Vir­gin Voy­ages’ big re­veal

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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.

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