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Virgin Voyages
Our Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Virgin Voyages, the new and highly anticipated, adults-only cruise line by British travel and lifestyle entrepreneur Richard Branson – founder of Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Virgin Hotels, Virgin Galactic and more – had barely celebrated the christening of its first ship, 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady, in England in late February 2020 when it was forced to cancel its inaugural season in the Caribbean due to the global pandemic. Now scheduled for a May 2021 debut, Scarlet Lady will offer 4- and 5-night cruises from Miami and be joined in the Caribbean by its sister ship, Valiant Lady, in November 2021 before the latter heads to the Mediterranean in May 2022. The Virgin brand connotes youthful energy and its innovative ships (two more are planned for 2022 and 2023) are likely to attract a new generation of cruisers seeking modern luxury that’s clubby in a beyond-the-velvet-rope kind of way. 

What We Love

Innovative Design: Virgin’s ships, with their sculpted silver-gray hulls and sleek silhouettes, look like billionaires’ super yachts on steroids. Interiors, meanwhile, embrace moody modernity with distinctive décor and late-night lounge lighting, while the top suites show off the talents of renowned British interior designer Tom Dixon. Plus, what’s not to love about the hand-woven hammocks on the cabin and suite terraces?

Restaurants with Global Influences: Virgin calls its culinary contributors “a Michelin-starred chef collective” and foodies onboard will find 20-plus eateries offering not only staples such as steaks and Italian and Mexican cuisine, but also innovations like Korean barbeque, veggie-forward dining, and classic carnival eats.

Entertainment That Thinks Outside the Box: Referred to as “Events & Gigs,” Virgin’s festival-like onboard entertainment will range from pop-up performances to a mystery dinner party.

Best Known For

A Glam, Rockstar Vibe: Branson, who first made his fortune in the music industry, brings more than a touch of rebellious excess to all his endeavors and Scarlet Lady’s accommodations and public spaces definitely have a London-meets-West-Hollywood decadence. The top suites are even referred to as Rockstar Quarters. Guests will also find a record (as in vinyl) shop and the first tattoo studio at sea. 

Signature Bold Colors: Expect a splash of red – Virgin’s signature color – or two or three or, okay, a lot, around the pool, in the hallways and in the cabins. But with the flip of a switch, you can also opt for mood-matching in-cabin lighting to help induce calm or excite passion. 

Who It's Best For

Millennials & Young-at-Heart Types: A Virgin Voyages cruise is likely to be a high-energy experience that’s as much (if not more) about onboard fun as it is about the ports of call.

Friends Seeking to Celebrate: With flexible cabins and suites able to accommodate one, two, three or four guests, Virgin’s ships are ideal for friend-cations, birthday celebrations, or bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Cabins are Non-Traditional: The beds in the most basic cabins, when in a twin configuration, are set at a 90-degree angle rather than being parallel. Meanwhile, guests able to afford top-tier Mega Rockstar Quarters can enjoy an outdoor Peak-a-View shower.

Richard’s Rooftop is VIP Only: You’ll have to splurge on a Rockstar Quarters for access to the cocktail hours and late-night parties on the Richard’s Rooftop sundeck.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger