Adults-only guest policy announced at keel laying ceremony featuring Richard Branson & Boy George
After tantalizing cruise fans with a 30-day social media “shiptease” countdown, Virgin Voyages finally dropped trou (metaphorically speaking), with the big reveal that their first ship will be “Adult by Design.”
At the keel laying ceremony for Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Richard Branson made a dramatic entrance to the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, dropping 200 feet from a crane. He then welded ceremonial coins on the ship’s keel. Boy George played DJ and while Branson danced at the event which gave the cruise world an initial glimpse of the Virgin’s first vessel.
Virgin Voyages Ship Design
The as-yet-unnamed new ship, the first of three ordered by Virgin Voyages, will have a silvery white hull adorned with a mermaid alongside the Virgin logo. Branson stated, “She will be the most recognizable ship sailing the seven seas, delivering an irresistible sailor experience. We’re also committed to making sure our crew are the happiest at sea and will be proud to sail with us.”
The first Virgin Voyages ship will cater only to passengers over 18, although Branson indicated that future Virgin ships may welcome children. Virgin Voyages’ debut sailing season will feature seven-day voyages out of Miami (itineraries not yet announced). All of Virgin Voyages vessels will have a 2,800-passenger capacity. Cruise fans who want to sail with Virgin in 2020 can reserve a place on their pre-sale list with a fully refundable deposit of $500/two passengers.
Our Take: Virgin Voyages’ adults-only policy will no doubt attract many LGBTQ cruise fans (even those among us who are part of the queer baby boom occasionally want a child-free vacation). As longtime fans of Richard Branson’s innovative approach to business, we look forward to learning more details about this exciting new cruise line.
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