Take a first look at Virgin Voyages’ new ship

Virgin Voyages_The Dock designed by Roman and Williams

Virgin Voyages has revealed renderings of its first ship, set to be launched in 2020. 

The cruise line, owned by Richard Branson, and previously called Virgin Cruises, has said it aims to “redefine what those expect from a sea vacation”.

It has partnered with Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio in London, Roman and Williams in New York, Concrete Amsterdam, Softroom in London and WorkAC in New York to create the ship’s interior and exterior areas. 

The cruise line currently has three ships on order with shipbuilder Fincantieri, the first of which will arrive at PortMiami in 2020 for its inaugural season, sailing to the Caribbean. It will carry more than 2,700 guests. 

“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.

“Our design partners together with our internal design team have dreamed up eye-catching, intimate and alluring spaces that we can’t wait to see come to life.”

“Ranging from gritty to glamorous, we’ve collaborated with a collection of brilliant interior designers and architects to create a variety of spaces that our sailors will love,” said Dee Cooper, senior vice president of product design for Virgin Voyages.  

“With careful thought, humour and attention to detail the Creative Collective has designed a ship that’s styled for those thirsty for a wonderfully modern holiday at sea.”  

Anthony Pearce

Anthony Pearce is the co-publisher of CRUISE ADVISER. He can be contacted on anthony@cruise-adviser.com 

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