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  1. 1) Your bar tab covers all beverages with a charge. I created a cheat sheet so I could estimate out needs based on length of voyage. (see below)

     

    2) VV has been doing a bunch of specials, the menus are fine for standard fare but there may be specials available.

     

    3) Make reservations for those you know you want to go to. For those nights you can't make a reservation, or already reserved a place the max number of times, do a walk up. You can generally get a seat that way. Unless you're a large party.

     

    4) Spa passes are one-day only

     

    5) congratulations!  You'll get the Deep Blue Extras, early boarding (right after rockstars), an extra $100 on your bar tab, a daily credit at Grounds Club (yum), premium WiFi, special cocktail event, a complimentary bag of laundry and two pressed items.

     

    6) with DBE you'll be able to board around 1:50 - yay!

     

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  2. Virgin Voyages is a startup, starups typically seek additional funding during the first 5 - 7 years to give themselves time to demonstrate to funders they are viable. This is normal.

     

    My upcoming sailing, transatlantic appears to be sold out - no cabins have been offered for a few weeks now. As much as I loved sailing less than half full, I'm delighted that more and more sailings are sold out.

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  3. On 1/11/2023 at 4:37 PM, WhaleTailFlCruiser said:

     

    Yeah the pricing for Virgin is absurd. That is what has kept me away so far. 

    the pricing is actually quite good considering all the hidden fees on other cruise lines: gratuities, drinks packages that only cover some weird set of beverages, room service, water, wifi, fitness classes, etc

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  4. On 1/10/2023 at 5:41 PM, Shep_Proudfoot said:

    ... Valiant Lady - France and Spain late this summer...

     

    Congratulations!  For UK residents there are also a bunch of 4-day voyages (which might be folks joining mid voyage or leaving early, not sure) if you want to take advantage of those.

     

    Also, for a foodie, they just announced November 2023 will also be a special month with select menus and pairings. I did that last November, it was fantastic.

  5. On 10/14/2022 at 5:25 AM, chisoxfan said:

    ... Not intending to get into a 'water war' but many of us drink bottled water routinely (even when we have 'safe' tap water at home)and when I am on vacation don't expect to change this preference/habit at the whim of a cruiseline. From an environmental standpoint glass would be a substitute that I would pay for (just in London and all the water at our hotel was served in wonderful glass bottles)....

     

    The water on board is excellent. Your cabin attendants will provide fresh water daily, or more frequently if you'd like, and you can have either still or sparkling or both. Provided in glass carafes which you can put in the fridge if you'd prefer cold. Bring your own water bottle and refill on board.

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  6. On 12/5/2022 at 6:16 AM, _tacocat_ said:

     everyone in the FB group traded info, and now everyone's dining reservations, shore excursions and show tickets are getting cancelled. 

     

    it doesn't seem like any of this is malicious (although posting personal info in a FB group - even private! - is kind of a risky proposition, as i believe anyone could just cancel your reservation entirely with that info!) 

     

    I believe there is a work around. Go to Messenger, select contacts, open the profile of any one of the names linked to your cabin, turn off "Allow to see what I'm attending."  This *should* ensure no one accidentally alters your plans. 

     

    However, in the way of silly VV software design and function, if you turn off Allow to See for one of your contacts - none of them can see.

     

    Another workaround would be to "Remove Contact" from your list but I don't know if that impacts the sail with friends sailor loot you might receive.

  7. What did you pack to manage three weeks around the world?

     

    were you cruising or flying or both? I took a carryon for a 10 day voyage and found myself shy of clothing options, had exactly two pair of shoes, and it was still heavy and annoying.

  8. On 9/2/2022 at 12:13 PM, bones774 said:

    Might not be hard to burn thru, how much you think those drinks are gonna cost? 

    In November we're sailing as Mega Rockstars, all premium bevvies are comped (up to $25/glass and 2 bottles of wine/champagne up to $90) plus we have an unlimited in cabin bar set up. I'm thinking we'll use our $300 BT to get Dom ($65/glass, gf has been interested in trying) and maybe flights of high end alcohols we wouldn't ordinarily try which might be above our $25 threshold.

     

    Cocktails run from $10 - $17 and wine from $7 - $29, as far as I can tell from the bar menus. 

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  9. This is so sweet and brilliant!

     

    what about getting something in the gift shop, or bringing it onboard with you, that you could hold up and deliver it yourself. Use the gift item to block your face with the other of you standing to the side. Surprise!

     

    Flowers come to mind but anything with height would work.

  10. On 7/21/2022 at 12:43 PM, WaBe said:

    Hey Cruzin, I'm on the November 13th and I booked yesterday before I saw this. Do you want to share your info so I can try and get them to give me the discount? I can't message you so not sure how else to reach out. 

    Hi WaBe,  I tried to message you as well. Is there something I need to do to my account to be able to message - anyone know?

     

    Anyway, yes, it's not too late to get you (and I!) some sailor loot. We'll figure this out.

  11. On 6/16/2022 at 6:44 AM, Chrish2 said:

    @SuitcasesRready

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    However, are you sure the offer really includes $400 USD OBS? The pop up says "Plus get up to $400 in onboard credit" but the graphic doesn't say it and the terms at https://www.virginvoyages.com/promotions-terms-and-conditions says nothing! Maybe it was left in the popup copy when it was included as part of another promo (which may have now finished)

     

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    The way I understood the extra loot offer up to $400, it goes by the type of cabin you're in. My SIL received $100 (in sea view), my cabin mate and I received $200 (Central Sea Terrace) so I'm guessing the Rockstars are $300 and $400.

  12. I've sailed with four lines now - Carnival, NCL, Abercrombie & Kent, and Virgin Voyages. Hands down the best food was on Virgin Voyages. I've seen a lot of folks who have cruised way more than I also say the best food they ever had was on Virgin Voyages.

     

    There are six specialty restaurants (The Wake, Test Kitchen, Pink Agave, Gunbae, Extra Virgin, and Razzle Dazzle), none has a cover and all are creative, excellent, and clearly identify vegetarian/vegan/gluten free items. Some dishes can be made gluten free if they don't start that way. 

     

    Test Kitchen is a chef's tasting menu, I understand they're coming up with a new menu at least on longer voyages so you can dine more than once. 

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  13. I'm also fine sharing my info, shoot me a PM if you are interested in any of the following voyages:

    Greek Island Glow, Resilient Lady - 10/9 - 10/16/2022
    Western Caribbean, Valiant Lady - 11/13 - 11/19/2022
    TA Puerto Rico to Portugal, Resilient Lady - 4/22 - 5/3/2023
    Tasman Sea, Fjords & Māori Shores 1/23/2024 - 2/2/2024
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