Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by uccman39: Vision of the Sea sailing August 17, 2013
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Vision of the Sea sailing August 17, 2013
Destination: Baltic Sea
I have long desired to see many of the cities of Northern Europe, and I also desired to take my wife on her first cruise...her condition was that the cruise be in a place so that she was less likely to get seasick....so this cruise itinerary was the logical choice......it was more than I even hoped for, and she had a wonderful time too
TRANSFER AND EMBARKATION: We flew into Copenhagen and arrived at 730 am...we did have to wait awhile for the transfer, but the transfer itself was seamless...perhaps because we were the first group to arrive at the port, we were on the boat within five minutes of entering the ticketing area...everyone in Copenhagen was pleasant and helpful
PASSENGERS: I was a bit surprised that the passengers on board included many families and younger couples...I had heard that the typical passengers were older couples, but that was not the case...the crowds were lively...there were numerous passengers from Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy, and More most people on board were very nice
DINING: Due to the age of the ship, there were no real dining choices other than the Windjammer and the Dining Room....you could get lobster or steak for an additional charge....I am lactose intolerant, and the waiter and headwaiter both went out of their way to make sure I had good meals with that limitation...unlike a couple of megaships I have been on, the Windjammer lines were short and the food was very good for breakfast and lunch...neither my wife nor I liked any of the steaks served, but all of the seafood was great and the starters were particularly good...service was exceptional in all areas
CABIN: We had an outside cabin on Deck 3 which was small as expected...I am never one to care much about cabin size since I spend most of the time outside of the cabin.....the room steward was truly exceptional and made several animal towels for my wife and I at my request!!
ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: I will start with my only real complaint about the cruise ship and staff itself...the special activities were somewhat limited....I am used to daily game shows or fun activities, but perhaps because this was a Northern Europe cruise, there were only two real "game shows", the best one by far being Majority Rules and no real outdoor activities....I never understand why art auctions are so pushed on these ships, and everywhere you turn there was art auction info (folks, you can buy art for less at your local museum or shopping mall)....on a happier note, the nightly shows were truly amazing (the "juggler" from the last night and the 70's musical review were among the best shows I have ever seen)....the cruise staff was amazingly accessible and friendly, you can tell that they truly enjoy what they do....one funny (or maybe not so funny) note was that there was one woman from Spain who we saw at the roulette table every single time we passed through the casino, no matter the time of day...and she was betting a LOT of money...it was also easy to get as many photographs as you wanted taken, without the lines I have seen on other ships
PORT REVIEWS...completed under port reviews
DISEMBARKATION...we stayed another day in Copenhagen so we were last off the ship.....also a very easy process
CONCLUSION..I highly recommend this cruise, especially if you are a fan of European history and cultural sights without the need for beach excursions Less
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