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Age: 36 to 45


Number of Cruises: 3 to 5 Cruises

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Vision of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 1st, 2000

Itinerary: Panama Canal

Took the westbound cruise from San Juan to Acapulco via the Panama Canal.

This is a great cruise if you like the resort hotel experience of a cruise ship. There are only 3 days in port out of 9 complete days on the ship. St. Thomas and Curacao are both worth your time. Although be aware that the cruise past the quaint downtown area of Willemstad, Curacao is no longer part of the itinerary due to the construction of a new cruise port.

If you are ever going to pay the money for a balcony of your own with your cabin, this cruise is the one. Ours was worth the price just for the day in the Panama Canal.

The ship itself is a great experience. The solarium indoor pool area was a favorite place after getting to much sun at the outdoor pool. Evening entertainment was excellent, especially the onboard cast. The "star" talent brought onboard for one night shows varied from marginal to very good. One nice touch on board was the full time internet access available on deck 8. Even at 50 cents a minute, it was nice to be able to check e-mail and investments all the time.

The only negative about the ship is the terrible food in the main dining room. One evening we sent a simple steak back to the kitchen three times before they could find one cooked "medium". Salads and main courses were uniformly bad. Soups and breads were excellent. Desserts were OK. You can also largely ignore the wine list. So many wines are out of stock that reading the list is a waste of your time.

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