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Need a little “vitamin sea” in your life? Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and his team can give you the extra dose of relaxation you need aboard its new cruise line, Virgin Voyages, which will set sail from Miami in spring 2020.
The Scarlet Lady is the first of Virgin’s four-ship fleet to set sail to the Caribbean and is currently taking bookings for voyages departing April 1 – October 25, 2020. The 2,700-passenger ship will be a sanctuary at sea for the 18-and-older crowd — sorry, kids, but you’re not invited to this party. You’ll cruise in the lap of luxury, with 86 percent of cabins featuring balconies and 93 percent offering ocean views. The ship is designed to look like a sleek yacht, exuding what the company calls, “rebellious luxe.”
“This new luxury is about knowing you are taken care of, that you’re never being nickel and dimed, and what you want, even some of the things you didn’t know you wanted, are already taken care of for you,” said Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages, in a prepared statement.
While you may have experienced luxury travel at sea before, Virgin Voyages is doing things a bit differently than other cruise lines. That means no buffets, no main dining room, no assigned seating and dining times, and no forced formal attire. Instead, travelers can choose from more than 20 eateries on board and many restaurants will stay open for the late-night crowd. What’s more, Virgin has skipped the upgraded packages and add-ons and opted to include every restaurant, group fitness classes, soft drinks, free WiFi and more in your voyage price.
Looking for the ultimate VIP-at-sea experience? Opt for a RockStar Suite, which features incredible ocean views and a large terrace with an outdoor shower, hot tub, hammocks and a runway outdoor dining table — complete with stairs to make it easier to hop up and dance on the table. And forget the mini bar, because in true rock star fashion, these suites come with a full bar and cocktail kit — because some of us need a little liquid courage for dancing on the table.
While on board, travelers can expect a mix of rejuvenating experiences like spa treatments and fitness classes coupled with high-energy entertainment, including bars, lounges, nightclubs and an intriguing lineup of original shows and events. When you hang out on deck, you can find a number of great lounge areas and bars just steps away from the pool or hot tub.
Virgin Voyages will offer a mix of Caribbean itineraries and all cruises will include a stop at The Bimini Beach Club, a Virgin Voyages experience in Bimini, Bahamas. During your stop here you can enjoy lounging on the beach, taking a dip in turquoise blue waters, and relaxing with beach-side yoga and meditation. If you want to turn things up a notch, join a DJ-led pool party at the expansive lagoon-style pool at the center of the club and wind down for the evening at a beach bonfire complete with acoustic musical performances.
Whether you’re at sea or on shore, Virgin Voyages is offering a new kind of adults-only luxury cruise that even the pickiest of travelers can get behind. You’ll cruise the Caribbean like a rock star with plenty of “rebellious luxury” at your fingertips — not a bad way to vacation.