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  1. I'm on the ship right now. I will say having been on the SUNSHINE twice THAT renovation is FAR SUPERIOR to the the Sunrise. The attention to details during renovation ARE Glaringly MISSING on the Sunrise. In THE Cloud 9 Spa, they DID NOT put in a complementary SAUNA IN THE LOCKER ROOMS as they did in the Sunshine and as they have on EVERY CARNIVAL SHIP! The gym is smaller than on the Sunshine. There's no overcrowding in the buffet area on the Sunshine since they took out the aft pool and put the Havana and Jiji's Kitchen restaurants there. The pool & waterfall in the Serenity area on the Sunshine makes up for the lack of an aft pool. I'm assuming the Radiance conversion will follow this design rather than the Sunshine.
  2. Great photos, thanks for all your work on this. I'll be on the ship next month from NYC! I have a quick question. I noticed in the photo of the Fitness Center (BTW love the fitness center, like the Sunshine so much more room than the Vista class ships & with the high ceilings you don't get clostrophobic) there's a staircase going up to another Area. Would you know what's up there? There was no such staircase on the Sunshine. If not, no worries.
  3. That's about right and I'm OK with that.
  4. Does the thermal suite have a day pass? I've never asked about it. You could use it towards a massage, as long as they don't restrict it it's use by not allowing it to be combined with special rates. We were celebrating a anniversary on one cruise and we received a gift card to be used at the special portrait studio. I forgot the amount but it was pretty decent. The problem was it was restricted towards a full picture package worth at least $300,so it was basically useless.
  5. Hmmm. $50 spa card, that's a new idea. What, if any are the restrictions? If there's no minimum spend then that's something nice and different. If there's a minimum amount you need to spend in order to use it then it's worthless.
  6. Never received any letter like that before. Not sure what you're talking about.
  7. How is it remotely like cash? If you get $300 Funplay, you HAVE to play it in the casino, and you may, or may not get $300 back. If they give you Cash, you can CHOOSE not to play it and take home $300.
  8. Yes, found that out on a recent Ultra cruise on the Horizon. I think the rules should be consistent across the fleet with regards to whether Funplay or actual cash is given(BIG DIFFERENCE). It should CLEARLY be disclosed. The wheel says Ultra CASH WHEEL , not Funplay wheel.
  9. When you say CASH you mean Casino cash(fUNPLAY), correct? Which is definitely DIFFERENT than ACTUAL cash. Additionally on your Ultra cruise, during the individual prize giveaway, if you chose the Ultra cash wheel, do you remember if the Cash prize is Casino cash (FunplAY) or ACTUAL cash?
  10. I have to agree 100%. So farThis year I've been on the Allure, Anthem, Carnival Horizon and the Edge and the MDRs on the Edge beat all those other ships by a mile. The special pasta at Tuscan rivals any land based restaurant IN ROME! Also love the special fish dish in Cyprus (along with the Greek salad, the cheese dip, and Greek yogurt dessert!) The buffet is a beautiful setting and the right side with the double height windows is quite a beautiful setting. I definitely feel it's the best cruiseship buffet;the hand tossed pizza is excellent. The rest of the food is varied, and tasty. Lots of choices for breakfast!
  11. I can't remember if Solstice is the ship with the ants crawling around the ANTEROOM..
  12. Similar in concept and function to the Anteroom prior to the Ensembles Lounge on the S-Class ships.
  13. No worries. I was on the Oasis back in 2010 and yes at that time there was access to the lower level spa locker rooms for gym members. That was the last Oasis class ship I was on. So when I was on the Allure a couple of months ago I tried to go to the locker rooms to change into my workout clothes. I knew something was different since the hallway from the Fitness Center to the glass Spiral stairs was blocked off and you had to pass the Spa Reception and walk into the Spa area on the right to get to the stairs. Once you proceed to the lower level there's another reception desk. It's here that I was informed the Locker Rooms are only for Thermal Suite quests. Since it was Embarkation day in the early evening the receptionist was kind enough to allow me to use the locker room this one time since to wasn't busy (I was the only person). You need to exchange you seapass card for a locker key.
  14. The Spa locker rooms ARE NOT AVAILABLE for people that DO NOT have a Thermal Suite pass, in other words there is NO Locker Room access for people just using the Fitness Center. there are restrooms in the fitness center; they are to the right of the Consultation booths but do not contain showers or lockers. I was on the Allure in March and this is the setup. And just to reiterate there are NO complementary Sauna or Steam Rooms on any Oasis or Quantum Class ship.
  15. I was on the Anthem twice, most recently this past March. The ship is in PERFECT condition. No worries about anything on board!
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