Virgin to debut its cruise line in 2020

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Konstantin Sheiko
May 30, 2018

In May, Virgin Voyages unveiled the design of six public areas of its ship, the first time that it has detailed the new cruise brand's features. Among the new spaces will be Richard's Rooftop, an outdoor club reserved for suite guests. 

Virgin said it will have a futuristic look, with circular loungers, large umbrellas and accents of dichroic glass, which will cast rainbow-coloured reflections across the lounge. The club's is named after Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. The Virgin ship, which is scheduled to debut in 2020, will have a nightclub called The Manor, a nod to the name of the first music studio associated with Virgin Records. 

The club's colour scheme will be aubergine and emerald with gold accents. At the aft of the ship on Deck 7, cruisers will find an area called The Dock, described as "an outdoor, lifestyle space with a focus on relaxation, socialising and an appreciation of the gorgeous views the ship provides." 

Another new outdoor space will be called the Athletic Club, and feature a white-and-red striped semicircular lounger described as the largest daybed at sea. The club is positioned across the aft with a 220-square-foot area of triple netting, where guests can lay out and overlook the open space and decks below as if on a catamaran. 

There will be 10 cabanas in the club and a bar. Virgin also unveiled two restaurant concepts. The Test Kitchen restaurant will be playfully scientific with light fixture images that mimic the periodic table of elements. The Test Kitchen's laboratory-like environment is accented by metallic furniture, sleek clean lines and comes replete with beakers, test tubes and volumetric flasks. 

Pink Agave will be an upscale modern Mexican restaurant, featuring electric-blue metallic lighting fixtures that cascade from the ceilings above oversized banquets that line the dining room's portholes. An elongated, curved lounger centres the room, surrounded by round tables for two and flanked by a bar area in the foyer and a private dining room for larger groups. 

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