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Phil

Age: Over 65

Occupation:n/a

Number of Cruises: 2nd

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Vision of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 21, 1999

Itinerary: Panama Canal

Started with a 2 day pre cruise stay at the Condado Plaza in San Juan, PR. The restaurant was pricey, but the food and atmosphere was great, as was the hotel itself and the casino on the ground floor. Security at the entrances was unexpected.

We had a verandah, which really made the trip worthwhile, especially going thru the canal.

The food was good, but not great in its variety. The dining area was, however, magnificent with its two floors of dining area. The waiters and assistant waiters were terrific in their service and demeanor. The head waiter appeared pleased to be able to accommodate any requests we had. The cabin steward did a great job in keeping the room always clean and fresh, without being obvious. Entertainment was usually pretty good, but some nights not as good as other nights. Extra curricular activities, i.e. ship shape exercise programs were very good.

Shore excursions were all worthwhile, except the shopping tour in Costa Rica. The great majority of the time was spent in the bus on a winding mountain road going to and from the shopping area. Not much time to do much shopping.

Our post cruise stop was in Acapulco. The Hyatt Regency was a wonderful hotel, with an unbelievable pool area and not only reasonably priced restaurants, but excellent tasting food. Found their shops to be reasonably priced, too, from the touristy item shops to their fancy more expensive items. The Acapulco airport is something else, and not complimentary.

This is a very large ship accommodating a lot of passengers, but does not seem overcrowded. The privacy of our roomy cabin with verandah was worth the extra cost.

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