Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Sailing Date: March 4th, 2007
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Vision of the Seas Cruise Review
This was my first cruise. We arrived at the port right after 1:00pm (which was the earliest we could get on the ship) Getting on to the ship was fairly quick. I think from the time we started to the time we were in our room was maybe 15 minutes. Our room was very clean, outdated though. Everything was early nineties décor. The beds were very comfortable, the pillows were soft and in fact I don’t think I have EVER slept that well.
The ship was very pretty with lots to look at. We called our family and said goodbye; we didn’t have cell service until we ported back in L.A. We headed off to Cabo San Lucas.
The itinerary said that we would be in Cabo by noon on Tuesday. This is IMPORTANT….get your tender tickets! This was the only thing that was disorganized on the whole cruise. We were never told we had to get tender tickets. So we went to go get in line to get off of the ship, that’s when they told us. We received them on the fourth floor. We had number 14. I thought that we were never going to get to see Cabo since the ship was leaving at 6:00pm. When we got tired of waiting we headed back down to wait in line. They let us go on the tenders even though they were only calling numbers 4 & 5. No body knew really what was going on. It was messy.
Cabo was great, it’s a short port, and I thought the shopping there was the cheapest. The next day we woke up to beautiful palm trees in Mazatlan. That was nice; we sat on the beach under a cabana for two hours just relaxing.
Then it was the last port which was Puerto Vallarta. We took an excursion “Town, Country and Tequila” That was a great tour. The guide was comical and very knowledgeable. We learned not only about Puerto Vallarta but all of Mexico. The tour took almost all day though, we left at 8 or 9am, didn’t get back until around 3pm. But if you want they will drop you off downtown were all of the shopping and the beaches are. For $28 per person I think it was well worth the time. The beaches there are the best of the entire cruise. This was my favorite port.
Then we had two days back to L.A. We actually spent a lot of time in our room just watching TV, sleeping and relaxing. The activities were fun but everything was a little crowded for me. If you didn’t get to a show or an activity 20 minutes early there weren’t any good seats left. We watched two of the three comedians. They were very funny. I heard the one we missed was even better. The magic show was entertaining. The Broadway shows weren’t good. Unless your REALLY into Broadway you won’t enjoy these.
The food was okay. I liked the food at the ports much better. Room service is your friend. We had second seating for dinner, so it was at 8:30pm, that’s 9:30pm our time, it took us two days to get use to that. We played a little in the Casino, we won $120!!
Some of the staff was friendly. Our room attendant was great; we loved him and tipped him well. Getting your room cleaned twice a day was very nice.
Other than the issue
with the tenders and Cabo I thought the cruise was great. You are treated very
well, like a VIP member at a rich country club. I would recommend this cruise to
anyone and I would take it again.