From updated staterooms to WiFi available from bow to stern, six new dining options and an outdoor movie screen, Royal Caribbean International’s Vision of the Seas offers a revitalized look and upgraded amenities that were first introduced on Oasis-class ships such as the Allure of the Seas.
We hopped on the Vision of the Seas for a 1-night cruise and got a chance to see up-close all the new goodies your clients can expect when booking a Caribbean island getaway on this modernized cruise ship.
1. OUTDOOR MOVIE SCREEN
This 220-sq.-ft. LCD outdoor movie screen is located pool side and ideal for screening major sporting events or films under the stars.
2. CHOPS GRILLE STEAKHOUSE
For $30 pp, guests can dine in Royal Caribbean’s signature Chicago-style steakhouse serving prime cuts like filet mignon and New York strip.
3. PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEW STATEROOMS
This new category was added to the ship offering floor-to-ceiling windows, two twin beds that convert into a king, a sitting area with a sofa and private bathroom—all in a 193-sq.-ft. space.
4. R BAR
A retro-style bar serving signature cocktails, R Bar is also a great spot to catch the evening aerial and acrobatic performances—“Centrum Experiences.”
5. PARK CAFE
Serving a lighter menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner like soups, Panini sandwiches, salads and pastries, Park Cafe is an indoor/outdoor market located in the adults-only Solarium pool area.
6. ROYAL FAMILY SUITE W/BALCONY
This large suite can accommodate up to six guests; features two bathrooms and two bedrooms; a living area with a sofa bed and private balcony.
7. GIOVANNI’S TABLE
Open for lunch ($15 pp) and dinner ($20 pp), Giovanni’s Table serves Italian cuisine in true Italian fashion with large, family-style portions that are meant to be shared.
8. ROYAL BABIES AND TOTS NURSERY
The new nursery allows parents to drop off their children during the day and in the evening. Created for children ages 6 to 36 months, the nursery features Fisher-Price toys and free-time play for parents and kids.
9. VIKING CROWN LOUNGE
Passengers can dance the night away at thislounge and nightclub, which also serves revelers late-night bites at a la carte pricing.
10. ISLAND ITINERARIES
This summer and early fall, Vision of the Seas will sail on a 4-night Western Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Mexico from Port Everglades (rates starting from $279 for interior staterooms), and a 5-night Western Caribbean itinerary to Key West, FL and George Town, Grand Cayman (rates starting from $349 for interior staterooms). For clients looking for a longer voyage, recommend the 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise ($829 starting rates for a balcony stateroom), departing Nov. 6 from Port Everglades, to Labadee, Haiti (read about RCI’s private resort enclave in the “VIP Havens” story in Recommend’s February issue); Willemstad, Curaçao; Aruba and Grand Cayman before docking at Port Tampa Bay.
A popular trend in today’s cruise world is the intimacy of dining with the chef, so no surprise that now Vision of the Seas has its own Chef’s Table dining experience located next to its Main Dining Room. The chef and sommelier host this 5-course meal with wine pairings for $95 pp. Also new on board are the Concierge and Diamond clubs—private haven and lounge areas for select suite and Crown & Anchor Society members.
WHAT TRAVEL AGENTS ARE SAYING…
“Overall, the revitalized public areas look great. The new lighting and carpeting in the Centrum really gives that area a new energy. Carving space out of the Viking Crown to create Izumi [sushi restaurant] is a brilliant idea because the lounge has seemed
underutilized in the past. I’m also very happy to see that specialty dining has been added, since my clients expect it.”
—Tim Dodson, a Miami-based franchise owner with Cruise Planners—American Express Travel
Royal Caribbean International: royalcaribbean.com or cruisingpower.com