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  1. You basically have 2 options.  You can buy it on board in another person's name (you'll need all their info, credit card number, etc.). Or you can buy it in your name and call VV to do the transfer.  In that case, the money issue is on you--you paid $300 for it.  You can give it to the other person or collect that $300 from them.  VV doesn't get in the middle of that.  

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  2. This is our 4th TA on VV, first time on Scarlet.  There are some things different than 6 months ago that might be worth mentioning.
    There were BIG signs up in the terminal stating that upgrades were available and to ask any check in agent.  We weren't interested, so I didn't price them.  2350 sailors on board according to the terminal check in person and an on board crew member.  It wasn't our worst embarkation experience...it was our second worse on VV.  There seemed to be a lot of confusion at the terminal.  There were also at least 2 groups that missed the cruise due to flight delays or lost passports!

    We've encountered at least 3 crew that we recognized from Valiant, so that was nice.  Had a couple cabin issues on check in which have been repaired. In The Galley, they did not put up the signs indicating the lunch specials the way Valiant did; you had to get close enough to see the specials.  However, the dinner specials are now coming thru as notifications on the app as well as being printed on the daily info sheet.  Many activities have changed times or are available at multiple times throughout the cruise rather than always being at 10am or whatever.  There are 3 book clubs...not sure how that is going to work..We had book pick up for the first one today.  Most of the menus (The Galley, Pink Agave) are unchanged....there have been a few more grab and go options than we'd seen before.  Location changes were common--help with reservations was at a desk on 7 at embarkation rather than in RD, and there are some daytime hours in Pink Agave today for dining reservation assistance.  Spa had an area at the big red desk on 7, but then sent us to the spa to confirm.  Nothing big...just different than previously, so if you read that something was in RD, it doesn't mean the poster was wrong....just that it changed.  Muster drill we literally checked in and left.  NO demo of any kind.  No need to even sit down.

    That's it for now....

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  3. I'm on Scarlet now, and it appears that brunch on disembarkation day is blocked was blocked until on board.  I tried from day 45.....was able to finally book today (first full day of cruise).  It wasn't available right after embarkation.

     

  4. In my experience on other lines, it has depended to some extent on how many cabins are doing B2B.  I was on a cruise where we were the only B2B and were advised that nothing would be open until boarding started.  On another cruise, there were 125 cabins doing B2B and they had 2 dining venues open for us (one adult only, one family).  The norm on VV is only Dine and Dash, but they can open others if numbers dictate

  5. 7 hours ago, britincanada said:

    We were able to book brunch for our Nov 23 cruise in the app at the same time as dinner reservations. We made sure to book brunch at the The Wake for disembarkation day!

    Odd, I've tried several times and they are not showing brunch on our last morning....hoping can grab a slot when we board.  THey don't even show the time as existing; it stops at 12:00am.

  6. 3 minutes ago, ZsaZsa2019 said:

     

    I understand you can't name agents here, but if I were to want to find a good agent like you have, how would I go about finding them?  I feel like there will be a ton online, and not sure all are good choices.

    OK, VV did a celebration cruise for the top 100 agents then a separate ceremony recognizing the top 10 agents.  My agent is one of the top 10...but when I tried to google the celebration, it didn't list the names.  What I would do is go to sites like YouTube or Instagram and some good agents put stuff there.  Ask questions--were they in the top 100?  How much have they cruised VV?  Are they a Gold Tier agent (meaning have completed a bunch of VV training).   
    This is a link to my favorite video about VV.  I like to send new people to it because it was accurate as of the time of posting (there have been small changes since then...menus and such...and it is a "let me give you the info," not "LOOK AT ME."  



    I lucked into mine--she answered a question on line and sounded experienced so I asked her if she was an agent...and the found out how good she is.  But there are lots of good people out there.  I truly wish I could name her, but that would get me banished from CC, so......

    Tootles!

  7. 8 hours ago, scseas said:

    I wonder if it matters when you pay the bill, versus when you order it. At the bar, you often pay immediately. At dinner, you pay at the end when perhaps the ship has actually sailed far enough away from shore to be in international waters.

    At dinner on VV, you "pay" whenever the server puts the charge in. We've had them ask to scan a bracelet at various times thru the meal and also had them tell us that they didn't need our bracelet (when we offered) and that they could put it in based on our cabin number...which they already had in their computer.  I didn't think about it at the time, but the servers may have been instructed to wait until  people were leaving or had already left the restaurant before entering the charge--I know that one night our charge didn't go in till able 2 hours after we had dinner with a drink while most of the time it would show up immediately.  Of course, that could have been some sort of computer or app glitch as well.

  8. Whether you are able to re-enter the ship all night long depends on the cruise line, but there is no requirement that you enter until the sail away time the next day.  On VV, you are able to come and go as you wish...all night long and all the next day up to "all aboard" time.

    On other lines, we've experienced policies like "you will not be able to reboard the ship between 3am and 6am."

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  9. In the Med, taxes were charged when in port.  We had the same cocktail on two consecutive nights.  The second night while in port it was $1.50 more than the previous night.  The menus do not reflect taxes, regardless of where the ship is.  THey do include gratuity

     

  10. 8 hours ago, jon81uk said:

    Back on my first few VV cruises the VHS workout was always first come anyway. I was surprised last year when they wanted to scan my band!

    Interesting...I've done the 3 previous TAs and each time it was reservations with a stand by line.

  11. I removed the extra bands after boarding.  Everything else you need is encoded in your red band, and those ribbon bands just get in the way of food, etc.  I kept it in my pocket for a couple days, but never needed it.  Cocktail party had someone scanning our red bands.

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  12. Yeah, we've made brunch reservations immediately after boarding.  You CAN do walk up on a space available basis, but if you know when you want to do brunch at The Wake or Razzle Dazzle, you can book it as soon as you board.  If you have a reservation, you will have a seat.  We have never been turned away at RD, but once were turned away at The Wake when doing walk up; they did offer a reservation for the next day.  

  13. 2 hours ago, scseas said:

    You’re thinking of the Schengen area but I think it’s just the EU. The Schengen area is a little broader and focuses on passport requirements. If a cruise is only visiting EU ports, all alcohol is subject to VAT. In my case, the boat also stops in Turkey, which is outside the EU. I’m wondering if anyone knows what the Turkish tax would be for alcohol consumption on cruises. I was reading that some alcohol taxes in Turkey are as high as 20%.

    The only time you would pay the Turkish tax is when the ship is in Turkey--either docked or within 12 miles of the land.  You are right about the difference between the EU regs and Schengen regs--sorry. Right idea, wrong term.

    Since the cruise mentioned above visits Turkey, you will not be subject to tax any time your are outside territorial waters.

     

  14. Med cruises are tricky on taxes.  IF the cruise has a port in a country that does not participate in the "Sch something", then there are no taxes once the ship is in international waters.  If all stops are in participating countries, then the entire cruise sales are subject to tax, regardless of where the ship is.  And even if you waited "a few minutes," you might be surprised at how long it would take to reach that 12 miles.

    Yes if you order while in port, you will pay the tax.

  15. 4 hours ago, xdcr said:

     

    Book on board means that there is a cost, and that this event cannot be booked until you are on board.  First come, first serve means that there is no cost, but you line up to get in and hope for the best.  Items that allow you to make a reservation on board means no cost, but you can reserve your spot after embarkation (mostly applies to smaller fitness classes).

    I think it stinks.  I would ideally like to see a system where each person could make a reservation to attend each show ONCE during the cruise and then go to a  standby line.  On our first cruise, I couldn't get a reservation to Never Sleep Alone, and then learned that one of the repeat performances was largely empty as there were lots of no shows.  Everyone should get a chance to see Dual Reality or whatever once during the cruise before other people can see it twice.  But, I don't want to stand in line for 30 or 45 minutes in order to possibly get a seat.  I'm particularly unhappy about the zumba and VHS going to "first come."  I really don't want to put on my workout clothes only to find out after waiting for 30 minutes that there is no room for me.

     

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  16. 2 hours ago, Cloud9 Bob said:

    If the primary has DBE and books a double occupancy cabin...I'd assume the secondary guest gets to embark early too? How about the premium wifi?

    Priority boarding and the  cocktail party are open to both people in the cabin.  Premium wifi is limited to either 2 or 3 devices (I've been told both by Sailor Services.). THey don't know who owns the devices that are on premium, but if you exceed the number, you will be charged.  You can flip between devices--just be sure you log off of one before logging onto another.
    Last cruise, we each had DBE and were told it was 2 devices per person with DBE--that was plenty for us.  On our first cruise with DBE, they couldn't seem to find mine (even though I had the email to prove it), and they told us it was 3 devices total....so I would flip between my computer and my phone.

    If you tic the box that says you are sharing a credit card, you can both use the coffee credit, as well as any loot and bar tab (DBE gives you $100 bar tab per DBE qualified person). This applies to any purchased bar tab as well as bonus on the purchase.  Same basically with laundry--it would go down to one bag per room, but they don't care or know who's stuff is in the bag.

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  17. 1 hour ago, admranger said:

     

    On a back to back, do you know how they handle it if you're not in the same room for each cruise?

    How things are handled thru Customs depends on the port...in our experience, it has varied.  As to how the ship handles your stuff if you are changing rooms is that you pack it up and leave it in your cabin.  Your room host will be aware and will move it to your new room as soon as it is cleaned and ready.

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  18. 2 hours ago, Nang said:

    Hi, we are currently in the process of booking our first VV cruise - 21days Athens-Miami Oct '24 on the Resilient Lady which is actually a 7 day/14 day back to back. If we purchase some bar tabs will they carry over to the 2nd leg of the cruise or cut off at the end of the 7 day first leg? I expect to buy at least 3 and know at most one (mine) would be fully spent after just 7 days.

    The bar tab will not roll over.  It ends at the end of each leg. This includes purchased tab as well as any acquired thru loyalty or as a booking bonus..  Most cruises have at least some bar tab attached as a perk at the time of booking.  But it purchasing, you will need to attach some to each leg of the trip.  If you book thru a TA, they can often attach some loot or other discounts even on a first cruise that you won't get by booking directly thru VV,.

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  19. 2 hours ago, Cloud9 Bob said:

    I got it in June of 2023, so I'm good until the end of 2025. What do you think they will do after that? Maybe extend it another year or make it less than it is now? Will we be jumping for joy or remembering the "old days" when we had all those perks??

    No idea.  My best guess is that they will go to the "third cruise" for "Blue Extras" and 5th cruise for "Deep Blue Extras."  THey have already changed the goodies from "per cabin" to "per person" which means more goodies for most of us....2 specialty tea/coffee for each qualified person per day rather than $10, a bag  of laundry for each person, etc.  Most of the rest is the same.  If you have 4 completed cruises, you should get the DBEs on the 5th cruise as of 2026...unless they change it again.  But with VV, it is anyone's guess.

  20. If you qualified for DBE by 12/31/2023, you will keep the status until the end of 2025.    If you ddin't get status before then, you will get Blue Extras on your 3rd cruise and DBE on your 5th cruise.

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  21. 4th TA on VV, probably 12th total (can you tell we like them?). You will not lose an hour each day--there is a 6 hour time difference between Miami and Barcelona which will be spread across 14 days.  As we cross, it really doesn't matter when the changes occur (no worry about "local" time) so the ship will change time about every other day.  THey won't ever put 2 days of time change in a row.  Admittedly, I like the other direction, with long days better.

  22. Celebrity had nicer rooms other than the hammock....which makes VV a winner in my book.  Celebrity had the best buffet I've seen on a cruise ship, but I prefer The Galley to a buffet--would like to see more day to day change up there though.  Soda package on Celebrity was a pain. Everything was in cans and they would not give you a whole can at dinner.  THey poured it into a tiny glass which held about half the can and I'm convinced they were rationing by making you wait 45 minutes for a refill.  We asked several times to have the can left--nope, no can do.  

    Entertainment....there were parts of each that I liked. We tend to cruise while schools are in session, so few or no kids on Celebrity, even though they were allowed.    But...great service on VV, great food, almost all inclusive structure, great DBE perks made them come out on top in my book.  No announcements, no sales, etc.

    I'd go on Celebrity again for the right itinerary and price....ditto VV where I have another booked.

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