Scarlet Lady sets sail to launch Virgin Voyages new-look cruise programme

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Cruise operator Virgin Voyages has set sail with first official trip on board newest ship Scarlet Lady, following the easing of Covid travel restrictions.

Debuting with its Summer Soirée Series, Scarlet Lady will be berthed in Portsmouth for six UK sailings around the English Channel. These will allow passengers to enjoy a more relaxed cruising experience without the formality of more traditional voyages.

Voyages will include:

  • Ditch the rule book – say goodbye to set menus, strict dress codes or enforced mealtimes with food from 20+ eateries, basic drinks and all tips included.
  • A spa built for a sea queen – inspired by an underwater cave, the Redemption Spa features all the spa classics, as well as a mud room where Sailors can slather themselves in (you guessed it!) mud and a custom-built salt therapy chamber.
  • Get a dose of Vitamin Sea – with enclaves like The Perch built for relaxation or introspection along with complimentary group workout classes like sunrise / sunset yoga and amazing, high-energy nightlife
  • ,Experience the modern romance of sailing – the most sought-after interior designers dreamed up an enchanting boutique hotel at sea with fresh, elevated spaces that strike the perfect balance of nautical and glamour.

Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive of Virgin Voyages, said:ys, “With our expansive food and beverage options, beautiful spa, amazing crew and festival-style lineup of on-board entertainment, Scarlet Lady challenges the status quo in every way.

“Not only are we committed to helping our sailors create the most memorable vacation, but we want to provide the safest travel experience possible without compromising on the fun we all deserve.”

The first of four ships for Virgin Voyages, Scarlet Lady has an impressive 1,330 cabins and 78 RockStar Quarters on board – with 86 per cent of cabins featuring a balcony and 93 per cent overlooking ocean views. Standout features like ambient mood lighting and intelligent architecture are built into the dynamic design.

Virgin Voyages has created a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveller. The Wake, known as the most glamorous restaurant on the ship, and Richard’s Rooftop, an exclusive chic outdoor lounge, are not to be missed for design lovers.



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Each space offers a distinct voice with additional highlights including The Red Room, the first multi-form theater at sea, The Dock, a rustic beach-club serving Mediterranean-inspired tapas, Sip, the decadent Champagne house, and B-Complex complete with its Build, Bike and Balance rooms.

After her limited UK season, Scarlet Lady will head to her home port in Miami with itineraries to the Caribbean.

Virgin Voyages will also welcome its second Lady Ship, Valiant Lady, to Portsmouth in 2022 on three new itineraries, including late-night and overnight stays in Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Lisbon and Belgium. From there, she heads to Barcelona for the Med season.

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