Virgin Voyages have just revealed the first details of the public spaces to be featured onboard the brand’s ships.
Some of the world’s leading interior design firms, who have never designed for the cruise industry before, have been employed to work on its ‘modern romance of sailing’ concept.
The ship design will be “styled for those thirsty for a wonderfully modern holiday at sea,” according to product design senior vice president.
“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,” she commented.
Guests can look forward to classic nautical elements such as steel, brass and portholes including Richard’s Rooftop; this outdoor lounge reserved for the ship’s suite guests is named after Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson.
Other onboard features will include:
The Athletic Club
(across both sides of the aft of the ship and claimed to include the largest daybed at sea)
A 220 square foot area of triple netting
(passengers can overlook decks below as if they were sailing on a catamaran)
(overlooking the ocean and a bar)
(main nightclub for Virgin Voyages, inspired by Sir Richard’s history in the music industry)
(an upscale modern Mexican restaurant with bar and private dining room)
(outdoor lounge reminiscent of the chicest seaside lounges in the Hamptons, Ibiza and Bali)
Test Kitchen restaurant
(laboratory-like environment with metallic furniture, beakers, test tubes and volumetric flasks)
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The remaining onboard public spaces and cabins designed by the Virgin Voyages’ interior design ‘creative collective’ will be revealed throughout the year as a part of the brand’s continuation of its #ShipTease series.
The company’s first 2,700-passenger adult-only vessel from a three-ship order is due to enter service in 2020, sailing Caribbean itineraries from Miami.
President and chief executive, Tom McAlpin, said: “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.”
It was also revealed in November last year that 86% of the cabins onboard the first ship would have balconies and 93% would be ocean view.
The ship’s livery, inspired by the company’s airline Virgin America, will boast a “mermaid guide” icon designed by artist Toby Tinsley.
The color scheme will be primarily silver and grey with touches of red and it has been commented that the ship will boast a more intimate feel, inspired by super yachts.
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