Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages Chief Executive Officer Tom McAlpin today announced the official opening of Virgin Travel. The company’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, is now open for reservations for its inaugural season. October 21, 2020, now on sale.
Sir Richard Branson’s latest addition to the travel industry – his long-awaited foray into cruises – is ready for you: in honor of Valentine’s Day, the line recently opened its first cruises to the general public. They had already invited us to participate in adult-only trips, with brunch drag and tattoo parlor, but Virgin Voyages continues to build on FOMO experiences to attract new cruisers. The last? A lucky few will have the chance to party with Branson himself – and some celebrity friends promised – to celebrate his birthday on a four-night Havana cruise starting July 15, 2020.
What can you expect when you book a cruise on the first ship of the line, the Scarlet Lady, which has 2,770 passengers? These are not average offshore excursions, of course: all expeditions will stop for activities in Ibiza at a beach club in Bimini, the Bahamas – with five-time Grammy Award winner, Mark Ronson, hired a DJ (for four performances, dates to be determined). The inaugural season of the line will run from April to October 2020, with cruises from Miami to Havana, the Dominican Republic or Mexico. All crossings last four or five nights; rooms start at $ 1,450, or from $ 6,700 for an elegant suite (priced for two people).
Head over to Virgin Voyages’ newly improved website and you’ll be swamped with images of beautiful people dancing on a modern conga line, an exciting drag queen drag-down and a tattooed guy in the process of Struggle while cycling – not at all your usual cruising crowd, but again, this is not a trivial cruising company. You can book directly on the website or enter a contest to win a booth for two by March 31, 2019, here.