Like many children growing up, Christmas day was among the only times I was excited to get out of bed. Today I woke up and I honestly didn’t remember it was Christmas, but I was as excited as ever, because I woke up on a cruise ship. That’s a pretty good gift. read more
We’re on Virgin Voyage’s Scarlet Lady for the third time, but something is quite different, and I don’t just mean the itinerary. See, since cruising returned to the Caribbean over six months ago, some lines have required masks, and others haven’t. Virgin Voyages, with 100% vaccination rates, at embarkation testing, has not - but their guidance has just changed. Over the next five nights we’ll see what has changed, and if the experience has been compromised. read more
Visit any online discussion about cruising and you’ll find cruisers pontificating on smoking policies. Most cruise lines only permit smoking in casinos, but this week, those cigarettes were extinguished. Is this change permanent? It depends on how this unintentional experiment goes... read more
Virgin Voyages is a new cruise line and they’re aiming to do things differently. As a frequent cruiser, room service is often disappointing - but did Virgin do this differently? We put it to the test. On our first cruise with Virgin Voyages we didn’t use room service, or “Ship Eats” as the line calls it. On our second cruise we decided it was time to put it to the test... read more
While cruise lines are making it relatively clear how get what you need in order to sail, companies providing these services don't always speak the same language as the cruise lines. This has lead to many asking about one particular COVID test option from Walgreens... read more
Miami-based Virgin Voyages stepped up big this Giving Tuesday to give local healthcare workers a well-deserved vacation for the holidays. The new cruise line offered up 500 cabins on upcoming sailings to employees of Baptist Health South Florida. Baptist, which operates multiple hospitals and other healthcare facilities in South Florida, gave every employee a chance to win, and is drawing 250 winners who will each get two staterooms so they can relax with friends and family... read more
We recently tried out Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess, one of their newest Royal Class ships. On our 7 night Eastern Caribbean sailing we stayed in a mini-suite, which is a balcony stateroom with additional living space and a larger bathroom. In this video we show you around mini-suite M210 on deck 15, and highlight what we liked, and what we wished was different. Make sure you stick around to learn what surprised us about the balcony...