Vision of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of ships, is known for its stunning glass exterior -- more than 2 acres of glass were incorporated in its construction back when it launched in 1998. Nowhere is this more breathtaking than in the ship's Centrum, which spans five decks. A glass-topped dome floods the space with bright sunshine.
While Royal Caribbean is known for some of the largest ships on the ocean today, Vision is midsized, holding about 2,500 at double capacity. Passengers seeking some of the bigger attractions found on the larger ships -- such as water slides, skating rinks and the like -- won't find them on Vision of the Seas. There are just two pools: one general pool and one adults-only Solarium. That said, even during peak spring break travel, it was rarely difficult to find a deck chair.
A ship that is more than two decades old is bound to show some wear and tear. We saw this in some of the staterooms, with some discoloration on the walls and well-worn carpeting and furniture. However, most of the public areas seemed clean, comfortable and well-maintained, and the glass gave the ship a bright glow throughout.
What Vision doesn't offer in bells and whistles or the latest-and-greatest thrills, it makes up for in an enthusiastic cruise director and crew and low-tech onboard entertainment, such as the wildly popular trivia sessions and evening game shows. Younger passengers and families seem to enjoy the opportunity to unplug and just have fun on this ship.
In general, Vision of the Seas provides a good value, and maybe a good entry into cruising for people who might be intimidated to try a larger ship. Its shorter itineraries will help give you a good sense for whether cruising is an ideal vacation for you. For travelers who don't mind making their own fun, getting involved in the low-tech onboard activities, there is more than enough to stay busy during a shorter sailing.
Cabins aboard Vision of the Seas feature two twin beds, which can be combined into a king-sized bed (72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long), two bedside tables with drawers, two closets and a mirrored vanity/desk with drawers and chair. To each side of the mirror, doors open to reveal extra shelving. There's a flat-panel television featuring a variety of channels, a phone and a hair dryer. A set of shelves near the vanity includes a safe.
Conspicuously missing from the interior, oceanview and balcony rooms is a mini-refrigerator, which has become pretty much standard on most ships, but you can ask your stateroom attendant if you require one (such as for medication that must be refrigerated).
Each room includes a private bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. There are mounted dispensers in the shower with shampoo and soap (no conditioner).
There are accessible cabins in every category, as well as Ultra Spacious oceanview cabins suited for families, since they include a separate bedroom with bunk beds (see Oceanview below).
The cabins appear to show more wear and tear than other areas of the ship, with well-worn bedding, carpeting and furnishings that have endured two decades of use. The interior cabins, starting at just 132 square feet, are small compared both to ships in RCI's and other cruise line fleets.
Interior: Ranging from 132 feet to 151 square feet, interior rooms are snug, especially for more than two passengers. Seating space in the smaller rooms is limited to just a single chair rather than a sofa, and there's a tiny round table that is not particularly useful. There is a larger closet space with upper and lower racks for hanging items, and a secondary closet space that is mainly used for life jacket storage. Bathrooms are about 17 square feet with a toilet, sink and curved shower with detachable shower head. On Deck 8 midship, you can find some larger interior cabins, at 174 square feet.
Oceanview: Vision offers Large Ocean View (154 square feet), Ultra Spacious Ocean View (233 square feet) and Panoramic Ocean View cabins (193 square feet) cabins, all with windows overlooking the ocean. In these cabins, you'll find a sleeper sofa that can accommodate two people. The Ultra Spacious Ocean View -- formerly called a Family Ocean View -- features a separate bedroom with bunk beds in addition to the main sleeping area. Panoramic Ocean View cabins offer floor-to-ceiling windows.
Balcony: Spacious Ocean View Balcony cabins (195 square feet) on Vision include a double sofa bed in addition to the main two beds, plus an optional pull-down bed to sleep up to five passengers. The balcony measures 35 square feet and includes two chairs and a small table.
Junior Suite: Junior suites (643 square feet) include a bedroom, small sitting area and a private balcony (66 square feet). The sitting area includes a double sofa sleeper bed. The bathroom includes a bathtub. Junior suites also include a mini-refrigerator.
Suites: There are three types of suites onboard Vision of the Seas and suite passengers have access to the Concierge Club onboard, as well as priority check-in and tendering, luggage valet services, luxury bathrobes, complimentary pressing service on formal nights and reserved seating during performances.
Grand Suite: You can choose from either a one-bedroom (353 square feet) or two-bedroom (509 square feet) Grand Suite, for four or eight people, respectively. You'll have a bedroom, living area with sofa bed and a 110-square-foot balcony. The larger option features two bedrooms, each with two twin beds that can convert to a king, and two bathrooms -- one with a shower and one with a tub -- along with a living area and sofa bed, but a smaller balcony at 56 square feet.
Owner's Suite: The one-bedroom Owner's Suite measures 523 square feet and sleeps up to five people, with a separate bedroom, living area and a private balcony that's 104 square feet.
Royal Suite: The ship's largest stateroom at 1,140 square feet, this suite sleeps up to four, with a king bed in the bedroom, a spacious dining area and a double sleeper sofa in the living room, where you'll also find a baby grand piano. The bathroom features a whirlpool tub. The balcony is 110 square feet.
You'll find fewer options for specialty dining aboard Vision of the Seas than on newer Royal Caribbean ships -- for example, no specialty pizza or hamburger restaurants. Your inclusive meal choices include the Aquarius Dining Room and Windjammer, in addition to two cafe-style options, and there are three fee-based restaurants, plus room service and an onboard ice cream shop.
Despite the lack of included choices, we had a wonderful experience dining in the Aquarius Dining Room. The food quality was above average, and the service was impeccable.
The fee-based restaurants were also above average and, though the food was good, the real draw was the experience of being in a quieter, romantic environment away from the crowds with generally the best dining views overlooking the ocean.
We actually ended up liking that the onboard dining options were more limited, since there wasn't much opportunity for FOMO (fear of missing out) that sometimes happens on cruises. When we wanted to change up the routine, we simply visited one of the specialty restaurants onboard.
The weakest link of all the dining choices was the Windjammer. Though the crew tried mightily to direct traffic, clear dishes and provide table service (such as drink refills and small treats), the crowds during an at-capacity cruise can become nearly unbearable during peak breakfast and lunch times. The small variety of options and food quality here just weren't enough to make us want to endure those crowds often.
Aquarius Dining Room (Decks 4 and 5, aft): This two-level dining room, decorated in tan and blue, features a large crystal light fixture in the center, a glass-walled upper level, winding staircase, large porthole windows overlooking the ocean, and artwork inspired by constellations, including a light-up twinkling Aquarius-themed mural that spans the wall of both decks.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here most days (with the exception of port days, when there's no lunch). For dinner, passengers will either have fixed seating at 5:30 or 8 p.m., or flexible My Time Dining from 5:15 to 9 p.m. (you can avoid waiting for a table at peak times by calling in advance for a reservation).
Breakfast and lunch are first-come, first-served.
For breakfast, the menu includes a selection of fresh pastries, cold and hot cereals, pancakes, French toast, kippered herring, omelets and traditional bacon-and-egg selections. There's also a kids' menu with banana pancakes, French toast fingers and the like.
Lunch in the Aquarius features Royal Caribbean's signature Tutti Salad! station, where a chef prepares a salad to your specifications, plus a made-to-order pasta station. Other entrees include chicken sliders, fattoush salad, harissa-charred tilapia, a beef burger and fusilli pasta. For dessert you'll find options such as praline chocolate crunch, warm cherry custard crepes and almond polenta cake.
For dinner, baskets stocked with freshly baked bread are always on the table. You'll have your choice of starter, main course and dessert. Starter options might include roasted poblano pepper soup and arugula and radicchio salad. Baked French onion soup, Caesar salad, escargots and fruit salad are always available. Main courses might feature braised beef short ribs, creamy wild mushroom risotto and lasagna al forno. A fish of the day, chicken breast and New York strip steak are always on the menu -- and you can pay a fee to upgrade your entree to include a whole Maine lobster ($30), Chops Grille filet mignon ($17) or surf and turf ($35). The dessert menu might offer creme brulee, apple pie a la mode, chocolate cake or cheesecake. There's always a no-sugar-added option, ice cream of the day and artisanal cheese plate (which we loved).
The menu clearly lists vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free and no-sugar added items, and the wait staff takes special care with passengers who have food allergies or sensitivities. A children's menu always has kid-friendly favorites like chicken fingers, spaghetti and cheeseburgers.
We were impressed with the delightful service during our mealtimes in the Aquarius Dining Room. One's experience is often dependent upon one's particular wait team, and we lucked out on our cruise. The first night our waiter asked us if we enjoyed Indian cuisine, and later in the cruise, he had the galley prepare a variety of off-menu shared plates just for our group. Our children were spoiled with nightly plates of fresh fruit and free pink lemonades with drink umbrellas waiting for them.
Windjammer (Deck 9, forward): The central dining hub for breakfasts, lunches and snacks on Vision is the cafeteria-style space known as the Windjammer. It's generally open for breakfast from about 7 to 11 a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an advertised "teatime," which is basically limited snacks from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and dinner from 6 to 9 p.m.
This dining area, like many others on the ship, is filled with light streaming in from the windows. There's even a lovely skylight surrounded with glass flags of different countries in the central dining area.
There are buffet lines on both the port and starboard sides of the ship offering mostly identical items -- for breakfast: eggs, breakfast meats, fruits, cheeses. For lunch and dinner: salads, soup du jour, breads and fruit.
In the middle of the Windjammer, there's a made-to-order area where chefs prepare omelets in the morning and dishes such as stir-fry chicken, fajitas and a meat-carving station later in the day. There's also a Grab-n-Go buffet line with prepared sandwiches, pizzas and burgers. A drink station is available here with water, iced tea, lemonade, coffee and milk.
Farther forward under the skylight is a cold buffet with more self-service items (cereal, doughnuts, yogurt and pastries, for example).
Crew circulate through the Windjammer throughout the day with carts to refill drinks, clear dirty dishes or offer pastries. This was particularly helpful in the morning when we needed a coffee refill and the crowds were heavy.
Though the space is visually pleasing, we found the layout was not ideal for the large flow of traffic at peak times during breakfast and lunch, with passengers frequently bumping into each other and longer than average waits. The food left something to be desired here, too, both in terms of flavor and a lack of variety. We missed the variety of salad fixings we've had on other Royal Caribbean ships, for example.
It's worth mentioning the two self-serve ice cream machines located just outside the Windjammer near the main pool -- there is a soft-serve dispenser on both the port and starboard sides, usually with two different flavor combinations, and cones. Our kids enjoyed these immensely, and we usually had to make at least one stop each day.
Park Cafe (Deck 9, aft):If you're looking for a quieter and less crowded meal or snack option, check out this cute little cafe located within the Solarium. It's typically open for an early riser continental breakfast (as early as 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and a late-night snack from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Breakfast items include yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit cups, juice and milk; lunch and snack options are tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches, hot carved sandwiches, made-to-order salads and soups. A refrigerated case offers more grab-and-go selections perfect for enjoying poolside such as pasta salad, coleslaw, Greek wraps, three-cheese panini, Cuban panini, and cookies and other desserts like panna cotta and Jell-O.
There's a drink station here where you can fill your own glass up with ice water, lemonade, apple juice and flavored water -- we loved that option for when we were relaxing at the Solarium pool.
Cafe Latte-tudes (Deck 6, midship): The complimentary snack options here are a bit of a hidden gem on the ship. Many passengers love the extra-fee specialty coffee here and the scoops of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, but they don't realize that they can also grab a quick snack for free. The selection is similar to -- though more limited than -- the Park Cafe. Examples include prepared croissant sandwiches, wraps and submarine sandwiches, Jell-O, cookies and slices of cake.
Room Service: There is a delivery fee for most room service items, but passengers can still get a complimentary continental breakfast delivered, limited to coffee, tea, juice, pastries and cold cereals.
Chef's Table (Deck 4, aft); $85: This super exclusive specialty dining experience is tucked away in a small wood-paneled room off the main dining room with a chandelier made out of silverware and a limited number of seats. Chef's Table is a multicourse dinner paired with wine that takes place most nights at 6:30 p.m., and participants are advised to plan for a two- to three-hour dinner. The prix fixe menu varies, but it might include scallop carpaccio, a smoked tomato soup, Maine lobster salad, roasted branzino and, for dessert, a Valrhona chocolate bar salted caramel with dulce de leche gelato.
Chops Grill (Deck 6, aft); $22 for lunch and $32 for dinner: This steak restaurant is open nightly for dinner and on select days for lunch. Passengers are encouraged to make advanced reservations for all of the specialty restaurants, but on our cruise, we didn't have a difficult time getting reservations.
Chops Grill is gold-toned with mirrored accents and feels very much like an exclusive, upscale dining experience. You'll start with a selection of soups and salads, such as a crispy goat cheese salad, lobster bisque or wild mushroom soup. Appetizers include charred beef carpaccio, grilled black pepper bacon and tuna tartare.
This is a great place to order a perfectly prepared steak -- choose from filet mignon, New York strip, bone-in ribeye -- or rack of lamb, grilled branzino, grilled Atlantic salmon or an organic half chicken, and pair with a selection of scrumptious sharable sides, such as Gruyere cheese Tater Tots, sauteed mushrooms, truffled French fries and mac 'n' cheese. Cap off your experience with a dessert from the freshly made selections: Mississippi mud pie, New York cheesecake, red velvet cake or warm apple pie a la mode, among others.
Giovanni's Table (Deck 6, aft); $15 for lunch and $30 for dinner: The warm wood tones, extensive wine list and Tuscan artwork transports you to Italy for the day or night. Giovanni's is open daily for dinner and on select days for lunch.
You're guaranteed not to walk away hungry, as there are several courses from which to choose, starting with appetizers and salads (examples: focaccia della casa, carpaccio di Manzo and insalata caprese); soups such as seafood stew and lentil and vegetable soup; a pasta course, including gnocchi with baby lamb and root vegetable sauce, pappardelle pasta in radicchio cream and pancetta and baked ricotta and spinach crepes; entrees include grilled lamb chops, pan-seared sole fillets and veal tenderloin with porcini mushrooms; plus dessert, of course: cannoli, panna cotta and chocolate cake.
We loved watching the sunset during our dinner here while we savored each course. Tip: Don't let the dessert cart pass you by without grabbing a serving of tiramisu.
Cafe Latte-tudes (Deck 6, midship); a la carte pricing: This specialty coffee shop is located near the Centrum internet cafe area and serves up various hot and cold espresso-based drinks like caramel macchiato ($3.75-$5), cafe Americano ($2.25-$3) and mocha frappe ($4.25).
Ben & Jerry's (Deck 6, midship); a la carte pricing: This beloved ice cream chain has a scoop shop right beside Cafe Latte-tudes. Check the board for daily flavors, which might include Chunky Monkey, Phish Food and Cherry Garcia, priced $2.50 for a small, $3.25 for a medium and $4 for a large, plus extra for toppings. You can also order a milkshake for $4.50.
Izumi (Deck 12, midship); a la carte pricing: Izumi is Royal Caribbean's Japanese restaurant brand, and on Vision of the Seas it's generally open for lunch and dinner with the same a la carte menu. It's located a few stairs up from Viking Crown Lounge and is decorated in a simple and elegant Asian motif.
You'll start your meal with a hot towel to cleanse your hands and a complimentary appetizer of edamame. Other appetizer options include pork gyoza dumplings, mixed poke taco and crispy rice spicy tuna. Salad selections are ahi and albacore tataki salad and tofu salad, among others. There are a variety of sushi rolls and nigiri (we ordered one of the chef's signature rolls, the truffle creamy lobster tempura, and thought it was fantastic). There's also a Hot Rock option, where you can order a steak or seafood and cook it over a hot rock at your table, with accompanying dipping sauces. Rolls were $12 to $15; entrees were $15 to $24.
This was a great lunch option on a day when we didn't want to deal with the crowds at the Windjammer. We brought our kids, who happily ate ramen and were treated to a behind-the-scenes sushi demonstration by the kind sushi chefs.
Room service: Passengers can order room service 24 hours a day, with a continental or American breakfast served from 6 to 11 a.m., and items such as chicken fingers, salads and sandwiches served the rest of the day. Royal Caribbean charges a $7.95 fee for all room service orders except continental breakfast.
During the day, swimsuits, cover-ups, shorts and tank tops are par for the course aboard Vision of the Seas. The ship's shorter four- and five-night itineraries feature only one formal night in the main and specialty dining rooms, and the rest are deemed "casual." Shorts, tank tops and baseball caps are specifically not allowed, but we did observe a few passengers skirting these rules. For the most part, people wear sundresses, long pants and casual or button-down shirts to dinner. Formal nights range from special occasion wear, like beaded dresses and suits, to sundresses -- and many passengers opt not dress up at all. There are typically a couple of theme nights, such as "1970s" and "Tropical," which are completely optional.
Each night of the cruise features live entertainment in the Masquerade Theatre (Decks 5 and 6, forward), from comedians to Broadway-style shows featuring the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers. The Masquerade Theatre seats 870 people in tiered seats, which are comfortable, and have cup holders and few obstructions throughout the two decks. The space is fairly simply decorated in blue, green and tan hues.
On our cruise, shows included "Boogie Wonderland," a throwback to 1970s hits featuring singing and dancing, and several comedians. The main evening production is usually performed at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. to accommodate the two main dinner seatings, and there is often another late-night performance, as well, such as an adult comedian, or the "Love and Marriage Game Show." The comedians and audience interactive shows were popular, though it wasn't typically difficult to snag a seat or two.
On some sea days, the Masquerade Theatre hosts afternoon movies.
You'll receive a paper schedule, dubbed the Cruise Compass, in your stateroom each night outlining the variety of activities scheduled for the next day.
The daily schedule usually begins with a variety of fitness and recreation activities in the morning, such as water aerobics or morning stretch, and a poolside movie. Later in the morning and into the afternoon, the cruise director's crew hosts several line dance classes, either poolside or in the Centrum. These activities are particularly popular with younger passengers and families.
Around lunchtime on sea days, there is usually a poolside event, such as the Men's International Belly Flop Contest or the World's Sexiest Man Competition. When there's not an event going on, you can usually hear live music poolside throughout the afternoon. Doesn't sound like your cup of tea? Head to the Solarium, where it's a whole lot quieter.
Some of the most well-attended activities during our cruise were the trivia and quiz games hosted in the Schooner Bar several times a day, typically in the morning, afternoon and evening. Families and groups traveling together really seemed to enjoy hanging out in this space, enjoying a cocktail and working together on games such as a Michael Jackson music quiz, blockbuster movie trivia and Harry Potter trivia.
Feel like staying inside? Check out the live string music played in the Centrum throughout the afternoon and evening. Daily trivia, sudoku, cards and board games are always available in the Book Nook (Deck 6), and there are usually a few open play card games scheduled in the Aquarius Dining Room. Bingo is frequently offered in the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge.
Passengers can attend classes on napkin folding, cooking or learning a new language. The spa and art gallery also hosts several talks promoting various services or upcoming events.
Besides the theatrical productions onboard Vision of the Seas, evening entertainment abounds throughout the ship. Before or after dinner, start out with a round of evening trivia in Schooner Bar, followed by a whirl around the dance floor in the Centrum to tunes from the live band performing there.
After that, consider taking in a poolside movie. Or join the cruise director staff for the latest wildly popular passenger-powered game, from "Finish That Lyric Game Show" to "The Quest Scavenger Hunt" to the "Love and Marriage Game Show."
Karaoke lovers will want to take their singing skills over to Some Enchanted Evening Lounge, where karaoke welcomes young and old each night. Microphones at the ready onstage and lyrics on the big screen, the dance floor is transformed into a place where adoring karaoke fans can join in on the chorus.
Casino Royale, a glitzy, star-themed casino, offers a range of gaming offerings, from roulette to craps, Texas Hold'em and dozens of slot machines. Complimentary gaming lessons are offered here regularly, as well as poker tournaments (check the Cruise Compass). There is a bar inside the casino and smoking is allowed.
Royal Caribbean earns high marks for its family-friendly programming throughout its ships, not just within the kids' clubs (which are typically very good), but also for family-friendly shore excursions, kids' dining menus and a daily slate of planned onboard activities, including family scavenger hunts and trivia games.
On Vision of the Seas, for example, one of the best family activities we saw was the egg drop in the Centrum. Families had to engineer various creations containing a raw egg that could withstand a fall from Deck 8 to Deck 4 -- with impressive and occasionally hilarious results.
Families enjoy the complimentary Adventure Ocean child care program for kids ages 3 and up (kids must be potty-trained), plus a special teen space. Royal Babies & Tots is a drop off nursery for kids under 3, available for a per-hour fee.
Kids must be at least six months old to set sail on Vision of the Seas, and children must be potty-trained to use the pool -- no swim diapers are allowed. For families with babies, there is a pre-cruise stateroom delivery option to order supplies like diapers and wipes.
Adventure Ocean (Deck 10, forward) comprises three age groups -- Aquanauts, 3 to 5; Explorers, 6 to 8; and Voyagers, 9 to 11. Parents can choose to allow their child to "self-sign" in and out of Adventure Ocean starting at 9 years old, but on port days, they are required to be dropped off and picked up by a guardian who is at least 18.
It is generally open for four sessions throughout the day when at sea: 9 a.m. to noon; 2 to 5 p.m.; 7 to 10 p.m.; and, for an extra fee of $7 per hour per child, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Port hours are usually more flexible to accommodate parents seeking child care while they go into port, with the center being staffed from the time of the first excursion to the last excursion, plus an evening and late-night session.
Royal Caribbean also offers My Family Time Dining, which allows families to enjoy the first part of dinner in the Aquarius Dining Room with kids. At 6:40 p.m., Adventure Ocean staff will escort children from the dining room to the Adventure Ocean facility so that parents can enjoy some kid-free time at the end of dinner (and maybe catch a show). Kids can also choose to have dinner at Adventure Ocean. It's free, but you must sign up in advance.
Programs vary depending on the day, but there is some overlap between the age groups. For the youngest children, themes such as "Little Chefs" and "Knights, Dragons and Princesses" inspire creative play like pretending to be in a restaurant or practicing not waking up the dragon. There are opportunities to make art and listen to stories, too. A Muffalo Potato TV program, shown in staterooms and at Adventure Ocean, is a puppet-led art class that our kids seemed to enjoy.
Middle age children play organized games like "Blind Man's Bacon" and "Pizza Ball" -- our 7-year-old, generally not one to join in group activities, loved the creative games here. Likewise, the oldest group also plays similar games -- and occasionally these two groups are combined. An evening session might include a "Rock & Roll Party" with line dancing and limbo.
There are also autism-friendly toys available for lending at Adventure Ocean, and onboard activities area designed to be accessible to children of all abilities -- autism-friendly activities are sometimes designated with a special symbol on the daily Cruise Compass.
Note that there are limits to the number of kids who can use Adventure Ocean at one time, and on our cruise, we bumped up against that limit several times. Be advised that during high-capacity cruises with families (such as during school breaks) you might face long lines to check your child in, and if your kiddo doesn't love crowds, this may pose a challenge (it did for us).
The teen space, located on Deck 10 on the opposite side of Adventure Ocean, has a small gathering space with a dance floor, DJ booth and a hangout space. Teenagers from 12 to 17 years old can use this space and can come and go as they wish (no signing in/out required). Anyone 18 and up is not permitted.
Staff-hosted programs generally go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., plus late-night activities on sea days and morning till late night on port days.
There is a very small arcade located outside the teen room on Deck 10. The game selection is quite limited -- and also expensive (you must charge tokens to your SeaPass card).
A large percentage of travelers on Vision of the Seas are families, including people with young children and also multigenerational groups. During school breaks and summer, expect typical "spring breaker" crowds, including lots of college students and school-aged kids. Most cruisers are from North America.
The Vitality Spa (Deck 9), a light-filled sanctuary located at the ship's aft, at the back of the Solarium, is decorated in soothing cream and taupe colors and is generally open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pre-Columbian motif of the Solarium carries through here, with stone statues, mosaics and soothing music.
You'll start your spa time with a brief stop in the Relaxation Room, with a large wall of windows facing the ocean while you sip hot tea or lemon-infused water. Treatment rooms feature warm massage tables and showers. A couples massage room features windows overlooking the ocean.
Treatment option specials onboard ranged from a 50-minute package with Swedish or deep tissue back, foot, neck and shoulder massage with eye collagen treatment for $129, or a 75-minute full body massage with skin brushing and an Elemis facial for $149. There are also Botox, teeth whitening and other skin rejuvenating treatments from the medispa.
There is a separate salon space that also faces the ocean and offers manicures ($50), pedicures ($70) and hair services ($39 and up). There are specialty beard grooming treatments just for men (ranging from $45 to $95). Teens can enjoy specially formulated facials and pedicures, called YSpa treatments ($45 and up). Keep an eye out for regular spa specials offered throughout the cruise (particularly on the first day and port days), and you get a discount if you book three treatments at once.
Note that there is no thermal suite or pool in the spa. Everyone is welcome to use the locker room area, located within the spa, but at the base of the stairs to the gym. Here you'll find saunas, showers and changing areas. We actually preferred the showers here to our interior cabin -- the towels are fluffier and you have a bit more space to change.
The Vitality Fitness Center (Deck 10) is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located just above the Vitality Spa, it features a small number of weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes and elliptical machines. These are stationed near the windows facing the ocean, while the weightlifting area is sectioned off by a mirrored wall.
There's also a space for classes. Throughout the day, there are usually a couple of complimentary fitness classes, such as Fab Abs or Vitality Stretch, but most of the classes such as yoga, Pilates, boot camp and indoor cycling are fee-based ($12 per class, or you can buy a pass for about $10 a day that covers all classes for the duration of your cruise).
Passengers must be at least 16 years old to use the gym, but parents or guardians may accompany a child 13 to 15 with a signed liability waiver.
We found the gym to be well-maintained and though there was a steady flow of fitness enthusiasts, it was never overcrowded. We also loved the amount of natural light in the space, much like the rest of the ship.
Just outside the gym, you'll find the walking/jogging track on Deck 10, where 4.3 laps equal 1 mile.
Passengers are automatically charged $14.50 per person, per day for gratuities, or $17.50 per person, per day for suite passengers. These tips are shared among dining staff and stateroom attendants. When you order a drink at the bar, enjoy a spa treatment, dine at a specialty restaurant or take a fee-based fitness class, you'll be automatically charged 18 percent for gratuity -- and there's a line to add an extra tip, if you wish.
Note: Australians and New Zealanders do not have the stateroom service charge added to their daily account; fares automatically include this gratuity as long as it was booked in AU/NZ dollars.
Country of Registration: Bahamas
Regular Capacity: 1950
Maximum Capacity: 2416
Number of Crew:784
Crew Nationality: Multinational
Officer Nationality: Multinational
Language(s) Spoken:< Multiple Languages
On the now more beautiful Vision of the Seas, you'll never lose sight of why you came onboard - thanks to all new features, from new restaurants to new technology to a new home ports in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Enjoy new staterooms, the Centrum experience - a high-flying aerial acrobatics show - and an outdoor movie screen. There are also 5 new dining experiences onboard, including family-style Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table, the complimentary Park Café, Izumi Asian Cuisine, the intimate Chef's Table, and our signature steakhouse, Chops Grille.
All our signature favorites are still onboard, including the VitalitySM Spa, the adults-only Solarium pool*, the Casino Royale®, and spectacular Broadway-style entertainment It's all here - on one amazing vacation.
Health and Beauty
No. of Dinner Sittings: 2
No. of Dinner Sittings: 6:15pm & 8:30pm
Special Diet: Low-fat, diabetic. low-cholesterol. vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual dining in the Windjammer Cafe 6:30pm - 9:30pm (available every night except the last night)Gratuity Policies
Suites (GS & Above) $17.50 per guest per day
Standard (JS & Below) $14.50 per guest per day