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  1. creel5857

    Live update on vision of seas

    On our trip there was 2......first one was our 2nd night at sea and the 2nd one was key west night if I recall?? It wasn’t our last night so it must have been Thursday night leaving key west. But yes we had 2 nights that were formal nights
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    Live update on vision of seas

    No DVD player
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    Live update on vision of seas

    To sunlover2...... not sure if JS 8546 will be effected or not, dont have layout of ship at close hand but yes earplugs are easy to pack so that will be ounce of prevention....primary problem for us was pool and buffet area above. Some have commented on noise in atrium during times of music and entertainment but we did not experience much of that storage space in junior suites was great in closets......bathroom space is sufficient but I would have taken a little cheap small plastic basket (1.00 at dollar tree) for small items that roll around as most of bathroom is narrow flat space yes hair dryer was located in a drawer near vanity area there were robes in closet there was only one outlet in our bedroom area which meant a lot of moving devises around if you have cpap or things that need to be charged.......if you by chance have cpaps let me know and i will give you some more update on our situation with that our balcony we good size with t table and 2 chairs TV channel selection was not great but then I realize a lot of people dont watch TV.......as senior citizens we do like to take some breaks and have some down time and at night sometimes after dinner we prefer to go to cabin rather than do shows and nightlight.......we were spoiled on other ships with a selection of channels and interactive TV that had movies etc. this ship does not let me know if you have any other questions
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    Construction at cruise port.........warning.......

    Yes we got that message. Either way, the parking and driving around cruise port is crappy right now. We thought it was just us but we heard from several people who are used to the port complain throughout our cruise and now today we hear from friends who said several almost missed ship on Saturday due to problems at port with parking and closed lanes. Maybe they will get it straighted out soon and it will be great looking but we wont be going back there anytime soon
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Agree with recent poster that sometimes we just need information ahead so we adjust our expectations accordingly. This cruise was reasonably priced but have had other reasonably priced cruises as well on ships with less age, recent refurshments and more amenities. For us it was a way to get to see key west, sail out of a port that we could drive to and try out a new cruise line. The great thing about cruise critic is that you can read numerous comments and formulate your own opinion and base your plans accordingly. We are home, clothes washed, ready to enjoy my own comfy bed and glad for the memories. Since this was my first live posting while on a ship I appreciate your kindness with any of my missteps along the way.
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Regarding daily activities and shows in the centrium (center atrium part of ship open for all to see): A variety of activities occur in centrium and a number of them are played back on the in room TV channels which really gives a great view in the event you cant get close enough to seating or rail to see a good view of activities. Several of these show up llater that night or the next day. They had a dance contest that was quite humorous last night that we could not see very well. Select officers on ship were paired with some passengers to do a short dance off. Looking at it now on TV is even better than it was last night because you can hear and see so much better. So just FYI in case your dining times or other activities conflict with the times there is something going on in centrium.
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Yes we knew to use magnet system and spoke to them upon arrival but as noted we had a specific issues with a few cabins on deck 8.........at least 4 complaints from other cabins per customer service notice to us as to why they reassigned the staff ......
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    Live update on vision of seas

    As noted by earlier poster RC does have the high pace energy and games and activities and noise level that is preferred by many, particularly younger families with kids and teens. But for couples or seniors who dont prefer the noise and occasional dining room melt downs with kids and just prefer a calmer more subdued environment then RC is a bit more than they desire from that standpoint. Yes i agree with posters that food on princess and holland america has been somewhat better overall but that is subjective. I think it is great how this travel site can allow people to read other people’s experiences and observations and make good decisions how to plan their own travel. And sometimes the tips and suggestions actually help people enjoy their experience better from the beginning because they know what to expect and what NOT to expect. Today we stopped in key west with a beautiful day of weather, a great hop on-and-off tour, a little shopping and some great key lime pie. So now a final day at sea and back to New Orleans. I have to say today has made us a bit happier with overall cruise. Just have to be honest that Nasaua is just dirty and infrastructure is just not enticive to us to visit again with all the other beautiful ports of call that are available.......but a lot of people like it. Again, just to have people give some comments ahead about ports of call is helpful for people to have reasonable expectations of where they are going.
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Yes we have found French fries to be very good and family has said soft serve ice cream very good. Hotdogs and hamburgers pretty good but not quite as good as some cruise lines who have special areas around pool with real grills making them fresh.....i have not found the pizza as good on vision as with other ships but there is a variety of staff items that should please most people who love salads. I was asked about price of alcoholic beverages and it appears that most are saying prices are equal to or greater than other cruise lines. I can say that the few drinks that our crowd has purchased it has been slightly more expensive than the 15 day cruise we took on holland america last December. But all of them still agreed it was still cheaper for them to buy individual drinks than committing to any of the beverage packages...... we went to chops last night (compliments of our travel agent) and found the meal very good. Steaks were wonderful, shrimp large and of course the quiet elegant environment is an added benefit away from the busy, sometimes noisy dining room. Our family would not cash up and pay for these meals but nice when you get them thrown in as a thank-you by travel agent regarding questions about shops: yes there are periods during day that shops are not opened. Last night we went by to take a stroll through prior to dinner and they were closed until 6:30 and the staff member nearby mentioned that it was opened and closed at various times. I guess i missed that notice but it was no big deal...... regarding medical services: yes medical services are noted in the daily schedule and mentions specific times that medical unit is open and closed......yesterday it was a few hours in morning and then a couple of hours late in the afternoon regarding cabin services: yes our services have improved since they did whatever staff changes that took place on our 2nd full day for several of our cabins on the 8th deck. I think it important to note that it is always good to ask cabin stewards on the first day any questions you might have. (how to operate TV, how to secure certain items or accommodations that you had requested that are not in room, how often you prefer ice). Some cruise lines have their staff take the time to specifically address this when they come to room to introduce themselves and others do not. For example on several of our Princess and Holland American cruises we have often had cabin stewards to greet us at which time they ensure they know how to pronounce our name, ensure the items that travel agents have purchased are inour room, ensuring we have items we requested related to medical accommodations, ensuring we have ice and to ensure we know how to operate the TV and telephone. But a lot of cruise lines dont do that. So just be sure you ask any questions that you have........if there is no answer or you still have questions then call customer services
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    Live update on vision of seas

    As noted in earlier post the layout in windjammer is due to age of ship.......but a tip i would give for anyone who has not sailed vision in past would be to walk through to see what all is available before you assume that the food bar at front entrance is the main food.......the first food area you come to has some salad type products and some premade entree items but as you continue on around there is an area of fresh foods like freshly made omelets and freshly cooked eggs, and freshly sliced roast beef and freshly cooked pasta .......and the sweets and fruits are out further in the middle of the seating area........it took us a meal or so to figure it all out. So just walk around some as sometimes the fresher on the spot cooked food is not at the front entrance..... as with some buffets it gets very crowded sometimes so we always get someone to claim a table and swap out getting our food
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Diamond suite cruiser: yes those precautions to decrease noise are great and I have a noise machine as well. It may or may not be the “carpeted” area above us but it is noisy throughout day and until around 12:00 pm at night. I assume it is our location and on prior cruises we have always gotten a room sandwiched between cabin floors to avoid this but could not do so on this trip. Not meaning to be critical but I have found tips on cruise critic very helpful for future sailors and I was just sharing real factual information of what had occurred to us and we are on ship right now. bee guy: yes we agree RCI has great cruises and I think another location on vision would be great.....didnt mean to upset loyal customer and again I was answering questions that I was asked . I am sure you will have another great cruise and we are going to have a good cruise ourselves rrtexascruiser: i think our minimal movement we have had has been due to location of ship and it being a smaller ship........no big deal.......no nausea or anything........gentle bit of movement at night but no big deal pcjr2: congratulations on the trip to Panama Canal as we did it last December from San Diego to ft Lauderdale. Just my opinion only but I would not want my full 16 days on this particular ship......again, not meaning to upset the loyal RCI customers I am just saying after us being on our ship for 15 days I would prefer a ship as you have chosen for that long of a trip and finally to all........kinda sorry I starting commenting or answering questions as I feel the observations were not wanted by long term RCI cruisers and I did not mean anything to harm anyone and I apologize for doing so........but I have appreciated many many comments made on cruise critic that has helped us plan several cruises based on our needs and personality.....that is all I meant to do.........
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Oh for sure continue with plans to do the voyage because there are always pros and cons with all ships and lines. I was asked specifici questions and was trying to answer best i could. Just knowing some details ahead can help you anticipate how you want to get the most out of your trip. today is a beautiful day in miami.....wasn’t on our itinerary when we purchased but with dock and island at coco bay still being worked on it got substituted. There is really nothing at all around port dock area and since we have seen miami on prior trip we are staying aboard and enjoying the top deck and our balcony for views and people watching. Yes there were people outside last night watching the national championship football game but we chose to do it inside as it was a bit windy .......temps were ok but winds were quite tropical (LOL) so we relaxed in room to LovinCruisin .......you will enjoy your trip.......i didnt mean for my personal answers to prior questions to dissuade anyone from your trip......it is different than many we have been on but we try to have a good time on an trip we go on ........if you have sailed out of New Orleans before I am sure all will go well for you .........and maybe by the time you come you will not have the problem we had with road construction at port.......others on ship with us who have been in/out of port of New Orleans on 2 different cruise lines even complained it was a mess.......so hopefully this is just temporary with the construction work
  13. Just a simple warning for those who are going out of New Orleans for the first time and are not familiar with the port nor the parking areas. We had directions from travel agent and even had GPS and even asked the concierge at the hotel about directions..........all just to verify things since I am a little obsessive compulsive. But we still had problems as there was a lot of road construction going on and some lanes were closed and 1 street closed temporarily and no major signs like in other ports and very few port officials anywhere. As a result we didnt even get parked in the cruise port deck and ended up in Fulton garage by accident.......I know you are shaking your head but it was stressful to get parked. Yes it is a bit cheaper than the port authority parking but by the time you pay tips to shuttles you dont come out that much ahead.......but we got parked so just be forewarned .......its a mess if you dont know for sure what to do........
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    Live update on vision of seas

    We have only been on princess, holland american and royal Caribbean. Our friends and family with us have also been on carnival and Norwegian as well as holland and princess. Right now our consensus is that holland and princess rate the highest overall for cruise experience and services with royal and Norwegian coming in next and then carnival last. But all this is subjective and just our 11 opinions (LOL). We come to that decision based on ship accommodations, level of services by all employees (food, cabin, tours, front desk), and the entertainment/recreation/activities provided which we think creates an environment or flavor of the ship/cruise line. For us Holland and Princess is more subdued, calm, quiet while still active, employees present very very polished and professional and there are typically less young children which result in a more quiet organized environment. Royal is billed out more for younger active couples and families with young kids which we have experienced even on this smaller older royal ship sailing during school season. And then there is carnival.......what can we say........party hardy and bring on the booze. (Not for us but for others) with a loud party environment on most itineraries. So vision will be a bit of a let down from your holland american cruise. But you can still have a good time. Just hope you dont get a cabin under the pool deck as we are located. We took the last rooms they had and we knew we probably should not have done it and we regret it. Loud and noisy with chairs scraping and people running and music banging a lot. But it’s only 4 more days. (LOL). I would not turn down a cruise on vision if you already have one planned, just know ahead it is not Holland and Princess environment or level of services
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    Live update on vision of seas

    Responding to comments about you have to pay a lot to get better service.......well this is true to a certain extent however we have gotten some great prices on holland america and princess and celebrity and thus far I am leaning toward them over royal Caribbean and carnival as far as overall experience. But royal had a great price, it included key west which we wanted to visit, it went out of a port which we could drive to........so we made our choice based on that. Regarding the earlier comment from someone about age of cruise attendees on this trip: we have more young people and kids than I expected for a Jan cruise. It is not that I dont like kids cause we have kids and grandkids and nieces and nephews we love to be with........just sometimes we like to travel and go on cruises with quieter crowd that has less screaming, crying and noise.........we have kids all around us in fine dining and near our cabins and balconies and so far it seems most are fairly happy, just fairly noisy LOL........but with royal Caribbean and carnival we know to expect greater noise with kids and partying adults........which is why we usually go with one of the other cruise lines.....
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