"No kids, no buffets, and no limits."
Richard Branson's Virgin America airline was known to have the party planes, with their dance club-like cabin lights and friendly, down-to-earth service. Now, the business mogul is venturing into a different kind of travel experience with his new cruise line, Virgin Voyages. As of February 14, bookings are open for voyages departing from April 1 through October 25, 2020.
The new line advertises "no kids, no buffets, and no limits," and everything we know about the ship so far lives up to that promise. Take a look around the Scarlet Lady, a 2,700-passenger (or sailor, as Richard would have you call his guests) ship, and its forthcoming facilities, from the bars to the pool to the cave-inspired spa. Noticeably missing? Any kids' play areas. The ship is geared toward adults, with an 18-years-and-up age requirement for guests boarding the ship.
As for the food, you heard that right—this is the first cruise line to forego the traditional buffet. "We came to the conclusion it didn't make sense for us," Virgin told Delish. Instead, sailors will find a mix of Eataly-inspired food halls based on food-centric cities like New York and Mexico City, food "trucks," and fine dining experiences. There's even a boozy drag brunch, and the promise of many Instagrammable moments throughout the journey.