Until this morning, I would have told anyone asking me about cruising that big ships were the best, and particularly Royal Caribbeans big ships such as Symphony, Ovation, Harmony, Anthem, Allure, and Oasis of the Seas. That was, until I met Vision of the Seas.
I find myself on Vision of the Seas because of its destination. I have been waiting 4 years to take a cruise through the Panama Canal. Years ago, we visited Panama, and the world famous canal and after watching ships go through it, we thought it would be a great experience to be onboard one of these mighty ships as it cruised through the narrow gates. The dates never worked for us when I was still working, and so it was a priority for retirement.
The ship is much smaller than I am used to and I was slightly disoriented the first few days looking for my favourites or what would be close substitutes for the next 16 day journey. So I sat back and let the ship reveal itself to me.
As a Cancer, I typically stick close to home. (You would not think it given I have thrown myself across oceans in the last few months), but wherever I landed, I made it my home. I nested in Tuscany, found my comforts, and then ventured out further and further, knowing I could find my way back.
I applied this behavioural pattern to the ship, and explored the Centrum on our first day, which is not too far from our cabin. It is actually a large, central agora-like area, on deck 4 that sits open to the other 4 decks above it, populated by a couple of bars, guest services, shore excursion desk, a grand staircase and elevators, allowing you to see what’s going on on 4 levels. Perfect for curious, people watching Cancer like me.
Credit to the animation team, we have joined in on activities that are unique to Vision, and have also really enjoyed watching some of the dancing competitions, and samba lessons. Today we ventured out on the sun deck levels and are discovering different pool deck layouts, and again, finding our comforts.
I guess Vision is growing on me. Change is good,