Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this Royal Caribbean cruise because it had the itinerary we wanted, and we knew that Royal Caribbean had a great reputation. Also, there was a buy one get one passenger 1/2 price offer. We thought the breakfast, lunch and dinners ... Read More
I chose this Royal Caribbean cruise because it had the itinerary we wanted, and we knew that Royal Caribbean had a great reputation. Also, there was a buy one get one passenger 1/2 price offer. We thought the breakfast, lunch and dinners were great - and the highlight of our evening meals was, without a doubt, our waiter Anton. He was so attentive and caring, always paying attention to the smallest detail. We also likes Wenyu. (I hope I have his name correct!) We also had a wonderful meal at the Italian restaurant. The lamb chops were to die for. Lunches and breakfasts were also fabulous. Zumba/fitness classes with Taleta were awesome. If I had more days at sea I would have gone to every one. She has boundless energy and is delightful. What a breath of fresh air! The shows were also fabulous. Loved, loved, loved the Beatles, and the other shows were all great. Sometimes we were too tired to attend the adult entertainment after the show, but everything was fabulous. Also had a great manicure, and I thought the prices in the stores were great. We did take excursions that were with a different company other than the ship, and we enjoyed those more than the ones on the ship because they were smaller and more personal, and definitely cost way less for a more elegant experience - wifi van, knowledgeable travel guides, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, which was perfect for us. This was our first RCL experience, so I do have some trouble knowing what was “ship” and what was “corporate”. The ship is smallish, but we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, which was perfect for us. This was our first RCL experience, so I do have some trouble knowing what was “ship” and what was “corporate”. The ship is smallish, but we prefer smaller ships. There were limited bars/lounges, and we think there should have been one or two additional options, although I don’t know where they could shoehorn them in. Speciality dining seemed quite limited, although it was not an issue for anyone we talked with. When cruising, are fans of eating our meals in the main dining room. On this ship, the main dining experience was typical and the food, with a few exceptions, was nothing memorable. The buffet has set hours, which was a confusing surprise. We are used to 24 hour buffets, with at least a fruit/salad bar and old pizza slices (or such) available at all times. The buffet was closed most times we’d stop by for a snack or off-hour meal. The physical ship seemed a little dated and a little worn, but very clean and well maintained. The crew was excellent, and seemed to genuinely love their work environment. Overall, I would not hesitate to sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Great itinerary. Shows were great. Crew staff was excellent Best cruise we have ever taken Would highly recommend this cruise. Cruise ship was just the right size. Not too large or too small Especially liked the cruise ... Read More
Great itinerary. Shows were great. Crew staff was excellent Best cruise we have ever taken Would highly recommend this cruise. Cruise ship was just the right size. Not too large or too small Especially liked the cruise ship entertainment staff They put on fantastic shows and also excellent late night after show parties Will definitely book this cruise again People we met all said the same thing. Best cruise they have ever taken We took the Mediterranean cruise visiting Italy ports. The tours to Venice Florence and Amalfi were great. The way the crew handled the large number of people going to these ports was very good They efficiently got several thousand people on and off the ship very quickly They were also very concerned about the safety of their passengers and made sure they got on and off the tenders safely Once again I would highly recommend this cruise Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
My wife and I took this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We boarded in Barcelona after spending a week prior touring London and Paris. The ship's embarkation and disembarkation was the best we've had in ten previous ... Read More
My wife and I took this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We boarded in Barcelona after spending a week prior touring London and Paris. The ship's embarkation and disembarkation was the best we've had in ten previous cruises. Very organized and smooth. Our itinerary was changed a few months previous due to RCCL concerns for passenger safety in Turkey so it was replaced by a stop in the beautiful city of Valletta, Malta. We were very pleased with all the ports of call especially Valetta. We booked only one shore excursion from RCCL and booked private tours ahead of time to avoid the larger typical tour crowds and for a more private and personal tour commentary. It was not all that more expensive and so worth the pre-planning. The only disappointments we encountered was: hearing some passengers had to stand in the hot sun for nearly two hours in Valletta as the RCCL shore excursion boat to shore broke down and they had to scramble for alternate transport from shore to ship. We heard one the passengers, a man needed medical attention due to heat stroke. Yes there was a power failure while sailing from Mykonos to Santorini but the power was out for only ten minutes and we were assured by the Captain there was no need for concern. We were not given any reason for the outage. The meals served onboard in the Main Dining Hall were tasty but average in quality. I guess the days of midnight chocolate buffets and ice sculptures are a thing of the past as we have seen on this cruise and others. We feel there is definitely a lowering of standards in food quality and service in the past ten years. The production shows were fine but lacked the colour and creativity of past production shows we have seen on RCCL cruises. We went for the itinerary and were not disappointed. Just go and have fun. Keep your expectations low and to yourself and you like us will have a trip of a lifetime! Happy and safe sailing! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
itinerary is good, service crew especially in the restaurants was great, but officers such as asst cruise director in charge of entertainment has alot of attitude and not willing to listen to suggestions . they have star complex not ... Read More
itinerary is good, service crew especially in the restaurants was great, but officers such as asst cruise director in charge of entertainment has alot of attitude and not willing to listen to suggestions . they have star complex not understanding that we are simply tolerating them because we have no choice. food was not impressive in the main dining . worst osso buco i have ever tasted in my life. head chef recipe is the issue. menu was not accurate, they offered halibut in menu but subsituted with another fish without informing clients and the cooking is very bad.and it was so fishy and bland. choice of songs and entertainment for vision of the seas singers is TERRIBLE. often people would leave in the middle of show, but the guest singers and productions was good except the guest greek duo they invited which was terrible by any standard . worst part is in malta when they did not plan the arrival and departure very well. people had to wait 1 hour to get to shore and had to walk too far to get to the main exit, and coming back, we had to line up under the heat of the sun for 2 hours waiting for the ferry. there 100 ways the staff could have better but there was lack of planning. there were senior citizens who had to stand in line for hours in high heat( dangerous for their health), even when there was unforeseen issue with ferrying people ,they could have prepared so that people stayed in the shade and not ask people to walk 2 miles to get to the ferry, then ask people to go through the cruise port then let 200 people stand in a very loooong line under the high heat of the sun for 2 hours! no umbrellas, no shades, no tents and not even seats! and no busses that could have shuttled people. there must have been alot of old people who had health issues as a result. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Firstly, a bit of context to the review: Wife and I are in our early 50's and this was our 14th cruise, half with R.C. and others mainly with Princess and Oceania. The age group of this cruise was one of the most varied we have experienced ... Read More
Firstly, a bit of context to the review: Wife and I are in our early 50's and this was our 14th cruise, half with R.C. and others mainly with Princess and Oceania. The age group of this cruise was one of the most varied we have experienced with few children but plenty of 20's and 30's along with the majority of retired passengers.Good mix of nationalities. We had been to Barcelona about 12 years ago for a few nights on a city break and this time spent 4 nights in Barcelona pre-cruise visiting all the main sites. Took the train out to Montserrat for the day with the cable car up and down the mountain, well worth a trip. Also booked tickets in advance for skip the line for the inside of the Sagrada Familia. Well worth a visit if you have time. Had good weather so walked to most of the sights to enjoy the atmosphere of the city. Arrived at the ship around 1230 and got on within 30 minutes. Bought the pack of 6 1.5l bottles of water at the port shop, like many others, and saved a lot of money on the cruise with the cost of bottled water onboard. Took 2 bottles of red wine for the meals. Ship may be getting old but is kept in good condition with little signs of wear and tear. We love the vision size of ship, shame R.C. have no plans to replace them. Approx. 2000 is a good number when getting off at small ports or tendering. We had any time dining, which works well for us, and the food in the main dining room was good but used to be better. Like most others we noticed the decline in the cuts of meat being used and the lack of side dishes {although you can ask for extra to be brought}. Bought the 5 night speciality dining package during one of the sales after booking the cruise so went to Chops 3 times {Excellent} Izumi {Very good} and Giovanni's Table {good}. Used the windjammer for a few breakfasts and the occasional lunch and there was plenty of choice. Seemed to be less staff clearing tables and restocking the buffet. Food could have been warmed at times. Like to use the Park Cafe for something quick, especially with the early starts on this cruise! Good choice of sandwiches and fruit cups. Tea/coffee/juice all day. Cookies also! Tried to get the Diamond lounge concierge to set up breakfast earlier as 8am was too late for many of the port days but no flexibility allowed apparently! A lot of wasted food. Entertainment was poorer than before, possibly they realised most people would be too tired after long days in port to bother with a show, but a couple of decent headliners and a couple of in house cast shows were the highlights. Audience participation events seem to be getting re-classed as main shows, and whilst they are fun and entertaining, they are not a replacement for professional acts and should not be used as such. Just my opinion. All crew on board were friendly and polite and seemed to be part of a happy team. Captain Merek was a character, participating in numerous events and being more visible than any previous Captain we have known. Especially enjoyed his midday updates. We normally book with local operators for excursions as you get a better price and service than the large groups but only booked one such excursion on this cruise due to the locations involved: Villefranche/Nice- My wife lived there for a year when at university {30 odd years ago!} and we caught up with some old friends who acted as tour guides for the area. Both places were worth a few hours to see properly. Livorno- Took the R.C. train transfer to Florence and did the city on our own as had been before. Booked the Duomo tower climb in advance and well worth it as queue was 2-3 hrs long. Civitavecchia- Again, took the R.C. train transfer to Rome and walked the highlights on our own with map in hand. Got to see much more at our own speed than a large tour. Salerno- Booked with a local operator for transport and driver. Took us to all the main sights on the Amalfi coast and had approx 1.5 hours in each to explore on our own before returning to the ship. Venice- 4th time here so did everything on our own. Loved the sail in and out. Got to be one of the best for a cruise and not to be missed! Ravenna- Took the R.C. bus transfer to Bologna and had day on our own. Not as touristy as other Italian cities and plenty to see. Kotor- Enjoyed the sail in/out of the fjord to this medieval town and spent the day on our own exploring and climbing up to the old fortress above the town for great photos. Like many, we picked this cruise for the many great ports of call covered in the 12 nights with the icing on the cake being the overnight in Venice. We were not disappointed and would happily do this cruise again in a few years, although you need a holiday after it to recover! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This ship and its crew are very good, but the cost of a drinks package is appalling as is their WiFi package. The shore excursions were also very expensive. An 18% service charge on top of a service charge made at time of booking is ... Read More
This ship and its crew are very good, but the cost of a drinks package is appalling as is their WiFi package. The shore excursions were also very expensive. An 18% service charge on top of a service charge made at time of booking is unacceptable. A glass of wine costs $11.80. I can buy the same wine at home for less and I get a whole bottle. The WiFi was appalling the cost exorbitant. The food was sometimes cold and overcooked especially fish. The opposite applies to the vegetables. Have your dentures checked before embarkation. Also get used to broccoli and carrots every night. ( Aquarius restaurant.) Will never go with Royal Caribbean again. The outdoor cinema was a joke, could not hear the sound. Leaving Venice was an embarrassment with an out of tune band blasting over the beautiful Venetian skyline. Really quite an amateurish attemt at so called theme music. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We are well travelled and this was our first time cruising. Departed from Barcelona, 12 days around and return. A balcony room was great , food was just ok. Yes lots of it but quality no better than the average resort buffet. Ate in the ... Read More
We are well travelled and this was our first time cruising. Departed from Barcelona, 12 days around and return. A balcony room was great , food was just ok. Yes lots of it but quality no better than the average resort buffet. Ate in the dining room where service was what they needed to get by and food most times was over or under cooked. Staff at guest services need some lessons on identifying and meeting customer needs. I so often was told or heard we "can't " on simple requests or I don't know without action to enquire without being prodded. Their further "nickle and diming" for simple things like a yoga class and adding 18% "service charge" in addition to 18% tips already paid is excessive. Entertainment was great and staff in the buffet area very pleasant and accomodating ( Joseph the chef) and Sharon the hostess in the dining room. When front line reception is not forthcoming with info it is a caution flag! All ports but one were we able to walk off on our own without need for tendering or bussing. Royal chooses well in advance fees for docking and they went with commercial areas not conducive to tourists. Not likely to cruise with this company again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Sailed out of Barcelona on The Vision recently for a 12 day Med Cruise. This was our first cruise and it was great. The locations were fantastic, but the day trips were expensive and long at times. They have you over a barrel with most of ... Read More
Sailed out of Barcelona on The Vision recently for a 12 day Med Cruise. This was our first cruise and it was great. The locations were fantastic, but the day trips were expensive and long at times. They have you over a barrel with most of them as there is no other way to reach the tourist locations. The Vision is 20yrs old and recently refurbished, it had some character to it and gave an art-deco feel. Vision is a small liner in comparison, however had plenty to do and never felt overcrowded despite 2,000 passengers. I have to say all the crew were very polite and friendly including the Captain who got involved with some entertainment. The down side was it's an American oriented run ship, from the entertainment, the drinks and the food was all American generally, which was a shame as we were sailing Europe and the Med, they did try some European food but it was the American take on it. The entertainment was very much based around the 1950/60's and again for the American guest. Be careful on the gratuity as it adds up per person per day and it will come off your credit card, there's no option to pay as you go or not pay. The drinks packages are also an extra and have limitations. We did enjoy but not hooked on cruising, it's expensive and way up what you could have instead. We did feel throughout the cruise they just wanted more and more money from you, internet is expensive and only available if you pay. The ship was always very clean and tidy in fairness. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise for my sister and I as she had never cruised the Med. I chose it for the ports and small size of ship. We found the RCCI tours to be very good. The ship was clean, and our cabin (3058) steward was excellent . We ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my sister and I as she had never cruised the Med. I chose it for the ports and small size of ship. We found the RCCI tours to be very good. The ship was clean, and our cabin (3058) steward was excellent . We found the food to be mediocre - at best - inedible at times. We ate dinner at 8:30 seating in MDR. Our assistant waiter (Sabri Rahim) was wonderful, our head waiter - not so much. Food was often cold by the time we got it - and menu descriptions were not always what we actually received when ordered. Although in the Med, there was no fresh fish/seafood available and the desserts were lackluster and lacked variety. For example, evening ice cream choice in MDR was only Van, Choc & Strawberry. But at lunch in MDR, they had a different ice cream every day - weird! We ate only in MDR, Windjammer & Park Cafe and decided that the quality of the food we found in complimentary dining venues did not make us want to spend the approximately $35 upcharge to dine in specialty restaurants. We also found the shopping to be disappointing on board. We were hoping to find (as on many ships) special deals on cheap fashion watches, logo items, etc. - not on the Vision. Their fashion watch sale include watches from $85 and more - and were offering a 10% discount on the "cheapest watches - the more expensive ones $150 and up were 20-35% off. They did offer the gold by the inch, however. No longer have rugs with day of the week on them in elevator - miss that! Read Less
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 4.2
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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