Vision of the Seas
Despite being the namesake of Royal Caribbean's six-ship Vision class, 2,050-passenger Vision of the Seas was actually the final vessel of its kind when it debuted in 1998. Deployed along the Pacific Coast of North America for many years, she now sails unique cruise itineraries through the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, and the Middle East. Thanks to her relatively small size, Vision of the Seas is able to visit ports that are off-limits to Royal Caribbean’s much larger ships.
What We Love
New Features: Refreshed staterooms, a 220-square-foot poolside movie screen, and specialty restaurants like Izumi, Chops Grille, and Giovanni’s Table have transformed this classy late-1990s ship into a modern showpiece. You can even watch an aerial acrobatics performance in the ship’s towering central atrium.
Versatile Design: Vision of the Seas was conceived to keep guests happy in all weather conditions. One of the most popular spots on board is the Solarium, a serene, adults-only pool area topped by a retractable glass roof that is opened and closed as conditions allow.
Best Known For
Wall-to-Wall Windows: Vision-class vessels were dubbed "Ships of Light" when first launched because they feature expansive glass windows on almost every deck — meaning it's almost impossible to miss a great sunset.
Keeping Kids Happy: The Royal Babies & Royal Tots nursery and the Adventure Ocean youth program make a cruise on Vision of the Seas a true vacation for harried parents — at least for a few hours of each day.
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Who It's Best For
Cruisers Who Love Classic Ships: If big crowds (6,000 passengers and 25 dining venues) or high-tech bells and whistles (robotic bartenders and crane-like sightseeing pods) are not your thing, Vision of the Seas offers a classy yet contemporary alternative.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Beware of the Word Large: Before you click and book a cabin, read the description. Large interior staterooms measure 142 square feet (a mere 10 square feet more than standard inside staterooms) and large oceanview staterooms are a snug 151 square feet (it's the preferred oceanview staterooms that are a more generous 193 square feet).
Aaron Saunders is a Calgary-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com.
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Vision of the Seas at a Glance
- Line: Royal Caribbean
- Number of Passengers: 2050
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 1998
- Refurbish Date: 2013