The team here at North South Travel are very excited by what our partners at Virgin Voyages are bringing to the market. Richard Branson is at the helm of this exciting new cruise line and they are “building ships that bring together everything you love from your favourite places on land, with the butterfly-inducing excitement of the open ocean”.
Launching in April 2020, The Scarlet Lady will be setting off doing 4 and 5 night roundtrip journeys from Miami, and they visit ports such as Key West, Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico and Puerto Plata and San Juan in the Caribbean. All their cruises stop in their private beach club in Bimini, an island in the Bahamas for a full day of relaxation and fun.
For those of you wanting to go further afield, The Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyages' second ship will set sail in May 2021. Offering three itineraries, her home port will be Barcelona and she will be cruising around the beautiful Mediterranean visiting destinations like Sardinia, Monaco and Palma de Mallorca. Plus all voyages on Valiant Lady spend overnights in the musical island of Ibiza!
Described as a “yacht-inspired boutique hotel at sea”, what else makes this experience so epic and unique?
- ADULTS ONLY- no kids, no kidding. But your inner-child is welcome
- 20+ EATERIES- unique spaces, diverse options and carefully crafted menus
- ENTERTAINMENT- Original programming and groundbreaking acts
- VITAMIN SEA- a proper dose of wellness- your way
- EPIC DESIGN – elegant aesthetics and clever cabin technology
- DESTINATIONS- late stays, overnights and bonfire soirees
Virgin Voyages believes that everything should be clear and concise. No hidden fees, or unexpected surprises.
- ALL FOOD: From refined dining to relaxed casual, enjoy 20+ eateries, all included
- TIPS: They’ve taken care (of taking care) of their Crew, so you don’t have to worry
- ENTERTAINMENT- Virgin's past and personality joins forces to bring you immersive shows and amazing new acts
- UNLIMITED WIFI: With wifi included, you can post to social media to your heart’s content
- GROUP WORKOUTS: From slow-flowing vinyasa and mediation to cycling and HIIT classes- all of your group classes are covered
- BASIC BEVVIES: Stay hydrated with filtered still and sparkling water, non-pressed juices, sodas, tea and drip coffee
PLUS book directly with us and you can enjoy the following perks:
- Enjoy up to USD$400 of onboard credits
- Rockstar Anytime Boarding Privileges (usually reserved for Suite guests only) so you can skip the lines and board as soon as it opens, or anytime you want before it sets sail!
Take a look at how gorgeous the ship is going to be!
For those looking for unique culinary experiences, you won't be disappointed as you can enjoy a variety of different themed restaurants onboard such as: their group focused Korean BBQ , Gunbae, the vegetarian forward, Razzle Dazzle, or try the experimental cooking lab - The Test Kitchen. If that all fails to whet your appetite, they do also have a food hall which is home to a whole variety of different cuisines from around the world.
They'll be a Drag Queen brunch every sailing in Razzle Dazzle (pictured above).
They didn’t skimp on recreational activities either; where else can you get a tattoo while on the water? Whether you like kicking it old school in the record shop, to lounging poolside, soaking in the sun. They’ve got you covered. We especially encourage you to sing their praises in the private karaoke rooms they’ve got onboard.
The team behind Virgin Voyages also know how difficult it is to stay in shape – especially when you’re on vacation, so they have made sure that there’s no reason to stop and have designed a huge gym and outdoor running track, and also will include complimentary group classes ranging from studio class to boxing or outdoor yoga. Virgin wants you to stay fit and healthy and have fun doing it.
Bimini, their private beach club will become one of your favourite memories from the trip. Mornings at The Beach Club will begin with yoga and meditation. The energy will gradually be amplified as the day progresses and turned back down as dusk settles in. Sailors will reach the high point of the day by the afternoon where DJ-led pool and floatilla parties will be center of the action.
With all this fun, you won’t want to leave! But alas, every good excursion must end, and what better way to say goodbye than with a bonfire finale?
Once you’re all tuckered out from all the partying, it’s nice to have a comfortable place to sleep, and that’s what Virgin has provided. From their Insider cabins to their RockStar Suites, Virgin has made your comfort and quality of life a priority. Whether you feel like sharing the space with your new friends, and hosting the shindig of the cruise, or just relaxing in bed catching up on the latest episode of your favourite show, these rooms can do it all. With the cabins, your bed will fold open into a modern ‘L’ couch so no one will be sitting on your bed. During evening turn down service, it will be transformed into your comfortable bed for the evening.
Rockstar Suites with amazing entertainment areas....
Plus when you book one of the suites, you get access to Richard’s Rooftop, a members only lounge for stargazing parties and pre-dinner cocktails, or whatever else you would want to indulge in.
If you stay in a Rockstar Suite you get amazing additional amenities
- Daily free access to thermal spa
- All alcohol is included
- “Behind the Velvet Rope” VIP access both on and off the ship
- Daily hair and make up artist access
SOLD? We are! For even more details about these incredible ships and inclusions click here:
For their inaugural season, Virgin Voyages will be offering four regular itineraries; Fire and Sunset Soirees, Rivera Maya, Mayan Sol and Dominican Daze. They also will have four special trips during the year which include Mark Ronson on Deck, Richard’s Birthday Bash, Holidaze and Nights and New Year’s Ahoy!
Due to our membership in the exclusive Virtuoso network we are able to offer all clients booking with us the special perk of Board Anytime embarkation (which usually is only reserved for the RockStar Suite guests). This means, as long as you've checked off all Ready-to-Sail requirements and have travel documents (passports, visas, you know - the important stuff) our clients can simply rock-up to the terminal during the boarding window and walk right onboard. No assigned time needed. All other Sailors will board according to assigned times.
Itineraries are now on sale! If you are interested in learning more, or checking pricing and availability, please contact one of our Cruise & Leisure Travel Specialists by clicking on the “Contact us” button above or by calling our office on 604-736-7447.
Prices as low as CAD$1,870 per cabin, for two people, based on an insider cabin on a 4 night sailing to Key West & the Bahamas in October 2020.
The Captivating Caribbean
Sunlit mornings and effervescent nights. Kaleidoscopic reefs and bioluminescent bays. Exclusive beach clubs and epic bonfire goodbyes. They’ve curated itineraries with late stays and overnights, so you can see real people and real experiences that make each port so special. All of their Caribbean itineraries stop at their exclusive beach club experience in the Bahamas.
Example 5 night itinerary: Miami roundtrip
Summers on the Med
Pristine beaches and medieval castles. Panoramic hikes and cascading hilltops filled with sun-bleached and pastel coloured homes. Electric nights in Ibiza and summer evenings sipping Tuscan wine.
You’ll be setting sail through some of Europe’s most iconic ports. Enjoy late stays and overnights to experience the perfect dose of historical exploration, cultural celebrations and ultimate relaxation.
Example 7 night itinerary: Barcelona roundtrip