Virgin’s New Adults-Only Cruise Ship

Render of Scarlet Lady Photo Courtesy Virgin Voyages
Render of Scarlet Lady Photo Courtesy Virgin Voyages


The new cruise liner, The Scarlet Lady, will be the company’s first and is due to hit the water in 2020, sailing from the Miami area with a 2,700 passenger capacity and space for 1,150 crew members.

  • The ship features interiors and exteriors imagined by Tom Dixon Design Studio of London, Roman and Williams of New York, and Concrete Amsterdam
  • Among many amenities, the cruise liner boasts a nightclub, a thermal spa, two restaurants, an indoor and outdoor athletic club, and a barbershop.

Even parents could use a holiday from their little ones sometimes. To relax, order a glass of wine and dedicate all of their attention to the voyage at hand. That’s why Virgin has taken great care to design a place where you, your friends or your significant other can have the best possible experience, sans the unpredictability of kids. Because of that you must be at least 18 to sail with Virgin. So whether you want to unplug and disconnect or network with like minded travelers, it’s all there.

The first Lady Ship of our Virgin Voyages fleet is almost here, and she’s shaping up to be quite a beauty. If the leading lady image on the livery seems recognizable, it might be because she’s made appearances on Virgin entities before. Designed by artist Toby Tinsley, her likeness appears on Virgin Atlantic and Australia aircrafts as well as the Virgin Galactic spaceline. Now, she’s emerging again, but this time she reappears as a mystical Mermaid – the soul and spirit behind the first Virgin Voyages ship. Her name, and therefore the name of our first vessel, was carefully deliberated and finally chosen to be… Scarlet Lady. There…we said it. The mermaid’s out of the bag! Scarlet is the embodiment of everything this ship represents. As our figurehead, she takes on a role historically dedicated to goddesses, important women in society, and even mermaid figures. Though beautiful and mysterious in vision, she represents a woman of power – the leader not only on our first voyage, but also in our efforts to encourage front-facing female leaders throughout our company with our Virgin Voyages Scarlet Squad Program.

Virgin Voyages, which comes from music industry executive Richard Branson, partnered with London-based firms Design Research Studio and Softroom, and New York firms Work AC and Roman and Williams, a group the company cohesively calls the Creative Collective.

“Ranging from gritty to glamorous, we’ve collaborated with a collection of brilliant interior designers and architects to create a variety of spaces that our sailors will love,” Dee Cooper, Senior Vice President of Product Design for Virgin Voyages, said in a press release. “With careful thought, humor and attention to detail, the Creative Collective has designed a ship that’s styled for those thirsty for a wonderfully modern holiday at sea.

Planned amenities on The Scarlet Lady include an outdoor lounge for suite guests dubbed Richard’s Rooftop, a Mexican restaurant called Pink Agave, another restaurant called The Test Kitchen, the outdoor lounge called The Dock and a nightclub inspired by Branson’s music industry heritage, called The Manor, according to a press release.

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