Embarkation – Royal Caribbean had record time boarding passengers on the Vision of the Seas. We were onboard the ship by 10:40 a.m., over 6 hours before the ship was scheduled to set sail.
The only line we had to wait in was waiting for security to open. Once we made it through security, we checked in to receive our room keys and then immediately boarded the ship. Great job by Royal Caribbean getting passengers aboard quickly, it was a great way to start to our cruise.
Ship – Even though the Vision of the Seas is one of the older ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, last fall’s renovations brought some modern innovations to the vessel.
The ship never feels crowded unless you are by a dining room when dinner lets out or the show lounge after a show. There seems to be plenty of loungers by the pool although on sea days the best spots are taken early, as they are on every cruise ship.
Solarium – The Solarium is an enclosed adults only (16+) area with a Mayan theme that has a pool and 2 hot tubs. It is located right next to the Vitality Spa so you have easy access to the saunas and steam rooms.
This quickly became one of our favorite spots on the ship and is the quietest pool to relax at. There is also a small cafe so you can grab a bite to eat without leaving this area.
Promenade – While the promenade on the Vision does not go completely around the ship (all but the bow), it is wider than the promenade on most ships and there are plenty of loungers for sitting and catching those ocean views.
At night, it is one of our favorite places to take a quiet, relaxing walk and to get away from all of the activities on the ship.
Stateroom – Our oceanview stateroom shows its age but the upgraded bathroom and flat screen TV are nice modern touches. There is ample closet space for our 5 night cruise for my wife and I. The room sleeps 4 but can’t imagine how crowded it would be with 2 more people staying in the cabin with us.
There was some confusion about our cabin as it set up with 2 twin beds, even though we stated that it was our anniversary on our cruise reservation. We got a good laugh out of it as my wife joked about how we received the “Dick Van Dyke Show Special”. Our cabin steward quickly changed the beds into a queen once we brought it to her attention.
Staff – The staff onboard the Vision have been terrific. The assistant maitre d Alex has done a phenomenal job in the Windjammer. The service he has provided is the best I have ever received at a buffet at sea.
Several of the staff members remembered my name from the first time I met them. Also, a few have inquired about my last name and took an interest in knowing about it. In all of my cruises, I have never had so many ask about it. The staff has done a tremendous job so far on this cruise.
Internet – The internet speeds onboard seemed faster with my own tablet and smartphone than with the computers provided by the ship. They offer unlimited wifi for the duration of the cruise for $99. For those like me that need to stay connected, it is a great deal.
The internet speeds are also much better than I have experienced on a cruise ship. While they are no where near DSL speeds of back home, they are much faster than the dialup like speeds of most ships.
We will have a full review (with video) after our cruise. If you have any questions about the Vision, leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them for you.