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Richard Branson 'Never Wanted to Go on a Cruise'—So He Started His Own Adults-Only Cruise Line

Richard Branson‘s decision to launch Virgin Voyages, a new adults-only cruise line from his Virgin Group company, didn’t come about from a love of touring by cruise ship—however fairly, the other.

“I’ve never been on a cruise, I’ve wanted to go on a cruise,” the 68-year-old enterprise magnate tells PEOPLE. “That’s why we started a cruise line, just to try to create a cruise ship that was fun, and that was for adults.”

The corporate’s debut ship, Scarlet Girl, is about to make its debut in 2020, with 4 and five-night sailings within the Caribbean open to visitors who’re 18 and over. It is going to boast varied adult-focused facilities, like an on-board tattoo parlor, luxurious spa, health courses and a blow-dry bar.

Scarlet Girl may even have over 20 bars and eating places (however no buffets), all of that are included with the worth of the crusing—a rarity for cruise traces, which normally have sure specialty eating places on board which have an additional cost. They may even have a “no-tipping” coverage, together with gratuity within the total worth to keep away from sudden bills for visitors.

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The signature restaurant, Razzle Dazzle, will function plant-based dishes and a drag brunch on each crusing.

“Disney already does kids very well, and 99 percent of the market has kids ,” says Branson. “It’s nice because we can cater completely to the adults. We can do a few outrageous things, which might be a bit more difficult to do if there were kids on board.”

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Nonetheless, Branson hasn’t dominated out the potential for together with family-friendly itineraries sooner or later. “I think in time we will have Virgin cruises for kids,” he says, “but for the first few ships we’ll be adults-only, and people will know what to expect.”

Virgin Voyages sailings are presently obtainable for reserving, with costs beginning at $1,400.

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