The first ship of the Virgin Voyages fleet was today named “Scarlet Lady” at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa where it is being built.
Sir Richard Branson and Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages president and chief executive, revealed the name which also appeared on one of the earliest Virgin Atlantic planes.
The announcement also coincided with the launch of a new programme named “Scarlet Squad” that will help female leaders break through in areas such as marine, technical and hotel management.
“This multi-pronged approach, supported by skill development, recruitment and mentoring, is something we find incredibly important in areas traditionally lacking female leadership, like marine technical and hotel management.”
New details about the onboard experience also emerged with the introduction of a Vitamin Sea wellbeing programme for passengers, a ban on single-use plastics on board and more renderings of onboard areas.
A lot of attention has been given to health and wellness spaces including rooms for spin, yoga and cardio at the B Complex and a boxing ring and gym equipment in The Athletic Club.
There will also be plenty of time for relaxing and pampering in the ship’s spa; Redemption.
Virgin Voyages also celebrated other construction milestones including the flooding of the dry-dock and the initial cutting of steel for the second vessel, due for delivery in 2021.