(9 a.m. EST) -- Virgin Voyages' first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, will feature 78 "RockStar" suites when it debuts in 2020. Designed by Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio, the suites will blend a trendy room design with "backstage" (early) access to onboard entertainment, dining and other amenities.
"Virgin has always avoided stuffy formalities and brought a lot of excitement and a bit of rebelliousness to our customer experiences," said Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. "With these glamorous suites, Virgin Voyages is bringing back rock and roll to the high seas and spoiling our sailors like the rock stars they are."
Highlights of the suites include retro-futuristic designs with yacht-like touches such as leather finishes, brass glam stations (i.e. makeup vanities) and marble bathrooms; amenities that include working vinyl turntables (with a collection of classic records), terrace hammocks, full bars and cocktail kits with the first round on the house; and benefits including priority boarding and early access to onboard entertainment, restaurants and excursions (called Shore Things), and even private transfers to and from the ship in Miami.
Other perks will include a "wardrobe team" to help unpack and repack, complimentary pressing service and nightly express swimsuit drying service. Anyone staying in a RockStar suite will have access to Richard's Rooftop, a suite passenger-only top-deck lounge.
All 78 RockStar suites will be located on Scarlet Lady's top decks, have private balconies and be configured to maximize ocean views; many also will have peek-a-boo showers with inset windows overlooking the ocean. Suites will feature mood lighting that automatically adjusts to match the time of day, as well as tablets that cruisers can use to adjust the room's lighting. Each RockStar suite will have European king-sized beds, as well as upgraded bath amenities.
There will be eight types of RockStar Suites onboard:
Seriously Suite: The 24 Seriously Suite 352-square foot cabins (size includes the balcony) will feature a fully stocked bar, peek-a-boo shower and balcony hammock.
Brilliant Suite: The 18 Brilliant Suites will be 481 square feet (including the balcony) and feature an open floor plan. The rooms, will be able to sleep up to four and feature a fully stocked bar, large convertible sofa, peek-a-boo shower and balcony sun chairs.
Sweet Aft Suite: There are seven of these suites onboard, three with the "biggest" balcony, two with an "even bigger" balcony and two with a "pretty big" balcony. Positioned centrally at the back of the ship, these two-person rooms provide wake views even if you're sitting in bed or taking a shower. Sweet Aft Suites range in size from 416 to 661 square feet, depending on balcony size.
Cheeky Corner Suite: There are 14 of these suites onboard, six with "biggest" terrace balconies, four with "even bigger" terrace balconies and four with "pretty big" terrace balconies. All can sleep two people and feature an open bedroom overlooking the wake of the ship, a large wardrobe with extra space, and a corner sofa. Cheeky Corner Suites range in size from 607 to 847 square feet, depending on balcony size.
The four largest types of suites all will be located on Deck 15 and feature added perks including a custom bar setup and a RockStar concierge to fill their rider (a list of requests, most commonly given by a celebrity to a venue, that could include such items as a bowl of Lucky Charms, all green M&Ms, an electric guitar and more).
From smallest to largest, the four Mega suite categories are:
Gorgeous Suite: These nine suites measure 570 square feet, can sleep up to four people and feature an open floor plan with distinct lounge and bedroom areas, plus a luxe marble bathroom with a peek-a-boo shower and an expansive balcony with outdoor shower.
Posh Suite: The two 833-square-foot Posh Suites will sleep up to four and feature separate living and bedroom areas, a convertible sofa in the living area, an extra half bathroom, and a balcony with a peek-a-view outdoor shower, stargazing lounges, a sofa and hammock.
Fab Suite: The two 950-square-foot Fab Suites will sleep up to four and feature distinct (but not completely separate) bedroom and living areas. The living area will have a sofa that converts to sleep two, an extra half bathroom and an entertainment credenza, while the bedroom space will have a large wardrobe with extra closet space. Highlights of the balcony include a peek-a-view outdoor shower, stargazing loungers, a sofa and hammock.
Massive Suite: The two largest suites onboard will be the 2,147-square-foot Massive Suites, each of which will be able to sleep up to four people. The suite complex will have a master bedroom; music room (which doubles as an extra bedroom) stocked with guitars and an amplifier; a living room with vinyl turntable; dressing area with a hot tub, vanity and two wardrobes; and marble bathroom with a peek-a-boo shower that overlooks the bedroom and out to the ocean. Each Massive Suite also has an expansive balcony with a hot tub, peek-a-view outdoor shower, circular conversation pit, lookout point with stargazing loungers, two full-length hammocks, and an outdoor dining table for six. A staircase leads to the top of the table for rockstar-style table dancing
Scarlet Lady is scheduled for delivery in 2020. It will be adults-only (18 and older), sail from Miami and feature all-inclusive dining and "vitamin sea" concept, which focuses on passenger wellness, relaxation and fun. Public spaces will include a tattoo studio, outdoor fitness center and extensive spa facilities. Virgin Voyages recently revealed select Scarlet Lady itineraries will include an overnight port of call in Havana, Cuba.