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  1. Apologies if this was previously mentioned, but from a recent YouTube video (see attached), a couple details noted about Sky: • no open-air gap on port side Lido deck bump out (as deck plans indicate - assuming starboard also has no gap - but SeaWalk glass appears present) • struts for outdoor canopy over al fresco dining area on promenade deck
  2. Found this sneak preview of some of Sky’s staterooms on Instagram. I realize taste/style/decor is subjective, but to me, looks like a nice and more modern interpretation of Princess’ long-standing design.
  3. Ah, I interpreted your statement “they had to be to bed by 2 am” to mean they had from 1:15am until 2am when it was their bedtime. Hence, not a couple hours, but rather, 45 minutes. Sounds like that tender operation was doomed for failure for many folks from the start! 🙂
  4. I think 45 minutes to take a tender to shore, go to a bar / club for a drink, and tender back (I assume that’s what you mean by “dressed up to go out”) is a VERY optimistic timeline, even for the most seasoned crew! 🙂
  5. Many thanks! Great photo of the northern lights. I hope to see them some day myself. Curious to hear from subsequent Sky cruisers with regard to state of the ship, but that’s for another thread. Thanks again.
  6. Thanks so much. And thank you, @johneb2 for your review. We have sailed Sky before and are scheduled for her at the end of May. Been following the Sky threads with great interest.
  7. Hi, do you have a link to your review? I couldn’t find it. Thanks!
  8. I believe Cheng discussed this prior (as you alluded to): I’ll defer to the experts on whether Viking’s design is uniform or why there isn’t some sort of “failsafe”.
  9. We visited a friend’s “corner” S3 which was adjacent to an IV. You are correct. It is a common hallway with a door and then within that hallway are two separate doors to each cabin.
  10. Shade can be found in Retreat. Some of the shadier areas tend to be “moving targets”, however, depending on time of day and direction of ship travel.
  11. We asked for a stout one night and the waiter didn’t know what that was. He offered something else and did not offer to find a stout elsewhere once we told him it was a type of beer. No big deal, but definitely not a “high-end” experience with regard to service.
  12. Mirror inside bathroom is partitioned and can be slid open to any degree as desired by occupant. If sharing the room with someone with whom privacy is desired, it will likely remained closed at most times. An improvement for Apex and future sisters will be a heated mirror and window mechanism. They both fog quickly which diminishes the appeal of the feature.
  13. I agree that placing indoor furniture outside is a delicate matter, but also agree that the rocking chair in Sky Suites is probably a tad oversized for the room. While I think aesthetically it’s a beautiful piece, its size impedes outward views of the ocean while also impeding flow around the room. You either limit the area around the sofa, access to the drawers, or ingress / egress to balcony. We were only on for a three-day preview cruise, so dealt with it as an oversized indoor art piece, but from the photos I have seen here, I think it looks *perfect* as an addition on the balcony in not only appearance but also practicality (in terms of comfort/size, I cannot speak to durability or ability to withstand outdoor conditions). Our Sky Suite had bigger issues with regard to wear and tear and that was overflow from the shower / tub. Water collected on the floor in significant quantities after each shower even if we aimed the water away from the ledge. It still collected and overflowed toward the floor, usually pooling around the vanity stool. That item will not last long with that type of water exposure. As a temporary but poor fix, they appeared to have attempted to “glue” a white tray onto the tub ledge for soap and other amenity storage. And of course there was that cheap plastic “guard” on the other side which did nothing. In my humble opinion the bathtub fittings in Sky Suites are of overall low quality compared to S Class. They photograph nicely but don’t feel very high end. Almost like a plastic tub overlay you see advertised on TV. But the concept is amazing and I bet it gets better on Apex and future Edge sisters. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrLihrnByWd/
  14. Also noticed similar lack of attendants on 12/6 preview cruise. Often the Solarium bathroom (what we used while dining in Luminae) was without hand towels. Ocean View Cafe hand washing station was without paper towels at times.
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