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April 1, 2024

Setting Sail on Virgin Voyages: A Journey Beyond Ordinary

In the world of cruising, Virgin Voyages stands out immensely, from challenging the norms and redefining what it means to embark on a sea adventure. With its sleek ships, innovative design, and commitment to a new level of luxury, a voyage with Virgin is not just a cruise; it’s an experience like no other.

Virgin Voyages has carved a niche for itself by offering an escape from the traditional cruise experience. Gone are the stuffy formalities and rigid schedules. Instead, guests are invited to indulge in a laid-back, yet sophisticated atmosphere that encourages self-expression and relaxation. From the moment you step on board, you’re welcomed into a world where anything is possible.

The design philosophy of Virgin Voyages can be summed up in one word: chic. Each ship is a masterpiece of modern architecture, with clean lines, bright spaces, and contemporary furnishings. From the stunning lounges to the luxurious cabins, every inch of the ship exudes style and comfort. Whether you are sipping cocktails by the pool or unwinding in your private suite, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a boutique hotel at sea.

Food is a central focus of the Virgin Voyages experience, and the dining options onboard are nothing short of exceptional. From gourmet cuisine to casual dining, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Dine al fresco with a sea view, indulge in a multi-course meal at one of the speciality restaurants, or grab a quick bite to eat – the choice is yours. And with all dining venues included in the fare, you can sample to your heart’s content without worrying about the bill.

There’s never a dull moment on a Virgin Voyages cruise. From live music and DJ sets to comedy shows and immersive theatre experiences, the entertainment options are endless. And for those seeking adventure, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Take a dip in the pool, break a sweat at the gym or try your luck at the onboard casino – the possibilities are endless. Plus, with exclusive shore excursions curated by Virgin, you can explore each destination like a true insider.

At the heart of the Virgin Voyages experience is a commitment to exceptional service. The crew members, known as “sailors,” go above and beyond to ensure that every guest’s needs are met with a smile. Whether it’s remembering your favourite drink or offering insider tips on the best places to visit, they’re always there to make your journey unforgettable.

Beyond the onboard amenities and entertainment, Virgin Voyages fosters a sense of community among its guests. Whether it’s through themed parties, group excursions, or social media platforms, travellers have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from around the world and forge lasting friendships. It’s this sense of connection and shared experiences that truly sets Virgin Voyages apart and keeps guests coming back for more.

Greek Island Glow

Sail from Athens to the most idyllic Greek Isles in the Med — like Santorini, Rhodes, and Bodrum (Turkey). With an overnight in the glamorous hot spot of Mykonos, you can immerse yourself in the quiet charm of the island and attend those world-famous beach club parties.

DAY 1: Athens

Your journey begins in the vibrant city of Athens, where ancient history and modern culture converge. As the sun sets over the Acropolis, bid farewell to the city and set sail towards your first destination.

DAY 2: Santorini

Awake to the stunning views of Santorini. As you approach the island, the iconic whitewashed buildings perched on the cliffs come into view, creating a picture-perfect scene that is synonymous with Greek paradise. Spend your day exploring the charming villages of Oia and Fira, with their narrow streets and panoramic views of the caldera. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of Santorini’s legendary sunsets – a spectacle that will leave you breathless and longing for more.

DAY 3: Rhodes

Your next port of call is the historic island of Rhodes, where ancient ruins and medieval fortifications tell the story of centuries past. Step back in time as you wander through the cobblestone streets of Rhodes Town. Discover the rich history and culture of the island at the Archaeological Museum or simply relax on the golden sands of Elli Beach. As you set sail from Rhodes, take with you memories of a day spent exploring a true marvel of the Mediterranean.

DAY 4: Bodrum

Next, you’ll dock in the picturesque port city of Bodrum, Turkey, where you’ll meet a fascinating blend of cultures and traditions. Explore the ancient wonders of Bodrum, including the majestic Castle of St. Peter and the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

DAY 5: Day at sea

As your ship glides through the crystal-clear waters, take some time to unwind and soak in the beauty of your surroundings. Lounge by the pool with a refreshing cocktail in hand, indulge in a spa treatment, or simply relax on deck and watch as the endless horizon stretches out before you. With nothing but the gentle rhythm of the waves to guide you, let yourself be carried away by the magic of the sea.

DAY 6: Mykonos (overnight stop)

Your final port of call is the glamorous island of Mykonos, where whitewashed buildings, golden beaches, and vibrant nightlife await. Spend your days exploring the winding streets of Mykonos Town, with its boutique shops and charming cafes, or soaking up the sun on the island’s world-renowned beaches. As evening falls, join the locals for a night of dancing at one of Mykonos’ legendary beach clubs or seaside bars. With two days to explore this enchanting island paradise, you’ll have plenty of time to discover why Mykonos is known as the jewel of the Cyclades.

DAY 7: Athens

As your Greek Island adventure draws to a close, sail back to Athens with a heart full of memories and a spirit renewed. Reflect on the beauty and wonder you’ve experienced over the past week and cherish the friendships you’ve made along the way. As you disembark from your Virgin Voyages ship, take with you the magic of the Greek Islands and the promise of future adventures yet to come.

In a sea of cookie-cutter cruises, Virgin Voyages stands out as a beacon of innovation and luxury. With its fresh approach to cruising, stylish design, and unparalleled service, it’s no wonder that travellers are flocking to experience the magic of Virgin for themselves.

So why settle for ordinary when you can embark on an extraordinary adventure with Virgin Voyages? It’s time to set sail and discover a world beyond your wildest dreams.

There’s nothing quite like a sunny Mediterranean jaunt from the UK. Hitting La Coruña, Bilbao, and Bordeaux, this six-night voyage from Portsmouth skirts the coast of Spain, where you’ll soak up some much-needed sunshine, before docking in Le Verdon. Not just about the wine, Bordeaux is also known for its Gothic architecture, art museums, public gardens, and 19th-century mansions.

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Written by Beth Davies for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International

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