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Virgin Voyages announces Valiant Lady

Virgin Voyages announces Valiant Lady

Virgin Voyages has announced the name of its second ship which is set to debut in the Mediterranean in May 2021 - Valiant Lady. The new 2,750-passenger vessel is a virtual twin to the company’s first ship - Scarlet Lady - which launches next April. “We are thrilled to unveil the name of our second ship, Valiant Lady, and to deliver on our commitment to offer travellers a sea change in how they can experience cruising,” said Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.

Valiant Lady’s seven-night sailings feature an overnight on Fridays in Ibiza, home to some of the world’s best beach clubs, cultural experiences, restorative spas, yacht clubs and nightlife. The ship will sail three different itineraries with what Virgin Voyages calls breathtaking ports of call. Itinerary One includes Barcelona, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Marseille and Olbia; Itinerary Two includes Barcelona, Ibiza, Toulon, Ajaccio, Marina di Carrara and Cagliari; and Itinerary Three is a mostly Spanish immersion, including Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Gibraltar.

Virgin Voyages is setting its stall out to entice non-cruisers and first-timers who have previously not been tempted by a cruise holiday. This approach results in their ships being exclusively adults-only and aimed specifically at attracting the 18-35 crowd of the next generation of cruisers. Taking guest and travel advisor requests for later stays in ports into consideration, Virgin Voyages will feature this on every itinerary. This means guests have the flexibility to make the most of their time in port and take in all that these destinations have to offer.

The brand’s design concept is: the Modern Romance of Sailing and Mission to Redefine the Experience of a Vacation at Sea. This is certainly evident when it comes to entertainment where Virgin Voyages will sail against the tide with no Broadway-style shows or cheesy cabarets. With no buffet, no set dining times and no additional cost for speciality dining, there are unique cruise dining experiences at each of the 20 dining venues onboard the ships. A Well-Being Pool with California beach-style workout stations will also underscore the break with traditional cruise ship diversions.

  • 15th December 2019

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.