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Virgin Voyages is pitching a monthlong cruise to remote workers starting at $10K for two people

Virgin Voyages is pitching a monthlong cruise to remote workers starting at $10K for two people
Virgin Voyages says it's targeting remote workers with its upcoming summertime cruise pass starting at $9,990 for two people and four weeks on the Scarlet Lady.Virgin Voyages
  • Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages says it's launching a monthlong summertime cruise pass.
  • Passholders would get to sail on four consecutive weeklong Mediterranean itineraries.

Richard Brandon's Virgin Voyages wants you to "WFH" this summer.

No, not home — "Helm," it said.

The adult-only cruise line says it's launching monthlong summertime passes, aptly known as the "Scarlet Summer Season Pass," starting at $9,990 for two people in one cabin.

Say goodbye to your desk and hello to destinations like Ibiza, Spain; Cannes, France; and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. With this pass, travelers would sail on four consecutive weeklong Mediterranean cruises.

Guests must pick from four preset embarkation dates, which all fall on the first or second week of June, July, August, and September.

Guests must pick from four preset embarkation dates, which all fall on the first or second week of June, July, August, and September.
The four itineraries vary, but all include destinations like Barcelona.      Alexandr Spatari/Getty Images

During the month at sea, the Scarlet Lady would sail twice to nine ports in Spain, France, and Italy.

No more dingy desks: These remote workers get balcony cabins instead.

No more dingy desks: These remote workers get balcony cabins instead.
Virgin's Sea Terrace cabin ranges from 185 to 225 square-feet.      Virgin Voyages

Passholders would spend four weeks at sea in one of Scarlet Lady's mid-tier "Sea Terrace" cabins.

The Scarlet Lady is Virgin's first ship, joining the fleet in 2021.

But first doesn't mean the worst: The balcony stateroom has plush amenities like rainfall showerheads, electronic blinds, and bright red hammocks on the balcony.

Don't worry: WiFi and coffee are included.

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Virgin Voyages says this pass would be up to 30% cheaper than booking the four itineraries separately.      Virgin Voyages

Cruise ships aren't traditionally known for having fast or stable WiFi. But according to Virgin, there's no need to worry about laggy Zoom meetings: The ship's internet was recently upgraded, now serviced by SES and Starlink.

To fuel those days at work, travelers would also get daily credit for specialty coffee and tea, although the $10 would have to be split between the cabin's two occupants.

Virgin Voyages promises pass holders entry to the ship’s “members-only” sundeck.

Virgin Voyages promises pass holders entry to the ship’s “members-only” sundeck.
"Richard's Rooftop" is exclusive to guests staying in the ship's most expensive suites — and soon, to those who have the Scarlet Summer Season Pass.      Virgin Voyages

And no need to pack heavy: The cost also includes laundry services.

No more overpriced lunch salads or hastily made sandwiches: The ship has over 20 restaurants.

No more overpriced lunch salads or hastily made sandwiches: The ship has over 20 restaurants.
Vegetarian friendly Razzle Dazzle has a $25 bottomless brunch option.      Brittany Chang/Business Insider

The Scarlet Lady's dining venues are complimentary, save for some upcharged dishes and "dinner shows."

This includes a Korean barbecue venue and a trendy vegetable-forward restaurant.

Companies have increasingly been issuing return-to-office orders.

Companies have increasingly been issuing return-to-office orders.
Guests can work from anywhere on the Scarlet Lady, including one of its outdoor lounges.      Brittany Chang/Insider

But a spokesperson for Virgin Voyages said this hasn't been waning cruisers' interest in the pass.

Quite the opposite: Virgin says it might have to expand the program.

Quite the opposite: Virgin says it might have to expand the program.
The Scarlet Summer Season Pass includes "early access" reservations for on board dining and excursions.      Brittany Chang/Insider

The cruise line had initially planned 40 passes (10 a month).

But "after seeing incredible demand," Virgin Voyages is now "considering" making more passes available, the spokesperson told Business Insider.




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