January 31, 2019
(12:55 p.m. EST) -- Virgin Voyages' first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, will sail four- and five-night Caribbean cruises beginning in 2020, including the Havana After Dark itineraries that feature an overnight stay in Cuba.
Other itineraries will be a five-night Mayan Sol cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico, and a five-might Dominican Daze voyage to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The Cuba itineraries will have both four- and five-night versions. All voyages will feature either an overnight stay or a late-night sailaway and include a second port of call, but Virgin has yet to reveal what that additional destination will be.
All sailings will depart Miami at 7 p.m.
"Our research with Sailors unearthed their desire to go to places that allow for a variety of experiences," said Diana Block Garcia, vice president of itinerary and destination development for Virgin Voyages. "We set out on an adventure to find overnight destinations that have a combination of opportunities for high energy exploration and places for relaxation, as the perfect complement to our Virgin Voyages experience. We have composed itineraries that have a sense of palpable culture, history and above all induce that carefree feeling that you only get while on holiday."
Scarlet Lady's itineraries open for booking on February 14, 2019; the additional port of call will be announced at the same time. Details about shore excursions, or Shore Things as Virgin Voyages refers to them, will be released in late 2019.
Scarlet Lady is scheduled to begin sailing from Miami in 2020. It will be adults-only (18 and older), and feature unique amenities such as vinyl turntables with in-room record collections in every cabin, and a "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 recently revealed its cruise fares will include gratuities, including on alcoholic drinks (most non-alcoholic drinks are complimentary) and spa treatments.