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4 minutes ago, RCCL Fan said:

 

I mean I have to say , I was really looking forward to this place, but was so underwhelmed.   

 

Made me wonder about the reviews, there was one that talked about "cheese sticks not being anything like normal cheese sticks, you have to try them"  

 

Well, I did they were typical frozen cheese sticks.

 

sigh.

 

Mr. Sanchos it's always visited by so many, but it looks super crowded, and that's not me at all.

 

Maybe it's worth a shot, next time.   Either that or Paradise Beach.   

 

As many times as I've been to Cozumel, you'd think I'd have this figured out by now.

 

Last cruise we went with our friends  to Sancho´s and really enjoyed it. Our friends then went to Nachi on their second leg of their back to back and raves about it. We just had lunch together this past week and they both talked about how great it was again!  The reviews seem to be so split that I don’t know that I even want to try it. 

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3 hours ago, MandyMooToo said:

 

Last cruise we went with our friends  to Sancho´s and really enjoyed it. Our friends then went to Nachi on their second leg of their back to back and raves about it. We just had lunch together this past week and they both talked about how great it was again!  The reviews seem to be so split that I don’t know that I even want to try it. 

Ok, good to hear that.  I have Nachi booked for next year, and was starting to get nervous...

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4 hours ago, MandyMooToo said:

 

Last cruise we went with our friends  to Sancho´s and really enjoyed it. Our friends then went to Nachi on their second leg of their back to back and raves about it. We just had lunch together this past week and they both talked about how great it was again!  The reviews seem to be so split that I don’t know that I even want to try it. 

 

Yeah it's kinda funny....  I was very hohum.  My wife really enjoyed it.

 

We ordered drinks at the exact same time, hers was great, mine was horrible.

 

I guess it's just one of those things....  personal preference?  lack of consistency?  influence of Mexican gods?

 

Who Knows?

 

 

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Final Thoughts & The Verdict
 
This cruise was an attempt to try something new for us.
 
We're new to Texas and don't have experience driving to the port.
We also have not sailed routes to Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya 
We have not sailed many of RCI's smaller ships, we usually go for bigger & newer
 
 
As a family with two young kids, our little ones love things like the Dreamworks parades, boardwalk with carousel, and the ice skating rink.
 
Oasis class ships also have the kid-theater, science lab, and a very large Adventure Ocean with multiple spaces,  it works really well for our family. 
 
After moving to Texas we still flew to Florida to sail Allure... After dropping more than 7K for cruise and airfare... we found a 2K all in on Vision I handed over the credit card.
 
But we were super concerned about going from one of the company's biggest ships to one of their smallest.
 
We sat the kids down and explained that we would spend a lot of pool time and relaxing time instead of action packed schedule time.
 
We had been on one smaller ship as a family... Serenade.  My wife enjoyed it but I felt bored quite a bit.  I remember the first 2 sea days feeling like I was going to go crazy if I didn't get off the ship soon.  Our oldest daughter loved AO, but otherwise she was bored too.  Our youngest was still in a stroller then.
 
So what would Vision have in store?
 
 
Well....
 
WE LOVED THIS SHIP!!!
 
As I mentioned earlier the staff on this ship was amazing.   CC and her staff truly made this cruise spectacular. I was reminded of cruises of yesteryear.   Tons of games, tons of trivia, and personality, and giving out Royal Caribbean key chains like they were hundred dollar bills.
 
I haven't been on a cruise that did that in YEARS.
 
Brings me back to Monarch and Viking Serenade where we did lots of fun games all the time.
 
The staff truly made up for the fact that the ship didn't have as many "attractions" and quite honestly it was this kind of cruising that had me fall in love with cruising in the first place.
 
I can't remember the last time I was fighting it out in silly dance contests for a keychain, but I can remember being in the sexy legs contest on Monarch, and the battle of the sexes on Nordic Empress and now we can add vision to the list. 
 
The activities staff made this cruise spectacular.
 
Let me tell you what else we loved.... our cabin.   8048.   We were on deck 8, one deck down from the pool.  Two up from deck 6 where most everything was.  
 
We were centrally located and never felt like we were walking all over the place to get somewhere.
 
We also often get separated on the bigger ships. If I go somewhere with the kids, and my wife is by the pool or in the room, forget it.  It's impossible to find each other.  We just know we'll reconnect by dinner. 
 
Not on vision, it was easy to wander a bit and find your traveling companions there's just not as many places to look. 
 
While our past "smaller ships" of serenade and celeb reflection left me longing for something to do many days, I never felt bored on this ship.  There was always something going on, and something to go do.
 
The size also was a benefit for our 10 year old.
 
We're overprotective, I'll admit it.  I know many parents let their kids wander the ship, and have some freedom in somewhat of a smaller environment.  Not us.
 
Kids have to be with us, and no we don't allow her to sign herself out of Adventure Ocean.  It just makes us uncomfortable.
 
On this ship, my oldest kept asking for some freedom.  Because it was a smaller ship we felt more comfortable granting it.   She didn't get free reign at night, or the ability to sign herself out of AO.   But while we were sitting at dinner, and the youngest was forced to sit there until she had 3 more bites of her fruit, we allowed the oldest to walk to ben and jerry's for dessert.
 
Vision helped us feel more comfortable giving her freedoms we wouldn't give on an Oasis class ship.
 
Yes --- I complained a lot about the motion.  It was really one of my only two dislike s of this sailing the motion and the size of Adventure Ocean.
 
My kids love Adventure Ocean but they refused to go on this ship.  They had too many kids onboard, and the Adventure Ocean simply wasn't big enough to handle them properly.
 
They really need to limit the 4-person cabins they book with kids during spring break.
 
I thought they would have learned their lesson, but kids sail free is going on right now and spring break week cruises have the sale next year out of Galveston. 
 
Not only was a not ready to get off the ship, I would have gladly stayed onboard and gone another week.
 
Vision leaves Galveston for Europe in a few months and will be replaced by Enchantment.
 
Now, I've been told Enchantment isn't maintained as well as Vision and the staff isn't as strong as it's a ship that's focused on 4-5day cruises rather than 7+ but we're still signed up.   Going again later this year.
 
My only hesitation about that cruise is that we booked a Grand Suite.... meaning it's ALL THE WAY FORWARD... where the motion is worse.
 
I really wish I could downgrade to a JS in the middle of the ship, but the JS  is more expensive now than what I paid for the GS. 
 
I'm not going to pay more to downgrade. 
 
So we'll see what happens on Enchantment this fall.
 
We're looking at next Spring Break right now....  my wife wants to fly to San Juan and take vision on the southern route.
 
We still need to get on Liberty, out of TX, but I can do two 5-days on Enchantment for less than Liberty.   I figure if I'm paying that much I'd rather be on Oasis.
 
We decided that perhaps our sweet spot would be Voyager class...   big enough to offer kids a bit more and handle the motion of the ocean, but not so big that we don't feel the intimacy of the ship. 
 
Luckily Adventure was announced to be heading to Texas in 2020, so we will soon get a chance to try it out.
 
I'm still hoping this terminal RCI is building in TX will bring us an Oasis class or Icon class ship.  (Icon may be a stretch --- but hey we've got the natural gas resources to fill the tanks!)
 
We encourage families who are nervous about the smaller and older ships, to not worry.  Roll the dice, and enjoy it.  It may not have the bells and whistles, but it has the keychains and smiles.
 
Thanks for following along --- Happy sailing everyone. 
 

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15 hours ago, RCCL Fan said:
Final Thoughts & The Verdict
 
This cruise was an attempt to try something new for us.
 
We're new to Texas and don't have experience driving to the port.
We also have not sailed routes to Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya 
We have not sailed many of RCI's smaller ships, we usually go for bigger & newer
 
 
As a family with two young kids, our little ones love things like the Dreamworks parades, boardwalk with carousel, and the ice skating rink.
 
Oasis class ships also have the kid-theater, science lab, and a very large Adventure Ocean with multiple spaces,  it works really well for our family. 
 
After moving to Texas we still flew to Florida to sail Allure... After dropping more than 7K for cruise and airfare... we found a 2K all in on Vision I handed over the credit card.
 
But we were super concerned about going from one of the company's biggest ships to one of their smallest.
 
We sat the kids down and explained that we would spend a lot of pool time and relaxing time instead of action packed schedule time.
 
We had been on one smaller ship as a family... Serenade.  My wife enjoyed it but I felt bored quite a bit.  I remember the first 2 sea days feeling like I was going to go crazy if I didn't get off the ship soon.  Our oldest daughter loved AO, but otherwise she was bored too.  Our youngest was still in a stroller then.
 
So what would Vision have in store?
 
 
Well....
 
WE LOVED THIS SHIP!!!
 
As I mentioned earlier the staff on this ship was amazing.   CC and her staff truly made this cruise spectacular. I was reminded of cruises of yesteryear.   Tons of games, tons of trivia, and personality, and giving out Royal Caribbean key chains like they were hundred dollar bills.
 
I haven't been on a cruise that did that in YEARS.
 
Brings me back to Monarch and Viking Serenade where we did lots of fun games all the time.
 
The staff truly made up for the fact that the ship didn't have as many "attractions" and quite honestly it was this kind of cruising that had me fall in love with cruising in the first place.
 
I can't remember the last time I was fighting it out in silly dance contests for a keychain, but I can remember being in the sexy legs contest on Monarch, and the battle of the sexes on Nordic Empress and now we can add vision to the list. 
 
The activities staff made this cruise spectacular.
 
Let me tell you what else we loved.... our cabin.   8048.   We were on deck 8, one deck down from the pool.  Two up from deck 6 where most everything was.  
 
We were centrally located and never felt like we were walking all over the place to get somewhere.
 
We also often get separated on the bigger ships. If I go somewhere with the kids, and my wife is by the pool or in the room, forget it.  It's impossible to find each other.  We just know we'll reconnect by dinner. 
 
Not on vision, it was easy to wander a bit and find your traveling companions there's just not as many places to look. 
 
While our past "smaller ships" of serenade and celeb reflection left me longing for something to do many days, I never felt bored on this ship.  There was always something going on, and something to go do.
 
The size also was a benefit for our 10 year old.
 
We're overprotective, I'll admit it.  I know many parents let their kids wander the ship, and have some freedom in somewhat of a smaller environment.  Not us.
 
Kids have to be with us, and no we don't allow her to sign herself out of Adventure Ocean.  It just makes us uncomfortable.
 
On this ship, my oldest kept asking for some freedom.  Because it was a smaller ship we felt more comfortable granting it.   She didn't get free reign at night, or the ability to sign herself out of AO.   But while we were sitting at dinner, and the youngest was forced to sit there until she had 3 more bites of her fruit, we allowed the oldest to walk to ben and jerry's for dessert.
 
Vision helped us feel more comfortable giving her freedoms we wouldn't give on an Oasis class ship.
 
Yes --- I complained a lot about the motion.  It was really one of my only two dislike s of this sailing the motion and the size of Adventure Ocean.
 
My kids love Adventure Ocean but they refused to go on this ship.  They had too many kids onboard, and the Adventure Ocean simply wasn't big enough to handle them properly.
 
They really need to limit the 4-person cabins they book with kids during spring break.
 
I thought they would have learned their lesson, but kids sail free is going on right now and spring break week cruises have the sale next year out of Galveston. 
 
Not only was a not ready to get off the ship, I would have gladly stayed onboard and gone another week.
 
Vision leaves Galveston for Europe in a few months and will be replaced by Enchantment.
 
Now, I've been told Enchantment isn't maintained as well as Vision and the staff isn't as strong as it's a ship that's focused on 4-5day cruises rather than 7+ but we're still signed up.   Going again later this year.
 
My only hesitation about that cruise is that we booked a Grand Suite.... meaning it's ALL THE WAY FORWARD... where the motion is worse.
 
I really wish I could downgrade to a JS in the middle of the ship, but the JS  is more expensive now than what I paid for the GS. 
 
I'm not going to pay more to downgrade. 
 
So we'll see what happens on Enchantment this fall.
 
We're looking at next Spring Break right now....  my wife wants to fly to San Juan and take vision on the southern route.
 
We still need to get on Liberty, out of TX, but I can do two 5-days on Enchantment for less than Liberty.   I figure if I'm paying that much I'd rather be on Oasis.
 
We decided that perhaps our sweet spot would be Voyager class...   big enough to offer kids a bit more and handle the motion of the ocean, but not so big that we don't feel the intimacy of the ship. 
 
Luckily Adventure was announced to be heading to Texas in 2020, so we will soon get a chance to try it out.
 
I'm still hoping this terminal RCI is building in TX will bring us an Oasis class or Icon class ship.  (Icon may be a stretch --- but hey we've got the natural gas resources to fill the tanks!)
 
We encourage families who are nervous about the smaller and older ships, to not worry.  Roll the dice, and enjoy it.  It may not have the bells and whistles, but it has the keychains and smiles.
 
Thanks for following along --- Happy sailing everyone. 
 

Great review! Really enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to your next one. We have JS booked on Vision out of Miami in October. Your review made me feel better about taking kids on a smaller ship without extras. 

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I completely agree with your final thoughts on Vision. CC and her crew were spectacular! Especially Orlando LOL! I had the very same reservations you did about the size of the ship, but Vision did not disappoint at all. I really wish Vision would stay in Tx a bit longer, but I am excited for Adventure coming in 2020 and one of the Oasis class coming after that. Glad you and your family enjoyed your cruise! Thanks again for the awesome review 😃

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What a great review! Thank you so much for sharing your vacation and final thoughts with us. 

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thank you so much for the review! it is a lot of work, and i sure do appreciate it! you have such a lovely family. hope to see another review from you in the future. 😊

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On 3/31/2019 at 3:03 PM, mimi7ccr said:

We are going to Costa Maya in a couple of months and I was wondering about Tropicante.  How DO you get there??  How do you really know when you are at the right place??  Could someone shed some light on this, please??  Thank you.

 

 

On 3/31/2019 at 4:04 PM, mimi7ccr said:

Thank you.  I will do that.

 

 

On 3/31/2019 at 7:54 PM, RCCL Fan said:

 


Good investigating

 

If you google it ,you can email the owner and ask him to reserve you a spot.. www.sandalsandskis.com.  on the website there’s a “treasure map” with directions . You can take the trolley for $3 per person to get there. SO easy and awesome place to spend the day,

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If you google it ,you can email the owner and ask him to reserve you a spot.. www.sandalsandskis.com.  on the website there’s a “treasure map” with directions . You can take the trolley for $3 per person to get there. SO easy and awesome place to spend the day,


The owner is very helpful, he suggested the taxi over the trolley to me.

Just follow my instructions of how to get there and you will be fine.

Ignore the people in the green shirts and look for the tropicante staff in the pink shirts and once you’re there you’ll be fine

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