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  1. Day 3 “Restore & “Explore” https://youtu.be/W6rnVBGfOLM
  2. I can only give our feelings in that the value for spend was reasonable, taking into consideration there was no speciality restaurants which other lines charge a supplement for. Also that all sodas are included in the fare, so if you don’t consume alcohol then you’ll have no real additional costs once onboard. Even if you consume alcohol, prices were reasonable compared to other lines in our opinion, and although there are no beverage packages, the offers given when purchasing the ‘bar tab’ makes the prices even more attractive. As these sailings are adults only, the lack of children onboard wasn’t noticeable nor weird to us as we knew there’d be none onboard. As for being a line for beautiful young model types, that’s not our experience as there was a complete cross section of adults on board.
  3. When I purchased the bar tab I was asked who it was to be associated with, so it was me. However, I also set up the on board account to be paid for by me, and that my partner could charge purchases to the account I was paying. Therefore, they could purchase drinks and it was debited from my bar tab.
  4. Yes, but was expected as it's happened whilst in NYC before sailing and other ports
  5. You’re most welcome. Hope they helped
  6. My review is here http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=2dca94fa4d77e329f9438bbe2647324aa045bb3cc655d0e110b7cec59e075e6f23f0f2bfd6e7d1b0fb9480e1186fa5ae8b70132b584e4a93725bf0f9a0d0d79c
  7. We sailed on 20th August Long Weekender and here’s a couple of videos of our time on board
  8. Great review and it appears we were on the same sailing as you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You were also on the same deck quite nearby as we were port side in 14094A.
  9. Masks were optional in all areas. I doubt it was at full capacity, but I don’t know what the percentage was, sorry.
  10. Over the door storage shoe hanger definitely. Perhaps packing cubes to keep things stored tidily, but to be honest not much else. Although storage may be limited, the cabins had everything else we needed.
  11. As explained in the note in each cabin, due to sailing in the U.K. the satellite providing the Wi-fi service isn’t quite in the right place as it will be when Scarlet Lady is sailing out of the USA. We found the service fine for what we needed.
  12. Here’s my published review. http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=2dca94fa4d77e329f9438bbe2647324aa045bb3cc655d0e110b7cec59e075e6f23f0f2bfd6e7d1b0fb9480e1186fa5ae8b70132b584e4a93725bf0f9a0d0d79c
  13. There are large display screens around the ship showing the daily schedule so you don’t need access to a smartphone constantly.
  14. Here's my partners walking tour of Scarlet Lady https://youtu.be/a6tPfZwIUGg
  15. There must be access as there is an elevator very close to the stairwell entrance on deck 7 that is shown also on the deck plan for deck 6 near the bathrooms that are used by diners in the wake.
  16. Totally agree. The quality of the food in each of the restaurants where we ate dinner was what I would expect from a speciality restaurant for which I would have to pay for on other lines. The brunch in the Wake was a lunch like no other we’ve had in a MDR on any other line.
  17. That's the issue with all the UK 'seacations' that have taken place this year. Up to now we have sailed MSC (which we have sailed previously), Marella and Virgin Voyages. We have Sky Princess coming up but at the moment I would rate Virgin no.1, MSC 2 and Marella definitely a 3. I can't see what people mean by preferring Marella, on our sailing the food was awful, the bar service diabolical, even in the speciality restaurant. Each to their own, but I feel these around the UK cruises have had a lot of people who only like P&O and Marella for the 'Britishness' if that's such a word. It's like Brits going to Spain and complaining they can't get a Sunday roast. I read that they didn't like the Galley because of no daily roast. And the kettle thing, that was a deal breaker for 1 on social media! Can you believe it? Oh and another said the desserts were poor in the galley, well that Scarlet Lady dessert (photo above - red obviously) was so nice, but so rich I couldn't finish it, knocks spots of desserts off other major cruise lines. But because there was no hot dessert (no doubt wanted custard) it was poor according to them. The problem is, food is very subjective.
  18. Entertainment Scarlet Lady doesn’t have a traditionally designed theatre, but the “Red Room” is a performance space with tiered seating on either side of the floor that becomes the stage. We only saw ‘Duel Reality’ which is an exceptional acrobatic show, not to be missed, but other shows are held here. “The Manor” is a two-storey venue that hosts live music, comedy acts and at other times is a full-on nightclub. Close to the “Roundabout” (which is the spiral staircase connecting decks 6 & 7) light-hearted quizzes are held, music played a DJ close to the Voyage Vinyl record shop. Various ‘parties’ are held in the Aquatic Club (pool deck), from a ‘Glam Retro’ pool party to the extravagant ‘Splash of Scarlet’ a full-on pool event framed by a huge blow-up Octopus! There is also impromptu entertainment throughout the ship on the lead up to the pool party. Splash being the operative word as sailors are encouraged to dance, dive, and jump into the pool! Other events are staged around the pool when temporary stages are erected at various times of the day, so you need to check the planner either on the app or on the screens displayed around the ship. Live music is also performed near bars such as ‘On the Rocks’ on deck 6. Private Karaoke is available in “The Groupie” on deck 7 close to the Red Room. There is a fairly large casino with numerous ‘slot’ machines and gaming tables. Bars and Lounges There are 12 bars and lounges (not including those in the main restaurants). All have the normal beverages available with some speciality drinks and cocktails unique to each bar. Deck 16 The Sun Club (overlooking the Aquatic Club pool) Athletic Club (located aft) Deck 15 The Aquatic Club Gym & Tonic Deck 7 – all with sea views Dock House (indoor bar with a laid-back Mediterranean beach style) The Dock (outdoor bar overlooking the wake with day beds, tables chairs and sofas) Loose Cannon (in the style of a Dive bar) The Social Club with nearby arcade games Draught Haus (a tap room) Sip (a stylish champagne bar) Deck 6 On the Rocks (described as a cave bar but with sea views on one side) Casino bar Activities/Fitness Scarlet Lady offers a wide range of activities around the ship from organised fitness classes in various venues, some complimentary, some for a nominal fee. There is a dedicated jogging/walking track (The Runway) on deck 17 together with an outdoor Yoga space in The Perch. 6 laps of the track equals 1 mile. On deck 16 there is a basketball court, boxing rings, and punch bags. Also, various benches circular swings, and see saws are available plus “The Net” which is a suspended catamaran net located aft opposite the Athletic Club bar giving views down to deck 7 and “The Dock” and the open sea. The “Training Camp” for group fitness sessions together with numerous outdoor equipment for personal use is also located on deck 16. A fully equipped gym (B-Balance) on deck 15 on both sides of the Well Being pool, one side Burn & Bike with a bike studio and Build & Balance on the other with a balance studio. “The Tune Up” is close to the main pool and is a Medi-Spa. Services/Shopping Along “The High Street” there are a variety of shops from “Necessities” for everyday essentials, to Bulgari for upscale jewellery and the Logo shop selling branded merchandise for Virgin Voyages and Scarlet Lady. There is also “Dry Dock” for ladies’ hairdressing, “Stubble & Groom” for men’s barber services, “Makeup Porthole” for cosmetics, “Booty Free Shop” for duty free sales (not available on our sailing) and “Squid Ink” the onboard tattoo parlour. Located on deck 5 is the “Redemption Spa” offering full spa services and “Sailor Services” which provides the equivalent of guest services. “Sailor Services” are also available by either using the tablet in your room or on the app with message services available. Outdoor Seating There are a large variety of outdoor areas with a huge variety of seating from day beds, benches, sofas, steamer chairs, stools on and around deck 7, covered benches with large red striped back cushions and footstools and deckchairs on deck 16 and the obvious sun loungers around the pool deck. There are also a set of cabanas for rent on deck 16, small ones with just a day bed to larger ones with day beds and sofas and armchairs. All include a refrigerator for keeping beverages chilled. The Athletic Club has red sofa seating all around the aft circular area. “Richard’s Rooftop” is a private area for those in the Rockstar Quarters suites providing loungers, seating, cabanas, and a bar. Future Voyages (“Get Lost”) This ‘office’ is located on deck 7 close to “The Roundabout” and as the name implies is the place where you can sign up for future voyages, taking advantage of any special offers. Alternatively, you can purchase next voyage deposits (minimum of 1 costing $300, up to a maximum of 4) that is valid for 2 years and can be applied to any sailing as the deposit. However, if you choose Rock Star accommodation, there will be a need to add a supplement to the deposit certificate if you only purchased 1. The offer onboard for us was if we charged a next voyage deposit to our account, the consultant automatically processed a credit of $300 to the account meaning in effect it didn’t cost us anything. Once the certificate is added to my Virgin Voyages account and used towards a future voyage, a discount of $300 will also be applied. Disembarkation When our bags were tagged at the start of the voyage, instructions stated that you should keep them on for the whole duration of the sailing. This made sense when I read the guidelines for putting your bags outside your door by 10pm on the night before leaving. As I didn’t read this until the morning of departure, it was of little use. You could disembark from 7:30 am until the last call at 10:45 am. On our final morning we headed to The Galley for a light breakfast and after packing our final things, we headed to deck 5 just before our booked time of 8:30 am expecting a line of people waiting to disembark. So pleasantly surprised to find no line as we made our way through Sailor Services where all the staff were bidding us farewell, scanned our bands for the last time, down the gangplank to a shuttle bus. We passed through the cruise terminal (no passport control required as we hadn’t set foot on any foreign soil), no customs check and out to a catch a taxi to the railway station. Painless. Summary & Conclusions So, has Virgin Voyages built a ship that is attractive, providing a wide variety of comfortable accommodations, numerous venues providing great service and food with a wide range of activities and entertainment? Well, in our view the answer is a definite yes! Positives Lack of announcements during the day means you aren’t being disturbed constantly and being encouraged to attend activities. The staff are engaging and provide a great service. The ‘uniforms’ are quite casual, but distinctive enough for you to recognise them. As mentioned earlier, servers enquire as to whether you have any food allergies or special dietary requirements before taking your order, a great service. Being able to message “Sailor Service” via the app instead of lining up on deck 5 works well. The technology touches of electrically operated curtains, mood lighting and the services available via the in-room tablet was nice. The offering of ‘snacks’ at several venues was a nice touch. The huge variety of seating on the open decks should be enough to appeal to a wide range of ‘Sailors’. The attention to detail in the decoration of venues making them different was excellent and the variety of places to visit on a ship this size is good. The size of the ‘formal’ restaurants and the variety of seating in Pink Agave, The Wake, Extra Virgin, Razzle Dazzle, Gunbae and The Test Kitchen was exceptional. The minimalist look and furnishings in the rooms may not be to everyone’s taste, we liked it. Negatives Are there any negatives? These will vary depending on people’s tastes and expectations. Please bear in mind, these are solely our opinions. If booking online, not having the ability to choose your cabin is a disappointment us. There is a large overhang from deck 15 so for those cabins on deck 14 this could result in a lack of sun on your terrace at times. Also, we did experience noise from the movement of both people and furniture above. If we had been able to choose our location, we would not have chosen deck 14. Perhaps the size of the main pool will be disappointing to some, but not to us. But the fact that there is only 1 main pool on a ship this size is a surprise to be honest. The bathrooms in the cabins are a little snug and there is a lack of drawers and shelving, but it is manageable. The unique use of the “Seabed” as a sofa may disappoint some, but we got used to it. The lack of notifications via the app or TV regarding disembarkation was something we did miss. The balcony furniture is a little strange considering the space provided and some will expect lounge chairs in place of the small metal chairs provided. Directions and signage around the ship are a little too subtle, so finding places can be a little challenging at first. Public bathrooms don’t appear to be in the most convenient of places. Conclusion After all this, would we cruise with Virgin Voyages again – a definite YES!
  19. Deck 5 Dining Here you’ll find “Razzle Dazzle” on the port side, with a bright and striking entrance. This is primarily a vegetarian restaurant serving lots from plant-based dishes to indulgent meats and sweets. The entrance is bright and striking. On the starboard side is located “Pink Agave” with a stunning illuminated entrance and serving elevated Mexican dishes and a Mezcal Bar. The food is certainly not just Nachos and Tacos but extremely tasty, sophisticated plates. During such a short sailing it was impossible to sample all the dining options, but those we did visit offered food of a very high quality matched with fantastic service from the staff. We had breakfast and lunch in The Galley, Brunch in The Wake together with dinner. Our other dinners were in Extra Virgin and Pink Agave. Late night pizza from the Pizza Place too. Reviews of food are very subjective, but we have to say that in our opinion the quality, presentation, and taste of everything we ate was exceptional. Entertainment Scarlet Lady doesn’t have a traditionally designed theatre, but the “Red Room” is a performance space with tiered seating on either side of the floor that becomes the stage. We only saw ‘Duel Reality’ which is an exceptional acrobatic show, not to be missed, but other shows are held here. “The Manor” is a two-storey venue that hosts live music, comedy acts and at other times is a full-on nightclub. Close to the “Roundabout” (which is the spiral staircase connecting decks 6 & 7) light-hearted quizzes are held, music played a DJ close to the Voyage Vinyl record shop. Various ‘parties’ are held in the Aquatic Club (pool deck), from a ‘Glam Retro’ pool party to the extravagant ‘Splash of Scarlet’ a full-on pool event framed by a huge blow-up Octopus! There is also impromptu entertainment throughout the ship on the lead up to the pool party. Splash being the operative word as sailors are encouraged to dance, dive, and jump into the pool! Other events are staged around the pool when temporary stages are erected at various times of the day, so you need to check the planner either on the app or on the screens displayed around the ship. Live music is also performed near bars such as ‘On the Rocks’ on deck 6. Private Karaoke is available in “The Groupie” on deck 7 close to the Red Room. There is a fairly large casino with numerous ‘slot’ machines and gaming tables. Bars and Lounges There are 12 bars and lounges (not including those in the main restaurants). All have the normal beverages available with some speciality drinks and cocktails unique to each bar. Deck 16 The Sun Club (overlooking the Aquatic Club pool) Athletic Club (located aft) Deck 15 The Aquatic Club Gym & Tonic Deck 7 – all with sea views Dock House (indoor bar with a laid-back Mediterranean beach style) The Dock (outdoor bar overlooking the wake with day beds, tables chairs and sofas) Loose Cannon (in the style of a Dive bar) The Social Club with nearby arcade games Draught Haus (a tap room) Sip (a stylish champagne bar) Deck 6 On the Rocks (described as a cave bar but with sea views on one side) Casino bar
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