Virgin Voyages is showing its appreciation for its southern Florida community’s healthcare heroes by giving away 500 cruise cabins.
The new cruise line celebrated Giving Tuesday late last month by teaming up with Baptist Health South Florida to donate 500 cabins for employees to share a cruise with their family and friends this holiday season.
“The past two years have tested our community, and we wanted to find a small way to express our deepest gratitude to all of the healthcare professionals who went above and beyond to keep us safe,”said Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages. “We hope a voyage on our beautiful Scarlet Lady allows the Baptist team to enjoy some much-needed R&R this season.”
Earlier this year, the cruise line launched its ‘Shipload of Love’ program, committing to offer 2,021 free cabins to philanthropic causes and deserving people.
As an extension of that commitment, every Baptist Health employee was eligible to win a four or five-night “Fire & Sunset Soiree,” “Dominican Daze,” or “Scarlet Caribbean Holidays” voyage, embarking from December 15 to 29.
250 winners were announced, with each winner receiving two cabins to enjoy the cruise with up to three other people.
“Throughout this pandemic, our caregivers have embodied the true meaning of sacrifice and heroism, always putting themselves before others,” said Bo Boulenger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “We are thrilled with this opportunity to show them our community’s heartfelt appreciation for their selflessness and dedication with this fantastic trip, thanks to our friends at Virgin Voyages.”
Starting in Miami, Virgin’s ship Scarlet Lady will make her way to Puerto Plata or Nassau, with each voyage also including a stop at the line’s beach club in Bimini, Bahamas.
As has already been the case, passengers must be fully vaccinated and complete a complimentary COVID-19 test prior to boarding to sail.