Virgin Voyages unveils details of first cruise ship

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Virgin Voyages has revealed its first cruise ship will be adult-only.

The decision to not allow children on board was taken after consulting travel professionals and “future sailors” – Virgin’s term for passengers.

Virgin Voyages three-ship fleet will be known as the “Lady Ships”, a play on the term “your ladyship”, which the line said was a nod to British heritage.

The ship’s design, which was unveiled at a keel-laying ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa, Italy, today (Tuesday), will feature a silvery-grey hull, with smoked glass and splashes of red, while a mermaid design will feature on the bow of the ship.

The first vessel is due to be delivered in 2020.

Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages president and chief executive, Tom McAlpin, arrived at the ceremony via a 200-foot crane drop.

Staying true to its promise of breaking with tradition, the line is calling cabins with balconies “sea terraces” and passengers will be referred to as “sailors”.

McAlpin said: “Virgin Voyages is creating a sophisticated ship and a transformational experience that offers our sailors a place where rejuvenating day-life meets exciting nightlife and everything in between.”

A mermaid image with the Virgin logo will adorn the

Customers and travel partners can place a $500 refundable deposit for access to a pre-sale before Virgin Voyages goes on general sale.

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Norwegian Getaway to have tropical hull art

Norwegian Getaway to have tropical hull art

By Tom Stieghorst
Getaway hullHull art for the Norwegian Getaway will depict a mermaid holding the sun, along with pelicans and palm trees, Norwegian Cruise Line disclosed Monday.

Miami artist and muralist David Le Betard will execute the whimsical tropical ocean theme, which was unveiled at Le Batard’s studio in the city’s Wynwood area.

The Getaway is scheduled to launch in early 2014 and will sail year-round from Miami.

“Norwegian Getaway will be Miami’s ship and, therefore, we wanted to ensure that her hull was designed by artist with strong ties to Miami and the Latin community,” Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan said.

Le Batard paints in a style called “post-modern cartoon expressionism,” which according to Norwegian “combines cartoon imagery with bold color and unique linear composition.”

He has previously worked with Gibson Guitars, Ferrari and Harley-Davidson.