MIAMI, Fla. April 8, 2021 – Virgin Voyages, the new lifestyle travel brand focused on delivering irresistible cruise vacations, today announced its plans to set sail from Portsmouth, England with a limited series of voyages this summer. An offer available to UK-residents, the upcoming staycation-at-sea series will include two, three and four-night itineraries with a total of six sailings this August.
“Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group. “Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our Sailors and know this is a holiday they will love.”
Sailing the southern coast of England, these Sneak-a-Peek sailings will offer a taste of the Virgin Voyages experience as its first foray with new Sailors at sea. The ‘Summer Soiree Series’ includes:
Itinerary 1 - Long Weekender (3-Night, Friday - Monday)
Aug. 6 - Aug. 9
Aug. 13 - Aug. 16
Aug. 20 - Aug. 23
Itinerary 2 - Summer WeekDaze (4-Night, Monday - Friday)
Aug. 9 - Aug. 13
Aug. 16 - Aug. 20
Aug. 23 - Aug. 27
“After more than a year of waiting and a major emphasis on a safe return, we’re ecstatic to announce these new sailings and bring Sailors onboard to experience what it’s like to set sail the Virgin Way,” said Tom McAlpin, CEO and President of Virgin Voyages. “We look at our UK summer voyages as a homecoming to pay homage to our British roots, and what an excellent way to kick-off our sailing season before heading back to PortMiami.”
As part of the Summer Soiree Series, this select group of Sailors will be offered a first taste of sailing on Scarlet Lady, which includes, Michelin-inspired dining experiences, luxurious spa treatments, unlimited fitness classes, entertainment featuring local British talent, and of course an adult-only sailing experience.
As cruise operations in the US remain uncertain, before heading home to PortMiami, Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady is taking this opportunity to do a homecoming tour, heading back to where the Virgin brand began.
With our Voyage Well initiatives, sailing safely remains Virgin Voyages top priority. At this time, only residents of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be sailing on our Summer Soirée Series — with Sailors aged 18+ vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional testing and protocols will be confirmed closer to sailing, all in line with the most up-to-date recommendations from the UK government. We’re committed to a healthy and safe start at sea and would never set sail without the proper precautions and considerations in place. This includes capacity limitations for this initial phased restart.
The Summer Soirée Series will officially be up for sale on Tuesday, April 13. Be sure to visit VirginVoyages.com for additional details.
ABOUT VIRGIN VOYAGES
Virgin Voyages is a new lifestyle travel brand focused on delivering irresistible cruise vacations. The brand currently has four ships on order with master shipbuilder Fincantieri and has operations in the US, UK and across Europe. Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady was designed to reflect a yacht’s sleek luxury, offering the intimate, elevated experience of a boutique hotel at sea. Featuring spaces designed by some of the top names in contemporary interiors, Scarlet Lady is Adult-by-Design and a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveler. A dose of Vitamin Sea will be naturally intertwined across the entire ship, with well-being, relaxation and rejuvenation at the forefront. Scarlet Lady will also feature alluring entertainment and 20+ world-class intimate eateries on board. With a modern twist on luxury, coupled with discerning design, Virgin Voyages offers incredible value for its sailors, including unlimited access to all restaurants and eateries, group fitness classes, free WiFi and tips covered in the voyage fare.