According to CNN, the words “cruise holiday” and “rock star” have been combined together to build Virgin Voyages’ first ship, the adults-only Scarlet Lady.
Adults-only Scarlet Lady
The Richard Branson-backed cruise line recently released a rendering of the ship’s 78 luxury ‘RockStar Suites’, which will be located on the ship’s 15th deck. These will include 15 Mega RockStar Suites, which are further divided into Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous Suites. The vessel is set to depart Miami for the Caribbean in 2020, it is a joint venture between Virgin Group and Bain Capital.
Rock star theme?
The rock star theme incorporates ‘Massive Suite’ that will feature a music room stocked with guitars, an amp and a special private lookout point at the front of the ship.
It’s got a private terrace with a standing hot tub, a large runway table for when you’re entertaining guests and an open-air ‘Peek-a-View’ shower that offers sea views. These suites come with rock star treatment as well. The company allows passengers to get private airport transfers, access to an exclusive terminal pathway and personal rock and roll style rider sheets to satisfy even the most diva-like of requests.
The designers behind the suites say they called on the Virgin brand’s rock and roll heritage, with rooms featuring nods to icons such as Grace Jones. Sailors can expect a retro-futurism vibe with deep blues and iridescent dichroic elements in the bathroom to echo the deep blue sea.
According to the ship’s builder, Fincantieri, it will weigh about 110,000 gross tons and stretch 278 meters long and 38 meters wide. With 1,430 cabins, it will hold more than 2,770 passengers who will be serviced by 1,160 crew. All suite guests will have access to Richard’s Rooftop, an exclusive chic outdoor lounge. Changing the way we cruise. The Scarlet Lady is the first of three planned Virgin Voyages ships, with two more due to come in 2021 and 2022.
Dee Cooper, senior vice president of design for Virgin Voyages, in a statement said, “We wanted to inject a bit of exclusive, distinctive, luxurious feeling nostalgia in a contemporary way that speaks to today’s traveler more”.
Vessel design and amenities
With a silver-gray hull and smoked glass, the ship’s design was inspired by the sleek luxury of a yacht, while red highlights are of course a nod to Virgin’s branding. The ship will feature over 20 dining and drinking options but no buffets, main dining rooms or assigned dining times on traditional cruise ships.
Other onboard amenities include plenty of creatively designed outdoor recreational spaces, including the Athletic Club, an outdoor lounge featuring what the cruise line claims will be the largest daybed at sea. There will also be an onboard tattoo and body piercing parlor, dubbed Squid Ink, part of a partnership with New York’s World Famous Ink.
Single-use plastic will be banned from the ship. This means no plastic straws, bottles, stirrers, condiment packs, and another unnecessary food packaging.
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