Vision Of The Seas

Vision Of The Seas current position

Vision Of The Seas current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 26.53083 N / -78.75266 W) cruising en route to FPT. The AIS position was reported 7 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Vision Of The Seas

Year built1998  /  Age: 23
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassVision
Building costUSD 280 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)279 m / 915 ft
Beam (width)35 m / 115 ft
Gross Tonnage78717 gt
Passengers2036 - 2443
Crew765
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks12
Cabins1018
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2017
Sister-shipsEnchantment OTS, Grandeur OTS, Rhapsody OTS, Splendour OTS (Marella Discovery), Legend OTS (Marella Discovery 2)
Christened byHelen M. Stephan
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Vision Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Jan 24 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1028
2022 Feb 04 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $999
2022 Feb 14 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1113
2022 Feb 25 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $995
2022 Mar 07 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1063
2022 Mar 18 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $2306
2022 Mar 28 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $4456
2022 Apr 08 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $623
2022 Apr 18 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $913
2022 Apr 29 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Fort Lauderdale $863
2022 May 13 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1853
2022 May 21 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Greek Isles Barcelona $4643
2022 Jun 02 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1637
2022 Jun 10 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1637
2022 Jun 18 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Greek Isles Barcelona $5592
2022 Jun 30 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $804
2022 Jul 08 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $854
2022 Jul 16 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Greek Isles Barcelona $5483
2022 Jul 28 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $2097
2022 Aug 05 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1913
2022 Aug 13 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Greek Isles Barcelona $1943
2022 Aug 25 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $644
2022 Sep 02 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1362
2022 Sep 10 5 days, round-trip France Italy Cruise Barcelona $1353
2022 Sep 15 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1567
2022 Sep 23 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $629
2022 Oct 01 5 days, round-trip France Italy Cruise Barcelona $1283
2022 Oct 06 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $564
2022 Oct 14 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $644
2022 Oct 22 5 days, round-trip France Italy Cruise Barcelona $1283
2022 Oct 27 8 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Cruise Barcelona $1458
2022 Nov 04 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $1437
2022 Nov 16 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1301
2022 Nov 25 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1721
2022 Dec 05 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1991
2022 Dec 16 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $3294
2022 Dec 26 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $3247
2023 Jan 06 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1563
2023 Jan 16 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $2013
2023 Jan 27 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $781
2023 Feb 06 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1081
2023 Feb 17 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $891
2023 Feb 27 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1130
2023 Mar 10 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1654
2023 Mar 20 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $2163
2023 Mar 31 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $1654
2023 Apr 10 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $980
2023 Apr 21 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Fort Lauderdale $831

Vision Of The Seas Review

Review of Vision Of The Seas

The 1998-built Vision of the Seas cruise ship is the last of the Vision-class Royal Caribbean liners, with sisterships Splendour OTS (now Marella Discovery), Grandeur OTS, Enchantment OTS, Legend OTS (now Marella Discovery 2), Rhapsody OTS.

The vessel (IMO number 9116876) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311321000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US passenger shipping company, trademarked travel brand, and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCG's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All RCI liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Vision Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The 2000-passenger ship Vision OTS is one of RCI's older liners. Each of the Vision-class vessels, although in the medium-size range, also offers big-ship touches. The boat features many of the expected Royal Caribbean facilities: 7-deck-high atrium named the Centrum; a funnel-side rock-climbing wall; a solarium pool with sliding glass roof; signature circular Viking Crown lounge. But what makes Vision of the Seas so appealing is the layout strategy applied there (and even though the Radiance class of vessels that came later). It uses lots of glass walls in the public zones to bring the views of the outside in. In fact, more than 2 acres of glass was used in Vision's construction to make the sun, sea and sky part of the interior as much as possible.

Decks and Cabins

Vision Of The Seas staterooms (1018 total, in 24 grades) include 97 Suites, 136 Balcony, 380 Oceanviews, 405 Inside. Cabin sizes vary between 130-150-190 ft2 (12-14-18 m2). Most cabin balconies are sized 40 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest is the Royal Suite (1185 ft2 / 110 m2 plus 140 ft2 / 13 m2 terrace). Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 14.

The boat has 12 decks, of which 11 are passenger-accessible and 5 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Vision OTS offers a traditional main dining room - The Aquarius, which is a 2-tier venue spanning Decks 4 and 5 and made elegant by enormous windows and grand staircase. During the 2013 refurb, it received minor decorative touches, new carpeting and Chef's Table. Passengers can book the intimate space for $95 per person and indulge in a wine-paired dinner hosted by the ship's executive chef and sommelier.

Chef's Table is nestled towards the back of the dining room, accented with warm lighting, dark wooden paneling, big portholes and chandeliers made of silverware. Three for-fee restaurants, which first debuted on Oasis of the Seas, appeared on Vision: Giovanni's Table, Izumi and Chops Grille. They are open between 6 and 9:30 pm (Kids ages 3-13 can only dine until 7 pm)

Vision Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Follows the complete list of Vision of the Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • Aquarius Restaurant (1158-seat aft Dining Room; offers Brasserie 30 lunch on sea days; Chef's Table)
  • Windjammer Cafe Lido buffet restaurant (454-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 am, Breakfast between 7-11:30 am, Lunch 11.30-3:30 pm, Dinner 6.30-9 pm)
  • Chops Grille (74-seat speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Giovanni’s Table (78-seat Italian speciality restaurant)
  • Izumi (79-seat Asian speciality restaurant)
  • Park Cafe (deli restaurant; complimentary - serves the Solarium area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Centrum Atrium of all Vision-class vessels is a mecca for onboard entertainment. Its midship location is best for the activities that abound day and night. Vision OTS' most notable upgrades during the last refurb are the addition of R Bar and Centrum Experience aerobatics show. During the day, guests head to the Centrum for live music, enrichment activities, art auctions and more. At night, the place to grab a drink and boogie to a live band is the R Bar. The Some Enchanted Evening Lounge and the R Bar are ideal to meet and mingle with friends before heading up to the Viking Nightclub on Deck 11. If you prefer a more relaxed ambiance while dancing, better stick to the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge. The updated Viking Crown features tiered seating areas and outward-sloping windows. It also provides the best location for viewing the passing scenery.

Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry, Self-Serve Laundromats (14).

Vision Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Follows the complete list of Vision of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Masquerade Theatre (853-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy and games)
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery
  • The Centrum (7-deck atrium and social hub, offers aerial acrobatics entertainment); Some Enchanted Evening Lounge (300-seat show entertainment lounge); Diamond Club and Lounge; Concierge Club (suite and past guests only); Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub
  • R Bar (41-seat cocktail bar); Cafe Latte-tudes Bar (12-seat speciality coffee bar, Starbucks Coffee); Schooner Bar (125-seat piano bar)
  • Centrum Boutiques (duty-free; clothes, perfumes, accessories, jewelry, logo souvenirs, General Store/alcohol and cigarettes)
  • Casino Royale (241-seat)
  • Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 6 jacuzzis; 3 swimming pools
  • Solarium lounge (includes Cafe Bar, pool bar and adults-only pool area)
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Video Games Arcade; FantaSeas Teen Center and Disco; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • Adventure Beach; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area
  • Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall.

Itineraries

Vision of the Seas itinerary program is based on Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, Spain in the summer. For the rest of the year, the ship cruises in the Caribbean departing from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA). The liner offers cheap Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Florida and Europe.

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Vision OTS was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard (St Nazaire France). Ship's godmother was Helen Morin Stephan - wife of Edwin Stephan (founder and Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean). The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 2, 1998.

After boarding the liner, you enter the Centrum - the majestic forward Atrium (7-decks high midship open-floor designed space). At the bottom of the Centrum is located the Champagne Terrace - the relaxation venue decorated with marble, brass, real grass, live palm trees. At the top of it, at Deck 11, is the Viking Crown Lounge - one of the Royal Caribbean's signatures. The Viking Lounge is the perfect place to watch scenery during your always special RCI voyages. The Vision's interior design boasts a huge amount of glass and lots of open spaces.

ex-Bermuda to Bahamas cruises 2021

Following the Coronavirus crisis, for summer 2021 RCI scheduled for Vision OTS Bahamas cruises leaving from Bermuda. The 7-day itinerary (roundtrip from Kings Wharf) had 2 seadays (before visiting CocoCay Bahamas/port stay 8 AM - 5 PM) followed by 2 more seadays (before the arrival in Bermuda).

  • The unique for Royal Caribbean ex-Bermuda mini-season (June 26 thru August 28) was based on "fly-cruise" deals (flight+cruise packages), and the voyages were open for booking to customers of all nationalities. Prices were in the range USD 550-1100 per person with double occupancy.
  • Bookings opened on March 29, 2021. By RCI's Air2Sea program, airfare rates were as low as USD 99 per person - roundtrip flights from NYC's Newark or LaGuardia airports. For comparison, the cheapest ex-NYC flights in June-July 2021 were US$335 pp.
  • However, on May 20th this program was entirely canceled. Reportedly, the RCI's decision was due to poor sales, as customers anticipated the company's ex-USA operations to start earlier than previously expected.

To all affected bookings were offered 125% refund in FCC (Future Cruise Credit/based on the fare paid and automatically issued before/on June 18, 2021) or 100% monetary refund (before/on June 30, 2021).

Itineraries 2017 changes

On August 22, 2017, Vision has scheduled a 16-night Transatlantic crossing (Copenhagen to Cape Liberty, Bayonne New Jersey) visiting ports in Denmark, Norway, UK (Scotland), Iceland. Home-ported in Cape Liberty NJ, Vision starts operations on September 7, 2017, with a 13-night "New England Fall Foliage" cruise USA to Canada (Quebec City). The itinerary will be also offered on September 20 and October 1 and 11 (replacing the previously scheduled Rhapsody cruises) and includes ports in Massachusetts, Maine, Nova Scotia.

  • All Royal Caribbean European cruises on Vision of the Seas (2017 August 22 through November 17) were cancelled.
  • All booked on the affected itineraries were provided with a full refund, the option to re-book on another RCI ship plus onboard credit (on the re-booked cruises). All customers with purchased through Royal Caribbean airfare were also fully refunded. Those purchasing their own flights were refunded for the airline change fee only. Travel agency commissions were protected for all paid in full cruises.
  • In early August 2016, RCI added more Western Caribbean itineraries leaving from Galveston TX (4- and 5-night Mexico cruises to Cozumel and Costa Maya), with bookings expanded through April 2018.

Vision OTS refurbishment 2013 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's drydock refurbishment in 2013 (October) included:

  • new lounges ("Concierge" and "Diamond")
  • new dining options - the complimentary is the deli "Park Cafe", and an additional charge is "Chef's Table"/gourmet dining, "Chops Grille"/steakhouse, "Izumi"/Asian cuisine, and "Giovanni's Table"/Italian cuisine
  • Nursery
  • new "Centrum" area entertainment programming (now with aerial acrobatic shows and LED-screens wall)
  • "R Bar" (1960s retro style bar)
  • Jumbotron (the poolside huge movie screen)
  • upgraded passenger cabins amenities (flat TVs, iPads)
  • Wi-Fi coverage was upgraded to shipwide.
  • Digital signage boards were installed.

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