Events and Performances Virgin Voyages will provide an exclusive experience to be featured on all Scarlet Lady voyages starting your Caribbean sailing which includes a visit to The Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas and carrying the party on to the stylish Red Room - the live performance space onboard the ship where all main acts and headliners will take centre stage. Consider it a theatre at sea from ground-breaking performances and festival-like lineups to dancing the night away at the biggest party on sea.
The Beach Club at Bimini, Bahamas The Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas is where sailors can feel tranquility at its best in a stylish setting with white-sand and crystal clear waters and will rival the best beach clubs in Ibiza and Saint-Tropez.
Sit back and enjoy overlooking the ocean with an expansive lagoon-style pool as the central anchor of the club. In the spirit of Vitamin Sea, the brand’s ethos of well-being, there will be moments of retox and detox throughout the day. Sailors will find areas of high energy and quiet spots for complete relaxation and introspection.
Mornings at The Beach Club at Bimini will begin with yoga as Sailors enjoy the sounds of the ocean when dusk til dawn, the energy will gradually amplify as the evening sets in. Sailors will reach the high point of the day by the afternoon where DJ-led pool parties will be center of the action. The night’s energy will wind down with a beach bonfire under the stars with an acoustic musical performance.
Mark Ronson named founding DJ Mark Ronson will be the first to grace the turn-tables at this elite beach club with four performances to be announced in 2020. OMG right? Need we say anymore!
Sailors staying in RockStar Suites will have their exclusive slice of paradise at The Beach Club at Bimini, with a dedicated bar, complimentary food service, an outdoor terrace lounge, sun loungers and beach cabanas. Sailors looking to explore the island of Bimini will have ample opportunities to do so in this off-the-beaten path tropical destination.
The Manor The Manor is the place to be. This two-story, three bar space, named after Richard Branson's first recording studio, is inspired by a classic theatrical ballroom, layered with a glamorous ‘70s, punk vibe. This is the must place venue presenting ground-breaking shows to kick the night off before it transitions into a mind-blowing, goodbye-early-morning-workout nightclub.
Music is part of Virgin's DNA. Since the early days in the '70s, we've been spotting and nurturing the best talent including Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Spice Girls to boast a few whilst turning up-and-coming DJs into superstars. That ethos is the core of what makes entertainment onboard the Scarlet Lady so unique, yet so grounded to the Virgin roots.
In a nutshell...
Music to Your Ears Tune in to some of the biggest DJ acts bought to you at sea. With live performances, DJ acts and gigs rocking around the clock.
24/7 Playground Play all day, party all night. The Scarlet Lady is a 24/7 playground of excess and access where the skys the limit.
Plastic ain't fantastic You won't find plastic straws in your cocktails where single use plastics are banned. Who needs a straw anyway! so overrated.
Virgin Voyages has also announced several ports that they'll visit during their first year of sailings including Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, Costa Maya on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and Havana, Cuba.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Just found some new renderings of the Carnival Mardi Gras ship (You cannot pay me enough to go on a Carnival ship, let alone one named Mardi Gras). This seems to be the ship that has the roller coaster on it
We’re famous for building ships our guests love. We obsess over every detail of their onboard experience from before they even think of cruising until they decide to take the next one. And we’re really, really good at it.
But we know that the destinations we visit are just as essential in memory-making as our ships. “We’ve spent five decades learning what works and what doesn’t,” said RCL’s Michael Bayley, “and we know the potential of strategic destination development to deliver great guest experiences and meet the needs of local communities.”
So when RCL decided to get into the destination development business, we came from a position of strength. On June 24, RCL and Mexico’s ITM Group created Holistica Destinations Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture to radically transform the way we think about coastal destinations. As its name implies, the new company will use a holistic approach to generate significant economic growth for communities and local governments and preserve and sustain the area’s natural resources while offering a compelling experience for guests.
Holistica isn’t creating these destinations just for RCL ships and, perhaps even more surprising, not even only for cruise lines. “Having more destinations, developed in a responsible manner, gives travelers on land, sea, or air greater vacation quality,” says Bayley. “And that’s a win-win-win for the entire leisure industry.”
Holistica will begin with five projects already underway in Freeport, Bahamas; Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and Kumamoto, Japan, among others. The Freeport project, currently under review by the Bahamian government, is a great example of the holistic approach. While focused on reimagining the Grand Lucayan resort, the project includes ambitious plans for local ownership, employment, job training, community investment, and sustainable construction practices.
“We’re not just re-opening a resort in Freeport,” says Bayley. “We’re looking at everything from transportation to utilities to local culture to responsible sourcing to entertainment to… well, to everything. It’s an ecosystem, not a property.”
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Just to clarify the actual name of the Seaside Heights coaster that took a bath. Jet Star, a Schwarzkopf, was the coaster that occupied that spot for 30 years before being replaced by the piece of crap Miler that was Star Jet, which totally deserved the dip in the ocean.
-Mike Total Coasters: 145 Top 10 Steel: Maverick, Skyrush, Intimidator 305, Fury 325, Banshee, Millennium Force, Raptor, Superman: The Ride (SFNE), Top Thrill Dragster, Big Bad Wolf Top 10 Wood: The Beast, El Toro, Phoenix (Knoebels), Boulder Dash, Thunderbolt (KW), Mystic Timbers, Comet (Hershey), Hercules, Shivering Timbers, Jack Rabbit (KW) Top 5 Hybrid: Twisted Timbers, Goliath (SFGAm), Wicked Cyclone, Great White, Gemini
Oh Carnival Vista, more negative media for this vessel.
Now, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas had a propulsion issue with one of its three Azipods, but was able to sail until its next scheduled Dry Dock. Unfortunately this same issue has hit Allure twice in the past several years, there was even a documentary on the fix of the Azipod.
The problem with Carnival Vista is that it only has two Azipods while Allure of the Seas has three. I bet that having one down on Carnival Vista caused enough issues that they had to cancel sailings to fix it asap.
We were on Allure with one of the three down, and while it kept the ship from traveling at max speed, there was also a noticeable wobble at the stern of the ship. Nothing terrible, but it was noticeable.
When I sailed on Allure 2 years later, all three were working and the ship sailed much smoother.
The Carnival Vista cruise ship, which sets sail from Galveston, lost power at sea just days before it's scheduled to be taken out of service for repairs.
The ship temporarily lost some power from midship to the forward section of the vessel on Tuesday evening, according to a Facebook post from Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald.
The loss of power meant no lighting in the affected portion of the ship. Elevators and air-conditioning systems weren't working, either. Nobody was trapped in the elevators.
This news comes just days before the Carnival Vista will be taken out of service for 17 days due to "an issue affecting its maximum cruising speed."
The ship maintained navigation control during the power loss, and some areas such as the Punchliner comedy club in the aft of the ship remained unaffected.
"The engineers are working very hard to restore full power and of course the captain, Matt and myself are making constant announcements to keep everybody informed and the mood around the ship is one of understanding," Heald said in his Facebook post.
Follow-up posts indicated that the ship continued on its normal set course, that engineers slowly restored the power and that people were even dancing on the tables in the aft dining room.
Carnival said the temporary issue was quickly resolved and that the ship continued on without any changes to its itinerary.
And on Wednesday morning, Heald gave one final update before continuing his posts about food and a guest's service dog.
"After last night's adventures the guests are waking to beautiful sunshine and a perfect day at sea," he said in the Facebook post. "I want to thank all the guests here who kept calm as the engineers restored the lights that had gone off in parts of the ship, they were all brilliant. And the crew, well they were as they always are, dedicated, professional and kept the fun going."
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