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The brainchild of British entrepreneur Richard Branson, Virgin Voyages is a hip, adults-only cruise line that aims to be a bit different from the other options on the cruising market. And according to recent cruisers, it succeeds; many rave that a Virgin Voyages sailing is unlike any cruise experience they've had before (in a good way). Virgin Voyages' ships stand out with their superyacht-inspired atmosphere, upscale dining outlets, free Wi-Fi access, design-forward staterooms and wellness activities. There are four ships in the fleet (the newest ship debuts in 2024):  Scarlet Lady ,  Valiant Lady , Resilient Lady and Brilliant Lady (scheduled to debut in 2024). The line sails to a variety of destinations around the globe, including popular spots in the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific. Virgin's ships have departed from ports in  Miami ;  San Juan, Puerto Rico ;  Barcelona , Spain;  Athens, Greece ;  Dubai, United Arab Emirates ;  Singapore ;  Melbourne, Australia ; and  Auckland, New Zealand  so far, and Virgin continues to switch up itineraries to sail from destinations around the world. Itineraries typically last anywhere from two to 15 nights.

Cruisers can enjoy numerous amenities on Virgin's ships, including swanky pools with plenty of lounge seating, group workout classes, unique evening performances and more. Meanwhile, foodies will appreciate the ships' 20-plus dining venues and specialty bars, and the fact that sodas, drip coffee and other "essential drinks" are included in the cruise fare. Shore excursion options (called “Shore Things” by the cruise line) range from snorkeling and exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico to cultural tours and beach club relaxation in the  Bahamas  to scenic bike rides and food tastings in  Corfu, Greece . Keep in mind that Virgin Voyages excursions are subject to change based on the time of year, weather, availability and more.

U.S. News Insider Tip:  One detail to note about Virgin Voyages is the line’s four ships are nearly identical and feature the same layout. This means you can focus on finding a cruise with the dates and itinerary you want without having to compare ships or unique amenities. –  Holly Johnson, Contributor

Pros & Cons

Adults-only cruise line with brand-new ships

Focus on food, wellness and technology (including free Wi-Fi)

Unique evening entertainment options

High-tech features may not appeal to traditional cruisers

New line means there are fewer ships to choose from

No traditional buffets on board

  • Expert Rating » 4.5
  • Traveler Rating » 4.3
  • Health Rating » 4.5

Virgin Voyages has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

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Before You Book

  • Note: To see Virgin Voyages' flexible deposit, cancellation and rebooking policies, visit its website .
  • Virgin Voyages requires a deposit of 20% of the cruise fare to confirm a booking. A reservation can be held for 24 hours without a deposit up to 45 days prior to sailing; bookings made within 44 days of the sailing (or less) require full payment at the time of booking.
  • Final payment is due 120 days before the trip departure date.
  • The cancellation policy varies depending on when you decide to cancel your cruise and how much of it you've paid. Depending on the timing, you may be eligible for a full refund of the deposit and any payments, a refund of any payments (but not the deposit) or a future cruise credit. If you cancel 44 days or less before your cruise, you are not eligible for any refund or credit. For more information, see the Cancellation Policies section on the Virgin Voyages terms and conditions page .
  • The cruise line allows only adults ages 18 or older on its cruises.
  • If you are pregnant, you must be less than 24 weeks by the end of the sailing to book a trip with Virgin Voyages.
  • At the time of booking, guests are asked to notify the cruise line of any special requirements or accommodation needed, including wheelchair access and service animal requests. Cruisers requiring a service animal must notify the cruise line no later than 21 days prior to departure. You also can call Virgin Voyages directly at 1-954-488-2955 to request assistance with these matters.

Before You Board

  • Cruisers will need a current passport that's valid for six months past the end of the voyage date.
  • Check-in for Virgin Voyages cruises takes place entirely on the line's mobile app. This means you don’t have to print cruise tickets or bring other printed documentation along.
  • Boarding is typically around 2 p.m. and disembarkation times vary by cruise. Virgin Voyages instructs travelers to refer to their booking confirmation for additional information on timing and notes the departure time listed means the exact time the ship leaves the dock, so cruisers should plan accordingly to arrive well in advance.
  • There are no specific luggage restrictions, but Virgin recommends limiting the number of bags you bring on board. If you are arriving at your departure destination by plane, be sure to consult airline luggage policies before your trip.
  • Cruisers can book shore excursions – which Virgin calls "Shore Things" – in the Sailor App at least 120 days prior to sailing. Travelers booked in RockStar Quarters will be able to book shore excursions 135 days ahead of sailing. Payment is due at the time of booking.
  • Passengers can secure dining reservations and entertainment starting 45 days before departure through the Sailor App or via a travel agent. Those booked in higher-level accommodations (Mega RockStar and RockStar Quarters) receive early access to reservations: 60 days prior to departure. Reservations for spa and wellness experiences can only be made on board.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by

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  • Active Diversions
  • Aquatic Club
  • B-Complex Build & Balance
  • B-Complex Burn & Bike
  • Boxing Ring
  • Fitness Classes
  • Gym & Tonic Bar
  • Redemption Spa *
  • Sports Area
  • Stubble & Groom *
  • Sun Club Sanctuary
  • Tattoo Parlor *
  • The Roundabout Atrium
  • Training Camp
  • The Tune Up *
  • The Crow's Nest
  • The Cabanas *
  • Squid Ink *
  • Richard's Rooftop
  • The Casino *
  • Vibrant Nightlife
  • The Wake - Aft-facing Surf & Turf
  • The Test Kitchen - Experimental
  • Extra Virgin - italian
  • Gunbae - Korean BBQ
  • The Galley - Market-style food hall
  • Pink Agave - Mexican & Mezcal
  • Sun Club Cafe - Outdoor Casual
  • The Dock - Outdoor Eatery
  • The Pizza Place - Pizza
  • Aquatic Club Bar - Poolside Bar *
  • The Athletic Club Bar - Sports Drinks *
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Cruised on Resilient Lady for 6 days

Cruised on Resilient Lady for 6 days, this cruise line is poorly managed, food is repetitive same thing offered in the galley every day and very few options for restaurant bookings to break up the monotony. There are 2 shows and that's it. It's essentially a floating pub with nothing to do.

Date of experience : December 28, 2023

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Restaurants and comunication.

No main dining room and the restaurants don't communicate with each other which makes dealing with my food allergies very difficult and tedious repeating myself ad nauseum. Also no breakfast available in the galley on disembarkation day. Loved everything else.

Date of experience : December 23, 2023

The Ship 'Resilient Lady' - worth cruising on

The Ship 'Resilient Lady' was modern, the cabins attactive and comfortable, the staff were wonderful, very helpful and engaged happily with us. They were cheerful and willing to go that extra step to meet a specific requirement. Gratuities were included in the fare. Free Wifi onboard. No buffet but a very good food hall with a variety of different food. Fantastic pre-packed boxes with different foods, eg fruit, salami/Cheese,Crackers to take at any time to use as snacks around the ship. No main dining room but a number of excellent fine dining restaraunts at no extra charge. I thought the food was first rate and very enjoyable. Entertainment was modern, edgy, Interactive. (Some older Cruisers did not like it). Casino was popular. Great GYM and Walking/Running Track. Group Classes for all levels, eg, the very fit, fit and aiming to get fit, Circuits, Ropes, Boxing, Boot Camp styles. One problem was scheduled dance/Zumba Classes which were on Deck 16 out in the Open. It was too Windy & Cold. Several Hot Tubs and a main Swimming pool. Numerous Bars and activity areas. No movies. Trivia, Karoake were popular. Disembarkation was relaxed and easy. We could first breakfast in the Restaraunts,or The Galley 'Food Hall'. We did not have to vacate the cabin & take luggage to breakfast with us, as we were able to return to Cabins to freshen up prior to disembarking. The only requirement was to 'leave the Ship by 10:30am' to enable Staff to prepare for incoming Cruise guests. Overall, I found it to be a great ship for 'Short Cruising'.

Date of experience : December 11, 2023

Incredible Experience

My husband and I went on this cruise as our first cruise experience, and were blown away by all that Virgin Voyages had to offer. The food was absolutely delicious, no matter what we ate. We tried a new restaurant every night, and loved every meal. The food in the dining hall was so good too, and there was so much variety! We booked a show every night- a comedian, acrobats, and dance shows. We loved all of them. Our balcony room was spacious, comfortable, and clean. The workout facilities were great and we used them every day. We were really impressed by the variety of spaces on every floor of the ship. All decorated beautifully and provided a different vibe to match what you're in the mood for. The staff were all so nice and friendly, they were always greeting you with a smile and offering to take care of you. We would highly recommend this cruise for couples, friend groups, family, or really anyone! There's something for everyone and it's hard to imagine not enjoying this experience.

Date of experience : December 03, 2023

The crew were totally amazing

The crew were totally amazing, helpfull, friendly, and as all tips were included there were no expectations or akward moments regarding tipping on board. The cabin was amazing, room service, shows, excursions all booked on the app. Food was sensational, drinks were sensibly priced. Couldn't fault the whole experience. My only gripe was the shoreside customer service, they need to improve this, kept waiting on phone for 30 minutes and was told I'd have to wait an hour to speak to a manager....really . Apart from this well done virgin, an excellent cruise. We'll be back

Date of experience : September 17, 2023

ATHENS 37th Anniversary

Crew awesome, Ship awesome Cabin awesome. Treated like royalty. Branson has taken cruising to the next 10 levels. Our cabin crew was completely there when you needed them. Our servers were friendly, engaging, patient, helpful, experienced. You get 100% more for your money. Very much enjoyed having a bracelet that lets you charge everything. Gratuity attached to the cost so don't worry about what to leave, restaurants awesome, nightlife and all top of the line. best cruise ever.

Date of experience : August 06, 2023

This was an amazing experience.

This was an amazing experience. Traveling with such a great group of people also made it that much more enjoyable.This trip was a trip of a lifetime. I appreciate all of your staff hard work and planning this vacation to make it as wonderful as it was. The only downfall that I received is that my suitcase was damaged during the 10:00 pick up for departure. Upon picking up my suitcase I notice that one of the front wheels was broke off of my suitcase.

Date of experience : October 08, 2023

Curated and Carefully Planned - Amazing

What an absolutely outstanding experience on VV. Every piece of your journey is curated and planned from start to finish. The entertainment, the food, the accommodations, and the excursions. The only two things I thought were not great were the beach clubs in Ajaccio and the sketch comedy show. Those could be replaced. But everything else as fantastic. Can't wait for next year.

Date of experience : August 27, 2023

This was our very first cruise ever

This was our very first cruise ever. We went on the Adriatic sea cruise and it was simply amazing experience. The staff all friendly, restuarants are top notch, entertainment superb and a real mix bag of people on board. All communications were great and havent got a single complaint. We spoke to many people who had all been on prev cruises and all stated the virgin cruise was the best so far. Highly recommend

Date of experience : September 13, 2023

The worst cruise I’ve ever been on

The worst cruise I’ve ever been on. Expensive, terrible food, nothing to do, constantly trying to dredge money from me. Could have taken almost any other cruise line for less and had 10x more fun.

the whole voyage was so well organized

the whole voyage was so well organized, and the staff were so helpful. we dined each evening in the different restaurants where the food was top class and served by really professional waiters The cabins were really modern and very well maintained. We went a show each evening, but were a bit disappointed with the quality of some of them.

Be warned...not for everyone

Just returned from Resilient Lady inaugural 44 day repositioning cruise Athens to Sydney. Very disappointed. Not what we expected. The VV model of 7 or 14 day cruises does not work for a longer cruise Repetition of food and entertainment. Poor management. Entertainment heavily geared towards the LBGTQ community. Not for us again. I think it is probably quite polarizing, you'll either love it or hate it!

Date of experience : December 05, 2023

Customer service was amazing. Check in and out processes were very organized. The food was great and the selection of entertainment was wonderful. Facilities on the Scarlett lady were great everything was clean and well maintained. The bars and drinks were very good and the use of the wrist strap to do virtually everything was a plus. This was my very first cruise and I would be very hesitant to use another cruise line, because I was really spoiled after this trip.

My first experience with Virgin Voyages; Scarlet

Absent buffet is the biggest plus. All the spaces are always clean. Four different gyms allowed travelers to use them without waiting lines. Each specialty restaurant has its own bar with a trained bartender so the cocktails come quickly, cold and fresh. In general the food is above average than other large Cruise Lines. Night events are more modern and appropriate for 2023. When going to an excursion it’s easier and more organized than most cruises were they make you go to a cold room and treat you like little children. No children in elevators and restaurants gives you a more relaxed vacation. High tech room with hammocks is above average. Arrival, check in and departure was a breeze. Tip included and no paper signing all day is welcomed!

Date of experience : June 03, 2023

First and last cruise ever

I’d like to start by saying this was my first cruise. First strike, we went on the app to reserve dining at normal adult dinner hours were all booked up. We weren’t able to get dinner at any of the restaurant’s before 8 PM on any night regardless of our prompt booking once Virgin advised it became available. Booking a workout class was also not possible as all were booked. Their app is terrible. Constant offline messages. I wanted to voice my concern over services I received at their spa via the app. They eventually reached out by calling our cabin. They apologized but didn’t offer to make it better. They advised they spoke to staff member. Also, spend $300 for a massage and be prepared to come out of it only to spend some of your time listening to their sales pitch. They want to sell you a few pricey products….if you book two services with them they will try and sell you stuff at both appointments. The boat was clean. Cocktails were well made. Steakhouse was nice. Overall, expensive vacation for an easily forgettable experience. Save your hard earned dollars. Those that pay the premium price get dibs on classes and restaurants. Lesson learned.

Date of experience : December 17, 2023

I'm not one to normally post reviews…

I'm not one to normally post reviews but I couldn't not for this one. From start to finish our trip on virgin voyage was incredible. From the house keeping to the waitresses/waiters to people working around the boat saying hello and asking how your stay is. The food was 5 star everywhere! We dont go out for dinners anymore as i find im always dissapointed about something but i could not fault the food. The longest we waited for a meal was no more than 10 minutes. Everything is cooked to order. On scarlett night there was such an amazing atmosphere and the bar staff were getting threw the drink orders so quick. Everything just ran like clockwork. Thank you virgin voyage. We will deffinilty be visiting again!

Date of experience : October 06, 2023

Amazing experience, 5 stars!

My husband and I went on a mediterranean cruise and we had an absolutely amazing time! From the incredible food to the diverse spaces and experiences on the ship (games room, gym, lounges etc) and the friendly, super attentive staff, it had everything we could have possibly wished for in a holiday. We hadnt been on a cruise before, but Virgin Voyages isnt a traditional cruise liner and thats why we probably enjoyed it so much. We will be going again!

Date of experience : August 28, 2023

Effects may last several weeks

After taking a week to process, here’s my summary: This Virgin Voyage was the first vacation I didn’t need a vacation from afterward. Afterward I was ready to get back to my family and work responsibilities, and honestly with so much more gratitude. Our cruise was so indulgent and well curated, and we never felt stressed or bored. Best vacation ever!

Date of experience : September 10, 2023

Virgin Voyages, our new favorite!

We are Sapphire on NCL and almost Diamond on RCCL, but our new favorite is Virgin Voyages! We have been on 6 VV cruises and have 5 more booked including transatlantic cruises. So much included in the rate (WiFi, gratuities, ALL restaurants, sodas & water, specialty exercise classes, and more). No Kids! Best food I have ever had at sea. Hammocks on the balconies. Diverse and happy crew who are allowed to show their personality (visible tattoos, comfortable uniforms, and staff in all ages, shapes, colors, sizes, and sexual orientations). We are 63 years old so don’t believe the rumors that it is just a sexy party ship. There are fun parties to be found, for sure, but also relaxation and easy going fun as well. Shows are unique and energetic and they think outside the box. Don’t listen to people who have never tried it; check it out for yourself. I believe that you will be very glad that you did!

Date of experience : September 03, 2023

Boat is modern and cabins are very…

Boat is modern and cabins are very comfortable. Love the shower, the service and the food. The Adriatic Sea Itinerary is fabulous. Done Virgin Voyages 5 times now and this is not the end . Looking forward to our next adventure in our home on the Sea

Date of experience : September 23, 2023

The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Virgin Voyages ship

Gene Sloan

Anyone looking for the best Virgin Voyages cruise itinerary will want to start with its sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

The three-ship line has focused most of its energy since its debut in 2021 on creating relatively short, fun, adult-focused voyages out of Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the two regions, with two of its vessels spending a significant amount of their time on such itineraries.

For a line with so few ships, that makes sense, as the Bahamas and Caribbean account for the biggest chunk of demand for cruises.

Still, as Virgin Voyages grows — it has a fourth ship on order — it is likely to greatly expand its offerings in other parts of the world.

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Already, in addition to a year-round presence in the Bahamas and Caribbean, Virgin Voyages has been offering regular sailings in the Mediterranean on a seasonal basis, from spring to fall, with at least one and sometimes two ships. With the arrival of its third ship recently, it also was able to expand its offerings with its first voyages to Australia and New Zealand.

While the latter voyages aren't starting up until the end of 2023, they're already open for bookings.

What are the best Virgin Voyages destinations you can visit and itineraries you can choose? Here are TPG's top five picks.

Short sailings to The Bahamas and Caribbean

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Virgin Voyages got its start offering short sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean out of Miami, and that's still the line's biggest cruise destination focus. In fact, one of Virgin Voyages' two vessels currently in operation, the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady , does nothing but short sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean out of Miami.

In all cases, these sailings include a stop in the Bahamas. Some then add a Caribbean stop, while others add a stop in Florida.

Related: I've been on more than 150 cruise ships; here's why Scarlet Lady surprised me

Specifically, Scarlet Lady offers four different four- and five-night Bahamas itineraries out of Miami year-round. All include a stop at Bimini in the Bahamas, where the line has a private beach club , as well as a single call in either Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Key West, Florida. The four itineraries are:

  • Fire and Sunset Soirees itinerary: a four-night cruise to Bimini and Key West, plus one sea day
  • Riviera Maya itinerary: a five-night cruise to Bimini and Cozumel, Mexico, plus two sea days
  • Dominican Haze itinerary: a five-night cruise to Bimini and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, plus two sea days
  • Mayan Sol itinerary: a five-night cruise to Bimini and Costa Maya, Mexico, plus two sea days

In keeping with its "time to let loose" adults-only vibe, Virgin Voyages has built relatively late stays into several of the port calls on these itineraries, allowing passengers to maximize their fun time ashore. The typical stay at Bimini — where the line holds DJ-led pool parties at its private beach club late into the day — extends until 8 p.m., which is later than most ships stay at Bahamian ports. Visits to Cozumel, Mexico, also extend to 8 p.m.

Scarlet Lady has operated these sailings since it debuted as Virgin's first vessel in 2021, and it'll continue rotating through the itineraries until May 2024. At that point, Scarlet Lady's nearly identical sister vessel, the 2,770-passenger Valiant Lady, will take over these Bahamas and Caribbean routes.

Longer sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean

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Initially, Virgin Voyages only offered shorter sailings of five or fewer nights to the Bahamas and Caribbean. But its list of itineraries in the regions is now peppered with longer voyages of six to eight nights.

These are sailings that stop in more distant Caribbean destinations such as St. Croix and Roatan, Honduras, and will appeal to cruisers who find trips of just four or five days too short.

Related: 11 things I loved on Virgin Voyages, and 6 things I kind of hated

For 2024, Virgin is offering four such longer itineraries, two of which are out of Miami and operated by the line's second ship, Valiant Lady , as well as its original vessel, Scarlet Lady:

  • Eastern Caribbean Antilles itinerary: an eight-night cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Bimini, plus two sea days
  • Western Caribbean Charm itinerary: a six-night cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Bimini, plus two sea days

The other two longer Caribbean itineraries that Virgin is offering in 2024 are both out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and operated only by Valiant Lady.

  • Sunsets in the Lesser Antilles itinerary: a seven-night cruise to Aruba, Curacao, Martinique and St. Kitts, plus two sea days
  • Southeastern Caribbean Isles itinerary: a seven-night cruise to Tortola, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and Barbados, plus one sea day

Virgin also operates one-off sailings out of Miami around the winter holidays. Typical is a six-night "Valiant Caribbean Holidays" sailing out of Miami on Dec. 20, 2024, visiting Puerto Plata, Nassau and Bimini.

The Mediterranean

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Another top destination for Virgin Voyages is the Mediterranean , where the line has been expanding quickly as it adds new ships.

In 2023, Virgin sent its new ship, Resilient Lady, to the Mediterranean through October to join Valiant Lady in the region, doubling up on its Mediterranean departures as compared to 2022. And the line plans a similar two-ship lineup for the Mediterranean again in 2024, when it'll be Scarlet Lady joining Resilient Lady in the region from spring to fall.

The addition of a second ship in the Mediterranean for the summer season has allowed Virgin Voyages to offer seven-night voyages every week during the season out of both Barcelona and Piraeus, Greece (the port for Athens) — a first for the line.

For 2024, Scarlet Lady will be based in Barcelona (taking the place of Valiant Lady), offering two western Mediterranean itineraries that mostly focus on stops in Spain and France. Specifically, one will spend most of its time at the Spanish islands of Mallorca and Ibiza along with stops in Marseille and Cannes in France, while the other features stops in Ibiza; the French island of Corsica; Toulon, France; and the port for Carrara, Italy.

Resilient Lady will continue to be based in Piraeus, alternating between eastern Mediterranean itineraries that focus on the Greek islands and the Croatian coast, respectively.

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The Greek Islands itinerary, called Greek Island Glow, includes stops at Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos, as well as a visit to Bodrum, Turkey.

As with Virgin's Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries, its Mediterranean itineraries are specifically designed for fun-seeking travelers looking for a late-night experience.

In the case of the Greek Islands sailings, Resilient Lady's Santorini visit is a day call that continues until 10 p.m. The Mykonos stop on the same sailing is an overnight call, with the ship remaining in port until 2 p.m. on the day after it arrives.

The Croatian coast-focused itinerary, called Adriatic Sea and Greek Gems, also includes several late-night stops. The ship stays in Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia until 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. A call at Corfu, Greece, lasts until 9 p.m.

Australia and New Zealand

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The first Virgin Voyages sailings to Australia and New Zealand on the line's new Resilient Lady will begin this winter. After its initial summer cruising in the Mediterranean, the vessel will reposition to Australia in December for a series of 11 sailings ranging from five to 14 nights.

Among them will be round-trip sailings out of Melbourne, Australia, as well as one-way trips between Melbourne and Auckland, New Zealand. Itineraries include:

  • Aussie MerMaiden: a five-night cruise out of Melbourne with stops at Hobart and Burnie in Tasmania, plus one sea day
  • Resilient New Year's Pacific Ahoy: a 14-night cruise from Melbourne to Auckland with stops at Hobart and Burnie in Tasmania; Sydney; and Tauranga, Napier and Picton in New Zealand, as well as five sea days
  • Tasman Sea, Fjords and Maori Shores: an 11-night cruise from Auckland to Melbourne with stops at Tauranga, Dunedin and Christ Church in New Zealand, and Hobart and Burnie in Tasmania, plus four sea days

A pair of one-way, 15-night trips between Singapore and Australia will bookend the Australia and New Zealand sailings. Scheduled for November 2023 and March 2024, the two sailings offer overnight stays in Bali and calls at Airlie Beach, Cairns and Darwin in Australia.


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The expansion of Virgin Voyages sailings in the Bahamas and Caribbean this year meant the line could send more ships back and forth between Europe and North America than in the past. That's created an expanded lineup of so-called "repositioning" cruises across the Atlantic that feature many sea days.

Among the transatlantic sailings on the line's schedule for 2024 are:

  • A 14-night voyage from Miami to Barcelona departing April 21, 2024, that includes 10 sea days plus stops at Madeira, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca. The voyage will take place on Scarlet Lady.
  • A 16-night voyage from Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) to Miami departing Nov. 28, 2024, that includes 11 sea days plus stops at Barcelona, Malaga, Madeira and Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands. The voyage also will take place on Scarlet Lady.

Related: Too hip or just right? Here's what it was really like to sail Virgin Voyages for the first time

Bottom line

Virgin Voyages is still a relatively small line with just three ships, and that means it can't offer too big a range of itineraries. But with at least one more vessel joining its fleet over the coming year, its destination offerings are growing.

The brand has the broadest array of options in the Bahamas and Caribbean, where it got its start, and is rapidly expanding in Europe. Sailings in Australia and New Zealand are just beginning this coming winter.

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Virgin Voyages: Our Honest Review (Spoiler: It’s Awesome)

By: Author Dan Bagby

Posted on Last updated: September 7, 2023

When I heard that Richard Branson had launched Virgin Voyages aiming to shake up the cruise industry, I was very hopeful. We have cruised before and were hoping his vision for cruising could eliminate some of the things we didn’t like.

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So we got a good deal and booked a Virgin Voyages cruise out of Athens to visit Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece. And while we were on that cruise, we liked it so much that we booked a cruise out of Barcelona to visit France, Italy, and Spain. Now we have been on two completely different cruises and wanted to share our Virgin Voyages review.

This article is a comprehensive review of Virgin Voyages cruises, but in short, we love that Virgin Voyages has the most inclusive pricing and the fewest upcharges on board, and is adult-only.

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When you book through our link or with one of our travel agents, you will receive $100 in Sailors Loot per cabin to use on board for these sailings through April 2024 .

Also available in August is  $500 off all Caribbean voyages through April 2024  or  $1000 off sailings from Barcelona and Piraeus (Athens)  — all with up to $600 in free drinks included so they can toast on every coast.

In this Virgin Voyager Cruise Review, we are going to be covering every aspect of their cruises that you need to know. We’ll talk about the destinations, the ships, onboard activities and amenities, dining, entertainment, pricing, and more.

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It appears we are not the only ones who love Virgin Voyages. Most recently, they won 2023’s Cruise Critic’s Best Overall Cruise Line and Cruise Critic Best Dining, Best Cabins, and Best Value-For-Money awards. This makes them the first cruise line to win all five Cruise Critics awards in a single year.

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Virgin Voyages Review: Overview

As mentioned, Virgin Voyages launched in 2020 with only two ships in their fleet. While their beginning was small, the company’s determination to set itself apart from traditional cruise lines is catching momentum. Even with the pause in traveling due to the pandemic, Virgin Voyages now has 4 ships in their fleet, and it won’t be a surprise if they add more in the near future.

Why Virgin Voyages?

Almost all-inclusive.

With other cruise lines, your base price is only the start of what you are going to pay. With Virgin Cruises, your pricing includes tips, taxes, Wi-Fi, and all restaurants.

The only things you need to plan on paying for are some drinks and excursions.

We loved that the alcohol was affordable and we only paid for our spa treatments on board and excursions.

Sustainability Review

I felt some guilt going on a cruise knowing its negative environmental impact. The good news is through innovative and sustainable technologies, banning unnecessary single-use plastics, and thoughtfully sourcing food and retail merchandise, Virgin is working hard to have Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050.

So even if a Virgin Voyages Cruise still has a negative environmental impact, it’s nice to know that by giving them our business we are supporting the innovation to get the industry cruising in the right direction.

Food Review

Virgin Voyages had chefs from Michelin-star restaurants create the food concepts and it was clear from our first meal. There are no buffets and no specialty restaurants that cost extra, in contrast to other cruise lines that are constantly trying to upsell you.

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We made dinner reservations in the Virgin Voyages app in advance of the cruise and were able to make changes as we went, making additional reservations at the restaurants we loved and change times when needed. (More on the restaurants below.)

Adult Exclusive

This is not just an adult-focused cruise line; there are no kids allowed. The minimum age is 18. We personally like kids, but we loved that everything felt like it was made for us.

Adult Programming

With no kids allowed, the cruise entertainment, food, and amenities are all tailored to an adult audience. We noticed this in the health and wellness offerings as well, including group fitness classes and the different workout areas.

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Each Virgin Voyages ship has a sleek design with a luxurious atmosphere. A majority of the cabins and suites offer guests balconies and ocean views. When on a Virgin Voyages ship, you will find a balance of relaxation and play with several pools, bars, workout areas, and restaurants.

  • Virgin Voyages Food Review

Let’s talk more about one of the most important parts of any vacation, the food!

So when I think of food on a cruise things have been hit or miss on other cruise lines.

We had a completely different experience on a Virgin Voyage.

There are over 20 dining options to choose from on Virgin Voyages ships created by Michelin-starred chefs. Some of the restaurants include steak and seafood, Italian, vegetarian, hibachi, Mexican, and even an experimental kitchen.

Another great feature is you can find a good selection of food around the clock! Most restaurants close at 10, but the burger bar goes till 11:30pm and there is a 24-hour dinner.

You can order as much food as you would like including multiple appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

The Wake Review

The Wake is a popular steak and seafood restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

Make sure you grab reservations for both brunch and dinner at The Wake. We loved the Roasted Bone Marrow, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Brown Butter Roasted Wild Mushrooms, and asparagus for dinner and the eggs benedict.

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Razzle Dazzle Review

For vegetarians, Razzle Dazzle is a great option as a majority of the menu excludes meat. Razzle Dazzle has a casual dining atmosphere with a unique menu for breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

This was our first dinner on board and we ended up coming back again for brunch and again for dinner. One benefit is the staff recognized us and were great each time.

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For brunch, service starts with offering coffee, tea, juices, and a selection of pastries. The wild mushroom frittata was the best breakfast item of the trip for us. The chicken biscuit and watermelon appetizer and the probiotic hash were excellent.

We loved the braised lamb shank and the braised leak dish for dinner.

Make sure you ask for the secret menu!

Extra Virgin

You may have guessed by the name that Extra Virgin is an Italian restaurant. When dining at Extra Virgin, you will find classic Italian dishes such as meatballs, homemade pasta, cheese and meats, calamari, and unique Italian tapas.

Everything at Extra Virgin was delicious. Every time we visited we ordered a ton of food.

Our favorites included a cheese and charcuterie board, beef carpaccio, meatballs, calamari, fired artichoke, gnocchi, a NY Strip, and gelato affogato, which they prepared custom tableside. Honestly, one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to.

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If you crave Mexican food while on a cruise, then head to Pink Agave. This is an intimate and luxurious Mexican restaurant that serves classic Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, cochinita pibil (smoked pork), chorizo, and seafood.

We really liked the drink selection including spiked agua frescas. We both ordered passion fruit agua fresca, but one with vodka and one with tequila. The appetizers were great, especially the guacamole and the enchiladas. A lot of people recommended the steak with cheese, but I didn’t really get the hype. The steak was cooked perfectly, but why the cheese?

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Test Kitchen

Tied for our favorite with Razzle Dazzle is the Test Kitchen, a laboratory-themed restaurant where Virgin Voyages chefs experiment with ingredients and make up new recipes. When we said Virgin Voyages is different than other cruise lines, this is what we meant.

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There are two different menus that rotate throughout the cruise with 5 courses each, and you will have an opportunity to experience dishes that have never been served before. You can also try different vegetarian menus.

Similar to other Virgin Voyages reviews we have seen, some of the items are a little bit of a stretch with being too experimental, but with 5 courses we are still left full. We both enjoyed our main dish which was beef tenderloin or venison. They also offered a drink pairing that we passed on but was a good value we will take advantage of next time with 6 cocktails or wine pairings for $35.

If you are an extrovert or an introvert looking for a way to get out of your shell, then Gunbae is the place to be. This is a Korean bbq restaurant where guests from all over the world can sit together for dinner and a show.

The meal starts with a drinking game where you take a shot if you lose. I was the first one out!

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We enjoyed a wide variety of appetizers, including noodle bowls, crispy chicken, and more. For the main course, you choose a selection of meats that are prepared on the grill by the server.

Know that you will be sitting with strangers for this meal at tables of 6.

The Gallery

While it’s not exactly a buffet, The Gallery is a place with multiple options with a lot of variety. The food hall has various dishes to choose from, including burgers, pasta, salads, sushi, desserts, and more.

There are both grab-and-go options that you can get yourself or items you order from a menu that your service will grab from you.

Things we would get on our own for breakfast included the bento boxes of fruit and yogurt and anything from the pastry and fruit section. I got in the habit of ordering my main dish from the menu and then grabbing chia pudding, extra fruit, and a pastry.

I also enjoyed coming here in the morning to grab a pastry and coffee.

For dinner, there is also a dessert bar we loved with really great pastries.

Lick me till Ice Cream

Enjoy unique flavors of homemade ice cream with unique flavored cones.

The Social Club

Here you can order hotdogs, wings, popcorn, and candy or for an extra cost, grab an adult milkshake.

Drinks on Virgin Voyages

Even though Virgin Voyages isn’t completely all-inclusive, guests still will have access to all essential drinks. The cruise line makes sure that all guests are hydrated and taken care of while soaking up the Caribbean sunshine.

There are no drink packages on Virgin Voyages . Instead, most non-alcoholic drinks are included and other drinks are reasonably priced.

The essential beverages include all-you-can-drink sodas, teas, coffees, and water. This is great for those who aren’t big alcohol drinkers as they don’t need to worry about purchasing a drinks package like on other cruise lines.

Virgin Voyages Alcohol Pricing

Virgin Voyages does not have an alcohol package as many cruise lines do. Instead, you have two choices; you can either pay for beers and cocktails as you go or purchase a $300 prepaid bar tab. If you choose to do the prepaid bar tab, then Virgin Voyages will give you a $50 bonus for premium drinks. You can also use your bar tab to buy other guests drinks if you choose to do so.

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Virgin Voyages prides itself in not hiking up the prices of its alcoholic drinks as many cruise companies do. You will find beer for around $5-$6, basic cocktails for $9, and 42% of their wines by the glass are under $10. The other great part is that all of your tips are included in your fare, so don’t worry about having to carry around extra cash.

Just so you aren’t caught by surprise, not all coffees are included in your fare. Some specialty coffees are at an extra cost. The specialty coffees are still great, but it’s good to be aware that you will have to pay out of pocket for them if desired.

Nonetheless, there are numerous bars on Virgin Voyages ships, so no matter the time of the day, you will find somewhere to grab a drink. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular bars and lounges on the Lady Ships.

On The Rocks

Located in the center of the ship, On The Rocks serves every drink under the sun. Guests can enjoy trivia, late-night bands, and other late-night entertainment daily.

Dock House & The Dock

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At the rear of the ship, you will find the Dock House and the Dock. Similar to a beach club, you can enjoy loungers, Thai beds, and seating areas with umbrellas. The Dock House has both indoor and outdoor seating, depending on what you are feeling.

When sitting outside, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the bar service. If you want to go inside, then you will find a full-service bar that serves cocktails, small bites, and evening music.

This is one of our favorite venues. After a busy day in port, we would come here, order a drink, and lounge for a while. They also serve some great tapas for an afternoon snack, perfect for when you first get on the ship on embarcation day.

Sip Champagne Bar

This elegant bar is a perfect place to grab a cocktail before going to dinner. Since it is a quiet and relaxing area, guests can also come here to wind down or catch up on work if necessary.

Richard’s Rooftop

If you booked a suite, you can enjoy the luxury of Richard’s Rooftop. The outdoor space has a mixture of rooftop parties and pre-dinner cocktail areas.

The Manor is a nightclub with a London vibe. Guests can listen to DJs, drink cocktails, and dance the night away.

In addition to these main bars and lounges, there are several others throughout the Lady Ships. These include the Aquatic Club pool bar, Social Club, and Loose Canon Pub.

Virgin Voyages Ships

Currently, Virgin Voyages has four ships : the Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady, Resilient Lady, and the newest Brilliant Lady. You will find that all four ships are very similar, with sleek exterior designs and luxurious interiors. Each ship accommodates around 2,700 passengers with spacious cabins and high-end suites.

The ships are designed to celebrate the ocean, provide a yachting experience to the masses, and bring back the glam experience of sailing combined with the luxe experience of a boutique hotel.

Virgin Voyages Cabins

Virgin Voyager cabins have a modern design with fresh and trendy decor. The cabins are spacious, with a lot of them having private balconies. However, one complaint about the cabins is that the bathrooms are smaller than other cruise lines.

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Nonetheless, one thing that sets Virgin Voyager cabins apart is the technology. When opening the cabin door, the curtains will open, and the lighting will turn on. Guests can use an in-room tablet to control the shades, television, movies, and room lighting, and request room service.

One cool feature of the rooms is the convertible sofa beds. In each room, the queen size bed converts into a sofa giving guests plenty of space to relax or watch a movie. It’s unclear if you can do the bed conversion yourself or not.

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It’s likely you can, but you will be doing your own bedding changes each day. Instead, you can request an attendant to do it and will convert the sofa back to the bed in the evening.

If your cabin or suite does have a balcony, you will be greeted with a hammock. Relaxing in a hammock while cruising the sea is a great way to end your day. The balconies also have a table and chairs if you and your loved one want to have a cocktail in private.

Since there is a converting sofa bed in the rooms, you can’t put your bags under the bed. However, the closets are big enough to fit your bags for a 14-day voyage.

Lastly, there isn’t a minibar in the standard cabins, but you are given water bottles daily. For those in suites, you will get some complimentary beverages each day.

Virgin Voyages Suites

The Rockstar and Mega Rockstar suites are the most luxurious and expensive suites on the Lady Ships. For those wanting to go all out, the Mega Rockstar Suite is the way to go. These suites range from 570 square feet to 2000 square feet. They include whirlpools, outdoor jacuzzis, and private terraces.

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Guests in the Mega Rockstar suites will get a record table, a bottomless mini bar, a high-limit bar tab, premium WiFi, and priority check-in. In addition, hotel and airport transfers are included in your fare.

The Rockstar suites aren’t as fancy as the Mega Rockstar suites, but they are still pretty amazing. These suites range from 400 to 850 square feet, depending on the room. You still get priority boarding, access to Richard’s Rooftop, and a private concierge. However, the minibar isn’t unlimited and is good for single use.

Expect to pay $850 to $1,200 a night for the Rockstar suite and $1,400-$2,000 for the Mega Rockstar suites. If you are going to live like a rockstar, then you should expect to pay for the experience.

Virgin Voyager Routes

Even though Virgin Voyager only has a four-ship fleet, there is a wide range of routes to choose from. Most of the cruise itineraries depart from Miami and explore destinations in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. On a seasonal basis, there are Mediterranean itineraries with one of their Lady Ships. However, guests can now make bookings for cruises in Australia and New Zealand that will depart in late 2023.

Your itinerary will affect the vibe on your cruise. Itineraries with Ibiza or the Bimini Beach Club, the cruise is are going to have more of a party vibe.

Also, the shorter the cruise, the more it will feel like a party vibe.

Caribbean Routes

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As mentioned, every cruise in the Caribbean departs from Miami for now. In the next couple of years, it is rumored they will offer cruise departures from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

As for the itineraries, they range from four to eight nights and include ports like Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan, Costa Maya, Mexico, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic , Turks & Caicos, and more.

Mediterranean Routes

Currently, travelers can book 7-night stays departing from Barcelona, Spain, and Athens, Greece. However, some ports will have longer stays and overnight itineraries depending on your needs.

The Mediterranean routes make stops in other European countries such as France, Italy, Corsica, Ibiza, Turkey, Greece, and more. Similar to the Caribbean routes, if you are looking for exciting late-night experiences, this is the cruise for you.

Australia & New Zealand Routes

Travelers down under can choose from 12 different itineraries ranging from 5 to 14 nights. Most of the cruises will leave out of Melbourne, Australia, or Auckland, New Zealand, with some being round trip while others are one-way. The ships will make stops at multiple ports in both countries, giving you the opportunity to explore the best places.

There will also be a few itineraries that include stops in Singapore and Bali which are worth considering. We expect this is only the beginning of many new voyages to come in the South Pacific.

Virgin Voyages Cancellation Policy

No matter if it’s a flight, an all-inclusive resort in Cancun , or a cruise, you should know the terms of the cancellation policy. If you are booking 120 days or more prior to your departure date, you have a 7-day grace period to receive a full refund, including your deposit amount.

However, if it’s past the grace period but you are still outside of the 120-day mark, you will not get the deposit refunded. For cancellations between 119 days and 45 days, you have some options.

The first option is to get a “Future Voyage Credit” that can be applied to another cruise trip up to 1 year after the original departure date. The second option is to give the trip to someone and change the names on the reservation. Lastly, you can make a travel insurance claim if you purchased coverage.

At the 44-mark from departure, all payments are final, and you won’t receive any refund. However, depending on the reason for the cancellation, you can file a travel insurance claim. In these circumstances, claims will need to be made directly to the travel insurance company and not to Virgin Voyages .

Virgin Voyages Casino Review

If you want to test your luck, you can go to a casino on any Virgin Voyages ship. While the casinos are a tad smaller than other ships in the industry, there are still plenty of slot machines and table games to choose from. Some of the games include blackjack, craps, poker, slots, keno, baccarat, and more.

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The casinos are open at all hours, so don’t worry about missing out on the action. Travelers can also join tournaments and special events for chances to win cash prizes. If you need a break from playing, then you can hang out at the bar while your friends and family keep playing.

Keep in mind that smoking is prohibited in the gaming area. There are designated smoking areas, and Virgin Voyages has the right to refuse service to anyone found in violation. Also if you seem too intoxicated, they can deny you entry into the casino.

If you are interested in poker, there are digital poker tables and there are poker tournament cruises as well.

Virgin Voyages Excursion Reviews

There is a lot of fun to be had while aboard a Virgin Voyages ship, but the fun doesn’t stop there. When stopping at the assigned ports, you can choose from a wide range of excursions. And by a wide range, we mean activities suitable for any type of traveler.

For active outdoorsmen, you can hike Mount Liamuiga Volcano in Basseterre, Saint Kitts. For a relaxing adventure, take a boat ride through the famous Bacalar Lagoon in Costa Maya, Mexico. For a romantic getaway, go to a winery in Santorini, Greece.

To put it in perspective, Virgin Voyages sails in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Australia, and New Zealand. Within each region, there are several ports of call for your enjoyment. From there, you can choose from dozens of excursions that are categorized as relaxing, energetic, or cultured. No matter what you like, there is something for everyone.

One unique feature of Virgin Voyages is the list of Richard’s Favs which are hand-selected by Richard Branson.

Virgin Voyages Activity Reviews

Even though Virgin Voyages has the appearance of a party ship, it has a lot of activities that don’t include DJs and pool parties. Of course, if you are into nightclubs and pool parties, you won’t have to look far, as there is plenty of that on board.

But aside from the vibrant nightlife, Virgin Voyages offers other activities such as trivia, food classes, bingo, workout classes, and other games. Then, of course, there is the casino, as we discussed earlier, but that costs money to play, whereas the others don’t.

Let’s not forget the shows and nighttime entertainment. Each Lady Ship has its own curated schedule of nighttime shows, including drag shows, game shows, live music, and comedy shows.

For example, the “It’s a Ship Show” is a dinner and a show that includes comedy, music, and performances. The food is included in the show, so you can snack while enjoying the show. Another show is Duel Reality which is a theater dance performance. However, once you go to this show and sit down, you can not leave for any reason until the show is over.

You will find that the shows on Virgin Voyages can be a little weird, but that’s the way they like it. They are proud to be eccentric and different from other cruise lines, and that is one of the main appeals of going aboard a Virgin Voyages ship. So, keep an open mind and enjoy the ride!

Virgin Voyages Amenities

When you aren’t watching a show, dining at a restaurant, or sleeping (if you sleep), there are plenty of amenities to keep you occupied. Virgin Voyages offers a variety of pools, jacuzzis, spa treatments, and gym facilities.

The workout facilities on Virgin Voyages are impressive. All of the cardio equipment is compatible with Apple Watch and the “my wellness” app. The weight lifting is separate from the cardio space and is equally impressive. You will find that some cruise lines and even resorts have limited workout areas, but not Virgin Voyages.

Ships also have professional fitness instructors that offer workout classes. For example, you can join spin, bungee, HIIT, or yoga classes. If you have never done one of these before, this is a good opportunity as it’s included in your fare.

The Redemption Spa is available to guests, but not all services are included in your fare. For example, you have to pay extra to get a massage which can be disappointing to some. However, there are typically saunas, steam rooms, mud rooms, whirlpool tubs, and heated laying areas.

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Keep in mind that you can only block off 3 hours at a time when booking a reservation. The other downfall is that you have to be there for the full three hours. If you don’t, you can’t reenter and have to book a new reservation for another day.

The Pool Decks

The pool decks, also known as the “Aquatic Club,” are for those looking to relax and get a tan. There are only two pools; one is large and surrounded by lounge chairs, while the other is small and at the rear of the ship.

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You will find that the larger pool has more of a club vibe where music plays all day. If you want a more relaxing or intimate vibe, then the smaller pool may be more your style.

Virgin Voyages Splash of Romance Package

Only available on the Scarlet Lady ship, guests can register for the Splash of Romance package. This package has an introductory rate of $200 and offers a luxurious experience with added perks.

Honeymooners or romantic couples will enjoy priority boarding, daily cold-pressed juices, exclusive sail-away hour, and sultry bites. In addition, you will get a two 3-hour thermal spa pass.

If you are wanting some bubbly to celebrate, then take advance of the “Shake for Champagne Service” via the Virgin Voyages app. When using this service, shake your phone, and you will have a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to you no matter where you are within minutes.

The Splash of Romance package is available in any region that the Scarlet Lady vessel sails to. To book, fill out the form, and within 72 hours, you will have a booking confirmation. From there, you will have 24 hours to pay a deposit and confirm your reservation.

Is Virgin Voyages All-Inclusive?

Virgin Voyages is all-inclusive to a point. All of your onboard food, activities, refreshments, and entertainment are included with your fare. However, on-shore activities, alcoholic beverages, and select spa services are not.

Are Virgin Cruises Adults Only?

Yes, Virgin Voyages cruises are for adults only, and you must be 18 years or older to board the ship. It’s a perfect cruise for solo travelers, couples, families, and friends. However, if you want to take your kids on a trip, you might want to look into Royal Caribbean or Disney cruises .

Virgin Voyages: Wrapping Up

There you have it, the complete guide to Virgin Voyages! It’s fair to say that these cruises are different than other ones, offering luxurious but unique experiences. There is a reason why Virgin Voyages has won several rewards recently, so why not give it a go?

Learn more about Virgin Voyages:

  • Our Virgin Voyages Review
  • Bimini Beach Club
  • Virgin Voyages in Miami
  • Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady
  • Virgin Voyages vs Royal Caribbean

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He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club. Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.

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Virgin Voyages Review & Complete Guide – Everything You Need to Know!

From the moment you step onto a lady ship, as they call them, you realize this is a cruise line like no other..

Virgin Voyages Review & Guide

Virgin Voyages has created something unique, something special. The vibe of the cruise ships instantly comes across as cool but casual. Elegant but not snobby. Modern but not cold or stark. It feels like just the right mix of cool & sexy without an accompanying jackass vibe that usually comes with being cool… and sexy. Virgin Voyages’ vessels distinguish themselves with a luxurious yacht-inspired ambiance, sophisticated dining options, complimentary Wi-Fi, stylish cabins, and wellness-focused activities.

Let’s not forget, the complete absence of children running around touching all the surfaces and licking all the salt shakers.

Everything you need to know about Virgin Voyages Cruises

For experienced cruisers, Virgin Voyages may come as a bit of a sensory overload. Since there aren’t staff members pitching beverage packages, dining packages, or upgrades at every turn, you can immediately start taking it all in and exploring without interruption.

What is immediately apparent is the staff. They are ALSO unlike anything you’ll experience with other cruise lines. Many are tattooed, pierced, and have funky choices of hairstyles (more on this later) though no less friendly… usually. 

The Virgin Voyages concept is all-adult and nearly all-inclusive where the fare you pay covers all food, tips, service fees, wifi, entertainment, etc. pretty much leaving only your bar tab & shore excursions to pay for.

This concept, I believe, will be amazingly successful, if they (Virgin) can sort out some problems, which I’m confident they can and will.

Virgin Voyages is for Adults Only

The first thing that always comes up about Virgin Voyages is how it’s all adult. This is something that the cruise market has needed for decades. With cruises becoming more affordable and family-oriented, travelers who want an adult-only vacation are limited in choices. Virgin has created a playground for grown-ups to enjoy themselves without having to worry about unsupervised and crying children.

What are the age requirements for Virgin Voyages?

To book a cruise, a passenger must be 18 years old or older.

What is the drinking age on Virgin Voyages?

This should be a black-and-white answer, but it’s grey. The official answer is if you’re sailing from US ports and in US waters, you must be 21 or older, however, in reality, the practice seems to be that 18+ can drink after leaving US waters and on Bimini, in Mexico, etc. The FAQ on the Virgin website contradicts the published alcohol policy 21+, but at the end of the day it’s what happens on the ship that matters, and in practice, everyone we’ve spoken with has had no issue being 18+ and getting a drink. In fact, it’s rarely even questioned when on board.

Virgin Voyages is nearly all-inclusive

Nearly everything is included when you book a Virgin cruise which includes all food, entertainment, basic beverages, tips, WiFi, and gratuities. It’s nice to go on a cruise and not have a bill at the end of the voyage for a bunch of daily gratuities. It’s also nice to not have tips and gratuities tacked on to every beverage purchase or other miscellaneous purchases. The only things not included are alcoholic beverages, excursions, and nominal port fees. The only other charges you’ll likely encounter will be some specialty meal upgrades such as a tomahawk steak or seafood tower. These are few and far between and are clearly marked on menus.

The Cabins on the cruise ships are modern & comfortable

Once you enter your cabin on one of the Virgin ships, in our case, a Sea Terrace on the Valiant Lady , you’ll quickly realize it just feels fresh, trendy, and “hip” without going overboard (pun intended). Absent in the staterooms are the heavy wood accents and floral carpets you often find on more traditional cruise ships. The rooms and cabins feel modern but not uncomfortable. 

The cabins on the Lady Ships feel quite large compared to newer ships with other cruise lines in contrast though, the bathrooms are incredibly small and tight, some of the smallest I’ve ever experienced. 

A real game changer in these staterooms is the technology. Virgin Voyages has invested heavily in technology on their ships from start to finish and the cabins are no exception. You’re greeted with a “scene” when you open the door of your cabin which opens all of the curtains and sets the lighting. There is a tablet in the room where you can control the mood lighting, shades, television, and movies, and request service from the cabin steward. The tablet was a little flakey throughout the voyage and messages to the steward got missed on occasion.

The best part of the cabin is the convertible bed/sofa system. Each cabin has a queen bed that converts into a sofa making the space INCREDIBLE and HUGE feeling. The setup is great for the day when you want to relax and watch TV or get some work done and not be forced to sit on the bed. The conversion can be requested by the stateroom attendant and they’ll convert it on their first rounds of the day and make it back to a bed during the evening rounds. I couldn’t tell if the cabin stewards were a bit grumpy when we asked for this conversion service, but they accommodated the request without question. By the middle of the voyage, I had figured out how to convert the bed into a sofa on my own (and there’s a handy little instruction guide on the tablet), but I left it up to the stewards to convert it back to a bed in the evening. It’s important to know, however, that the cabin attendants usually end their day around 7 pm, so if you don’t have your evening service for whatever reason,  you’re going to be making the sofa into a bed on your own!

The real show stopper of the Virgin Voyages cabins ( Sea Terrace and suites with balconies) are the terraces with the beautiful red hammocks. This is a passenger favorite whenever discussing the Virgin Voyages ships. These hammocks are a real treat allowing you to float over the balcony gently swinging in the breeze as the ship is underway. What a clever and innovative design feature for a cruise ship! 

In addition to the hammock, the balcony has the traditional table and chairs for seating, but realistically the hammock takes up so much space that it becomes crowded quickly with the other furniture items. 

As for storage in the staterooms, because of the converting bed, it’s not possible or practical to put empty bags under the bed, so that all goes into the closet space. The closet area is the only thing that really feels like an afterthought with a cloth curtain as a divider rather than traditional doors. I’m sure it’s a “design feature” but it just makes the room look a little cheap. Otherwise, there is plenty of storage space for any length of cruise (it fits everything for 2 people on a 14-day transatlantic just fine!).  It’s worth noting, that if you need more hangars, just ask, and the cabin steward will bring more for you.

Finally, a nice touch is that you are left with a couple of bottles of water daily in the cabin. One is cooled in the mini-fridge and the other is left out. For those looking for a minibar, it doesn’t exist in the standard balcony cabins / Sea Terrace rooms. In the suites, there are complimentary beverages available.

Sea Terrace Cabin - Virgin Voyages

The Suites on Virgin ships:

There are unique themed suites available on all of the Virgin Voyages ships called the “Rockstar and Mega Rockstar” suites. These are the largest and most expensive accommodations on the ship, but they come with some great perks! 

What do you get with a Mega Rockstar Suite?

The most expensive and lavish suites range from 570 sq feet to over 2000 sq feet and are reminiscent of 5-star hotel suites with whirlpools, outdoor jacuzzis, and huge private terraces (depending on the suite). Each suite is adorned with music memorabilia and a record table to spin some tunes. The guests in these suites have exclusive access to Richard’s Rooftop as well as daily spa access. Additional perks are premium wifi, early access to the ships with priority check-in, and transfer to and from the ship to your hotel or airport.

For those Mega RockStar guests who like to indulge, the suite comes with a bottomless mini bar that is restocked at your request as well as essentially an unlimited bar tab to use during the voyage. While Virgin states that there are limits to the bar tab (reasonable), I’ve never spoken to anyone who’s experienced being told they can’t order more.

What do you get with a Rockstar Suite?

As with the Mega RockStar suites, you have access to the exclusive Richard’s Rooftop, priority boarding, and a stocked minibar (single use, not unlimited). These suites are a bit smaller and range from aft cabins / suites that are a bit more than 400 sq feet to really large corner suites measuring more than 850 sq feet.

Finally, these suites come with a private concierge to help you with bookings, excursions, transportation, etc.

Virgin Voyages Mega RockStar

How much do the RockStar and Mega RockStar suites cost?

Expect to spend $6000 for a 5-7 day RockStar suite and more than $10,000 for the Mega RockStar suite. This is based on pricing for a typical Caribbean 7-day cruise where a SeaTerrace rate was approximately $2900

Activities, Shows & Entertainment on the Virgin Voyages ships

There is an impressive lineup of things to do from early-morning yoga to late-night parties. I expected initially that the ship would be more of a “party” ship with nonstop pool parties and day drinking, but surprisingly, Virgin Voyages has put together a good program and schedule for their cruises that includes many activities that aren’t parties. Of course, there’s more of a party vibe once the sun sets, which adds to the allure of the brand and ship. 

During the day, there is a variety of planned activities to do from trivia, games, foodie classes, bingo, and a ton of workouts. (see the sample week-long itinerary below)

Our favorite was the daily trivia where “The Gamer” compiles the best of pop culture, history, current events, and beyond in a multi-round trivia event that he’s uniquely created. Each team will have a booklet to fill out for each round of 10 questions. But this isn’t your average trivia game. The highly curated, weirdly specific genres cater to the weird, the wacky, and the nerdy among us-expanding beyond generations and giving you the freshest, funniest brain-twisters you can find

For people worried about what there is to do during the day on one of these cruises, fear not! There are PLENTY of activities not to mention the obligatory pool time.

The shows and nighttime entertainment

Virgin Voyages has curated a unique lineup of entertainment for each cruise which includes everything from variety and talent show-style entertainment to drag shows and beyond. An example of some of the shows you can expect to see on a Virgin Voyages cruise are:

It’s a Ship Show : Think of this as a dinner show + variety hour with some live music, comedy, and random performances. The food was included but was slightly disappointing, but overall it was good fun. Note: If you are in the front row(s), there is audience participation and you may be called upon!

A Ship Show Virgin Voyages

Duel Reality : Seen in the Red Room, this is part dance performance and part theater. It’s “strange” but worth the effort to see. Important to know: once you are seated, you cannot leave for any reason (bathroom, drinks, etc).

Untitled Danceshow Thing : Think of this as ship performers in a nightclub filming an influencer-inspired show. None of the people in our group quite got the purpose. This is the only show on the ship(s) that I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to experience unless you had nothing else to do.

There are other acts and shows that cycle throughout the voyage, and they’re all different than anything else you’ve likely seen on a cruise, so give them a try!

In addition to the production-style shows that are held within the Manor and Red Room, there are always musicians or DJs scattered throughout the ship that are all quite good. Most bars and lounges have various types of live music featuring solo artists to multi-piece bands.

The inclusion of music on the ship is in the DNA of the Virgin brand and it creates a wonderful vibe day and night.

**Note** The evening entertainment is going through some changes and new shows are being added. We’ll update this as the programs are announced and confirmed.

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Virgin Cruise Ships are a Health & Wellness anomaly at sea with fitness classes unmatched by other cruise lines

You’ve probably never seen a cruise ship that has such a focus on wellness! Most traditional cruisers go for the bottomless buffet, all-day ice cream, and beverage packages, whereas Virgin Voyages has put a substantial effort into balancing those activities with an abundance of wellness & fitness classes – ALL INCLUDED! Yep, that’s right, the wellness and exercise classes are all part of the fare.  

The ships have professional instructors dedicated to certain activities and classes, for example:

Spin Class – only about 6 people at a time and for someone who’s into spin classes, they are relatively beginner-level.

Bungee Class – low-impact bungee cord workout. Unusual but fun use of bungee cords for balance and stretching. 

Yoga – There are several varieties of yoga but the best was the Low impact, a guided class where beginners didn’t feel out of place.

HIIT Class – Outdoors on deck 16 in the outdoor gym area.

For passengers who are interested in doing their own thing, there are plenty of options with a sports court/basketball court, outdoor workout areas, outdoor gym area, and post-workout chillout spaces.

Another standout feature of the Virgin Voyages cruise ships is the beautiful cardio space full of the latest Technogym equipment. It’s fully integrated with Apple Watch and the “My Wellness” app by Technogym for syncing your workout data. In a separate space across from the pool is the weight lifting and workout space, equally impressive. There’s nothing you can’t do in the gym and cardio rooms, they are some of the nicest and best-equipped gyms I’ve seen, much less those at sea!

For passengers who are looking for an outdoor run, there’s the running track on deck 17.

Cardio & Gym on Virgin Voyages

The pool decks on Virgin Voyages ships

There are two pools on the Virgin ships referred to as the “Aquatic Club”. These pool areas are what most passengers lament about. The consensus is that the pool and sun decks are WAY too small for the passenger capacity. In reality, we found that there were always loungers to be found and a place to soak in the sun was never a problem. I can only guess that it’s because there is so much to do on the ships that people don’t lay around the pool all day as they would while on a typical cruise ship.

The main pool is more like an oversized plunge pool surrounded by loungers and day beds with music playing all day long while the smaller pool towards the rear of the pool deck is quiet and more of an oversized jacuzzi whirlpool.

The pools and pool decks on board the Virgin Voyages ships are much more intimate and have a day club feel about them than the sprawling pool decks that are now common on mega-ships.

Aquatic Club on Virgin Voyages

The Redemption Spa

The spa & thermal suite is always something I look forward to on a modern cruise ship. This is one of the areas where I feel like Virgin Voyages has failed. That sentiment wasn’t unique to me, however, some people loved it. So let’s explain:

If you are used to the glamorous spas and the thermal suite on other mass-market cruise lines, you’ll likely be disappointed. The Redemption Spa is beautiful like the rest of the ship, but it is like a nice piece of art, where it is ok to look at but doesn’t offer much else. While they have amenities that look like they stack up to other spas at sea, they are impractical and downright uncomfortable. For example, where you would normally find heated stone loungers in modern spas, Virgin Voyages has chosen to heat a floor space, like a large swath of marble heated in which you are supposed to just lay on. I liken this to lying on the ground at some Roman monument in the summer, not at all comfortable. 

Additionally, the whirlpool tubs are small, so small in fact that you better be really comfortable with whoever is sharing it with you because it’s “intimate” to say the least. While there is a plunge pool, it’s room temperature and it’s also extremely small. 

There are the typical sauna and steam rooms you’d expect in any modern spa, and they are what they are. Very basic.

The most unique room is the mud room where you slather buckets of mud all over your body and sit there like a hog fresh out of the mud pit. Not only is it weird, but they, unfortunately, don’t clean it often or very well, meaning it looks like it could be the backdrop of a high-end mud wrestling tournament. 

Finally, the booking process for this spa was overly complicated and poorly managed. You are only able to block 3 hours at a time and you are required to use time all within those three hours, so you can’t come and go throughout the day. 

Another real turn-off was the fact that if you chose to purchase a service like a massage, you weren’t able to use the spa area as a part of that service. It seems petty to not allow people who are already paying an exorbitant rate for a massage, you’d think that using the steam room before or after would be included. 

Redemption Spa Virgin Voyages Valiant Lady

Our group found the spa so generally unappealing, that even though we were comped anytime access for our entire voyage, most of us only used it once while some of the ladies used it two or three times at most.

What does the day pass cost for the Redemption Spa? 

The costs: $39 – But first, it’s worth noting that the “day pass” is really only a 3-hour pass for use during one day. The price is not outrageous but not an amazing value either. For a spa person, it’s worth checking out. You can also get a day pass included if you buy some packages such as the “Splash of Romance” Package. 

Some passengers have said they’ve been able to purchase a come-and-go pass for the full day for $70. This option may vary by ship and itinerary.

A full voyage pass was available to us for a 3-hour time block once per day during the cruise, but that price wasn’t published (and I forgot to ask). I was told that this offering was being tested and wasn’t necessarily going to be available in the future.

This is how Virgin Voyages explains its spa:

Inspired by an underwater cave, Redemption Spa is a luxury hideaway complete with a hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds, and a myriad of rejuvenating treatments. Strategically located far from the bustle of the fitness areas, you won’t be mid-massage hearing a nearby cycling instructor telling you to “push through the last climb.” Virgin Voyages

How much are spa services in the Redemption Spa on Virgin Voyages?

Every service you could imagine was available at the Redemption Spa and they come at a pretty steep price. You can see the entire list of services from the Red Book found in the cabins (see here).

A traditional Swedish massage is $179 for 50 minutes and $229 for 75 minutes.  A deep tissue massage is $379 for 50 minutes or $469 for 75 minutes (yes, you’re reading that right) Bamboo massage is $209 for 50 minutes and $249 for 75 minutes. A 50-minute facial is $179 – $229 depending on the variety 

There are other massages & services available, but this gives you an idea of what to expect when planning for your spa treatments

Dining is all specialty and it’s all included with no main dining room to be found

Absent are traditional specialty restaurants, a main dining room, and high cover charges. Virgin Voyages made the choice to have all specialty dining options or themed dining included in the cruise fare. This is by far the biggest part of the “all-inclusive” concept that Virgin has going for them. It’s a great concept and the restaurants are all amazing with a high-quality dining experience in each location. 

Only one reservation per restaurant

Virgin Voyages has a policy to allow one reservation per restaurant per voyage (at dinner). This is in an effort to make sure every passenger or “sailor” has the opportunity to try the eateries.

Virgin Voyages Menus & Restaurants

The Wake – The upscale “steak and seafood” restaurant that is also available for brunch most days with unique brunch items and a variety of egg preparations. This is the most popular restaurant and fills up fast, so reserve early. See The Wake Menu and wine list.

Extra Virgin – The Italian concept that also sometimes does daytime tapas tastings. See the Extra Virgin menu .

Razzle Dazzle – An eclectic mix of feel-good food with a focus on vegetarian options. This restaurant is open for breakfast/brunch and dinner.  See the Razzle Dazzle menu .

Restaurants Dining Food Virgin Voyages

Gunbae – A fun group dining event where everyone sits around a hibachi-style grill while the food is cooked ‘on stage’. A unique dining experience! (until you realize the strangers you’re dining with might just be unfriendly) – See the Gunbae Menu

Test Kitchen – Probably the strangest concept on the Virgin Voyages cruise ships is the Test Kitchen where food is served in a laboratory setting which signifies that the chef experiments with food, flavor, and presentation. There are 2 menus served at different times during a voyage (only one menu per night) and each is an unusual dining experience when matched with the suggested wine pairing making for a memorable and quite educational dinner to remember. See the Test Kitchen menu & virtual tour.

Pink Agave – One of our favorites! A Mexican-inspired, small bites eatery that has a little bit of everything. Being from Texas and being an Expat in Europe at the moment, I just missed Mexican food, so whether it’s really that good is subjective, but I thought it was pretty amazing. Small enchiladas, guacamole, tacos, and a variety of other dishes were always good. The only problem we really had was often the items weren’t very warm by the time they got to the table. I suspect they premake many of the items on a line in the kitchen so they have the opportunity to cool down before making it to the table. More than anything, though, the bar is a great secret spot that few people realize is open to just have drinks if you want and the interior + vibe is some of the best on the ship. Groovy, cozy, and feels decidedly luxe (especially for a few tacos!) – If you’re a tequila or mezcal aficionado, this is the place for you, don’t forget to check out the menu for all varieties and tasting options. See the Pink Agave menu & virtual tour.

Other restaurants on the Lady Ships include

The Galley – This is Virgin Voyages’ answer to the buffet, when in fact it’s no buffet at all. It’s a food hall where you can select from a variety of menu options from basic burgers and salads to greasy spoon-style all-American breakfast dishes. You can get sushi, noodles, salads, burgers, pasta, diner-inspired meals, etc. It’s a great option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  For those who are looking for their soda / soft drink fix, there are self-service soda fountains throughout The Galley – take as much as you want. There is also a pastry corner with some of the best desserts and cookies I’ve had on a cruise ship (with a few misses, as well).

The Pizza Place – a grab-and-go small pizza joint with a few different pizza options. On a nice day, there is some lovely outdoor seating as well. 

Lick Me Til Ice Cream – A passenger favorite! Just a good old-fashioned icecream parlor style walk-up bar. Full of homemade icecreams where flavors rotate regularly. 

The Dock House – which is part bar and part outdoor tapas-style bites. Think shrimp skewers, mini sandwiches, chicken skewers, and random small bites. 

Sun Club Cafe – An outdoor top deck area serving things like Poke’ Bowls during the afternoon.

Social Club – A random area on the ship that has things like sweets, popcorn, quick bites (hot dogs, chicken wings, nachos, etc), and pastries so you’ll never go hungry…. ever! 

Finally, there is the Sip Champagne bar that hosts afternoon tea most days. This is a paid event that includes towers of scones and cakes with optional champagne. 

Virgin Voyages Bars, beverages, and beverage packages (Bar Tab)

All essential beverages are included with Virgin Voyages which includes bottomless soda from the fountains, tea, coffee (except specialty coffee), and water. In general, the drink prices are what you would expect in land-based bars and restaurants, not excessively marked up like other cruise lines.

Drink Package & the “Bar Tab”

There is no beverage package or alcohol package offered for Virgin Voyages ships, however, they do have the “Bar Tab” system which is a prepaid amount in $300 increments where Virgin will often add bonus amounts depending on promotions. Typically for every $300 purchased, Virgin Voyages will add an additional $50, however, on a recent voyage we were able to get $100 in addition to our bar tab purchases and we were able to purchase multiple bar tabs and receive multiple bonuses. On occasion, Virgin Voyages will throw in bar tabs for certain itineraries valued up to $600. So while it’s not exactly a drink package, it is a nice way to provide a bit of a bonus. 

Specialty Coffee

It’s worth noting that while all non-alcoholic beverages are included on the ships, however, specialty coffee is NOT included. There are two coffee shops on each ship that serves every coffee drink you could imagine, albeit for an extra fee, the Grounds Club which feels like you’re in an actual coffee shop with complimentary pastries and other sweets. In the Galley, there is another Grounds Club as well. Everyone who had a specialty coffee in our travel group was quite pleased with it, even though it was an extra fee.  

  • Everything to know about the Virgin Voyages “Bar Tab”

The bars and lounges on the Virgin Voyages ships

Not surprisingly, there are bars and bar services EVERYWHERE. While some of the bars maintain strange hours, there’s always something open and somewhere to get a drink. 

Sip Champagne Bar Virgin Voyages

The Manor – An amazing nightclub at sea with a swanky London club vibe. 

On The Rocks – This bar is the main watering hole in the center of the ship that has everything the entire ship has to offer and is the best place to find craft cocktails.  Afternoon trivia and early evening til late night bands and solo singers are found here almost daily.

Sip Champagne Bar – The champagne bar of the ship is an elegant space that makes a good meeting spot for pre-dinner cocktails. This is generally a quieter area which is also great for spending time reading or working if necessary. 

Loose Canon – A nautical-themed pub bar where trivia can also be found on some days. The selection seems limited compared to other locations on the ship.

Social Club – This is where you can find amazing boozy milkshakes and hotdogs

Dock House & The Dock – My favorite space on the ship in the aft (rear). It is an entire outdoor area with seating, loungers, beds, and umbrellas with bar service. It’s like being in a swanky beach club. On the inside is the Dock House with a similar chill vibe and an attached full bar serving cocktails and small bites where music happens in the evenings.

Aquatic Club – This is the outdoor pool bar in the center of the ship typical of any pool bar on any cruise ship.

Finally, there is Richard’s Rooftop for the exclusive use of the Rock Star and Mega Rock Star guests. It’s part relaxation space and part bar service, a great escape for passengers who have booked suites.

  • Read More: Bar Menus with Drink Prices on Virgin Voyages

Let’s not forget the “Shake For Champagne”

A fun and one-of-a-kind experience is shaking your phone for a bottle of champagne! The price for Shake for Champagne is $95 , or the cost of the Moet which comes with glasses and an ice bucket straight to your location within minutes (Usually). We tried this several times around the ship and generally within 10 minutes, a champagne steward found us based on our phone’s location and accurately delivered the “goods”. On some of the promotional packages like a Splash of Romance , there is an included Shake for Champagne.

Solo Travelers

While there are no solo cabins as there are on some other cruise lines, Virgin Voyages has a program where there is no additional charge or single supplement if you want to cruise alone. An amazing advantage to those who just want to have their own good time! This may be somewhat deceiving as the pricing on Virgin tends to be on a PER CABIN basis anyway. So to say there is no supplement for a single traveler is a bit of a gray area.

The staff & crew on Virgin cruise ships

Virgin embraces diversity in a big way. This is why the brand and cruise line is popular with all walks of life and the same can be said for their onboard staff. You’ll see tattoos, piercings, long hair, shaved heads, every ethnicity, and every possible variety of humans working on a Virgin ship. It’s great to see at a corporate level, diversity is embraced. HOWEVER, sometimes it felt like the hiring process prioritized unusual people and unique looks rather than those qualified to provide the best service.

As someone who’s been on countless cruises on almost all major cruise lines, there’s always something that is consistent and it’s the incredible desire to serve the guests. It’s rare to come across a crew member on a cruise ship that isn’t happy to help or at least appears happy to be there doing their job whereas on the 14-day Virgin Voyages transatlantic cruise we took, it appeared there was a large portion of the staff that weren’t terribly friendly or happy to be doing their jobs.

This was noticeable not only with our entire group sailing together but with other passengers as well. Enough so that we mentioned to one of the department managers that it felt like we, the guests, were interrupting the staff holiday when we asked for anything.

In some instances, some of the staff were downright dismissive and rude, a real turn-off considering everything else on the ship was pretty flawless.

Know before you go on a Virgin Voyages cruise. The most common questions with a few helpful tips:

Are restaurant reservations required.

Restaurant reservations fill up fast. You may be able to start booking within a week or two of your departure by using the Virgin Voyages app. Once you’ve downloaded the Virgin Voyages app, check to see what date reservations open up and you’re able to book restaurants. You don’t have to wait until you’re on board.

Are fitness class reservations needed:

These were not bookable until we got on the ship (though, unsure if this is standard practice). One of the people in our group was able to connect to the wifi in the terminal during check-in and was able to start booking while in line.

What is the Scarlet Party / Scarlet Night?

Bring something red to wear! The Scarlet Party or Scarlet Night is a red-themed party where everyone dresses up in various red-themed outfits and the ship turns red throughout. Depending on the voyage you may witness all of the lovely red outfits drenched in pool water as people tend to end up taking a dip fully clothed! 

Is there really a Pajama Party?

Yep! There’s a pajama party! Bring your best PJs for the fun Pajama Party night. Nothing is off limits, there were ALL types on show from skimpy lingerie, boxer shorts, body suits, robes, and some people wearing almost nothing. 

Can you bring alcohol on a Virgin cruise?

Officially it’s 2 bottles per stateroom on departure day, and that’s only wine and champagne, no hard liquor. Some passengers have said they were able to bring 2 bottles of wine PER PORT, but that is not confirmed . Additionally, the person bringing alcohol on board must be 21 years old or older when departing from USA ports.

What’s the dress code on a Virgin Voyages Cruise?

These cruises aim to have a good time, so there’s no dress code on the ships. However, you’ll see passengers get dressed up quite nicely for some of the evening parties (Scarlet Party or Scarlet Night) and for some dining occasions. Long gone are the days of tuxedos, ties, jackets, for gentlemen, and gowns for the ladies. Come as you are, and dress how you feel comfortable. It’s worth noting, that the vibe of the ship was classy overall and never really saw anything distasteful, so keep that in mind – for what it’s worth.

Is there a loyalty program for Virgin Voyages?

Virgin has been testing a loyalty program starting in late 2022 and expects to have it rolled out by mid 2023. For more information see the Sailing Club loyalty program here.

What is the average age on a Virgin Voyages cruise?

Every age group (above 18) is well represented! The cruises trend a bit younger given the party-centric atmosphere and music choices on the ships. But never is anyone excluded or made to feel uncomfortable due to age. 

On our cruises with Virgin, there were groups in their 20s enjoying the same venues as couples in their 70s! Everyone was having a great time regardless of age!

Is Virgin Voyages LGBTQ friendly?

Absolutely! There is a large representation of gay and lesbian travelers on the cruises. 

No one will feel out of place on a Virgin cruise. The best comment we have heard from fellow passengers is that they felt like they stepped into a world where there were no closets, no judgments and anyone can be who they want and with who they want.

How much does a Tattoo cost on Virgin Voyages?

Basic designs start at $150 and go up from there. They do custom design work but expect to spend at least $400!

First Time On Virgin Voyages? Here are some Expert tips!

  • Take a moment when you have seemingly nothing else you have to do and just walk around the ship and enjoy the art. Some it is absolutely incredible and often overlooked.
  • Provided the seas aren’t bad, the hot tubs on the back of deck 16 are open pretty much 24/7. Get yourself a drink and enjoy the sounds of the ocean and the moonlight.
  • If you’re into it, there is a topless suntanning area on deck 17. It’s the same place they host morning yoga
  • On Scarlet night, get yourself up to the pool deck as soon as it gets dark out. They inflate the octopus pretty early and it’s a great place for selfies before the festivities.
  • If you are sailing solo, getting dinner reservations is kind of pointless (read that as not always necessary) beyond the first evening. I usually just decide in the morning where I want to go for dinner that evening.
  • If you are going to eat at The Wake, try to time it for 30-45 minutes after the all-aboard time at a port. By doing this you’ll be treated to a great view of the ship pulling away from the port.
  • Finding a quiet spot on the ship can be difficult but there are a few spots including “The Scene” (just forward of the pool, port side deck 15) and often the restaurants, which are closed but you can still often sit at a table mid-day.
  • If you are a night owl and decide to walk every deck of the ship at 2 am, just be aware that security will come along to say hi and make sure you’re not up to something bad. BTW walking decks 5-14 is equivalent to about 2 miles.
  • A magnetic battery-powered night light is a great gadget! If you need to use the restroom at night, the cabin is pretty much pitch black and there’s no low setting on the bathroom light.
  • If you are on a longer voyage, consider taking less clothing and using the laundry services instead. It’s a great way to save bag space and it’s quite reasonably priced. If you have deep blue perks one bag of laundry is included so there’s no reason not to use it.
  • Do not plan to purchase any Sundries on the ship. This is one of the few places where Virgin goes the traditional cruise ship route and charges through the nose for things. A 4oz sunscreen bottle was $30+ for example. My understanding is feminine products are more normally priced, however.
  • While they don’t display them anymore, they do have adult toys for purchase if you ask in the sundries shop.
  • The Galley hours are WEIRD. Pay attention to them if you want to go for something other than breakfast food. They keep changing them but at one point you couldn’t get a burger between 2:30 and 6. I think it’s currently 4-6pm but I could be wrong.
  • Speaking of the Galley, Nearly every day they have special. Usually, it’s a unique burger but I’ve seen everything from curry to steaks to Fried chicken. If they have a special, order it, I highly doubt you’ll regret it.
  • The galley also cycles deserts / pastries so keep an eye out for different stuff every night.
  • Premium coffee (Starbucks style stuff) can be purchased but in the galley coffee and tea is freely available if you assemble them yourself. They have milk, creamer, alternative milks, honey, and other stuff to make pretty much whatever you want. They also have a pretty good selection for Twinning’s Teas.
  • You can actually get a full breakfast before disembarking the ship at Razzle Dazzle or The Wake. I suggest booking this as you board the ship if you want to do it on the last morning particularly if you want to eat at the wake.

Other fun & unique things on the Virgin Voyages cruise ships

The Net – Unless you’ve been on a luxury yacht, you probably haven’t seen a suspended net like this. A neat feature located in the aft area of the ship on Deck 16 is a sprawling nautical net to lounge on at your leisure. But I must say, it’s really uncomfortable, but fun to try.

Squid Ink Tattoo Parlor on Virgin Voyages

Squid Ink on Virgin Voyages is the onboard tattoo parlor, the only ones offered at sea. You can indulge in an inked memory for as little as $150 for a standard design (think small anchor or wave) or have the talented artists work magic on something completely custom. Speaking to other sailors it seems the custom work always comes out around $450 for something the size of a playing card, but they will quote you on an individual basis.

Here are the “house” designs offered for about $150 on the Virgin Ships:

Squid Ink Virgin Voyages Cost and Designs

Private Karaoke Rooms – Who knew you could book a private karaoke room at sea, totally free! Just look for the “Groupie” sign towards the front of the ship on deck 7. These rooms range in size and just require you to sign in, no fee is necessary. Sing your heart out!

Record Store – Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you stumble upon a corner that is full of music (Vinyl) available to purchase. The Voyage Vinyl will be a treat to any music collector!

The Free Video Game Arcade – Another bit of fun to be had on the ship is the arcade, pool tables and air hockey, all complimentary!

The Casino – Casinos on ships are a big draw for so many passengers, and Virgin Voyages has made sure to provide a gaming experience to meet or exceed a gambler’s expectations. Slots and video poker games are plentiful while there are numerous card tables, roulette wheels, and craps tables as well.

Sail away party – Don’t miss the famous Sail Away party with complimentary sparkling wine that flows freely for about an hour. +/- It’s a ton of fun and sets the vibe of the voyage and allows you to discover who’s on board. It’s a great social exercise to have people meet and greet as well as get a glimpse of the “Happenings Crew” which are the on board entertainers.

virgin voyages sail away party

Virgin Voyages Reviews – From the passengers’ mouths (or keyboards)…

Just a few comments from passengers who’ve experienced these amazing ships

The restaurants are all really good. Like REALLY good. We had a blast at Test Kitchen. Good food and so much fun. I’d suggest you pair your meals with alcohol for an even better experience. The Wake (I love a steakhouse) was good, but maybe a bit slow. Gunbae was a blast. The food was great. The interactivity was incredible. And Pink Agave was our favourite. Get everything. And then order more of the stuff you loved. There will be a lot of it. On board the Scarlet Lady
The ship is great. I believe it’s the smallest I’ve been on but it feels big with a great layout. Easy to get around. But lots of shops, etc. My only complaint about the size is we experienced a couple of days of high winds and we rolled side-to-side a bit more than I am comfortable with, and a bit more than I believe a bigger ship would have. On board the Scarlet Lady
24 hours into the trip and I’m completely converted. 100% better than Rcl, Ncl, celebrity and obviously carnival. I’ve been on multiple of all these other lines and this is something else entirely. The attention to detail is beyond what other lines could comprehend much less accomplish. The crew is super friendly, endlessly attentive and at the same time super relaxed. It’s almost impossible to describe but you know what someone looks and sounds like when they enjoy their job. On board the Valiant Lady

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Phil Crane

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I'm a global nomad at heart, and the dedicated editor behind CruiseGear. For the past two decades, I've experienced exciting voyages across the world, discovering countless ports from the decks of dozens of ships, visiting 40+ countries (and living in some of them for years). It's been an exhilarating journey to say the least! I want to share everything I've learned and hope to make your next cruise vacation as enjoyable as possible.

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Virgin Voyages is the 'cool mom' of cruise lines — and it's only for adults. Here's what to know before booking so you're not disappointed.

  • Virgin Voyages is a playful, adults-only cruise line unlike any other. 
  • The inclusive, rockstar vibes are intoxicating, but it's not a rowdy booze cruise.
  • Savvy travelers can get sweet deals and special surprises, including free perks and secret soirées.

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Virgin Voyages is elevated, intimate, playful, and, sometimes, a bit naughty.

The cruise line doesn't have a ton of structure or strict rules, but it's also not the best choice if you want a rowdy booze cruise .

Its cruises are somewhat unconventional and, in a way, Virgin Voyages' balance of fun and flair makes it the "cool mom" of cruises.

Here's what you need to know before booking a cruise with Virgin Voyages.

Again, this is not a typical cruise line.

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Virgin Voyages has a "come as you are" attitude, which translates to no rigid rules like set dining times or formal nights.

Unlike other cruises, its ships don't have one main dining room with strict meal times. You pick a restaurant and eat at it (but those who do crave structure can make reservations).

The ships don't have dress codes.

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With Virgin Voyages, you're not required to dress up for formal evenings or wear nice slacks to dinner.

Travelers can dress how they please, from swimsuits to smart casual to glam. The only requirement is to wear something.

Although, passengers can sunbathe topless on the sun deck.

You won't see other basic cruise staples on Virgin Voyages, either.

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Common things you find on cruises won't be found on Virgin Voyages. This includes:

Children — All Virgin Voyages cruises are 18 and older.

Buffets — Instead, the ships have food halls and multiple restaurants.

Onboard photographers — If you want photos, bring a selfie stick or ask a fellow traveler.

"Port" or "starboard" labels — The ship uses "A" and "Z" instead.

Self-service laundry — Your laundry can be done for you for a fee, though.

Towel animals — You won't find these cruise staples on your bed at night on a Virgin cruise. Turndown service is only available by request.

The schedule is pretty relaxed.

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Although many cruises will have travelers board pretty early, boarding doesn't begin with Virgin Voyages until around 2 p.m.

On disembarkation day, guests don't have to leave their cabins until about 10:30 a.m. Many other lines want you off the ship by 8 or 9 a.m.

Virgin Voyages is nearly all-inclusive and drink packages are done differently.

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With most other cruise lines, you pay for internet and specialty classes — but everyone on Virgin Voyages ships gets access to unlimited WiFi and group fitness classes.

Crew gratuities, dining, and essential drinks like soda, sparkling water, and juice are included in the booking price. There's also no fuel-supplement charge, which many cruises have.

Once you pay your cruise fare, the only things to consider are optional add-ons like excursions, cocktails, and spa services.

Instead of unlimited drink packages , Virgin Voyages uses an onboard credit system called Bar Tab. Before the trip, you buy Bar Tab credits to dip into debit-style when you buy an alcoholic or a barista-made specialty drink.

It pays to be loyal.

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Virgin Voyages has a loyalty match program called Deep Blue Extras that unlocks great bonuses, like free laundry services and extra Bar Tab funds.

Passengers who have loyalty status on lines like Carnival, Celebrity, Disney Cruise Line , Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line , Oceania Cruises, Princess , and Royal Caribbean can basically apply to transfer their status to Virgin Voyages.

Additionally, if you're traveling with a group that books two or more cabins, you can link your bookings as part of Now We're Voyaging Together . Each cabin gets a free bottle of bubbly.

There aren't typical specialty restaurants on board, and there are many late-night eats.

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On many cruises, specialty dining will cost you extra . But, on Virgin Voyages ships, all of the 20-plus restaurants can be visited at no extra cost.

Unlike on most cruises, there are no assigned seats, and you don't have to share a table with strangers every night.

Dining times are also pretty flexible, and some eateries are open late.

Diner & Dash serves diner-style breakfasts all day, and Virgin Voyage ships have ShipEats, a 24-hour room service.

Fitness classes are fun and free.

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There are more than 10 group fitness classes offered daily, and you can take as many as you wish at no extra cost.

There are classic classes like spin and yoga, but you'll also find unique ones with bungee cords and retro-inspired aerobics.

That said, many classes fill up within hours on embarkation day. You can't book classes before boarding, so try to reserve your favorites the minute you set foot on the ship.

Scarlet Night is a big deal.

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There aren't typical formal nights on Virgin Voyages cruises, but you'll definitely want to prepare for Scarlet Night.

Each cruise celebrates it from bow to stern with festive decorations and one-night-only activities like photo booths and a pool party.

Nearly everyone on board wears red for this event, so be sure to pack some if you cruise with Virgin Voyages.

The unique entertainment is unlike anything you've seen at sea … or on land.

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The nightly shows are not typical song-and-dance affairs you see on other ships. Here, you'll find everything from naughty game shows to drag performances.

Don't sleep on shows with perplexing names like "The Miss Behave Show" and "Untitled DanceShowPartyThing."

Instead of trying to understand what the performances are ahead of time, just suspend disbelief, release your inhibitions, and enjoy.

Also, be on the lookout for roving performers, including magicians and sketch artists, who appear in public venues.

Some of them even extend invites to secret gatherings. I was once invited to a 30-minute magic show in the crew bar.

Even cooler? Many Virgin Voyages ships also have tattoo parlors, karaoke lounges, and record shops.

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My First Experience On A Cruise: Virgin Voyages Review

T here is a scene in Gilmore Girls : A Year In The Life where Lorelai tells her daughter Rory: “I’m just stressed out and kind of feeling my mortality lately.” In a bid to convey the seriousness of the situation, she reveals that she has even found herself wondering what it might be like to take a cruise. “And then I broke a hip,” she jokes, referencing their shared view that cruises are for those who are, ahem, approaching their final destinations. Horrified, Rory exclaims: “You are not going on a cruise!” And they leave the matter there.

I must admit, I had somewhat of a similar reaction when I was first approached about going on a cruise. I’d never experienced one before and it just wasn’t a holiday I imagined myself enjoying as a 31-year-old. I’ve always been put off by the idea of having to abide by a strict sailing schedule. I think holidays should be about exploring the unknown and embracing adventure. Plus, I’ve always equated cruises with serious cases of cabin fever. But Virgin Voyages’ offer of a jaunt on their “Valiant Lady” ship intrigued me. These adult-only trips were said to be aimed at and catered for a younger crowd, with a reimagined outlook on what cruises offer. So I signed up for The Irresistible Med package, a seven-night trip which started in Barcelona, taking passengers — or sailors, as you are called when “at sea” — to Toulon, Marina di Carrara, and Ajaccio before landing in Ibiza for an overnight stay.

Overall, my cruise experience was rather different to how I imagined. Below, I break down the most surprising things I discovered during my trip.

“Room With A View” Takes On A New Meaning

When I arrived on the ship, I was greeted by the animated staff, who were dancing to Rihanna as they welcomed guests aboard. Eager to check out my room situation — and avoid any awkward dancing — I headed to my Sea Terrace abode. The room came with a balcony, which I soon came to think of as my sunset-viewing haven. Now, these balconies have a red hammock on them, which are perfect for a posed Instagram photo, but not so ideal for actually sitting in. (Something I wished someone had warned me about beforehand.) Sitting isn’t the problem, actually, it’s trying to get out of them, but I’ll save you that story. The rooms are sleek, equipped with mood lighting and a flatscreen packed full of movies. The “roomy rainshower” isn’t as “roomy” as I had hoped (it reminded me of the ensuite I had in my dorm room at uni) but it served its purpose.

Food Glorious Food — & No Underwhelming Buffets In Sight

I’d always equated cruises with standing in line for the buffet, but that couldn’t be further from the experience I had when exploring the rest of the ship. Namely, because there are no self-service buffets on the Valiant Lady. Instead, there’s a food deck — called The Galley — with various stations, all manned by staff, and reservations-only restaurants located around the ship. Sailors can book themselves a spot at the restaurant of their choice via the all-important app. My highlights were a pasta-laden dinner at the Italian eatery Extra Virgin and the rainbow churros I devoured at Razzle Dazzle. I was also a frequent visitor of The Pizza Place during the day. As is often the case with cruises, the Valiant Lady is a no-cash zone. Not something you need to worry about when it comes to eating, as all food is included in the price of the trip, as are most soft drinks. However, when it comes to alcohol — or fancy barista coffee, as I discovered early into my stay — sailors need to use their room key, which comes in the form of a techy wrist band, and have the drinks charged to their accounts.

The Antidote To Cabin Fever

During the day, you’ll find many sailors taking advantage of the glistening pool and sun decks. There’s also a mini basketball court and a running space outside. My personal favourite spot on the ship had to be Richard’s Rooftop, named after Virgin boss Richard Branson. A wraparound bar surrounded by daybeds and hot tubs, all offering uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean sea, it truly feels like a holiday of its own. However, on par with its exclusive nature, the space is typically only available to sailors staying in the pricey suites and “ Rockstar Quarters .”

There’s No Need To Go “Out Out” At Night

When it comes to nightlife, there’s a whole host of bars to choose from, along with theatrical performances and shows for guests to enjoy. I attended an acrobatic reimagining of Romeo & Juliet one evening, which more than held my attention. There was also a “sex therapy” show, hosted by a “sexologist/doctor.” Audience members were given the choice of wearing the masquerade masks provided and asked not to film the goings-on, as to allow everyone to enjoy their night with a degree of anonymity. As expected, I saw several people filming segments of the show, which include the “doctor” giving out sex advice, before inviting people on stage to take part in intimacy exercises. I willed myself to become invisible during the audience participation segments, and it seemed to work, as I wasn’t called upon. Toward the end of the show, “TGIF” appeared on the screen. “It’s not even a Friday!” I thought to myself, naively. However, when the “doctor” got the audience to chant “Thank God I’m F*ckable,” I came to realise there’s more than one use for the popular acronym. Those looking for a more traditional night out can head to The Manor nightclub, which is known as one of the ship’s Instagram spots due to its sparkling light-adorned entrance tunnel.

Exploring Your Location, Location, Location

Although the cruise came with its own unique entertainment, I found myself itching to stretch my legs beyond the parameters of the ship, so I eagerly disembarked to explore the land when I could. You can plan your own adventures — providing you make sure you’re back in time for when the ship leaves — or you can book (for varying additional prices) an excursion, or “Shore Things,” as Virgin calls them. I did just that, enjoying the “Highlights of Florence and Pisa” package. The day ended with a trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where I spent a barely respectable amount of time taking a picture of myself holding up the tower. It’s harder than it looks, I promise you, but I got there in the end. I enjoyed my days out, but I did find it restrictive that I always had to have one eye on the clock to make sure I left myself plenty of time to get back to the ship before the departure. It did encroach on the adventure aspect that I crave during holidays. However, I spoke to many people who liked having their schedules mapped out for them entirely, and others who admitted to never leaving the ship at all, so it really comes down to preference.

This Is What We came For

You can imagine my delight when the last stop of the trip included an overnight stay at the dock in Ibiza. Unbeknownst to me, the final destination of a cruise tends to be the crown jewel of the trip, so I was eager to see if Ibiza lived up to the hype. Excited to check out the much discussed nightlife, I headed to Ushuaïa’s outdoor nightclub to check out Calvin Harris’ residency, which turned out to be a great set. When that was over, I headed across the street to Hï Ibiza , where Idris Elba and David Guetta had their own DJ booths. Opting for a change of pace the next day, I wandered around the sights of Old Town Ibiza, which boasts incredible gelato stands, eclectic shops, and stunning views of the marina — for those willing to climb up to the old cathedral, that is. I did just that, and didn’t regret it. Although I do wish I’d worn more sunblock, but such is life under the scorching sun.

Age Really Is Just A Number On The High Seas

Cruises have typically been associated with two sets of people — retirees and families with children. But Virgin’s adults-only experiences are something altogether different. I met a group of 20-something Americans, who were eager to explore Europe, and that same night I was introduced to a 60-something retired American couple, who spend much of their time travelling the world by cruise ships. It was refreshing to see people of all ages interacting, sharing life stories, and swapping contact details with the hope of staying in touch after the ship docked.

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Virgin cancelled cruise refuses to refund

I requested for a refund from Virgin voyages for a cruise they cancelled which has not been Issued since September. I requested a refund for the 3,400.00 I paid in total. This has still not been resolved. They were supposed to issue a check at 7-10 business days due to the card that was previously used being closed. I have waited well past that for my refund, when I ask for updates no one seems to know anything as to why it hasn’t been sent.

Date of experience : 13 September 2023

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A fantastic cruise.

A fantastic cruise, food was great, the staff was exceptional, the ship was clean and beautifully maintained. The only thing that was not perfect was the on board app which was very functional but seemed very slow at times. Overall the cruise was wonderful and was on another level compared to other cruise lines we have travelled with.

Date of experience : 12 January 2024

Cruise experience you can't dare to miss!!!

We chose this cruise because: + It is part of the Virgin brand + Exclusive food venues + Great online reviews + Ideal itinerary with complimentary shuttle services to explore new towns and cities + And don't forget it is kids free 😉 Virgin Voyages team have planned unique acrobatics and musical drama shows, which will keep your evenings occupied. Should not miss Another Rose and Persephone. We attended 3 different stand comedy shows and they were hilarious. Last but not the least, Virgin Voyages experience would not be possible by their incredible hospitality staff we met and had lovely chats, to name a few: Dolme (Pink Agave), Mika (Extra Virgin), Wildan (Extra Virgin), Rida, Bagus (Gunbae), Chef Midhun. Love your work guys 😊 Our cabin host Maria and Gusti made sure that we had the best of our stay at VV, always cheerful and helpful. We are definitely looking forward to cruising with VV again. ⛴️🇦🇺 ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

We are first time Sailors with Virgin Voyages

We are first time Sailors with Virgin Voyages and did not know what to expect. 10+ cruises. We were impressed with the condition of the ship and Crew. Every single crew member made our cruise an enjoyable one. What a surprise when I woke up on my Birthday and Happy Birthday was on our door. I do have one complaint and that is parking in D garage. Unable to find it and when we were leaving we were directed to several areas walking, sitting carrying our luggage that took us 40 minutes before we were picked up in the heat. We are 66 and 71 years old. We loved our dinners and food choices. It was a bit frustrating booking the reservations but once on ship we had help booking our restaurants with the time we wanted. My regret is we didn’t book any shows. Next time we will book them. We loved the water in the room everyday. We did lose power in our room and maintenance came in the early morning hours to investigate. Once they noticed my husband had a CPAP, nebulizer machine for treatments power was restored in a timely manor. We also loved purchasing only what we wanted to drink and not a package. The WI-FI worked great without upgrading. The prepackaged food on 15 was greatly appreciated, I had the chicken or turkey salad that was perfect and my husband loved the turkey and cheese sandwich. We had a lot of favorite foods and our favorites were the Jerk Chicken and the beans and Rice in Bimini.

Date of experience : 15 January 2024

Definitely... a new, happy and different way to cruise!

Definitely... a new, happy and different way to cruise! From boarding to disembarkation, excellent services. Atmosphere, shows and restaurants innovating the way of being on the ship. Crew always ready and in a good mood. Scare-free navigation! Unique show... at Scarlet Night 5-star standard for Rock Star passengers. Private area on the phenomenal roof top.

Date of experience : 22 December 2023

Extemely Disappointed

This trip was my first-ever cruise and most definitely my last with Virgin. The AC wasn't working in my cabin (extremely cold), and I couldn't turn it off. I reported the issue on the first day; maintenance would do a temporary fix, and the same problem would occur. I was told I couldn't be moved as they didn't have another case of my type available... I was told this on several occasions. It took approx six complaints and two days for someone to do something; I was moved to a more expensive cabin, and the (rockstar) told me I couldn't use the mini bar or any of the perks that came with it. I didn't care about the mini bar, but why am I being penalised for something that isn't my fault? I was told again and again that I didn't pay for it. I emailed the COO addressing my concerns; she said someone would contact me ( no one did). I chased the complaint as no one seemed bothered about why I was complaining; I wasn't offered an apology or compensation - nothing. I was treated as a nuisance ( which I was, as I wanted my complaint to be handled), and I should be grateful for the upgrade. I finally spoke to the sailor services director about an hour before leaving the boat on the final day, but it was too late by then. I know of other sailors who had issues with their cabins, and they were moved to another cabin and were offered compensation or money off a future trip; I had a total of £66.00 removed from my bill for internet and room delivery charges, a little imbalanced. This experience was sorely lacking for a company that prides itself on a 'superior customer experience'. Never again.

Date of experience : 24 January 2024

loveeeed it!

What a great cruise! Haven’t taken one in year because I really didn’t like them too messy. Virgin makes it amazing for this adults only which was a huge deal breaker for me as we wanted a child free vacations. We were 18 and the crew was amazing with us celebrating a bday and accommodating all of us on the same table. Great time! Excellent service!

Date of experience : 10 January 2024

Booked twice- it’s hit or miss and not consistent

Booked twice. PRO- First time everything went fine. No complaints because we had booked so far in advance, read and watched all the cheat sheet videos, had a large bonus beverage credit and prebooked restaurants etc. The actual ship was beautiful, restaurants are done well, and everything is instagram worthy. Crew are always smiling and at the end of the day a cruise is what you make it. But could have done with more hot tubs rather than 4 for 2000 people. CONS- iF: you’re not tech savvy to navigate their poorly designed glitchy app, or dont book during a ‘deal season’ meaning you don’t have a “loot” i.e. money tab, or you booked within 1 month which means that most likely the restaurants are going to be 70% prebooked. Then you will find that you have a lot of ground work to do onboard, and the experience becomes hard. Quite frankly, you begin to feel ripped off for what you paid. In addition, their support services can be hit or miss. They are good for when things are going right. But the moment you want anything out of the norm, or raise an issue. Then you quickly realise they don’t arm their team with enough authority to make decisions. I’m currently still waiting weeks on a simple response from them. A “yes, we can accomodate that” or “no” would suffice. Overall the experience is just good, and if things are going well for you it’s great. But it’s not excellent or wow.

Date of experience : 26 January 2024

You’re better off going with carnival cruise line

I wish I had listened to my friends and booked with carnival cruises instead. Virgin voyage will scan you out of your money (even my bank confirmed they have a lot of issues with this cruise line.) My special needs son fell ill meaning we couldn’t go on the cruise. Even though I paid for cruise protection I have been jumping through hoops and trying to avoid being scammed out of my $3,000. At first the refused to cancel claiming I had booked with a travel agent. I then sent them proof that I had booked directly through their website never used a travel agent. They said “no you have to contact the travel agent and have me the contact info. The number they gave me was fake. The email they gave me took a week to respond and said “I’m on a cruise and not on your coast time but on island time and will get back to you” it took weeks to cancel and a lot of rude customer service agents treating me like I was nothing. One lady laughed and said she would not cancel my cruise even though my son had just gotten out of the hospital! These people are modern day pirates. Do yourself a favor and book with carnival cruise line they treat you more like a human being.

Date of experience : 13 January 2024

Misleading Pricing structure on Resilent lady

Went on Resilient Lady voyage with friends from Melb to Tassie return on the 23 Dec 2023 voyage. Had a fantastic time and looking forward to booking again for New Year cruise on 29/12/2024. The group of us starting to look into the cruise for 4th Jan 2024, the pricing for internal room was AUD $3772 with original price crossed out at $5566. The offer is 70% off second sailor and Valid until 31 Jan 2024. However, 3 days later (7/2/24) the price increased to $4270. On 12 Jan 2024, the Price has increased again to $4762! This is a whopping increase of $990 in 8 days! How can this still be the same offer of 70% off from second sailor. Is the retail price $5566 or $7092. This is misleading advertising and dishonest. Poor form Virgin! This is the quickest way to lose loyal customers!

Date of experience : 23 December 2023

Our first time with Virgin Voyages

Our first time with Virgin Voyages, and we will definitely book again. Our cabin was amazingly beautiful, our only complain was that the bathroom was tiny (but honestly how much time do you really spend in the bathroom). There were plenty of available and included food choices for even the most finicky eater. Embarkation and debarkation were the fastest I have ever seen. I even stopped at one point when we were leaving afraid that we skipped a line or something.

Date of experience : 03 December 2023

No kids, sign me up!

My husband and I just went on our 2nd cruise with Scarlett Lady and it was amazing! We love the “no kids” policy and the staff are amazing. The food is delish!! The ship is clean, well decorated, and sooooo much fun. The ports are nice and they have plenty to do on and off the ship. We did opt in for the Splash of Romance package and it was totally worth it. Book your vacation now!! You will not regret it!!

Date of experience : 06 January 2024


We enjoyed our cruise despite a few foibles, and I left satisfied. Unfortunately we were charged incorrectly on Bimini on 1st January. Although I spoke to their customer services onboard and was assured that this would be corrected, more than two weeks later and several ignored e-mails later, they have not removed the incorrect charge. I cannot recommend Virgin Voyages because they have effectively stolen from me, and seemingly refuse to rectify the problem.

Date of experience : 01 January 2024

High standard if service

High standard if service, everyone felt special Amazing restaurants food was outstanding Room - not packed in like sardines, no line ups

Date of experience : 11 December 2023

Nice ship. Redemption Spa fraudulent charges, not so nice.

The ship was lovely and for the most part, the staff was pleasant. The food mediocre. The excursions were varied and good experiences. Having a major post trip issue with over $700 of fraudulent charges from Redemption Spa that they refuse to reverse. Do NOT accept the free “skin consultation”. They never showed up and then proceed to follow me into the bathroom and guard the door to prevent me from leaving after i stated multiple times I didn’t want to wait anymore. It had been 30 mins since my scheduled time. Still no “doctor”. Come to find out after departing the ship, there was $700 in additional charges that were above the $229 massage I agreed to. Total scam.

Date of experience : 04 December 2023

The ship and the room was fabulous

The ship and the room was fabulous. The crew was very friendly and polite. But the food was very salty and not to much of choice when it came down to menu for people with special eating needs

Great food and Latin Band…

We were thrilled when we found out Virgin had Latin music (we were told it wasn’t a thing on their cruises which we thought wth they leave from Miami and no Latin music!?) anywho that was the cherry on top! Food was amazing, some services were long and we missed out on shows but will plan better on the next cruise! Yes, we already put our deposit down! This cruise did not have all the extra nonsense and no kids running around unattended like most cruises we’ve been on!

Date of experience : 15 November 2023

Simply the best cruise ship experience

The overall experience on board valiant lady was great and memorable. Staff well trained and extremely friendly. Food was very tasty and widely available with variety of menus.Brilliant atmosphere apart from the night we docked in Ibiza there was nothing going on as lots of sailors were out but nothing for sailors who stayed in. And finally there was no PRAYER ROOM which was a surprise as not all sailors drink alcohol. Well recommended.

Date of experience : 22 October 2023

Staff and Crew The Best Asset

Staff and crew are great, always a smile and welcoming greeting, friendly and helpful. The ship is modern, the design of the bathrooms excellent, very functional, the bed extremely comfortable. The food is of high quality and plentiful, (although there could be a greater offering for vegetarians/vegans). There is no "hard sell", other cruise lines could learn from this, no pressure to pay for spa, art works, photos, shore excursions etc. There is no annoying endless promotion of cruise director, ship's officers etc, this is a welcome relief! There are plenty of quiet areas to relax and do "one's own thing". The all inclusive price, including gratuities, "works". As to the negatives: - booking into the restaurants sometimes proves difficult, - some mellow music (suggest a piano at the base of the "atrium") would be worthwhile addition, - the premium internet is expensive, - the pool, max capacity of 19, for a ship designed to carry 2,300 "sailors", (what were the designers thinking?), this is the one major disappointment.

Trip was going mediocre until a…

Trip was going mediocre until a blackjack dealer hit on my wife. Problems with our cabin, problems with Sailor Services. Crew was friendly and the pizza and ice cream were good; but something about that dealer trying to screw my wife just wasn't what I signed up for.


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