Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Sailing Date: October 12th, 2003
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
Good itinerary- though there isn't much to see in Mazatlan, where you may as well just stay on the ship. The gym is nice but too small and things were broken- I've read reviews from six months ago saying the same thing. Don't order a margarita- bartenders on RCCL consistently make them wrong- too much sweet/sour, tastes like junk. Spa is nice, massages good, though a bit pricey and they prop you up at the end to sell you overpriced spa products- tell them before you start that you don't want to hear it. Big bingo jackpot at end- don't expect to win it until the last day- number of draws limited to force a big final game on the last day (only). Casino is tight- nobody seemed to win anything.
Food was excellent, though RCCL doesn't seem to know how to make good deserts. Wine list was ok, though they fired all of their wine stewards and you have to deal with a busboy or waiter to get a bottle- not ideal. Kids club is ok up until about age 10, then its too unstructered. Shows are ok. I'd highly recommend this cruise- we've taken other RCCL and Carnival cruises- consistently, Carnival has seemed like a Motel 6 and RCCL much better, like a Sheraton or Hilton. Know that Carnival now owns Princess and Holland- never tried those but our agent says that they're better than Carnival.