Sir Richard Branson Calls on South Dakotans to Book With Virgin Voyages

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Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady, the new adults-only cruise ship scheduled to sail in 2020, has already booked voyages with travelers from all over the United States -- except South Dakota. To rally some South Dakotans to come sail with Virgin Voyages, the brand has put out a call for travelers encouraging them to book with billboards around the state.

Virgin Voyages is also offering the first South Dakotan who books a cruise a prize package that includes $605 in "sailor loot" to use onboard the Scarlet Lady; two first class tickets from South Dakota to Miami; a one-night hotel stay in Miami; and a limo transfer to the ship in Miami.

The new cruise brand's first ship, the Scarlet Lady, will have 1,330 cabins and 78 RockStar Suites, complete with an ocean view or a Sea Terrace. The bed in each room will transition between bed and lounger, allowing passengers to welcome guests into their room.

Sailing four and five-night voyages to the Caribbean, the cruise ship will offer a range of itineraries, sailing out of Miami to destinations like Havana, CubaCosta MayaMexico, and Puerto PlataDominican Republic. All itineraries will include an overnight or a late-night departure. As a part of the ship's excursions, the cruise offers The Beach Club at Bimini experience where guests can have a beach day, as well as explore the cuisine, waters  and culture of Bimini, Bahamas.

Onboard, Virgin Voyage will provide guests with complimentary food at the 20+ eateries onboard, free group fitness classes, no gratuities or service charges, free Wi-fi and free basic beverages like soda, teas, and drip coffee, as well as still and sparkling water. Scarlet Lady will also house an on-ship record shop called Voyage Vinyl; The Groupie, a private karaoke and gaming lounge; and curated music and performances by up-and-coming artists along with music trendsetters. 

Additionally, Sir Richard Branson will celebrate his birthday bash among celebrity friends and fellow travelers aboard a four-night Havana After Dark voyage departing July 15, 2020.

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