The new adults-only cruise line from billionaire and entrepreneur Richard Branson, Virgin Voyages, has unveiled new images of the line’s first ship.
The ship which will be launched in 2020 will have a nightclub, an outdoor lounge for suite guests, a Mexican restaurant, a cabaret-type theatre and plenty of watering holes.
The renderings were revealed at a press conference in New York where president and CEO for Virgin Voyages Tom McAlpin introduced some of the team behind the design of the ship.
“At the core of our Epic Sea Change For All is ensuring that the spaces on our ships are well-styled, distinct and reflective of the dynamic experience we want to bring to our sailors,” said Mr McAlpin.
“Our design partners together with our internal design team have dreamed up eye-catching, intimate and alluring spaces that we can’t wait to see come to life.”
Here’s a rundown of what to expect on the ship.
The outdoor space which is at the top of the ship has been inspired by the yachting culture. This area will have the largest daybed at sea, a stunning red and white striped semi-circle lounger as well as a 220-square-foot area of triple netting where cruises can lay and overlook the decks below, as if guests were laying on a catamaran. The Athletic Club spans the entire ship’s aft which has cabanas as well as bar service.
This specialised area which is designed for suite guests will be filled with sci-fi looking circular lounges and giant umbrellas will be anchored by a full serviced bar.
The upmarket Mexican restaurant, Pink Agave features blue metallic lighting fixtures, oversized banquet tables as well as porthole windows to let in natural light. For a more intimate dining experience, there will be elongated curved loungers in the centre of the room for couples. There will also be a private dining room for larger groups.
Another outdoor space designed for the back of the ship, The Dock is inspired by the beach clubs of the Hamptons and Ibiza. The area is for cruisers who want to chill out, read a book or enjoy the ocean views. The day beds and lounges will be crafted out of wood with white cushions.
This cabaret-style nightclub will mainly feature dance parties. Inspired by Sir Branson’s days in the music industry, the club will be decorated in hues of emerald, aubergine and gold and fitted out with dance platforms.