December 6, 2022

My Cruise Expertise Throughout COVID: Virgin Voyages

Picture by Gina Pleasure

We went on the 5 day/4 evening Virgin Voyages’ Bahamas cruise, one of many new line’s first, over New Yr’s. We went with a girlfriend who booked a solo cabin. Positive sufficient, the Scarlet Woman evaluation is all of us liked it, and didn’t get COVID. If you happen to’re involved about desirous to be in open areas, learn on for the listing of all of the out of doors choices on the finish. I haven’t been an ocean cruiser. My millennial son took the inaugural cruise of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Woman and saved telling me, “Mother, you’re going to like this”. He seldom says that.  Richard Branson’s unconventional cruise ship has nice power, vibe, selection, an attention-grabbing mixture of adults of all ages and the enticing public areas appear to be a boutique lodge. Its exterior even seems totally different with its smooth silvery gray hull and shiny purple touches;   the coloration palette jogged my memory of a Nike sneaker. Plus 20+ eateries for what had been 1200 passengers and far more. I’m prepared to return and repeat the identical cruise.

Picture by Gina Pleasure

First, you’re in all probability questioning about security. All passengers needed to be absolutely vaccinated. After dropping off our baggage on the pier, we walked onto the ship and everybody bought an antigen check with outcomes 20 minutes later. If the outcomes had been optimistic, passengers’ baggage was returned they usually needed to go away the ship. All workers wore masks and passengers had been requested to put on masks when not consuming or ingesting.  We wore our masks every time we might, and some weeks after leaving ship, we and our pal are wonderful (we bought examined to make sure).

Aquatic Membership pool deck


However again to the expertise. As a substitute of getting giant areas – one massive swimming pool, just a few massive eating places, and so forth. the Scarlet Woman is about plenty of small areas for consuming/eating, nightspots, exercises and grooming and pampering.  Plus, there are new and totally different twists on what’s provided inside these areas. Consuming?

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Afternoon “tea” the Virgin method, with champagne

Shake your telephone with the app and champagne is delivered to you wherever you might be, or have a correct afternoon tea however with champagne. Spa? Night spa events with a DJ. Grooming? Discover the first ever tattoo studio on board a cruise ship with everlasting make-up too. Cabins? A high suite has its personal music room full with guitars and amplifier with a vinyl turntable and an out of doors eating desk for six. Consuming? How a couple of Korean BBQ restaurant, a meals corridor, or an eatery with consolation meals and each board recreation you can consider.

Half of the big indoor gymnasium plus there’s a jogging observe, out of doors train area, boxing ring and coaching space and courses

And extra on my Scarlet Woman evaluation

Daytime is spent at certainly one of two pool areas, one for decent tubs and the opposite standard, every with its personal bar; figuring out at a boxing ring, working observe or high notch gymnasium; collaborating in courses; spa- ing; doing shore excursions or in our case, spending the day at their personal seaside membership in Bimini with a stunning white powder sand seaside, lagoon pool, and oh so clear multi blue water.

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Loving the seaside membership in Bimini

There’s each possible type of meals most individuals would crave. We’re speaking about enticing specialty eating places providing all the pieces from Italian and steak and seafood, to Korean barbecue, the “Take a look at Kitchen,” half cooking faculty and half restaurant, up to date vegetarian, elevated Mexican and extra.

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Pink Agave Wonderful Mexican Restaurant

A meals corridor gives choices together with an all-day diner, panini store, ramen bar, taco shack, soup and salad bar, bakery and pastry store. State-of-the-art espresso bar with severe Italian machines and pastries, and an excellent ice cream store, too.

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Large shot of the inside of Take a look at Kitchen restaurant.

Night brings a selection of champagne bar and loungey martini and cocktail bar with stay music and reveals like a recent tackle Cirque de Soleil that we felt was much better, a dance present that’s like a music video, and By no means Sleep Alone, a participatory present with a humorous “relationship therapist”; backside line, no leisure the identical outdated standard. 

The crew, representing dozens of nationalities, couldn’t have been friendlier and did a very good job, plus one might see they actually loved working there, an enormous plus in my ebook. The ship accommodates 2770; on our cruise we had been at about half capability (they’re at the moment crusing at 50-65% capability).

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Cabin inside at evening. This setup applies to The Sea View, Central Sea Terrace, The Sea Terrace, LTD View Sea Terrace, and XL Sea Terrace.

Eighty six p.c of cabins have balconies with a shiny purple sleeping hammock. Most are  225-265 sq. toes so not giant, however are nicely designed and also you don’t really feel cramped.

Closeup of the unique RockStar gown.

If you would like more room, go for the class they name “RockStar” suites (78), from over 350 sq. toes to over 2000. Additionally they convey with them VIP therapy – precedence boarding, customized bar setup, unpacking service and swimsuit drying, particular space on the seaside membership, and entry to Richard’s Rooftop on the highest deck with its personal bar, seating space and sizzling tubs. It’s nicely well worth the improve in case your funds permits.

The Roundabout, which is the central space of the ship.

Passengers (and workers) handle all the pieces, from housekeeping requests and room service, to restaurant and present reservations and train courses via an app. (I like to recommend you attempt to ebook your restaurant and present reservations upfront of your departure) That being mentioned, the app may be very troublesome to make use of. However on the plus facet,on board there’s a print out of the day’s actions, and one can get assist by going to Sailor Companies with IT help all through the day or at sure hours 24/7. Since now the road is within the early phases of the its launch, they need to get this labored out quickly.

Razzle Dazzle vegetarian restaurant


This 12 months, Virgin Voyages will supply cruises to the Bahamas, Mexico and the Dominican Republic  from the Port of Miami and a second ship, Valiant Woman, will set sail from Barcelona, Spain. Costs begin at $2,100 for a Sea Terrace for the 5 day/4 evening cruise and embrace gratuities, all meals, non-alcoholic drinks and primary WIFI. Specialty coffees, spa and grooming providers and wine and liquor are extra. For extra data, click on right here.

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 An interview with Virgin Voyages concerning the open air choices in all classes on their ships:

  1. If folks don’t need to eat indoors what can they do? Order room service (is there a cost for this?) 

Sailors have the choice to order ShipEats, our room service and personal model of UberEats, for a small charge. ShipEats is obtainable 24/7 and Sailors can order via the app or pill on every cabin. The Galley has out of doors seating obtainable and, simply as indoors, a Crew member will take their order and convey it to the Sailor’s desk open air. Moreover, we’ve two out of doors eateries onboard, The Dock, a mezze lounge providing a wide range of small bites and the Solar Membership Cafe, the place Sailors can take pleasure in contemporary and wholesome poke bowls.

2.What number of bars are there open air?

We provide a complete of six bars open air: The Dock, The Athletic Membership Bar, The Solar Membership Bar, Gymnasium & Tonic, The Aquatic Membership Bar and Richard’s Rooftop (for RockStars solely).

3. What about out of doors leisure?

The model’s signature  Scarlet Night time get together the place everybody is inspired to decorate in purple, takes place on the pool, if climate permits, on each itinerary. As well as, there’s Let’s Set Sail from the Pool, PJ Occasion Beneath The Stars, Stargazers, a celestial and romantic night open air regaling tales of the celebrities, and extra.

4. Outside train/exercise choices?

We  supply meditation and yoga courses at The Perch, our out of doors wellness area. The Coaching Middle on the Athletic Membership options an outside coaching zone, together with a boxing ring, power and gymnastics gear. The Sports activities Courtroom can be obtainable on Deck 16.