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Quacks the Cruiser

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  • Location
    Hertfordshire UK
  • Interests
    Travelling, cooking (esp BBQ), history, cricket & foorball.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    None yet - 1st time cruisers!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Love Barcelona and Genoa
  1. In the UK sailings bracelet colour was Black and Gold for "Rock Stars" booked in the suites and red for everyone else. Most "sailors" had their personalised name on their bracelets but due to delivery issues a few didn't and these had generic messages such as "Ahoy Sailor" and "Nice to sea you" on them. Mind you to get the best connection for using the bracelet as a key and paying bills etc it was best to wear the bracelets with the name side down! Don
  2. We were told that in the UK sailings, the reason the Wi-Fi was "poor" was that it was set up for the Caribbean sailings out of Miami, so hopefully shouldn't be too bad unless you'll be looking to stream films, play games etc. Paying for faster Wi-Fi in the UK wasn't an option for this reason. However on the UK sailing the Wi-Fi was fine for web browsing, mail, Facetime etc - never tried streaming films (no need with the up to date choices on the TV), but on websites with embedded videos, these took quite a while to open. Don
  3. Absolute rubbish!!! I just completed my first ever cruise and chose the VV UK Summer Staycation. Despite being 65yo my wife and I absolutely loved it - so much so that I have booked two further cruises for 2022! In terms of target market, I think Virgin have gone for the "Millennial and Young at Heart" group. They offered me everything I wanted - great food and dining all included ; stylish bars; great accommodation; plenty of areas to relax; a perfect spa; a non-formal fun environment and chilled entertainment (loved the Shot 4 Shot cocktail class - highly recommended). Was I boogieing at 12am in the Manor? - no. But that was because I had had a gorgeous meal at the Wake and was enjoying a relaxed nightcap at Sip. Equally did I join the "Burn Workouts" ? - no but I did push a treadmill to a fast walk, threw a few basketballs, played table football and air hockey and enjoyed good old 80's retro gaming machines. What I think Virgin have cleverly done is provide a ship for all ages - it's what you want it to be and at your pace. Most of "my generation" I spoke to on the ship felt the same way. If this is what holidaying will be like, I hope I don't die before I get old! Don
  4. As Mentioned, wearing masks was optional. I am a regular mask wearer. HOWEVER everyone was double jabbed and had tested negative, all the crew had been double jabbed and no Covid reports from the previous 7 cruises. Therefore this was about risk management and therefore from the moment I boarded Scarlet Lady till the moment I disembarked, I never wore a mask. I had one in my pocket in case I felt uneasy but the cruise never felt busy nor was I ever in a very crowded situation! Heaven! Don
  5. I’m not sure it’s the app more Virgin’s organisational abilities! For our 23rd August sailing the app didn’t open for Rock Stars until about 40 days out. Although we did get a mail advising us that booking was open, I found out first from these forums and by logging in every day to check. what we noticed that there were regular additions to the entertainment and regular releases to restaurant availability. What was frustrating is that once you have booked a restaurant, you can’t see any other availability as you are initially limited to one booking per restaurant. The only way to consider changing a booking is to cancel your existing booking, to see what else is available, but at the risk of someone booking your released slot. Also booking for lunch and brunch at the Wake and Razzle Dazzle were not available for pre-booking. Having said this, once onboard, there was plenty of availability (at least initially), lunch and brunch options were free and many were able to obtain a walk up reservation! It did make for a stressful pre sailing period though. Hopefully Virgin will in time, work this through! Don
  6. Probably tough to say what will be available when Scarlet Lady cruises out of the US. The summer sailings we’re only 2/3rds capacity so there likely wasn’t a full programme and what there was was geared to us Brits. There were quite a few bands all local to the UK and various musical styles - the theme was A Band of Brits. As well as shows in the Manor and Poolside, there were “pop up” musical acts throughout the ship and a regular acoustic set in the Dock. On the last cruise, there was an outdoor concert around the pool played by a well known 1980’s UK group - ABC, which was excellent. The summary for me would be, quite a bit of music, not sure there will be “cover style” groups. However I expect Virgin will have a completely new format for their Caribbean sailings - time will tell! Don
  7. Everyone has to be fully jabbed at least two weeks before the cruise and then a Lateral Flow COVID test by Virgin immediately before boarding.
  8. We are cruising tomorrow on our first ever cruise and mega exited. Our restaurants are all booked but ironically all the entertainment we had booked bar one has been cancelled! what is the process for luggage at the end of the cruise? Do we have to put it out the night before or can we leave with it on the morning with it?! We are booked for 10.45 departure. Thanks - Mrs Quacks is panicking!
  9. I wouldn’t worry - we got on 40 days in advance solely because we found out via these forums! However having booked all our shows, we’ve now had 3 messages cancelling them all. The last two cancellations were yesterday and today and we leave tomorrow! Not good enough Virgin 🤬
  10. Thanks David - another great video! We are now counting down the days - 10 according to the app! Can't wait! QTC
  11. Wow - great video thanks! We are in a Brilliant Suite - how does the "Rock Star Suite" room bar work and how do we choose what we want and let them know? Also what mixers do they make available? - I love a Black Label and Ginger Ale (not ginger beer!) and SWMBO is a Bacardi and Coke girl!
  12. I asked Sailor Services if there was topless sunbathing area. The answer is that there is a sun deck on deck 17 called The Perch where you can sunbathe topless! Hope that helps! Don
  13. In the app it’s under “Discover”, then “Line “up”. When this opens there’s a series of numbers across the top equating to your days on the ship with one being the day of boarding. Clicking on each number gives you a full daily schedule in time order of what”s on and where. When you click on certain events a new page opens up giving you full details. The screenshots above are from this page. We’ve got roughly 4 weeks to go and this information opened up 4/5 weeks ago so about 8 weeks before departure. Hope this helps. Don
  14. There’s also a late night “sexy Cabaret” which is free, followed by an after show party! The audience area is split into 2 - one for “players” who may be called up on stage and one for “voyeurs” who just want to watch! The 2 lectures are payable in the UK at £18.57 which I suspect equates to a US $25!
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