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ISION CLASS
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Above: Vision of the Seas
Above: Enchantment of the Seas.
Right:
Rhapsody of the Seas.
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Above: Vision of the Seas (left) and Rhapsody of the Seas (right).

Below: Marella Discovery 2 (left) and Grandeur of the Seas (right).
       The Vision class includes six cruise ships that were built for
Royal Caribbean.  Two of the ships,
Marella Discovery (formerly
Splendor of the Seas) and Marella Discovery 2 (formerly
Legend
of the Seas
) now sail for Marella Cruises, which Royal has an
interest in through its association with TUI.  The other four,  
Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the
Seas
and Vision of the Seas, remain with Royal.  (In 2019, it was
announced that in 2021 Grandeur would be transferred to Royal's
Spanish affiliate Pullmantur Cruises but when that line went into
the Spanish form of bankruptcy, the planned transfer was
cancelled).

       Ranging from 69,130 to 82,910  gross tons, the Vision ships
would be considered small to medium size cruise ships.  They offer
a resort-style casual cruise experience.   The interiors are not
gaudy but rather have a contemporary elegance.

       The ships have undergone several refurbishment since they
were constructed in the 1990s.  Enchantment received the most
extensive of these when the ship was cut in half in 2005 and a
73-foot long addition inserted in the middle.  While the
refurbishment have kept the ships viable in the North American and
British markets, the Vision class ships do not have such trademark
Royal Caribbean features as a Royal Promenade.

       Their relatively smaller size, however, allows them to operate
in ports where the larger Royal ships cannot (e.g., Baltimore).  In
addition, they are popular with cruisers who prefer a more intimate
ship.

       The Royal Caribbean Vision class ships have a large
two-level main dining room at the stern of the ship.   On the
Marella ships, there is a separate dining venue on the upper level.  
All of the ships have several extra-charge specialty restaurants as
well as complimentary alternative dining venues.  Unlike later
Royal Caribbean ships, the buffet dining room on this class is at the
front of the ship.
       Most cruise ship classes are named after the first ship
built in that class.  However, Vision of the Seas was actually
the last one built in this class.  The first ship was Legend of
the Seas (Marella Discovery 2) which entered service in
May 1995.

       The Vision class ships were built in pairs.  Legend and
Splendor (Marella Discovery) were built together;
Enchantment and Grandeur; and finally Rhapsody and
Vision.  The first pair and the third pair were built by
Chantiers l'Atlantique in France while the second pair were
built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland.

       Although all six ships are similar, they are not
identical.  For example, they varied in size even before
Enchantment was enlarged.  However, as built, each ship
was very similar to the other ship in its pairing.

       All six ships are powered by diesel-electric systems
and have two traditional propellers. This arrangement gives
them a cruising speed of 22 knots, which was faster than most
cruise ships when they were built.  Now, it is about
average.     
Cruise ship Vision of the Seas.
Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas.
Cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas.
Cruise ship Marella Discovery
Above: Marella Discovery

Below: Marella Discovery 2
when she was Legend of the Seas.
Cruise ship Legend of the Seas, now Marella Discovery 2 .
Cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas.
Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas.
Above: Grandeur of the Seas in
Bermuda.

Below: Enchantment of the Seas
in Key West.

Cruise ship Vision of the Seas.
Cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas.
Cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas
Cruise ship Legend of the Seas, now Marella Discovery 2
Cruise ship Marella Discovery
Above: Marella Discovery in Barbados.

Below: Vision of the Seas underway.
Cruise ship Vision of the Seas.