Author: James Welsh
I travellled on the Vision's 11 night Holy Land cruise in October 2011. I'm a Diamond member with Royal Caribbean and was looking forward to a few perks, but was disappointed to find there was no preferential boarding at Istanbul port. I have been on quite a few of RCCL's Vision class ships before, Grandeur, Rhapsody, Enchantment, so I'm quite familiar with the size and layout of the ship, but I have to say although very clean, I found the Vision a little bit dated. Also quite pricey too, I managed to get a decent deal on the cruise price, but $9 or $10 for a glass of house wine is a bit steep! Best tip I have. We stopped in Ashdod, Israel (for Jerusalem & Tel Aviv), Ashdod port is extensive, Israeli security section off the ship and insist that all passengers either take a taxi from the gangway or a free shuttle to yet another security area at the harbour gate. If you are travelling to Ashdod (10 mins) or Tel Aviv (45 mins) definitely DO NOT take a taxi from the gangway, they will charge you a fortune! Take the free shuttle then haggle with the taxi's at the harbour gate. You will initially be quoted a ridiculous rate, walk right past, there is a bus stop just outside the security area at the port gate and the fare to Ahsdod central bus station is pennies and comes every 30 minutes. From Ashdod you can catch a bus to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem for 10% of the taxi rates. We took a bus to Tel Aviv, then a taxi back to the ship for 150 sheckel (they wanted 300 from Ashdod Port).