from $1025 pp
Departs from Miami, Florida on October 29, 2021 returning November 03, 2021
Virgin Voyages - Scarlet Lady
Departing Roundtrip from Miami, Florida. Visiting Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; The Beach Club on Bimini Island, with 2-days at sea.
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First Virgin Voyages cruise ship "Scarlet Lady" was named on July 20, 2018, and scheduled for delivery in 2020. Two sisterships (vessels of the same design) are ordered and planned for deliveries in 2021 and 2022. The Scarlet Lady ship is currently under construction at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente shipyard (in Genoa Italy).
These liners are known as "Lady Ships" - a play on "your ladyship" term regarding Virgin Group's British heritage. A number of renown designers were chosen to create a new "cruise ship" style and "adult cruising" vacation concept. For ship's interior design, the Virgin cruise line contracted the marine architecture and naval design companies Roman and Williams (NYC), Concrete Amsterdam, Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio (London UK), Gem Srl (Italy), Softroom (London UK), WORKac (NYC), Knibb Design, HL Studio (UK), HKS Architects (Dallas USA), PearsonLloyd (London UK).
Virgin is an adults-only cruise company (passengers' minimum age is 18) officially starting operations in 2020 with MS Scarlet Lady.
The 3 Virgin cruise ships are with capacity 2750 passengers (plus 1150 crew), GT tonnage 110,000 tons, ABB Azipod XO propulsion system (electric drive motors with off-hull submerged azimuth thrusters / 360--degree rotating propellers). These units provide the best maneuverability (allowing in-port navigation without tug assistance) and minimal vibrations/noise. By placing the propulsion units outside the hull, the Azipod system frees up space for more lower-deck staterooms. ABB Ability technology is based on a network using real-time data transferred to remote centers monitoring and analyzing the propulsion system data and also offering remote technical support.
These vessels stand out with innovative design ideas and solutions, as well as the latest marine technologies for energy recovery and environmental impact reduction. Ship's cleaning energy system is provided by the Swedish company Climeon Ocean. The technology allows reducing CO2 emissions by converting diesel engines generated heat into electricity (capacity approx 1 MW) for onboard use. Each of the Virgin liners has 6 such units, saving annually approx 5400 tons of CO2. Ship's waste processing system is provided by Scanship.
Wartsila (Finnish marine technologies corporation / former shipbuilder) was contracted to provide ships' power plants. Each liner is powered by two 8-cylinder plus two 12-cylinder "Wartsila 46F" marine diesel engines. Wartsila's Hybrid Scrubber System operates in both open and closed loop and uses seawater to remove SOx from vessel's exhaust, also significantly reducing NOx emissions. The Wartsila-made navigation and automation control systems are from the company's latest NACOS Platinum series.
Alternative power is provided by 4-stroke engines powering the 4 electricity gen-sets, each equipped with TPL-C turbochargers (by ABB).
Virgin's Scarlet Lady inaugural cruise season (2020) is based on 7-day Caribbean roundtrips leaving from homeport Miami Florida. Departures are on Sundays. During the maiden season, the ship will also visit Cuba. Company's decision was influenced by conducted customer and travel agency research in the UK and North America. All cruises to Cuba offer overnight stay in Havana, allowing passengers ("sailors") to explore the country's capital and its unique nightlife.
5-day "Mayan Sol" itinerary visits Havana (overnight) and Costa Maya (Mexico). In Mexico, shore excursions include scuba diving (coral reefs) and Mayan ruins.
5-day "Dominican Daze" itinerary visits Havana (overnight) and Puerto Plata (Amber Cove, Dominican Republic). In the Dominican Rep, shore excursions include trekking, surfing, and shopping.
Virgin cruise bookings on Scarlet Lady opened on February 5, 2019 (for customers with pre-sale deposits) and on February 14 (for the general public).
Virgin Cruises' private island resort "Bimini Beach Club" (Bahamas)
The liner Scarlet Lady is the first cruise ship to stop at "Bimini Beach Club" (Virgin Group's private island resort in Bimini Bahamas). The exclusive destination allows Virgin's Sailors to enjoy world-class entertainment from a rotating cast of DJs led by Mark Ronson. Virgin's Bimini Beach Club offers premium food with locally sourced ingredients and traditional Bahamian favorites like banana leaf-wrapped queen snapper, conch and mango salad, Bahamian rum cake. The complex has 6 bars, outdoor lounge areas with hammock groves, beach loungers, watersport activities, (optional/at extra cost) private poolside and beach-side cabanas for rent.
RockStar Suite passengers benefit from complimentary food service, exclusive bar and outdoor terrace lounge, VIP beach cabanas. The 7-mile (11-km) long island offers extraordinary activities like boating, snorkeling, wreck diving. The partially sunk wreck of SS Sapona (concrete-hulled steamship that ran aground in 1926) is located just a few miles off island's southern coast.
Virgin's private resort is located on North Bimini Island and at a short bus transfer from the docking pier. It was built via partnership with Resorts World Bimini. This is a 750-acres (3 km2 / 1,2 ml2) beachfront resort-casino-marina-hotel complex operated by Genting Group (Malaysia-based multinational corporation). North Bimini is approx 68 km (42 ml) east of Miami. Resort's estimated building cost is USD 220 million. Virgin's Bimini Beach Club overlooks the sea and features a large lagoon-style swimming pool. The "resort experience" also features morning open-air exercises (yoga and meditation), afternoon DJ poolside parties, night beach bonfires and live musical performances.
In mid-January 2019, Virgin Voyages announced details on ship's RockStar Suite cabins. All staterooms are designed by Tom Dixon Design Research Studio (interior, product and design consultancy). All staterooms are "smart", with mood lighting and sensors auto-adjusting the lighting according to passenger's movements. The cruise ship has a total of 78 cabins in the category "RockStar Suite", including 15x "Mega RockStar Suites" (9x Gorgeous, 2x Posh, 2x Fab, 2x Massive). Most of them are on Deck 15, with the above Deck 16 housing one "RockStar Suite Sailor" (bow-facing Owner Suite).
The decor is music (rock-and-roll) themed, with a retro-futuristic design, a color palette of deep blues with iridescent dichroic elements in the cabin's bathroom. Massive Suite has a separate bedroom that doubles as music room (fitted with electric guitars and an amplifier). Cabin's terrace (bow-facing) is fitted with Jacuzzi, dining area (6-seat table with built-in stairs), lounge area (circular sofa with low table), padded sun loungers, 2 hammocks, outdoor shower, catamaran net (canopy partially covering the terrace), live plants.
All categories RockStar Suites have marble-clad bathroom (with hot tub, premium brand bath products, rain shower head, multi-colored dichroic glass doors and windows), Terrazzo flooring, Tom Dixon brand furniture, large mirrored vanity tables, modern sofas, low tables, cabinets, large smart TVs, vinyl turntable (gold-plated player with a collection of records), complimentary full bar (nautically-themed barware kit), brass and leather finishing. RockStar Suite passengers enjoy exclusive access to “Richard’s Rooftop” (VIP club lounge located forward on Deck 16). RockStar Suites receive as perks (price-inclusive amenities and complimentary services) airport-ship transfer (via private drivers), priority helicopter arrangements, luggage assistance, private walk-down service (express VIP pathway) at Virgin Voyages Miami Cruise Terminal (upon arrival), anytime boarding, early access to special shipboard events, clothing pressing, nightly swimsuit drying.
All staterooms offer as standard amenities European King-size bed (premium linens, plush bedding), wall-mounted reading lamps, bedside tables, mirrored vanity table / writing desk with stool, large wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), large smart TV (with infotainment system - Internet, movies on demand, ship info channel), large balcony (furnished with white-colored padded loungers, low table, 2-seat sofa, Yellow Leaf hammock, dining table / custom-designed champagne table fitting an ice bucket). Balcony access is via floor-ceiling sliding glass doors.
Every cabin is to be equipped with a custom-designed “Seabed,” described by Virgin as the “first-ever transformational cabin bed at sea.” It is meant to encourage in-room hangouts and eliminates the “unspoken awkwardness of having no place for guests to sit but on the bed." That popular mood lighting which is familiar to those who have flown Virgin America (part of Alaska Airlines), is into play. Cabin lights automatically adjust to “enhance the time of day based on where the ship is in the world.” There are also special staterooms for groups, which have 4 “chalet-style” bunk beds, and rooms designed with solo travelers in mind.
Staterooms are divided into all 8 categories - ranging in size from Massive Suite (200 m2 / 2150 ft2, 6-passenger) down to Seriously Suite (33 m2 / 355 ft2, 2-passenger). All cabins have a “sea terrace” (private, step-out balcony) and are serviced by “Rockstar Coordinators” (personal assistants), while “personal wardrobe teams” provide luggage packing and unpacking.
Once you book,and the 7-day grace period is up, the deposit is non-refundable. If the Sailor (traveler) can't go, you can change sailings without any penalty as long as it is done 45+ days prior to sailing. Once inside 45 days, the only change that can be made is name changes. Those can be done 2+ days prior. This is all based on not having our Voyage Protection (insurance). Guests must be 18+ To book. Full terms and conditions will be provided at time of booking.
DAYS PRIOR TO SAILING DATE & CANCELLATION IMPACT
• 121 days or more
All monies refunded, except for potentially your deposit.
Your deposit will be refunded only if cancellation is within 7 days of the date the deposit was made. Otherwise, entire deposit amount is non-refundable.
• 120 days or less
No refund; but you have flexibility to change your voyage date.
Options available for cancellation up to 45 days of Guest’s departure date:
• Receive a “Future Voyage Certificate” in the amount paid that can be applied to a new sailing up to 1 year after the original voyage date.
• Change to a new voyage date up to 1 year after original voyage date.
• Change names on the reservation; permissible up to 48 hours before your voyage sailing date.
• Submit an insurance claim if travel protection (aka travel insurance) was purchased.
Individual cancellation policies apply at the Guest level for any individual cancellation within a cabin.
All advertised events are exclusive to guests who book through Aquafest only. Aquafest Cruises are group events and not chartered vessels. All rates are cruise only and per person, based on double occupancy subject to availability at time of booking. Non-discountable fees and taxes, airfare, air taxes and transfers are additional. A $30 processing fee is addition and subject to change without notice. Events based on a minimum of 30 group passengers. Pricing and other information may change without notice. We reserve the right to correct errors. Information and pricing are subject to change without notice. All cancellations are subject to a $50 per booking cancellation fee from Aquafest in addition to any vendor cancellation penalties. Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended for all reservations. More information will be provided to you at the time of booking confirmation. Please contact us for a more detailed description of restrictions, cancellations, and penalties.
Please ask us about rates for Suites, Mini-Suites, and other cabin categories not shown. If you are a PAST PASSENGER, Senior citizen, Military, or have Special Coupon Offers, please advise your Aquafest agent at the time of booking.