Virgin Voyages names first ship Scarlet Lady

Genoa drydock flooded for "jumboisation"

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Virgin Voyages has announced the name of its first oceangoing vessel as Scarlet Lady in a throwback to one of the first planes of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet.

The first Lady Ship of the Virgin Voyages fleet is well underway and Virgin Group has adopted a similar lady image which appears on other Virgin entities. Designed by artist Toby Tinsley, her likeness appears on the Virgin Atlantic and Australia aircraft as well as the Virgin Galactic spaceline.

This time she reappears as a mystical Mermaid, “the soul and spirit behind the first Virgin Voyages ship”, Virgin Voyages said. “Her name, and therefore the name of our first vessel, was carefully deliberated and finally chosen to be Scarlet Lady. Scarlet is the embodiment of everything this ship represents. As our figurehead, she takes on a role historically dedicated to goddesses, important women in society and even mermaid figures,” the Virgin Voyages blog said.

“Though beautiful and mysterious in vision, she represents a woman of power – the leader not only on our first voyage, but also in our efforts to encourage front-facing female leaders throughout our company with our Virgin Voyages Scarlet Squad Program.

“From engineers to builders, marine tech to crew captains and technical positions, this program is meant to help female leaders break through the glass ocean if you will; it’s meant to create more leadership positions for women on the operations side of the sea travel industry,” Virgin Voyages said.

Overnight (Thursday 26 July), Scarlet Lady’ drydock in Genoa, Italy was flooded for the ships “jumboisation” – enlarging the ship by adding an entire section of the hull – see images below.

Meanwhile, a Steel Cutting Ceremony for Virgin Voyages’ second vessel, due for delivery in 2021, was held in Genoa, Italy a few days ago.

Furthermore, Virgin Voyages has released a preview video of it’s classy Athletic Club, which appears to feature an outdoor boxing/sparring ring on the upper deck. View the video on LinkedIn (below) for a fly through.

Lead image credit – Tania Steere. Other images sourced from Virgin Voyages.

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