Virgin Voyages’ first ship, the Scarlett Lady, marked a major milestone ahead of its Maiden Voyage on April 1, 2020, successfully completing Sea Trials.
The ship embarked on its first round of Sea Trials, sailing from Genoa to Marseille from Nov. 15 to 18, and then sailing back from Marseille to Genoa from Nov. 27 to Nov. 30.
Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson boarded the Scarlet Lady in Marseille, touring the ship with his wife Joan and children Sam and Holly, as well as Virgin Voyages’ CEO Tom McAlpin, chief commercial officer, Nirmal Saverimuttu, SVP of design, Dee Cooper and CEO of Virgin Atlantic, Shai Weiss.
Branson ceremoniously painted the outline of the Virgin flag on the hull of the ship where the Virgin Voyages logo will appear.
Following Sea Trials, Virgin Voyages confirmed that the Scarlet Lady is smooth, stable and quiet, gliding through the water in various weather conditions for a thoroughly enjoyable sailing experience. Upon completion, the ship has been put to the test and demonstrated that she is seaworthy.
In addition to her superior performance, the ship’s interior design and experiential backdrop truly breaks the mold in the cruise industry. Designed to reflect a yacht’s sleek luxury, her interior spaces are curated by a creative collective that includes some of the top names in contemporary aesthetic, offering a chic atmosphere paired with stunning sea views throughout.
Virgin Voyages’ CEO, Tom McAlpin commented: “We’re thrilled to have completed such a significant milestone with our Sea Trials and have our amazing crew to thank for their passion and tenacity in this achievement. We’re one step closer to getting our Sailors on the Scarlet Lady and are grateful for all that have chosen to join us on this adventure.”
On April 1, 2020 the Scarlet Lady will set sail on her inaugural Maiden Voyage. This first celebratory sailing will be packed full of celebrity-guest appearances, special events, exclusive surprises and an overall enhanced Virgin Voyages experience for sailors to revel in.
For those who are unable to join the Maiden Voyage, they can book the Sneak-a-Peek sailings now on VirginVoyages.com. The first Sneak-a-Peek sailing will run from March 26 to March 29. The second sailing will run March 29 to April 1.
The three night Sneak-a-Peek Scarlet Lady sailings will feature the ship’s marquee experiences including a stunning day at the Beach Club at Bimini, a Scarlet Night Party, access to all restaurants and complete versions of entertainment offered onboard.
As Virgin Voyages first ship prepares for her Maiden Voyage, the brand announces their second ship, Valiant Lady.
Debuting in May 2021, Valiant Lady will have a home port of Barcelona, Spain and will sail 7-night Mediterranean itineraries.
Bookings for the three feature itineraries, that all offer overnight and late-night stops across some of the hottest destinations in France, Italy and Spain, will open Dec. 19, 2019.