For Virgin Voyages, last Friday was an eventful day in Genoa and years in the planning. Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages executives plus officials from Fincantieri shipyard were on hand to witness the Scarlet Lady float out. The event commemorates when the ship touches water for the first time.
Similar to a new ship’s naming ceremony, the shipyard appointed employee Giuliana Rindone to act as godmother of the ceremony. And in typical new ship tradition, she cut the ribbon that would release a bottle of champagne to break against the hull.
The next step is to begin work on the interior of the ship. The ship will accommodate more than 2,700 guests in 1,400 SeaCabins and RockStar Suites. The 110,000 ton ship and the cruise line are destined to be a game-changer in the cruise industry.
Just to name a few of the inventive features aboard Scarlet Lady, all nine of the restaurants are included with the cruise fare. So are the daily gratuities. Sea Cabins will have one angular wall meant to create a feeling of openness. Mood lighting in the cabins will take over depending upon what time of day it is and what port is visited.
Scarlet Lady is the first of four Virgin Voyages cruise ships. This first ship is scheduled to begin cruising from her homeport in Miami by April 2020.
Reservations for Scarlet Lady will open to the public on, when else…Valentine’s Day, February 14!
Scarlet Lady image photo credit: Liguria Nautica
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