'After many years in the making, we are excited to officially launch Scarlet Lady and welcome sailors in the US aboard for an unforgettable experience,' Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin said.
Mermaids, mermen and sailors
This first cruise — following a short preview season of sailings from Portsmouth in the UK and events in New York and Miami — promises mermaids and mermen celebrating alongside sailors (passengers).
Shore power at Terminal V by 2023
Virgin Voyages' Terminal V, soon to open at PortMiami, is scheduled to be shore-power-ready by 2023. The terminal is part of Miami-Dade County’s Shore Power Phase 1 Project to reduce harmful ship exhaust.
'I am truly proud that together with Virgin Voyages and other partners, we are positioning PortMiami as a leader in sustainability and creating a more resilient cruise industry for generations to come,' Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
'We're extremely grateful for support from the mayor's office in bringing shore power to PortMiami,' Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said. 'Our team at Virgin Voyages is committed to contributing efforts that push our industry towards a more sustainable future and remain stewards to the environment.'
Four- and five-night cruises
During its inaugural season, Scarlet Lady will operate a mix of four- and five-night Mexico and Caribbean voyages. Four-night 'Fire & Sunset Soirées' initially call at Nassau and the Beach Club at Bimini, then add Key West. All five-night sailings also include Bimini, with 'Riviera Maya' featuring Cozumel, 'Mayan Sol' Costa Maya and 'Dominican Daze' Puerto Plata.
All crew and passengers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be tested prior to embarking.