We are trying to decide between two cruises for Jan 2015. They are:
Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas (Tampa) to Cozumel, Grand Caymen, Costa Maya and Belize. OR
Carnival Glory (Port of Miami) to Cozumel, Belize, Mahogonay Bay, Costa Maya
Which cruise would you choose and why? Any thoughts on these ships? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
I don't know if I'd be of much help having never been on either of those ships, but from plenty of research I'd say it depends on how active you are.
There are many more "physical" activities on RCCL, although there's a nice water park feature on the Glory and most new Carnival ships.
Personally, spending the extra money on RCCL for stuff we wouldn't use, like flow ride, rock climbing wall, ice skating, etc. is not worth it for us, I'd be happy with Carnival, but it's up to you.
Nancy and I have spent somewhere around 57 nights on the various Vision-class ships of the RCCL fleet, so we know them very well.
For adults, they're fine, but if you're taking kids, they won't like it all that much because it is a relatively smaller older ship, so it doesn't have alot of activities for kids.
However, we were on the Carnival Glory in December for the very first cruise offering the 'new dining concept' and I have to be honest and say that we were very disappointed.
If you want a really nice cruise for the two of you, then make it a nice cruise and find something you'll really enjoy - that's the most important thing.
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I can't really speak for the ships but the differences in the cruise lines. Our first cruise was a carnival and we had nothing to compare it to, next was a royal caribbean and honestly we couldn't tell the difference. So we took another carnival and very quickly could see the difference and realized we were on our last carnival. We went on the Dream and it was there newest and biggest ship at the time. The ship was less than 4 months old, the kids liked the slide but even they prefer royal caribbean. The best way I can describe it is: it is like comparing a brand new motel 6 to a Marriott. Although there is nothing wrong with a Brand new motel 6, I wouldn't pick it over a nicer hotel even if the hotel was older. Something to think about also is that Vision was just redone this last year.
Welcome New Cruiser - You have made the correct choice.
Having recently sailed (November 2013 after the incredible over haul of the beautiful VISIoN of the Seas) I know you made the correct choice. From New wonderful restaurants with tasty great food and options to boot, to aerial shows and a wonderful movie screen poolside to top staff this is the ship, what is even better is the great embarkation in Tampa and the incredible beauty of Grand Cayman! During Vision of the Seas' dry dock in fall 2013, this concept was taken even further; the ship received its Oasis-class makeover, which included six new dining options (Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table, Izumi, Park Cafe, Chef's Table and a menu of small bites at the already existing Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub), R Bar, the Centrum Experience (an aerial-aerobatics performance), club members' lounges, Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, an outdoor movie screen, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi, digital signage and cabins updated with new bathrooms, flat-screen LED TVs, carpeting and furnishings. Vision of the Seas' cabins, albeit slightly smaller than some on its sister ships, evoke a modern yet cozy feel that's just right for the ship's size.
The heart of the ship is the Centrum, a six-deck atrium. There's always something going on, whether it's a cooking class, family games, a live band, an art auction or, at nighttime, a jaw-dropping aerial performance. Since you have to cross the Centrum to get just about anywhere on the ship, it's easy to get sucked in -- or at least stop to enjoy the view -- on your way to some place else.
Another appealing aspect of Vision of the Seas is the use of lots of glass walls in public areas to bring the views of the outside in. In fact, more than two acres of glass was used in the ship's construction to make the sun, sea and sky part of the ship's interior as much as possible. I guess the only draw back is you definitely WILL NOT find crowds and gobs of people just relaxation and quaint entertainment that is world's apart from Carnival!
I guess my only question is why your waiting until next year to sail the vision? I sure wish you could join me on the 10 Night Palm Trees & Pink Sand Cruise, a special sailing to Cure Cancer featuring Pink sand and a stop in Historic Charleston SC! as well as golf in Bermuda --- Oh I just cannot wait were sailing 09 June 2014! Oh the beauty of RCI cruises and the Hope for Life for those we don't even know!