Naturally, when Richard Branson personally invites you onboard one of the most anticipated travel industry openings of 2020, you respond with V keen!
The Scarlet Lady and in fact Virgin Voyages is, of course, the brainchild of one of this country’s most celebrated entrepreneurs Richard Branson and has been in development for the past five years, so in terms of anticipation, this has been a big one for cruise worshipers and those who have never considered a cruise before.
Virgin Voyages has created a unique sub-brand of the Virgin empire, in the sense that they have wanted to create a fleet of ships aimed at 18+ adults, with everything you’d enjoy from a flight and hotel based holiday and resort, with added Virgin sparkle.
The ship has over 20 onboard eateries all included within the price, from steakhouses and Korean BBQ to drag brunches and an international food market, there’s even a 24/7 late-night snack bar. We dined at The Test Kitchen – Cooking lab and restaurant. The Test Kitchen champions six ingredients, such as mushrooms, blue cheese and coffee and turns them into a delicious and creative set tasting menu to delight the palate.
Furthermore, there is a casino, nightclub, spa, gym, running track, tattoo studio (aptly named Squid Ink) and a theatre called The Red Room, which offers a range of brilliantly curated dance and performance shows. There are numerous bars and coffee shops where you can grab a morning coffee on the way to a yoga class or simply cheers to living your very best life – we’d recommend a drink at our Gym and Tonic bar.
We reviewed a sea view terrace cabin which had ample room and a bed which transforms into a sofa in the day and gets turned down at night. The furnishings were tasteful (Tom Dixon none the less!) and rooms well lit. The bathroom shower size was good and offered a range of body cleansing products- but, apparently, the rock star suites are where its at if it’s within your price range.
Virgin Voyages have set out to be a sustainable ship and have said goodbye to single-use plastics on board! There are eco-sensors in each cabin that turn off lights and lower air-conditioning while cabins are not occupied.
Virgin Voyages will be heading to Miami, Caribbean and the Med, and welcoming some very special guests onboard for a series of events including the likes of Mark Ronson, MK and Diplo.
Overall, we thoughtfully enjoyed our overnight stay and our love for the brand grew even more. It was the unique and VIP Virgin experience you would expect when flying Virgin Airline and we couldn’t have asked for much more!
Virgin Voyages currently has an offer that Sailors who book before March 31st will get up to $400 onboard credit (approximately £310).
For more information or to book a Virgin Voyage from as little as £640 pp click this link.
Please note: This was a complimentary review experience.