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About eroller

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    Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
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    Ships, ocean liners, aviation
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    Cunard, Celebrity, Disney, Royal Caribbean
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    Australia and Greece
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  1. I didn't think you were calling me out specifically. I'm was just providing you and others that might be thinking the same thing as you, why some of us are here and why we discuss ships (both the pros and cons). We are not here to stir sh*# but actually enjoy discussing ships because it's a hobby. Apparently my attempt of an explanation was lost on you. I'm excited to see the ship as well, despite the fact I'm just a lowly average ship enthusiast.
  2. I think one thing to understand is that some of us on CC have more of an interest in cruise industry than just being an average cruiser. I'm a ship enthusiast have been since I was a little kid. I'm into ships just like some people are into cars, trains, and planes. There are many like me (although fewer than the car, plane, and train enthusiasts) and CC is an outlet for us to discuss ships. There are also several FB groups we belong to. I follow the construction, fitting out, design, and technology of most newbuids, but especially prototypes. I'm into the history of passenger ships as well, mainly from the early 1900's onward. The cruise line doesn't matter and I'm not loyal to any one line. I do try to cruise on as many prototype ships as possible. So VV is of special interest, as not only is it a new ship, but an entirely new cruise line with a concept that hasn't been done in the industry before. There has been a lot of hype and build-up to the line, and it's going to attract non-cruisers and cruisers alike. Along with that there is going to be praise and criticism. I'll call out what I think is a huge WOW but also voice my opinions on perceived shortcomings. I don't make any apologies for being a realist. So that is where I'm coming from and others like me. I wish VV all the success in the world and I'm ecstatic to have Virgin join the cruise industry, but I'm going to voice the pros and cons. Being that VV is so high profile it's going to attract a lot of attention on CC even from the average cruiser that may have no intention of sailing on the ship. Curiosity. Those people are going to voice their opinions whether it's good or bad. That is just the nature of CC, We are all critics on here, hence the title of this site.
  3. The ship will have a surprise re-inspection and hopefully all the deficiencies will be corrected. It should pass at 100% as I expect extra focus and attention is being given. If the ship were truly a health rIsk, the CDC/USPHS could have delayed the sailing for immediate action. That is rare but it has happened in the past.
  4. Happy to hear this! It would be a missed opportunity on their part if they didn't offer this. I would imagine many of us booked the dining experience more so to see the ship than the actual dining experience, although I'm looking forward to both.
  5. I really enjoyed this video walk-through of the ship. In it I've noticed lots more windows and light than I have in past videos, and also more comfortable seating and some truly innovating spaces. Interesting artwork too. Without question The Manor nightclub will be the best at sea. It's awesome. Studio 54 lives! It's great to see this at a time when most other lines are eliminating dedicated night clubs for multi-use spaces that honestly make lousy nightclubs (Carnival, Royal, & NCL take note). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxpJZQE7NCs
  6. I doubt the average cruiser would be able to tell any physical difference between a ship that passes with 100% and one that fails. Most of the infractions are technical things behind the scenes that a passenger would never see. In the galleys, storage rooms, and equipments rooms. Things like the temperatures of refrigerators/freezers, food storage to close to the floor, pH levels of the swimming pool, water temperatures of dishwashing equipment, and observations of crew handling food and equipment. Just a few examples, and things that generally a passenger would have no clue about ... but it might impact them in other ways like getting sick.
  7. I am a US booking sailing next month, but I'm directed to the old VP site so I can't help you. I sign into the new VP site, but then it redirects me to the old VP site to log in again.
  8. Wow I love them! One of first design elements from the ship that I truly love. Looking forward to more design surprises that help sway my initial disappointment.
  9. You too! I’m really looking forward to it.
  10. I'm with you on the initial disappointment, but holding out hope till I see the ship in person. I love the overall concept, but for me personally the hardware is somewhat of a let down. When Virgin originally released renderings of the design I was disappointed as well. It's an off the shelf design from Fincantieri (Project Mille). The MSC SEASIDE and NCL's Project Leonardo are based off a similar platform. I was hoping for something completely designed from scratch for Virgin, but I realize that VV doesn't' have the resources for that being brand new. What I've seen in lounges and restaurants don't really appeal to me all that much. I'm not into the long communal tables and hard metal bar stools and chairs. It all has a very industrial look to me, and I have seen many spaces where I would just want to relax and hang out for any length of time. Also I don't see tons of large windows and spaces look dark. The pool is a total joke. But ... the concept, staff, dining experience, music, and entertainment may bring it all to life in fantastic way and make up for any perceived shortcomings. Time will tell! Meanwhile I'm glad I get to enjoy a brunch onboard the ship in NY without spending a fortune to actually sail on her without testing the waters first.
  11. I'm Elite on Princess and familiar with the Bon Voyage program. It's quite different than what VV is doing. First it's not for an inaugural event, and second you have to essentially be sponsored (either by a sailing passenger or a travel agent). Not just anyone off the street can decide visit which is essentially what VV is doing. It's also capacity controlled and I have had my request declined because they had already met the max visitor allotment. Crystal Cruises also allows visitors, but not during a turnaround day and only with prior authorization from a sailing passenger that requests it. Again you have to sponsored by a sailing passenger so not just anyone can decide to visit the ship. Currently the program is suspended due to CoronaVirus concerns. As for the chaos, yes I'm expecting it. I've sailed many times from Pier 88 in NYC and it tends to be chaotic even with the most experienced cruise lines during a normal and typical embarkation. VV is hardly experienced, and this is something that has never been done before. In addition to random people like myself paying to visit the ship and have a meal onboard, the ship will also have travel agents and the media onboard taking tours, dining, and any other special events planned. It will be a lot of people to manage in a non-typical environment by a cruise line that has zero experience. There are also 3rd parties involved that are processing the dining reservations and another for the security clearance, so VV will be dependent on all their systems working and integrating like a charm. So if it's not chaotic than awesome, but I would rather set my expectations low and be pleasantly surprised.
  12. Mine specifically states "Bottomless Drag Brunch".
  13. I have to say whether or not VV is your cup of tea, it’s nice to see something different. Very refreshing. Choice and competition are a great thing for the consumer. We win!
  14. Built in the last 10 years is new to me. Perhaps not "very" new but certainly new enough, and yes relevant. She will certainly be more up to date compared to a ship built 20-30 years ago. Equipment can always be updated, but having an optimum design that the USPHS/CDC essentially signed off on is something newer ships can take advantage of. What code? USPHS/CDC. Their regulations are constantly evolving, and they collaborate with ship owners on designing galleys/storage areas, sanitizing systems, and procuring equipment for that ship that meets or exceeds their regulations. This certainly assists the ship in passing inspections, but of course training, upkeep, proper usage of equipment, and knowledge of all the latest USPHS/CDC requirements are also needed.
  15. The pool on SCARLET LADY is a complete joke. Huge mistake IMO. Maybe Millennials don't swim? EDGE of course has one of the largest pools afloat (maybe the largest), but even compared to average ship pools the one on SCARLET LADY is small and inadequate for almost 3000 pax. And it's the only one (besides the small spa pool).
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