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Vision of the Seas Review

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Vision of the Seas - Alaska

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rmillsaps
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2007
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This was a 9 day reposition cruise for the Vision of the Seas beginning in Vancouver BC, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, San Francisco and ending in Long Beach. Day1: Our flight from Denver was uneventful (that's the way I like them). We qualified for US Direct so we didn't have to bother with Canadian Customs, just off the plane, follow the signs and on to a bus to the pier. The ship was as we've come to expect, clean and professional, check-in was a breeze. This was our 29th cruise, 27th with RCCL and our 5th Alaska cruise, so we knew what to expect. Room: We had an inside cabin as the upper level cabins on Alaska cruises are a bit steep for us on a retirement income. The room was adequate and the attendant was thoughtful and made sure we had everything we needed. He even liked the dummy I created in the cabin chair even though it scared the pants off him. Food: Dining room service and food was excellent, not like it was 20 years ago, but still better than I expect for the price. We had a table for 4 by the window which was just right for my wife and I and our daughter and her husband. Our waiter was from India and his assistant was a young man from China. The assistant was a lot of fun because he was new and still learning, once when asked what kind of bread he had on his tray; he left and returned saying "pumpernickel, new word". I also had to remind my son-in-law that the wait staff often doesn't understand our slang. Day 2 at sea: It was a bit rougher than usual because the ship was outside rather than in the inside passage, I don't think anybody noticed as I've seen it rougher in the Caribbean. Day 3: In Juneau we went on the Mendenhall Glacier and Hatchery tour, it was good because there had been a bear in the area a few minutes earlier and everybody was psyched up. Later we rode the Mt. Roberts Tram to the top and had lunch. I didn't know that my son-in-law had a fear of heights, so he didn't look out the windows, but looked at the ceiling the entire time. Day 4: In Skagway we took the White Pass and Yukon Railroad up to the Canadian border and back, lots of ooos and ahhhhs. We had lunch at the Red Onion Saloon which is more about atmosphere than food. Day 5: We had lived in Ketchikan back in the 1960s and our daughter was born there, so the visit was mostly to show our son-in-law around town and reminisce. We had lunch at Annabelle's. Days 6 and 7 at sea: We got a tour of the bridge along with 6 other Diamond plus members. Day 8: The ship docked about 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf. While the kids took the Alcatraz tour we hung out in the area and did some shopping. They joined us later and we had lunch at the Hard Rock. Day9: We disembarked in Long Beach (San Pedro) and went to LAX for the flight back to Denver. LAX was a zoo! PS: I carefully read the previous review by jandon771, it's a shame that someone who claims to be a seasoned cruiser can be so misinformed.

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