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  1. Back to the original question. This is true. I have stayed in Sea Terraces where the bed came into the room closer to the door, and others where it was nearer the balcony. I prefered the latter as ther was even more open space, or so it felt. Unfortunately, I have not yet found a source of discovering ahead of time which room is which way. Even Virgin does not seem to have this notated anywhere. Here are pictures to illustrate. Closer to the door: https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/ships/slideshow-cabin-members.php?ship=Scarlet-Lady&cabin=8158A Closer to the balcony: https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/ships/slideshow-cabin-members.php?ship=Scarlet-Lady&cabin=8122A Supposedly they alternate, but I cannot confirm that.
  2. They just announced they are reversing the decision 🙂
  3. They just announced they are reversing the decision 🙂
  4. In general, the past few months, Virgin has been clear with TAs on calls, that the days of virtually giving cruises away are over. I have clients who amassed huge amounts of bar tabs and on board credit last fall. Like, even more than I could spend, and I can spend pretty well! VV is saying they know they have a premium popular product and they need to start making money 🙂 While certainly prices on sailings that are not selling well may drop, expect prices to slowly increase over time. In general, expect to get the best prices booking early. If the price does drop, you can usually get it refared or cancel and rebook if you are before final payment date.
  5. Not trying to defend it, but most people find it does work better once on board. Having said that, I guess you could keep going to sailor services desk multiple times to make reservations, cancel things, check your bill, etc.
  6. You or your TA must apply the access key prior to completion of the booking. You should be able to see it after application
  7. Most TAs will help you reprice if possible. However sometimes that means canceling your booking and starting a new one. As you probably know, an MNVV can only be canceled and reused once. Also consider the fact that the current bar tab promo ends March 27 and rumor is it will not be extended.
  8. Good through April 7, new bookings only. Doubles the Bar Tab on many sailings. The fare is really no different. Exclusive for SkyMiles Members, get 60% off your second Sailor and up to $800 in free drinks (depending on sailing length) on an Eligible Voyage. Every voyage includes dining at 20+ eateries with Michelin star chef-curated menus, unlimited fitness classes, world-class entertainment, and more. Enter “Virgin&Delta” in the access key field when booking your voyage by April 7th. Virgin Voyages is partnering with Delta SkyMiles with a special offer exclusively for their members. You may have a Sailor who is also a Delta SkyMiles member who will reach out with an access key to take advantage of this very special offer. Just note: proof of SkyMiles membership will be required when Sailors arrive at the terminal to sail. Terms: These terms and conditions (“Terms”) apply to the use of Access Keys in connection with the Virgin Voyages - Delta Skymiles Member Enhanced Bar Tab Offer (“Virgin&Delta Access Keys”). By participating in this Offer, you are deemed to have accepted these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you are not permitted to use the Virgin&Delta Access Key. These Terms are in addition to Delta’s terms and conditions. 1. Any Delta Skymiles Member who is a U.S. resident over the age of 21 is eligible to receive a multi-use Access Key. 2. A Virgin&Delta Access Key: (a) will grant the Recipient, while on an Eligible Voyage, 60% off the second sailor’s Voyage Fare and the following enhanced Bar Tab amounts: $800 for voyages of fourteen (14) or more nights’ duration $400 for voyages of seven (7) to thirteen (13) nights’ (inclusive) duration $200 for voyages of four (4) to six (6) nights’ (inclusive) duration (b) The Bar Tab will be added to the lead passenger’s (i.e., “Sailor” in our marketing voice) folio. The Bar Tab does not apply to the following cabins: The Insider Meta Category, Sea View Meta Category, Lock It In Rate Ltd View Sea Terrace, and Mega Rockstar Quarters. (c) Eligible Cabins, Percentage Off Only cabins in the Sea Terrace Meta Category cabins, The Sea View, Lock It In Rate Sea View, The Insider, and Lock It In Rate insider cabins are eligible for the percentage off in the ”Wave 2024” Offer. The Sea Terrace Meta Category includes the following cabins: XL Sea Terrace, Central Sea Terrace, The Sea Terrace, Ltd View Sea Terrace, and the Lock It In Rate, Ltd View Sea Terrace. The Sailors to whom the two bookings apply must travel in the same cabin. (d) can only be used for voyage redemption by the Recipient, and is not transferable; and (e) cannot be combined with any other discounts, special offers, or promotions. 3. Important Dates and Eligible Voyages. (a) To be eligible for redemption of the Virgin&Delta Access Key, one must book between March 11, 2024 and April 7, 2024 for a voyage meeting the following criteria: Depart between March 11, 2024 and October 29, 2025 (inclusive) on any of our Lady Ships - But excluding New Year’s Eve voyages scheduled to depart on the following dates: ◦ Resilient Lady: December 28, 2024 ◦ Scarlet Lady: December 28, 2024 ◦ Valiant Lady: December 30, 2024 be booked with the Recipient as the ‘Primary Sailor’; and otherwise comply with these Terms (together an “Eligible Voyage”). (b) Virgin Voyages reserves the right to block additional holiday sailings. As of the promulgation of these terms and conditions, final dates have not been determined other than those above. (c) If any change to a booking made using the Virgin&Delta Access Key causes the booking to cease to be for an Eligible Voyage, the Recipient will be responsible for the cost of the re-booked voyage, plus applicable taxes, fees, surcharges and re-booking fees. 4. To receive the Access Key, The Recipient must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of travel and the Recipient and any additional guest(s) must each satisfy Virgin Voyages’ additional requirements for passage as set forth in the Virgin Voyages Additional Terms and Conditions at https://www.virginvoyages.com/addl-terms-and-conditions. Must be 21 years of age or older to use the Bar Tab for alcoholic beverages. 5. The Virgin&Delta Access Key is not transferable, is nonrefundable and not replaceable. It has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash. Recipients and their guests must travel on the same voyage to be eligible for the offer. 6. Virgin&Delta Access Keys may be redeemed for an Eligible Voyage made via the website or via a travel agent and in accordance with the instructions provided by Virgin Voyages. 7. Virgin&Delta Access Keys may not be used and are not applicable for charters; nor may they be used for customized Circle programs (i.e., a value-add Circle). 8. Any tax liability, including disclosure obligations, connected with the receipt or use of a Virgin&Delta Access Key is the Recipient’s sole responsibility and liability. 9. Selling or bartering of any Access Key or offering any Access Key in exchange for any consideration is strictly prohibited. The Virgin&Delta Access Key is void if transferred or sold for cash or other consideration.
  9. It's not just agents with status. Virgin has made most of the $100 loot offers that TAs have had available (Gold Tier, Cruise Night calls, and the "Exclusive" loot some agencies still have) no longer combinable with MNVV. Most of the offers are still there, but not if you use an MNVV. However, TAs who belong to certain large consortia can still add $100 per cabin regardless of category, that combines with MNVV, but only on select sailings. MNVVs are still an excellent value and many TAs stock up on them for their clients use. Sadly, the glory days of piling loot upon loot is over, at least for now.
  10. Apologies...I was going too fast. Not priority boarding. I confused it with the early access to booking dining and shore excursions reservations.Still a fabulous package.
  11. They have said that if you qualify for DBE, you get that too.
  12. And priority boarding and access to Richard's Rooftop....And my personal favorite, free laundry!
  13. And likely some TAs will be able to add extra on board credit 🙂
  14. https://vvinsider.com/virgin-voyages-introduces-scarlet-summer-season-pass-for-remote-workers/ A whole month in the Mediterranean...for $10k for two 🙂
  15. Sometimes I believe that every bad rumor in the world begins with a facebook post.
  16. Oh, that's bad. There are some US Virgin agents set up to do business in other currencies, so it is still possible to use a U.S. agent.
  17. The rumor (not confirmed) is the 65% goes down to 60% (like you say, almost meaningless) and there will be another bar tab reduction. Friday will tell.
  18. Bookings will be crazy tomorrow once the prices come out as people will be trying to grab spots with the current promotion.
  19. That is no longer true. It was originally. Now they leave beds as beds. You can ask your attendant to do a conversion to couch.
  20. Totally agree about the vibe between Viking and Virgin. Even though there is a fair amount of partying on Virgin, if it is not your thing, there are plenty of quiet spots to enjoy. Especially the beloved red hammock on your balcony. Although the Virgin crowd is getting old as they increase prices. It is NOT for those offended by drag shows. The beds are controversial with some. They are real beds, but some people find them firm and uncomfortable. One thing I think is better on Virgin is that, unlike most ships where they are side by side if separated into two individual beds, on Virgin they form an L shape. It makes for so much more useable space in the cabin. But I won't lie, are some percent of sailors who hate them. I find it odd because I prefer a soft mattress, but I have no problem with them. But maybe because I always sleep better at sea 🙂
  21. For LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and acceptance, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin. Not saying the other lines mentioned are not fine in this regard or that any of the other comments are wrong. But I am sending Virgin is a whole nother level. After all, the drag queen Diva runs the bingo. I don't even care for bingo and I go because it is do much fun. And the whole vibe is adults only fun and freindly. Very similar to Celebrity in terms of quality. BUT Virgin includes so much more in the upfront price--crew gratuities, wi-fi, group fitness classes, specialty dining is all included, more included drinks, gelato, and more. You do pay for drinks, but not with a hard-to-understand drink package. And most travel advisors who work with Virgin a lot can get you extra on board credit. People see Virgin's prices and freak out because they have not added up all the things you mention OP.
  22. It is possible either way, but it is rare. The key is that the agency is set up with Virgin to accept currencies other than the one the agency is in. Just a few US agencies are set up to work with non-US currencies. Therefore, most of the time this request will be turned down. Before custombers try doing this they should have the agency in question verify with Virgin that they can do it. This is kind of reverse, but I imagine it is true in reverse for Canadian agencies. And it goes much smoother with a new booking than if trying to transfer an existing booking.
  23. Ha! Try living in the middle of the country. We have to do that for EVERY cruise 🙂 Geography sucks sometimes. But I agree it would be very good for business for Virgin if they make the West Coast happen.
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