A rising star in the industry of cruising and a boundary breaking cruise line,  the first ship of the Virgin Voyages’ fleet is finally here. Scarlet Lady sailed into Dover earlier this month, having been four years in the making and one of the most highly-anticipated cruise ships of 2020. Since announcing the plans to launch a brand new cruise line, Virgin Voyages has shied away from aims to redefine traditional cruising and offering something completely different. The question is, was she worth the wait?

Staff here at Cruise118 have been lucky enough to be invited on-board when she docks in Liverpool today, offering a perfect chance to explore the decks and offer a first glimpse at this unique cruise ship. Take a look below for some of our latest updates.


Most of the team stayed in the Sea Terrace, which included a balcony with a hammock and a bed which can be reconfigured to make it a sociable space in the day.

Seaview Terrace - Scarlet Lady

Make yourself at home in the Seaview Terrace, complete with a hammock on your balcony

Dining and drinks

There is a selection of over twenty eateries, from a steakhouse to Korean BBQ; drag brunches to an international food market. As for drinks, basic bevvies are included on all sailings inlcuding filtered still and sparkling water; non-pressed juices; sodas; teas and even coffee!

Cafe - Scarlet Lady

Grab a quick coffee!

The Dock House - Scarlet Lady

One of the many places to relax on-board, the Dock House offers casual Mediterranean fare

The Wake - Scarlet Lady

Or you can opt for steak and seafood at The Wake in this glamorous setting

Bar staff - Scarlet Lady

Some of the industry’s most esteemed mixologists and bartenders feature on-board

Extra Virgin - Scarlet Lady

Enjoy elevated Italian with regionally-inspired dishes which are perfect to start your night

Ice Cream Parlour - Scarlet Lady

Pick your favourite scoops at this whimsical ice cream shop with tongue-in-cheek slogans

Noodle Bar - The Galley

The Galley includes plenty of food halls, including this noodle bar

Taco Station - The Galley

Another Galley favourite, this Taco Station is great for creating your perfect Mexican dish

Diner & Dash - The Galley

Fancy 24-hour American food, head to the Galley’s Diner & Dash for food to suit all times of day

Staff on-board Scarlet Lady

Our team enjoying a few drinks before spending some time in The Manor

Fitness and fun

With plenty to enjoy on-board Scarlet Lady, it can be hard knowing where to start! Tattoo parlours, boxing rings and endless entertainment aplenty – here are just some of the places we snapped on-board.

Boxing Ring - Scarlet Lady

Practice your swing in the ring with great views out to sea

Running Track - Scarlet Lady

Run laps around the ship and overlook the ocean

Casino - Scarlet Lady

Try your luck in the casino

Fitness Area - Scarlet Lady

Fitness area for those morning workouts

Salon - Scarlet Lady

Pamper yourself on-board and enjoy some me-time in the salon

Squid Ink - Scarlet Lady

Fancy a tattoo? Get inked at the hottest spot on the ship

Lounges and leisure

For space to kick back and relax, as well as enjoy your time to yourself, Scarlet Lady offers many areas to unwind and recharge, ready to do it all over again!

Atrium - Scarlet Lady

Walking around the atrium, one of the central hubs of the ship

Lounge area - Scarlet Lady

One of the many lounge areas on-board, featuring cool colour tones and comfy soft furnishings

Top Deck - Scarlet Lady

Head outside and enjoy the sunshine (when in the Caribbean!) on the top deck

Wellness Area - Scarlet Lady

Kick-back and relax in one of the wellness areas, where booth-style seating entices you to recharge

Meet and greet - Katherine Ryan - Scarlet Lady

Our team even had time to catch a snap with Katherine Ryan, Canadian comedian!

Would you like to step aboard this ship? What are your thoughts of this brand new cruise line? Let us know in the comments below!


Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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