Virgin Voyages donates over 2,000 vacations to healthcare workers

Virgin Voyages donates over 2,000 vacations to healthcare workers

MIAMI — Virgin Voyages is paying it forward and honouring healthcare heroes with the vacation of a lifetime.

For the second consecutive year, the cruise line is partnering with Baptist Health South Florida and donating 2,023 complimentary voyages – totalling an estimated US$5.9 million – to deserving employees in the Baptist Health network who have made a positive impact in the local healthcare community. These include patient-facing employees to those behind the scenes that keep hospitals, clinics and offices running smoothly.

Winners will receive a voyage for two in a Sea Terrace, a trendy balcony cabin with fun mood lighting, rainfall showers and a signature red hammock. The 2,203 winners will be able to select one of six Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami between Jan. 2 and April 28, 2023 onboard the Scarlet Lady or Valiant Lady. These four-, five-, six- and eight-night itineraries include highlights like snorkelling the world’s second-largest reef in Roatán to visiting ancient ruins in Costa Maya. Every voyage also includes a day trip to Virgin Voyages’ private Beach Club in Bimini.

In addition to the voyages, the winners will also receive the brand’s ‘always included’ luxury elements, valued at more than $600. These include Michelin-inspired menus, food from over 20 eateries, essential drinks, Wi-Fi, gratuities, group fitness classes and live entertainment.

“For the past three years, our local healthcare workers put everything on the line to care for the community, and now it’s our turn to pay it forward,” said Jill Stoneberg, Virgin Voyages’ Senior Director of Sustainability and Social Impact. “We’ve turned a corner and we’d love to offer our frontline workers a much-deserved break. The Virgin Voyages team is honoured to give our friends at Baptist an incredible vacation on the high seas where they unplug and escape for a few days.”

To review Virgin Voyages’ continued health and safety protocols, which include extensive cleaning measures, a high-tech air filtration system and a fully vaccinated and boosted crew, click here.