After more than 18 months of delay amid Covid-19, Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady departed from Port Miami this week.
The ship was originally scheduled to set sail on April 1, 2020. The adults-only cruise line announced in March that it would require all crew members and passengers to be Covid-19 vaccinated to board.
The ship will sail at 50% capacity to start. The sailing dubbed one of the Scarlet Lady’s “Fire & Sunset Soirées” is a four-night cruise with stops in Nassau and Bimini.
The ship features 1,330 cabins and 78 suites also called “Rockstar Suites,” all of which are located on the ship’s 15th deck. It also has what are called Mega Rock Star Suites, which will be divided into additional categories, titled Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous.
The Rock Star Massive Suite features a music room that comes stocked with guitars, an amp and special private deck, looking out to the front of the ship. These suites also come with a private terrace with a standing hot tub, as well as a “runway” table for entertaining guests.
The suites are all designed with the rock theme, and many of the rooms are designed with icons in mind, such as Grace Jones. The bathrooms are all designed with a retro-futuristic theme, including deep blue colors and other iridescent elements to mimic being under the sea. Any guest that stays in one of these suites will also have access to an outdoor lounge called Richard’s Rooftop.
The Scarlet Lady weighs 110,000 gross tons, stretching for 278 meters in length and 38 meters in width. Virgin designed the ship to look almost like a luxury yacht, with red highlights that are synonymous with the Virgin brand.
All of the 20 different dining and drinking options on the ship are unique from what you would normally see on cruise ships. All of the restaurants, however, are included in the ship’s fare with no up charges.
The ship also includes amenities including outdoor recreational spaces, outdoor lounges, onboard tattoo and body piercing parlors. The ship will also be taking a “greener” stance, not allowing single-use plastic, including plastic straws, bottles, stirrers, and condiment packs.
Virgin Voyages’ second and third ships are set to debut next year. Valiant Lady is scheduled to debut in March 2022 and the Resilient Lady is set to debut in July 2022, according to the cruise line.
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Source: USA Today