Thursday, January 31, 2019

Virgin Voyages - a new way to cruise (sailing for Adults only!)

Virgin Voyages, the new adults only (18+) cruise line, is setting out to change the face of cruising.   They will debut cruises on their first ship, the Scarlet Lady, in 2020, and they have just announced a teaser of their itineraries.  One such announcement is that they will have four and five-night sailings out of the port of Miami. The itineraries will include some overnight stays, as well as longer and later, extended port stops with late-night sailaways.

Exact sail dates and itineraries have not yet been announced, but Virgin Voyages has said that they will have Four and Five-Night cruises to Cuba (with an overnight stay in Havana).  In addition they will have Five night sailings that will stop in Costa Maya, Mexico (known as "Mayan Sol" sailings).  There will also be five-night sailings that stop in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, known as "Dominican Daze" sailings.  Additional itineraries and ports will be announced soon and each sailing will either have an overnight stay at a port, or a late night sail-away.

A fun little tidbit for you, Virgin Voyages refers to their passengers as "Sailors", because after all, that is what they are.  They are promising to offer their Sailors an experience unlike any other at forced gratuities (tipping is completely, 100% optional), no assigned dinner seating, and no formal nights.  There will be 20 places from which to choose to eat, and there will be no extra fees to dine in any of the restaurants on the ship.   According to Richard Branson,  "Taken on their own, none of these little touches are extraordinary. But added all together, we believe they help our consumers to relax, reducing their worries about additional costs, annoying surprises and sneaky shocks. No nickel and diming helps our guests do what they want to do – how they want to do it. "

And now we have a peek at the non-suite cabins as well!
View of cabin, looking toward the terrace, with seabed in "day' mode
The cabins have been designed for function and mobility with flexible furnishings (for increased socializing opportunities).  According to Jamie Douglas (Senior Product Design Manager for Virgin Voyages) "The cabin feels like a reflection of modern city living.  A design that works harder with what are normally constricted spaces."  Most standard cabins will have the transitional Seabeds, and will include sensory mood lighting, in-room entertainment with 43"+ flat-screen HDTVs, minibars, premium products and Rainshowers in the bathrooms!  The ship is technology and Eco-focused, so the rooms will have tablets for controlling the lights and blinds (and these will also work automatically as well).

Seabed in "night" mode, looking back toward the interior of the cabin

 According to Virgin Voyages, 93% of the cabins will have sea views, and 86% have sea terraces with outdoor hammocks for lounging beneath the stars.  There will also be a variety of inside cabins (including solo options) as well.  Want to see more?  Click here to take a look at the PDF document of the cabins!

We are super excited for this new cruise line, and cannot wait to get onboard.  Reservations begin booking for the Scarlet Lady on February 5th for those who placed pre-sale deposits, and on February 14th for everyone else.   Can't wait to sail onboard?  Click here to put in your quote request and we will contact you with pricing information once they are on sale!

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