Virgin Voyages has revealed the 20 dining options that will be available to passengers aboard its first cruise ship Scarlet Lady, all of which will be included in the cruise fare.
“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,” says Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages.
“We want our eateries to delight and ignite serendipitous experiences for our sailors, so we have set out on a mission to capture the spirit of dining in the best cities of the world and bring it to sea,” he added.
Scarlet Lady will have no main dining room, no set dining times, no dress code and no buffet restaurant (although her Lido area ‘Galley’ restaurant comes quite close).
“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,” explains Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group.
From experimental and haute cuisine to healthy, quick bite options, the on-board eateries will give sailors the opportunity to discover something new or enjoy an old favourite.
Sailors can dine at a table or opt to enjoy their meal at the bar (because, naturally, nearly all restaurants on board will feature a bar).
All restaurant will be helmed by a leading chef who Virgin Voyages says “leads their kitchen with passion and artfulness”. With a made-to-order philosophy around food, Virgin Voyages says passengers will never have to sacrifice quality for a quick bite.
Scarlet Lady is scheduled for delivery in 2020 and will be an adults-only cruise ship with a focus on passenger wellness, relaxation and fun that Virgin Voyages calls ‘vitamin sea’.
She’ll feature a tattoo studio, outdoor fitness center and extensive spa facilities and will cruise roundtrip from Miami to the Caribbean, with cruise itineraries that include an overnight port call in Havana, Cuba.
Dining options aboard Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady:
Designed by Roman and Williams, Wake offers sailors a dramatic view of the ship’s wake.
Serving a theatrical take on steak and seafood, Wake is the most glamorous restaurant on the ship, with a dramatic grand staircase entryway.
With an interior scheme that nods to the namesake, the bold camouflaging of ships from WWI using patterns of black and white paint, Razzle Dazzle was designed by Concrete Amsterdam. With vibrant and creative twists on vegetarian fare and a juice bar.
The “nice” menu offers plant-based vegetarian and vegan dishes including must have munchies such as the Impossible Burger. The “naughty” side enables sailors to order meat “add-ons” and offers to spike their healthy smoothies with boozy shots.
To live up to the boldness of its name, Razzle Dazzle will not simply brunch but rather Drag Brunch, where sailors are treated to a performance by the Scarlet Lady’s resident drag performer and friends.
THE TEST KITCHEN
Designed by Concrete Amsterdam and inspired by Escoffier’s Ma Cuisine, this laboratory-like eatery is part cooking school and part restaurant, making it the ultimate place for discovery through cuisine with an atmosphere that is educational, experiential and social all in one.
The chef-driven set menus are presented in the form of an ingredient list to Sailors who will discover how the chef combines the list of flavours throughout the course of the meal.
Geonbae, the equivalent of the expression bottoms up in Korean, is a Korean BBQ restaurant designed by Soft Room.
Hosted by the loudest servers at sea, each meal will begin with a complimentary round of soju for the table and throughout the evening sailors are encouraged to take part in lively Korean drinking games.
An elevated Mexican restaurant designed by Tom Dixon, Pink Agave transports sailors to the vibrant streets of Mexico City through immersive void lighting.
Offering a wide variety of Mexican specialties that inspire sailors to discover authentic Mexican flavors including tlayudas, memelas, sopes, tortas, esquites, and tamales.
Extra Virgin is the ships trattoria serving regionally-inspired and approachable food, deeply rooted in Italian culinary traditions with handmade fresh pasta made daily. A meal begins with shared antipasti followed by approachable pasta-centric favorites.
Set in the ship’s sun-dappled lounging area at the aft of the ship on deck seven, The Dock is a beach club-inspired space designed by Roman and Williams. Carts of Mediterranean small plates, salads, dips and mezzes provide perfect graving options throughout the day.
Modeled on popular food halls where visitors can taste a cornucopia from different restaurants, The Galley will be the main space for the quick and casual meal throughout the day.
The food hall will feature a mix of more than eight shops and food carts, each offering a unique concept with irresistible signature dishes that changes to suit the time of day.
The Galley’s concepts include a dedicated bakery and pastry shop, a panini shop, a burger grill, a taco shack, a sushi bar with bento boxes, a noodle bar, a soup and salad stand, and a 24-hour American diner.
THE PIZZA PLACE
Sailors can choose from the classic menu, or allow them to design their very own bespoke pizza and pies.