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  • Scarlet-Lady-onboard.jpg - Guest (or “sailors”) have plenty of places to explore on Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages.
  • Scarlet-Lady-pool-deck.jpg - A look at the pool deck on Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages.
  • Scarlet-Lady-staircase.jpg - Scarlet Lady was designed with touches that resemble a superyacht.
  • Scarlet-Lady-top-deck.jpg - Guests can relax on a lounger or sidle up to the bar on the top deck of Scarlet Lady.
  • lounge-2.jpg - A look at one of the tastefully appointed lounges on your Virgin Voyages sailing..
  • cocktail-2.jpg - Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail during a sailing on Valiant Lady.
  • top-deck.jpg - On a Virgin Voyages sailing, you’ll meet a younger mix of travelers than on most cruise ships.
  • Scarlet-Lady-bar.jpg - One of the bars aboard the upscale premium ship Scarlet Lady.
  • sauna.jpg - Step into the sauna for a cleansing experience on your Virgin Voyages sailing.
  • Scarlet-Lady-pink-agave.jpg - Head to Pink Agave for upscale Mexican fare on your Scarlet Lady sailing.
  • Scarlet-Lady-wake-interior.jpg - There's no assigned seating at the Wake, the complimentary steak and seafood venue on Scarlet Lady.
  • Scarlet-Lady-razzle-dazzle.jpg - Razzle Dazzle is the spot for vegetarian-forward eats on Scarlet Lady.
  • Razzle-dazzle.jpg - Razzle Dazzle is the go-to option for casual dining, with an emphasis on vegetarian dishes.
  • Scarlet-Lady-gunbae.jpg - Enjoy flavorful Korean barbecue at Gunbae, one of the complimentary restaurants on Scarlet Lady.
  • Sea-Terrace-cabin.jpeg - A Sea Terrace cabin is one of the standard staterooms on a Virgin Voyages ship.
  • Scarlet-Lady-stateroom.jpg - Another look at a Sea Cabin on Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages.
  • scarlet-lady-suite.jpg - A top-of-the-line suite on Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages.
  • Scarlet-Lady-at-sea.jpg - The 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady is the groundbreaking  ship with an upscale vibe from Virgin Voyages.
  • aft-of-scarlet-lady-in-bahamas.jpg - The aft of Scarlet Lady docked in Nassau, the Bahamas.
  • scarlet-lady-in-bahamas.jpg - The aft of Scarlet Lady docked in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Scarlet Lady: Pioneering laid-back upscale cruising for adults


Scarlet Lady, the first ship from billionaire Richard Branson's upstart Virgin Voyages, debuted in August 2021 in England and made its U.S. debut out of Miami in October 2021. 

A midsize ship that carries 2,770 passengers, Scarlet Lady dubs its guests “sailors,” and it's an adults-only ship. You must be 18 or older to board. 

A top-of-the-line suite on Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages.
Courtesy of Virgin VoyagesA suite fit for a rock star on Scarlet Lady.

Virgin is known for bringing innovation to familiar terrain, and it says its ship design is inspired by superyachts rather than other cruise ships. Virgin's ships can be thought of alongside premium cruise lines SeaDream, Cunard Line and perhaps Ponant, with many luxury touches and inclusions — but at a more affordable price and with a different vibe and younger demographic.

Part of the Virgin brand is to flout convention, so you'll find several cruise ship staples have been jettisoned. There's pretty much no dress code, no set dining times and only one cafeteria-style buffet venue. Venues that would be considered specialty restaurants on other ships are included in the base fare. 

Wellness and well-being are central to a sailing on Scarlet Lady, so you can take advantage of the free spa, yoga, meditation, fitness center and a host of classes. When the mood strikes, take in a band or DJ in one of the performance spaces, head to the arcade or get that tattoo you've always wanted. 

Who will like sailing on Scarlet Lady

Travelers who like to try new experiences will be attracted to the flourishes and reimagined guest experiences aboard Scarlet Lady. Some 82% of guests who booked early voyages are 35 to 65, with an average age of 48. Nearly six in 10 are women, and 59% of guests have kids at home, the cruise line said on a webinar Cruiseable attended. The sailings are also very LGBTQ-friendly, with plenty of shows and events having LGBTQ themes. For the voyages out of Miami, guests are overwhelmingly American. 

Where Scarlet Lady sails

Home port: Miami

Destinations: Scarlet Lady features sailings through the Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Turk, Costa Maya, Dominica) and the Mediterranean (Ibiza, Cannes, Rome, Malta, Santorini, Funchal, Barcelona). On Caribbean voyages, the ship sometimes stops at the Beach Club at Bimini (a Virgin Voyages exclusive); the private beach club experience at Bimini culminates in a bonfire send-off under the stars.

Cruises on this ship


More than $600 in value is always included in every Scarlet Lady fare:

  • All tips are included — there's no charge for gratuities.
  • All dining venues are complimentary with chef-curated experiences at 20+ eateries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited group fitness classes
  • Basic beverages like coffee, tea, water, soda and non-pressed juices come at no extra cost.


Dining is an experience on Scarlet Lady — and all restaurants are included at no extra cost. In partnering with famed restaurateurs and Michelin-starred chefs from New York City, Virgin has done away with buffets and pre-set dining times. Chefs pair fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors with distinctive culinary stylings to deliver elevated, diverse meals. On board you'll find: 

  • 20+ complimentary venues— with a bar in every specialty one
  • No assigned seating.
  • No single-use plastics are ever used on board.
  • Every eatery has its own kitchen and an executive chef, and all food is fresh and made to order, never mass produced.


Enjoy flavorful Korean barbecue at Gunbae, one of the complimentary restaurants on Scarlet Lady.
Courtesy of Virgin VoyagesEnjoy flavorful Korean barbecue at Gunbae, one of the complimentary restaurants on Scarlet Lady.

Here are the main dining venues on Scarlet Lady:

Gunbae: A flameless grill sits in the middle of each guest table, a visual prompt to rustle up your own spicy Korean BBQ meal. 

The Wake: This retro-style venue serves up steak and seafood in a setting that recalls the three-martini lunch days of Madison Avenue ad men — minus the cigar smoke and with more gender equality. 

Razzle Dazzle: This “vegetarian-forward” venue — open for breakfast, lunch and dinner — lets you unleash your inner vegan with a host of veggie dishes as well as meat dishes for the carnivores in your party.  

Extra Virgin: Look for regionally inspired Italian food and handmade fresh pasta and a meal where a wine menu of rich reds and and playful whites is as central as the food.

Pink Agave: This Mexican hacienda eschews instant Mexican fare in favor of authentic dishes, including tlayudas, memelas, sopes, tortas, esquites and tamales — with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, too.

The Dock: This lounge serves up mezze (appetizers and small dishes) with ocean views, making for elegant, seaside chilling with a Mediterranean summer vibe.

The Dock House: Look for bright flavors set to live acoustic sounds round out each taste in this casual Mediterranean eatery. Select from choice cuts and fresh fish for the tableside open flame, or try bites like house-made pita and dips, in a venue Virgin describes as part elegant Ibiza cabana, part rustic-chic resort.

The Test Kitchen: This part restaurant, part cooking school introduces you to a world of flavors, spices and cooking skills. The Test Kitchen is host to a number of different experiences throughout the voyage: cooking classes, mixology school and coffee labs. 

The Pizza Place: Choose from the classic menu or design your own fresh made-to-order pizza at this casual beach-club-inspired spot. 

Bento Baby: Japanese cuisine, baby!

Well Bread: Pastries and flatbreads

The Daily Mix: Healthy dishes

Sun Club Cafe: Hawaiian poké bowls

Noodle Around: Miso and Tonkatsu ramen

Diner & Dash: 24-Hour classic American

Burger Bar: Every kind of burger

Plus, Pop Star, a popsicle shop; the Taco Shop; the Sweet Side for pastries and desserts; Hot Off the Press for sandwiches and toasties, and Grounds Club for "thoughtfully sourced" coffee.

Scarlet Lady was designed with touches that resemble a superyacht.
Courtesy of Virgin VoyagesScarlet Lady was designed with touches that resemble a superyacht.


Scarlet Lady offers a range of activities that appeal to both active travelers and those who just want to kick back. You'll find a pool — though one that's smaller than those found on similar-sized ships — as well as a smoke-free casino and spa. Some highlights:

  • Redemption Spa offers full amenities and treatments as well as a Thermal Suite — with a sauna, mud, salt and steam rooms, hydrotherapy pool and marble hammam benches. After hours Redemption turns into a hotspot with spa parties and DJ music.
  • Group fitness classes: All yoga, HIIT, cycling, barre and other group classes are free.
  • Outdoor fitness spaces: You'll find a training zone, running track and The Perch — for yoga at sunrise.
  • B-Complex: This indoor facility features a space to build and balance (weights/yoga/stretch) and a space to bike and burn (cycling/rowing/running).

Entertainment & lounges

Guests can choose from a festival-like lineup of shows and musical performances. A renowned group of producers, directors, choreographers and artists have collaborated on productions on board described as immersive and contemporary — shows that blur the line between audience and performer. Shows take place in the Red Room, the ship's larger-than-life entertainment space and first-ever transformational, multi-form theater at sea.

Elsewhere on the ship you'll encounter unexpected pop-up performances and engaging happenings, including: 

  • The Manor: Nightclub acts
  • Sip Lounge: Champagne lounge
  • On the Rocks: Martini and cocktail bar
  • Loose Cannon: Social club
  • Richard's Rooftop: This VIP bar on the top deck of the ship named after Richard Branson is reserved for the exclusive use of the ship's suite passengers and offers a full bar, chic circular loungers and a colorful light system.


There are 1,408 passenger cabins on Scarlet Lady — 93% of which have ocean views and 86% of which have balconies (called Sea Terraces here). Some 1,130 rooms are Sea Terrace cabins ranging in size from 225 to 265 square feet. There are also 95 Sea View staterooms; 105 Insider cabins and 78 suites, including 63 RockStar Quarters (352-848 square feet) and 15 Mega RockStar Quarters (570 to a Jagger-like 2,147 square feet).

An industry first, the slightly angular-shaped Sea Cabins feature what Virgin calls “flexible furnishings,” conducive for socializing and relaxing, not just for sleeping. Each guest room is fitted with Virgin's trademark mood lighting: Caribbean cruises will feature lighting in blue sea hues during the day and morph into the gold to purple sunset colors as the day ends. Eco-modes control air conditioning, and the curtains will close to adjust to an eco-saving mode when a guest steps out of the cabin.

Rooms contain a large flat-screen HDTV, mini-bar, desk and flexible closet and storage spaces. Every bathroom has a rain shower shower head. Balconies contain red handwoven hammocks. Solo travelers can travel without paying a single supplement penalty. 

Fun facts

  • Scarlet Lady is named after an early Virgin Atlantic plane.
  • The ship has two nearly identical sister ships, Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

For pricing, itinerary information and to reserve your spot on Scarlet Lady, contact a Cruiseable travel consultant by email or call 1-877-322-3773.


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The Cruiseable editorial team consists of award-winning travel writers, cruise bloggers and journalists.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Pool deck
  • Where: Deck 16

  • What: Atmospheric bars
  • Where: Throughtout ship

  • What: Sea cabins
  • Where: Throughtout ship

Top dining options on board

Pink Agave

  • Style: Upscale Mexican
  • Included
  • Open: Dinner

Razzle Dazzle

  • Style: Vegetarian
  • Included
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The Wake

  • Style: Steak & seafood
  • Included
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

2,770 Passengers [?]
1,160 Crew
17 Decks
2021 Maiden voyage
110,000 Tonnage [?]
909 Length in feet
135 Width in feet (max beam)
23 Speed (mph) [?]

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