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  1. I was able to rebook an upcoming cruise some time ago....MNVV transferred over. I saved $400. But that change was made a year ago. Since then, the cruise has greatly increased in price. However, it is down $1000 from the top price I've seen for a Sea Terrace.
  2. Yup I've had it happen where I lost all my preboarding info too. If you call sailor services oryour travel agent, they MIGHT be able to book dinners for you (if there is anything left for "in advance." The good news is that a huge number of reservations are held back until after boarding. If you go to Razzle Dazzle on deck 5 after boarding, they can assist you with getting the reservations you want or changing what you've already booked. I had so much trouble with the app this time that I reached the point of "I don't even care any more." If it is anything other than an unbelievably great cruise, it may well be my last on VV....mostly because I'm tired of fighting with the app and the wheelchair assist issues.
  3. Officially you are allowed to bring 2 bottles per cabin at embarkation. We are aware of more than a few people who brought 2 bottles per person and were not stopped. But no, not allowed at ports of call.
  4. The app on board is a lot better than in advance. I had so much trouble with the pre-board app this time that if VV hasn't fixed the other thing that has been a problem for us, I likely won't be booking another cruise with them. There are many things I like, but I was so angry and stressed at the app this time that it just isn't worth the hassle. They've had more than 2 years to fix it, so really no excuses. The other problem is a wheelchair assist issue.....so we'll see......
  5. That's exactly what I was going to say.....I've only seen it used once by a woman who appeared to be doing some sort of shadow boxing. Not sure where the gloves came from.
  6. The hotel that I use depends on my trip. If I am flying in the day before and just getting on the cruise the next morning, I want to sleep and recover from jet lag. I typically use Hotel Aeropuerto by Melia because they have a complimentary airport shuttle, food available if I wish, English speaking staff, are on a bus line, pizza delivery to the hotel (used to be to room, now to lobby) etc. They will arrange a taxi for me to get to the cruise--about a 20 minute drive. If I am coming in several days early and want to do the tourist stuff, I'll stay in the Las Ramblas area...taxi to ship is easy. The closest hotel to book is the World Trade Center hotel--quite pricey and you'll still need transportation. There is a shuttle bus from the Columbus statue at the base of Las Ramblas, but it will only save a few dollars and you'll have to get to that location somehow.
  7. I've seen no more bookings available, but there were a few seats in the Red Room.
  8. There are no drink packages on VV, but the bar tab concept is a lot more flexible and, unless you are a heavy drinker, cheaper. In addition, most recent bookings have included a complimentary bar tab in various amounts. The email should tell you what is included. If you are not getting a bar complimentary bar tab or you feel it is not enough, you can purchase bar tab in advance. Depending on the amount you purchase, you will get a bonus added based on the amount you purchase and any loyalty status you have (ranges from $10 on $100 purchase to $125 on $300 purchase with top loyalty status). The down side to a bar tab is a "use it or lose it," so if you don't think you will spend a given amount, don't buy it. If it is complimentary, it doesn't matter. On past cruises we have been able to purchase unopened bottles of wine from room service and take those home. Yes, we could buy the same wine for a lot less at home, but this is "free" as it is with complimentary bar tab. Makes a good hostess gift if nothing else. You do need to be aware of the regulations in your disembarkation port.
  9. It wasn't the former printed menu vs. new menu that I had issues with. It was the fact that there were item available previously that weren't on the original printed menu but were available every night....and are not available now. Oh well...it is what it is....
  10. I've seen VV cruises in a Sea Terrace range from $75 pp per night to $350 pp per night. The lower costs are becoming harder to find. I haven't seen anywhere advertising 60% off. I've seen 60% off second sailor in same cabin--very different!. VV does include a lot that is "add on" cost on other lines, so you need to do a little work to get as good a comparison as possible.
  11. Be careful what you wish for. THe "secret" changes in RD are not to our liking, although the deserts are better. I don't guess it would do any good to print the test kitchen menu--we still wouldn't know much! Fully agree that The Wake and Pink Agave could use some tweaks.
  12. Well done review. Sorry you had some mis-information about embarkation. There is no reason for anyone to show up at the VV terminal prior to 1pm. Boarding does not start until 1:30. SO if you have priority status, showing up at 1 is plenty of time to get checked in and be ready to board at 1:30. We have always been in a normal Sea Terrace with priority boarding as Sea Rovers (the lowest designation of priority) and been in our cabin between 1:45 and 1:50 except one trip where boarding times were changed do to JLo. If you have a later terminal arrival time, you may well get in before your time, but not ever before 1pm. VV recommends no more than 30 minutes before your assigned time. Otherwise, as you noted, you'll get to stand in line outside with no place to sit. Carlos is by far the best Diva. True, no beverage packages...we like the bar tab structure better for many reasons including lower cost. Trip cost Celebrity vs. VV depends a lot on when you booked and what cruise you are on. Our VV cruises have been MUCH lower in cost than our Celebrity and we had lots of perks. But VV costs have increased a lot recently, so you won't see the great deals any more.
  13. We had one cruise out of our 4 that decreased in price, but that price decreased almost a year prior to sailing. Never saw a last minute "fire sale" like some lines do.
  14. That never happened with the standby line on previous cruises. It would be a good idea though.
  15. DBE is Deep Blue Extras, a loyalty reward program that you could get thru 2023 either by sailing 2 VV cruises or applying for their "status match" with another line. If you didn't apply by by the end of 2023, you cannot get it now. They are supposedly coming out with a different program "soon." Those who got the old program still get it on cruises thru at least 2024. We've never come close to using up our "free" bar tab. If your booking includes any loot, that can also pay for your drinks, and regular brewed tea, coffee, soda, water, and juices are included in all bookings. Make friends with someone who has a $600 free tab!
  16. The bridge tour and ship tour are two different things. Megas get a bridge tour at no charge. Ship tour fills up very fast, but agent can arrange it for Megas if they ask on first day--and yes, they pay for that. And you CAN take a bottle at the end of the cruise.
  17. What I would do is set the TV to the view...on most lines it is from the bridge, on VV it is from the wake, and turn the sound to zero. That way, the tv screen would light up when the sun came up.
  18. There is a place that makes smoothies. They have recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, but they are made in the Social Club Bar and do not use ice cream....not made at the ice cream shop. Moctails--generally $2 or 3 less than the posted price for the alcoholic version...figure $8 per drink, some might be a little more. The smoothies with alcohol are about 9, without about $6-7. These prices were as of Nov. 2023. Specialty tea is $5, coffee in that same general range. I'm not a coffee person; I think some were in the $6 range. If you have DBE, you get $10 credit at The Grounds Club each day (per cabin, not per person and it is per day--doesn't roll over to another day if not used). 2 of us have never used up $300 in 5 or 6 days....but it depends on how much you consume, whether alcoholic or not.
  19. This--you host will bring you an approved steamer on request.
  20. Funny, since one of the things a VV veteran told me when I was considering the cruise was that it is for people who don't like to stand in line and be told what to so. Oh well, guess all good things must come to an end. After several VV cruises, I'm not likely to do any shows, but I can promise I won't be standing in line for an hour to try to get a seat.
  21. There is a flat rate taxi from the airport to the cruise terminal for 39 Euros. THat cost is per taxi, not per person, and the fee includes all the applicable surcharges. Be sure any quote from a private company includes them! We were at Terminal A last year. The drivers will all know where the ship will be! It will NOT be at the WTC, which does not have the surcharges and is a little closer. I can let you know in a few weeks when we arrive.....but while history is a good guess, the terminal operators can change the terminal any ship uses for various reasons, much as airport gates can change.
  22. On another line, it was free to people who had the top loyalty level. Yeah, VV at $200 per person is way steep, but it is a way to use some of that loot. THe stores don't have anything worth buying.
  23. The problem on previous TAs has been people scooping up multiple reservations for the same show while others were not able to get a reservation. THen, on show night, there would be a huge number of "no shows," likely due to "been there, done that," and the shows would be quite empty. We found out later, after choosing to not attempt standby, that on RedRoom show was "nearly empty." I can't say I like this approach. I think a better solution would be allowing only one reservation per person in advance, then the standby line if people wanted to attend a second time. But such is life. I'm guessing that we won't do any first run shows because I'm not willing to spend an hour in line prior to seating.
  24. Oh yeah....I'm not a drinker and have $600 bar tab on next cruise...I'll get a few specialty teas just because I have DBE, but will mostly drink my iced tea. I find the stuff in the dispenser nasty, but easy to brew my own with the tea bags they provide. I carry my large covered cup everywhere.
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