Cruise liner Virgin Voyages will launch in 2020 for adults only
Cruise liner Virgin Voyages is to launch its first ship in 2020, as an adult only holiday.
With the fleet being called “Lady Ships” a play on “your ladyship”, three ships will be launched as a new, deluxe cruise liner.
Breaking with tradition, they call all passengers “sailors” who can explore the “sea terraces” (balconies).
It will set sail in the Caribbean, holding 2,860 passengers on its inaugural journey.
Passengers must be over 18 years of age to travel
The cruise ship exterior has the classic Virgin red, with a scarlet mermaid figurehead as the logo.
With design created by Roman and Williams, from Ace Hotels, and PearsonLloyd, creator of the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class design, it is being made for the younger traveller who wants luxury without the children around.
In an interview with Conde Nast Traveler, Branson explained how the design was a huge part of the ship, as well as being as eco-friendly as possible.
The terms and conditions state that passengers must be over 18 years of age to travel.
The Virgin Voyages cruise is only for passenger over 18 years old
A deposit of $500 (£375) can be put down to secure a place on the cruise when it is ready in three years time.
Branson was seen earlier this month being dropped into the shipyard by a 200-foot crane, in a huge PR stunt.
Chief executive Tom McAlpin said: “Virgin Voyages is creating a sophisticated ship and a transformational experience.”
A statement explained: “The decision was driven by feedback from future sailors and travel professionals, who are looking for a more elevated and premium experience, with a few Virgin style surprises.”
Virgin Voyages cruise ship will travel to the Caribbean in 2020
Travel journalist Matt Meltzer explained how to avoid falling into a booking trap when choosing a cruise holiday.
He told Business Insider: “Though the shore excursions the ship offers might look enticing (oooh! A make-your-own straw hat class!) they are also the most marked up and often leave at times that are, well, earlier than you want to get up on a cruise.”
Whilst not wanting to deter passengers from doing cruise ship activities, there is a cheaper way to do it.
“There’s this crazy thing called the internet now where you can research things to do in your ports of call and compare the operators who run them.
“Booking this way not only gets you a better price, it also might expose you to some cool stuff you won’t find at the excursion desk.”