Virgin Voyages Ditch Buffets, Main Dining Rooms and Formalities

Virgin Voyages are ripping up the rule book when it comes to dining on their new ship Scarlet Lady.

They are ditching formalities, buffets and main dining rooms, instead guests (or sailors as they’re calling them), will have a choice over 20 restaurants & eateries included in their fare.

Virgin Voyages does not believe in paying more for great food, so they are ditching the traditional supplements you find on other cruise lines.  There will also be no buffet on board the ship and they will ban single-use plastics.

Restaurants will be open until late into the night and some until the early hours of the morning

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said:

There’s a Virgin twist on everything you’ll see aboard the Scarlet Lady, which means there will be no stuffy formalities, boring buffets and no main dining rooms.

Virgin Voyages Dining Options

The dining option includes:

  • Wake – Situated at the aft of the ship the restaurant aims to serve a “theatrical take” on steak and seafood in an experience inspired by The Wolseley – London and The Grill – New York.
  • Razzle Dazzle – With an interior scheme that nods to the namesake, the bold camouflaging of ships from World War One using patterns of black and white paint, Razzle Dazzle will offer vegetarian and vegan food plus a juice bar
  • The Test Kitchen – Offering “avant-garde cuisine,” the laboratory-like eatery is part cooking school and part restaurant.
  • Geonbae – A Korean barbecue restaurant. Each meal will begin with a complimentary round of soju for the table with passengers encouraged to take part in lively Korean drinking games.
  • Pink Agave – A Mexican restaurant designed to be a lively shared plate experience, where the DJ amps up the energy of the room as the evening hours slip away.
  • Extra Virgin – A trattoria serving regionally-inspired Italian food with handmade fresh pasta made daily.
  • Dock – A beach club-inspired space offering Mediterranean small plates, salads, dips and mezzes.
  • The Galley – Modelled on popular food halls this will be the main space for quick and casual meals throughout the day with more than eight shops and food carts including a bakery and pastry shop, panini shop, burger grill, taco shack, sushi bar with bento boxes, noodle bar, a soup and salad stand, and a 24-hour American diner.
  • The Pizza Place – Passengers can design bespoke pizzas in a beach club-inspired designed space.

President and CEO Tom McAlpin said:

We want our eateries to delight and ignite serendipitous experiences, so have set out on a mission to capture the spirit of dining in the best cities of the world and bring it to sea. Because food is the fuel for our bodies and souls, and we’re Virgin Voyages, naturally it all had to be included within your ticket price.

Cuba Voyages

The 2,770-passenger adult-only Scarlet Lady will feature Cuba as one of its destinations from Miami during its inaugural season in 2020 sailing to Havana on selected cruises.

Here’s what we know about Scarlet Lady so far.

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