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  1. eroller

    Any NEWS on VV? Please post it here...

    It's a little different that it's all the way starboard instead of dead center.
  2. eroller

    Any NEWS on VV? Please post it here...

    The aft end is so much like MSC SEASIDE and the soon to be Project Leonardo with NCL. I think they were all designed off Fincantieri's Project Mille.
  3. eroller

    New ‘Allura’ class ships

    All the new Viking Ocean ships have a full wrap-around promenade deck. It’s a great feature and people love it. These are newly designed ships and brand new, so just goes to show you people still appreciate a promenade deck. In fact they are making a comeback. Even the new mass-market ships of Carnival, NCL, and MSC feature a big wide promenade deck. People want a connection to the sea when on a cruise and cruise lines are finally starting to realize this again.
  4. eroller

    New ‘Allura’ class ships

    Hard to say. Prices are driven by demand. They may actually go down as Oceania will have to fill two additional ships on a weekly basis, provided they don't get rid of any ships. Also the economy will determine pricing and who knows where that is going?
  5. eroller

    New ‘Allura’ class ships

    I'm thankful Oceania decided not to go bigger. Essentially these new ships are the same size and capacity as the current RIVIERA and MARINA. Great move Oceania. I like that standard cabins will continue to be large, and hopefully with the wonderful bathrooms like RIVIERA and MARINA. Also I hope to see continued emphasis on offering the finest cuisine at sea, with new an innovative venues. Physically I would love to see a true promenade deck on these ships, and lounges/bars with great sea views. One of the things I really don't like about RIVIERA and MARINA is that some of the most popular lounges/bars have no views or a view of the lifeboats. There is the observation lounge but it's large and not very intimate. I would love to see that space become more intimate.
  6. eroller

    Edge/Revolutionized Ships---Hmmm---$$$$

    Thanks for the sneak peak! I'm never a fan a removing public space for more cabins, but this is the trend. In the past Royal Caribbean/Celebrity took a more balanced approach than some competitors, but I'm not sure that is true anymore. I'm very disappointed in the spa/fitness center. I was hoping it would be enlarged, and instead it was shrunk. Gone is the wonderful men's changing room with the sauna facing the sea. How sad. The pitiful Persian Garden looks no larger. Hopefully it will be gutted and redone. As others have mentioned, at least we still have the Observation Lounge (I'm assuming though). I thought for certain that would be turned into suites.
  7. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    I haven't really been reading the reviews. I tend to take them with a grain of salt anyway. We have different expectations and our perceptions are vastly different, so reviews from perfect strangers only offers limited value. I did read most of the professional reviews from media and travel agents invited on the short preview cruises. They were overwhelmingly positive, with lots of praise and most saying how groundbreaking the ship is and a game changer. Of course those can be a bit bias since they are on the ship for free and the red carpet is laid out. So I take them with a grain of salt as well! LOL I do think EDGE will be an adjustment. I remember when the Solstice Class made its debut. They were instantly compared with the M-Class and Celebrity regulars did not like them. Lots to complain about, especially the lack of a promenade deck, crowded pool area, and only two elevator stair towers. I remember it all well. Now will we have the Edge Class compared with the Solstice Class which Celebrity regulars now love. Basically it points to human nature which tends to resist change. I haven't sailed on EDGE yet but I plan to. I think she looks awesome! I hope VV can achieve that kind of innovation and forward thinking with their new ship.
  8. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    I can certainly respect that. I honestly can't say if I would love the EDGE balconies having never experienced them, but I really like the concept and I'm a lover of technology, so I think I would like them. VV has promised a completely innovative cabin concept, so what that will exactly translate to I don't know? I think we will find out pretty soon. Probably the next reveal which should happen before bookings open in Feb.
  9. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    I personally think they look awesome and I’m pretty sure I would love them. In fact I think EDGE in general looks like an amazing ship. Probably more of what I hoped VV would be like but time will tell on that one. The good thing for you is that pretty much every other ship in existence doesn’t have the Infinite Balconies so they will be easy to avoid.
  10. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    I think they did! Next up hopefully deck plans and cabin details. I think those will have to be released before anyone books. The claim the cabins will be innovative. I know they won't be "Infinite Balconies" like on Celebrity Edge, so lets see what they come up with.
  11. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    Very true. It will also be nice not to have a thousand kids screaming and running around the pool, and doing cannonballs. Plenty of other cruise lines for them to do that.
  12. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    To each their own. I personally like it. The double size mats and/or double size sun loungers are very much in style, and can be found on Celebrity as well and numerous other cruise lines not to mention hotels/resorts. I think VV is going for something different than Celebrity and other cruise lines. Something a bit more trendy and in line with hotels/resorts ashore rather than what is typically found on a cruise ship. It may not appeal to the typical cruiser that has certain expectations based on past cruises, but I think it will appeal greatly to the non-cruiser which there are many of. Those that would not be caught dead on a cruise ship because of every stereotype associated with them. I won't get into all the stereotypes but there are many and truth to a lot of them. While there are many aspects of VV that don't personally appeal to me, I applaud them for being a bit different and not following what every other cruise line has already done.
  13. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    Virgin Voyages has posted it to their FB page.
  14. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    I agree! Great looking pool area. No slides, no jumbo screens, no gimmicks!
  15. eroller

    SCARLET LADY - New Renderings and a Concern

    Finally the pool!! Yes it does exist.
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