The Ultimate Guide to Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages are a brand new cruise line launching in 2020. Virgin Voyages currently has four ships on order with master shipbuilder Fincantieri due for delivery in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.


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The 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.

Virgin Voyages Terminal
Virgin Voyages Terminal in PortMiami

Virgins 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 Ships

  • Scarlet Lady – Coming Feb 2020
  • Valiant Lady – Coming 2021

Cabins

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.

The most controversial feature of the cabins so far 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.

Dining

Virgin Voyages Extra Virgin
Extra Virgin

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.

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.

Read more about Dining on Virgin Voyages,

Entertainment

Virgin Voyages Manor Nightclub
The Manor

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.

Destinations

Virgin Voyages Private Island
Bimini Beach Club

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.

FAQs

What’s included in a Virgin Cruise?

Virgin Voyages is offering 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

Some items however are an extra cost. Not included in your cruise faire is;

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

Whis 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
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