We booked 3 back-to-back cruises from Dubai to Capetown, and, in spite of concern that it would be too long a time on the ship, it was just the opposite. We easily settled into a routine and the days flew by. TheVista is the smallest of the accommodations, it was roomy enough and we never felt cramped. While we didn't have a veranda, there was always deck space available on decks 8 and 9.
The first cruise was designated an "Ecole du Chef" with Chef David Bilsland. This provided a focus with cooking demonstrations, market visits, a special luncheon and a knife skills class. The demonstrations were very well done and we came home with some wonderful recipes.
Food throughout the cruise was consistently excellent with Chef Ramon very visible and accessible and very amenable to preparing special requests. While most of our meals were in the Restaurant, we also dined in La Terrazza and on deck with Hot Rocks, all of which were enjoyable. We were impressed with the quality of the complimentary wines which have improved markedly in recent years.
We are very happy in Vista. The bathroom is bit enough with bathtub/shower. We love the large walk-in closet. The suite is spacious with a nice separation of sleeping and living areas. We spent 41 days in the same suite and never felt cramped.
We had a wonderful tour in Kerala visiting a model traditional village with demonstrations of traditional ways of fishing, use of coconuts and palms, pottery making, rope making, Chinese fishing nets, etc.
Very crowded, oppressive, depressing. I'm glad I saw it but wouldn't rush to go back. High point was Ghandi's house. Low point was Dhobi Gat.
We spent 4 days in Dubai prior to our cruise and really enjoyed it. We took the Hop On/Hop Off bus which gave us a good orientation. We loved the souks--textile, gold and spice, and enjoyed the water taxis and the museum.