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March 2024 Virgin Voyages Rumor & Tidbit Roundup

Recent observations note Deck 13 cabins transitioning to GTY on Scarlet Lady post dry dock, while updates on the Sailing Club and ongoing sea trials for Brilliant Lady emerge.

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Scarlet Lady Dry Dock Cabin Changes

Recent observations by sailors have sparked intrigue as fixed cabins on Deck 13 transition into GTY cabins (guaranteed cabins), where the cruise line selects the room. There is speculation regarding potential cabin enhancements following Scarlet Lady‘s dry dock, scheduled to commence on November 14th, 2024. The dry dock period, expected to span approximately two weeks, will conclude on November 28th, 2024, coinciding with her Rome to Miami Transatlantic 16-night sailing. Deck 13 is notably a deck that does not have many “problem” cabins such as no hammocks or metal balconies.

Drawing comparisons to offerings by other cruise lines, such as Celebrity Cruise Lines’ AquaClass, there’s anticipation for Scarlet Lady to introduce similar “suite” level classes. This could include additional personalized services or exclusive spa access.

Alongside cabin changes, the dry dock has potential for revamped venues, upgraded fixtures, fittings, and an overall enhancement of onboard amenities.

A cruise ship in port under an overcast sky
Scarlet Lady in Portsmouth in 2021© Photo by Portsmouth International Port

Sailing Club Changes Incoming

With the much-anticipated launch of the Sailing Club on the horizon, recent developments hint at progress. Notably, a fresh logo for Deep Blue Extras and redesigned confirmation emails now include indicators of sailors’ status levels, such as Sea Blazer or 485c. These updates signify a step forward in the rollout of the Sailing Club hopefully within the next few months.

Deep Blue Extras
Deep Blue Extras© Photo by Virgin Voyages

Brilliant Lady Tests

Brilliant Lady continues to undergo regular sea trial tests in Larnaca, Cyprus. Despite ongoing tests, Virgin Voyages has yet to announce the opening of bookings for Brilliant Lady. As preparations continue, including fittings and adjustments, sailors eagerly await updates on the progress of Brilliant Lady’s journey towards its eventual launch.

Latest News


Splash of Romance Cabin Increases

The popular add-on, Splash of Romance, now offers more opportunities for sailors with an increase in available cabins from 75 to 90 per sailing. This package includes priority boarding, Shake for Champagne, sultry bites, daily juices, and spa access, enhancing the onboard experience for guests.

A couple smiling at each other against an idyllic beach background
Splash of Romance is popular and only available on a first-come-first-served basis, don’t miss out!© Photo by Virgin Voyages®

April 2024 Offer Launches

Virgin Voyages has announced its latest promotion, “Boarding Pass to Sunlit Savings,” set to launch on March 28th, 2024. This offer promises up to 80% off the second sailor on select voyages, making luxury cruising more accessible than ever. Whether you’re dreaming of exploring the Mediterranean’s iconic ports or soaking up the sun in the Caribbean, now is the time to book your next adventure with Virgin Voyages. This offer includes all itineraries currently on sale departing from 30 March 2024 through 29 October 2025.

Itinerary Changes for Summer

Due to various factors, minor itinerary adjustments have been made for several upcoming voyages:

  • May 24th, 2024, July 19th, 2024, and September 13th, 2024: Maintenance requirements on Valiant Lady have led to port changes. Puerto Plata has been replaced with Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, ensuring sailors still enjoy memorable port stops despite the alterations.
  • May 9th, 2024: Extreme port congestion necessitates changes to the Starry Nights in Greece & Croatia voyage. Instead of overnighting in Mykonos, sailors will depart at 11:00 PM and visit Chania from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM the following day.
  • Irresistible Med Voyage: Based on recent sailor feedback, Toulon will be replaced with a day at sea, allowing guests more time to enjoy Scarlet Lady’s offerings while still ensuring a fulfilling port experience. The updated itinerary features a day at sea on Monday instead of the original stop in Toulon. Toulon port stops have now been reinstated as of March 29th.

These adjustments aim to optimize sailor satisfaction and ensure an exceptional cruise experience despite unforeseen circumstances.

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7 Comments

  1. Adam says:

    For sailors who cruised on Australian seas in 23/24 – and given that resilient lady will not be returning in 24/25, will the rewards/discounts still apply for 25/26?

    1. Rob Sammons says:

      Deep Blue Extras is extended through 2025

  2. Jill Gerew says:

    We are sailing on Scarlet, Rome to Miami after her dry dock. Question, do ships normally come out of dry dock on time? Are delays common?
    Having been cancelled 3 times, 2x Brilliant, 1x Resiliant I am a bit skittish. We are scheduled to sail again on Scarlet December 28th. There is only 14 days ‘wiggle room’ between the two sailings. I guess worst/best case, scenario we will just stay on Scarlet. 🤷‍♀️

    1. Rob Sammons says:

      Hey Jill, this is a great question. Typically with all cruise line they will reserve dry dock times up to three years in advance because they’re so hard to come by so they basically have to get the work done in the time. What might happen on the transatlantic to Miami is there could be ongoing work like paintwork and all that sort of work but they should sail on time.

      Have you joined the Facebook group?

      1. Jill Gerew says:

        Hi Rob. I do belong to a bunch of Facebook groups, one for each upcoming sailing, and Brilliant too.
        However, I get all my VV news from VV Insider. You are my go to for all news Virgin. I found out from VV Insider Brilliant Lady was delayed before my TA knew. We were booked b2b on her Mermaidens.
        When the VV Insider hits my mailbox, I drop everything I am doing to read it.
        Thanks for the most excellent job you do.
        Cheers!

        1. Rob Sammons says:

          Hey Jill this is so kinda really appreciate the support !

  3. Brenton Andrew says:

    Hope there is something for sailors who status matched to DBEs in the new program, I doubt it though but here’s hoping.

    I personally matched through my Virgin Australia status and had an Australian voyage booked for late 2024 but obviously Australian season was cancelled. Rebooked for late June 2025, so an 6 month extension to the current program would be good so I can catch the end.

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