The Ultimate Guide to Virgin Voyages

All the information you will need about Richard Branson's brand new Virgin Voyages and its ships Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady.
All the information you will need about Richard Branson's brand new Virgin Voyages and its ships Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady.

Virgin Voyages are a brand new cruise line launched in 2020 by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Virgin Voyages plan’s on been different to other cruise lines by offering an inclusive approach no added cost for dining, Free fitness classes and free wifi.

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Virgin Voyages Ships

Virgin Voyages has two ships in its fleet. Scarlet Lady launched to the industry in 2020 but has delayed it’s entry to service until 2021 due to ongoing pandemic. The second ship, Valiant Lady, is still under construction and is due to enter service in 2021.

Both ships are adults-only and offer a all-inclusive premium experience. Virgin Voyages has removed traditional aspects of cruises such as set time dining, the buffet and gratuities which new cruisers may find appealing. They also have a commitment to sustainability been plastic free, tree free and using the latest energy-saving & carbon-reducing operations.

The ships reflect a yacht’s sleek luxury and includes a range of exciting and quirky venues. All ships are designed by creative studios Design Research Studio (Tom Dixon), Roman & Williams and Concrete Amsterdam.

The ships are all about relaxation and play with a large gymnasium, ample pools space, lots of bars and over 20 restaurants.


Virgin Voyages offers a wide range of cabins from inside cabins to luxury suites. 86 percent of cabins onboard feature a balcony and 93 percent will feature an ocean view. Each cabin is packed with the latest technology controlled by a tablet in the room.

Oceanview Cabin. Photo (C) Cruise with Ben & David

The most controversial feature of the cabins is the SeaBed. The SeaBed is a sofa by day and a bed by night. The room attendant will change this for you, or you can choose to have it as a bed all the time.

For those looking for more luxury, the RockStar suites offer retro-futurism decor with a music turntable, large bathroom and large balcony.

Suite perks also include early access to onboard entertainment, restaurants and shore excursions, a private transfer to and from the ship in Miami and priority embarkation.

Photo © Cruise with Ben & David


The ships feature over 20+ restaurants ranging from sophisticated high-level cuisine to casual fare. Plus, all restaurants are included in the cost of the cruise.

Unlike other cruise lines which feature one main dining room and a buffet, Virgin Voyages has neither. Instead there will me multiple restaurants and quick serve dining venues where you can choose to dine in with no assigned seating and no assigned dining times.

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The traditional buffet is replaced with multiple food outlets offering on-demand freshly made dishes including Sushi, Burritos and an American Grill. The idea is modelled from Food Trucks and Food halls. While there is not a “Buffet” there is still a food-hall where you can get food on-demand.

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Entertainment highlights include the Red Room, a Theatre that can change each evening from a small venue to a huge club. Shows include everything from modern interpretations of classic stories, to interactive dance parties where you throw your own shapes. 

The ships nightclub, The Manor, is the main music venue and will feature guest performers and DJs. If you fancy taking to the stage yourself, the Karaoke booths at The Groupie is where you can let your inner diva out. Talking about Divas, there is also a drag brunch and drag bingo plus a casino and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Off the ship on the private island of Bimini resident poolside DJs perform all afternoon and into the evening with celebrity DJs also featured on certain sailings.

The highlight of the cruise is the Scarlet Night. The scarlet nights huge party, and after party, promises to be an out of this world experience. The party features art installations and performances throughout the ship as the night progresses.

It’s not all partying though. There is plenty of relaxation with classes such as yoga and meditation, multiple pool areas and a full service spa.

Photo © Cruise with Ben & David


Scarlet Lady offers 4 & 5 night Caribbean itineraries from her homeport of Miami. She visits the Virgin Voyages private island “Bimini Beach Club”, Puerto Plata, Costa Maya, San Juan, Key West and Cozumel.

Valiant Lady will sail from Barcelona offering 7-night Mediterranean itineraries visiting visiting France, Italy and Spain. All itineraries include later stays in port and a Friday overnight stay in Ibiza.


What’s included in a Virgin Cruise?

Virgin Voyages offers a all-inclusive model of cruising and the cruise fare includes nearly all onboard amenities.

Included in the cost of a Virgin Voyages cruise is;

  • All Gratuities and onboard tips
  • All dining venues onboard
  • Soft drinks (Tea, filter coffee, non-pressed juices, water and sparkling water and Sodas)
  • Wifi (On-board the ship and on the private island)
  • The pools and gym
  • Group fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment

Not included in your cruise faire is;

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Premium tea, premium coffee & freshly-squeezed juices.
  • Ice cream
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • The tattoo parlor
  • Cabanas

Who is Virgin Voyages for?

Virgin is definitely for the young and young-at-heart. The ships are adults only so all cruisers must be over the age of 18. If you like traditional aspects of cruising, such as set dining times and formal nights, this is not for you.

What is the dress code on Virgin Voyages?

There is no dress code onboard so you are free to wear whatever you like.

How much are Gratuities on Virgin Voyages?

All gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise.

Ben Hewitt
I am a keen video producer and photographer. Before starting Cruise with Ben and David I worked for the BBC and Discovery Channel.