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Vision of the Seas Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: October 01, 2009
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

We just sailed on the Vision of the Seas. It is not one of the newer ships but it was still a nice ship. It is starting to show its age a little, though. The staff/service was excellent but you could see where the cruise line is cutting back to make ends meet from all the price cutting especially in the food category. We just sailed on the Serenade of the Seas in June and there was so much more variety in food and quality in food as well as more wait staff and entertainment staff. So, it apperas that all the price cutting is affecting the ships in some ways. The Compass (daily newsletter) had wrong information including the wrong destination on some days. The one midnight buffet held was lacking in selection and was nothing like midnight buffets in the past. Now, those buffets were probably a major waste of food, but this one was very disappointing in what it offered. The piano bar was not as enjoyable as the piano player didn't seem to get people involved and singing as much. I never saw one person sitting at the piano itself whereas on Serenade of the Seas the piano seats were at a premium and the singing went on until late at night. The piano player also seemed to take very long breaks (45 minutes or more).

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The variety of food was not so good. Seemed like pasta and chicken were the same every day!


3 out of 5
Although the activities were good, there were less of them. But there were so many long tour days (10 & 12 hour days) as there was so much to see in Egypt, Israel and Turkey.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was excellent but you could tell they were doing more with less people!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The bathrooms weren't cleaned as often, the food didn't have has much variety, the wait staff seemed to be less available than usual and the entertainment staff seemed to be reduced as well as the activities that are usually available.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Pros: The itinerary was the best!

Cons: Food was disappointing

Recommends Vision of the Seas? Yes!

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