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The Advantages of Cruising with Virgin Voyages

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship

Embarking on a cruise is a ticket to exploration, relaxation, and some amazing experiences. And when it comes to cruise lines that redefine the journey, Virgin Voyages stands out as a trailblazer. With a commitment to revolutionize the cruising experience, they offer a unique blend of luxury, adult-focused amenities, and eco-conscious practices. Let's dive into all the advantages of cruising with Virgin Voyages(and you may be surprised that it's not as expensive as you think!)

No Nickel and Diming Policy

If you're online pricing cruises, you may think that Virgin costs more than many of the other cruise lines - we thought the same thing, until we learned just what Virgin offers as part of their base price.

One of the most frustrating aspects of traditional cruises can be the constant additional charges that add up throughout your vacation; I know I'm not the only one who has felt a little sick looking at my portfolio on the last day of a cruise. Virgin Voyages takes a refreshingly different approach with their "No Nickel and Diming" policy. When you book a Virgin Voyages cruise, you can wave goodbye to unexpected fees for Wi-Fi, gratuities, dining in specialty restaurants, or fitness classes. Depending on how you cruise, these included amenities can add up to hundreds of dollars ore more on a single cruise. Gratuities, not included in other lines base pricing, generally run about $20/day per person. Wi-Fi averages about $20/day per device and specialty restaurants can add hundreds to your tab on any other cruise. When you take into consideration what you'd normally spend for these things you'll find pretty quickly that Virgin is far more economical than you may have originally thought!

Exclusively Adults Only

Adults only cruise with Virgin

We love kids, we promise we do, but sometimes we just need a break from them. Virgin Voyages caters exclusively to adults, providing a sophisticated and fun environment for travelers looking for a child-free getaway. This unique focus creates an ambiance that is perfect for couples, friends, and solo travelers seeking a tranquil escape. The absence of children ensures a more relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal setting for romance, leisure, or for an amazing bachelor or bachelorette trip. Virgin allows cruisers over the age of 18 years old, but there is no need to worry that you'll be too old, even if you're in your 60's or above!

Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Eco Friendly Virgin Voyages

As we become more conscious of our impact on the environment, Virgin Voyages takes their role seriously by implementing various eco-friendly initiatives. For travelers who care about these things, Virgin is an obvious choice. From the design of their ships to onboard practices, sustainability is a priority. Their fleet is designed to be energy-efficient, with a focus on reducing emissions and fuel consumption. They also eliminate single-use plastics and have dedicated recycling programs on board. I could write an entire post just focusing on all all of their initiatives but here are just a few more that I think are pretty awesome!

The hammocks that you'll find on all of the balconies are made in rural Thailand and The Bands (a wristband that functions as your ship pass, virtual wallet and room key)are made from recycled ocean plastic. Virgin has done away with buffets, which they estimate prevents about 225 TONS of waste per ship every year! They also work with local tour operators at each port who are committed to sustainability and don't promote any tours that swim with captive animals. Also, a portion of all of the revenue they receive from Shore Things (what you'd call an excursion on other ships) is donated to non-profit partners.

Immersive Shore Things

Virgin Voyages Shore Things

Since we're on the topic of excursions, let's jump right into how Virgin does these different that the cruise lines you may have been on before. Virgin Voyages goes beyond the typical shore excursions by offering unique experiences, which they call Shore Things, that allow travelers to truly connect with the destinations they visit. From exclusive beach clubs to cultural explorations, each excursion is carefully curated to provide an authentic and memorable interaction with the local culture and environment. In addition, all local partners are dedicated to sustainability, excursions and tours are kept smaller than what you may be used to and Virgin seeks out options that are both immersive and culturally rich. Virgin also works hard to keep these affordable for all passengers - 62% of all Shore Things are under $150.00

Elevated Entertainment and Dining

Virgin Voyages Dining

Onboard the Lady ships, you'll discover an array of top-notch dining options, from casual eateries to specialty restaurants. With a focus on culinary creativity, you can indulge in gourmet experiences that cater to a range of palates. Virgin's ships have 20+ eateries, all of which are included in your base cruise fare! Virgin also sources all their food responsibly, purchasing sustainable fish and seafood and direct trade coffee. You can expect your food to be fresh and made to order no matter when you're ready to eat.

Virgin Voyages also brings a new level of entertainment to the seas, with original productions, music performances, and immersive shows that will leave you entertained and enchanted. Their ships are home to the Red Room, the first ever multi-form theatre at Sea. Whether you're in the mood for a night at the tables in the casino, karaoke or a show by award-winning producers that you'll only see on Virgin there is always something do do.

Wellness and Relaxation

Virgin Voyages Spa

As usual, I've gone on way too long, but I cant' end this post without talking about the fitness options and the spa on Virgin's ships.If you are looking for rejuvenation and self-care, Virgin Voyages offers a variety of wellness amenities, including a luxurious spa, fitness classes, and a dedicated outdoor wellness deck. You can unwind with yoga sessions, meditation, and soothing spa treatments, ensuring that your cruise is not only an adventure but also a relaxing escape from your everyday life.

In conclusion, cruising with Virgin Voyages offers an array of advantages that cater to modern travelers seeking sophistication, sustainability, and stress-free experiences. With their commitment to eliminating hidden fees, catering to adults only, and promoting eco-friendly practices, they are setting a new standard for the cruise industry. Embark on a journey like no other and let Virgin Voyages redefine your perception of cruising, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

If you're ready to give Virgin Voyages a try, we'd love to help your plan your trip! Our services are completely free to our clients, you can read more about how we make money here. Feel free to fill out the form below or to call us anytime at 800-368-3395. You can also browse Virgin Cruises yourself here!

Before you leave, take one second to join our Virgin Voyages Tips & Tricks group on Facebook to connect with other sailors, share your experiences with Virgin and to ask questions!

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