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After great cruises on Celebrity and Princess. I decided to give RCI another chance. The dates, length of cruise and price was perfect. So I am questioning what happened to this cruise line and this ship? I nominate Vision of Seas for the cruise ship hall of shame. Here is why: Shame on RCI for having so many hand sanitizer stations malfunctioning and/or empty. And for little signs in restrooms telling people to use hand towels to open the bathroom door. Trouble is, there are no trash cans for disposing the germy towels. Shame on ship officers for walking past people in the pool with glass bottles and glassware. It would be nice if you would enforce your company's rules. And that includes people smoking any where they want. Shame on RCI for so few bartenders...even on the pool deck where there was only one bar open and only one bartender...and he was a real jerk. In "Schooner", the bartender had no idea how to make some of the drinks in the beverage menu on every table in the bar. Shame on RCI for the cleanliness of my suite. You really need to dust the glass shelves...the entire shelf, not just the edges. I should not find someone's dirty socks in the closet. Or used band aids under a chair. I loved the wall of windows but it was obvious the glass had not been cleaned for some time. Shame on you for a concierge lounge (for suite guests) that is tiny and over crowded with over size furniture. This is how you treat some of your best customers? The appetizers (hot dogs? Seriously?) were lousy. Advice to future travelers: avoid the canapés. Shame of you for a comedian (Rick Corso) who, well, is just not funny. Audience was bored and many, including myself, left early. Shame on you for having production shows with such a bad sound mix. Shame on RCI for promoting special discounts when you eat at multiple specialty restaurants. I am still waiting for the discounts. I guess I will have to battle RCI customer service yet again. Here is what else they failed to deliver to this Diamond Member: - item 2507 - never go the one hour of free internet OR the $29.95 off any internet package. - item 1101 - never got a free second glass when purchasing "any wine, beer, or soda - photo department would give me a free photo of my choice Shame on RCI for specialty restaurants that are not that special. Decorating is bland. Some of the wait staff was very overbearing in trying to sell the other specialty restaurants. -Chops Grille - Four out of five stars -Giovanni's Table - Two out of five stars - Izumi - Five out of five stars. A hidden gem. An incredible value. Two people for $39. Avoid the saki...even the lowest price bottle was $31. Suite 8014 - I was worried about the location of the room being so close to the forward stairwell. There was virtually no noise bleed from the hallway. The cabin is nicely decorated and has lots of storage space. Odd that both closets are double poled so you cannot hang pants or skirts. What were they thinking? Some the furniture has the smell of stale beer. NIce wall of windows. It would have been even better if housekeeping would have cleaned them inside and out. Bath is roomy with lots of towels. Tub is not jetted and is a bit awkward to enter. For your own safety, hold onto the towel racks. Water pressure from shower head is a bit weak; but watch out for the sink faucets. The water pressure is incredible high and will splash water all over you if not careful. The "upgraded" shampoo, soap, etc. are really nothing to write home about. Even though I am a diamond member, I will have to admit that both Celebrity and Princess doing a better job at taking care of suite guests.  

OH RCI - How the mighty have fallen.

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by Jimmy Gimbels

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2014
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
After great cruises on Celebrity and Princess. I decided to give RCI another chance. The dates, length of cruise and price was perfect. So I am questioning what happened to this cruise line and this ship?
I nominate Vision of Seas for the cruise ship hall of shame. Here is why:
Shame on RCI for having so many hand sanitizer stations malfunctioning and/or empty. And for little signs in restrooms telling people to use hand towels to open the bathroom door. Trouble is, there are no trash cans for disposing the germy towels.
Shame on ship officers for walking past people in the pool with glass bottles and glassware. It would be nice if you would enforce your company's rules. And that includes people smoking any where they want.
Shame on RCI for so few bartenders...even on the pool deck where there was only one bar open and only one bartender...and he was a real jerk. In "Schooner", the bartender had no idea how to make some of the drinks in the beverage menu on every table in the bar.
Shame on RCI for the cleanliness of my suite. You really need to dust the glass shelves...the entire shelf, not just the edges. I should not find someone's dirty socks in the closet. Or used band aids under a chair. I loved the wall of windows but it was obvious the glass had not been cleaned for some time.
Shame on you for a concierge lounge (for suite guests) that is tiny and over crowded with over size furniture. This is how you treat some of your best customers? The appetizers (hot dogs? Seriously?) were lousy. Advice to future travelers: avoid the canapés.
Shame of you for a comedian (Rick Corso) who, well, is just not funny. Audience was bored and many, including myself, left early.
Shame on you for having production shows with such a bad sound mix.
Shame on RCI for promoting special discounts when you eat at multiple specialty restaurants. I am still waiting for the discounts. I guess I will have to battle RCI customer service yet again. Here is what else they failed to deliver to this Diamond Member:
- item 2507 - never go the one hour of free internet OR the $29.95 off any internet package.
- item 1101 - never got a free second glass when purchasing "any wine, beer, or soda
- photo department would give me a free photo of my choice
Shame on RCI for specialty restaurants that are not that special. Decorating is bland. Some of the wait staff was very overbearing in trying to sell the other specialty restaurants.
-Chops Grille - Four out of five stars
-Giovanni's Table - Two out of five stars
- Izumi - Five out of five stars. A hidden gem. An incredible value. Two people for $39. Avoid the saki...even the lowest price bottle was $31.
Suite 8014 - I was worried about the location of the room being so close to the forward stairwell. There was virtually no noise bleed from the hallway. The cabin is nicely decorated and has lots of storage space. Odd that both closets are double poled so you cannot hang pants or skirts. What were they thinking? Some the furniture has the smell of stale beer.
NIce wall of windows. It would have been even better if housekeeping would have cleaned them inside and out.
Bath is roomy with lots of towels. Tub is not jetted and is a bit awkward to enter. For your own safety, hold onto the towel racks.
Water pressure from shower head is a bit weak; but watch out for the sink faucets. The water pressure is incredible high and will splash water all over you if not careful. The "upgraded" shampoo, soap, etc. are really nothing to write home about.
Even though I am a diamond member, I will have to admit that both Celebrity and Princess doing a better job at taking care of suite guests.
 
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Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin OS 8014
Suite 8014 - I was worried about the location of the room being so close to the forward stairwell. There was virtually no noise bleed from the hallway. The cabin is nicely decorated and has lots of storage space. Odd that both closets are double poled so you cannot hang pants or skirts. What were they thinking? Some the furniture has the smell of stale beer. NIce wall of windows. It would have been even better if housekeeping would have cleaned them inside and out.Bath is roomy with lots of towels. Tub is not jetted and is a bit awkward to enter. For your own safety, hold onto the towel racks.Water pressure from shower head is a bit weak; but watch out for the sink faucets. The water pressure is incredible high and will splash water all over you if not careful. The "upgraded" shampoo, soap, etc. are really nothing to write home about.
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