Richard Branson's new 'adults only' luxury cruise ship ready for its maiden voyage

Virgin Voyages new 'adults only' cruise ship has been given the all-clear by company owner Richard Branson ahead of its first commercial run early next year.

Branson toured 'Scarlet Lady' with his family and executives of the new Virgin Voyages company on Wednesday. 

Richard Branson's new 'adults only' luxury cruise ship ready for its maiden voyage

While onboard, Branson ceremoniously painted the iconic 'V" logo on the hull of the ship where the Virgin Voyages logo will appear. 

The ship's interior is modelled on the sleek designs more common on yachts than cruise ships, and has been described as 'chic and contemporary'. 

Scarlet Lady recently completed sea trials and Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin said the sailings couldn't have gone any better.

"We can confirm the Scarlet Lady is smooth, stable and quiet, gliding through the water in various weather conditions for a thoroughly enjoyable sailing experience," he said. 

The massive new ship will set sail on her maiden voyage on April 1, sailing from Miami to Key West and the Bahamas.

Branson ceremoniously paints the iconic 'V" logo on the hull of the ship
Branson ceremoniously paints the iconic 'V" logo on the hull of the ship Photo credit: Virgin Voyages

Guests on the first cruise will be joined by celebrities and will take part in some one-off experiences. Cabins for the first sailing start at just over NZ$6000.

Scarlet Lady will sail from Miami to the Caribbean year-round from April 2020, its sister ship Valiant Lady will begin services in the Mediterranean in May 2021.

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