I know children are cute and fun to be around. And family vacations are what I try to emphasize and plan the most. However, sometimes, we all crave some adult-only time. Away from kids. Enjoy grown-up conversations with other like-minded travelers. Your wish comes true with Sir Richard Branson’s newest luxury cruise line– Virgin Voyages. Their Scarlet Lady is the first adult-only cruise ever debuted. They had inaugural sailing in the U.K. at the beginning of the month and have been sailing there throughout. They are planning to come to the US and operate Caribbean cruises from Oct 2021 onwards. They will also have Mediterranean cruises in the summer of 2022. So what’s this new cruise line about?
All About Virgin Voyages & Scarlet Lady, the first Adult Only Cruise ship.
You must be 18+ to sail. Currently, they are requiring all guests to be vaccinated. It is a product that wants to disrupt traditional cruising and BE DIFFERENT from the start. Starting with no kids allowed.
It’s a ship that holds 2700 guests at full capacity. 17 decks. It doesn’t come with the waterslides, roller coasters, zipline, or ropes course. But it’s fun in her own way unlike a very traditional cruise like Holland America or Princess. They call their guests Sailors and us travel advisors First Mates.
Ship & cabin designs:
The line is definitely focused on design elements and brings in a lot of fun vibes and mood & themed experiences. There is no large atrium but lots of small spaces of seating areas, lounges, and bars, coffee shops, ice cream shop, retail shops, even a tattoo parlor Squid Ink that is always busy. Lots of places for everyone to hang out. Small venues make for an intimate feeling and you don’t feel the actual size of the ship. The standard cabins are quite spacious and modern in décor. The bed can magically turn into a sofa. Room lighting, curtains, and temp are all changeable to suit your mood. I highly recommend their RockStar suite for you!
Wine & Dine:
There are 20 different venues. They are adamant about not going to have a buffet but they offer 9 different specialty restaurants, all included in the cruise fare. Alcoholic drinks are not included. No more traditional dining room where you get a set time, table & servers. There is a real Korean BBQ restaurant where you cook your food at your table and a full-on vegetarian & vegan-only restaurant. But there are still seafood & steak house, Italian, Mexican, craft beer breweries, etc. Reviews are that the food is excellent, well presented and the best experience on a large ship this size.
There is no traditional theater & musical productions like a regular cruise. But still plenty of entertainment options. A 2 level nightclub that stays open till the early hours. Acrobatic performances. Live bands; impromptu pop-up performances by a crew of different talents; cocktail cabernets, comedy, and game shows, and some tend to have some adult innuendos to it. If you like the traditional routine of dinner and then go watch a show, then, this will not be available.
Really big focus on fitness and wellness on this line. Of course, has the gym with all the machines, but also a lot of Pilates, yoga, HIIT, spin classes in the fitness club and out on decks. Seminars. Spa. A separate suspended running track just for joggers and a full-size promenade deck.
The Scarlet Lady is scheduled to sail out of Miami this Oct. for the Caribbean, calling on their private beach club in the Bahamas. They have another ship Valiant Lady for the Mediterranean in the summer of 2022 that you can start reserving now! Sea Terrace ( balcony) cabins start at $1800 double occupancy and suites start at $2800 for a 4, 5-night cruise in March 2022.
What do you think? Are you onboard? Click on the Plan A Trip button above or schedule a consultation so we can tell you more and see if you are a good fit for this new cruise line!