Touring the Scarlet Lady with Sir Richard Branson
By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
The cruise industry anxiously awaits the launch of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages. Not just another cruise line, Branson’s branding is quirky, zany and over-the-top. And the red-lettered ship is all that and more.
So Branson boarded the ship with his family and company executives, CEO Tom McAlpin, Chief Commercial Officer Nirmal Saverimuttu, SVP of Design Dee Cooper and CEO of Virgin Atlantic, Shai Weiss. The SL passed her initial sea trials sailing from Genoa to Marseille in November and is gearing up for her big bow in April.
You can catch the whole scenario on video at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QJ8guSaiNgTsRueYSWeG9CsPNbXlaac8.
In the meantime, here are a few shots from Branson’s tour:
“We’re thrilled to have completed such a significant milestone with our Sea Trials. We have our amazing crew to thank for their passion and tenacity in this achievement. We’re one step closer to getting our Sailors on the Scarlet Lady. And we are grateful for all that have chosen to join us on this adventure,” said Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages CEO.
A celebrity-centric debut
When Scarlet Lady makes her bow on April 1, 202o she’ll carry a cast of celebrities and dignitaries. You can expect plenty of Branson’s style surprises and fun and games to take place. There will be a Sneak-a-Peek sailing from March 26 to March 29. A second sailing will run March 29 to April 1.
The three night Sneak-a-Peek Scarlet Lady sailings will feature the ship’s marquee experiences that includes a fun day at the Beach Club at Bimini, a Scarlet Night Party, access to all restaurants and all on board entertainment.
Scarlet Lady will sail from Miami to the Caribbean all year round from March 2020 and Virgin Voyages’ recently announced its second ship, Valiant Lady will sail the Mediterranean from May 2021. To book a cruise contact a Pavlus Travel specialist.