On Saturday 11 June, Royal Caribbean Cruises' VISION OF THE SEAS left Oslo on a 9-night cruise from Oslo, taking her across the North Sea and down the English Channel to Le Havre and Cherbourg, before continuing to Dublin. From there she crossed the Irish Sea to Liverpool, before heading for Greenock. This was the first visit to the Clyde for the Liberian-flagged cruiseship. She was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at their shipyard at Saint-Nazaire in France, and entered service in May 1998. The 279-metre long vessel, which has a gross tonnage of 78,491 tons, can accommodate 2,435 passengers.
After her visit to Greenock, VISION OF THE SEAS set sail in the evening for Oslo, a passage that would take her around sixty hours. She was the sixth, and last, member of her owner's 'Vision' class, some of which have visited Greenock in the past.