Posts Tagged ‘Virgin Voyages’

Virgin Voyages “Scarlet Lady”

July 20, 2018


Virgin Voyages has unveiled the long-awaited name of its first ‘Lady Ship’ today – “Scarlet Lady” – at its shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

Founder Sir Richard Branson and president and CEO Tom McAlpin revealed further details about the cruise line’s debut ship, including a ban on single-use plastics on board and the plans for its wellbeing programme, “Vitamin Sea”.

Virgin Voyages describes its Vitamin Sea wellbeing programme for passengers as being inspired by the oceans and their importance in health and well-being for the planet and our daily lives.


Looks like hard work! (Courtesy Virgin)

Also on board will be The Runway running track, The B Complex with rooms for spin, yoga and cardio and The Athletic Club, which includes a boxing ring and gym equipment modelled on what you’d find in 1920s New York sports clubs.

Passengers will have ample opportunity for pampering in the ship’s Spa, Redemption, and in the blow dry bar, barber shop, male pedicure spa and mani-pedi spa.

virgin-voyages-scarlet-lady(Text/Image Virgin Voyages)

Malcolm says: The Virgin Voyages fleet will comprise three 110,000 ton, 2,750 passenger ships (lower berths). So they are pretty big, but not enormous, when compared to the P&O’s Iona, RCI, NCL and MSC ships.

The first one, which will debut in 2020, will sail seven-night Caribbean itineraries out of Miami. Deployment for the second and third, which will sail starting in 2021 and 2022, is not yet known.


Virgin Voyages Reveals Public Spaces

May 17, 2018


Virgin Voyages is offering a sneak peek of select public spaces on its cruise ships, the first of which debuts in 2020. The spaces — which include the ship’s nightclub, an outdoor lounge for suite passengers, and a Mexican restaurant — have been designed to reflect the romanticism of ocean sailing, while also showcasing the best of modern design that is the core of all Virgin brands.

See full ‘Cruise Critic’ article: HERE

Malcolm says:  The company, led by President and CEO Tom McAlpin, has promised to reinvent the cruise vacation.

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.

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.

Although Virgin is a powerful brand, there is a lot of competition in the cruise market from some very big players such as Carnival, RCI and NCL.  I wonder if Virgin can really offer something original?  The renderings do not really offer anything new in my opinion, however another choice of cruise line is no bad thing.

Virgin Voyages external renderings: HERE

Virgin Voyages: New Headquarters In South Florida

February 16, 2018

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that Virgin Voyages has selected ‘Plantation’ for its new headquarters, which will create 300 new jobs.

The company will also invest $15.9 million in the local community, according to a statement.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin said, “We basically decided, ‘Let’s have a blank sheet of paper, let’s create the kind of voyage company that we would like to go on,’ and that’s what we’ve done.”

Virgin Voyages will be hiring a range of roles in different departments from Finance to Customer Care, according to the statement.

Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic of the City of Plantation said, “Plantation has a long reputation as a location of choice for game-changing companies like Virgin Voyages. We look forward to their success and are proud to be home to the newest Virgin brand.