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  • jek 123 posts

    You should book the restaurants as soon as the bookings open on the app – 45 days before launch. Most of the good time slots are gone within 24h!

    However, many slots will only be made available on board, so there is another chance if you can’t get your perfect booking 45 days before launch.

    I highly recommend Reddit where these things are discussed in much more detail than here on HfP.

    Bervios 37 posts

    Looks like we have been assigned deck 14 on out Barcelona to Miami trip. It seems that I would be better asking to be moved a bit lower down the ship. We have a Central Sea Terrace, where would you pick to move it too? Thanks in advance

    Good idea to move, i had deck 14 last year and its in the shade due to the roof above. We have went for deck 11 this year.

    Peeps 30 posts

    I’m just checking if anyone who has booked a cruise with the most recent Virgin Points offer has been allocated a cabin/deck number? I have a med cruise booked for 4 weeks time and still no cabin number allocated.

    I reached out to sailor services and the response was as follows:

    ‘At this time, we don’t have a specific cabin number to assign you. Cabin assignment can be given to you from any time between 48 hours to 2 hours. It can be anywhere on board and can be assigned at any point before your voyage starts.’

    This is certainly different to my previous experiences – two previous ‘points’ cruises had immediate cabin allocations as has my ‘paid’ cruise for this September.

    jek 123 posts

    I was assigned a cabin during the booking process. We are on Resilient Lady on 23rd June.

    Philondon 282 posts

    We also got the cabin details when booking. We felt we were a bit too close to the lift lobby so moved up from 10th to 11th floor and along a bit. Central Sea Terrace cabin.

    My partner, James and I are on the Adriatic Sea & Greek Gems departing on 16th June. Anyone else on that trip?

    We requested the code on Saturday and got it Sunday. Disappointed there aren’t many good restaurant options left and the Splash for Romance has sold out. So hope more restaurant times open when we get on board. I think it’s going to be a fairly full ship.

    Peeps 30 posts

    Thanks guys – I finally managed to get Sailor Services to allocate me a cabin for my next cruise. I really don’t know why I initially ended up with the ‘guarantee’ category though as I booked on the first available day!

    Dragonlady 43 posts

    La Linea this morning to cross into Gibraltar was chaos. What used to be an easy stroll through Spanish and then UK border desks turned into a 45 minute queue to get through the Spanish desks and then another lengthy queue to get past the UK border agents.Big queue on the way back too for non EU folk as whatever IT system the Spaniards use wasn’t working properly so literally one person able to process people…Lots of development in the past year there and it seems no traffic accross the runway anymore (now siphoned off down the tunnel instead). Yet another benefit of Brexit (not) ..

    Dragonlady 43 posts

    La Linea this morning to cross into Gibraltar was chaos. What used to be an easy stroll through Spanish and then UK border desks turned into a 45 minute queue to get through the Spanish desks and then another lengthy queue to get past the UK border agents.Big queue on the way back too for non EU folk as whatever IT system the Spaniards use wasn’t working properly so literally one person able to process people…Lots of development in the past year there and it seems no traffic accross the runway anymore (now siphoned off down the tunnel instead). Yet another benefit of Brexit (not) ..

    Argh – wrong forum and it won’t let me delete !

    Sprout 34 posts

    We’re going on our first cruise out of Athens on the Adriatic sea and greek gems in July.
    I understand it docks at around 6am on return. How long do I need to allow to disembark and travel to the airport for a flight back to the UK?
    Many thanks

    uklzk 8 posts

    Hi Sprout,

    I’m taking the same cruise I believe. Not an expert and it’s first time for us to do cruise. However, it stated in Virgin voyage website and app that there is no international flights departure before noon and the transfer is about 1 hour.

    Virgin does offer airport shuttle with a charge £35 PP and only three time slots – 8am, 9am and 10am.

    Hope this helps.

    Sprout 34 posts

    @uklzk – great thanks

    Sobeboy15 19 posts

    We literally did this on Sunday after our 10 day cruise. There are so many taxis lined up it won’t take longer than 20 mins to get one after disembarking. It cost between 60 and 70 euros per taxi but be clear with the taxi driver about the tolls being included otherwise they’ll try to add on another 15 euros when it only costs a couple.

    I did the local bus and metro which was so easy cost 9 euros and there’s a ticket office as you disembark the shop. It’s a bit of a walk to the bus stop but once there it’s really easy, it will take you to Piraeus metro station and it’s the blue line all the way to the Airport.

    Sprout 34 posts

    If it’s supposed to dock at 6.30, how long does it take to get off the boat and be in position to get a taxi? thx

    Roberto 297 posts

    We got off one last week in Athens. Was quite care free and simple , you supposed to book a departure time but I assume you want to be first off and can’t see any issues.

    If you’re taking your own bag off rather than picking it up in the terminal I would guess you are gonna be looking at something like 7:30 by the time customs and the port paperwork is sorted.

    I did get a message for a fellow passenger that they were sat in the lounge at 08:30. The journey is 40 mins away so they must have been off pretty early.

    There was a line of cabs a mile long at Athens port.

    Barcelona is pretty similar , cabs a plenty and a fast trip to the airport.

    Travel Strong 290 posts

    Worth noting that Uber also works well around the Athens port, and normal taxis are on uber.

    We disembarked super late as we knew out flight was severely delayed, and the taxi line was sparse at that time with people stood around waiting for the next one.

    We ordered an Uber and it sped down to the side of the boat in minutes, whilst others continued to wait for a taxi.

    Also found this the day before when getting off the ferry from Mykonos – taxis were sparse, but an uber ordered taxi turned up in minutes.

    jek 123 posts

    Anybody on the Resilient Lady cruise on the 23rd? It seems that it’ll be very busy and fully booked!

    Molly 92 posts

    Is there a way to pay the Bar Tap in USD instead of GBP? Virgin’s conversion is weak.

    Did anyone find a way of paying in USD? I can set the page to USD but when I log into my account it reverts to GBP.

    I may try calling to see if I can pay over the phone in USD.

    craiguk58 14 posts

    Just in case others aren’t aware, there’s currently 10% cashback on my Virgin credit card for first spend at virgin voyages. I’ve just purchased a bar tab and the cash back has tracked.

    MrSJ 39 posts

    I’m assuming this cash back offer also works for purchasing the cruise itself?

    Has anyone tried ?

    Molly 92 posts

    Just in case others aren’t aware, there’s currently 10% cashback on my Virgin credit card for first spend at virgin voyages. I’ve just purchased a bar tab and the cash back has tracked.

    Thanks for the tip – bar tab cashback tracked once changed from pending. With the Bar tab bonus, Deep Blue bonus and Cashback, I’m around £0.45 / dollar for bar spend.

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