Your Editor and Mrs. Cruiseman sailed aboard the Vision of the Seas, Feb. 16-22 from New Orleans on a 7 night Western Caribbean voyage with stops at Grand Cayman Island, Cozumel and Costa Maya.
The Vision of the Seas is not a new ship. She first sailed in 1998. She measures 78,340 GRT, which is quite small compared to the Oasis class ships. She carries 2435 passengers (at 2 per cabin). For those that say they don’t like the huge ships and would prefer something “smaller” the Vision of the Seas might be a perfect fit.
We sailed in a standard Oceanview Cabin, which was very adequate and comfortable. Our cabin attendant was very efficient and kept the cabin very clean and organized for us. The closets were plenty big enough and the bed was fairly comfortable. This ship does not have many Balcony cabins so if you want a Balcony you need to book very early.
One of our stops was at Costa Maya, MX. It’s been many years since we visited Costa Maya and we were pleasantly surprised at the many improvements that have been made to this port of call. There’s plenty of shopping here as well as a good beginning point for excursions to the Mayan Ruins located in the Yucatan Peninsula.
At Grand Cayman Island we visited the Turtle Centre. The Turtle Centre is actually a part of Boatswain’s Beach. This 23 acre park features a reef lagoon in which guests can snorkel, a predator tank, a free flight aviary, a woodland nature trail and a zero entry fresh water rock pool, complete with waterfall provide guests with hours of entertainment. For the interesting history of the Turtle Centre and all their problems with hurricanes CLICK HERE. For as little as $18 per person you can spend a wonderful day at the Turtle Center. They have a delightful outdoors (screened in) restaurant as well. From the Cruise Ship tenders docking area you will need to take a public taxi (van) to get to the Turtle Center. The fare should be around $8 per person.
We were quite disappointed with some aspects of the food service aboard the Vision of the Seas, especially the buffet offerings. It seems to us that whoever plans the buffet selections does not know how to cook for Americans. Here’s a picture of some hamburgers left under a heat lamp for a long time. You will notice that the cheese on the cheeseburgers is not melting. Apparently the burgers were not hot enough to melt cheese.
On the other hand we found the menu and quality of lunch in the main dining room to be very nice. In the dining room you could order their “Royal Burger” which was definitely NOT the same as the burgers on the buffet. The lunch menu had some very interesting items, such as steak sandwiches, to pick from, and they had a very nice salad bar manned by several chefs. Good touch.
Breakfast at the buffet was equally disappointing. I don’t know many Americans that eat refried beans for breakfast. Or white rice with peas. And I didn’t like having my omelettes burned. You’d be better off to take the time to order breakfast from a menu in the main dining room.
The menu at dinner time in the main dining room was what you would expect. Prime Rib, Steaks, Lobster, Pasta dishes, etc. and were all prepared very well. I had Chicken Parmesan one night and it was delicious!
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