There will be 78 RockStar suites, ranging from ‘serious’ and ‘brilliant’ to ‘fab’ and ‘massive’ aboard Scarlet Lady, the first cruise ship from Virgin Voyages, the cruise line has announced.
The ship will feature 78 of these RockStar suites, each designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio.
They will have an under-trendy, modern design that blends cruise cabin functionality with yacht-like touches like leather finishes, brass makeup vanities (Virgin calls them ‘glam stations) and marble ensuites.
Giving each suite a personal touch akin to the Owner’s Suite aboard most luxury cruise lines, they will also all have working vinyl turntables (with a collection of classic records), full bars and cocktail kits with the first round on the house, and other Instagram-ready touches like terrace hammocks and king-size beds.
Passengers staying in these suites will also get “backstage” (early) access to onboard entertainment, dining, priority boarding, priority access to shore excursions (called ‘shore things’) and even private transfers to and from the ship in Miami.
When they first board, guests in the suites will also have a “wardrobe team” to help unpack and repack, as well as a complimentary pressing service and nightly express swimsuit drying service. Anyone staying in a RockStar suite will also have access to Richard’s Rooftop, a suite passenger-only top-deck lounge.
“Virgin has always avoided stuffy formalities and brought a lot of excitement and a bit of rebelliousness to our customer experiences,” explains Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. “With these glamorous suites, Virgin Voyages is bringing back rock and roll to the high seas and spoiling our sailors like the rock stars they are.”
These suites will have the best views of all staterooms on the ship, with a top deck location and private balconies that feature peek-a-boo showers with inset windows overlooking the ocean.
They’ll have mood lighting that automatically adjusts to match the time of day, as well as tablets that guests can use to adjust the lighting and climate controls.
There are eight different types of RockStar suite aboard Scarlet Lady, four ‘Suites’ and four ‘Mega Suites’.
Seriously Suite: The 24 Seriously Suites are 352-square foot cabins (this includes the balcony) and will feature a fully stocked bar, peek-a-boo shower and balcony hammock.
Brilliant Suite: The 18 Brilliant Suites are 481 square feet (this includes the balcony) with an open floor plan featuring a fully stocked bar, large convertible sofa, peek-a-boo shower and balcony sun chairs. These suites can also sleep up for four.
Sweet Aft Suite: There are seven of these suites onboard in three variations that include the “biggest” balcony, an “even bigger” balcony or a “pretty big” balcony. These suites are located centrally at the stern of Scarlet Lady, with wake views from the bed or shower. Sweet Aft Suites range in size from 416 to 661 square feet, depending on balcony size, and sleep two.
Cheeky Corner Suite: These 14 suites also come in three varieties, six with “biggest” terrace balconies, four with “even bigger” terrace balconies and four with “pretty big” terrace balconies. They all sleep two guests and have an open bedroom overlooking the ship’s wake, as well as a large wardrobe with extra space, and a corner sofa. Cheeky Corner Suites range in size from 607 to 847 square feet, depending on balcony size.
The Mega Suites:
Located on Deck 15 with added perks like a custom bar setup and a RockStar concierge to fill their ‘rider’, these suites are intended to be some of the most glamorous on any mainstream cruise line.
(A rider is a list of requests given by a celebrity or high-profile figure to a venue that includes such items as a bowl of Lucky Charms, all green M&Ms, an electric guitar and more).
Gorgeous Suite: These are nine of these 570 square foot suites, they can sleep up to four guests and feature an open floor plan with separate lounge and bedroom areas, including a luxurious marble ensuite with a peek-a-boo shower. The huge balcony includes an outdoor shower.
Posh Suite: The two 833-square-foot Posh Suites will sleep up to four and have separate living and bedroom areas, with a convertible sofa in the living area, and an extra half bathroom, for when extra guests are staying. It has a large balcony with a peek-a-view outdoor shower, stargazing lounges, a sofa and hammock.
Fab Suite: The two 950-square-foot Fab Suites will sleep up to four and feature distinct (but not completely separate) bedroom and living areas. The living area will have a sofa that converts to sleep two, an extra half bathroom and an entertainment credenza, while the bedroom space will have a large wardrobe with extra closet space. Highlights of the balcony include a peek-a-view outdoor shower, stargazing loungers, a sofa and hammock.
Massive Suite: These are the two largest suites onboard at 2,147-square-feet. Each Massive Suite will be able to sleep up to four people in a master bedroom, music room (which doubles as an extra bedroom) stocked with guitars and an amplifier, a living room with vinyl turntable, dressing area with a hot tub, vanity and two wardrobes.
The marble bathroom with a peek-a-boo shower overlooks the bedroom and has views out to the ocean. Each Massive Suite also has a huge balcony with a hot tub, peek-a-view outdoor shower, circular conversation pit, lookout point with stargazing loungers, two full-length hammocks, and an outdoor dining table for six. In true RockStar suite style, a staircase leads to the top of the table for table dancing.
Scarlet Lady will be delivered in 2020. She will be an adults-only cruise ship for guests 18 and older, and will cruise from Miami with all-inclusive dining and a “vitamin sea” cruise experience focusing on passenger wellness, relaxation and fun.
Public spaces will include a tattoo studio, outdoor fitness centre and expansive spa facilities. Her itineraries will include an overnight port call in Havana, Virgin Voyages has announced.