Virgin Voyages cruise ship renderings
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When Sir Richard Branson first announced his intent to build a fleet of cruise ships, originally named Virgin Cruises, we were excited and totally intrigued.  His gala launch announcement in Miami had all the trademark trappings of his other ventures; unique, bold and wildly innovative.  The design for this first Virgin Voyages cruise ship show no sign of deviating from the Branson ideology.

The company recently released these initial renderings for their first cruise ship.  It’s a stunning early glimpse into the look and feel of a Virgin Voyages cruise ship, created by an eclectic team of world-renown designers.

Richard’s Rooftop

Virgin Voyages cruise ship
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If you are one of the lucky ones who book a suite with Virgin Voyages, you will have exclusive access to what is called, Richard’s Rootop.  As the name implies, this private lounge will be located on the top deck.  Designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio in London, this trendy area will be a private club just for suite guests.

Several designers are at work on all different areas of the ship, due to launch in 2020.  Also involved is design firm Roman and Williams in New York.

Known for their ability to blend modern design with an historical touch in residences, penthouses and hotels, Roman and Williams is tasked with designing Virgin Voyages’ signature nightclub…

The Manor.

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Image credit: Virgin Voyages

The Manor, with its kitschy, throwback nightclub design, coupled with pulsating dance music, will be the hot spot each night ’til the wee hours.

The Dock

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A place where all guests can relax. The Dock, with its wood and greenery, was designed to reflect some of the most posh chic seaside resorts around the world. Located aft on deck 7, The Dock provides a place to socialize, have a drink and gaze out at the sea.

The Athletic Club

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Image credit: Virgin Voyages

Designed by Concrete Amsterdam, The Athletic Club, features the largest daybed on a cruise ship.   It’s the red and white striped cushion that encircles the lounge.  Adjacent to the daybed is a 220 square foot area of triple netting similar to that of a catamaran. The Athletic Club expands across both sides of the aft of the ship with 10 cabanas that overlook the ocean.  Beverage service is also available.

Pink Agave

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If you like Tequila, you’ve heard of Blue Agave.  It’s the creme de la creme of Tequilas.  Here, it’s Pink Agave, the upscale modern Mexican restaurant designed by Design Research Studio.  Featuring pink AND blue interior colors, it would seem by employing both colors, they’ve covered all the bases for a top shelf Mexican restaurant.

The Test Kitchen

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The design team of Concrete Amsterdam has also created this futuristic-looking, scientific-themed restaurant, the Test Kitchen.  To fulfill the sleek, steely laboratory look, accents include beakers, test tubes and measuring flasks.

“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 Tom McAlpin, President and Chief Executive Officer for Virgin Voyages.

What’s next?

Stay tuned for more reveals this year, including public spaces and staterooms.  All part of the Virgin Voyages cruise ship #ShipTease series for their planned three 2,700-passenger luxury, adults-only cruise ships.

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