My wife and I just returned from RCCL's 10 day Vision of the Seas "Circle the Caribbean" with stops in Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Aruba and Curacao.
The Vision of the Seas: Definitely not the "fun ship". We knew the passengers were older we just didn't count on the crew being so 'old'. The activities were sparse but the ones they had were enjoyable.
The food was equal to that on Carnival. The service was good with an extra added touch. The waiter and assistant learned our names and greeted us whenever we saw them-a nice touch. They sang once by themselves and the final night was so hokey it was embarrassing. Sadly they did a better job at entertaining then the singers and dancers.
Billed as the Royal Caribbean Singers and dancers (original don't you think?), as a fellow entertainer I found their acts to be drab and uninspired. I fell asleep during their first production; "Make mine Broadway". The singing was flat and the dancing contained the simplest of steps. My high school drama club could do better. The saving graces were the orchestra and named entertainment. The Knudsen Brothers (acapella group) were outstanding! Comedian/mine Yakov Noy was great! Violinist Maria Negril was exceptional and venerable comedian Norm Crosby still has it!
Room steward-lousy. Reported problems were ignored and service was barely satisfactory.
Activities-granted the median age of the passengers is around 50 but they needed a few more games other than bingo. On Carnival there were several activities every hour, here there were huge spaces with no activities-a LOT of downtime. Also the disco and casino closed at 2am. We have places in our humble town that stay open later than that.
Ports of Call:
Aruba was the best! Clean, friendly, plenty to do and see and the best snorkeling I have ever enjoyed. Where we went, it was like jumping into an acquarium. I've never seen so many fish.
Jamaica was the worst. We docked at Montego Bay and all I can say is beware. The place is dangerous, people are rude and it's dirty! The only plus is you can get some bargains only if you are willing to haggle (a specialty I enjoy) and literally be pulled into their booth. Everyone sells the same stuff. It can be intimidating and difficult-stick to your guns and walk away from the truly pushy people.
We probably won't sail with Royal again. Will probably try Princess or celebrity next. Will be happy to answer any questions!