Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship – For Adults Only

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages, a partnership between Virgin Group and Bain Capital has just announced its first cruise ship sail and what we can expect from the duo venture. Founder Richard Branson, and President, and CEO Tom McAlpin came together to announce the development and details of the start-up cruise.

The duo arrived in typical Richard Branson flair, via a 200-foot crane drop. Recognising the partnership and construction of the cruise line, Richard Branson alongside Tom McAlpin appeared at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy where they announced that the expected cruise will be for adults only. The minimum age allowed for passengers on board would be 18 and over. To weld the ceremonial coins into the keel, they were joined by Alberto Maestrini from Fincantieri and Bain Capital chairman Stephen Pagliuca.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages

Holiday travelers with families can sail on the 2,860 passenger vessel which will not include children. When asked for clarification, the duo responded with the feedback from the public and travel sellers for a demand of an adult only cruise line.

McAlpin and Branson also revealed an artist’s drawing of the first Virgin ship’s exterior, which showcased the classic red and white logo with a mermaid inspired by historic vessels. The design for the ship would be unique and 86% of the cabins in the ship are said to include balconies. The three Virgin vessels, referred to as “Lady Ships” will debut in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The company is also said to be taking $500 deposit for access to an exclusive pre-sale booking period for the first ship, which is reportedly set to sail from Miami. For such an exciting new venture we can only say ‘Full Steam Ahead!’

The Wallycento 30.48 m Sailing Yacht Tango – A First Look

Wally Tango

Wally Tango. Credit: Wally.com

Wally, the world leader in yachting innovation, raised the Wallycento bar with the recent release of its newest box-ruled speed demon, Tango. Much like its sister sailing yachts Galateia (2015), Magic Carpet 3 (2013), and Open Season (2012) the sailing yacht Tango has a high-performance DNA. Luca Bassani, Wally President reiterated that the yacht was a further step forward in the evolution of the high-performance superyachts.

Wally Tango

Wally Tango. Credit: Wally.com

Tango is featured with an overall length of 30.48 m, a maximum beam of 7.20m, displacement of 49.95 t, and a sail area of 640 m2. To combine performance with style, the cruiser-racer project had a dream team including performance yacht designers, Mills Design for the naval architecture and exterior design, the Italian design house, Pininfarina for the interior and exterior design, and yacht building company, Persico Marine for the construction. The Monegasque brand reportedly worked for the first time on the visionary project with the three names. Bassani stated that to keep evolving new solutions, it was important to have inputs from leaders of different industries.

While Mills was reportedly brought on board because of their previous Wally assignments, Pininfarina created the interiors matching the aggressive soul of Tango blending it with comfort and elegance.

Wally Tango

Wally Tango. Credit: Wally.com

Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of the Pininfarina Group attributed the selection of the materials and innovative solutions of the interior decoration in delivering both aesthetics and function and generating an ultra-light and super performing yacht that was ideal for cruising and racing.

Meanwhile, the Monaco based company, MYT that was familiar with the world of Wally superyachts was in charge of the management for the project, and the mast and boom were designed by Southern Spars.

The Underwater Lounge – New Concept in Luxury Cruise Ships

Ponant Cruise

Credit: Ponant

The passengers aboard luxury cruise will be able to enjoy their drink n dine sitting below the sea waves and observing sea life passing by, from the year 2018 when the world’s first sub-aquatic ship lounge will be launched.
The premium French expedition cruise line, Ponant, which is famous for its luxury and expeditions cruises, has announced the launch of these cruise ships, ‘Explorer Class’ fleet of ships as they say. Continue reading