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    Millbrae, CA, USA
  • Interests
    Flying, wine, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Any with ships? Still trying them out!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    So far, Alaska and Caribbean. Have only done a few--still experimenting.

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  1. Not sure how the cape will work out on deck...for the wearer or the people nearby.
  2. The cabin stewards will, by default, do it for you. However, to add some Branson/Virgin magic, there is a passenger contest on the last day of the cruise to see which passenger can convert and then reconvert the beds the fastest. It is recommended that passengers do this themselves every day of the cruise so that they are well practiced and capable of seriously competing for the soon to be highly desired Champion Cabin Bed Award. Imagine the pride you will have showing off that award!
  3. Virgin is running a contest, and this is in the rules: Grand Prize consists of one (1) Virgin Voyages Caribbean Voyage for winner and one (1) Guest consisting of not less than 05 days/ 04 nights double occupancy stateroom accommodations on a vessel that travels to the Western Caribbean; and two (2) micro nautical tattoos at Squid Ink while on board. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize will not exceed $3,000 USD/$3,889.38 (CAD).
  4. Yes, I got an email regarding this. Squid Ink. There is a drawing for a free voyage for two including a micro tattoo from Squid Ink. I wonder if I can enter but refuse the tattoo if I win? Or if there is a requirement that the tattoo be the Virgin logo? And, there is going to be an event at Soho Ink in Manhattan--free tattoo for the first 100 people and a chance to win a voyage. The more I hear, the more I think I should just get my deposit back. Nothing wrong with any of it, probably just not my cup of tea.
  5. Wow! It's hard to see where the one looking into the tender has any view at all! The occupants of that room would be the people in the ship actually hoping that the tenders are used, just so they have a view for a few hours. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  6. I really thought the responses would all be: get a balcony. While I don't care about a balcony for most cruises, we did enjoy our balcony on our Alaska cruise. I'd probably go for the balcony for Alaska again, but I don't know. Maybe if I get around to cruising the Panama Canal, that might be another balcony cruise. All that being said, the best views are on the deck. This is particularly true any time a panarama is best--like at the glaciers. Also heard stories at dinner about wildlife views our table mates saw from the deck that we missed from our balcony. (We spent time in both places.) If it's an either/or decision, I'm also in the use your money for excursions camp. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  7. This is interesting to me as I checked our printout slipped under our door on the last day, and I verified that everything on there was correct and everything that should be in there was. When the credit card charge came through, it was for more ($35?) than the statement said. I didn't bother to check into it, and was not even sure how I would since I was off the ship. I figured it would probably turn out to be an accurate charge anyway. But, if this is something that is happening regularly, maybe I should have checked. Is there any way to easily get the details of the charges a month and a half after the cruise? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  8. That is useful information; I should have included times, too. We reached Embarcadero at roughly 12:30 on our way to the ship, and we disembarked at roughly 10:00. What is "super early?" Did you not have issues with people disembarking from the prior cruise? (I wanted to get to the pier earlier than we did...) Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  9. We just got off the Grand early this month. We had thought about getting transfers to SFO as we live very close to the airport, but we did not. We ended up wishing we had. For us, it was traffic. The amount of time it took to go one block on Embarcadero and through the Pier's parking lot was ridiculous, both going and coming home. We were glad a family member was driving; it would have driven me crazy if a meter were running in a cab the whole time. When trying to get into the port for the beginning of the cruise, we asked why we were not moving and were told the line of cars was being held because they were behind on handling luggage. This made the line of cars extend all the way into Embarcadero, back for at least a complete block including through a traffic light. Those that walked up or were in a bus that made it to the lot entry were allowed to go without waiting. Meaning more luggage to catch up on. If I were to take a cab, I'd do a bit more research and find a place a block or two (or three!) away to be dropped off and walk the rest of the way. I don't know if Lyft or Uber charge for time or only distance. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  10. Or, an entirely wrong one. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  11. Is the hotel resort fee given to the employees? I thought it was another charge that was made by the hotel and was simply income for the hotel. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  12. Heck with pool time. It's just about dinner time here, but I've lost my appetite. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  13. I really have zero experience with this--my first Princess cruise is coming up. But I'd like to stir the pot... Based on other threads I've read, the pie does get smaller. Evidently there are way too many Elites resulting in Elites having to wait to board, disembark, for tenders, and for laundry to be returned. Perhaps Elites should have to identify how they obtained the status level and be subranked accordingly? Geesh. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
  14. Nope, that wouldn't take less time. Thanks for looking it up for me! Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Forums mobile app
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