Our first full day aboard the Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady (Adult Only Cruise Line) was a relaxing Sea Day which was perfect. It provided a great opportunity to explore the ship.
I wore a casual outfit for our Sea Day and it was very comfortable. We didn't plan to spend time at the pool so I didn't need to wear a swimsuit.
Room Service was delivered at 6:30 am and we enjoyed a leisurely first breakfast on the verandah. We enjoy having a light breakfast, with coffee for my husband, in our room while we are getting ready and spending time on our verandah. It's one of the many advantages of booking a stateroom with a verandah.
The cost of room service is $5 per order and you can pre-order breakfast. Cans of pop and regular coffee are included in the price. Only alcohol and specialty drinks are an additional charge. Once we were ready to leave the room we headed to second breakfast at The Galley (Virgin’s version of a traditional buffet).
At The Galley you seat yourself, a server comes to your table and takes your order. The Galley is made up of a variety of food kiosks and is similar to a food hall. Basic beverages are located at several drink stations located throughout The Galley and Sailors serve themselves.
Sailors can dine inside or out on the terrace overlooking the wake, which is where we always went.
Breakfast is served all day which is really a nice option.
After our second breakfast, we toured the Redemption Spa and booked Spa time for our next Sea Day.
Since I would need to get ready after the spa I decided to book a blowout at Dry Dock!
The next few hours we spent trying out different areas of the ship. That is one thing about the Scarlet Lady that I love, so many nooks and crannies to relax, read and socialize. All the different areas have their own unique vibe.
Sip Lounge servers afternoon tea on Seas Days, from 1 pm - 4 pm, which I booked, in the app, after we boarded. There is an upcharge and it was an ok experience but I don’t think I would do it on our next cruise. The food was ok but nothing special. I didn't care for the sandwiches and the pastries were not fresh. The highlight was the tea and champagne which were excellent! Our server was inexperienced and had a difficult time answering our questions.
At the time of our sailing (December 2021), the cost was $35 with Champagne and $19 without.
Our afternoon was spent shopping and in our room on the verandah. The red hammock is surprisingly comfortable. I spent as much time relaxing in it as possible.
Slam Allen, a blues and jazz performer, was at On The Rocks Lounge so we spent some time there before dinner at Pink Agave. It was excellent and I highly recommend it!!!
Dinner was at Pink Agave which I booked about 2 weeks before boarding. The menu includes small, medium, and large plates. We ordered a variety of items including dessert. It was an outstanding meal and we had an informative and personable server.
A long walk around the deck was our last evening event and was much needed after our delicious and filling dinner.
Virgin Voyages was a much different experience overall from other cruises we have been on. (which is what they are going for). I was very impressed with the vibe, type of food options, restaurant theming, shared guest areas, outdoor areas, and stateroom service. The fact that wifi, tips Coke products, basic coffee, and dining are included is a great benefit!
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