This year has been an exciting and busy year for the CruiseTalk family. My son graduated from high school and after many campus visits across the coutry, he selected the University of Arizona as his college. After getting him settle in a the U of A, the rest of the family has relocated from Arizona to California with my husband’s new job, and I have been very busy growing my CruiseOne travel agency. However, now that we are more settle in, I have decided to redouble my efforts to keep news, information, and, of course, first hand travel reviews going here on the CruiseTalk website.
I am very excited to announce that starting this Saturday Dec 6th, I will be providing a day by day blog of my Vision of the Seas cruise from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. I am very excited to be going on my first Royal Caribbean cruise, and thanks to brand loyalty status crossing over from Celebrity to Royal Caribbean, I will be enjoying my first cruise with the Diamond status benefits which include evening cocktails and access to the Diamond lounge. Since I am the only Diamond status member of our big group and will I be acting as the host agent, I don’t think I’ll be spending much time in the Diamond Lounge, but understand that I will most likely receive vouchers for my evening cocktails.
It will be interesting to see if the staff to guest ratio difference between sister brands Celebrity and Royal Caribbean has a noticeable effect on the service levels. Vision of the Seas carries 2345 passengers but only 795 crew members. The Celebrity Silhouette, which I most recently sailed, carries 2880 passengers and 1500 crew members. I’m not super demanding but I appreciate attentive and responsive service.
Another interesting aspect of this cruise will be to see how much I miss a balcony, well for that matter, even a window. I’ll be sailing for the first time in 25 years in an inside cabin. It is usually my husband who wants the balcony, or at the very least a window, and since this time I’m rooming with my Mom and leaving him at home, we opted for the least expensive cabin option.
I’m also going to have the opportunity to report to you on the excursions I’ve booked through our CruiseOne/Shore Excursion Group website. In Roatan, Honduras, I’ll be enjoying an eco-walk on suspension bridges through the rainforest and a beach break. In Belize City we have an excursion planned to the Altun-Ha Mayan ruins. I have left Cozumel as an open day with no excursion planned followed by another visit to Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya.
Be sure to check back daily with my reports ad reviews. I hope to keep the review comprehensive enough to cover the basics, but short enough to keep it interesting.