Lonely Planet Writer

Virgin Voyages’ new eco-friendly cruiseliner wants to send you home in peak fitness

Recently, Virgin announced that they would be stepping up their game when it comes to experiential cruises, offering guests the chance to set sail on a fleet of beautiful and sustainable vessels that focus on wellness. Called Virgin Voyages, the new project has just unveiled the look of its first ship, Scarlet Lady, an eye-catching colossus packed with amazing features.

A rendering of Scarlet Lady, due to sail the high seas in 2020.
A rendering of Scarlet Lady, due to sail the high seas in 2020. Image by Virgin Voyages

The first of three new ships, Scarlet Lady is due to hit high seas in 2020, followed by two other “Lady Ships” in 2021 and 2022 respectively. It will be an adult only experience that sets sail from PortMiami for the Caribbean, and mimics the sleek design of a yacht. Wellbeing is at the forefront of the onboard experience, and guests will be able to take part in fitness classes as well as making the most of relaxation spaces. Classes include strength conditioning, spinning, yoga and cardio, all of which are held in rooms with dramatic ocean views. Other amenities include a whirlpool, two plunge pools, a boxing ring and an outdoor training facility, while guests looking to unwind can do so at a spa that features mud rooms, hydrotherapy, salt rooms and quartz beds.

The vessel will include a number of relaxation facilities for guests to unwind. Image by Virgin Voyages

The majority of cabins on board Virgin Voyages will feature balconies and ocean views. Adorned with a mermaid on the bow, the Scarlet Lady will have a contemporary look created by interior designers, artists and architects. The vessel includes two dining spaces, Pink Agave, a modern Mexican eatery and The Test Kitchen, a laboratory-like restaurant finished with beakers, test tubes, and flasks.

One of the restaurants will be designed to look like a laboratory. Image by Virgin Voyages

The development also sees Virgin taking steps to ensure that its experiences are sustainable, and the company has disallowed single-use plastic on board all of its ships, including straws, bottled water, shopping bags, food packaging and coffee cups. Instead, the ships will offer recyclable and reusable materials, and guests will be able to enjoy complimentary filtered still and sparkling water. Virgin Voyages has also partnered with a Swedish technology company to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by converting engine waste heat into clean electricity.

Scarlet Lady comes complete with its own signature nightclub, The Manor. Image by Virgin Voyages

More information on Scarlet Lady is available at the official Virgin Voyages website.