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Resilient Lady in the waters off of Mykonos
Resilient Lady in the waters off of Mykonos (Photo: Kyle Valenta)

Virgin Voyages News: Virgin Expands Summer Season Pass to Include Resilient Lady Sailings from Athens

Resilient Lady in the waters off of Mykonos
Resilient Lady in the waters off of Mykonos (Photo: Kyle Valenta)
Senior Editor, News and Features
Aaron Saunders
Editor
Jorge Oliver

Last updated
Mar 21, 2024

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(March 21, 2024) -- Citing strong consumer demand, Virgin Voyages has expanded the Summer Season Pass announced in early March to now include sailings aboard Resilient Lady from Athens to destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The available voyages consist of two distinct week-long itineraries: Greek Island Glow and Adriatic Sea & Gems.

Greek Island Glow focuses on the Aegean Sea, with calls in Santorini, Rhodes, Bodrum and Mykonos. As the name reveals, Adriatic Sea & Gems explores the Adriatic, featuring stops in Dubrovnik, Split, Kotor and Corfu.

The month-long season pass voyages are currently available in three iterations. The first one runs from June 2-30, with the first two weeks and the fourth week covering the Greek Island Glow itinerary, while the third week takes passengers on the Adriatic Sea & Gems trek.

The second option will go from June 30 to July 28. During weeks one, three and four, passengers embark on the Greek Island Glow journey, while week two heads to the Adriatic.

The third Summer Season Pass sailing starts on July 7 and ends on August 4. This option features the Aegean Sea itinerary on weeks one and four; and the Adriatic Sea loop on weeks two and three.

Like the previously announced month-long sailings from Barcelona on Scarlet Lady, Resilient Lady's Summer Season Pass voyages start at $9,990 for two passengers, for a Central Sea Terrace cabin. The offer also comes with additional perks, including a complimentary bottle of champagne, a $10 daily coffee credit per cabin, wash & fold laundry service, and Premium Wi-Fi. Summer Season Pass passengers also get dedicated concierge service, early access booking for onboard restuarants and shore excursions, and access to the ship's members-only sundeck: Richard’s Rooftop.

Virgin Voyages Encourages Cruisers to 'Work from Ship' With Scarlet Summer Season Pass

Richard Branson posing with the bright red Virgin Voyages funnel
Richard Branson with the Virgin Voyages funnel (Photo: Virgin Voyages)

(March 8, 2024) -- If working from home is so 2020, the wave of the future may just be working from cruise.

Virgin Voyages is taking the concept of working remotely a step further by announcing the 'Scarlet Summer Season Pass.' The program consists of month-long itineraries in the Mediterranean designed to entice people to switch their home office for a cabin aboard Scarlet Lady.

The month-long voyages are priced at the starting rate of $9,990 per cabin for a Central Sea Terrace cabin category, which represents a 30% savings value according to the cruise line. The offer also includes Premium Wi-Fi, a $10 daily coffee credit per cabin, wash & fold laundry service, early access to book dining and shore excursions, onboard RockStar support, access to Richard’s Rooftop (the members-only sundeck with daily Champagne happy hour), and a complimentary bottle of champagne.

The 'Scarlet Summer Season Pass" voyages essentially consist of four week-long roundtrips out of Barcelona, in two back-to-back itineraries: French Daze Ibiza, which features stops in Marseille, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza; and Irresistible Med, which calls in Toulon, Carrara, Ajaccio and Ibiza. This means every month-long journey does each one of the aforementioned itineraries twice, although on select weeks there is a small variation of the Irresistible Med trek, calling in Rome (Civitavecchia) instead of Ajaccio.

Virgin Voyages has set aside a limited number of cabins for these special voyages. In order to secure a spot, cruisers must fill out a form on the cruise line's website. A representative from Virgin Voyages will then contact the interested travelers within 72 hours to provide a status update.

--Jorge Oliver, Cruise Editor

Resilient Lady to Homeport in San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Photo: Aaron Saunders)
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

(March 1, 2024) -- Virgin Voyages announced this week it will redeploy Resilient Lady from Australia and New Zealand next winter to the Caribbean, introducing a brand-new array of Caribbean cruise itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Beginning December 6, 2024, Resilient Lady will sail a total of nine unique itineraries roundtrip from San Juan.

Bookings opened on February 29, 2024 for these exciting new itineraries that will visit four brand-new ports of call for Virgin Voyages, including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Cartagena, Colombia; and Roseau, Dominica.

These new itineraries also include two special Holiday sailings: a Christmas voyage to St. Kitts and Nevis, Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Maarten; and a "New Year's Ahoy" voyage to Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Maarten -- all roundtrip from San Juan.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Virgin Voyages Partners with Delta to Surprise Passengers With a Free Cruise

Passengers show off their free Virgin Voyages certificates (Photo: Virgin Voyages)
Passengers show off their free Virgin Voyages certificates (Photo: Virgin Voyages)

(February 29, 2024) -- It's a most unusual giveaway strategy: Virgin Voyages recently partnered with Delta Air Lines to give an entire flight of passengers a free cruise.

The direct flight from Atlanta to San Juan, Puerto Rico was chosen in order to celebrate San Juan as Resilient Lady's homeport later this year.

Resilient Lady was named Best New Cruise Ship of 2023 by the editorial team at Cruise Critic.

Virgin's enigmatic founder, Sir Richard Branson, personally boarded the flight in Atlanta to bestow a free cruise for all those 18 and older (Virgin is an adults-only line, after all) to all Delta SkyMiles members.

Sir Richard Branson surprised passengers on a Delta flight with a free cruise (Photo: Virgin Voyages)

“The Caribbean has been my home for many years, and I’m very excited to welcome Resilient Lady as she sails from San Juan to visit the region’s most beautiful destinations," Branson said.

"My excitement clearly couldn’t be contained, so we came up with a way to celebrate with a personal invitation and surprise for some unsuspecting guests on a Delta flight to San Juan.

"We’re grateful for our partners at Delta who joined in on the fun and have also been long-time venture partners of our airline, Virgin Atlantic. We look forward to showing everyone what it’s like to Set Sail the Virgin Way!”

Passengers on a Delta flight from Atlanta to San Juan were given free Virgin Voyages cruises (Photo: Virgin Voyages)
Passengers on a Delta flight from Atlanta to San Juan were given free Virgin Voyages cruises (Photo: Virgin Voyages)

Delta Air Lines senior vice president and chief communications officer Tim Mapes hinted that the partnership with Virgin may not just be a one-off, either.

“When two award-winning brands come together, they create magic for their customers. Delta is thrilled to have partnered with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages for this special surprise-and-delight for our SkyMiles Members on the flight,” said Mapes.

“This is one more way in which we’re adding value to the program and unlocking exclusive experiences for our Members. Stay tuned for more with Virgin Voyages.”

Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady arrives into Sydney Harbour
Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady arrives into Sydney Harbour (Image: Virgin Voyages)

While cruise giveaways are nothing new, the concept of gifting a flight full of passengers with a free cruise is fitting with Branson (and Virgin Voyages') unconventional style.

Resilient Lady will homeport in San Juan later this year, following the cancellation of its next Australia and New Zealand season due to conflicts in the Middle East that would have prevented the ship from transiting the Red Sea.

-- Aaron Saunders, Senior Editor, News and Features

Publish date February 29, 2024
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