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Now VV has it's own forum, let's start some threads. Here are some things I would like to see:

 

1) I thought I read (or maybe not) that VV would be 18+. Good start

 

2) Reciprocity with other cruise line loyal cruiser programs.

 

3) Suite lounge

 

4) Some sort of innovations although, I don't have anything specific in mind.

 

5) Fast, reliable wifi

 

6) Unique lounges such as Celebrity Martini Bar or World Class Bar

 

7) A crew that enforces policies such as chair hogging

 

8) Less emphasis on speciality dining and more emphasis on traditional MDR dining.

 

9) New Caribbean itineraries with overnight stops.

 

Kinda General in nature but I'm sure others have a lot more specific ideas. Let's hear them..

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I'd like to see some adventure activities, similar to what Richard Branson is known for. Maybe something like rappelling down the side of the smoke stack or some sort of bungee jumping activity on the boat.

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I'd like to see some adventure activities, similar to what Richard Branson is known for. Maybe something like rappelling down the side of the smoke stack or some sort of bungee jumping activity on the boat.

 

 

 

Thanks for sharing. Bungee jumping would be awesome!

 

Maybe others will chime in with more ideas. Someone from Virgin Voges might be on CC and suggest some ideas from the forum.

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I'm really excited by VV, and hopefully it can provide something lacking on most cruise lines. We've been cruising for 20+ years now and have been watching cruise line head toward the bottom. Maybe its the accounting firms in all those companies, but the trend certainly has been to make the cruise just about free, and then charge you for EVERYTHING. I hate that.

 

When we cruised 20 years ago we started on Royal Caribbean and it was fantastic. Everything with few exceptions was free once you paid for the cruise. They even had one or two midnight buffets which took the crew days to accomplish. All the food was everything you wanted, included.

 

What I would LOVE to see was a cruise with everything included, including gratuities, reasonable excursions, all dining, all drinks, at least at dinner, and generally a casual atmosphere. I'm not saying I want lots of excess, just a really nice cruise where people can relax, and not have to worry if they need to pay for this and that. Why not even include photos, you get all you digital pictures and say 10 printed pictures. And add in some good entertainment. That would be FABULOUS.

 

Charge what you have to to make this a reality. I'm not looking for budget, especially since most people have to end up paying for all these things ANYWAY, why not just charge in advance instead of the the day you depart?

 

What I describe here sounds pretty basic, but it is lacking in the cruise industry. Maybe Regents Seven Seas is the closest, but you want it to be much more casual. People can dress up if they like, maybe with a separate dining room, otherwise its casual.

 

Oh, Richard should visits the ships now and again. (If he can part with his island.:D )

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18+ would be an outstanding start!

 

 

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1) I thought I read (or maybe not) that VV would be 18+. Good start

2) Reciprocity with other cruise line loyal cruiser programs.

3) Suite lounge

4) Some sort of innovations although, I don't have anything specific in mind.

5) Fast, reliable wifi

6) Unique lounges such as Celebrity Martini Bar or World Class Bar

7) A crew that enforces policies such as chair hogging

8) Less emphasis on speciality dining and more emphasis on traditional MDR dining.

9) New Caribbean itineraries with overnight stops.

Kinda General in nature but I'm sure others have a lot more specific ideas. Let's hear them..

 

1) I thought I read (or maybe not) that VV would be 18+. Good start

Yup.

 

2) Reciprocity with other cruise line loyal cruiser programs.

Not important to me.

 

3) Suite lounge

Definitely NOT. These "classes" of service need to be eliminated. We don't need to go back to the Titanic days. EVERYONE on the cruise should be a GUEST, without "classes." NO special lounge or bar for people in this room or that room.

 

4) Some sort of innovations although, I don't have anything specific in mind.

Never hurts.

 

5) Fast, reliable wifi

Yes. Yes.

 

6) Unique lounges such as Celebrity Martini Bar or World Class Bar

Unique things are always nice.

 

7) A crew that enforces policies such as chair hogging

Yes, they need a solution to that. Maybe they give everyone some type of timer device. When they leave they set the timer on the chair and are given 30 minutes. When the timer expires, the chair is cleared.

 

8) Less emphasis on speciality dining and more emphasis on traditional MDR dining.

Why not make it ALL specilty, but ALL included.

 

9) New Caribbean itineraries with overnight stops.

Sure. Maybe overnight stops to Richard's Island. ;p

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1-More nightlife (as in, more than 1 entertainment choice each night)

2-Interesting ports with unique excursions

3-Upscale food included (like "blu" on Celebrity)

4-Are you kidding me on the strip club suggestion? Just no. Great way to cheapen anything

5-Upscale alcohol selection, skip the cheap stuff

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18+ Would be an outstanding start!

 

 

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I could swear I remember reading that Branson originally wanted an UPPER age limit, but I can't seem to find proof I ever read this, so possibly losing my mind. (Anyone remember this but me?)

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- Eco excursions

- Sustainably grown food

- Biofuel

- A bartender that will make what you ask for (vs the 6-8 specialty drinks listed)

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Reliable tech and connectivity. (Virtual muster drills?)

 

New ways of approaching logistics issues like dining times, bottlenecks at buffets, chair hogs. Creative approaches to the cigarette smoke issues.

 

More dedicated relaxation space (will pay extra for NCL style thermal suites). More cafes.

 

Included specialty coffees.

 

Food Republic is another concept I'd like to see them steal from NCL.

 

Reconnection with the sea rather than inward-facing suburban-mall concepts.

 

Laundry rooms, for the love of God.

 

Shopping opportunities beyond booze, cigs, makeup and tanzanite. Electronics shopping besides GoPros.

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Some good ideas on here. I hope someone at VV is listening!

 

My excitement is wearing down because of the lack of information. Marketing isn't starting off great.

 

 

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What I'm reading here in some of the comments ... already exists, take a look at Seabourn (there are also a few others).

This obviously affects the cost of the cruise, check Seabourn prices compared to other companies.

I read somewhere that VV was going to be different, And having followed Sir Richard's career, I'm sure it will be, he will be building what we haven't even thought of.

 

There's no way VV will be going to Necker Island, his guests pay a fortune to stay there for exclusivity, plus he lives there now. Same applies to his other two islands. I can see him buying an island for the ship to dock though.

 

Anyway onto my ideas .... (although I'm sure all this is already designed)

An innovative decor, something completely different form regular cruise ship decor.

Crazy activities.

New destinations

More adventurous food

 

http://virginvoyages.com/#video

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Now VV has it's own forum, let's start some threads. Here are some things I would like to see:

 

1) I thought I read (or maybe not) that VV would be 18+. Good start

 

2) Reciprocity with other cruise line loyal cruiser programs.

 

3) Suite lounge

 

4) Some sort of innovations although, I don't have anything specific in mind.

 

5) Fast, reliable wifi

 

6) Unique lounges such as Celebrity Martini Bar or World Class Bar

 

7) A crew that enforces policies such as chair hogging

 

8) Less emphasis on speciality dining and more emphasis on traditional MDR dining.

 

9) New Caribbean itineraries with overnight stops.

 

Kinda General in nature but I'm sure others have a lot more specific ideas. Let's hear them..

 

1) Okay with that

2) YES INDEED

3) Yes

4) I Would Hope So

5) Yes

6) A Must Do

7) Yes

8) Indeed

9) I Really Hope VV Does This!

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I'd be in agreement with the 18+ movement. No more wasted deck space on waterslides! All the new ships are so cramped with them it's not funny. When I started cruising, the kids had a kids club and you were lucky if it was one room. Now they're taking up more and more deck space both inside and topside on the ship with kids things.

 

I would like to see a broadened concept of NCL's Spice H2O. Make the entire top deck an adult enclave with cooling stations and a water feature, not just a pool. Have a nice large screen TV with music in the background but not loud enough to deafen you. Window channel during the day and movies under the stars at night (borrowing from Princess).

 

Nightlife is key and I'm sure Virgin voyages will not disappoint in this regard! Virgin records founder can't disappoint on the entertainment on the ship so I can say I'm REALLY looking forward to whatever it is for these ships!

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So not much given away today.

 

Definitely 18+

 

Caribbean

 

Let's see if anything else comes out of the press briefing.

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I really like the idea of a cruise line that tailors to adults only, although I think 21+ would be a better idea. Something to remove the idea of separate classes would also be nice - everything open to everyone. Instead of 1 large MDR and numerous up-charge restaurants, perhaps several medium-sized MDR's that offer different experiences would be cool. There could maybe still be a couple additional, smaller up-charge restaurants. I understand that you cannot offer everything, and keep "rock bottom" pricing, but a nice balanced approach would be great! I would pay a bit more for something like that...

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Now VV has it's own forum, let's start some threads. Here are some things I would like to see:

 

1) I thought I read (or maybe not) that VV would be 18+. Good start

 

2) Reciprocity with other cruise line loyal cruiser programs.

 

3) Suite lounge

 

4) Some sort of innovations although, I don't have anything specific in mind.

 

5) Fast, reliable wifi

 

6) Unique lounges such as Celebrity Martini Bar or World Class Bar

 

7) A crew that enforces policies such as chair hogging

 

8) Less emphasis on speciality dining and more emphasis on traditional MDR dining.

 

9) New Caribbean itineraries with overnight stops.

 

Kinda General in nature but I'm sure others have a lot more specific ideas. Let's hear them..

 

1. Yes, and glad to hear this is the case! (Although 21+ would have been a bit more appealing!)

 

2. Not too worried about this, as Branson has stated he would be targeting new or relatively new cruisers who are unlikely to have high status on any line.

 

3. Hopefully no, I would like to see them move away from "gated by fare" areas. I'm all for a wide range of room options, from singles to lavish suites; however, I feel like it would be a bold statement on their part to not restrict any of the common areas of the ship, regardless of cabin type purchased. I think there is a lot that could be offered to passengers in suites that wouldn't take away space from others; super upgraded room service menus, butlers, a complimentary spa service, plunge pools on balcony, etc.)

 

4. Some changes and innovations that break the mold would be very appealing! For example, traditional cruise ship theater could be replaced with several smaller intimate venues, offering a range of activities such as live music, a club/space for dancing atmosphere,"game nights" etc. As a mid 30-something person, most of my peers think traditional cruise entertainment is cringe-worthy (as do I), and maybe a range of options instead of one big production would be more appealing.

 

5. Fast (and included) unlimited wifi would be tremendously appealing to the market Branson is trying to target. While I understand the appeal of disconnecting, I'd like to have the option to do that when I wish. Right now, I have to buy an internet package, and either pay up for unlimited, or manage minutes just to do a few quick daily checks (elderly family, vet, etc.) I think it would be very refreshing if they just included it in the cost, and let people decide for themselves how much they wish to utilize it. Since they are going 18+, I think they will would be remiss not to include complimentary internet for parents leaving kids at home. I also think Virgin is savvy enough to realize the impact a positive social media prescence will have on their brand.

 

6. Big yes for unique lounges and bars! Would love to see more craft beers, a dynamic wine list/wine bar, a craft cocktail bar, etc. Celebrity has great bars, and i think Virgin could even expand upon these concepts. I would expect that they will offer a drink package as an option, or as part of the fare.

 

7. Yes- the chair hogging is a major annoyance of mass market cruising. There has got to be a better way to handle it than the way it is handled now on most ships. Maybe Virgin can pioneer a new system to thwart the 6am towel game:')

 

8. I have to respectfully strongly disagree with you on this point. The "banquet hall" feel of the MDR has very little appeal to me, and I would love if they introduced several smaller, more intimate venues included with the base fare. In addition to this, I would like to see those venues have changing menus (or at least specials) each night (not just a static menu like a specialty restaurant does). In addition, I would be VERY shocked if there is not at least one full plant based eatery on the ship (or at the very least, vegan options in all venues). Richard Branson has both spoken out on this topic as well as invested in the future of plant based foods, so I fully expect to see that included in some way on his cruiseline.

 

9. Yes! I would love to see a new private island, and itineraries that branch out from the standard East/West ports of call in the Carribean. :) Although, if their target market is new cruisers, the itineraries may not need to be very exotic to attract first timers.

 

Overall, I think they are in a great position to do some of the things people wanted to see on Celebrity Edge, but that Celebrity could not do without alienating some of it's older/long time clientele (understandable). Can't wait to see what's in store!

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I’d love to have a few options of excursions available for each port that are included in the fare.

 

I’d also like all inclusive alcohol to be included, especially since it’ll be adults only.

 

The less extra charges (premium activities, drinks, premium dining, etc.) the more ill shell out to cruise with Virgin!

 

 

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Oh and single cabins too would be really cool, can’t imagine a more appropriate kind of cruise to have them than an adults only cruise!

 

 

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1) I thought I read (or maybe not) that VV would be 18+. Good start

Yup.

 

2) Reciprocity with other cruise line loyal cruiser programs.

Not important to me.

 

3) Suite lounge

Definitely NOT. These "classes" of service need to be eliminated. We don't need to go back to the Titanic days. EVERYONE on the cruise should be a GUEST, without "classes." NO special lounge or bar for people in this room or that room.

 

4) Some sort of innovations although, I don't have anything specific in mind.

Never hurts.

 

5) Fast, reliable wifi

Yes. Yes.

 

6) Unique lounges such as Celebrity Martini Bar or World Class Bar

Unique things are always nice.

 

7) A crew that enforces policies such as chair hogging

Yes, they need a solution to that. Maybe they give everyone some type of timer device. When they leave they set the timer on the chair and are given 30 minutes. When the timer expires, the chair is cleared.

 

8) Less emphasis on speciality dining and more emphasis on traditional MDR dining.

Why not make it ALL specilty, but ALL included.

 

9) New Caribbean itineraries with overnight stops.

Sure. Maybe overnight stops to Richard's Island. ;p

 

Agree with you - especially about #3 (suite lounges).

 

I would like to Virgin borrow some amenities from luxury cruise lines. For instance, all restaurants included (specialty restaurants require reservations but no extra charge).

 

Anything that can be done to differentiate Virgin from mainstream cruise lines would be a plus. I see the MDR mentioned here as being a negative. Some cruise lines have MDR's that rival specialty restaurants.

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18+ would be nice..........21+ even better............

 

 

 

Claudia

 

 

 

I agree....18 still too young!

 

 

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I'm really excited by VV, and hopefully it can provide something lacking on most cruise lines. We've been cruising for 20+ years now and have been watching cruise line head toward the bottom. Maybe its the accounting firms in all those companies, but the trend certainly has been to make the cruise just about free, and then charge you for EVERYTHING. I hate that.

 

 

 

When we cruised 20 years ago we started on Royal Caribbean and it was fantastic. Everything with few exceptions was free once you paid for the cruise. They even had one or two midnight buffets which took the crew days to accomplish. All the food was everything you wanted, included.

 

 

 

What I would LOVE to see was a cruise with everything included, including gratuities, reasonable excursions, all dining, all drinks, at least at dinner, and generally a casual atmosphere. I'm not saying I want lots of excess, just a really nice cruise where people can relax, and not have to worry if they need to pay for this and that. Why not even include photos, you get all you digital pictures and say 10 printed pictures. And add in some good entertainment. That would be FABULOUS.

 

 

 

Charge what you have to to make this a reality. I'm not looking for budget, especially since most people have to end up paying for all these things ANYWAY, why not just charge in advance instead of the the day you depart?

 

 

 

What I describe here sounds pretty basic, but it is lacking in the cruise industry. Maybe Regents Seven Seas is the closest, but you want it to be much more casual. People can dress up if they like, maybe with a separate dining room, otherwise its casual.

 

 

 

Oh, Richard should visits the ships now and again. (If he can part with his island.:D )

 

 

 

Many upper market cruise lines have what you want and you pay for it upfront. No fee for special restaurants, or bottled water or wine and you are well taken care of each day. Forget the big lines and go with the smaller ships and a smaller amount of guests.Well worth every penny.

 

 

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Many upper market cruise lines have what you want and you pay for it upfront. No fee for special restaurants, or bottled water or wine and you are well taken care of each day. Forget the big lines and go with the smaller ships and a smaller amount of guests.Well worth every penny.

 

 

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I was thinking the same thing. Much of this is already available but you have to be willing and able to pay for it

 

V IKING INCLUSIVE VALUE

One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Unlimited free Wi-Fi

Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining (no extra fee)

24-hour room service, specialty coffees, teas & bottled water

Top-rated spa and state-of-the-art fitness center access

Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board

All port taxes and fees

Airport transfers on embarkation/disembarkation day with purchase of Viking Air

Included features valued at $203 per person, per day

 

Their ships have all balcony rooms. If you want more than the included wine and beer, their beverage package is only $20 pp per day - or you can bring your own beer, wine, alcohol, soda with no restrictions or fees.

 

There are no activities for children. Anyone under 18 must have an adult in the room. There are no rooms for more than 2 people and no connecting rooms. And they reserve the right to restrict the number of people under 18. In other words - not family friendly.

 

THE most appealing to us is only 930 passengers on a ship the same size as many 2500 passenger ships. And their ships are gorgeous - at least IMO. No chair hogs because there are plenty to go around.

 

Viking is not alone. We are booked on Viking for our next 2 cruises, but I’m still looking at other lines. If Branson can combine all the great features of Viking for a mainstream price, I’ll give Virgin a try - even though I think the ship is ugly. I much prefer the classic lines of the Viking ships. And I’m not sure I want to sail with 2500+ again.

 

As another poster said, I also want a ship that’s less internally focused and more about connecting with the sea.

 

I’m not jumping on board just yet, but I am interested to see what Richard Branson will come up with.

 

 

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I would love Steele drum music by the pool....nothing says Caribbean than Steele drum music which has disappeared on ships.

I would avoid the current trend of multi class ships.....it prevents class attitudes.i want increased socializing and less diversions preventing people from enjoying being at sea.

Look for me on the maiden voyage.....

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The Viking experience sounds great, but my biggest concern is that they cater primarily to the retiree crowd. I would love for Virgin to offer similar features, only geared more towards the under-50 crowd who either doesn't have kids or wants to leave them at home.

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Since the first Virgin ship is going to be adult-only, I think it's important they appeal to adults of all ages. Not just millennials, not just seniors, not just gen x, etc. Since they have already excluded the huge family market, they really need to ensure they don't exclude any adult demographic. So this means multiple music venues with a great variety, and the same goes for dining and entertainment. A quiet pool, an active pool, and perhaps an in-between pool with Caribbean style calypso music as Tom suggested. Also it's important to offer activities and amenities that appeal to singles and couples alike. Single cabins would be awesome along with lots of activities geared just towards singles, including group dinners so singles never have to be alone if they don't want to. The same goes for couples. Give them plenty to do as a couple to perhaps even rekindle a little romance. The spa needs to be extensive, as who doesn't love a great spa! I'm glad they are not doing the gimmicks. So no rock climbing walls, go-carts at sea, or slides. Go on Carnival, NCL, or Royal Caribbean if you want that. A great nightclub would be awesome. Bring back a little naughtiness like Carnival Cruise Lines used to be famous for before they became "family friendly" and overly PC. Even their pool games used to be R-rated back in the day. The "Fun Ships" earned that title because of the atmosphere onboard in the early days for adults, not because of family activities. Lastly I agree with some others that I would rather not see a "ship within a ship" concept for suites. Offer suites, but keep it all open. Don't exclude any areas. The ship is already segmented by being adult-only, so no need to segment it even more. There will be no kids to escape from, so I don't think private decks and key card access areas are nearly as necessary as ships with tons of kids on them.

 

As far as it being all-inclusive, well I have mixed feelings about that. It drives up the price and for those that don't drink, and they are essentially subsidizing the alcohol for those that do. Perhaps just offer drink packages for those that want them.

 

Really looking forward to sailing on Virgin! The possibilities are endless ... and more than anything I would like to see something that absolutely no one has thought of. Surprise and delight us!

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Reserved lounge chairs,

Priority boarding and or nice little perks for frequent fliers of Virgin/Alaska Air

OR OBC based on how many miles one has in the bank, or redemption of miles for OBC

 

Lots of EDM.

 

Guest EDM deejay themed cruises once a year with Tiesto, Alesso, AfroJack, et cet.

 

Clubs with a great vibe and great martinis.

 

All-inclusive, not ala carte

 

Love the 18 + concept.

 

Sleek, modern cabins, like Celebrity Edge.

 

No Frank Sinatra Music or show tunes.

 

Comedy clubs.

 

dance studio onboard where dance lessons are offered throughout the day every day as opposed to 30-45 minutes per day with one kind of dance

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I would like to see Sir Richard show as much concern for the air inside the ship as he seems to for the atmosphere outside the ship. IE either no smoking inside at all, or in closed off areas with doors and GREAT ventilation.

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I could swear I remember reading that Branson originally wanted an UPPER age limit, but I can't seem to find proof I ever read this, so possibly losing my mind. (Anyone remember this but me?)

One way to create a "sort of upper age limit" is to NOT allow motorized wheel chairs/ scooters. That is what Viking does.

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I like the 18 yo limit. I would also like to see a 100% tobacco free ship. Goes for the crew and all passengers.

(don't bring up the myth of loss of revenue; this 2020, not 1990)

 

Enjoy!

Kel:D

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A few of my ideas:

 

No yard sales like most cruises have outside their shops.

No 'Art' auctions or bingo or any other 'nearly dead' entertainment.

No 'Steerage Not Allowed' sections. One class system for everyone.

No motorized wheel chairs. If you're not mobile enough to walk on your own, you have lots of different cruise lines to choose from.

No ropes courses, mini golf, water slides, arcades. Don't need them if there aren't any kids.

No big 'Vegas' style show. Most have gone down to high school level of entertainment in the last few years.

All inclusive food and drink of high quality. I love the idea of multiple smaller MDR's.

One price to include insurance, tips and port fees.

No 'book price' that no one actually pays then giving 80% off 'deals'.

Several smaller venues with different entertainment that caters to different age groups. The 20 somethings and the 60 somethings listen to and do different things on vacation.

Active sports/entertainment.

Steel drums in the Caribbean.

A quiet pool and an active/noisy pool.

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I'm really excited by VV, and hopefully it can provide something lacking on most cruise lines. We've been cruising for 20+ years now and have been watching cruise line head toward the bottom. Maybe its the accounting firms in all those companies, but the trend certainly has been to make the cruise just about free, and then charge you for EVERYTHING. I hate that.

 

 

 

When we cruised 20 years ago we started on Royal Caribbean and it was fantastic. Everything with few exceptions was free once you paid for the cruise. They even had one or two midnight buffets which took the crew days to accomplish. All the food was everything you wanted, included.

 

 

 

What I would LOVE to see was a cruise with everything included, including gratuities, reasonable excursions, all dining, all drinks, at least at dinner, and generally a casual atmosphere. I'm not saying I want lots of excess, just a really nice cruise where people can relax, and not have to worry if they need to pay for this and that. Why not even include photos, you get all you digital pictures and say 10 printed pictures. And add in some good entertainment. That would be FABULOUS.

 

 

 

Charge what you have to to make this a reality. I'm not looking for budget, especially since most people have to end up paying for all these things ANYWAY, why not just charge in advance instead of the the day you depart?

 

 

 

What I describe here sounds pretty basic, but it is lacking in the cruise industry. Maybe Regents Seven Seas is the closest, but you want it to be much more casual. People can dress up if they like, maybe with a separate dining room, otherwise its casual.

 

 

 

Oh, Richard should visits the ships now and again. (If he can part with his island.:D )

 

 

 

Oceania come close to your ideal with O Life. A bit more "a la carte" than Regent but whatever few inclusions are missing can be added as options at a far-less-than-Regent all-inclusive total cost AND Oceania is always "country club casual."

 

 

 

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For what it's worth here are my two cents worth...

 

If we were all to sit down and explain in detail what our perfect cruise line would be in terms of accommodation, itineraries, dining, budget, entertainment and demographics onboard at any particular time in our changing lives I think it's safe to say that you wouldn't find anything that fitted 100%.

 

But right now Celebrity X seems to fit me best though there are some areas that I'd change purely on a selfish basis for me. As I sail mainly Celebrity my thoughts will be heavily influenced by them.

 

As for Virgin and what we'd like to see I'd add :-

 

Alcoholic beverage packages should cover water, teas, coffee, beers, wine, spirits and cocktails. Some lines offer packages that don't offer such diversity, this is a mistake. Give those purchasing such packages choices. The likes of P&O have got their packages just plain wrong IMHO.

 

A well thought out loyalty program that offers genuine tangible benefits for those who sail with the line regularly. It should be lifetime based, not a shortsighted 'only valid for those who've sailed in the last three years or so' affair.

 

Fast and affordable internet. We're well into the 21st century now and people want to keep in touch wherever they are. Virgin should look to offer the fastest most reliable technology available and charge a sensible amount for it. Your passengers will thank you for this.

 

Wide and varied entertainment to cover the interest of all who sail on the ship. NOT events that are simply thinly veiled sales affairs. This is something that Celebrity do very, very badly, Virgins's new line have an opportunity to be class leaders here as they're starting with a blank canvas.

 

No crappy art auctions. Google 'cruise ship art auctions' and learn all about the scams associated with these events. I'd be very disappointed to see one onboard.

 

When it comes to a main dining room I'd rather see numerous smaller themed dining rooms. Many have long lines of passengers queing to get in there and the food and service can be poor. Maybe Virgin need three or four smaller themed included dining rooms where people can choose to dine for both breakfast, lunch and dinner. I appreciate this will cause logistical challenges particularly if one proves significantly more popular than others, but you're giving people choices.

 

Specialty dining restaurants should also be included to add to increased choice. I'd like to see upscale restaurants serving top quality food with service to match on an upcharge basis.

 

Daress code, smart and casual throughout. No need for any formal nights, particularly in the Caribbean, wearing a suit and tie in hot weather isn't much fun.

 

I'm not at all opposed to the ship within a ship concept. Infact I've spent more nights in suites than I have in regular cabins which at least has allowed me to see both sides of the coin. But... if areas were made available to suite only guests then this should not come at the expense of other passengers. Remember that Virgin Atlantic has differnet classes of travel and some areas of their planrs are simply off limits to lesser classes so don't be too surprised if this is also seen on their ships.

 

More interesting itineraries. Get to other destinations that other lines don't visit. Be original!

 

Booze... Think variety. Ensure there are many different types onboard to give people more choices again. Make a real effort here, only employ enthusiastic and knowlegable purchasing managers when it comes to beverages.

 

No sales offering cheap and tacky goods with unrealistic book prices followed by 99% off stickers etc. These are cheap and tacky!

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Forgot to add. I'd like to see quality acts onboard. Most cruise lines feature really bad tribute bands or other bands that are comparable to what can be found at some secondary schools.

 

Maybe fly in musicians that most of the passengers have actually heard of from time to time? Considering Branson's ties to the music business, he of all people has no excuses what so ever to get this right.

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