The first details of the public spaces to be featured on Virgin Voyages ships has been released.
Some of the world’s leading interior design firms, who have never designed for the cruise industry before, are being employed by the line to work on its ‘modern romance of sailing’ concept.
The ship design is “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 said.
Classic nautical elements such as steel, brass and portholes will be included.
Highlight features include Richard’s Rooftop, named after Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, an outdoor lounge reserved for the ship’s suite guests.
The Athletic Club across both sides of the aft of the ship is claimed to include the largest daybed at sea, together with a 220 square foot area of triple netting where passengers can overlook decks below as if they were sailing on a catamaran; ten cabanas overlooking the ocean and a bar.
The Manor will be the main nightclub for Virgin Voyages, inspired by Sir Richard’s history in the music industry.
Pink Agave is described as an upscale modern Mexican restaurant with bar and private dining room.
An outdoor lounge called The Dock is said to be reminiscent of the chicest seaside lounges in the Hamptons, Ibiza and Bali.
The Test Kitchen restaurant will have a laboratory-like environment with metallic furniture, beakers, test tubes and volumetric flasks.
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.”
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