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We chose this cruise as a get away for rest and relaxation after a crazy January and February. The good: Embarkation was a breeze! We chose a later arrival time (1:30 pm) and were in our cabins before 2:30 pm. Our luggage was all carry on, so unpacking was easy and fast. Of note: I travel with a CPAP machine - security confiscated our extension cord and power strip. (Guest services did supply another extension cord, and distilled water for CPAP) We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer...the food was always hot and plentiful - finding a table was no problem. There is an egg station where you could order eggs cooked to order and omelets. Dinner in the dining room was great, we enjoyed our Waiter (Arkie), Assistant Waiter (Filannie) and our Head Waiter (Randy). They remembered our preferences each night and were happy to oblige. The food was as expected. We were always able to find a table in the shade to people watch and read. As expected: We had sailed the itinerary before, so chose not to get off the ship. It was very peaceful. Cabin service was 'as expected' our room steward did nothing to engage with us and still did not know our names by the end of the cruise. Not what we expected: There are always items on the dining room menu that did not come out 'as we expected.' The beet salad appetizer - a salad with very tiny pieces of beets. In my mind, if the title was beet salad, the main component would have been beets. That said, it was still a delicious salad. Our cabin (3083) while centrally located was located right below the centrum dance floor. Sometimes, late at night when there was a dance party in the centrum, we could hear the noise through the ceiling. The shows...we had second seating dining and got to see the shows first. During our designated show time, the theater was mostly only 1/4 filled. Breakfast in the dining room - maybe we just got somebody who was having a bad day. On the first morning of the cruise, we ate in the dining room. The waiter told the table at least 3 times that most menu items were on the buffet (a small buffet set up in the dining room) and seemed annoyed that everyone ordered from the menu. The meal was 'assembly line,' and never mind asking for something extra...it was either forgotten, or needed to be requested more than once. Cost saving measures: No longer are chocolates on the pillow the norm (maybe if we were a higher level in the Crown and Anchor Society), there were lots of carts in the dining room - I'm sure this also saved on worker injuries. The show floor seemed empty (fewer dancers and singers) and some of the costumes seemed ill fitting. Debarkation: We did 'self assist' the line was long but very organized and moved quickly. We were able to pick up our extension cord and power strip as we got off the ship. I did notice that they also confiscated people's heating pads as well.

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Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by dmedward

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We chose this cruise as a get away for rest and relaxation after a crazy January and February.

The good: Embarkation was a breeze! We chose a later arrival time (1:30 pm) and were in our cabins before 2:30 pm. Our luggage was all carry on, so unpacking was easy and fast. Of note: I travel with a CPAP machine - security confiscated our extension cord and power strip. (Guest services did supply another extension cord, and distilled water for CPAP)

We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Windjammer...the food was always hot and plentiful - finding a table was no problem. There is an egg station where you could order eggs cooked to order and omelets.

Dinner in the dining room was great, we enjoyed our Waiter (Arkie), Assistant Waiter (Filannie) and our Head Waiter (Randy). They remembered our preferences each night and were happy to oblige. The food was as expected. We were always able to find a table in the shade to people watch and read.

As expected: We had sailed the itinerary before, so chose not to get off the ship. It was very peaceful. Cabin service was 'as expected' our room steward did nothing to engage with us and still did not know our names by the end of the cruise.

Not what we expected: There are always items on the dining room menu that did not come out 'as we expected.' The beet salad appetizer - a salad with very tiny pieces of beets. In my mind, if the title was beet salad, the main component would have been beets. That said, it was still a delicious salad.

Our cabin (3083) while centrally located was located right below the centrum dance floor. Sometimes, late at night when there was a dance party in the centrum, we could hear the noise through the ceiling.

The shows...we had second seating dining and got to see the shows first. During our designated show time, the theater was mostly only 1/4 filled.

Breakfast in the dining room - maybe we just got somebody who was having a bad day. On the first morning of the cruise, we ate in the dining room. The waiter told the table at least 3 times that most menu items were on the buffet (a small buffet set up in the dining room) and seemed annoyed that everyone ordered from the menu. The meal was 'assembly line,' and never mind asking for something extra...it was either forgotten, or needed to be requested more than once.

Cost saving measures: No longer are chocolates on the pillow the norm (maybe if we were a higher level in the Crown and Anchor Society), there were lots of carts in the dining room - I'm sure this also saved on worker injuries. The show floor seemed empty (fewer dancers and singers) and some of the costumes seemed ill fitting.

Debarkation: We did 'self assist' the line was long but very organized and moved quickly. We were able to pick up our extension cord and power strip as we got off the ship. I did notice that they also confiscated people's heating pads as well.
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Cabin 2V 3083
We chose an inside cabin, because we knew we wouldn't spend much time there. Being inside - it was very dark which invited good sleeping conditions. We chose to keep the beds apart so that we had more walking room. We have found that when the beds are together, in the past, one side is against the wall and difficult to navigate at night.

Was the cabin dated - yes, but not so much that it affected the outcome of our stay. It had a small sofa loveseat.

We found the beds to be hard, and I had aching spots on my body each time I woke up. We had asked up front after making our reservation for a mattress topper, and was informed that they no longer used them.

There are only 2 usable outlets in the cabin. Fortunately, the extension cord they allowed us to use for my CPAP machine had extra plug ins available for charging electronics. The one in the bathroom is strictly for razors.
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