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  1. OMG I've never liked Diamonds International until JUST NOW. That is brilliant!!
  2. It's a food court along the lines of what has been popping up all over the states. Multiple eateries in a single space. You just don't serve yourself like a buffet. They serve you.
  3. But that's now a "sneak peek" cruise so I'm not sure what that means. We were supposed to sail Aug. 2nd
  4. We are booked August 2nd. We have not received anything either. With the 'maiden voyage' on August 7th that would mean our cruise is canceled. That's actually fine by us because we would prefer to wait until much later this year or 2021 for our next sail.
  5. As a brand, Virgin has always championed our customers and, most importantly, listened to them. With those principles in mind and based on your feedback, our team has made the very difficult decision to postpone the Showcase Tour launch and inaugural sailing season for Scarlet Lady until July 15, 2020, with our Maiden Voyage taking place August 7, 2020. What exactly does that mean? Our original sailing was August 2nd. We called our TA today and they said nobody can through to Virgin. I'm assuming that means our cruise is cancelled and we can get a refund.
  6. Thanks so much for the kind words. I was the one who kind of started this forum when I asked "Is there going to be a VV Forum?" and it ended up being moved over here as the first post. 🙂 We are 50/50 right now. Looking into the MSC Seaside, Royal Harmony and Symphony of the Seas, Carnival Horizon and NCL Breakaway as alternatives. We have two weeks till final payment to decide.
  7. First off, we chose to sail in August because that's after the initial price drop. If we wanted to sail first we would have sailed in April. We have watched and read reviews from reviewers who views align with ours. The ship hasn't been under sail yet, but the difference between the expectations and what is 'real' are different. The "REAL" price is know. $522/night for our 5 day sail. That's a real price for 5 nights to sail in August. The ships are not full now, it's obvious from the sales campaign they are not selling nearly as well as they had hoped. The loss of Cuba as a destination has definitely hurt the initial bookings. We've been cruising for 18 years, we're fully aware of how things work with a new ship and a new cruise line. The difference between expectations and reality are more striking than expected.
  8. To make a drink package work on most any cruise line, you have to figure on at least 10 to 13 drinks per day. Cheap drink packages are around $89/day with the more expensive pushing $130/day. At $9 - $14/drink you need to be having quite a few drinks to make that work out. I can make the package come close to working if the coffee is included in the package. 4 or 5 coffees per day plus 5 drinks per day and it's sort of worth it.
  9. I have been one of the biggest defenders of the pricing and the value here on these boards, but after re-running the numbers, I have to say even I am questioning the value. We're booked for a 5 night Mayan Sol in August, Sea Terrace room. Total is $2610 for the two of us or $522/night. We've never spent $522/night for any of our 13 cruises for any of our cabins. Balconies, Mini-Suites and even our last cruise on Celebrity in the Aqua Class suite. Comparing that 5 night sail against 7 and 8 nights cruises leaving the time window from Miami / Ft. Lauderdale / Port Canaveral (NCL, MSC, Celebrity, Royal) and it's clear that my original assessment that the costs even out due to the included benefits is not entirely correct. We can cancel this cruise, lose the deposit, book an 8 night cruise on some of the others and still save money or pay the same fee. In some cases with drinks and wifi included. Plus be on a ship for 3 more nights. Not saying we will but we are seriously considering it because based on what we're seeing on all the vlogs, the food on Scarlet Lady looks amazing, the crew looks super friendly, but the rest is leaving us underwhelmed. We're trying to decide if the food makes the trip worth $522/night or we should consider a different ship.
  10. From Virgin's Press Release regarding the cancellation of the NYC stop: The 850 passengers currently on the ship are friends and family of our crew and were invited to join a complimentary test sailing with us. We are working with those who need assistance for travel home from Florida.
  11. If you're following Virgin's Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts, they really emphasized the pool in their videos yesterday. Obviously they are paying attention to the social feedback on that feature.
  12. Ben and David, Emma, and Sean and Stef IRL are our favorite cruise vloggers. We would welcome the opportunity to cruise with any and all of them. Ben, David and Emma are actually teaming up for a 12 hour YouTube livestream this coming Friday, March 6 to raise medical funds for Sean. Very cool and one of the things I love about cruising. The people and lasting friendships you make.
  13. Good look at the food on-board, a couple of entertainment shows and at the end you can see the bed configured for two separate people and then they push it together.
  14. It is pitiful and it's one of the things that has us considering cancelling our booking in August. But I would not degrade people who are not concerned about the pool.
  15. There are genuinely people who don't care about a pool, I've met plenty of them on our various cruises. To degrade their comments just because you don't agree doesn't do this community any good.
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