Whether this is an unlucky turn of events or simply making guests wait longer for something extraordinary is not entirely clear, but after nearly 20 months of delay, Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet lady is leaving Miami today.
The ship was only weeks away from its debut in March of last year when the pandemic hit, so was the wait worth it?
It’s the cruise line that isn’t really the traditional cruise line, the cruise ship that goes out of its way to do things a little bit differently. There is no main pool, there are no main dining areas, but there are is a tattoo parlor on board. And the good thing is that she’s in Miami now, and yes, the wait was definitely worth it.
The mermaid trip
Virgin wouldn’t be Virgin if it weren’t for something special in the plans for the very first cruise from Miami onboard Scarlet lady. In fact, today’s trip is the very first cruise on the ship that is unrestricted and unqualified as a preview trip. According to the cruise line, the Mermaiden Voyage will really be something special:
“Scarlet Lady will provide her sailors with an unforgettable experience, full of surprises and delights, mermaid experiences woven throughout the voyage and, of course, mermaids and mermaids celebrating alongside the guests.“
After spend time in the UK offering guests stay cruises around the British Isles, Scarlet lady departs today on the first of the four and five night Caribbean itineraries from PortMiami. Virgin Voyages have done their best not only to be different, but to show customers how a yacht-like experience can be had for a fraction of the cost:
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, says: âFor over 50 years, Virgin companies have been bringing innovation to industries. Virgin Voyages charts our own course, offering a new perspective on cruise travel with a blend of familiarity and a healthy dose of Virgin satisfaction. “
The ship will have a wide variety of cruises available in the coming months. Four-night Bahamian cruises, dubbed “Fire & Sunset Evenings,” will stop in Nassau, followed by the Beach Club in Bimini, a signature event that includes restorative yoga classes in the morning, lounging poolside in a cabana. private, sunset campfires and a DJ-led flotillas.
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Other cruises include five-night “Riviera Maya” cruises to Cozumel / Playa Del Carmen, “Mayan Sol” trips to Costa Maya, Mexico, and “Dominican Daze” trips to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages, says, âAfter many years of preparation, we are delighted to officially launch Scarlet Lady and welcome sailors to the United States on board for an unforgettable experience. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, an incredible spa, phenomenal onboard entertainment and an incredible crew, our promise is to deliver a sophisticated, yet relaxed, adults-only experience – without formality, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. We call it âSetting Sail the Virgin Wayâ. “
If you are planning to take a cruise on board, you will need to take certain precautions. All guests and crew on board Scarlet lady must be fully vaccinated without exemption. As the ship is for adults only, children are not allowed on board.
In addition to the vaccination requirement, all passengers must undergo a COVID-19 test before boarding, which the cruise line will cover.
Virgin Voyages aims to provide the safest travel experience possible for its customers, including additional disinfection, physical distancing, limited occupancy, and adherence to local government guidelines in each destination the cruise line sails to.
Scarlet lady was built by shipbuilders Fincantieri in Italy and completed on February 13, 2020. The 110,000 gross ton cruise ship can accommodate 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew.
Three sisterships are planned, one of which is crisscrossing the Mediterranean this summer, Valiant lady. A third ship, Resilient Lady, is expected to be completed in August 2022 and the fourth ship will arrive in 2023.