Why the new Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady cruise ship is making waves
She’s cheeky, a bit brash, typically serene, usually loud, however most significantly Virgin’s Scarlet Lady is all the time enjoyable.
She additionally has an uncanny means to thrill and shock at so many turns and could be the first cruise ship to grace the seven seas with an onboard tattoo and physique piercing parlour, a boxing ring and an eyebrow-raising field of intercourse toys in her bedrooms.
Die-hard cruisers who’ve skilled set-time seating in the foremost eating corridor will discover her disorientating. She presents none of that conventional construction except you e book into certainly one of the speciality eating places whose fare, in contrast to different cruise ships, is included in the fare.
To actually get pleasure from her it’s finest to be open-minded, be joyful and hunt down what pleases you; it’s there someplace on the ship. Then simply loosen up into the expertise.
Anders Karlsson, Vice President Hotel Operations at Virgin Voyages put it this fashion
We don’t prefer to put an age on it, it’s extra a matter of mindset – this cruise is for the younger at coronary heart”
Anyone who has been double jabbed and is prepared to be examined (without spending a dime) is welcome on board this mammoth £500 million 17-deck cruise ship.
Around 2,700 ‘sailors’ (aka passengers) may be catered for in a spread of rooms and serviced by a hefty complement of 1,600 crew members; greater than sufficient to make sure that everybody will get the shmoozy “Ahoy there lovely sailor” no less than as soon as.
Whatever way of thinking you board with, Scarlet Lady will seduce you into leisure a technique or one other. Each house has its personal vitality in a position to shift your temper with the intelligent use of decor and hue, temper lighting and music. And there’s all the time music, even when it’s ambient similar to in the disco lookalike lifts.
Once you get to know Scarlet Lady it is possible for you to to select your pleasure.
You can expertise excessive vitality ranges say in Razzle Dazzle restaurant with its daring brash traces and block colors, and fast-paced music in the excessive vitality video games’ areas. Then you possibly can sluggish all of it down at the quiet bar areas and a number of other nooks and crannies with meditative music, low lighting and calming tones. Once you get to know the Scarlet Lady you’ll in impact be capable to choose your pleasure.
My room 10174A comes with a makeshift wardrobe, a chair and a desk and loads of sockets so that every one the tech could possibly be powered up.
The double mattress is greater than cozy and if we had needed to, we may have had the mattress became a settee throughout the day to create further room. There’s additionally a small balcony with a dinky pink hammock which I might have spent extra time in if solely it wasn’t so cloudy out.
The bathe room was extra of a cubicle actually however activate the bathe and it’s a joyful highly effective blast of rainfall water. It’s truthful to say the rooms are greater than enough with slightly shock and enjoyment of the form of a small blue field of intercourse toys and a bag of therapeutic massage oils.
For true lux, you must check-in to certainly one of the many kinds of Rockstar Rooms on Deck 15. I received blown away by the sheer gorgeousness of those rooms, particularly the flagship Mega rockstar rooms which have functioning fenders hanging on the partitions.
These rooms come absolutely stocked bars with gins, champers and vodkas, plush fittings and plush loos wearing marble. Some actually have a terrace with a scorching bathtub, and a free-standing bathtub.
I admit to a really critical bout of room envy however that’s simply not very rock n roll is it?
Food & Drink
There are 5 glorious must-book speciality eating places that serve meals designed by Michelin cooks. There’s no complement to pay and every presents distinctive decor and delicacies. My favorite was Gunbae, a Korean restaurant that BBQ’s at the desk but in addition loved the ingenious cooking at the Test Restaurant.
Another 15 or so eateries are at The Galley an area that straddles each side of Deck 15. This is an off-the-cuff pick-n-mix affair the place you will get tacos with a myriad of fillings, some sushi from one half, nip over to the noodle bar for some pasta, get takeaway pizzas, or get one thing veggie from one other. You may be as inventive as you want. Or simply benefit from desk service. The burger bar presents an unattainable burger, it’s vegan but tastes similar to a meat burger.
Desserts are plentiful and, oh the Ice cream bar.
Part of the shock and delight of simply being on board is the impromptu singers who sing then disappear, magicians that mingle, and the numerous mini-concerts on the itinerary.
There are some fairly good exhibits too. Duel Reality, a recent “aerial-combat circus show” was impressed by Romeo and Juliet. The acrobatics and the trapeze fantastically depict this touching love story. A fast chat with the star’s present Charlotte O’Sullivan revealed how tough it is to bend like a pretzel in mid-air whereas the boat strikes with the swell of the sea.
Other exhibits included a sexology present “Never Sleep Alone”, a comedy present “The Thing” and magician “The Nerd”. All have been enjoyable if a bit corny. Oh and there’s bingo.
After darkish a Las Vegas-style on line casino pings and chimes into life, DJs pump vitality onto dancefloors – there was an excellent turnout of sailors carrying pink for Scarlet Night disco in the Red Room one night – and a vibrant Manor nightclub. Many bleary-eyed sailors could possibly be discerned in search of a really late breakfast in the wake of a 3am bedtime.
Away from the pizzaz of nightlife, there’s a swimming pool, scorching tubs and jacuzzis and fortunately loads of beds, cabanas, and sunbeds.
The lovely spa presents serenity and silence, with a number of forms of steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools and a steam room and a myriad of magnificence remedies.
There is a retail deck filled with procuring alternatives too.
Will Virgin’s new method to cruising entice a new crowd? What I can let you know is that I had my hair achieved at the hairdresser nattering to a 92-year outdated who needed to “tart herself up for when her husband wakes up” and boogied late into the night time with attractive younger issues strutting their stuff on the dance ground.
In essence, Scarlet Lady is a rock chick with finesse. For some traditionalists, this could possibly be sensory overload. For me, 4 nights didn’t appear sufficient. I would like extra.
How a lot: Four-night Caribbean sailings price from £1,235 for 2, full board, in a Sea View cabin. This contains meals and fundamental drinks. Speciality espresso similar to double expresso and naturally alcohol attracts a cost. https://www.virginvoyages.com/