‘Valiant Lady’ will be Virgin Voyages’ second ship, transporting ‘sailors’ to top destinations in the western Mediterranean
Virgin Voyages has announced its second ship will be called ‘Valiant Lady’ and she will sail seven-night Mediterranean itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain when she debuts in May 2021. Bookings for the three feature itineraries – that all offer overnight and late-night stops across destinations in France, Italy and Spain – will open December 19, 2019.
“We are thrilled to unveil the name of our second ship – Valiant Lady – and to deliver on our commitment to offer travellers a sea change in how they can experience cruising in this fantastic part of the world,” said Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.
As the sister ship to Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady’s name was inspired by the Latin word ‘valere’ and from the French origin, vaillant, meaning bold, strong and courageous. While historically, the image of women only graced the bows of ships to bring protection to a vessel, ‘Valiant Lady’ embodies the idea that women design, captain, lead and champion change in the maritime industry.
Valiant Lady will continue Virgin Voyages’ ‘Scarlet Squad’ program aimed at recruiting, supporting and mentoring female shipboard talent, and growing opportunities to access leadership roles in onboard areas such as marine, technical and hotel management that statistically show low numbers of female leadership.
Valiant Lady will dock just steps from the tourist strip of Las Ramblas at the World Trade Center Barcelona, positioning passengers as close to the heart of the city as possible. The location gives walking access to the neighbourhoods of Poble Sec, el Raval, Barri Gotic, Port Vell and the urban beach of La Barceloneta. The vessel will sail three different itineraries with various ports of call:
- Itinerary 1 includes Barcelona, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Marseille and Olbia
- Itinerary 2 features Barcelona, Ibiza, Toulon, Ajaccio, Marina di Carrara and Cagliari
- Itinerary 3 is mostly a Spanish immersion, stopping by Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and the British port of Gibraltar
Passengers will have later stays in ports than previous itineraries, with more time to take in what each destination has to offer. Every sailing features a Friday overnight stay in Ibiza where visitors can enjoy beach clubs, bohemian markets, spas, sunsets, or a late night out.
All Virgin Voyages ships have been designed by a creative collection of people who have designed some of the world’s most famous boutique hotel brands. The collective includes names like Design Research Studio (Tom Dixon), Roman & Williams and Concrete Amsterdam.