Always having done beach 5/6 star holidays, my wife and decided on doing something different this, so we chose a cruise. Never done one before, didn’t know what to expect.
Royal Caribbean - Vision of the Seas - 12 night cruise of the Mediterranean. Full Board, which we found out is not the same as All Inclusive. We opted for all found, I.e include flights and another stay over in Barcelona at the end of the cruise.
Day 1 and we had to get to Barcelona from Scotland, however the flights were via Amsterdam. We
Hat should have been a quick 3 hour journey turned into 8 hours. Didn’t matter we were in Barcelona and waited for the coach to take us to the port, and waited, and waited. Eventually they were ready to take us to the ship, at the port passing through different security procedures and oops, no wi fi so everything ground to a halt and not even a glass of water offered.
Didn’t matter we could see the ship and it was all exciting and we were eventually taken onboard, where straight away the hard sell started - “take a photograph” “buy an alcoholic drinks package” “buying a dining package” - we just wanted to get to our cabin and after check in we could do so.
Please se our review below of the disappointing cabin.
The cruise itself was without any issues and enjoyable with the stop off and excursions as expected.
The service onboard was very good - especially the room attendant Sarah.
After a day or so there was a promotion on the drinks packages and we thought great, we would do that so we went to the promo desk to find out that it was applicable to the alcohol package only. As neither of us drink alcohol it was not applicable, never mind we would take the soft drinks package but low and behold this was not on promo and still $30 a day per person. We didn’t take it.
Instead we paid for soft drinks and coffee as we took them on the sea pass. Point to note, the prices displayed are not the prices paid when ‘in port’ as tax is applicable, but this is not explained.
The only other down side was the customer service desk, insufficient staff on this desk meant that there was always a queue of at least ten people sorting out their issues.
Food - couldn’t fault and a huge variety to suit all taste. There was a buffet style service and a waiter service available.
Entertainment - better than hotel staff doing it as these were professional still just average.
So all in all would we do it again? Some of the daytime entertainment was a bit tacky - best belly flop? Sexiest man? Please!
Probably not - but it did give us a taste of places we would like to visit for a longer period.
The room, in my opinion, was very small. The picture on the company website looked nothing like the reality.
I was unaware that there were different categories for the same type of room and perhaps this is where the issue is.
The room was approx 60cms wider then the bed, you couldn’t actually stand up by the side of the bed and had to crab walk.
A lack of electrical outlets made it difficult to utilise the dressing table for my wife with hairdryer and straighteners.
On arrival there was a card explaining how the mini bar was replenished and how much it cost to use. Problem was there was not a mini bar fitted, however we could ask for a bucket of ice!
There were no tea/coffee facilities available in the cabin either.
The bathroom was ridiculously small and I was unable to stand up in the shower and use it fully.
I would advise anyone to go to you tube and review the room.
The room attendance was excellent -Sarah was very good and looked after us