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Shawn Quish

Age: 39

Occupation:Meeting Planner

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Vision of the Seas

Sailing Date: 10-19-2008

Itinerary: Mexico

This was my second visit on the Vision of the Seas, I was onboard the ship 4 years ago in October 2004. I am a fan of this ship, it is small enough to be able to do everything and large enough to not be overhelming. RCL does a great job of cruising and they do it right.
I took this trip as part of my Friends and Family Cruise that I do every year and this year I had 8 people total go with me. We all enjoyed the cruise, saw dolphins and even some whales and just had a ball for 7 days.

I have traveled with RCL 4 times (Navigator of the Seas in 2006, Liberty of the Seas in 2007) on NCL 3 times (Dream 2007, Sun 2006 & 2005, Pearl 2006) and Carnival 1 time (Fantasy 2004) and Holland America 1 time and finally Princess 1 time (Caribbean Princess 2007).

The food onboard was very good, better than both Carnival and Princess. My family is in love with the Almond Bread at breakfast - If you go on Vision you must try it. I had the opportunity to eat in all the outlets and the food was just as good on this trip as it was in 2004.
You can not go wrong with RCL and food, from the steak and the lobster to the hot dogs, it all is very good. I would campare it to any fine restaurant on land.
Since I know travel, I can be totally honest with you and say that the food on RCL is 100% better than anything you will get at an all-inclusive resort.

We had an inside stateroom and it is smaller than most cabins, but it was fine for the fact that we only spent a few hours every night in the cabin. The shower is small but again you are only in the shower for minutes. For the price of an inside cabin it was just perfect for us.

The ships crew was great with keeping things moving and always having something to do. I stumbled across the Arts and Crafts class as I was looking for a TV in a bar for college football (side note, there is not a sports bar on this ship and the ship only gets ESPN) and was very surprised at the crafts class. The instructor was teaching them how to make picture cubes to place the cruise pictures in back home, I was upset that I missed the start of the class and missed out, really I was. The class looked fun and people seemed to enjoy it.
I will say this ships staff goes above and beyond to include people in activities and they thrive on having people meet nee people, I met tons and tons of people and even a few new friends.

DO NOT MISS the Love and Marriage show or the Quest game, they are so much fun.
The onboard entertainment: The comedy was just good, the magic show was so amazing (I loved Night Magic)! Now the RCL singers and dancers are very good but they did the exact (I am almost 100% sure) same shows as they did in 2004. I was a little dissappointed that they had not changed the shows up but this cast did a great job.

Since this was my second trip on this ship and I had been to Cabo before, we just got off the ship and walked around town. It was so HOT, HOT, HOT we thought we had made a stop on the sun instead of Cabo. Mazatlan we just hung around the pool on the ship, you will have the whole place to yourself. Now to Puerto Vallarta, I love PV and have been to PV twice already this year. We did the Zip line or they also call it Canopy Tour but you need to make sure you get the one that is near MisMaloya, there are two and one is more in the desert and the other is the one we did which is through the jungle and goes across the river.
The Zip line was one of the most amazing things to do! I also hear that the Pirate ship is a good time.

Overall this was a fantastic cruise and the Vision of the Seas is just as great today as it was in 2004. For those that said that it is showing its age and needs to be updated, you are wrong! This is a great ship! The staff is over the top and the food is better than what you get at home. RCL should be proud of this ship and crew.
I will travel again on RCL and again ang again, and I am looking forward to seeing the Vision of the Seas again in the future. Vision of the Seas is moving from Mexico cruises to the Carribbean and then on the Baltics.

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