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Nancy Norris

Age: Various


Number of Cruises: Var

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Vision of the Seas

Sailing Date: NOT FOUND

Itinerary: 10-day Westbound Hawaii (Ensenada to Honolulu)

--If you need cash, there is an ATM machine on board, but, if you don't wish to pay the service fee, just use your "sail and sign" card to get a cash advance at the casino.
--Don't be disappointed if you don't see many whales from the ship. We knew they were out there, at least Captain "Nick" told us they were, but rough waters make them difficult to spot.
--Make sure you pick up the requisite Kona coffee, and macadamia nuts (They really are a great bargain).
--If you miss "Hilo Hatties" at the first port, don't worry, there is at least one on every island.
--If you are planning to just shop, and wander around the town, no need to worry about transportation. There were free shuttle buses to Hilo Hatties, the local Wal-Mart, and shopping malls, at almost every port.
--If you forgot anything, need to purchase film, soft drinks, etc., or are looking for that one stop souvenir shop - Go to the ABC Store as prices are good, and they carry most everything. (Just like Drug Marts at home, you'll find one on every corner).
--This is not a cruise for everyone. This particular itinerary lends itself to an older crowd, and the ship is very quiet in the evening. The bar staff on this cruise did not do well on tips.
--It is too bad that the cruise could not be scheduled so that there was a day at sea between each port.
--Catholic mass was offered every day of this cruise.

Overall impression:

The Vision of the Seas is a beautiful (I know I have used that word much too often, but it applies) ship. The staff and crew are very friendly, and go out of there way to accommodate you. Even the captain (Nickolaos Antalis) made you feel truly welcome. He was pleasant, approachable, and highly visible as he mingled often with the guests. Even though embarkation was a disaster, we encountered rough waters, and the weather was not perfect, I can honestly say, this was a truly wonderful and memorable cruise. I can only equate this cruise to childbirth. We suffered through a somewhat painful beginning, but once we arrived in Hawaii, and feasted our eyes on all its splendor and beauty (there's that word again), any discomfort was forgotten The "Aloha" spirit truly does emanate from Hawaii, and its people. From glorious sunrises, to awesome sunsets, Hawaii is magnificent, and I, for one, can't wait to go back!

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