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5 Reasons This New Cruise Line Is Hot With Travelers Right Now


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Cruise travel has been more popular than ever in recent months, but one cruise line in particular has exploded in growth like no other.

More than 31.5 million travelers are expected to cruise in 2023, an increase of 6% from the previous record set in 2019.

woman on cruise

While cruises are gaining popularity in general, there is a new cruise line that is the most popular with travelers: Virgin trips.

Launched in 2021, Virgin Voyages is a unique cruise line that stands apart from the competition. And Virgin Voyages is clearly doing something right because cruise line online searches have grown more than 104% since last year.

Here’s why Virgin Voyages is all the rage with travelers right now:

Virgin Voyages ship

1. Adults Only Cruise Line

One of the most unique aspects of Virgin Voyages is that it is an adults-only cruise line. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted on a Virgin Voyages cruise.

This is in stark contrast to many other popular cruise lines, such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean, which are very popular with families. While some cruise lines cater primarily to adults (like Silversea or Princess), they tend to draw an older 60-plus crowd.

So if you’re looking for an adults-only cruise for all ages, Virgin Voyages is your number one choice.

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2. Open to adults of all ages

When Virgin Voyages first launched in 2021, it was a common misconception that it was supposed to be a « millennial cruise line » for travelers in their twenties.

Virgin Voyages Chairman and CEO Tom McAlpin actually clear this up stating: “People got the wrong impression. It’s not just the 20-year-olds. It’s not just millennials. I think 30, 40 and 50 are our sweet spot, but it’s for a wide variety of people. »

In fact, 82% of Virgin Voyages passengers are between the ages of 30 and 60. So you don’t have to be a millennial to enjoy Virgin Voyages – it’s perfect for adults of all ages.

people on sunset cruise

3. Varied gastronomic options

Virgin Voyages stands out with the dining options available on their ships. Unlike typical cruise ships, where your only options are a stuffy main dining room, a crowded buffet, or a specialty restaurant for an extra charge, Virgin Voyages ships include more than 20 restaurants and cafes.

There is no main dining room or massive buffet.

Instead, passengers can enjoy all-inclusive dining at signature restaurants and dining rooms featuring Koren BBQ, haute Mexican cuisine, fresh poke bowls, casual Mediterranean fare, experimental cuisine from Michelin-starred chefs and more.

poke bowls

4. Extras Included

Another way Virgin Voyages differentiates itself from the competition is with additional inclusions known as « Luxury Always Included ».

This includes things like tips included on all drinks at the bar (most other cruises do not include tips) and free WiFi on all voyages (typically over $20 per day on other cruise lines).

Unlimited exercise classes are also included on Virgin Voyages, another service that usually comes with a surcharge on other cruise lines.

The Scarlet Lady cruise ship pulls into Portsmouth International Harbor on a sunny morning.

5. Fun party atmosphere

While you definitely don’t have to party on a Virgin Voyages cruise, it is one of the draws of this cruise line. Since all cruises are adults-only, you can party to your heart’s content.

Virgin Voyages ships have clever entertainment offerings that are unlike your typical cruise line shows. You can enjoy dancing the night away at one of the many clubs and venues on board, or catch a fresh, edgy performance.

There are also several theme nights on Virgin Voyages cruises where you can dress up (or dress down, in the case of PJ Night) and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Friends toasting with cocktails

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