• Shea Maritato

Cruise Ship Spotlight: Virgin Voyage's Scarlet Lady

By: Shea Maritato

Source: Virgin Voyages


Image courtesy of Virgin Voyages

The Scarlet Lady makes her maiden voyage on March 26th, 2020


Overview

With a name that was inspired by an early Virgin Atlantic plane, Scarlet Lady is Virgin Voyage's take on what a luxury cruise means. She is designed to be different with a unique approach to how Caribbean cruises look and feel. This will be a kid-free travel zone with a minimum age to sail of 18. The ship will have no buffets, no dress codes and no big Broadway-style theater shows. For entertainment, expect interactive dance parties, DJ sets and “microplays” instead, plus late-night games of dodge ball.


Scarlet Lady will sail year-round based in Miami, cruising around ports in the Caribbean, including cruises to Cuba, Mexico and even a “secret destination.”



Dining

Scarlet Lady will have no main dining room, no set dining times, no dress code and no buffet. All restaurants will be included in the cruise fare, as will basic drinks such as soda, bottled and sparkling water, juices (not including freshly pressed juice), drip coffee and tea. 


Extra Virgin: Scarlet Lady's trattoria-inspired Italian venue will serve regional dishes and handmade pasta made daily.


Geonbae: Meaning cheers or bottoms up in Korean, Geonbae is a Korean BBQ restaurant featuring specially designed flameless grills built into the tables so that diners can cook their own meals.


Pink Agave: Pink Agave will be an upscale Mexican restaurant featuring electric blue metallic lighting fixtures, oversized banquet tables and porthole windows to let in natural light.


Test Kitchen: This restaurant is designed to encourage diners to think about their food from a new perspective. The entryway features lighting fixtures that mimic the periodic table to get people into the mood of the laboratory-like environment with design elements that include metallic furniture, beakers and test tubes.


The Dock Restaurant : Set at the back of the ship on Deck 7, this alfresco eatery is a beach club-inspired space serving Mediterranean small plates, salads, dips and mezzes.


The Galley: Modeled after the popular food halls you'll find in many cities, The Galley will be the main place to grab a quick, casual meal throughout the day.


The Pizza Place: Pizza lovers will be able to choose off the classic menu at this spot, where pies are always made fresh, or design their own based on a variety of ingredients.


Razzle Dazzle: Perhaps the most energetic dining spot on board, Razzle Dazzle gets its name and design from the practice of camouflaging ships during World Wars I and II using patterns of black and white paint. On the menu is a selection of vegetarian and vegan fare, as well as a juice bar.


Wake: The largest restaurant on board, this 5,866-square-foot dining venue is located at the back of the ship, offering beautiful views of the ship's wake. Wake will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. At night the space will serve as the ship's steakhouse with offerings that include a raw bar (designed to look like the bow of a speedboat), and land and sea classics.


Accommodations

Of the 1,408 cabins on Scarlet Lady, 93 percent will have ocean views, and 86 percent will have a balcony (which the line refers to as Sea Terraces). Cabin categories will include Suites, XL Sea Terraces, Sea Terraces, Sea Views, Insiders, Social Insiders and Solo Insider. All rooms will have presence sensors to detect when someone has left the cabin and will go into energy saver mode, triggering the blinds to close and air-conditioning to adjust to an eco-saver temperature.


There will be eight types of Rock Star Suites on board:


Seriously Suite: The 24 Seriously Suite 352-square foot cabins (size includes the balcony) will feature a fully stocked bar, peek-a-boo shower and balcony hammock.


Brilliant Suite: The 18 Brilliant Suites will be 481 square feet (including the balcony) and feature an open floor plan. The rooms, will be able to sleep up to four and feature a fully stocked bar, large convertible sofa, peek-a-boo shower and balcony sun chairs.


Sweet Aft Suite: There are seven of these suites on board, three with the "biggest" balcony, two with an "even bigger" balcony and two with a "pretty big" balcony. Positioned centrally at the back of the ship, these two-person rooms provide wake views even if you're sitting in bed or taking a shower. Sweet Aft Suites range in size from 416 to 661 square feet, depending on balcony size.


Cheeky Corner Suite: There are 14 of these suites on board, six with "biggest" terrace balconies, four with "even bigger" terrace balconies and four with "pretty big" terrace balconies. All can sleep two people and feature an open bedroom overlooking the wake of the ship, a large wardrobe with extra space, and a corner sofa. Cheeky Corner Suites range in size from 607 to 847 square feet, depending on balcony size.


From smallest to largest, the four Mega suite categories are:


Gorgeous Suite: These nine suites measure 570 square feet, can sleep up to four people and feature an open floor plan with distinct lounge and bedroom areas, plus a luxe marble bathroom with a peek-a-boo shower and an expansive balcony with outdoor shower.


Posh Suite: The two 833-square-foot Posh Suites will sleep up to four and feature separate living and bedroom areas, a convertible sofa in the living area, an extra half bathroom, and a balcony with a peek-a-view outdoor shower, stargazing lounges, a sofa and hammock.


Fab Suite: The two 950-square-foot Fab Suites will sleep up to four and feature distinct (but not completely separate) bedroom and living areas. The living area will have a sofa that converts to sleep two, an extra half bathroom and an entertainment credenza, while the bedroom space will have a large wardrobe with extra closet space. Highlights of the balcony include a peek-a-view outdoor shower, stargazing loungers, a sofa and hammock.


Massive Suite: The two largest suites on board will be the 2,147-square-foot Massive Suites, each of which will be able to sleep up to four people. The suite complex will have a master bedroom; music room (which doubles as an extra bedroom) stocked with guitars and an amplifier; a living room with vinyl turntable; dressing area with a hot tub, vanity and two wardrobes; and marble bathroom with a peek-a-boo shower that overlooks the bedroom and out to the ocean. Each Massive Suite also has an expansive balcony with a hot tub, peek-a-view outdoor shower, circular conversation pit, lookout point with stargazing loungers, two full-length hammocks, and an outdoor dining table for six.



Bars and Lounges


Athletic Club Lounge: Located at the top of the ship, the Athletic Club will be a yacht-inspired lounge, featuring the largest daybed at sea (it's meant to be shared) -- a white and red-striped semi-circular lounger, perfect for sunbathing or star gazing. Next to the daybed will be a 220-square-foot area of triple netting where cruisers can lay out and overlook the open space and decks below, just like they would if sailing on a catamaran. The Athletic Club spans the entire aft of the ship and has 10 cabanas overlooking the ocean with beverage service from the adjacent bar.


The Dock: Another outdoor space is The Dock. Located at the back of the ship it will offer views of the ocean, and provide a space for relaxation and socialization. Inspired by the seaside lounges of the Hamptons and Ibiza, the space is designed for cruisers who want to relax peacefully during the day with a cold beverage and a book, while surrounded by natural beauty.


Richard's Rooftop: Also located on the top deck, Richard's Rooftop will be a chic outdoor lounge (with full bar) reserved exclusively for the ship's suite passengers. Named for Virgin's founder Richard Branson, Richard's Rooftop will have a futuristic feel with circular loungers, giant umbrellas and accents of colored crystals that will cast rainbow reflections around the space.


The Manor: The Manor will be the ship's signature nightclub, where you'll find dance music late into the night. According to the line, the emerald, aubergine and gold space is outfitted with "details, platforms and corners that make it both somewhere to see and be seen."


Gym and Tonic Bar: The spot for fresh, cold-pressed juices. 



Spa and Fitness

Virgin Voyages will offer what it calls a "Vitamin Sea" ideology on board its ships, putting healthy travel at the forefront of many of its on board experiences. There will be plenty of spots for rest and relaxation, as well as several locations to help people stay fit, along with a wide variety of group fitness classes provided at no additional charge.


Crow's Nest: Located near the top of the ship, this secluded sundeck, which has 360-degree views, will be the location for sunrise and sunset yoga. 


Athletic Club: Inspired by the sports clubs of New York City in the 1920's, the Athletic Club is an outdoor training zone with a boxing ring, plus strength and gymnastics equipment. 


B-Complex: This indoor fitness center will be filled with strength, spin, yoga and cardio equipment in its Build, Burn, Bike and Balance rooms. For on-demand fitness, the Burn and Build gyms will be equipped with Technogym ARTIS machines. 


Redemption: The ship's spa will boast an underwater cave theme and will feature a hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds and an array of spa treatments. At night the space transforms into an evening hot spot, with spa parties and a DJ spinning tunes. 


Well-being Pool: The ship's main pool; the area surrounding the pool will feature an artistic adult playground and fitness apparatus called MyBeast.  


Stubble & Groom: The men's barbership, compete with a male pedicure area overlooking a porthole ocean view. 


Squid Ink: The first-ever tattoo studio at sea will offer a selection of exclusive tattoo designs created specifically for Virgin Voyages, as well as piercings and permanent makeup. The studio will have two resident tattoo artists, and will occasionally host well-known artists, as well. 



Sources:

https://www.virginvoyages.com/ship

https://thepointsguy.com/news/virgin-voyages-scarlet-lady-first-look/

https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=1323

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