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  1. 38 minutes ago, OliviaAdventurer said:

    Can we assume we can use this credit toward champagne delivery?  I thought I read somewhere that was going to be $90.  



    The Tab applies to all alcohol and the bars so I would assume the Shake for Champagne would be included in that. 

  2. 1 minute ago, AlyssaJames said:

    I’m not too worried about it, I mostly just want to get a drag brunch booked.


    And of course the phone lines close at 9pm eastern time so calling now is useless.


    The drag brunch is the one thing I want to make sure we get booked in August too. 

  3. 31 minutes ago, AlyssaJames said:

    The last time I checked earlier today, March 26’s button to book onboard experiences still isn’t working. 


    I pinged one of the travel reporters who is going onboard in Dover to ask about the app if he thinks about it. I'll let you all know if he replies. 

  4. Yes but the ship isn't sailing with the public on board for a little while yet. It may or may not be active yet for the Sneak Preview cruises. 


    The app doesn't have to be available until it's time for the first official cruise. 

  5. Thanks for the update.  


    As for the App, no need really to release it until about 2 weeks before the first sail. I'm sure the technical team is onboard now testing the heck out the app to make sure it all actually works onboard. 

  6. 1 minute ago, Whitefacekat said:

    But do you get a refund of unused funds?   day trip I would be dead if every drink was $10 or less 



    According to the social media response in Twitter, they will discuss that when you call.  Some already asked that same question in the Twitter thread.  

  7. Today they announced you can "Preload your Bar Tab" with $50 - $100 added to every $300 pre-loaded.  Doesn't seem to be a way to do this online but in a tweet:


    Give us a ring at 954 488 2955 to speak with our Sailor Services Crew and setup your Bar Tab today! Cheers



  8. I guess we'll find out definitively when she gets to Dover. The Captain will certainly be part of the press tour. Will be interesting to see if Virgin has any explanation for the change after such a high profile introduction. 

  9. I can't find anyone named "Charlotte" either. The Virgin websites are still promoting Captain Williams, no announcement of the other captains other than what was posted earlier in this thread via the Virgin Voyages Crew Instagram.  

  10. 7 minutes ago, The_0neuk said:

    Why even bother posting in here


    "You Kids Get Off My Lawn!" (shaking my fists angrily!)  That's what I heard when I read his original post.... 🙂  


    But I do agree, why bother posting if you never intend to sail the line and especially with absolutely no context. Kinda sad to be that conservative. Life is an adventure. Not every adventure is awesome, but they're all worth exploring. 

  11. 5 hours ago, AlyssaJames said:

    Looks like Captain Alan MacAry at least for now.




    Formerly of Marella and Windstar. Maybe temp, or maybe they’re just keeping it low key since losing a diversity captain is a little sad for their goals/branding.


    Thanks for the find! Very interesting that was released under the "Virgin Voyages Crew" and not the main instagram account.  I guess they want to keep it very low-key since Wendy Williams was such a big splash announcement when they introduced her.  


    I found it odd that in all the videos leading up to and including the sail out yesterday we never saw the captain, only the President of the cruise line.  

  12. I happened to notice that Wendy Williams' Instagram feed has her traveling around the US and Canada right now. I was wondering why she's not onboard the ship.  A cruise writer confirmed she apparently left Virgin back in November. He wasn't aware she was gone either until I mentioned it. Her LinkedIn profile shows her as a freelance captain now.


    Anyone know who is the Captain now that she's gone?  Anyone else think Virgin will make a play for Captain Kate for the Valiant Lady when she sails in 2021? 🙂


  13. 1 minute ago, grouchomarx said:

    I'm sure it will be fun for you to keep up with CC and learn everything you can before you sail!  I am considering booking something in May.  Prices are not too bad.  My curiosity about this ship is driving me towards it.  


    It'll be our 14th cruise, 8th or 9th cruise line. We love trying new experiences. Hopping on the new Carnival Mardi Gras in early 2021.

  14. The amount of shade available on deck and especially in the pool areas.  It looks like a wide open sun deck across most of the ship so we're curious if there are some good places to sit out and stay in the shade. Thanks so much for reporting back and have an AWESOME time!

  15. 20 minutes ago, Barnmom said:

    Technically, i am not their "target base.'  being nearly 60 but hey, my kids still think i'm more fun  than their friends!!! i am looking forward to this cruise. I am keeping an open mind.  i'm going on one of the first cruises ( first week of April)  and i don't expect everything to be perfect. i just  expect a new experience. 


    Wow you are a brave soul going on one of the first sailings but I'm still jealous. We waited till August to give them time to shake things down. Please do report back from the ship, can't wait to hear firsthand what you find. 


    We're right behind you at 54 years young!  :)

  16. Yes, this is normal for cruise lines, though I will say fixing something as large as a movie screen like that is unusual. Usually they would try to fix that as part of a dry dock or longer stop. One has to assume the screen was in pretty bad shape.  


    As others have noted, repairs and maintenance are a daily operation so there is no way for Royal or any cruise line to know what will be happening on any given cruise.  The one clue you have on how much maintenance may or may not be happening is to look at the last dry dock refurbishment date for the particular ship. The older the ship and the longer the period between the last dry dock and your sailing will give you some clue as to the condition of the ship. More maintenance will be required of a ship that is older and is has been on the water for years after a dry dock.  

  17. We were surprised at the lack of shade on the Retreat Sun Deck when we sailed last year. As others have mentioned, a pool was never in the plans, but she is going back in for another dry dock soon to complete what was left unfinished. Perhaps she'll get the hot tubs at that time. But we'll never use that area just because of the lack of shade. 

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