Sir Richard Branson has unveiled their first ever Virgin Voyages cruise ship in Dover, called the Scarlet Lady.
Virgin Voyages aim to ‘redefine the cruise industry by bringing the luxe of a boutique hotel to the seas’ and the Scarlet Lady is the first out of four in the luxury fleet.
Sir Richard said of the launch “I have dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s and I’m thrilled that moment has arrived.“The Scarlet Lady is truly special and we’ve worked with some of the world’s most sought-after designers, artists and architects to craft an extraordinary experience.
“The benefit of our five decades in business in so many industries is that we can offer a voyage like no other.”
Virgin Voyages’ first fleet will be known as the “Lady Ships,” a play on the term ‘your ladyship’, giving a nod to Virgin’s British heritage.Virgin Voyages currently has four ships on order, due for delivery in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 86% of Virgin Voyages cabins will feature a balcony and 93% will feature an ocean view.
During her inaugural season, the Scarlet Lady will sail a mix of Caribbean voyages befitting of any curious traveler’s tastes, with four and five night Havana After Dark itineraries featuring an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba; five-night Mayan Sol voyages to Costa Maya, Mexico and five-night Dominican Daze voyages to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
The Scarlet Lady will be Adult by Design, a sanctuary at sea for the 18 plus traveler.