Sustainability

"There is nothing more important in this world than our oceans, and we're on a mission to protect them and set an example. Success needn't compromise sustainability" - Richard Branson

Operations

Epic Sea Change For All

Our purpose is not only to change business for good, but also to change the world for the better. We have defined what creating an Epic Sea Change For All looks like, for our Sailors, Ocean, Communities, Crew, and Partners. This vision guides our decision-making and all that we do.

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At Sea

Our Oceans

Our ambition is to secure a healthy future for our ocean. Not only do we seek continuous improvements to minimize our carbon, energy, waste and water footprints onboard, but we partner with not-for-profit organizations to advance ocean education and protection so it thrives for generations to come.

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Onboard Policies

Clean living

Powerful Stuff

We're pioneering innovative technologies that transform heat from the ship's engines into clean energy, and purify wastewater so that it’s even clean enough to drink.

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Smart & Efficient Tech

Tinted windows, LED lighting, and room sensors are just a few of the design choices that help our ship to use less energy and minimize our carbon footprint.

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Thoughtful Retail

From hammocks that empower women to up-cycled ocean plastic sunglasses to providing reef-safe sunscreen, we are making a positive impact for people and the planet.

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Plastic Ain't Fantastic

Unnecessary single use plastics, including straws, water bottles, shopping bags, food packaging, stirrers and takeaway cups are banned from the sailor experience.

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Food for Thought

From eliminating buffets to serving sustainable seafood and direct trade coffee, we're using some clever techniques to reduce waste and source responsibly.

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Creating an epic sea change for all

Take a deeper dive into how sustainability is part of the sailor experience

  • A Net Zero Future

    Virgin Voyages is committed to achieving Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050. We have designed an efficient ship with new technologies, like Climeon, to optimize and reduce our fuel consumption, and are committed to continuous improvement.

  • Fuel Efficient & Smart Design

    State-of-the-art technologies optimize fuel and energy usage throughout the ship, from LED lighting to cabin sensors that auto-close curtains, turn off lighting, and adjust A/C settings. Even “The Band,” our personal smart tech wearable, is made with recycled marine and coastal plastics. 

  • Waste Not, Want Not

    Our approach to waste is to not generate it in the first place. We’ve banned single-use plastics from the Sailor experience and done away with buffets; food is made-to-order. Disposable products are sustainably sourced and we divert waste from the landfill through our onboard recycling program.

  • Marine Protection

    We believe in advocating for the current and future health of our oceans. On board, we serve sustainable fish and seafood and promote the use of reef-safe sunscreen. Through partnerships with non-for-profits, we also invite Sailors to join in advancing global ambitions to protect our ocean. 

  • Products With Purpose

    Virgin is synonymous with entrepreneurship and changing business for good. So, our goal is to align with brands and retail partners that share our commitment to creating positive social and environmental impact.

  • Thoughtfully Sourced Food & Beverage

    Food and beverages on board have been responsibly sourced — including sustainable fish and seafood, direct-trade coffee and tea, and high-quality ingredients from small businesses. Vegetarian and vegan-friendly options are available at every eatery, so you can enjoy your food and feel good about it.

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    Our Community

    We want to be the ships that communities love to see in their port, and we’re making that happen by working with entrepreneurs and tour operators to curate authentic, responsible, inspiring experiences for our Sailors while creating economic opportunity and growth for the destinations.

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    On Deck

    Our Crew

    Our Crew are the heart of it all, and we make sure they know it. With our commitments to diversity, inclusion, health and wellbeing, and industry-leading accommodations, our Crew are encouraged to be the best version of themselves. Dive into different and sail over to our careers page to learn more.

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