Posts Tagged ‘Virgin Voyages’

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.

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First Renderings Of The Virgin Ships

November 24, 2017

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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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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 from 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 Virgin and MSC Seaview will be built by Fincantieri.

Maybe the Virgin Voyages interiors will be a little more innovative?