New cruise line Virgin Voyages emerged onto the cruising scene in 2019 with the launch of its first ship, Scarlet Lady. Sir Richard Branson’s 110,000-ton, 2,770-passenger vessel has been four years in the making and is the first of four being launched by Virgin Voyages. The cruise line aims to redefine the traditional cruising model with its adults-only fleet, featuring a tattoo parlour, RockStar suites, famous DJ sets and a private Bahamian retreat. Virgin’s second ship, Valiant Lady, is scheduled to debut in 2021.
Why choose this cruise line?
Scarlet Lady’s sleek interiors, courtesy of renowned designers and architects such as Tom Dixon and Roman and Williams, have been designed to impress, reflecting that of a fashionable boutique hotel rather than a traditional cruise liner. All dining experiences are included in the basic fare (as are group workout classes, basic beverages, gratuities and wi-fi) regardless of room category, so guests on any budget will get to sample all of the restaurants during their voyage. And there are plenty of good dining venues from which to choose aboard Scarlet Lady, with the cruise line having worked with top Michelin chefs from around the world to create the 20+ eateries onboard. The ship’s RockStar Suites offer the ultimate VIP experience, with guests having access to a hair and makeup squad, a free bottomless in-room bar, complimentary laundry service, faster wi-fi, and the use of a Rockstar Agent, who will tend to guests’ every whim. All guests will have access to Virgin’s exclusive Beach Club at Bimini.
Cruising with Virgin Voyages
Virgin Voyages aims to stand apart from its competitors and shake up the cruise industry as a whole with its fleet. With its first ship Scarlet Lady, gone are traditional buffets and Broadway-style productions, instead to be replaced with more than 20 onboard food and drinking options with no set dining times, the first transformational, multi-form theatre at sea and an exclusive nightclub where guests can party until the small hours. Along with entertainment, there is a major focus on wellness, with spas, gyms, yoga, wellness pools and a mud room on board. Guests will also have access to Virgin’s private beach club in the Bahamas, where they can relax and unwind before DJs such as Mark Ronson, Diplo, MK and Sofi Tukker take to the decks with exclusive performances.
Who should travel with Virgin Voyages
Virgin Voyages is targetting a younger, adults-only consumer, predominantly the millennial market, with its fleet of ships, the minimum sailing age for which is 18 years old. Aimed at young-at-heart 'sailors' (as Virgin refers to its passengers), unique features include the first tattoo parlour at sea, drag-themed brunches and celebrity DJ acts. Passengers who enjoy a more traditional style of cruising, or value peace and quiet on their holiday, should look elsewhere.
Virgin Voyages cruise destinations
Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will sail four- and five-night Caribbean itineraries out of its homeport of Miami. Options will include four- and five-night Mayan Sol cruises to Costa Maya, Mexico, and five-night Dominican Daze voyages to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. All voyages will feature either an overnight stay or a late-night sailaway, and all will visit Virgin's private port in Bimini. When she launches, Virgin’s second ship, Valiant Lady, will sail seven-night Mediterranean sailings out of Barcelona to destinations including France, Italy and Spain.
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One of the ship’s xxx cabins
One of Scarlet Lady’s many bars
The shiny new ship was about to sail her debut season
Passengers can keep fit on the top-deck running track
The ship’s chic wellness area
Scarlet Lady is filled with glittering aesthetics
The famous RockStar Suite