I see that the boats going to the Mexican Riviera are the Vision and the Mariner of the Seas. I know that my preferences will dictate which one I take; Does anyone have any personal thoughts about the boats one way or another? Why? What about San Diego or San Pedro as a departure port. Any of you have a preference AND why?
Biggest difference is not the ships but the itineraries. The Monarch is older, built in 1991 and does short sailings, 3 and 4 nighters. Vision does 7 night itins and was built in 1998. The length of cruise, itin and cost difference would be a better determining factor than the ship from my perspective. There are other ships by competing lines that offer both short and longer itins. Carnival has Elation and Paradise doing short sailings and Pride doing 7 night. Princess has Dawn and Golden Princess, HAL has Oosterdam and Ryndam is even doing 10 nighters. Last but not least is NCL Star.
With this many choices if you're down to RCCL, I'd personally prefer Vision because it hits Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta insted of just reaching down to Ensenada and coming back.
Just a post scrip; Mariner is sailing out of Los Angeles starting in 2009. I'll rephrase my question; if I can only go once, should I go in'08 on the Vision or wait until '09 and take the mariner.? WHY?
Sorry grizz, didn't read your post carefully enough. Mariner is a Voyager class with all the bells and whistles like the ice rink and Promenade. I wouldn't put a cruise off for a year to choose Mariner over Vision though. Vision is a fine ship and would be a great cruise.
I didn't mean to insinuate anything of the kind. The Vision is a great ship! So are all the Sovereign, and Radiance class ships. A Voyager class ship is in a class of it's own, and some people that have never been on the smaller class ships, have no way of comparing the size. There are some people that would rather be on the smaller class ships.