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LIVE Virtuosa 05/06/21 the first 7 night sailing.


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5 hours ago, tring said:

 

 Very Concerned about Golden Horizon though, as we are due to embark her in Greenock on 21st of July for a four night cruise to Liverpool via  Portrush and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

 

 

Sadly, so are we.   She is(was) due in Leith, but there are now serious doubts about her, Marella Explorer and Marella Explorer 2.

 

Putting on my NHS hat, I suspect the central belt of Scotland will take some time to get to Level 1 simultaneously, and for long enough in order that NS decrees cruising can re-start.   Just the nature of it being where the vast majority of Scots live and/or work.

 

 

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20 hours ago, hamrag said:

 

I really cannot see things getting to that stage, unless this Delta variant explodes in the coming days. They definitely wouldn't sail outside of British waters, that's the agreement with the UK Government to sail.

 

MSC did say at one point that, where feasible, they would try to sail in areas where the weather is best.

 

From tracking systems you could see that just after they first sailed in that bad weather, the ship was doing small circles, keeping between the Cherbourg Peninsular an Le Have, presumably for calmer seas.

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40 minutes ago, tring said:

 

From tracking systems you could see that just after they first sailed in that bad weather, the ship was doing small circles, keeping between the Cherbourg Peninsular an Le Have, presumably for calmer seas.

On the maiden voyage of Virtuosa last month we sailed to the coast of France. Obviously didn’t dock.  

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Last night we went to Indochine with LB for our complimentary Diamond meal. You get a choice from the Dining Experience menu, if you wish to substitute any dishes from the main menu you get a 50% discount.I thought the food was fine but not outstanding. TBH if I'd paid I would have been disappointed. Between the 4 of us we tried to have all of the dishes. I was the only one brave enough to order the strange dessert (Che Bao Mau) and it's just as weird as it sounds.We were all in fits of laughter trying it. 

With free flowing wine and good company we had a fun night. By the time we looked at our watches it was 11pm and we'd missed the deck party that had been organised at the last moment for our overnight in Liverpool. 

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10 minutes ago, Stu UK said:

On the maiden voyage of Virtuosa last month we sailed to the coast of France. Obviously didn’t dock.  

 

Yes, that is the sailing I meant, but not in British waters.  Sorry you had bad weather for that and thanks for all your posts, I have been reading a lot of them.

 

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Hi you two, we had a picnic ready to come down to Greenock to see the ship. As were only 45 minutes away.Glad you are both well,and still cruising.Booked for 1Sept, but might change,don’t like the uncertainty.Dougie and I are both well and still cruise as much COVID , has put a stop to that. Lv to you both Jennifer💕💕💕💕

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2 minutes ago, Bigjennifer said:

Hi you two, we had a picnic ready to come down to Greenock to see the ship. As were only 45 minutes away.Glad you are both well,and still cruising.Booked for 1Sept, but might change,don’t like the uncertainty.Dougie and I are both well and still cruise as much COVID , has put a stop to that. Lv to you both Jennifer💕💕💕💕

Hi Jenn  lovely to see you on here, would be great to cruise with you two again sometime. Mark still talks about Dougie and the Courvoisier 😂. If you do get to cruise on here I think you'll have a great time. xx

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24 minutes ago, kernow said:

Last night we went to Indochine with LB for our complimentary Diamond meal. You get a choice from the Dining Experience menu, if you wish to substitute any dishes from the main menu you get a 50% discount.I thought the food was fine but not outstanding. TBH if I'd paid I would have been disappointed. Between the 4 of us we tried to have all of the dishes. I was the only one brave enough to order the strange dessert (Che Bao Mau) and it's just as weird as it sounds.We were all in fits of laughter trying it. 

With free flowing wine and good company we had a fun night. By the time we looked at our watches it was 11pm and we'd missed the deck party that had been organised at the last moment for our overnight in Liverpool. 

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That's good to know, for some reason I thought you were limited to Butchers cut for the Diamond meal, I'm sure that's what we were told on the last cruise.

Are you allowed to go to any of the speciality restaurants?

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Got off in Liverpool yesterday morning and rather surprised to read the news that Virtuosa  is banned from Scotland. Bit surprised there were no announcements prior to disembarking. Did they allow those due to get off today (9 June) in Liverpool when it was there - or attempt to embark those due to board on the 9th in Greenock on in Liverpool on the 8th?

 

All quite sad. I'm sure you felt as safe as houses onboard with all the temperature measuring and tests carried out as I did.

 

I don't think Virtuosa is a ship I'd travel on again. I thought the food in the MDR and market place was average at best, but mostly not very good. But the biggie for me, was not being able to get a view from the bow to see us sailing into port. First time on any ship that's not been possible. Obviously those in Yacht club or bow room were fine..... but that wasn't me. As John Bishop said "those at the back".....

 

One thing to ask...... Have you been looking at the charges being added for drinks? Clearly something underhand going on. My bar bill yesterday was £197. That was for (in total) 3 Peroni beers, 3 cocktails, 2 G&Ts and a 3 or 4 soft drinks. OK, so no charge to me on a personal level, but when you see a bill from the restaurant appear at after 10 for £67 when you had left there 90 minutes before, you know all is not well. First time that had happened but EVERYTIME the charges were crazy. 2 glasses of red wine and a bottle of water got charged £41 and £32.

 

Others noticed the same, so i's not a "mistake" IMHO.

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4 minutes ago, les37b said:

Got off in Liverpool yesterday morning and rather surprised to read the news that Virtuosa  is banned from Scotland. Bit surprised there were no announcements prior to disembarking. Did they allow those due to get off today (9 June) in Liverpool when it was there - or attempt to embark those due to board on the 9th in Greenock on in Liverpool on the 8th?

 

All quite sad. I'm sure you felt as safe as houses onboard with all the temperature measuring and tests carried out as I did.

 

I don't think Virtuosa is a ship I'd travel on again. I thought the food in the MDR and market place was average at best, but mostly not very good. But the biggie for me, was not being able to get a view from the bow to see us sailing into port. First time on any ship that's not been possible. Obviously those in Yacht club or bow room were fine..... but that wasn't me. As John Bishop said "those at the back".....

 

One thing to ask...... Have you been looking at the charges being added for drinks? Clearly something underhand going on. My bar bill yesterday was £197. That was for (in total) 3 Peroni beers, 3 cocktails, 2 G&Ts and a 3 or 4 soft drinks. OK, so no charge to me on a personal level, but when you see a bill from the restaurant appear at after 10 for £67 when you had left there 90 minutes before, you know all is not well. First time that had happened but EVERYTIME the charges were crazy. 2 glasses of red wine and a bottle of water got charged £41 and £32.

 

Others noticed the same, so i's not a "mistake" IMHO.

Nice to hear another opinion, we said a few days ago we should go to MDR for lunch one day to compare but had forgotten, think we may go today. I know what you mean about not being able to see out the front of the ship, our 2 previous MSC cruises didn't have YC but the front of the ship had sundecks for Aurea only and we were Fantastica. I missed the views too.

Yes we have the same with our charges, last night our bill from Indochine was £150 showing but all zeroed out. No idea why it works like this but as long as our balance is zero we're not worried!

 

We still don't know what has happened with the people due to embark today. The lady in YC who was due to get off is staying on until Southampton.

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We've just been exploring different parts of the ship and found this area that we didn't know was here. Haven't seen photos posted so took some. This area is deck 7 on both sides of the ship accessed from the back of the Carousel lounge. It appears to be for smokers.

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Walking forward next to the lifeboats and looking up we can see the deck 8 balcony we were originally allocated 8216.

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2 minutes ago, kernow said:

Nice to hear another opinion, we said a few days ago we should go to MDR for lunch one day to compare but had forgotten, think we may go today. I know what you mean about not being able to see out the front of the ship, our 2 previous MSC cruises didn't have YC but the front of the ship had sundecks for Aurea only and we were Fantastica. I missed the views too.

Yes we have the same with our charges, last night our bill from Indochine was £150 showing but all zeroed out. No idea why it works like this but as long as our balance is zero we're not worried!

 

We still don't know what has happened with the people due to embark today. The lady in YC who was due to get off is staying on until Southampton.

 

 

Well if you have the time - why not.... Sounds like a great deal to be allowed to stay on in YC until then..... maybe they will have a re-think and she will be allowed back in Greenock on its next pass...

 

I did fancy Indochine and the Mexican, but I couldn't justify the extra cost which I thought was expensive. I was only on for 3 nights, but even so, it seemed I had to pay for 2 nights to be allowed. It was all a bit confusing so just decided not to bother.

 

I'm not sure how they are going to cope once they ramp up guest numbers. The Virtuosa lounge near the lifts on the promonade was often full. If its like that now, how are they going to cope with 6 times the amount!

 

I did like the ship - (despite usually sailing on a ship with less than 300 guests), but the Bow view was a real no no for me. if i had known, I would not have booked. Ive sailed on 2 other MSC cruises and not been a problem so was really shocked to learn once on board. Chalk it up to experience! I video arrivals and departures so a big part of cruising for me and I acknowledge others might not feel the same. Just my twopenneth. Food similarly I wasn't impressed with - but on the plus side, hats off to the organisation in getting everyone on tested and constant checks. You cant ask for much more - though maybe they should invite those making the crazy decision on so they realise the mistake just made.

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, kernow said:

This is a cabin I would not choose

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Hi that cabin you said you wouldn't choose are you referring to the one at the top? It looks so dark up there. The only reason I'm asking is we've booked 13235 on 3rd July for the Balcony space which looks like that but looking at that I may now change our cabin. Was this towards the back of the ship. We like our cabins at the back or at front. Its good to see ship photos in real time. Thank you 😊

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Your photos remind me how little I actually explored. I never saw any of those locations! (Which is odd not even knowing how to get to the lifeboats! - apart from congregating in location "E".)

 

 

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53 minutes ago, kernow said:

We've just been exploring different parts of the ship and found this area that we didn't know was here. Haven't seen photos posted so took some. This area is deck 7 on both sides of the ship accessed from the back of the Carousel lounge. It appears to be for smokers.

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55 minutes ago, kernow said:

We've just been exploring different parts of the ship and found this area that we didn't know was here. Haven't seen photos posted so took some. This area is deck 7 on both sides of the ship accessed from the back of the Carousel lounge. It appears to be for smokers.

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Did you notice all the mozzies in the corner of that seating area?

I too notice the odd charges on the bar bill but as you say the total was zero. 
A coffee in the buffet this morning was £8.40. 

 

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Any updates on on-board Internet package prices?  Need to pre-book by tomorrow for my upcoming cruise so would be good to know if it's a lot more expensive.  

 

Are you making use of  the onboard Wi-Fi or is mobile data to the main land working?

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1 hour ago, kernow said:

We've just been exploring different parts of the ship and found this area that we didn't know was here. Haven't seen photos posted so took some. This area is deck 7 on both sides of the ship accessed from the back of the Carousel lounge. It appears to be for smokers.

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I knew about those areas from my explorations on Grandiosa and like you say used by smokers or crew trying to pick up wifi while in port . Buyer beware for the balcony cabins above ! 

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11 minutes ago, harrinp1 said:

Any updates on on-board Internet package prices?  Need to pre-book by tomorrow for my upcoming cruise so would be good to know if it's a lot more expensive.  

 

Are you making use of  the onboard Wi-Fi or is mobile data to the main land working?

£69.93 on board for 7n access ( lowest level).  I had actually prepurchased but it wasn’t working so I had to rebuy and then they credited it back. 

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