We look at the back of Virgin Voyages new ship and ask …

Have you ever seen an aft like this? Yes, they claimed to be different and this is the officially released picture from Virgin Press of the aft of the first ship, the Scarlet Lady.

Yes, it might seem strange, but then let’s think about cruising. It started by converting ships and keeping a ship shape. Never did anyone say, this is going to be different, a hotel at sea with amenities for the guests. So the amenities have always been fitted into the ship. I like what Virgin has said, this is what we want to give our guests, now make it float.

Daring to be different has always been their style, and there is no doubt this ship, and those that follow will cause a spectacle wherever they dock. They will be the fodder of every comedian, every poor journalist who works on red-top based comment of knowing better – but like so much of current-day history, only the future will tell us if it works and we are saying well done for going that extra nautical mile.

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin have begun to reveal renderings and animations of the nine new public spaces their ships will have. These will be in the Scarlet Lady, their first ship and this is our send update. The Scarlet Lady now has her own page under Virgin in our ships menu. They intend to have an innovative program for guests but it looks like they will have a new approach to the crew. Well-being for sailors, who look like they might be more of the overall oneness on board was touched upon in the last block, especially their commitment to train and promote women. The is a brand term ‘Vitamin Sea.’  See our previous update.

They say, ‘As part of the “Epic Sea Change for All” brand purpose, Virgin Voyages has committed to delivering transformational and rejuvenating experiences for its sailors. Its ‘Vitamin Sea’ ideology is inspired by the oceans and their importance in the health and well-being of our planet and our daily lives. The approach also places healthy travel at the forefront of the delivery of its ‘Adult by Design’ experience for the 18+ sailor. 

“We are all so busy with life, work and family that vacations are critical for us to be able to rebuild our energy so that we can live our best lives,” said McAlpin. “With well-being at the heart of everything we do at Virgin Voyages, sailors will come back feeling rejuvenated, not like they need a holiday from their holiday.” 

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This new approach to ship design appears to give far more outdoor and outward-looking spaces. The Crow’s Nest with its 360-degree view is a secluded sundeck for sunrise and sunset yoga. Adjacent to this area of Zen is the signature Virgin red running track called The Runway that forms a halo-like vision over the ship and where sailors will sweat, strut or skate. Yes, we said skate. This feels very Venice Beach, and see the last blog where that reference came up again. The Runway links to The Athletic Club and it feels like it might be a place for those who visit the buffet but avoid all carbs and sugar.

To that end, detox and ‘retox’, seem to be the party hard but look after your body approach to Virgin and it will have a huge following.

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Outdoor training zone, including a boxing ring, strength and gymnastics equipment like you’d find in the New York sports clubs of the 1920s, oversized gaming for outdoor adult play, cabanas for relaxation, and a sports bar for socializing post-workout. 

The B-Complex features the ultimate well-being and fitness experience with strength, spin, yoga and cardio in its Build, Burn, Bike and Balance rooms, all with dramatic ocean views. For on-demand fitness, the Burn and Build gyms will each be equipped with Technogym ARTIS, a line of sustainably crafted cutting-edge fitness technology. 

After working up a sweat or finding their moment of reflection, sailors will restore themselves in the serenity zone by hopping in the Well-being Pool and boosting their performance with fresh cold-pressed juices, served at the Gym and Tonic bar. MyBeast, an artistic adult playground and fitness apparatus designed by Equilibria, will add a Venice Beach-like atmosphere to the Well-being Pool.

They do intend to be different. We intend to be with them all the way as it makes a great addition to life at sea. And, let’s be fair, it will be joined onto Virgin Holidays which is the UK’s favourite worldwide holiday company. 

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