Even if you’ve been cruising for years, you’ve likely never had an onboard experience like that of Virgin Voyages, the brand-new cruise line from British entrepreneur Richard Branson. Like its airline predecessor, this cruise line infuses a hefty pinch of spice into the world of cruising. Dining, entertainment, fitness, and even activities have been given a bold, youthful makeover on its new ship, the Scarlet Lady. Read on to learn more about this new, adults-only cruise line, sure to become the preferred vacation of fun-loving cruisers.
Impressive Dining Options
The food onboard a Virgin Voyages ship is a far cry from the typical dining offered by most cruise lines and better fits the palates of seasoned foodies. Scratch assigned seating in a main dining room and forget about lining up at a buffet. Instead, you’ll dine just like you would on a regular vacation, by visiting whichever restaurant sounds best to you.
For example, onboard Scarlet Lady, you can check out The Test Kitchen, offering innovative seasonal tasting menus and experimental cocktails. Or try Razzle Dazzle, with a veggie-focused menu for light and healthy dining. For quick, grab-and-go meals, there’s The Galley, a food truck-inspired floating market.
We love kids and would never forgo family vacations, but some trips are better left to the grownups. Virgin Voyages’ 18+ policy for cruisers infuses its new ships with an atmosphere you don’t often see in the world of cruising. Activities and entertainment go on late into the night here, and there’s never a bad time to have a drink. Club beats pump at The Manor, an edgy, futuristic nightclub spanning two floors. You can enjoy engrossing shows like “Never Sleep Alone,” an envelope-pushing cabaret catering to the mature crowd. There’s even a tattoo parlor onboard!
A Sleek Bahamian Beach Club
The white-sand island of Bimini plays hosts to Virgin Voyages’ trendy beach club, a private seaside experience and the ultimate sun-drenched Caribbean hangout. Inspired by beach clubs in chic, beachy destinations in spots like Mallorca and Holbox, this Bimini getaway is a treat for the eyes.
Settle into an open-air patio replete with cabanas, sun loungers, and cushioned booths. Walk down to the white-sand beach or hunker down near one of two lagoon-style pools to enjoy some refreshing cocktails. Satisfy the foodie in you at two food stations providing complimentary eats. And no need to rush—late stays on the island mean you can enjoy the sunset and bonfires on the beach.
More Extras Included in Base Fare
When you sail with Virgin Voyages, more than $600 in value is included in your ticket. Aside from all your meals, your fare includes beverages like still and sparkling water, non-pressed juices, sodas, teas and drip coffee—not only on the ship, but at The Beach Club at Bimini. (Alcoholic beverages aren’t included; however, you can pre-purchase bar tabs. Keep a look out for cruise line promotions that give you bonus dollars to add to your tab.) And perhaps most importantly of all, WiFi is included on Virgin Voyages’ new ships and in Bimini, so those epic sunset selfies can be posted in real-time.
A Focus on Wellness and Fitness
Fitness is anything but a chore with Virgin Voyages. Onboard Scarlet Lady, “The Runway” outdoor track gives you a way to stay fit while enjoying ocean views as far as the eye can see. Fun, heart-pounding activities are offered throughout the day and include sunrise yoga, outdoor boxing, HIIT workouts, and even hikes in port. And the ship’s sprawling fitness center provides all the typical workout gear you’d see at any well-equipped gym.
But of course, staying healthy is about more than just exercise. That’s why these new ships focus on your wellbeing from head to toe. From lower-calories mixed drinks to heavenly spa treatments, Virgin Voyages appeals to the unwavering self-care enthusiast.
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