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  1. We are in our 60s,and used to be loyal to Princess.

    Virgin is in it's own league, and opened our eyes as to things we didn't know annoyed us until we sailed without them. The list includes, announcements. (VV has none except on embarkation and disembarkation days) Virgin also has no art auctions, no photographers, no cruise director, no gold by the inch or rummage type sales. No MDR, and nobody trying to sell you drink packages.

     

    What they DO have is a very friendly/happy crew due to some of the best work conditions on board including free wifi. Food cooked ala-minute in the various dining venues, instead of hotel banquet quality fodder that's been sitting in a warmer for an hour or more. They also bring on top-notch musicians and buskers from all over the world for a wide variety of entertainment.

    Things like soda, individual pizzas and homemade gelato are all included in your fare.

     

    They've won too many awards to not give them a try, and if you have any status with RCL, you can score a few extra perks. Check here: https://www.virginvoyages.com/sailing-club

     

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  2. 9 minutes ago, lisabucsfan1 said:

    So much hate for the ducks. Wow. I found a hand-knitted octopus on one VV and loved it. I brought it to the casino where a collector fawned over it so much and she literally begged me for it I just had to give it to her. I don’t mind it. If I find one I may take it and keep it or I may reposition it. I don’t post pics or tag it. But that’s me. It’s so harmless. So. Much. Hate. smdh

     

    We found this guy while walking outside on deck 7 during last fall's transatlantic.

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  3. 15 minutes ago, SongsInMyHead said:

    What kind of entertainment did you enjoy? And the food?

     

    The entertainment in unlike anything you've probably seen on other lines.

    This past week we saw a wonderful cabaret/vaudeville style show which had various acts including the likes of sword swallowers, contortionists, and roller skating acrobats.

    There's also a hysterical show called, "The Miss Behave Show" in which there is no way to describe, but I've never laughed so hard and had so much fun in decades.

     

    They also bring on a wide variety of guest musicians and buskers from around the world. Everything from rock & blues, to salsa and the like.

     

    The food is all cooked "ala minute" and not the standard pre-cooked wedding reception fodder that is common on other lines. There are several dining venues to choose from, all at no additional charge. Youtube is very helpful in this case, and I'm sure someone will happily jump in  with a few links. The other night, my wife and I ordered a 65 day dry-aged tomahawk stake for an upcharge, and it could have easily fed a family of 5.

     

     

     

     

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  4. We have done an 8 day Caribbean on the Valiant, and have the exact same sailing booked for April of next year,and we just returned yesterday from a 5 day sailing on the Valiant to the Dominican Republic and Bimini. She's a wonderful ship, with a great crew. St. Croix had a lovely small town feel, and was a nice change from the typical Caribbean ports, and in San Juan you dock right in the middle of Old Town. We feel that everything is superior to HAL, and now I only sail with HAL when it's a free offer for a casino tournament.

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  5. 42 minutes ago, FamilyAtSea.travel said:

    The issue had nothing to do with the TA or me having Princess change my room number, which Princess already acknowledged (the price was changed before I changed our room #, that was just how I discovered the change). They made a mistake and a VP from Princess called me to apologize and resolved the issue. 

     

    For what it's worth - we cruise a lot (6-8 times/year) and I've yet to ever be told the cruise lines are unwilling or unable to do something basic like change a room #. There are things I would need to go to my TA for, but as we saw here, Princess had no issue changing our stateroom number (had we been changing the category, I would have contacted our TA).

     

    I'm glad that it's all worked out, but when there's a problem with a booking caused by the cruise line, it's always better to have your TA advocate for you. They represent a larger client base and more $$$ than any individual.

    Going straight to Princess is like asking a guy who's suing you in court to fix things and make it all right, even though you have a lawyer representing you.

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  6. 15 minutes ago, ontheweb said:

    It looks like they really do have a cold case department!  LOL. But, they are only authorized to give a limited time $50 OBC.

     

    Alvin probably gets paid more than that for each client he brings back from the dead.

    Here's clearly not a PCL employee, but just a contractor as some hawk-eyed members noted the format of his email address doesn't match that of real PCL employees.

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  7. 38 minutes ago, jon81uk said:

    I think removing them regularly is the worst of both worlds, it’s just making plastic waste.

     

    I believe they have quite the recycling program on board, and Virgin has either already eliminated or is working on eliminating all single-use plastics.

  8. 1 hour ago, TheMichael said:

     

    $50 sounds more than fair for the inconvenience of having to be brought a second appetizer (complaining about encountering pot smokers should get you a tidy $0).

     

    I don't see the problem, those are things I'd just expect to mention so they can fix them, not in hopes of extorting a significant reward.

     

    Glad you're happier on Virgin (looking forward to trying it myself, have heard good things except for bed quality, which might be a dealbreaker if true). Personally though, leaving a cruise line that I was otherwise happy with for just those two things would effectively be cutting off my nose to spite my face.

     


    There were lots of problems and they were all spelled out in a live thread I did back then. Feel free to dig around and give it a good read before making any more assumptions or conclusions . Extortion??? That’s quite a stretch.

    These problems were mentioned, both on board and in letters to corporate. They were given the chance to fix things, and didn’t. I’m reminded of a woman standing in a long line for guest services during this cruise, and she started screaming F-bombs at the top of her lungs….that’s when I realized Princess didn’t deserve to call themselves the Love Boat anymore. 

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  9. 19 minutes ago, CruisingWalter said:

     

    Well that is quite interesting. After reading this I poked around a January 2025 sailing for Scarlet Lady and sure enough, absolutely no Sea Terraces can be booked on Deck 13. XL Sea Terrace, Sea Terrace or Central Sea Terrace. Cheeky Corner and Sweet Aft Suites are the only cabins available on Deck 13 to be booked at this time. Well that will be interesting to see if it's the entire deck that goes away or just the front section where the XL Sea Terraces are. 


    My “guess” is more suites and a concierge lounge.😉

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  10. 12 minutes ago, kywildcatfanone said:

    Status match?  Can you elaborate?  Who are they matching?

    The original status match program for which we qualified is more generous than the new current one, but for Princess, Platinum and Elite qualify.

    Details and the levels they match for other lines can be found here;

    https://www.virginvoyages.com/sailing-club

     

     

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  11. 15 minutes ago, ontheweb said:

    But no medallion. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


    This is probably the only similarity, Virgin has “The Band”. The red ones are for “sailors” and the black ones are for “Rock Stars”. They are made from recycled plastic from the sea, and you are encouraged to drop them off when disembarking for further recycling.

     

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  12. 13 minutes ago, kywildcatfanone said:

     

    How do you like Virgin?  Been thinking about trying it.


    Food is cooked to order, no announcements, no art auctions, no cruise director, unique shows, no Effy, and the happiest crew at sea who get paid the same no matter if the ship is empty or full. There is even a health and happiness office on board for the crew.

    On this sailing we’ll have two crew members join us for dinner as it’s their last sailing of their contracts. 

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  13. 3 minutes ago, that said:

    @CineGraphic

    Oh PUHLEEZ to Alvin Stokes 🤬

    Disappointing!  Thank you for sharing this laugh

     

    Have missed your insights and wry comments here on the Princess Boards

    and read on the Virgin Voyages site here and there

    the delight and satisfaction you and Pam have found..  

    Nothin’ better than being on a cruise ship


    Thank you for your kind words.

    We used to be such cheerleaders for Princess, and always imagined we’d be on a Princess ship, in a suite for our 25th anniversary. We cancelled all of our remaining Princess bookings while still on our first Virgin sailing. There’s literally no comparison. Tomorrow we sail as “Mega Rockstars” with complimentary private transportation to and from the port, a bottomless in-room bar, and all other sorts of wonderful freebies. There’s not a single hint of John Padgett and his nonsense anywhere on the ship.

     

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  14. Our last sailings with Princess were b2b sailings on the Ruby out of San Francisco in April of 2022. These were the worst cruises we’ve ever taken. Among other things, they were taking reservations for both specialty dining rooms but only opening 1 each night. We were served a partially eaten appetizer from another table in Sabatinis, and they did nothing about the pot smokers on board, despite the posted policy. Since then, we’ve been very happy sailing with Virgin Voyages, in fact we’re sitting in a hotel in Miami at this very moment as we are boarding the Valiant Lady tomorrow for our 6th sailing with Virgin since October of 2022. I just received an email from Alvin Stokes, the new head of customer support for Princess in which he apologizes for the delay (2 years) and as an offer to win me back, he’s offered us $50 OBC. 🤣 Needless to say, I think we’ll pass. So glad we unloaded our CCL stock too. I hope they put that $50 to good use instead of digging a bigger hole for themselves.

     

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  15. Pam and I booked the Canada to Miami leg.....back in 2017 we did a north-bound version of this itinerary on another line and loved it. Our friends wanted to join us, but they always sail as Rock Stars and balked at the price.

    I was surprised to see that the 16 day PC sailing is $1K less for a sea terrace than the 13 day Canada -Miami sailing. I thought the canal tolls would make the price higher.

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