This was my first cruise and I have to say that cruising on any other cruise line will definitely not compare. Virgin has really provided an amazing voyage (for adults only) with literally everything imaginable you might want to do while on board…. from simply swimming at the pool or laying out in the sun, to playing a table game or slots in the casino to catching high quality entertainment that will literally have you laughing and crying. They also give you opportunity to let out your “inner child” with a social club that has an insanely large collection of board games/other fun games (Cards against Humanity…and even Settlers of Catan just to name a couple). It’s hey had a fun arcade that was completely free to use.
The dining on the ship was soooo great. I’ve heard ships usually have buffet/main dining areas. The approach for Virgin was offering curated sit-down dining experiences as well as the Galley which was more food court style, but still served table side by servers. The galley was the best place for a quick meal for breakfast or lunch, and they have plenty of simple grab and go items as well such as sushi and salads.
My favorite restaurant experiences of the entire ship was a total tossup between the Test Kitchen (a Michelin Star Style restaurant) and Gunbae (an interactive Korean BBQ restaurant). The test kitchen was an amazing opportunity to let your trust lie in the hands of the master chef. Your menu (which differs from one night to the next) simply will tell you the main ingredient of each course and then the server will explain each course as they are served. This experience is ALL INCLUDED in your voyage and does not cost extra. If you are able, add the wine or cocktail pairing package with it (separate cost). It was truly nice enjoying an amazing wine that went along with each course. One of the guests in our party wanted beer and the server even paired different beers with each course for them.
The rooms definitely exceeded my expectations! I’ve heard many comments from friends who have done cruises before that the cabins were super tiny. For a ship, it was definitely a decent sized room. We had a spacious central sea terrace that had plenty of breathing room (we had quite a bit of luggage this trip and there was still so much room to store our bags). There were multiple drawers and shelves to store your clothes for easy access. The balcony was such a treat!!! It included a comfy hammock and a couple of chairs which were perfect for just relaxing and enjoying the view.
Bed was incredibly comfortable…especially the pillows!!!
The technology in the room was great! You control the TV, Lights, AC, and Curtain from a small tablet….all from the comfort of your bed. The movie selection was perfect for those late night entertainment desires. The Do Not Disturb/Service Requested feature was controlled by the touch of a button by the door.
The bathroom was an ok space with a small shower. Water pressure was amazing and the shower has both a rain shower head as well as the handheld wand. Can we talk about the products!?!! From the handsoap by the sink, to the shower products in the bathroom, Virgin definitely did this one right!! The quality was great and loved the scent (Red Flower).
NOTE: they have a blowdryer in the room
But no plug in the bathroom so you’ll have to do that in the main part of the cabin!
Also, they do not provide any irons in the room and the ship has limited steamers available upon request (was told only about 20-25 on board).