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  1. Thanks for the heads up. Our August sailing dropped by about $400/cabin for the Sea Terrace. We had originally booked Cuba, but then switched to the Mayan Sol when the White House screwed that up. Will have to see if they will honor the new price or if they would make us cancel and re-book.
  2. Two excellent tours from Dover. Not only are the bathrooms small, but the door opens into the shower stall making it even tighter. The door should have swung out into the bathroom. We are definitely concerned with the lack of storage space inside the cabin. Also now seeing the completed main pool with that tiny rectangle as the only real pool on the entire ship is a concern. I thought it was going to be that entire oblong shape, but most of that is just a shallow lounging area. Definitely not well thought out for a Caribbean based ship. We have not cancelled our August cruise yet, but watching closely to see what others are showing with the ship.
  3. They start at $725 from what I can see. That's $225 more than what you're paying. Pay for WiFi, Specialty Dinners, Soft Drinks and Gratuities and you're easily spending $225 for those 4 nights. For 5 nights they're starting at $825. $325 more than what you're paying. There you might be able to save money vs. VV, but you'll still come close if you pay for WiFi, Specialty Dinners, Soft Drinks and Gratuities. It's really easy to spend $300+ in 5 nights on the same things that are included with VV. 3 Specialty meals alone can run $300 for 2 people.
  4. A meal with Drag Queens. Usually involving performances and oftentimes audience participation. The Queens usually wander around and perform among the diners. Scarlet Lady is featuring Drag Queens onboard the ship with a Drag Brunch and Dinner. A few of the Queens have great Instagram accounts you can follow along.
  5. On YouTube CruiseForSolos posted a series of short videos of the cabins and the solo cabin is one of them. Much larger than I expected. Looks like Virgin is taking good care of solo travelers.
  6. Yeah we just booked on Mardi Gras for 2021 and I don't believe she has an indoor pool area. The rest of it looks great, but that is something we love on the other lines.
  7. That's why we like Celebrity / Princess / Royal indoor pools/solariums. No upcharge. For Princess the Spa Pool isn't even an upcharge, though it's an outdoor pool on most ships.
  8. Here are the four links for anyone in NYC who wants to make dinner reservations for March 7th on board Scarlet Lady. Links were posted on their LinkedIn feed. The Wake: https://www.exploretock.com/virginvoyagesthewake?utm_medium=social_organic&utm_source=linkedin&utm_campaign=virginvoyagessocial&utm_content=new york city Razzle Dazzle: https://www.exploretock.com/virginvoyagesrazzledazzle?utm_medium=social_organic&utm_source=linkedin&utm_campaign=virginvoyagessocial&utm_content=new york city The Test Kitchen: https://www.exploretock.com/virginvoyagesthetestkitchen?utm_medium=social_organic&utm_source=linkedin&utm_campaign=virginvoyagessocial&utm_content=new york city Pink Agave: https://www.exploretock.com/virginvoyagespinkagave?utm_medium=social_organic&utm_source=linkedin&utm_campaign=virginvoyagessocial&utm_content=new york city
  9. From multiple sources onboard the ship in Dover, Virgin Voyages is completely mum on the Captain. Odd since that person is the Master of the Ship. This is a press tour, first ship, new cruise line, the Captain and the Bridge should be a part of any press tour. I know they're disappointed they couldn't steal some thunder from Celebrity and Captain Kate, but no matter, they should be introducing the captain of their first cruise line. Hiding that person doesn't speak highly of their regard for the Captain.
  10. t That's been our only concern since we saw the original 3D renderings, especially for a Caribbean based ship. We would have expected the main pool to be much larger to allow swimming in the morning and probably a lounging ledge the rest of the day (where the loungers are in the water) Also would have expected a true indoor solarium pool area which could have been a really sweet indoor pool / bar area that turned into a late night pool / bar / dance area at night. We'll have to wait and see how this works out but I do agree at first glance, they really didn't think through the water areas based on my previous cruises in the Caribbean. The pools get a LOT of use during the day, even when the ship is in port.
  11. I didn't look at the deck plan, I thought it was closer to aft. So it's midship.
  12. From the rendering. It's right in front of the stacks. I think it's called the "Well Being Pool"
  13. The bar pool, you can't swim but you can lounge in it. It's near the aft,
  14. Wow that's fun. Whoever goes, please take pictures and videos to share!
  15. Thank you so much for this. Here's another good one: https://www.instagram.com/chefsilvana/ A really diverse set of chefs vs. the other cruise lines.
  16. That has been the one area we've wondered about since we saw the original renderings. The pool is small and it looks like they expect folks to hang out at the rear bar pool. The one thing we wish they had was a solarium / indoor pool which is great for the caribbean but the rest of the ship really intrigues us.
  17. I'm going to guess there will be a corkage fee as with all other cruise lines. I'll see if my friend is still onboard in Dover to ask that question.
  18. Welcome aboard to the world the cruising! I'm so glad that Virgin caught your eye and encouraged you to give cruising a try. Scarlet Lady will be our 14th cruise and 8th cruise line overall. She's certainly THE most different of any ship we've sailed and we're excited to see what she has to offer. The fact that she is so different has turned off many die hard cruise fans who want the same old, same old but with a Virgin twist. Virgin twisted up the entire ship instead. People who are expecting to be treated with 'respect' because they've been around cruising for so long are in for a rude awakening. Yes Virgin is brash, yes they are arrogant and yes we all know that going in. They don't care about the establishment and that's what is so appealing. The fact of the matter is no ship is perfect, no cruise line is perfect, no cruise is perfect. But you're at sea being waited on hand and foot for the entirety of your stay. You roll with it and as long as you're flexible and understand that things change, things happen, you'll have a great time. If you have a bad cruise it's because you worked really hard at it. 🙂 I really hope you enjoy your first cruise and that this is the start of something new.
  19. Thanks for that link. It's good to see the actual cabins. Bathrooms look tight but functional.
  20. There's a thread already started below with a bunch of links from folks onboard.
  21. Me too. Dave is doing a great job reporting from the ship. The video of the nightclub is unlike anything I've seen on any ship. August can't come quick enough for me!
  22. @shipmonk (Dave Monk) on Twitter and Instagram is doing a great job posting photos and video from his stay on the ship today / tonight. The ship looks even more beautiful and exciting in real life vs. the renderings. https://www.instagram.com/shipmonk/ Please share if you're following anyone else on social who is live posting / sharing from the Dover stop.
  23. Truer words have not been spoken in this forum. It is COMPLETELY different and if you don't want COMPLETELY different including a lack of drinks package, then there are dozens of other cruise lines to sail. This will be our 8th cruise line and this will be the first one that is truly different and doesn't care how "it's been done before." That's part of the appeal for us. August can't get here soon enough for us!
  24. You should NEVER admit that to a social junkie...... 🙂 I have learned that the best place on any ship for WiFi is in the vicinity of the internet cafe. And usually the wine bar if they have one. Go figure. 🙂
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