Well, a week cruising is going by so increadibly fast, and here we are, back from the most wonderful vacation in our entire life
The Vision is a wonderful little ship, just perfect size, with excellent crew all over the line.
The only thing I would not describe as "great" is perhaps the cruise director and staff, but on the other hand we didn't need them or their activities to have a fantastic time onboard.
We are so overwhelmed after this holiday that we will for sure cruise again. If we stick to RCCL or choose another line we don't know. My experience is so far that standard cruise lines like NCL and RCCL are exactly similar, with exeption of NCL's freestyle concept.
The activities, the theme nights, even the songs played at the sailaway party are all the same.
The ports were ok too, but travelling with a small son makes the life onboard more important.
Welcome back to you and your family, Svein! I'm so happy to hear hear much you enjoyed cruising from a passenger's point of view. Life looks different from the Lido deck!
You're right that NCL, Royal Caribbean and even Princess offer very much the same kind of experience. Vision is considered a mid-size ship these days, as the mega liners go. It's a very manageable size.
What was your son's favorite part of the cruise? Did he participate in any children's activities?
Welcome home, Svein. Sure is different as a passenger, isn't it? I rarely pay much attention to the CD, either. However, on our Royal Princess cruise, the CD would come and eat lunch with us. She was a really interesting person and I could have listened to her stories for hours. So energetic. Of course, the Royal is a small ship and we were on a 2 week itinerary, so she did have more time to get to know the passengers.
It sounds like your son has already decided that the life on board a ship is a good life I bet he'd really enjoy the Caribbean. Pirates, beaches, colorful birds, sand castles, he'd have a ball.
Princess does have the Anytime Dining concept, too. I thought I read that RCCL was going to do it more, too. Carnival's a good line, too. I think it's fun to try each line. I've got quite a few more to go, but so far, Princess is my favorite followed by a close second with Costa.
You're right, Penny, RCCL does have what they call "My time dining", but we didn't go for it. 1st seating at 6 pm suited us fine since anything later probably would be too late for our little one.
Since both me and my wife spent most of our cruise life working in the caribbean itenirary, we'd probably do all the other destinations before we return there
The med has so much to offer, so has Alaska, South America etc. For us, just hanging out onboard was great too, the atmosphere onboard the Vision was amazing, only happy faces all over the place. I didn't see one single guest that had anything to complain about the whole week. For a simple guy like me, nothing is more relaxing than strolling around lido deck with my coffee (with a touch of chlorine ) chatting with crewmembers and fellow guests