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Chose the cruise as part of longer stay in Dubai. Embarkation process was smooth. The main reason for writing this review is to set some facts straight about the drinks packages. My wife and I are not big drinkers, but do like a drink when we want one. The inference we drew was that we would be very disadvantaged if we didn't commit to a package at leat 3 days before sailing. We would only have been interested in the alcohol inclusive one, which was £45 per day each times 7 days, plus 18% gratuity. A breathtaking £743.40. Very difficult to find the following info anywhere so here it is. The Windjammer restruant is open most of the day and the area immediately outside is open 24/7. The Windjammer offers free water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit drinks all with or without ice. The area outside offers tea, coffee and water. The Park cafe from 2-6 most days offers the wider Windjammer range. So you do not need to buy a package!!! Don't rush to buy it, unless offered precruise discount as available at Port and all first day aboard the ship, so take your time.You can carry drinks around the ship and lots do. If you want a drink you can just buy them when you like. Some thought they were good value, others not. You will pay $12 for a glass of wine, plus 18% gratuity. Just think about that. Some (few) took full advantage of the package and were clearly smashed for the whole cruise. Who is irresponsible here?. Shore stops were uninspiring, Ladies beware you really need to cover up, with no see through cover all if you want entry to a mosque. Food was good, waiting staff in main restaurant were mixed in enthusiasm and rather slow. Orlando Othennez was very good indeed. If you do go on this cruise enjoy it for what it is. Entertainment other than nightly show was hi de hi at best, but feature shows did perform. When in your cabin, look around you, we had a larger ocean view. You are in effect standing in a 1970s caravan!!

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Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by Glenn.

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Chose the cruise as part of longer stay in Dubai.

Embarkation process was smooth.

The main reason for writing this review is to set some facts straight about the drinks packages.

My wife and I are not big drinkers, but do like a drink when we want one.

The inference we drew was that we would be very disadvantaged if we didn't commit to a package at leat 3 days before sailing. We would only have been interested in the alcohol inclusive one, which was £45 per day each times 7 days, plus 18% gratuity. A breathtaking £743.40. Very difficult to find the following info anywhere so here it is.

The Windjammer restruant is open most of the day and the area immediately outside is open 24/7.

The Windjammer offers free water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit drinks all with or without ice.

The area outside offers tea, coffee and water. The Park cafe from 2-6 most days offers the wider Windjammer range. So you do not need to buy a package!!! Don't rush to buy it, unless offered precruise discount as available at Port and all first day aboard the ship, so take your time.You can carry drinks around the ship and lots do. If you want a drink you can just buy them when you like. Some thought they were good value, others not. You will pay $12 for a glass of wine, plus 18% gratuity. Just think about that. Some (few) took full advantage of the package and were clearly smashed for the whole cruise. Who is irresponsible here?.

Shore stops were uninspiring, Ladies beware you really need to cover up, with no see through cover all if you want entry to a mosque.

Food was good, waiting staff in main restaurant were mixed in enthusiasm and rather slow.

Orlando Othennez was very good indeed.

If you do go on this cruise enjoy it for what it is. Entertainment other than nightly show was hi de hi at best, but feature shows did perform.

When in your cabin, look around you, we had a larger ocean view. You are in effect standing in a 1970s caravan!!
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