The start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages who claim they will change cruising forever announced further details about their first brand new cruise ship during at event in New York on 16 May 2018 which was also broadcast live on Facebook.
At the event the cruise line revealed a number of renderings of some of the public spaces on board the adult’s only cruise ship which is set to launch in 2020 offering cruises from PortMiami.
Virgin Voyages is working together with designers across the globe to create a ship that is different from what any other cruise line offers to attract a younger target market who have not cruised before. Many of the designers working on the ship have never cruised or worked on the design of a cruise ship.
Dee Cooper, Senior Vice President of Design for Virgin Voyages, said: “We chose these three design firms because of work they had done that we loved. They are all great at clever design and creating spaces we knew would resonate with sailors.”
Renderings which were released during the event includes two-deck high trendy nightclub named Manor designed by Roman & Williams. The firm have also designed an outdoor lifestyle space known as The Dock which focuses on comfort and socialising and offers stunning sea vistas.
An elevated Mexican restaurant will also feature on the new ship as well as an VIP area on the top deck at the bow known as Richard’s Rooftop. These areas have been designed by Tom Dixon, a self-taught British designer.
Other renderings included further images of the ship as well as The Athletics Club which will feature a raised jogging track that seems to float above the ship, which will of course be painted in Virgin Voyages signature red! The area has been designed by Concrete Amsterdam.
Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages, said: "We're sure our sailors will appreciate their focus on function when it comes to design. We know our sailors will love the look, feel and the element of surprise they've created as well.”
The new vessel is one of three 110,000 gross tonne cruise ships which Virgin Voyages will launch, each with a capacity to accommodate 2,860 passengers, known as sailors by the cruise line.