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Resilient Lady Review

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Resilient Lady Virgin Voyages third ship

Virgin Voyages' third ship to debut following Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady, Resilient Lady was announced on March 8, 2021 to celebrate International Women's Day. Ships are traditionally referred to as "she", and Virgin calls its debut class of vessel "Lady Ships."

Resilient Lady will make its debut in the Mediterranean on July 1, 2022, before repositioning to its winter homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a series of Caribbean cruises during the winter of 2022-2023.

Like its sisters, Resilient Lady will offer numerous inclusions in the price (including basic beverages and gratuities) and will be geared to adults only.

While Virgin has yet to announce any significant changes between Scarlet, Valiant and Resilient Lady, chances are good cruisers could see small improvements here and there, along with slight modifications typical of the third vessel to enter service in any new class of ship.

For cruisers, though, Resilient Lady is poised to deliver the same brand of non-standard cruising fun, rethought as only Richard Branson's Virgin Group could have.

Dining

Like other ships in the Virgin Voyages' fleet, Resilient Lady takes traditional cruise ship dining venues and turns them upside down. The ship has no main dining room, no set dining times, no established dress codes, and no buffet (Virgin has renamed it a "food hall", but it amounts to the same thing).

Instead, Resilient Lady offers a series of restaurants onboard that are included in the cruise fare, set around differing themes and serving up uniquely distinct experiences throughout. And unlike some cruises, Resilient Lady will include basic drinks like soda, bottled waters, juices, drip coffees and teas. Alcohol, specialty coffees and freshly-pressed juices will still come at an additional charge.

While dining venues for Resilient Lady haven't been established, expect them to be similar (or the same) as those onboard Scarlet Lady: the aft-facing The Wake restaurant will serve up steak and seafood; Pink Agave offers up Mexican fare; Razzle Dazzle focuses on veggie-forward cuisine; The Test Kitchen serves adventurous culinary creations; Gunbae is a Korean Barbecue-themed eatery; The Dock House serves cool Mediterranean dishes; Extra Virgin highlights Italian cuisine; The Pizza Place serves exactly what you think it would; The Sun Club Café offers up Hawaiian-style Poke bowls; The Social Club Diner brings casual carnival food to life; The Galley is a food hall that comes as close to an onboard buffet as Virgin will allow; Noodle Around is a Ramen and Miso Soup bar; Bento Baby focuses on sushi; Well Bread has pastries and flatbreads; Diner & Dash offers 24-hour American Fare; the Burger Bar offers up all-day burgers; Hot off the Press has sandwiches and Toasties; Let's Taco Bout It serves up Tacos and Burritos; and The Daily Mix offers healthy bites.

In short -- there are more dining venues and options on this ship than most people could cram into seven weeks, let alone seven days.

Cabins

Like dining, there's nothing standard about Resilient Lady's onboard accommodations.

Most cabins will offer Virgin's Seabed -- a day lounger that converts into a full-sized bed each evening. It's a nifty feature, but means these rooms are narrower than most (hence the need for storing the Seabed when not in use).

Of the 1,408 cabins onboard, 93 percent have oceanviews. About 86 percent will offer a balcony, or Sea Terrace in Virgin Voyages-speak. Cabins for solo travellers will be offered, and all rooms will have sensors that detect when the cabin is occupied or not, allowing the blinds to shut automatically and the air conditioning/lighting adjust to their optimal power-saving settings.

Cabins will offer a 43-inch, 4K television; a mini-bar, desk with mirror and wardrobes. Bathrooms will offer rainforest showerheads, and all rooms with balconies will have hammocks on them.

More space can be had by booking one of Resilient Lady's "Rockstar Suites" -- larger rooms offering up retro-futuristic furnishings, working vinyl turntables (and a collection of classic records, to boot), bars and cocktail kits, and all the usual status perks like priority embarkation and access to lounges that is part and parcel with a suite booking.

Top Deck Attractions

An outdoor wellness space known as The Perch adorns the uppermost deck, 17, along with the requisite jogging track.

One deck down, on Deck 16, passengers will find more active-themed diversions such as the Athletic Club and a group fitness area known as The Training Camp.

Not physically inclined? Resilient Lady's uppermost decks will still offer relaxing private cabanas, the popular Sun Club Bar, and Richard's Rooftop: a VIP upper deck area and bar.

Don't hold out, however, for an elaborate pool deck experience: the unusually small pool is the weak spot aboard Scarlet Lady and is unlikely (due to load and structural factors) to be significantly changed aboard Resilient Lady.

Entertainment

Exact entertainment features aboard Resilient Lady have still to be announced. Expect, however, more hip, cool and diverse performances onboard than your average cruise vessel.

Itineraries

Resilient Lady makes its debut in the Mediterranean in July 2022, operating itineraries from Piraeus (Athens) to the Greek Isles and the Adriatic. In the fall of 2022, the vessel repositions to San Juan, Puerto Rico to operate Virgin's sailings in the Southern Caribbean.

Resilient Lady will offer two separate itineraries in the Caribbean: a "Southeastern Caribbean Isles" voyage calling on Tortola, Guadeloupe, Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua; and a "Sunsets in the Lesser Antilles" itinerary that sails to Aruba, Curacao, Martinique and St. Kitts.

The transatlantic crossing is an 11-night journey from Lisbon to San Juan via Madeira, Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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