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We arrived in Dubai the day before the cruise an hour late as usual because of the Emirates flight yet again been late leaving Manchester? EK22 is never on time! Arrived at the Hyatt Regency Deira (after the idiot Taxi driver took us to the Hyatt regency Dubai Creek? Clearly he did not know his way around.) Cost 70aed all in all. The Hyatt staff did everything possible to look after us even getting me a cake as it was my 50th Birthday and a top floor room overlooking the Gulf. In the morning got a taxi to the port (25aed) and check in at the pier was a breeze and we was sat on the deck by 12 having our first beer of the day. After reading previous reviews we did not know what to expect, but after been on the Splendour last year doing the same itinerary we was ready for anything, as that was simply the worst cruise we have ever been on, and we let RC know that. But we did not have to worry our room was spot on, inside on deck 8 good size and good configuration (for the size of the ship), Antonio our room guy was excellent, food in My time dining was spot on always hot and served professionally by Joel and Sandee always with a smile and a bit of Banter, and our reservations (which we booked beforehand) were always ready for us and at the same table which was a bonus. The maitre de every evening came to speak to us every night which was lovely. Entertainment was surprisingly pretty good day and night (after been starved of it last year, The revolvers were pretty good as was the Boogie Wonderland night. Drinks were very expensive and we did not get what we asked for in some cocktails as they did not have the correct ingredients and were substituting them for cheap alternatives which we caught then doing and complained about, as the bar menus said what ingredients needed to be in them. Luckily we had the drinks package but if we did not then our combined bar bill would have been over $1900 which is ridiculous, even water is $4 a small bottle, so 5 bottles each there is $40 gone. Bar staff were a bit abrupt and unfriendly and there was not many of them, but the guys and girls walking around getting you drinks were superb. We thought the ship was pretty tidy, ok it is older and smaller and if you have been on the big ones it is not going to compare, but we was well happy. We met a lovely American couple (Steve and Kathleen) who lived in Costa Rica who got us a cake one night in the dining room for our Anniversary, which was amazing and totally unexpected, if your reading this thanks again. For a small ship give it a go the ports are pretty good, some are not, but hey that's cruising. Disembarkation was a disaster, what a scrum this needs sorting. We would do it again so that says it all.

So much better than the Splendour.

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by denandjudywhicker

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We arrived in Dubai the day before the cruise an hour late as usual because of the Emirates flight yet again been late leaving Manchester? EK22 is never on time!

Arrived at the Hyatt Regency Deira (after the idiot Taxi driver took us to the Hyatt regency Dubai Creek? Clearly he did not know his way around.) Cost 70aed all in all.

The Hyatt staff did everything possible to look after us even getting me a cake as it was my 50th Birthday and a top floor room overlooking the Gulf.

In the morning got a taxi to the port (25aed) and check in at the pier was a breeze and we was sat on the deck by 12 having our first beer of the day.

After reading previous reviews we did not know what to expect, but after been on the Splendour last year doing the same itinerary we was ready for anything, as that was simply the worst cruise we have ever been on, and we let RC know that.

But we did not have to worry our room was spot on, inside on deck 8 good size and good configuration (for the size of the ship), Antonio our room guy was excellent, food in My time dining was spot on always hot and served professionally by Joel and Sandee always with a smile and a bit of Banter, and our reservations (which we booked beforehand) were always ready for us and at the same table which was a bonus.

The maitre de every evening came to speak to us every night which was lovely.

Entertainment was surprisingly pretty good day and night (after been starved of it last year, The revolvers were pretty good as was the Boogie Wonderland night.

Drinks were very expensive and we did not get what we asked for in some cocktails as they did not have the correct ingredients and were substituting them for cheap alternatives which we caught then doing and complained about, as the bar menus said what ingredients needed to be in them.

Luckily we had the drinks package but if we did not then our combined bar bill would have been over $1900 which is ridiculous, even water is $4 a small bottle, so 5 bottles each there is $40 gone.

Bar staff were a bit abrupt and unfriendly and there was not many of them, but the guys and girls walking around getting you drinks were superb.

We thought the ship was pretty tidy, ok it is older and smaller and if you have been on the big ones it is not going to compare, but we was well happy.

We met a lovely American couple (Steve and Kathleen) who lived in Costa Rica who got us a cake one night in the dining room for our Anniversary, which was amazing and totally unexpected, if your reading this thanks again.

For a small ship give it a go the ports are pretty good, some are not, but hey that's cruising.

Disembarkation was a disaster, what a scrum this needs sorting.

We would do it again so that says it all.
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Cabin 8563
Good size nice configuration great attendant Antonio.
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