal there, if you could find room to sit at lunch time. Cabin: We had a small, but efficient inside cabin on the seventh deck. The shower was really small and I am a pretty small person! We dislike a shower curtain clinging to us. Not much storage in the bathroom but the cabin storage was adequate. The mattress was sort of hard and they had no egg crate toppers when I asked but our steward did find one softer pillow. He did a very fine job of cleaning, but we are a couple with few needs. There were no gel or bathroom amenities automatically placed in the bathroom. Entertainment: Many of the entertainers were excellent and worthwhile. We enjoyed Gary Arbuthnot (flutist), James Stephens III (singer/impressionist and comedienne), Mark Preston, Traci Shields, the excellent show band, aerialists and others whom I failed to record in my notes. The dancers and singers were fine and the other performers around the ship were the same. One of the best experiences were the many dance classes offered by Miriam and George Moses. With great skill and patience, they taught the foxtrot, tango, waltz, cha-cha, two step, rumba, swing, etc. The classes were held in the Atrium which has a small dance floor. It would have been much better to hold the classes in Some Enchanted Evening which has a large wooden dance floor, but the games and bingo were held here instead (go figure). Marian and George came each night where dance music was played to help anyone who needed further instruction (or remediation). They were outstanding! There was a variety of dance music each night. We enjoy ballroom dancing but there could have been just a bit more music from the 1960s to1990’s. Karaoke seemed poorly attended and the venues could have offered dancing instead. Enrichment opportunities were interesting if you like to learn about economics. I would have preferred something on history or Europe or Spain, but the presenter did a good job on this topic. Cruise Director and staff: The cruise director, Mike Hunnerup and his sidekick Elvis were the weak link of the crew. I’ve really loved every Australian I have met on cruises, up until this point. His previous mediocre reviews were verified. I think they both purposely try to avoid passengers. I don’t find Elvis’ brand of sarcastic humor entertaining. Enough said. Elvis was the only crew member at the Meet and Mingle for our Cruise Critic group. It was absolutely the worst event ever (no fault of the cruise critics). He held control over it like it was an irritation to be there. NO OFFICERS were present. The rest of the crew was outstanding. Even the customer service staff was kind and efficient and a few went above and beyond which is not typical of many ships. They even made a ship to shore call for me so that I could confirm a private excursion. Master Chef Competition: This was enjoyable and something different. The judges were two passengers who were chosen because they had accrued an ungodly number of cruise days on RCCL. The man was fine but the woman mumbled and couldn’t be understood and was often critical. Captain Marek kept the atmosphere fun and upbeat. The downside was that there were no cooking demonstrations, which I enjoy. Exercise Room: The smallest I have ever seen and very crowded. I don’t want to spend my cruise waiting for equipment. I love a rowing machine and none were there. The promenade was just fine for walking except that the bow was closed off so the dogs onboard could relieve themselves. There were at least three onboard, one being a very well trained and “real” service dog. The others were given rides in strollers… Religious Services: A priest held mass daily and the Jewish passengers had a Passover dinner. RCL put the priest in charge of the Sunday non-denominational gathering and he didn’t even show up on the first Sunday. The Protestants had to sort of fend for themselves. At first, four different groups posted on the community board but then they all worked together amicably to have one daily at 3:00. The ship did not allow the service to be mentioned in the daily bulletin even though there were several ordained people in this group. This group turned out to be another wonderful experience and grew in number each day. James Stephens III, a performer on the ship attended each day and added immensely to the comradery of the group. We met many lovely people and a number of people who were on their way to the mission field in Europe. This group was one of the very best experiences on the ship. Medical Services: I had the misfortune of needing to use the facilities but it turned out that the doctor was just wonderful and diagnosed my condition exactly right and the total cost was lower than I expected. $186 for the exam, lab test and two medications. I went down to the medical center at 8:00 and was done by 9:00. Very good experience. Pool and Solarium: Even though it was April, many guests had a chance to use the pools. The Solarium is lovely but the chair hogs start coming before 7:00 (I had my AM coffee there each morning and witnessed the claiming of chairs each day). RCL did nothing to stop it. The pool and solarium area were large and pleasant with comfortable seating. Laundry: RCL had a $30 “special” bag but it was only for items that did not require pressing (pajamas, t-shirts, underwear, socks, etc). Anything that required pressing was at the regular rate, but the cost was not prohibitive. Priority Status: A transatlantic often has many people with diamond status and above. Some Enchanted Evening Lounge featured alcohol and appetizers each day before dinner for the Diamond+ event. We aren’t at that status yet. It would be nice to have a free drink before dinner every day! Comments and Survey: We were told by Elvis to let them know if there was a problem while onboard instead of writing a negative review. There was no easy way to let people know of problems: no comment cards, not many officers roaming the ship, etc. A survey was mailed upon disembarkation but expired in seven days. Many who travel on a spring TA stay in Europe a while, so we had no way of giving our opinion when we returned home after spending 11 more days in Europe. Disembarkation: The process in getting off was relatively easy but it was raining and the que for a taxi was long and many people had to stand outside in the rain. We went through European passport and customs in Portugal, so Barcelona was a snap. Summary: Despite some details that were a bit disappointing, nothing about the cruise would prevent us from booking a cruise on the Vision of the Seas or RCCL again. The positives far outweighed the negatives and it was a great value. The crew and the other passengers made the cruise a great experience and were glad we went to Europe on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Before the cruise we spent 4 days in beautiful FUN St. Petersburg, loved the city so much. We chose this cruise to get us to Europe and because we did the same cruise last year and had an amazing trip. Deck 10 was very dirty the ... Read More
Before the cruise we spent 4 days in beautiful FUN St. Petersburg, loved the city so much. We chose this cruise to get us to Europe and because we did the same cruise last year and had an amazing trip. Deck 10 was very dirty the first week and they seemed to be working on the pool or hot tubs every other day. Very bad smells deck 4 thru 6 interior around the Centrum bathrooms, smelled it on Deck 5 exterior too. Overall dining was good, found Chophouse disappointing, do not recommend ordering the NY Strip. Giovannis was great, ask for Ali as your waiter. Izumi was also very good. The ship orchestra was great as usual, wonderful musicians. The other bands and music were sub par. Needed to update to music from the 60's onward. The most fun was the 70's party in the centrum but as soon as the live band took over, it fizzled and changed to 1930's dance music. Get a clue cruise industry, the baby boomers have arrived!! Service was great, top to bottom. The Captain even sang Mustang Sally in the Centrum and had everyone dancing. The cruise directors staff worked very hard to keep us entertained, thanks Jhun & Jose. Toward the end of the journey, the entertainment really flagged. I love Karaoke but the times were often incorrect in the Cruise Compass resulting in poor attendance. The sessions were too long , resulting in repeated singing by some pretty awful singers which drove many people away. In regards to ports, loved them all but only had a short stop in Cartagena. Got in early morning and left at 1:30, stores didn't open till 10am, far too short a visit. We will do transatlantic cruise again, in my opinion it is the only way to go to Europe!! No jet lag when you get there and you are ready to go. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Vision of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 3.5 3.6
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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