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  1. They posted this on their twittter several days ago: "A quick trip across the Atlantic to help us make sure more Crew can make it home safely and get things shipshape before setting sail this Fall"
  2. https://www.virginvoyages.com/ahoy/stories/voyage-well?mi_u=00Q6A00000obDpaUAE&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SL-VoyageWell&sfmc_id= I actually feel really reassured after reading everything they are planning to do and if they are cruising in December when we are booked we will go! I especially like that there is no recycled air on board and the special air purification system they will have in place.
  3. We are 44 and 54 and usually cruise on Celebrity. We like the idea of no kids as well. From reading most of the people on this board's comments, it looks like the 30-60 age group will be better represented than the 20-30. I think if you are young at heart you will enjoy the cruise. Worst case scenario - it is only a 4 or 5 night trip and then you will know once and for all whether Virgin is for you.
  4. From the looks of their website, they have added some real world photos of the view from the aft suites. Rock star suites (not the mega ones) appear to no longer include private transfers and premium wifi. I also read online on a FB group that they will be reducing the prices of rock star suites so this reduction in services makes sense. I am just happy to hear they are not going out of business!!
  5. I called today and pressed 1 to be called back rather than wait on hold. They called back in about 1 hr 45 mins. Took advantage of their awesome 200% Future Cruise credit plus OBC deal. New cruise countdown has begun!
  6. I really enjoyed this video - it was interesting to see the crew areas as well as many of the smaller areas on the ship that haven't really been highlighted yet in other videos/stories. Thank you for posting!
  7. aww too bad Happygolucky62 - it was worth a shot! I will definitely suggest this on our May 3 group.
  8. That is actually a great idea! We are sailing May 3 and would gladly swap our Whiskey for your vodka 😜
  9. One question - I understood that rock star suites such as your Cheeky Corner Suite included a cabana at Bimini - curious as to why you would need to rent one? (we are sailing in a Sweet Aft Suite)
  10. Check out "cruises for solos" on youtube for some videos - not great quality but you can definitely get an idea....this is just one of 5 he has posted.
  11. Nice to meet you Jason and Claire! This board is so quiet - it is nice to hear from you! Have you been on any of the fbook groups for VV? There is also one for this trip. Sorry to hear your China travels didn't work out - better to be safe than sorry! I just can't even imagine what being quarantined on that Diamond Princess ship is like and feel SO bad for those passengers. Our favourite cruise line to date has been Celebrity but we too have found the passengers to be older - especially on anything longer than 7 nights. We have also sailed Regent, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival (once 20 years ago and NEVER AGAIN!)as well as the Paul Gauguin in the South Pacific. We are very excited to try Virgin - I have a feeling this will be our new fave. I am chomping at the bit to book another one but will wait to be safe until after our cruise - although it is killing me waiting! We usually book in aqua class on Celebrity and have never done a suite so anticipation for everything that entails is definitely high. When we booked over a year ago we had no idea what all it includes so this was a pleasant surprise learning about the various amenities. We are registered for a cabin crawl to check out other cabin types to see if what we get is good value or not.
  12. now that is some serious committment 🙂 Good luck on the upgrade!
  13. We sailed on the Solstice in September and the Silhouette in December. Both times the casino was only VERY busy when they gave everyone $5 free play. The remainder of the time it was pretty slow. I only play video poker and occasionally slots. Video poker was maxed out at the highest speed possible and you couldn't change it. Also the volume was super high and not able to be adjusted. There were only 3 triple play machines and no low denominations at all. Drink service was incredibly slow to non-existent even when we cash tipped the server. All of this made the playing experience less than enjoyable and I too felt like it just wasn't a fun experience - not what it could/should be. I realize the casino exists to make Celebrity money but feel like they could make a lot more getting higher numbers in the room via more favourable conditions. We also sailed Princess last year and had a great time (and better luck as we played longer) in their much busier casinos. They also had a lot of greater variety of newer better sounding/playing slots like the James Bond machines etc. I was surprised as this was a smaller, older Princess ship. We are pretty loyal to Celebrity and really appreciate the no smoking casinos so this won't stop us from sailing with them again but it definitely limits our time/money spent in Fortunes.
  14. Hello Anthony and Robert - we are booked on this cruise as well. My husband Michael (43) and I (Janess - 53) live in Las Vegas. Every year we travel to Ibiza Spain as we love house music and that really isn't offered here in any significant way. We like the emphasis/background that Virgin has musically and anticipate being very pleased with what they will offer onboard compared to traditional cruises. Regardless, the idea of no kids was another huge selling point for us. I booked this sailing the day bookings opened on Feb 14 last year. Since it was so far away I threw caution to the wind and booked a rock star suite figuring what the heck - live large! We too are even more excited now that Diplo has been announced at Bimini. Hopefully more people will join in on this Roll Call. Less than 90 days now!
  15. thank you I have contacted URcomped to look into this further.
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