Virgin Voyages is already well under way with the construction of their first 2,700 passenger ship, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa. Due to enter service in spring 2020, Sir Richard Branson recently announced that she will be called ‘Scarlet Lady’, which is the same name given to one of the early Virgin Atlantic aircraft. Based in Miami, she will be operating Caribbean itineraries. The next ship is due to launch in 2021, operating Mediterranean itineraries, and the third ship will launch in 2022, with a fourth in 2023. Like Scarlet Lady, these are both expected to be ‘adult only’ ships. The fleet could well grow to 10 ships, with the possibility that some in the future will be family orientated. Of the cabins and suites onboard, 86% will have a balcony (sea terrace), 7% will have a window, and 7% will be inside.
Caring for the environment is very important to Virgin Voyages, and the vessels will all be built using the latest marine technologies. They have announced that they will eliminate single-use plastics, including bottled water and other beverage bottles, drinking straws, shopping bags, food containers, takeaway tea and coffee cups, and condiment packets. There will be filtered still and sparkling water available at all restaurants and bars, and it will be complimentary. There will also be Natura filtered water stations around the ship.
Details of all the on-board features for Scarlet Lady will be released by Virgin Voyages over the coming months, and I give brief details below the video, of what is known about her so far. Scarlet Lady should be available to book from 14th February 2019, so if you would like to be kept up to date, call GoCruise with Ian on 01455821770 or 08002922850.
- RockStar Suites – there will be 78 of these suites, including 15 Mega RockStar Suites (2x Massive, 2x Fab, 2x Posh and 9x Gorgeous). The largest is the Massive, at 200m2 / 2,150sq ft for up to 6 passengers)
- There will be 4 more grades of RockStar Suites, with the ‘smallest’ being the Seriously Suite, at 33m2 / 355 sq ft for 2 passengers
There will be more than 20 places to eat onboard, all included in the price of your voyage, but no formality, no main dining room and no large buffet area. All food will be prepared to order, cutting down on waste. Some of the venues have been announced, and I give brief details below, and will add more as I know it.
- The Test Kitchen– a combination of restaurant and cookery school
- Razzle Dazzle– vegetarian and vegan dishes, with meats available if desired
- Geonbae– A Korean BBQ restaurant
- Pink Agave– offering Mexican Specialities
- Dock– a beach inspired venue, offering salads, dips and mezze
- Wake– enjoy a theatrical take on steaks and seafood
- Extra Virgin– Trattoria offering regionally inspired Italian dishes
- The Pizza Place– freshly cooked pizza, with the choice of classic options or ‘design your own’
- The Galley– choose from more than 8 shops and food carts, including pastries, paninis, burgers, tacos, noodles and sushi
‘Vitamin Sea’ – Health, Fitness and Rejuvenation
- The Runway – this will be a running track, which will circle the ship
- The Crow’s Nest – a private sundeck, hosting sunrise and sunset yoga
- The Athletic Club – featuring gym equipment, and outdoor boxing ring, cabanas and a sports bar
- The B-Complex – enjoy spin, yoga and cardio classes, while facing out to sea
- Well-being Pool – with fitness equipment, and a ‘Gym & Tonic’ bar
- Redemption – spa with hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, quartz beds, and cold plunge pools
- Gym & Tonic – the place to go for a cold-pressed fresh juice
- MyBeast – an outdoor playground and poolside gym area
- Stubble & Groom – barber shop, with pedicure spa
- Dry Dock Salon – blow-dry bar
Other Signature Venues
- Richard’s Rooftop – an outdoor lounge, named after the founder of the Virgin Group
- The Manor – a nightclub inspired by his career in the music business
- Squid Ink – a tattoo studio where they use vegan ink
- Night-Time DJ Parties – will be held in the spa’s thermal suite
For more information on Virgin Voyages, or to arrange your voyage when bookings open, call GoCruise with Ian.
(page amended January 2019)