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We chose this cruise for the dates (our 30th anniversary) and the itinerary. We arrived in a very rainy and wet Venice the day before the cruise and stayed near the people mover at the Hotel Olimpia, which we can thoroughly recommend. On the morning of embarkation, we left our luggage at the hotel and walked to St Marks Square and back through a warren of streets and canals to collect our luggage. The people mover is literally 200 or 300 metres from the Olimpia, but there are a couple of bridges to drag heavy suitcases over. The Vision was berthed nearest to the people mover so it wasn't much of a walk to get there. We have just become Diamond members in the Crown and Anchor club and we were really impressed with the services this gave us access to, particularly the diamond lounge where at any time you could get a snack and a good cup of coffee. In the early evening you are also served complimentary drinks, alcohol and appetisers by the concierge Patricia and her staff. As other people have said Vision is a smaller ship but very easy to get around. The other good parts of this ship are the staff and the amount of games and daytime activities but the evening shows were a little dire. However, I have to say that this was our 10th trip with RCI and the most disappointing by far food wise. The quality and selection in the Aquarius has definitely suffered major cut backs and even though our waiters, Victor and Marcos were very friendly and efficient, we felt very rushed and requests for anything like premium coffee etc were met with a slight tut of inconvenience. There is also a lot of pushing towards the extra cost restaurants like Chops Grille (which we did and was excellent) and Giovannis, but we were frequently offered them for half price which was a little annoying as we prepaid and paid the full amount. The one thing I would say is don't book cabin 7614, or either side, as it is directly over the piano in the Schooner Bar and there is no sleeping until the entertainer has finished at 12.30+. We did get rather tired because of this, but didn't make a fuss or try to change cabins so I guess we can't really complain too much. We didn't do any of the ships excursions but managed to do all the main attractions at a fraction of the cost of theirs. In Dubrovnik I would suggest you do buy some Kuna, as we were charged double the price in Euros, but for everywhere else they were fine. It was a good cruise and despite these minor disappointments we thoroughly enjoyed it but the quality of food would make us consider trying another cruise line going forward.

Cabin 7614 is a definite no no if you require an early night !!

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by mysticmum

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We chose this cruise for the dates (our 30th anniversary) and the itinerary. We arrived in a very rainy and wet Venice the day before the cruise and stayed near the people mover at the Hotel Olimpia, which we can thoroughly recommend. On the morning of embarkation, we left our luggage at the hotel and walked to St Marks Square and back through a warren of streets and canals to collect our luggage. The people mover is literally 200 or 300 metres from the Olimpia, but there are a couple of bridges to drag heavy suitcases over. The Vision was berthed nearest to the people mover so it wasn't much of a walk to get there.

We have just become Diamond members in the Crown and Anchor club and we were really impressed with the services this gave us access to, particularly the diamond lounge where at any time you could get a snack and a good cup of coffee. In the early evening you are also served complimentary drinks, alcohol and appetisers by the concierge Patricia and her staff.

As other people have said Vision is a smaller ship but very easy to get around. The other good parts of this ship are the staff and the amount of games and daytime activities but the evening shows were a little dire. However, I have to say that this was our 10th trip with RCI and the most disappointing by far food wise. The quality and selection in the Aquarius has definitely suffered major cut backs and even though our waiters, Victor and Marcos were very friendly and efficient, we felt very rushed and requests for anything like premium coffee etc were met with a slight tut of inconvenience. There is also a lot of pushing towards the extra cost restaurants like Chops Grille (which we did and was excellent) and Giovannis, but we were frequently offered them for half price which was a little annoying as we prepaid and paid the full amount.

The one thing I would say is don't book cabin 7614, or either side, as it is directly over the piano in the Schooner Bar and there is no sleeping until the entertainer has finished at 12.30+. We did get rather tired because of this, but didn't make a fuss or try to change cabins so I guess we can't really complain too much.

We didn't do any of the ships excursions but managed to do all the main attractions at a fraction of the cost of theirs. In Dubrovnik I would suggest you do buy some Kuna, as we were charged double the price in Euros, but for everywhere else they were fine. It was a good cruise and despite these minor disappointments we thoroughly enjoyed it but the quality of food would make us consider trying another cruise line going forward.
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