Virgin’s first cruise ship features drag brunch, sex workshop, and tattoo parlor
Cruises have been taken off the market for about a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now some travel agencies are tentatively starting to allow customers to sail the high seas again.
However, if you are looking for a relaxing trip around the Mediterranean or a week with the family in the sun, this ship is not for you.
The Scarlet Lady is the first ship of Virgin Voyages – the company owned by Richard Branson – and its cruise includes sex workshops, tattoo parlors and steamy themed events.
The luxury cruise boutique departs from home ports of San Juan and Miami – and the ship has a unique approach to vacationing.
A number of different events are organized around the summer season, including Never Sleep Alone – this sex and relationship workshop intersects with a fun late night cabaret that “puts you in control of your sexual destiny”.
The show is produced by the ship’s ‘resident sex therapist’ and includes whipping demonstrations, oral sex techniques to try out and if you join in on the show you could even win free champagne.
According to Metro: âCarnival masks and condoms are handed out to the public, the waiters deliver colorful cocktails, and although it’s only two in the afternoon, the overall vibe can only be described as slightly delusional. “
Other shows include Duel Reality – a circus tale of Romeo and Juliet – and Phantom Folktales – a collection of ‘micro-pieces brought to life by songs and ethereal moments that occur throughout the ship that seem to come out of thin air. go “.
There’s also Scarlet Night, produced by Randy Weiner, where for one night the whole ship transforms into “a menagerie of delight and euphoric exhilaration” – and all guests must wear red!
Not to mention Untitled DancePartyShowThing which launches in the fall and combines a club with an âabsurd dance partyâ.
The other levels of the ship include The Manor nightclub which spans two floors and three bars.
In addition, there is a vinyl record store, private karaoke, casino and arcade.
Want some well-being on your trip? Meet at the yoga studio to realign your chakras, at the Redemption Spa to pamper yourself, at the salon or at the barbers or even at the sports club to work on the results of the day before!
There is also a jogging track around the ship for those who like to stay in shape and the Gym & Tonic juice bar for a morning refreshment.
Oh, and did we mention Squid Ink – the onboard tattoo parlor for guests who want to immortalize their journey in body art?
And foodies won’t feel left out on the Scarlett Lady as there are 20 bars and restaurants scattered across the ship’s 17 decks.
One even hosts a fun brunch while others offer Michelin-starred dinners and late-night bites.
World-class chefs like Brad Farmerie (of PUBLIC in New York) and Sohui Kim (of The Good Fork and Insa in New York) are some of the names behind the menus and Virgin promises there is no buffets or generic dining areas.
The Wake offers steaks and seafood, while Pink Agave is the go-to when you crave Mexican cuisine.
Plus, there’s a Korean barbecue at Gunbae, vegetarian delicacies at Razzle Dazzle, and there’s even an experimental restaurant at The Test Kitchen.
You can also feast on ice cream, mezzo, Mediterranean food, Italian food including pizza, Hawaiian poke bowls, ramen, bento boxes, candy, American food, pastries and toast.
So even the most picky eater will find something totally delicious to savor.
The ship is an adults-only cruise that seems to cater to a younger Millennial and Gen Z clientele – and all the food, tips, staple booze, group workouts and wi -fi are included in the price of the ticket.
Even the staff uniforms are designed by avant-garde fashion star Gareth Pugh.
Scarlet Lady was due to embark on her maiden voyage to the Caribbean in 2020, but the pandemic has pushed her back and the ship will not leave for Miami until October.
So far, the cruise has sailed along the south coast of England from Portsmouth.
Four-night Caribbean cruises from Miami in October start from Â£ 485 per person, excluding flights. virginvoyages.com
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