The Vision of the Seas

This is mostly for my colleagues at Royal Caribbean, so bear with this photo-heavy post.

We walked to the pier wearing our luggage, so we never did the baggage check, though I could see it further down the walk. Piles of bags were being tagged and queued for conveyance onboard. Instead, we headed straight for the checkin line. We had to fill out a short form and stand in a bit of a line.

Royal Caribbean Checkin

Royal Caribbean Checkin

The actual checkin process was easy and fast. We presented our Set Sail Pass and Passports, along with the credit card we’d use for onboard spending, then we were given our Sea Pass cards and headed to the gangplank. They scanned our bags, took a little photo that was magically attached to our Sea Pass cards but only showed on their monitors when the card was scanned. There was no photo on our physical card. Crazy, eh?

Since we didn’t check our bags and our cabin wasn’t going to be ready until 1pm, I led G on a merry romp through the ship complete with our luggage. I dragged him bottom to top, fore to aft, starboard to port. It was really nice to see an actual ship rather than just the deck plans in my travel guides.

Elevator in the Centrum

Elevator in the Centrum


Masquerade Theatre

Masquerade Theatre

The Vision of the Seas is really quite elegant. Everything has an art deco flavor, the glass doors are all frosted with 1920s motifs, everything is glass, shiny brass, and polished stone. It reminded me of those elegant entries in New York buildings from the first quarter of the 20th century, with one great exception. Usually, when I’ve entered the fancy elevator from one of those exquisite lobbies, I exit the elevator onto something rather drab, rundown, and looking much like a battleship’s interior. Not so on the ship. The theme and quality was consistent.

Even the interior of my cabin was still well appointed and lovely. I was actually pleased at the space despite the need for compact layout.

Oceanview cabin, view from the door

Oceanview cabin, view from the door


Above the bed are two pullman berths that drop down. There were ladders in the closet. I was going to ask our cabin attendant to pull one down for me, though I never did see her when I wasn’t running off to some event.
Our cabin viewed from the bed

Our cabin viewed from the bed


Everyone wave “Hi” to G!
Bathroom from the door, sink view.

Bathroom from the door, sink view.


Behind the mirror is a medicine cabinet with a little bannister so things put there don’t fall out when the door is opened.
Bathroom toilet and shower

Bathroom toilet and shower


The shower had a dispenser of liquid soap that doubled as shampoo. It made a great laundry soap for me to wash my clothes in the sink. The shower also had a pull cord clothes line so I could line dry things. Very convenient.
One half of the closet

One half of the closet


The closet was very decently sized. There were life jackets for four piled in one corner of the floor, lots of hangers, and a laundry bag with list of laundry service pricing in there.
Room service menu hanging by the door

Room service menu hanging by the door


Another angle of our cabin with the tv and desk

Another angle of our cabin with the tv and desk


Temperature contols

Temperature contols


Because I’ve had several calls about what kind of temperature controls are in the cabins, there it is.
Safe!

Safe!


Here is the safe — and my hand for size comparison. It’s not huge, and it’s hiding in one of the cupboards above the TV on the desk, though it’s enough to keep valuables safe. It was open when I arrived and there were a set of instructions to lock it with a combination of my own making. Once closed, I could enter the combination and open it, so the combination would be different for every guest.

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