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With less than a year before Virgin Voyages first ship begins sailing, the cruise line has released more information about future sailings. Now, those looking to sail the adults-only vessels can book a trip for any time between April 1, 2020, and March of 2021.
Where The Ships Will Go
When Virgin first opened for bookings, Cuba was still an option for cruisers. But with the government having shut the door on cruise ships visiting that island, Virgin now offers three itineraries to choose from. All of the sailings are on their first ship, the Scarlet Lady, and all will sail out of Miami, Florida.
Perhaps best of all, all three of the itineraries will feature stops at the much-buzzed-about Bimini Beach Club. There, guests will enjoy DJ-fueled pool parties and bonfires on the beach.
The first of the three itineraries is the Mayan Sol, which is a five-night voyage to Costa Maya and the Bimini Beach Club.
Then there’s the five-night Dominican Daze sailing, which finds the Scarlet Lady visiting Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic before hitting the beach (club). Those looking for a slightly shorter trip will be drawn to the Fire & Sunset Soirees, which allows guests to spend a day in Key West, Florida, before the ship heads to the Bimini Beach Club.
That last itinerary — Fire & Sunsets — may hold a particular appeal to those looking to get the most out of their visit to the Beach Club, as it will feature an exclusive late-night, bonfire-centric party on the beach.
What Separates Virgin Voyages
With the Scarlet Lady nearing completion and her first sibling under construction, Virgin Voyages stands poised to have a major impact on the industry. Rather than follow the path forged by others, Virgin has opted to take a different route in ways that they believe will attract an entirely new audience to cruising. For example, all of the restaurants on the ship are included in the base price, as are all gratuities and WiFi. They will only allow those who are 18 and over to board, as indicated by their cheeky slogan, “No Kids, No Kidding.”
Scarlet Lady will feature everything from drag queen-hosted brunches to the first tattoo parlor at sea. The ship, which will play host to 2,770 “sailors” (as they call passengers) and 1,150 crew members, will set sail out of Miami every Sunday.