Virgin Voyages is getting ready to open the books for 2020 sailings on its first ship, Scarlet Lady, starting this week (Feb. 14, 2019) and has also released renderings of its 100,000-square-foot dedicated Virgin Voyages Terminal at PortMiami.
“Since we’re already feeling the love, Pre-Sale Deposit Holders will be able to book passage aboard our Scarlet Lady starting February 5, 2019. We will be open for business for all sailors beginning February 14, 2019,” says the cruise line.
Virgin Voyages says Scarlet Lady will continue to sail to the Caribbean from Miami throughout 2021. The company’s second ship will sail from Miami during the fall/winter cruise season of 2021/22.
Meanwhile, the new Virgin Voyages Terminal will be located on the northwest side of the port. Pending approval of the MOU for construction of a new cruise facility, along with the subsequent berthing agreement, the project will start next year and is slated for completion by November 2021.
The new terminal is designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, the same architecture firm that designed American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami, Brickell City Centre Complex in Brickell and the Miami City Ballet in South Beach.
Arquitectonica has designed the terminal’s rooftop to resemble a palm tree grove with pockets that allow natural light to flow into the building by day, “and gorgeous beams to light up our iconic Virgin Voyages logo (as well as the Miami sky) by night, allowing our future home to shine brightly.”
The two-storey storm-proof glass facility will boast lush landscaping, giving the terminal a plaza-like feel with designated areas for VIP drop-offs, as well as ride-sharing and provisioning, all designed to provide a seamless shore to ship experience, says the cruise line.