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We decided to try Royal Caribbean Arabian Gulf cruise because the weather in the area would be warm but not to hot at this time of year. The embarkation was not too bad, we arrived in Dubai about 7.30 after an overnight flight from London and had to wait till 11.00 to embark. the luggage arrived in our cabin about 6 PM. The ship is ideal size and still in good condition after the 2013 refit. Our balcony cabin (aka stateroom) was fine although the shower area is very tight, fortunately my wife and I are thin. Everything after that was all downhill. The Windjammer buffet restaurant is awful, the selection and quality of food on offer was terrible and very bland. Because the Aquarius restaurant was closed most lunch times everybody had to use the buffet. If you were lucky to find an empty table, loud tanoy messages encouraged you to leave as soon as you had finished eating as there were insufficient tables to accommodate the guests. The food in the Aquarius restaurant in the evening was not much better apart from a couple of nights. The theatre is very nice but the ships dance and music group were second rate compared to some we have seen. However Julian Smith the soprano sax player was very good. The general experience was one of the HARD SELL all the time. We purchased the "surf and stream" internet package but when I complained that we could not download videos I was told the service would not work in the Gulf location !!. Our cabin attendant was great but some of the other crew (mainly Ukrainians who had only just arrived) were a bit lost for a few days. We went on a couple of shore excursions but felt they were very expensive for what was provided. Would we use Royal Caribbean again :- DEFINITELY NOT.

Nice Ship Shame about Everything Else

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by colchester dave

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We decided to try Royal Caribbean Arabian Gulf cruise because the weather in the area would be warm but not to hot at this time of year.

The embarkation was not too bad, we arrived in Dubai about 7.30 after an overnight flight from London and had to wait till 11.00 to embark. the luggage arrived in our cabin about 6 PM.

The ship is ideal size and still in good condition after the 2013 refit.

Our balcony cabin (aka stateroom) was fine although the shower area is very tight, fortunately my wife and I are thin.

Everything after that was all downhill. The Windjammer buffet restaurant is awful, the selection and quality of food on offer was terrible and very bland. Because the Aquarius restaurant was closed most lunch times everybody had to use the buffet. If you were lucky to find an empty table, loud tanoy messages encouraged you to leave as soon as you had finished eating as there were insufficient tables to accommodate the guests.

The food in the Aquarius restaurant in the evening was not much better apart from a couple of nights.

The theatre is very nice but the ships dance and music group were second rate compared to some we have seen. However Julian Smith the soprano sax player was very good.

The general experience was one of the HARD SELL all the time. We purchased the "surf and stream" internet package but when I complained that we could not download videos I was told the service would not work in the Gulf location !!.

Our cabin attendant was great but some of the other crew (mainly Ukrainians who had only just arrived) were a bit lost for a few days.

We went on a couple of shore excursions but felt they were very expensive for what was provided.

Would we use Royal Caribbean again :- DEFINITELY NOT.
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Cabin 7592
The cabin was fine. the attendant was great.
We always take our own prefered shower liquids and shampoos ,but most folks we talked to were amazed that only two small pieces of soap were provided. more penny pinching by royal caribbean !!!!
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