Virgin Voyages released their long-anticipated “Ship Tease” and it left us wanting more! The first renderings of the 2,800-passenger prototype cruise ship reveal a sleek, yacht-like exterior, designed to look like the vessel is “gliding” in the water. Looks amazing, right? Read on for more reasons meeting & incentive planners will want to keep an eye on Virgin Voyages.
The ships are also designed so that cruise passengers (or “sailors” in Virgin parlance) have a connection with the ocean: 93 percent of the accommodations will have ocean views, and 86% of those will feature a private “sea terrace”.
Richard Branson and the Virgin team put together a ‘Creative Collective’ from some of the world’s leading design firms for the ship’s interior and deck spaces. With chic land-based brands like Ace Hotels, The Standard High Line and Mondrian Hotels in their portfolios, these creators are sure to redefine the concept of modern “floating hotels”.
Every aspect of the Virgin Voyages experience – from dining and entertainment to wellness and rejuvenation – is being designed to create meaningful, transformative guest experiences. Sorry, family groups – this isn’t your ship. Virgin Voyages is positioning itself as an adults-only line; no children under 18 will be allowed to sail. This is a bold first for the cruise industry, but one that will likely be welcomed by corporate groups.
Virgin also aims to set a new environmental standard by exploring a new technology that could significantly reduce ocean discharge by turning waste into energy.
The first of three Virgin Voyages ships is set to sail from PortMiami in 2020. Details of the interiors, entertainment and itineraries have yet to be announced. Stay tuned…