The Scarlet Lady
Virgin Voyages recently revealed the name of its new ship. In an homage to sister company Virgin Atlantic, President, Sir Richard Branson, revealed the ship’s long-awaited official name: Scarlet Lady. This name appeared on one of the earliest planes to fly for Virgin Atlantic. Now, as the flagship for the Virgin Voyages fleet, the Scarlet Lady name will be paired with the brand’s iconic mermaid image. She reflects a powerful spirit guide who is creating a whole new way to travel and will adorn the hull of the ship when she sets sail in 2020.
The Scarlet Lady brings to mind Hawthorne’s required high school reading book, The Scarlet Letter. It’s all very interesting and understandable that names should reflect a brand, but it hasn’t grown on me yet. As a native Ohioan, when I hear mention of the word “scarlet”, I pair it with grey. Perhaps this ship will become a favorite of Buckeye fans.
According to Branson:
“We are all so busy with life, work and family, that vacations are critical for us to be able to rebuild our energy, so that we can live our best lives,” said CEO Tom McAlpin. “With well-being at the heart of everything we do at Virgin Voyages, sailors will come back feeling rejuvenated, not like they need a holiday from their holiday.”
I certainly understand the feeling of needing a vacation after having been on vacation. I am always running about checking out everything on a ship. Just once, I think that I should consider relaxing for a bit. Guess that my relaxation comes at meal time and with pre-dinner drinks. Because there is also so much to do and just a week to do it in, I think that I need to sail on a Transatlantic or take at least a 10-day cruise.
It will be so interesting to see and experience this ship. The adult-only aspect appeals, but will it be a relaxing adult experience or a big party?
Take a peek at the exterior of the ship. The outdoor spaces really help connect with the sea. I am definitely ready to grab a seat and enjoy the feeling of being on the water. What do you think?