Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas Overview
Launched in 1998, the Vision of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. A medium-sized vessel, she belongs to the cruise line's Vision Class and is the last of five in this fleet. Her sister ships are the Legend of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Splendour of the Seas.
The Vision of the Seas specs
Weighing in at 78,340 tonnes and measuring 915.4 feet in length, the Vision of the Seas is much smaller than newer models in the Royal Caribbean fleet. She accommodates 2,435 passengers and 765 crew, spans 11 decks, and has a cruising speed of 22 knots.
Inside the Vision of the Seas
For an older vessel, the Vision of the Seas interior decor is relatively modern and timeless. The original design focused on letting in as much natural light as possible, and more than 2 acres of glass were used to ensure this effect. Even the best onboard decor fades into the background thanks to the breathtaking views.
The Vision of the Seas received an extensive refurbishment in 2013. The ship was given a makeover to bring it up to speed with Oasis Class vessels. This included adding several new eateries, giving all of the cabins a facelift, constructing a movie screen by the main pool, as well as installing WiFi and digital signage.
Things to do on board the Vision of the Seas
Exclusive to Royal Caribbean's Vision Class is the Centrum, a centralised social hub which is home to a dazzling array of entertainment, night and day. This is the place to be if you want to enjoy some live music, or perhaps attend an enrichment lecture.
Other excellent activities throughout the ship include a rock-climbing wall (a Royal Caribbean staple), art auctions, trivia competitions and destination seminars. Of course, a day by the pool is an activity in itself while on holiday, so you could always spend the day lounging in the sun or playing pool games.
Vision of the Seas restaurants and bars
During the ship's 2013 refurbishment, several new eateries were added, including a gourmet Italian restaurant called Giovanni's Table and an Asian-fusion restaurant called Izumi. Thanks to these new additions, guests have a relatively large choice of dining options for a small to medium sized vessel.
The Aquarius Dining Room is the main eatery. You can choose to eat at fixed seating times (6pm and 8.30pm), or make the most of Royal Caribbean's My Time Dining option and eat dinner anytime between 6pm and 9.30pm.
There are eight bars and lounges on board, most offering a good mix of wine, beer, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. The Some Enchanted Evening Lounge is excellent for a pre- or post-dinner drink, while the Viking Crown Lounge and the Nightclub are the ship's two late-night dancing venues.
Vision of the Seas itineraries and shore excursions
The Vision of the Seas splits her schedule between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Most cruises tend to be between 7 and 14 nights. The shore excursions available will of course depend on your chosen cruise route and destination. In the Mediterranean, you can expect a range of city tours and informative cultural visits, such as a visit to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or cooking class in Venice. In the Caribbean, on the other hand, the shore excursions tend to revolve around snorkeling, swimming and spending time in the sun.
Cabins start at 132 square feet (interiors) and go up to 195 square feet (superior oceanview). All cabins benefited from a complete makeover during the 2013 dry dock; new carpet and furnishings were added, as well as flatscreen televisions.
There are five suite categories, ranging from Junior (243 square feet) through to Royal (1,176 square feet). All suites include separate sitting areas and larger bathrooms, however as you move up in size, additional perks are added such as whirlpool bathtubs. If you stay in a suite, you will be provided with an iPad to have with you on the ship. This is a great way to keep up-to-date with the entertainment available on board, as well as keep an eye on your accounts and reservations.
Dining included in your Vision of the Seas ticket:
- The Aquarius Dining Room
- Windjammer Cafe
- Park Cafe
- Cafe Latte-tudes
- Room Service
Specialty dining (not included in your fare):
- Chef's Table
- Chops Grille
- Izumi Asian Cuisine
- Giovanni's Table
- Viking Crown Lounge
- Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
The Vision of the Seas by day
You'll find everything you expect from a cruise on the Vision of the Seas, such as trivia games, enrichment lectures and duty-free shops. There is also a library and internet cafe, as well as a video arcade. You can't go wrong if you start at the Centrum - this is the entertainment hub of the ship. If you'd prefer a more active form of entertainment, try the rock-climbing wall.
Pools, spas and fitness facilities on board the Vision of the Seas
The Vision of the Seas has two pools and six whirlpools. The main pool area is located on Deck 8 and is family-friendly. The Solarium Pool is adults-only and located near the Vitality Sea Spa and Fitness Centre. Thanks to a retractable sliding roof, this pool can be enjoyed rain or shine.
The Vitality Spa is the perfect place for pampering. Here you will find a selection of Steiner spa treatments, such as relaxing massages and body wraps. The fitness arm of the spa is equipped with all of the latest cardio machines and free weights. Trained instructors are also on hand for group fitness classes, including yoga and Pilates.
If you'd prefer to work up a sweat outside, the jogging track is a great place to get some fresh air, while the sports court is perfect for a game of basketball.
Vision of the Seas nightlife
There's something wonderful about enjoying a night out on board a cruise ship; you know that your room is never far away, so you can relax and see where the night takes you. This must be why so many ships truly come alive in the evening, with spectacular entertainment options. The Vision of the Seas is no exception - whether you fancy watching an aerobatics performance in the Centrum or an original production show in the Main Theatre, you're in for a great night out.
Of the 8 bars and lounges, several have live entertainment, whether it's a pianist or a DJ. Each bar has its own look and feel; the R Bar is kitted out with 1960s furniture, while the Champagne Bar is glitzy and glamorous. There is also a Casino on board, with several card tables and slot machines.
The Vision of the Seas for families
A family-friendly vessel, the Vision of the Seas offers Royal Caribbean's renowned Adventure Ocean Youth Program and the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, as well as teen-only areas. All of these facilities are located on Deck 10.
The Nursery caters for children between 6 months and 3 years (although please note that babies must be 12 months old to travel on longer cruises). Here your little ones will be well entertained with toys, television programmes and other activities. You and your kids can play in the nursery together for free, however if you wish to leave them with one of the trained staff members, then an hourly rate applies.
Children aged three and over are split into groups: Aquanauts for ages 3 to 5, Explorers for ages 6 to 8, Voyagers for ages 9 to 11, Tweens for ages 12 to 14 and Teens for ages 15 to 17. Different activities are tailored towards each age group; as a general rule, the younger the children, the more hands-on and organised the programme is. Older teens have more free time and can hang out in their own area, which is complete with a dance floor and a bar serving mocktails.
Both in-cabin and group babysitting is available after 10pm. Spaces are limited, so it is best to book in advance.