Vision of the Seas in Norway
Vision of the Seas in Norway / Royal Caribbean International / Oivind Leren
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Schooner Bar / Royal Caribbean International
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Aquarius Dining / Royal Caribbean International
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Vision of the Seas

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Despite being the namesake of Royal Caribbean's six-ship Vision class, 2,050-guest Vision of the Seas was actually the last of six vessels in its class when it debuted in 1998. Deployed along the Pacific Coast of North America for many years, and later the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, and the Middle East, the ship has been homeported in Baltimore since mid-2023. While Vision of the Seas underwent its last full refurbishment in 2013, the ship was given some minor upgrades in 2017 and 2022.

What We Love

Updated Features: A 220-square-foot poolside movie screen and specialty restaurants like Izumi, Chops Grille, and Giovanni’s Table transformed this classy late-1990s ship into a modern showpiece during the 2013 refurbishment. You can even watch an aerial acrobatics performance in the ship’s towering central atrium known as the Centrum.

Versatile Design: Vision of the Seas was conceived to keep guests happy in all weather conditions. One of the most popular spots on board is the Solarium, a serene, adults-only pool area topped by a retractable glass roof that is opened and closed as conditions allow.

Best Known For

Wall-to-Wall Windows: Vision-class vessels were dubbed "Ships of Light" when first launched because they feature expansive glass windows on almost every deck — meaning it's almost impossible to miss a great sunset.

Keeping Kids Happy: The Royal Babies & Royal Tots nursery and the Adventure Ocean youth program make a cruise on Vision of the Seas a true vacation for harried parents — at least for a few hours of each day.

Who It's Best For

Cruisers Who Love Classic Ships: If big crowds (6,000 passengers and 25 dining venues) or high-tech bells and whistles (robotic bartenders and crane-like sightseeing pods) are not your thing, Vision of the Seas offers a classy yet contemporary alternative.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Beware of the Word Large: Before you click and book a cabin, read the description. Large interior staterooms measure 142 square feet (a mere 10 square feet more than standard inside staterooms) and large oceanview staterooms are a snug 151 square feet (it's the preferred oceanview staterooms that are a more generous 193 square feet).