It’s really quite remarkable what Virgin Voyages has achieved in its first three years. Consider that Scarlet Lady, the line’s first ship, sailed her maiden voyage in October of 2021, just a few months after the restart of cruising, which had been halted for a year due to Covid-19. Her sister ship, Valiant Lady, followed in 2022, when most cruise lines were still working to recover from the long shut-down. And this year sees the launching of Resilient Lady, with Brilliant Lady scheduled to launch in 2024. In this short span of time, the line has garnered multiple awards and developed an avid following.
There’s a lot to like about Virgin Voyages. For starters, these cruises are for adults 18 and over, so you won’t find water slides or Go Karts here. There are no buffets or large dining rooms. Each ship has over 20 eateries, each with its own kitchen and executive chef, and all food is fresh and made-to-order. It is also all included in the cruise price; no “specialty” eateries with extra fees. Wi-Fi is also included in the price, as are tips and essential drinks, which include sparkling water, non-pressed juices, sodas, teas, and drip coffee.
With itineraries that include late stays or overnights in select ports of call, innovative entertainment, and comfortable cabins with high-tech features, it’s easy to see why Virgin Voyages has become a favorite of novice and experienced cruisers alike.
This summer Valiant Lady takes her sailors on an 8-day “Irresistible Med” itinerary, jumping off from Barcelona and visiting Toulon, Corsica, Tuscany’s beach resort of Marina di Carrara, and fabulous Ibiza, where she’s docked overnight. Current prices for Sea View cabins start at $1262 per person and include a $600 bar tab per cabin when booked by June 29. Cabins with private terrace (balcony) start at $2200 per person.
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