To be quite honest, we choose this cruise on price, as we were actually in the travel agents paying the final payment for our imminent caribbean cruise with msc and it seemed too good to be real or true! Really, were it not for the msc ... Read More
To be quite honest, we choose this cruise on price, as we were actually in the travel agents paying the final payment for our imminent caribbean cruise with msc and it seemed too good to be real or true! Really, were it not for the msc cruise being that weekend, i might have researched royal caribbean international (rci) out and not gone at all. Otherwise, i simply forgot, after our return.
Beware, they might show a low price on the initial cruise head-liner adds, the expense in the cruise will far outweigh any other cruise we have tried. The flight was also a massive incentive to book this experience, being with emirates on a new a380/800. Plenty of leg room etc;
The cruise was, or seemed such a bargain, we managed to persuade my brother and sister in law to join us. THIS TURNED OUT TO BE A BAD EXPERIENCE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO CRUISING
The flight was pleasurable, in as much as any 8 hour flight can be, the in-flight catering was some of the best we have experienced, the wine for cheap economy, was quaffable and i had 3 small bottles to sample!!
Now dave and pauline, have never sailed, cruised or been away from the normal med hospitality and basic hotels, (benidorm, majorca etc) so as we booked with 3 months until the cruise, hence we asked for us to roomed / cabined close together. Rci did the opposite. Dave was up the bow on deck 3, we were down in the bilges, right at the back on deck 2 and one deck above the propellers! The noise was unbearable.
The area of the cruise, the united arab emirates (uae) was new to me, with the concern for isis and islamic fundamentalism, being a priority, we were assured oman and the other emirates were exceptionally safe, as so it proved to be true. You will not believe how safe you feel ashore. Going ashore, was one of rci's better routines, it is organised well.
Once ashore you are mobbed with taxi drivers and excursion flogger's! We took the local taxi and if his english was poor, the lad was very polite, and tried his best. we saw all the best views, visited the best places and came away as much as £200 for the 4 of us, over the exorbitant prices displayed on board.
One place you must visit is the grand mosque. one of the top 10 mosques in the world. a place of lavish marble, gold, green oriental jade, persian carpets of a luxury, the likes we will never be able to afford or put feet on! This place was an exceptional place to visit. The guides were informative, with a genuine smile and english play-back recorders to assist in the questions you naturally ask about the place. You must not miss that in abu dabi.
You can also put on your list of must do's, the dowh sailings in khasha, not sure about its spelling, sorry! But the trip of 3 hours at roughly £25 pp, was a most enjoyable trip, of (sailing, no not really sailing, but motoring) up the arabian gulf inlets, with several pods of small dolphins and beautiful scenery to admire and warm 29*c waters to snorkel and swim in, though only one young man was brave enough, amoungst us near pensioners went in.
The are was safe, the drinks ashore were expensive, on a pavement cafe, we had 3 coffee's, 1 tea, for £14! Quick back to the ship for lunch and a glass of wine.
The all-inclusive drinks package!!
Dont do it, unless you are an alcoholic, intent to have your fill at all costs. It works out at very near £425 per person!! That is £850 per couple!! This is a rip off, unless, and i have enquired,the £850 was a mistake and it should be £225 per couple, but will not hold my breath on that little gem. Buy your drinks, by the bottle at evening meal, the staff will keep the rest for tomorrow, don't worry. In the day, drink by the glass and you won't be ripped off. the msc drinks package was worth every penny and great value.
I have had to come back to add a little bit of information about the entertainment. ok on the msc cruise the entertainment was many times what we endured on the vision of the seas. Out of step dancers, bad choreography, amateurish and poor overall, would be the best i can describe it as. The cruise director was so cheesy!! and so insincere.
Tips are paid for in advance of sailing at £80 per person yes pp!! The room staff have to be given extra, and so do the waiters who try their best to see you ok.
The ship can best be described as dated. Read Less