Due to take its maiden voyage from Port Miami to the Caribbean in April, the Scarlet Lady is the first of a new fleet of ground-breaking ships created by Virgin Voyages. Boasting tattoo parlours, drag-themed brunches and high-end “RockStar Suites”, the ship is an adults-only playground at sea.

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An artist's rending of The Scarlet Lady, set to make its maiden voyage in 2020.

Richard Branson unveiled The Scarlet Lady at a launch party in Dover last week, alongside what's on offer with the cruise including club nights with DJs like Mark Ronson and Diplo, yoga classes with ocean views and tattoo sessions with the ship's resident tattoo artists. Hosting more than 2770 sailors and an international crew of 1160, the adults-only cruise has been specifically-designed for millennial passengers.

Cabins come with mood lighting and rainshowers, and are designed to entertain couples or groups of friends. "RockStarSuites", inspired by the design of mega yachts feature leather finishes, marble-clad bathrooms and terrazzo flooring, and each one comes equipped with a vinyl turntable. “The Massive Suite”, which comes complete with a guitar-clad music room, a large terrace with an outdoor shower and hot tub, as well as an outdoor dining area. While, the top suites will also have specially-designed champagne tables with in-built ice buckets, stargazing loungers and terrace hammocks.

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The Massive Suite will include a wall of guitars for music-centric sailors.

The Scarlet Lady will also offer VIP services for guests renting RockStar Suites, including a specially-dedicated “wardrobe” team to help unpack and repack, a complimentary pressing service and a nightly express swimsuit drying service. Suites also come with a full bar and a cocktail-making kit.

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A rendering of the view from the Gorgeous Suite on The Scarlet Lady.

Beyond accommodation, the Scarlet Lady will feature over 20 eateries including a Korean BBQ restaurant called Gunbae, and Pink Agave, a Mexican restaurant serving mezcal and tlayudas. It will also host events like Razzle Dazzle (a drag-themed bottomless brunch).

Wellbeing is a big part of the on-board experience, and guests will be able to enrol in fitness classes, such as yoga, strength conditioning, spinning, and cardio, all of which are held in rooms with ocean views. Other amenities such as whirlpools, two plunge pools, a boxing ring and an outdoor training facility will be available.

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Virgin Voyages will have a designated home at PortMiami.

The Scarlet Lady will set sail on her inaugural voyage in April, from Miami to ports of call in the Caribbean including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Key West and the Bahamas. Details of three-, four- and five-night packages can be viewed here. Virgin Voyages also announced a Mediterranean cruise setting sail from Barcelona next year.

More information on Virgin Voyages is available from the official website.

This article was first published on 8 February, 2019 and updated on 28 February, 2020.

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