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Allan McFadyen

Age: 62

Occupation:Investigator

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Vision of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2011-07-25

Itinerary: Baltic Cruise

This was in short one of the worse most boring experiences of my life.

The food on this ship started off as being edible but by the third day it had deteriorated into a lukewarm, badly presented mess. Breakfast was varied but the bacon was consistently undercooked, swimming in grease and was inedible. The presentation was poor and the staff seemed mainly interested in promoting tins of lager at exorbitant prices.

We had a junior suite which comprised shower, toilet and the bedroom consisted of a king size bed, a sofa, two chairs and a balcony with two chairs and a table. The furniture was worn and had obviously not been cleaned before we took up residence. The shower was good but height was restricted. There was a flat screen TV which had range of channels including 3 channels devoted to the Vision of the Seas and its activities.

We went to several shows in the theatre which were adequate. The rest comprised, towel folding, bingo, the belly flop competition and when things got really bad drinking in the over priced bars. Wine by the glass was extortionate. They had the temerity to advertise a bottle of Chardonnay at $101.00 a bottle.

There was more fun watching the antics of some of the passengers. On the final night they had an extravaganza in the main lounge where all the crew members paraded about waving their countries flags. The activities director was a Norwegian lady named Soller who was on the tannoy system at 1000 hours every morning calling you to action.

There was a Casino which was also extortionate. Overall, once they have a captive audience they hold you to ransom. There is on board shopping which is also extortionate and mainly comprises watches and so called luxury goods which were mainly overpriced rubbish.

The excursions, if you decide to purchase them, should be purchased online before you board the ship as the prices go up if you buy them on board.

The mian excursion was to St, Petersburg which was good but very overpriced. There were trips to Helsinki, Copenhagen and Oslo which comprised 4 hours each and then back to the floating prison.

When you return to the ship you are searched to ensure you do not bring your own drink on board. They confiscate this and return it at the end of the trip.

The weather was excellent. Accomodation was adequate. The service staff were a bunch of chancers totally obsessed in selling you over priced alcohol. Many had poor english and a lot of them looked thoroughly miserable. Overall it was not what we had expected having been told it was a luxury experience which it proved not to be.

It is one experience we will not be repeating.

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