We Sailed Aboard Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady – Here’s What to Expect

If you have been on the lookout to get absent I’m confident you’ve discovered lodges and holiday homes in the vicinity of the seashore are more pricey than ever. My suggestion for Central Floridians searching to get away with no reserving airfare or driving far too far is booking a cruise. Cruises present you the chance to see one or a lot more nations around the world and they give an all-inclusive holiday with food items involved. One particular of the most effective cruises in Florida for grown ups is Virgin Voyages Scarlet Woman.

This year Virgin Voyages invited me to experience a voyage aboard the Scarlet Lady. Virgin Voyages was supposed to have their inaugural sailing as a new cruise line in April of 2020, but of training course, it was postponed and they started sailing in August of 2021. This cruise line is grownup-only (18+). There are now two ships in their fleet with two far more coming in 2023. Virgin Voyages has built a new terminal at the Port of Miami, correctly named Terminal V.

I’m likely to manual you as a result of what to anticipate on a Virgin Voyages cruise and share insights into earning the most of your voyage. Even though I was hosted on this cruise all views are my very own.

The following Virgin Voyages Scarlet Woman itineraries sail from the Port of Miami. I did the Dominican Daze which attributes two port days and two days at sea.

  • Dominican Daze, 5 nights  – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and Seaside Club at Bimini, Bahamas
  • Hearth & Sunset Soirées, 4 nights  – Key West, United States, and Beach front Club at Bimini, Bahamas
  • Mayan Sol, 5 nights – Costa Maya, Mexico, and Seashore Club at Bimini, Bahamas
  • Riviera Maya, 5 evenings – Cozumel, Mexico, and Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas

You are going to notice that all of Virgin’s Caribbean itineraries prevent at Bimini and that’s mainly because they have their possess private seaside club on Bimini. Trams head from the port directly to the beach club. These trams are completely for Virgin Voyages sailors.

It’s a fast 5-minute tram journey to the Beach Club. A pool at the Beach Club and of training course a seaside with lovely blue water await. Meals at the Beach Club is involved in cruise fare – I really advise the rum cake! There is plenty of seating readily available and for these who want to splurge, they have cabanas.

Virgin Voyages Beach front-Club at Bimini – @briantreks

Virgin Voyages does eating in a different way than quite a few cruise traces. They have above 20 destinations on board with food items to fulfill your starvation. There is no conventional buffet, but as a substitute, a foods-corridor design spot called The Galley that characteristics hamburgers, ramen, sushi, all-working day breakfast, and significantly far more.

There are no large eating rooms on the ship. Virgin Voyages places to eat provide wonderful meals bundled in your cruise fare. You do not sit with other parties, besides at 1 cafe, Gunbae Korean Cafe. You make a reservation for the variety of persons in your occasion and you are going to be seated at a table for all those variety of people.

I experienced no concerns creating reservations at all of the dining places. I produced reservations at about the identical time just about every evening to make it less difficult to try to remember, but all your eating designs are in the Virgin Voyages application that should really be utilized while sailing. 

Virgin Voyages does not have specialty dining places you need to have to shell out more to appreciate, as an alternative, they supply premium dishes or incorporate-ons you can order in the restaurant this sort of as a seafood platter in their steakhouse, The Wave. There is no upselling from the servers though – it is absolutely up to you.

Italian Entrée at Extra Virgin Restaurant aboard Virgin Voyages Scarlet LadyItalian Entrée at Excess Virgin Restaurant – @briantreks

Finest Scarlet Girl Eating places

All the restaurants have been excellent, but here are some highlights.

Additional Virgin is an Italian restaurant. They hand-make the pasta served listed here on the ship! The menu is so massive it will take you quite a few cruises to flavor almost everything on the menu. All the things was wonderful here, but the stand-out was the affogato cart they bring about when it is time for dessert. You choose your flavor of ice cream, the server pours more than espresso and you opt for from quite a few toppings to top this delicious immediately after-meal deal with. Genius!

Gunbae is the to start with Korean barbecue cafe at sea! The tables at this restaurant seat six and this is the only restaurant on board where by you will sit with other events. The server walks you by the complete practical experience. Our server introduced everything on the menu – and it was a large amount of foodstuff! Your food is cooked appropriate in entrance of you as effectively as performs drinking online games with everyone. It is a ton of exciting and I suggest executing this on your initial night time of the sailing for the reason that you may possibly fulfill some cruise mates you will operate into throughout your sailing.

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The Wake is in the aft of the ship. Like a conventional steakhouse, you choose your minimize of beef and buy sides to be shared at the desk. The cooks cooked my filet to my liking and the two times-baked potatoes were being perfection. Make your reservations about sunset time. There are huge windows that appear out in excess of the wake produced by the ship. When you verify-in for this reservation ask for a desk by the windows.

Dessert at The Wake Restaurant on Scarlet LadyDessert at The Wake Cafe on Scarlet Girl – @briantreks

There are two venues exactly where most of the amusement normally takes place. The Manor and The Red Room are the principal destinations for entertainment on the Scarlet Lady.

The Red Area is the more substantial of the two and can be set up as a theatre in the spherical or a more conventional theater. The Manor is an personal house and also acts as the nightclub of the ship.

Use the Virgin Voyages app to verify on showtimes for reveals. Entertainment is some thing I did not plan although on board. Just after dinner we would head to The Purple Area to see what was going on and we had been constantly pleasantly surprised by the display. Fear not, there are no corny musical assessments on Virgin Voyages.

Each and every port of contact delivers shore excursions curated by the Virgin Voyages workforce. For our working day in Puerto Plata, we chosen the Jungle Buggy excursion. This was booked instantly via the Virgin Voyages app and while I could have organized it prior to travel, I waited and booked it once on board the ship. I would definitely propose this tour.

At a few and a half hrs to 4 hrs, the Jungle Buggy excursion manufactured for an adventurous date. We were being on ATVs as a result of the jungle and then appreciated a beach front of a non-public vacation resort. 

A view of a all terrain vehicle on a dirt road in the jungle during a Jungle Buggy Excursion in Puerto PlataJungle Buggy Excursion in Puerto Plata with Virgin Voyages – @briantreks

Bimini, in which Virgin Voyages delivers a personal beach front club for its guests, also has excursions. On the other hand, with a gorgeous seashore, non-public pool, and involved food we could not obtain any motive to go away. All we needed for a day in paradise could be relished ideal below.

Virgin Voyages provides beautiful, new ships that sense lavish but peaceful, fashionable nevertheless comfortable. Aboard the Scarlet Girl, we encountered a excellent blend of fellow cruisers from groups of 30-somethings traveling jointly to center ages partners. This cruise is for every person 18 and more mature – grownups only! If you imagine cruising is for grandparents – this is undoubtedly not your grandparent’s cruise. 

I located a properly-rounded ship. You can quickly locate the bash if you want it, but if you’re searching for a holiday to disconnect and devote your days at the spa and evenings enduring a bottle of wine and high-quality eating, you can obtain it on Virgin Voyages. 

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady departing Miami - Brian KirkwoodVirgin Voyages Scarlet Woman departing Miami – @briantreks

This is surely the time to cruise as ships are not nevertheless at full capability. Our sailing experienced just under 1,000 friends on a ship that can hold 2,700. It’s totally well worth it.

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