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PLANTATION — Virgin Voyages has released renderings of its new upper-tier suite category accommodation onboard Scarlet Lady, scheduled to set sail in 2020.
The 78 RockStar Suites include 15 Mega RockStar Suites, named the Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous Suites.
The cruise line’s Senior Vice President of Design for Virgin Voyages, Dee Cooper, says her team was “inspired by historic vessels of the past that exuded charm and luxury. We wanted to inject a bit of that exclusive, distinctive, luxurious feeling nostalgia in a contemporary way that speaks to today’s traveller more.”
And in true Virgin style, the staterooms and their tech aren’t just smart but ‘clever’: “The rooms are all clever cabins, with sensors that auto-adjust to Sailor movements, also allowing for the room’s lighting to easily change from day to evening play mode.”
Large vanity tables and European king beds sit atop terrazzo flooring and the rooms feature brass and real leather finishing throughout. There are also sustainably sourced terrace hammocks.
The décor also leans heavily on Virgin’s rock and roll heritage, a reminder that everything Virgin started back in 1972 with Virgin Records.
“We wanted to use all aspects of the Virgin brand including our musical legacy, elements of Virgin Galactic and inspiration from Richard Branson’s Necker Island,” says Jamie Douglas, Senior Product Design Manager for Virgin Voyages. “The idea was to consider Sailor needs and comforts and create suites that were social, inspirational and relaxing so that they wanted to spend time in them.”
The 15 Mega RockStar Suites are all primely located on deck 15, just a deck below Richard’s Rooftop, a RockStar Suite Sailor-only, exclusive Sir Richard Branson-inspired top deck (and top-shelf alcohol only) cocktail lounge at the fore of the ship.
The Massive Suite has a music room that seconds as an extra bedroom, and is stocked with guitars, an amp and a special private lookout point at the front of the ship. The terrace in this suite also has a standing hot tub and a runway style table for hosting guests. In all four Mega Star Suites there are open-air Peek-a-View showers.
All RockStar Suites also have top-to-bottom marble bathrooms, premium products and rain-style showers with multi-coloured dichroic glass windows and doors.
RockStar Suite passengers can also take advantage of private driver airport transfers, helicopter arrangements, luggage assistance and a private walk down the exclusive terminal pathway upon arrival. They also get anytime boarding, early booking access to special events “and personal rock & roll style rider sheets (with items delivered pre-arrival of course) meant to satisfy even the most diva-like of requests.”