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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
The ship: We have cruised many times before including Princess, Celebrity, and RC. We travelled as a party of six, all but one had cruised before.This was the smallest ship any of us had been on and we were interested to see how it ... Read More
The ship: We have cruised many times before including Princess, Celebrity, and RC. We travelled as a party of six, all but one had cruised before.This was the smallest ship any of us had been on and we were interested to see how it compared. We all enjoyed our stay on the ship, it was in good condition and well maintained. We certainly wouldn't worry about booking a cruise on this size ship again. Cabins: The cabins we had were all on deck 2 (all inside)which is the lowest deck we have all stayed, it wasn't a problem and sometimes an advantage (getting off the ship).The cabin was very clean as you would expect, the shower had a curtain which wasn't the end of the world for us. We was surprised there wasn't a fridge but then though do we really need one? not really there normally too small anyway. Dining: We all found the dining experience to be a pleasant one, good food something for everyone with the hard working friendly staff that can't do enough for you. Entertainment: As this is a smaller ship it would be unfair to compare (as I think many do) with the larger ships, things are on a smaller scale, but there was still two main productions in the theatre along with some other good acts on other nights. Plenty for everyone ! Service: As good as any we have had on other ships, a very high standard, a great team. Ports: We booked all our trips away from RC (mainly because they did the same but cheaper) Oman,Khasab We did a boat trip which was nice and relaxing, we also saw some dolphins, a must do! Oman, Muscat: We were here for two days, we did a general tour which took us to a beautiful mosque, Muscat is a nice modern friendly place a real eye opener, it got the thumbs up from us. Abu Dhabi: We did a general tour which took in the mosque which is amazing! Dubai: Many of us have been before, it's a popular place to visit. We went to the Global village which was really worth a visit, we was there for over six hours and didn't see it all we only left because we were worn out.Note:ladies have to cover their knee's or they won't get in. Taxi from the ship cost 90 dirham back cost 70 (lighter traffic). Getting a Taxi in Dubai: General rule if your not on the meter don't get in, the first taxi turned the meter off and basically stitched us up 90 dirham when it should have been nearer 50 ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
We were looking for something not too expensive and an alternative to our usual winter week in the sun in the Canaries. This met the bill and the itinerary looked interesting as neither of us had been to that part of the world at all. ... Read More
We were looking for something not too expensive and an alternative to our usual winter week in the sun in the Canaries. This met the bill and the itinerary looked interesting as neither of us had been to that part of the world at all. Thoroughly enjoyed our week and we thought everything on board was very good. Yes, of course, one can always find fault but we were pleased with our week and would recommend Royal Caribbean and the ship. Not sure about the ports of call and Dubai didn't do it for me at all but I'm glad to have been there at least. Some people we met on board thought the ship looked as bit "tired" - well she's certainly not brand new but many areas have been modernised and the ship was clean so I do not agree with the "tired" comment at all. Staff were very good and one or two were exceptional. The Captain was keen on keeping everyone up to date and he and his senior officers were visible throughout the week. We used MyTime dining which we preferred and we ate twice in the restaurant and four times in the Windjammer (and one night ashore). We didn't try any of the speciality restaurants. Since both of us are trying to watch our calorie intake there was plenty of healthy food on offer and we drank hardly any alcohol at all during the week. What alcohol we did drink we thought to be a bit expensive. The Classic Soda package was fine for us and we reckon it worked out just worth it and no more. One gripe - 18% added to everything on top of everything purchased I thought as bit steep as there is already a daily charge per person for gratuities (which we asked to be removed from our bill and this was done without a problem and without question). As I said - we'd use Royal Caribbean again and recommend it but we won't be going back to the Arabian Gulf even though the weather was wonderful and the sea flat calm throughout. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This ship was a huge dissapointment after hearing that Royal Caribbean was a great line. To begin with, you have to ask for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel..they are not automatically put in your cabin. When they run out, you have to ... Read More
This ship was a huge dissapointment after hearing that Royal Caribbean was a great line. To begin with, you have to ask for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel..they are not automatically put in your cabin. When they run out, you have to ask for replacements. The food was terrible in the main dining room at dinner. In the buffet, there was more choice but still not first class food. The desserts were appetizing and delicious...the main choices were often not well prepared. I lived on the hamburgers which were consistently good. Some of the staff were downright rude. However, there were some delightful crew, I.e. Kamal the cabin steward, Charleen in the buffet, and the young man from Croatia in the dessert area of the buffet. After having travelled with Holland America, Celebrity and Norwegian,this ship did not compare. No more Royal Caribbean for me.. I will go back to those with better food and where all crew are pleasant. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise prior to travelling to India. The ship is smaller than many in the fleet but this is not a problem and does mean that tenders are not required as , in the main, the ship can dock near the towns. Some painting is ... Read More
We chose this cruise prior to travelling to India. The ship is smaller than many in the fleet but this is not a problem and does mean that tenders are not required as , in the main, the ship can dock near the towns. Some painting is perhaps needed around the balconies but this is not a major issue. The food was better than previous cruises and as usual the staff were exceptional. Special mention to Saschi in the Schooner bar. Hope I Have the correct spelling We had taken a drinks package prior to leaving and while I initially thought this was overpriced when you take into account the price of drinks on the ship it was not too bad. I do think that 11 dollars plus 18% for a glass of white wine is just unbelievable. Does the ship not get alcohol duty free? My main complaint was the ports. While Dubai and Abu Dhabi are well worth a visit,. there is no need to spend 2 days in Muscat, especially when there is only one in Abu Dhabi. Khasab is described as an up and coming tourist destination but I would suggest the cruise only returns when it is established. We spoke to no one that found it even slightly enjoyable. I would have no problem in using this ship again but would want to be clearer on the ports available. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Was not expecting much and I got what I expected.Ship is way past it's sell by date,needs a massive deep clean,everywhere I looked I could see flaws.The solarium was filthy,I wiped my hand across a ledge and it was filthy,the floor tiles ... Read More
Was not expecting much and I got what I expected.Ship is way past it's sell by date,needs a massive deep clean,everywhere I looked I could see flaws.The solarium was filthy,I wiped my hand across a ledge and it was filthy,the floor tiles were so grimy needed a good jet wash.Our cabin looked ok but when you started probing it wasn't great. Food in general has definitely deteriorated,not awful but nowhere near as good as it used to be.We ate in Chops and Giovanni which were both excellent. Shows were just ok,nothing special.The best entertainment was in the Atrium every evening where everybody had a great time. The best thing about this ship is the staff,cheerful,helpful and willing.The Captain was also super friendly and always ou and about. Despite all the above,we had a great holiday even though the weather was poor,but I definitely wouldn't go back on this ship and I wouldn't recommend. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
I have always cruised on RCL and this time the cost curptting initiatives were evident. Food in the Windjammer Restaurant was reduced, bath robes and tissues were on provided upon request, the number of waitering staff seem to have also be ... Read More
I have always cruised on RCL and this time the cost curptting initiatives were evident. Food in the Windjammer Restaurant was reduced, bath robes and tissues were on provided upon request, the number of waitering staff seem to have also be reduced, few waiters in the Windjammer Restaurant resulting in a delay in tables being cleaned and a mad rush of waiters in the Aquarius Restaurant, the Crown member's party was not held (disappointing to note cost cutting loyal for customers), there was no live music near the pool during the day and the performers, both of RCL and the guest performers, seemed to be second tier. The Captain made up for the weak performances, although, in my opinion, he was too visible and was involved in too many shows-he is the Captain not part of the events team. Dissapintingly, waitering staff in the Windjammer Restaurant did not have first aid knowledge and medical assistance took very long to arrive. The decor of the ship is dated and needs an upgrade. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We spent a very enjoyable week in India and the second week was a seven day cruise As soon as we got to our cabin we knew we were not going to enjoy the Cruise the cabin was so out of date needed a complete refit no toiletries in the ... Read More
We spent a very enjoyable week in India and the second week was a seven day cruise As soon as we got to our cabin we knew we were not going to enjoy the Cruise the cabin was so out of date needed a complete refit no toiletries in the bathroom no tea or coffee making equipment tried room service for coffee in the morning took over 30 mins Went to the bar very shabby looked better at night The self service Restaurant was similar to a BHS cafe The other Restaurant was very good service could be slow but the speciality Restaurants were very good We thought the shore excursions were very over priced used the Hop on Hop of bus tours at the ports very good much cheaper than buying on the ship Tried the internet for a day unable to send photo attachments so was a waste of money I don't think we will ever go on another Royal Carribean Cruise Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Exotic destination in the sun,a cruise combined with a 3 night stay in Dubai,was what I wanted to have. The embarkation at 11 am was quick and in no time was I inside the ship. The staterooms were available at 1pm,but the waiting in ... Read More
Exotic destination in the sun,a cruise combined with a 3 night stay in Dubai,was what I wanted to have. The embarkation at 11 am was quick and in no time was I inside the ship. The staterooms were available at 1pm,but the waiting in the sun was pleasant and the time passed very quickly.Having been on the Independence of the Seas several times I expected the Vision to be in the same league.But it is not.The Vision is in the need of a complete overhaul,it is fraying at the edges,lacks any cosiness and comfort where one can get lost for an hour or two and just read or watch the life go by. The self-service restaurant on the 9th floor has a strange,musty unpleasant smell.The tables are never quite clean enough, the same cloth is used to wipe every table without washing or changing, utterly unacceptable.Lunch was served in the main dining room once only..Six days it had to be taken in the self-service restaurant.Very disappointing.The food was a hit and miss affair with more misses than hits.But the bread and rolls were good,sometimes excellent.The choice of cold meats and cheese was poor.The fruit provided was of poor quality. The entertainment other than some acrobatic performance, was not up to standard. In the seven days we visited Khasab and Muscat in Oman,then Abu Dhabi and lastly docked in Dubai the last day and evening. Khasab is not a suitable place to be a part of an itinerary.Muscat did not warrant two days stay either, so in all the itinerary could have been so much better. There were not enough deck-chairs available for all the guests,often we had to sit on the towels on the floor.The deck chairs are very uncomfortable.The nicest thing about the cruise were my two waiters in the Aquarius restaurant where I dined at 8.30 in the evenings at table 88.They made my stay very pleasurable.Without them it would have been a total and complete washout. The next time I want a lovely time and excellent food on a spotlessly clean ship I will cruise on Celebrity Eclipse. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We have just returned from cruise and this was the worst we have ever experienced. We do appreciate the price we paid but there was so many disappointing aspects to this cruise. We booked an outside cabin on to find that our cabin had ... Read More
We have just returned from cruise and this was the worst we have ever experienced. We do appreciate the price we paid but there was so many disappointing aspects to this cruise. We booked an outside cabin on to find that our cabin had 2extremely small port holes. We had to have the lights on whenever we were in cabin. Our first shock was when we left port the whole cabin shook and the vibration was horrendous. This happened every time we entered and left port and it lasted for ages. We complained and was told that they were aware of the problem and that the vibration on decks 2 and 3 but quote "it's old ship and is being sold. They could not offer an alternative cabin as ship is full. The food was poor and this is obviously down to the price of the cruise. They are cutting corners in quality and the cuts of meat were cheap. On one meal is stated that it was a chicken breast but when it turned up it was a small slice of chicken and bore resemblance to the menu. To make matters worse they had a separate menu on the table for lobster fillet steak and chateau breone at a charge of 40 to 45 usd. On the one sea Day you had to be up before 7.00am to stand any chance of getting a sun bed. There was not one spare inch of deck that you could walk on. I know this is a negative review but we to be honest. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We wanted to try another cruise, having tried one a few years ago which we didn't enjoy: we thought we might have been unlucky: we weren't, it was awful. Lots of people seem to enjoy it so we must be weird, but hey-ho! Being ... Read More
We wanted to try another cruise, having tried one a few years ago which we didn't enjoy: we thought we might have been unlucky: we weren't, it was awful. Lots of people seem to enjoy it so we must be weird, but hey-ho! Being herded about and charged for everyday living is not my idea of all-inclusive. Wifi costs $20 per day !!!! Even though you pay tips in advance [ we did] they add 18% service charge to every drink or "extra", or anything you buy on board. Altogether a con from the minute you step on board. "Sailing" it is not, a floating prison more like. They search you when you get on in case you sneak something on which they could otherwise charge you over the odds for. [ It's not for security, anyone could have walked on, we saw a group of extremely drunk people let on without any question except making sure they weren't carrying drink]. Sorry to be negative, but we have been home 2 weeks now and it still feels the same. Nick [ GP in Scotland ]. Read Less
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