2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose the 12 night Mediterranean / Greek Islands cruise partly because it started at Barcelona (We added 4 days at the start to explore this incredible city) and also because the itinerary visited places we'd either not been to before, ... Read More
We chose the 12 night Mediterranean / Greek Islands cruise partly because it started at Barcelona (We added 4 days at the start to explore this incredible city) and also because the itinerary visited places we'd either not been to before, or not visited for a number of years. Embarkation was very smooth, we waited until mid afternoon to beat the rush, it also meant that the traditional day one lunch at Windjammer was less crowded as we timed to get there just after the cabins opened. Our previous RC cruises have mostly been on the Independence Of The Seas and the Navigator, both much larger ships than this one. We were concerned that the Vision might feel too small, but we needn't have worried. The space was very well used and beautifully presented. Our cabin was a junior suite, spacious and in an excellent location on deck 8. Dining: We found the choices in the main dining room a little limited - always about 7 or 8 different dishes per night, but between each day not all of these would change, resulting in a lot of the choices appearing numerous times throughout the cruise. My wife is vegetarian and there was usually one starter and one main course she could choose per night. However, it has to be said that the food was uniformly excellent and the standard of service was superb. Thankfully, windjammer provided a very viable alternative when we needed to use it on an evening. We didn't use the specialty restaurants on this occasion. Overall, we ate very well wherever we went to. Our favourite place was the solarium - the main pool was crowded and noisy (although people there who wanted that seemed to be having a great time). The solarium is an adults only area which was calm, and a lovely pool too small to swim in properly but lovely to wallow in after a day out in the sun. We also particularly liked the Schooner Bar and the Viking Lounge - both great for relaxing in the evening. The service without fail in all areas was superb. Despite there being well over 2000 people on the ship, we were made to feel like we were the only ones who mattered. The staff are a real credit to the ship and the captain, who incidentally gets very involved with the activities too! Entertainment: We only went to the theatre twice to see the headline entertainers, but both shows were great. From past cruises I'm afraid I have very little patience with the RC home grown shows so we didn't go this time. We loved the events in the centrum such as the 70s party, the dancing with the officers event, Rock out with the captain etc, and the entertainment and activity team worked tirelessly to keep everyone busy and having fun. We loved the fact that you could join in these activities if you wanted but also they were easy to avoid. We did three ship shore excursions:: Athens on Your Own: I wouldn't bother with this - the open top bus pulls up by the ship and takes passengers from there. The problem was that the pick up time to come back to the ship was 2:00pm and the departure time was 6:00pm. So much time lost that could have been used exploring the wonderful city. Only consider this if you must have the safety net of the ships transport. Train Transfer to Rome: Highly recommended- a specially chartered train (The Roma Express) which is old but really quirky which whisks you into Rome, beautifully following the coast. You get off 10 minutes walk from St Peters Square before having 6 hours to explore, then returning. You can even leave things on the train if you dont want to carry them. Everything that was wrong with the Athens trip was right with this one. We had time to linger in St Peters Basillica, visit the Trevi Fountain, the pantheon and the Spanish Steps, whilst exploring other places along the way. Pisa and Florence with Smart Device: We wanted longer in Florence but there was no trip that offered more that 4 hours so we chose this one. An excellent way to see both places if you want to have a taste of each place. We didnt bother with the smart device, if you have a smart phone you can get all the information anyway. For Mykanos and Santorini, get in the queue for tender tickets early unless you want a long wait. On Santorini we went up to the town of Fira and took a service bus to Oia , less than 2 euros each way and a very regular service. Well worth doing. For Marseille we paid the 18 dollars each for the shuttle bus, there is a free bus about 15 minutes away but I couldnt say how often it runs, and if there is more than one cruise ship in, it could get extremely busy. Finally - travelling with children. We didn't and I would hesitate to recommend this ship for children. A number of the other, larger RC ships have become like floating entertainment centres. This isnt one of them, so I think it depends on what you need as a family. Ive read other reviews of this ship where people have been complaining that there is nothing for their 4 year old to do after 10:00pm - if that is what is important to you, then don't choose this ship. Whereas there is still a lot to do, it doesnt compare to the larger ships. We actually really liked the fact that this cruise was much less child orientated than others we have been on - the independence in particular has sometimes felt like parents let the children and teenagers go feral on day one and then don't see them again until the end. The vision felt more "adult" and the crew were on top of any behaviour that might spoil enjoyment for others. The main pool area was great for families as that was the focus of the entertainment. As already mentioned, the solarium provided a wonderful escape from that. Overall we loved our time on the ship, a beautiful itinerary, first rate crew and a lovely, relaxing experience. We would definitely book the Vision again if the itinerary was right. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
First cruise for a family of 4 with a couple of tweens 10 and 13. Picked this cruise for the itinerary in the first instance as we wanted to visit Italy and whilst many cruises do the west coast, this one did the Adriatic up the east coast ... Read More
First cruise for a family of 4 with a couple of tweens 10 and 13. Picked this cruise for the itinerary in the first instance as we wanted to visit Italy and whilst many cruises do the west coast, this one did the Adriatic up the east coast and into Venice. Which swung it over the alternative despite the alternative being on the incredible Symphony of the seas. Glad we chose this ship as it now gives us more incentive to do another cruise on the bigger ships. Starting with the biggest of all for our first time would have left us with no where but down in terms of ship size. Can’t fault the itinerary, the first 4 days are quite intensive if you taking in an excursion every day. But with a sensible head to throw in half day excursions instead of full makes this doable without tiring yourself out. The 3.5 days at sea also give you plenty of relaxation time. Dining experience was extremely pleasant and instantly felt at home and relaxed. Booking a time slot for evening meals was a breeze. Our waiters were extremely attentive without being over powering, and the kids were very sad to say goodbye at the end of the cruise. Embarking was a pleasant calm experience, we left it until a couple of hours before sailing time, which meant we had no queuing time as we boarded and our cases arrived at our room within a couple of minutes of us opening the door of our cabin. Perfect. Disembarking was to be a little earlier than we had expected. But a visit to customer services and a quick change meant we were the last to leave the ship which suited us due to a a flight at lunchtime. Food is available pretty much all day in some form or other. The windjammer provides self service with a good selection of food from around the world. But focused primarily on English and American markets with burgers, English bacon, American bacon etc. Joints of freshly cooked meats, pizza, pasta with the odd Indian and Chinese dish thrown in for good measure. The main dining room offers the usual steaks, fish and vegetarian options and deserts are very nice indeed. My advice would be to look for deals on drinks packages when you book the cruise as this made a difference for us being relaxed in ordering drinks from anywhere on the ships many bars. Without a package I fear this could be expensive and make you less inclined to enjoy the beverages on offer. Which included branded beers/wines and cocktails. With only very high end drinks needing a surcharge. Tho you do find yourselves getting alcoholic drinks early in the day because you can and it’s already paid for. The entertainment team are very good on the vision, and whilst there is always something happening somewhere on the ship it never feels over the top or in your face. Look out for the thriller dance directed by the cruise director himself. Spend a around 5 hours being taught the classic thriller dance before a performance on the final night in front of a packed audience in the centrum area of the ship. As first time cruises we weren’t sure what to expect of the captain himself, but It was a very pleasant experience to find him mingling and engaging with visitors at any time of the day, including breakfast in the self service restaurant, pool volleyball on two occasions and even performing live on stage with the rest of his team on a number of occasions during the cruise. I am also led to believe he personally shakes the hands of guests as they leave. But as we were late getting off we missed that. Overall a great holiday and one that has given us the appetite for more cruising. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Just a quick breakdown on our 12 night Mediterranean Greek Isles cruise: 1) The Ship was very enjoyable, high marks to the condition on the ship. Smaller ship in the fleet, for this voyage, just the right size. 2) Stayed in cabin ... Read More
Just a quick breakdown on our 12 night Mediterranean Greek Isles cruise: 1) The Ship was very enjoyable, high marks to the condition on the ship. Smaller ship in the fleet, for this voyage, just the right size. 2) Stayed in cabin 8029 (Interior State Room). Just perfect, quiet, great location, just the right size. The cabin was excellent 3) Had a great meal each and every day. Most enjoyable meals were at Izumi's, but overall food was great. The meals were just short of excellent. 4) Entertainment and Activities were just as expected. Sign up for the Triller show, great time. 5) We received 10 star service. I would take this cruise just to be able to be with the crew. 6) Over did it on the shore excursions, slow it down and take it a day at a time. 7) Did not travel with children. Would not recommend them on this ship. 8) I would do the cruise again, just so I could be the ship with the crew. 9) Embarkation was easy, very organized. 10) Enrichment activities were just so so. 11) Entertainment was very good. 12) Fitness was excellent. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We decided to cruise with Royal Carribean because of its reputation of being fantastic for families. We travelled as a party of 12 including 4 children ages ranging between 4 and 8. Embarkation from Barcelona was quick, smooth, simple ... Read More
We decided to cruise with Royal Carribean because of its reputation of being fantastic for families. We travelled as a party of 12 including 4 children ages ranging between 4 and 8. Embarkation from Barcelona was quick, smooth, simple and welcoming. We had an inside stateroom which was on the small side but had everything we needed. The destinations we visited were fantastic. We did not enroll on any excursions as they were extremely over priced. We explored Many destinations by ourselves which was very simple, seeing the main attractions that the excursions offered for a fraction of the price. The food in the windjammer was of a high standard offering a variety of cuisines and the service was very good. We were scheduled for the 08:30 dining time in the main dining restaurant, however the standard of food wasn’t great, only two or three options changed per night and the temperature of the food was lukewarm. Service was great and our waiter was very accommodating. Our children attended the kids club every day which they very much enjoyed. However the evening club finished at 10pm and if you wanted to leave them a little longer, there was an hourly rate. The downside to this cruise was the entertainment. There wasn’t enough for families. After collecting the children from kids club at 10pm, there was no where suitable to take them. There was no family disco, the live band repeated the same songs every night, our only alternative was to go to bed. Poolside entertainment was poor and very basic. The films were repeated on numerous occasions. Drinks were very expensive, they ran out of a number of drinks on more than one occasion. Overall we would not choose to cruise on this ship again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise for locations visiting and departure port all of which were better than expected . I cant understand people criticizing this ship , it was as good as any other Royal Caribbean ships, yes smaller but more friendly, ... Read More
We chose this cruise for locations visiting and departure port all of which were better than expected . I cant understand people criticizing this ship , it was as good as any other Royal Caribbean ships, yes smaller but more friendly, everyone help full and polite nothing a problem . Food was what you'd expect always a good choice and always available we also upgraded to 3 specialty nights dinning which were fabulous and well worth the money only $70 each plus tax. main dinning staff at night were all great our waitress and her assistant catered for our every need I think they excelled in getting 2000 people fed ,watered ,entertained and kept safe for 12 days we didn't use shore excursions we traveled independently at our leisure, easy with some forward planning tendered ports were managed extremely well, i feel, you were warned of ques if you went at peak times which we didn't would we have turned round and got back on ABSOLUTELY Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We were interested in the itinerary. Lots of great stops and starting in Barcelona ( we spent 6 days there before the cruise.) Many stops are a hassle to get to so we used more shiop tours than we normally would. The ship- this old ... Read More
We were interested in the itinerary. Lots of great stops and starting in Barcelona ( we spent 6 days there before the cruise.) Many stops are a hassle to get to so we used more shiop tours than we normally would. The ship- this old girl was never a really pretty boat and now its old and dirty. Not horrible but not great. Dining on this ship was great. We loved our servers and the main dining room menu was outstanding. Don't miss the lunch buffet in the dining room- awesome. The casual dining spot was good, nice variety but sometimes cold food. Thats it for food- this boat lacks any of the extra spots for dining you would find on other ships. The one extra spot featured roadside rest stop repackaged food. Room service is an up charge. The charge for specialty restaurants is outrageous. Entertainment- the headliners were really good, but the entertainers from the ship were not. We enjoyed movies by the pool even though the pool was closed and we could not swim while watching. The pools were good- roomy enough to get in, unlike some other ships. We enjoyed some trivia around the ship and felt there was plenty to do. Ports: Barcelona: spent 6 days in Barcelona before sailing and loved every minute. Great town, great food, great sites. Cannes: there isnt that much to do here so we walked around eating and drinking. One of our best days! Florence: We took the ship excursion Florence behind the Scenes. Not great- the itinerary says you will go in the Doumo (church) but we didn't- the guide took us to the Baptistry instead. It says you go to the Opera musuem but the guide made us stay in one small room while she taked endlessly( an hour ) and refused to let us go on our own into the main part of the museum, so we basically saw nothing. We did go to Pisa and those who wanted went to the top. Pisa has nothing to offer unless you want to climb the tower and it takes along time to get there. This was the worst guide and the worst value for the money that I have ever encountered anywhere. Rome: We had all been there so we rented a car and drove to Ostia Antica and then to Cervateri ( Etruscan necropolis) This was quite an adventure. The car rental was hard to find. We had a series of probems at the end and barely got back on time, but it was awesome. Athens: We took a tour that we arranged from viatour, a company called Athens Walking Tours. We saw alot including the Parthenon They met us at the ship and transported us into Athens. Everything went perfectly and it was a great tour. Rhodes: On our own- this port is really easy . We walked around, ate some food and bought some silver. Buy in port- this ship marks this stuff up to 3 times the price on land. We walked up to the Palace of the Knights and went to the Archeology Museum. These wre nice, but it wont matter if you miss them. There was a small swimming area near where the ship docked so we jumped in the water for a few minutes. Santorini: So beautiful, we loved it. Getting on and off is tough so we booked a ship tour, which was great. We went on the Village of Oia ith a wine tasting. This was a beautiful trip buy tender and then a bus. We saw alot of the island and then had tome in Oia. After that a wine tasting at an amazing winery (my only regret here is that there wasnt time enough to eat lunch and savor a full glass.) Then on to Fira where the guide showed us around and then left us. We shopped, ate lunch in a beautiful spot and then took the cable car down. Loved this trip. The cable car though is a pain- it took a bit more than an hour from the time we got in line But those who walked down were also unhappy. Malta- We took the ship tour to the Blue Grotto. This is a bus ride through the mostly under construction island of Malta. We went to a small fishing village which might have been nice if our tour didnt go there before anything was open. We had 45 minutes to look at few few boats and get a coffee in literally the only thing open here. Then to the Blue Grotto which was beautiful, but ony a 20 minute boat ride. After that more free time in the tiny tourist area at the Blue Grotto. Long walk for a short drink overall. Monserrat and transfer: Our bus was late and then the guide was even later. We took a drive around Barcelona with a guide who would not speak loud enough for anyone to hear. Then an absolutely beautiful ride up the mountain to Monserrat. Even though we were already late, our guide spent alot of time describing what was in teh store windows and pointing out apartments and such is the distance. As a result, we were too late for the open tourst visiting at the Monastery we came to see and could not go in. To sum this up, RC tours were really hit or miss, often not delivering the experience they sold us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We selected this ship due to the itinerary and previous good customer ssrvice with Royal Caribbean. We travelled as a family, two adults and two children. We were aware the ship was twenty years old and had low expectations. Embarkation ... Read More
We selected this ship due to the itinerary and previous good customer ssrvice with Royal Caribbean. We travelled as a family, two adults and two children. We were aware the ship was twenty years old and had low expectations. Embarkation was quick and efficient. We were sitting on the ship at 11.30am on arrival day.Overall the ship is dated and activities were somewhat repetitive. On sea days there was a good atmosphere around the pool with lots to do. However on other days the ship was somewhat boring , with only two movies shown throughout the twelve days. The food was good in the Windjammer but certain dishes were dried out and tasteless. Food was superior in the dining room where we availed of MyTime Dining. Both lunch and dinner were beautifully presented and of exceptional quality. We had a refreshment package and availed of tea, coffee , juices and mocktails which our children enjoyed. The ports of call were stunning, especially Venice and Kotor. We did not book Royal Caribbean excursions due to the excessive cost but arranged our own tours independently. We had no choice but to book the Royal Caribbean airport transfer due to a taxi strike in Barcelona. This was efficient but costly (140 dollars ). A taxi from the ship to the airport costs 39 euros, but we had no choice. In conclusion a fantastic holiday due to excellent food and service. However if travelling with children a larger and more exciting ship would have further enhanced our experience. I would definitely travel with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean, and probably our last. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We really enjoyed our time off the ship. Our excursions were professional, very educational, and well worth the money; ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean, and probably our last. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We really enjoyed our time off the ship. Our excursions were professional, very educational, and well worth the money; we really had a great time. The ship was a different story. The ship was tired and warn- out. We stayed on deck two and had to deal with a sewer smell in the stairwells and passageways most of the cruise. This ship was the most noisy I have experienced. A metal on metal banging sound at all times at night woke us up numerous times each night. The food was subpar at best. I never really expect much from buffets, but I do expect proper temperature and semi-fresh, not cold and dried out. The main dinning room's food was consistently poor. Service was a mixed bag. Our cabin attendant, waiters, and other staff were professional and did their best to make our stay enjoyable. If you needed help from the front desk don't worry about calling, because no one answers; also very undermanned. Spent over $300 for the slowest wifi on the planet, and it didn't work the entire time. Due to the excursions, we had a great time. The ship was not enjoyable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because of the destinations and timing. It was our girls' first time in Europe. We had never been to Barcelona and enjoyed exploring it before the cruise. We loved every stop and did three cruise excursions. The others ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations and timing. It was our girls' first time in Europe. We had never been to Barcelona and enjoyed exploring it before the cruise. We loved every stop and did three cruise excursions. The others we either planned on our own or just decided that day. The staff on the ship was amazing. Their enthusiasm is incredible. Our cabin was okay. I mean, it was small but we knew that going in. We did not spend much time in our cabin! We went to some of the shows at night. The ones that interested us. There is something for everyone because there are many venues. We met people on the cruise and made friends- which was unexpected. Mostly we had great family time and have some memories that we will never forget. We would cruise on RCI again and even go on Vision again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this ship because of the itinerary and to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We boarded around noon and embarkation was smooth and quick. We had an interior cabin which was comfortable with ample storage for our clothes and personal ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the itinerary and to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We boarded around noon and embarkation was smooth and quick. We had an interior cabin which was comfortable with ample storage for our clothes and personal items. The bathroom was stocked with a liquid soap on the shower wall and 2 small bars of soap. Dining: We had My Time Dining, food was mediocre at best, menu rarely changed, Breakfast in the dining room was terrible and choices were limited, the windjammer offered the normal breakfast items on the buffet, on the last day everything was cold...bacon, eggs, potatoes, worst breakfast ever. Desserts were stale, boring and lacked flavor. Twice we were charged for alcohol and had to go to guest services to have it removed. I'm still at a loss as to how our account was charged since we never ordered anything but Ice tea or coffee in the dining room. No explanation was offered other than sometimes mistakes happen. The coffee station outside the Windjammer was available 24 hrs, problem was the coffee was always old and lukewarm. Cafe Latte-tudes offered Ben and Jerry's, sandwiches and desserts, left over dinner rolls were passed off as pastries by filling them with some kind of jam and covered in powdered sugar to disguise them, they were disgusting. Restaurant hours were very limited across the venue and complimentary beverages....ice tea, lemonade and flavored juices, with the exception of lukewarm coffee or tea bags were non existent and tightly locked up in the Windjammer. Entertainment: the dancers and singers need more practice, most performances were on par with a high school performing arts department at best. On board activities: 75% consisted of Spa facial rejuvenation, Art Auctions, trivia, self led card and board games, Casino Activities, recorded ball room music for your listening and dancing pleasure, shows were held in the Atrium which had limited seating and was very crowded. No comedy club or shows were offered. Only 2 movies were offered on a 12 day cruise and both were shown in the Masquerade Theater and Spanish subtitles were added in large print across the bottom of the screen making it impossible to read the English narrative at the end of the movie. Bingo was offered twice at a cost of $39 or $79 depending on the pkg . Soccer played non stop on the outdoor screen for all 12 days. and when soccer wasn't playing Army Fail videos played on a repeat loop the entire cruise. The itinerary was the only saving grace. We have no plans to ever sail on RCI again anytime soon......overpriced, boring activities, talent-less shows and mediocre food at best, no thanks! 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 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.2

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