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  1. Canada/ New England is my favorite itinerary! I can't wait to sail it on VV!!
  2. I've only sailed NCL and VV, so I can't speak to other lines. In my mind, that whole "no upselling" thing cannot be stressed enough. It's so nice to go to a show and not spend the first 15-20 minutes listening to the CD selling raffle tickets. How refreshing it is to not have to dodge photographers during dinner. On Valiant Lady, my partner had a question for sailor services, and I just kinda' wondered around the area waiting for him. A rep from "Get Lost" (MVNN) asked me if I needed anything, and I asked him a random question that popped in my head. (I think it was about how full our sailing was.) He actually answered my question without trying to sell me anything! That, in turn, made this the first time I've ever bought a future cruise credit.
  3. Oh, I can (partially) sympathize. I broke my ankle in three places a few months before my last cruise. I was juuust weight-bearing when we sailed. Send her my best wishes.
  4. I've only cruised with NCL once since the shutdown, and that was 2022. Can you share with me what the current safety drill situation looks like? I'm bringing on a new cruiser, and I'm trying to give her an idea of what to expect. (We're on the Jade if it matters.)
  5. I got answers by submitting my proof of status match again- like I was submitting it for the first time. Within a week, I got an email from VV telling me I had DBE through 2025. Now I have written documentation if there are any questions. I firmly believe you can't have too much paperwork.
  6. DBE is on mine now, and my next sailing is well over a year away.
  7. I just got an email from VV. Turns out I have full DBE. Iā€™m not complaining!
  8. Okay. Explain this to me like I'm a three-year-old. I have taken ONE cruise with Virgin Voyages. On that cruise, I had DBE from status match. When I take my second cruise, will I be in Tier One- Sailing Club- because this is my second cruise? Or... Will I be in Tier Two- Blue Extras- because I have status match?
  9. Here you go... https://profcruise.com/virgin-bar-menus-2024/
  10. Yes, I'm that person who books her flights exactly 330 days from the departure date. I book my hotel reservations 365 days in advance. When dining opens up at 45 days, I'm counting the seconds. So...I'm booked for next year, and I'm not able to complete my on-line check-in on the app. Is there a certain time frame, or is it that I'm not PIF? I'd very much like to complete this ASAP to secure the best boarding time. TIA!!
  11. My mother brings A1 sauce on every cruise. And never fails to leave it in her cabin.
  12. It's basically a fillable neck pillow. Let's see if this works...
  13. I just sailed with VV for the first time last month, and have booked a second. I'd say it ticks the boxes on your list. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
  14. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2024/02/13/virgin-voyages-show-sea-to-land/72522950007/
  15. But... there are no gratuities on VV, so that's a savings of $560 for two. On VV, specialty dining is included, so that's moot. Unlimited WIFI is more than 150 minutes. On my next VV cruise, I will have $900 in sailor loot (OBC) and a $300 bar tab.
  16. Watching the video right now... šŸ‘
  17. The bathroom situation was a real concern for me before we sailed as I prefer to leave a little to the imagination. I even bought some heavy-duty magnets to use to hang a make-shift door with a pool towel or blanket. I soon discovered: a- my plan wouldn't work logistically 2- opening the shower door will cover a multitude of sins (or at least it will shield your nekkid body from that full-length mirror)
  18. Ugh. I think I got it all straightened out. I did it wrong. Those MNVV certs HAVE to be applied at the time of booking. That my TA was out of office matters not. MNVV can't be applied to existing reservations, and even though it was only a few hours old, my reservation was existing. I have started the process of canceling and rebooking. Of course, the rate is $175 higher, but it's better than losing the $300 deposit.
  19. Crap. Sorry about the typo. I asked someone in sailor services about it and they assured me that we wouldn't be losing our perks. Of course, she could have been telling me what I wanted to hear to get rid of me. I've done that many times when working in customer service.
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