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  1. Bimini Beach Club: Great stop. Amazing turquoise water and nice beach area. Clean. Multiple bar and eating options with changing area and lockers available. Tons of loungers with umbrellas, clamshells, daybeds etc. Cabana ($ extra cost) was perfect spot for the day with great wait staff for drinks and food. Definitely worth the money especially if you require shade (we had 6 in our group). I wouldn’t try to get more than 6 people per cabana especially if all 6 require shade. 2-4 people would be best. 2 huge pools however there was a DJ with super loud music at one of them for the pool party. I’d come back to Bimini Beach Club over and over without a second thought. You also have the option to explore Bimini on your own or go to the Hilton Casino. It should be noted that Bimini Beach Club is a private beach club for Virgin Voyages in Bimini, Bahamas not its own private island. One gripe with the beach club would be the tram service back to the ship. People were acting like savages trying to get on the trams back. It was so off - putting that we decided to just walk back which wasn’t too bad but it’s a bit over a mile to get the whole way back to the ship. Would have been nice to have some kind of system in place for that.
  2. Key West: Love Key West. Duval Street is fun with lots of shops and places to eat & drink. DJs Clam Shack lobster roll was awesome.
  3. Service/Bar Service: No problems at all with service in any venue. Only issue was a couple rude ladies in the terminal after customs. They kept yelling at us to move across the street or way to the side. Completely unnecessary especially since we were not in anyone’s way and 1 couple in our group was sorting out an issue with something left on the ship. No 18% gratuity added onto drinks or receipts to sign. It’s all through the wrist band and in your wallet in the app. Much prefer the wrist band to the cards. App: Royals app wins. VV app is glitchy which gets annoying. I found it hard to navigate as well. I seemed to always be clicking the wrong thing for what I was looking for. WiFi: We had premium wifi free through Deep Blue Extras. It was plenty fast. I didn’t have any issues with logging in and was able to upload multiple photos and videos at a time with no problems. Note- wifi also worked at Bimini Beach Club.
  4. Cabin: XL Sea Terrace 9354 A. Forward room. Good size with large bathroom counter and single sink. Bathroom and shower closets are separate. Rainfall Shower was excellent. 1 regular chair with a side table and a smaller soft stool/ottoman type seat in the room. Bed was very low to the ground compared to Royal beds and were firmer than Royal. Lots of technology- Do not disturb and make up room sign is electronic. Doorbell doesn’t work with the do not disturb on. All aspects of the room can be controlled through the ipad including lights, curtains, TV, cabin service requests, pre set mood lighting, many many options for movies and TV series. TV/Movie watching options way better than Royal and not even close. Storage was adequate. I’d compare to an Ocean View Balcony on Royal because there is no walk in closet like on many Royal Junior Suites and the space felt a bit smaller than a JS. The closet space had a curtain rather than hard doors which seemed cheap but made sense since there were no rattling door noises in the night. The hard white space next to the bed where it can be converted into a big couch instead of a bed seemed to be dead/wasted space to me. I ended up living out of my carry on bag on that space. There were 2 US outlets and USB. One by the bed by the balcony and another at the main desk countertop. We had no problems finding charging spots. We travel with multi - device charging station. Safe is bigger than Royal. Could fit a smaller size laptop. Balcony wasn’t huge but adequate with 2 chairs, small table and the sitting hammock. Loved the hammock - big win there. Note- it’s not a lay down hammock. There were no materials or flyers left in the room selling art, jewelry, spa services etc. The one thing we had was a postcard for My Next VV. Also no announcements along those lines. I was a bit worried about the water carafes instead of bottled water but it was fine and not trashing a bunch of plastic every day is a good thing. Bring your favorite insulated water bottle and request ice if you like your water cold. The water doesn’t stay cold long in those carafes.
  5. Ship: Scarlet Lady - great condition. Good size, not too big and not too small. Modern decor and very techy. Doesn’t feel as open as a Royal Caribbean ship but it’s not necessarily a negative. Lots of different spaces to hang out with lots of nooks and crannies to sit and relax. I would have preferred to have the 3D ship models throughout the ship to help with navigation and the main venues listed inside the elevators. The signage was adequate and we eventually got more comfortable navigating. Mostly just my preference from cruising RC so much. Pools are tiny for the size of the ship and amount of people. We were told about 2400 on our sailing. You will have a hard time getting a lounger anywhere near either of the pools/hot tubs especially on a sea day unless you are up pretty early. Favorite spots: The Dock (inside and outside), casino, lounge area on 7 outside deck by grounds club for morning coffee, in the hammock 😃, Sun Club deck and Perch for sunrise pics and The Athletic Club.
  6. Embarkation/Debarkation: Super easy and relaxed. Later embarkation times overall compared to RC and arrival times are strictly enforced. Liked being able to go directly to the cabin a lot. Galley was not overcrowded. I think probably due to this embarkation strategy. We easily found a table for 6 immediately around 2:30pm. Debarkation: Miami has facial recognition at customs and makes it very fast and easy leaving the ship. No line at all around 10am. 10:30 am latest time to leave the ship. It was really nice with a late flight to be able to sleep in - not being forced out of the cabin by 8am sharp as with Royal.
  7. Here is a recap/final thoughts for this cruise with some comps to Royal Caribbean. Pre Cruise Stay: Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Great location. Room was spacious and clean. Many options for food/drink within walking distance. There was some construction going on next door but it wasn’t bothersome or noisy during our stay. Outdoor pool with bar and big lounge area. Also easy access to the beach just across the street. Starbucks on premises by the pool. Would book this hotel again.
  8. Not sure but I thought the same thing. I was expecting the smaller kind you usually see in a hotel room but the big kind for keeping drinks on ice came.
  9. Touched down in Pittsburgh 🛬 Ready to get home and see the dogs 🐶 🐶 Thanks for following and contributing! I am gathering final thoughts and will post soon.
  10. Did some visiting over in Naples. Now all checked in waiting for boarding. Flight on time. Hope to be at home before 10pm. 🤞🏻
  11. Trying to talk this crew into finding an 8 nighter if we can. May have to consider a B2B if the group wants another 4 nighter. I’m just full of great ideas 😉
  12. Walked off around 9:45 leisurely. Very relaxed disembarkation. The ride share section was super crazy. Jammed with people waiting.
  13. No water bottles on board. Carafes in the room. We brought refillable containers too.
  14. Here’s the room ipad that you can do most everything from … It controls the room temp, curtains, lights TV. Has pre- set moods etc. We used it for more water and requested ice. Check out some of the YouTube videos.
  15. Looks like the final damage will be a grand total of $15. (Besides the $300 for the My Next VV) 😉
  16. The track and the Perch are kinda connected with the perch being 1 deck higher. Think of an Aft facing viking crown with a roof but open air. Not quite as big. It’s where we had the DBE cocktail hour for sunset. … which was really nice BTW.
  17. I was going to suggest this too. A lower deck could easily be a make-shift track if your not running or speed walking or whatever
  18. Went down for coffee around 8 past the gangway and there was absolutely zero madness going on. I’m still sitting on my balcony drinking coffee at 9 am. Not even possible on RC. 👌🏻
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