Virgin Voyages’ big reveal
VIRGIN Voyages announced its first ship will be adults-only and released renders of the vessel ( pictured) in a flashy keel laying ceremony in Genoa, Italy.
The company said the decision to be 18+ “was driven by feedback from future sailors and travel professionals, who are looking for a more elevated and premium experience, with a few Virgin style surprises”.
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages president and ceo Tom McAlpin arrived on stage “in true Virgin style,” via a 200ft crane drop.
McAlpin said the ship was “designed to feel more intimate and connected to the sea,” with 86% of cabins featuring a sea terrace and 93% an ocean view.
Virgin Voyages revealed its ship’s bow will be adorned by a mermaid design inspired by figureheads on historic vessels and designed by London-based artist Toby Tinsley.
The line has also inked a deal with Scanship to explore development of technology which will aim to reduce ocean discharge by turning waste into energy.
The cruise line has three vessels under order with Fincantieri, with the first to arrive in PortMiami in 2020 for her inaugural season sailing to the Caribbean.
Virgin Voyages has opened registration for access to a presale before Virgin Voyages goes on general sale, at the price of a $500 refundable deposit.