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#41
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Originally posted by Lloyd555
Covered up now.
Too late, the cat's already out of the bag. Thanks for the early reveal.
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I just read this recently published article in The Miami Herald....

Virgin’s adults-only ship will have a boxing ring and a pool — but no plastic strawshttps://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article215222910.html


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#44
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Originally posted by cruisehabits
I just read this recently published article in The Miami Herald....

Virgin’s adults-only ship will have a boxing ring and a pool — but no plastic strawshttps://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article215222910.html


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WOW, a boxing ring -- really? RC tried that, some years back -- either on their Voyager or Freedom Class ships. All I remember is that they took up a lot of space in the gym -- and I never saw anyone using them.
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Originally posted by wwcruisers
WOW, a boxing ring -- really? RC tried that, some years back -- either on their Voyager or Freedom Class ships. All I remember is that they took up a lot of space in the gym -- and I never saw anyone using them.
Maybe they are planning on boxing events to go along with the adult theme?
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Okay so I could be a off on this, but Key West port schedules are showing a ship titled "Virgin" calling every other Thursday from 8am-6pm, beginning April 2, 2020 at Pier B, which is the one right by Mallory Square. It shows the ship coming from Miami and departing for Havana, Cuba. This would suggest a Wednesday departure from Miami (strange).

I also found this: "while in Havana, Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages chief executive Tom McAlpin raised hopes that Cuba would be one of the first ports of call for Virgin's new cruise line, launching in 2020." From: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/c...ths-in-havana/

Thoughts? Am I missing something? Referring to another ship with "Virgin" in its name?
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Originally posted by OfTheSeasCruiser
Okay so I could be a off on this, but Key West port schedules are showing a ship titled "Virgin" calling every other Thursday from 8am-6pm, beginning April 2, 2020 at Pier B, which is the one right by Mallory Square. It shows the ship coming from Miami and departing for Havana, Cuba. This would suggest a Wednesday departure from Miami (strange).

I also found this: "while in Havana, Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages chief executive Tom McAlpin raised hopes that Cuba would be one of the first ports of call for Virgin's new cruise line, launching in 2020." From: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/c...ths-in-havana/

Thoughts? Am I missing something? Referring to another ship with "Virgin" in its name?
where you get that from as both the official key west cruisemapping site and cruisemapper don't show such info
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Originally posted by The_0neuk
where you get that from as both the official key west cruisemapping site and cruisemapper don't show such info
Caribe Nautical, which is the Key West port agent website.

It's what is used over on the RCI board when speculating deployment and it is usually accurate, assuming no changes of plans.
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Originally posted by OfTheSeasCruiser
Caribe Nautical, which is the Key West port agent website.

It's what is used over on the RCI board when speculating deployment and it is usually accurate, assuming no changes of plans.
just had a look good find

suggests 2 week itineries too
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Originally posted by The_0neuk
just had a look good find

suggests 2 week itineries too
Or it could suggest rotating shorter itineraries, for example a 5/5/4 night schedule.

Or something like a 10/4 night schedule.
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#52
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Originally posted by OfTheSeasCruiser
Okay so I could be a off on this, but Key West port schedules are showing a ship titled "Virgin" calling every other Thursday from 8am-6pm, beginning April 2, 2020 at Pier B, which is the one right by Mallory Square. It shows the ship coming from Miami and departing for Havana, Cuba. This would suggest a Wednesday departure from Miami (strange).

I also found this: "while in Havana, Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages chief executive Tom McAlpin raised hopes that Cuba would be one of the first ports of call for Virgin's new cruise line, launching in 2020." From: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/c...ths-in-havana/

Thoughts? Am I missing something? Referring to another ship with "Virgin" in its name?
Luke - Great find. I also think it is Virgin Voyages. If it holds true, I think it will be the largest ship to call Cuba leaving directly from the US. It's also going to be a game changer as other lines will probably try to change ships to bring in bigger and newer. We have seen similar trend recently in Alaska with Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
Virgin did say they will change Crusing as we know it. Having different and exciting destinations is a good start.
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Originally posted by Tall-Cruiser
If it holds true, I think it will be the largest ship to call Cuba leaving directly from the US.
Not sure the logistics will allow for such a large ship - I think the biggest one now is under 100K GT.
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Originally posted by Biker19
Not sure the logistics will allow for such a large ship - I think the biggest one now is under 100K GT.
That aspect did cross my mind but, like other cruise lines with big ships venturing into a different ports or one that is "tight" to get into (e.g. Oasis class ships into San Juan), VV will have to make a big investment to see it through and setup right if they want their ship to call Cuba. RCCL and CCL as examples, usually partner with ports/towns and sometimes make an investment in the port infrastructure and logistics.
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Originally posted by Tall-Cruiser
RCCL and CCL as examples, usually partner with ports/towns and sometimes make an investment in the port infrastructure and logistics.
That's a bit harder in Cuba.
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Ship lovers and cruise world aficionados are keenly watching each new reveal of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages debut as the company's first ship, recently named Scarlet Lady, moves closer to its spring 2020 launch date in Miami. Currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy, the adults-only, 2,700-passenger Scarlet Lady is expected to heighten the buzz about what a cruise can be. From its initial announcement — see Virgin Voyages: Sneak a Fun Peek at Richard Branson's New Cruise Line — Branson's brainstorm-at-sea has steered its plans toward a fun, youthful, active vibe with barrier-breaking edginess: sea travel for those who would not readily consider themselves traditional cruisers. Yet, celebrating sea life is central to Virgin Voyages’ DNA, as it aims to promote “the Modern Romance of Sailing.” Says energetic billionaire Branson: “It’s for the young at heart.” Here, the three latest newsy announcements.

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FEMALE EMPOWERMENT As a nod to its sister company Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Voyages' execs looked to the airline's early fleet of planes for ship-naming inspiration. Scarlet Lady won the title and its moniker is purposefully inspirational. The ship will feature an iconic mermaid image described as “a strong spirit guide.” Plans are afloat to promote a Scarlet Squad employee-development program, which will support, mentor and train women in key positions within the company, especially in jobs involving marine, hotel and technical management — departments that have largely been men's cruise industry domain. Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin explains: "Across the maritime industry, we can do better in onboard recruiting and leadership representation for women. I want all future crew to know that Virgin Voyages will create an onboard environment that is fair, inclusive and where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential."




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ENVIRONMENT CONSCIOUS On Virgin Voyages, single-use plastics for passengers will be banned: beverage bottles, coffee cups, condiment packets, food packaging, shopping bags, stirrers and straws. Green alternatives will be implemented — recyclable and reusable. Complimentary filtered still and sparkling water will be available at all bars and restaurants. Wastewater will be recycled and turned into energy whenever possible. “Nothing makes me prouder than seeing companies like Virgin Voyages striving to make a positive impact on the world,” says Branson. “Business is a force for good and can and must be the catalyst for global change.” Adds McAlpin, “We believe that in order to fulfill our purpose of creating an ‘Epic Sea Change for All,’ we must make a commitment that is bigger than just eliminating straws. We must make a commitment to building ships and experiences that do everything possible to look after the well-being of our precious oceans. We are delighted with what we’ve achieved so far and will continue to push ourselves to look for innovative ways to do things that will make a difference.”

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#57
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Originally posted by OfTheSeasCruiser
Okay so I could be a off on this, but Key West port schedules are showing a ship titled "Virgin" calling every other Thursday from 8am-6pm, beginning April 2, 2020 at Pier B, which is the one right by Mallory Square. It shows the ship coming from Miami and departing for Havana, Cuba. This would suggest a Wednesday departure from Miami (strange).

I also found this: "while in Havana, Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages chief executive Tom McAlpin raised hopes that Cuba would be one of the first ports of call for Virgin's new cruise line, launching in 2020." From: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/c...ths-in-havana/

Thoughts? Am I missing something? Referring to another ship with "Virgin" in its name?
Update: the name of the ship has changed to "No Name".

Take that for what you will.
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Originally posted by OfTheSeasCruiser
Update: the name of the ship has changed to "No Name".

Take that for what you will.
That's strange. After doing a press release and putting it out here, they change their minds?
https://www.virginvoyages.com/articl...m_content=mod1

Maybe they will rethink some of the design elements they have already released and make some changes. Most people have high expectations of Virgin products, so I hope they deliver on that.
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Originally posted by Tall-Cruiser
That's strange. After doing a press release and putting it out here, they change their minds?
https://www.virginvoyages.com/articl...m_content=mod1

Maybe they will rethink some of the design elements they have already released and make some changes. Most people have high expectations of Virgin products, so I hope they deliver on that.
I’m referring to what was listed on the Key West port schedules. They had a ship called “Virgin” that has now changed to “No Name,” but still keeping the scheduled calls on their schedules. Nothing to do with the name Scarlet Lady.

I originally shared the info a few days ago.
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Originally posted by OfTheSeasCruiser
I’m referring to what was listed on the Key West port schedules. They had a ship called “Virgin” that has now changed to “No Name,” but still keeping the scheduled calls on their schedules. Nothing to do with the name Scarlet Lady.

I originally shared the info a few days ago.
Got it. It probably will still be Virgin. It could be that they didn't want the port schedule info our there yet.
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