We Cruised With Virgin Voyages Part 1


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CHARLOTTE – This was too interesting to pass on. Richard Branson, yes THE Richard Branson of the new Space Program, sent ME an invitation to join his “Sailors” on his brand new Cruise Ship, Scarlet Lady, out of Miami. Now, who could refuse an offer like that? Not me, so Barbara and I signed up to be a sailor. The event was scheduled for early 2021, but like every other cruise line, Virgin Voyages was held captive by the dreaded Covid 19 outbreak. Waiting until the way forward was clear, Virgin decided to start sailing out of US Ports on Oct. 01, 2021. Barbara and I signed up for the Oct. 24 sailing out of Port of Miami. We read everything we could about the proposed new ships and the new style of cruising. We were fortunate enough to be able to read reports from my fellow Travel Consultants who sailed before us, and we got more excited and curious as time grew near. Before we left, we already knew what the requirements to sail would be. We learned about the processes involved in boarding, and we learned a lot about the Health Protocols Virgin would use during our cruise. In the next few articles, we will chat with you about our experiences, our impressions, and our advice. Before we begin, however, I have chosen to give you a one-word description of what we experienced, and what you will hear about – INNOVATIVE!

Phil and Barbara have owned Leisure Travel experts here in Mint Hill since 1994 and are proud members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce. Contact them at (980) 406-1650 or phil.angelo@leisuretravelexpert.com

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