Posts Tagged ‘Virgin Voyages’

Virgin Voyages First Rendering

October 31, 2017

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The shiptease is over:

we’ve been excited about our first ship for some time now. After lots of planning and design, the latest in a series of reveals took place with our inaugural keel laying ceremony.

“Getting laid we’ve heard of, but what on earth is a keel?” you ask. Totally valid question.

In short, it’s the foundation of a ship. In the olden days, it was when shipbuilders first placed the backbone of a vessel.

Today, ships are built in sections; 399 on our ship to be precise. Our keel laying was the lowering of the first section into the drydock. We also welded newly minted coins into the keel for good luck.

Adorned at the hull you’ll find our beautiful, mermaid guide. Inspired by the traditional bows from ships of yore, she is our ship’s muse. The soul of the voyage. Our elegant leader. The feminine spirit of the ship.

Designed with the glitter and glam of a yacht, the ship’s livery stands out on the high seas. She glides with a unique level of sophistication paired with an unapologetic aire of mystery. A design meant to excite and inspire sailors to want to explore every corner.

“From dining and entertainment to wellness and rejuvenation, nearly every single element of the Virgin Voyages journey will bring a unique Virgin Style to the high seas – and not just for our 2,800 Sailors, but also for the 1,150 crew members who will reside there and make amazing happen”.

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(Virgin)

Malcolm says:  The company, led by President and CEO Tom McAlpin, has promised to reinvent the cruise vacation.  Although Virgin is a powerful brand, there is a lot of competition in the cruise market, form some very big players such as Carnival, RCI and NCL.  I wonder if Virgin can really offer something original?

The three ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente yard, in Italy and will enter service in 2020, 21 and 22, respectively. They will each carry  2,800 passengers and be 110,000 gross tonnes. They will offer year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami.

The cruise experience will be for guests aged 18 and over, with no children allowed. Virgin is also offering a pre-sale, in which a $500 deposit will guarantee a spot on the list for a cabin in 2020.

To ensure a close connection to the sea, 86% of all cabins will feature a sea terrace and 93% an ocean view. ‘She will be the most recognizable ship sailing the seven seas, delivering an irresistible sailor experience,’ Richard Branson pledged.

Scanship will provide an advanced wastewater management system. Plus, an innovative energy production system of approximately 1 MW will use the diesel engine’s waste heat. These systems will will reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

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(What the Virgin ships will NOT look like)

As I suspected,  the new ship rending (page top) does NOT really  look as good as the wonderful Art-Deco style rendering originally ‘leaked’ (above). The ship will clearly has a vertical-bow  like the new AIDA ships, which has gained in design popularity. Most other aspects of the external design of the ship look pretty standard, as far as I can see. Although it does look like the promenade deck will be sheltered and wrap around the bow, which is nice. The stern (see slide-show above) looks a little like MSC’s Seaview’s stern. Interestingly both will be built by Fincantieri.

Maybe the Virgin Voyages interiors will be more innovative?

P.S. Richard Branson  invited good friend Boy George to the Virgin Voyages Keel Laying party.

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Malcolm

Titanic v Oasis Of The Seas

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A few years back I wrote an article for this blog called “Titanic Vs Oasis of the Seas”.

Now I must admit that I did not spend weeks researching it. I put it together quite quickly. It was really just meant to be a bit of fun. Interestingly the article continues to attract more comments than anything else that I have ever written, including some quite negative ones, such as:

“This is stupid, how can you compare these two ships, they are Apples and Oranges”

“These two ships were built 100 year’s apart, of course they are not the same”

“The Titanic was a work of art, Oasis is just a floating shopping mall”

“This article is stupid”

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Well, the commentators are fully entitled to their own opinions.  The two ships ARE completely different to each other and they WERE built almost 100 years apart. However silly it is to compare these two ships, I still did it!

It’s quite ironic that the article looks like it will be my  most viewed again in 2017, as it was in 2016 and 2015.  If I want a larger readership, I obviously need to write more silly stuff.

You can read my Titanic article: HERE

Titanic Replica

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The “Unsinkable Titanic” which will be part of the the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, is under construction in Daying County, Suining, Sichuan Province, China.

This is the world’s first life-sized remake of the original Titanic. However it’s not a real ship. It will be a hotel/tourist attraction on a river next to the resort.

It is not to be confused with Clive Palmer’s abandoned ‘Titanic II’ project, which would have been a fully functioning ship.

A Modern & A Vintage Ocean Liner Compared

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Malcolm

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