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Virgin Voyages

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.

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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.

Cruise inclusions

  • 'Basic Bevvies' including water (still and sparkling), non-pressed juice, soda, sachet tea and drip coffee if you need a boost.
  • Wi-fi
  • All restaurant dining
  • Gratuities
  • Group fitness classes
  • Access to on-board facilities and fitness centre
  • All entertainment

Unique selling points

Dining experience

On board Virgin Voyages' ships there is no traditional cruise buffet, but instead a selection of chic, unique and delicious restaurants for passengers to choose from – all included in the cruise fare.

Cancellation policy

You have the most flexibility outside of 120 days prior to your voyage. If you're booking at this time, you have a seven-day grace period to request a full refund on your deposit and any other payments made. Refunds will be issued to your original form of payment.

After the grace period (but still before the 120-day mark), you can receive a full refund on any payments, not including your deposit. For your deposit, you can request a future voyage credit at this time.

Between 119 and 45 days, any funds paid will be converted to your future voyage credit, good to use on any voyage one year from the original voyage start date.

Within 44 days of your voyage, all funds paid are final. But you do have the option to send a mate in your place up to 48 hours before your voyage, if you really can't sail.