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As predicted on an earlier thread Virgin made more than a splash in Miami with the launch of their new enterprise, Virgin Cruise.  They seem to already be taking note of what passengers may want by bucking the trend and placing an order for three medium sized ships carrying 2800, guests and approx. 1150 crew.  The first of these is scheduled to set sail from the port of Miami in 2020.

Now for the interesting bit Virgin are asking for our input as to what we want to see and do on one of their cruises?  You can place your ideas on the following link

www.virgincruises.com

This is your chance what would you advise Virgin? #LetsMakeWaves

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From the figures given, i.e passenger/crew ratio, size of ship of around 100,000 tonnes, Virgin is going head to head with the likes of the main stream brands but by getting the opinions of those who are regular cruisers before hand he stands a good chance of winning over a lot of people. For me it would be something that resembles Azamara but on a larger scale, i.e country casual dress, quality food, drinks and gratuities included in the fare with overnight ports but some of Royal Caribbean's flair for innovative ideas, glamour and the future thrown in. Personally I think this is what we will get as the vast majority of those giving their ideas will be from the USA where the first ship in 2020 is to be based.

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I’d like to see a live aquarium on board, an area you walk through to give the feeling of being under the sea.

 

I think this is great idea RiverSong!

 

It's great to see that Virgin Cruises are looking to their future customers to help them create a ship that they want to see with things that they'd also like to do when on board.

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There may be a case here for "reading between the lines", with these ship's as yet only options with the shipyard, and questions about funding remaining unanswered. After the setbacks on "space tourism" he will have some "credibility rebuilding" to do with the financial markets, and this high profile launch of what is as yet only a blueprint, could well be part of a wider funding plan. 

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As predicted on an earlier thread Virgin made more than a slash in Miami with the launch of their new enterprise, Virgin Cruise.  They seem to already be taking note of what passengers may want by bucking the trend and placing an order for three medium sized ships carrying 2800, guests and approx. 1150 crew.  The first of these is scheduled to set sail from the port of Miami in 2020.

Now for the interesting bit Virgin are asking for our input as to what we want to see and do on one of their cruises?  You can place your ideas on the following link

www.virgincruises.com

This is your chance what would you advise Virgin? #LetsMakeWaves

Hi RiverSong,

I dread to think what constituted "more than a slash" in Miami!! Seriously though, if it means flying in and out of Miami to get on board, I'm not keen. That nightmare seems to continue.

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From the figures given, i.e passenger/crew ratio, size of ship of around 100,000 tonnes, Virgin is going head to head with the likes of the main stream brands but by getting the opinions of those who are regular cruisers before hand he stands a good chance of winning over a lot of people. For me it would be something that resembles Azamara but on a larger scale, i.e country casual dress, quality food, drinks and gratuities included in the fare with overnight ports but some of Royal Caribbean's flair for innovative ideas, glamour and the future thrown in. Personally I think this is what we will get as the vast majority of those giving their ideas will be from the USA where the first ship in 2020 is to be based.

 

And therein lies a problem OWT.

 

The U.S.A.  don't have a problem with gratuities.wink.png

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Hi RiverSong,

I dread to think what constituted "more than a slash" in Miami!! Seriously though, if it means flying in and out of Miami to get on board, I'm not keen. That nightmare seems to continue.

 

Love it David. Might it have been another case of Branson promoting one of his wine offers, which usually resemble that by-product of that phrase. wink.png wink.png

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I think a long plank at the back to make those horrible complaining customers who make all other passengers lives a misery walk off, then the rest of us can enjoy our cruise in the way it was intended. I think some people's ideas previously mentioned are great, a mid size floating country feel with the mod cons to appeal to even the technologically minded would be great, although knowing Richard Bransons benchmark for innovation Im sure he will push even Royal Caribbean for something different

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HI  The Virgin brand is well regarded in the air and rail industry so I think many potential customers in the USA and the UK will be willing to try his cruise line.  Whether the company will succeed will depend on many factors.  These include price, and having a airline (although the Virgin group is only minor shareholder) they could offer reasonable priced fly cruise options for European travellers.  However, if this forum is representative of frequent cruisers they are not going to get too many passengers as the majority on here prefer to cruise from the UK. I would therefore assume the group will target a different market and that may be the old "Ocean Village model" for those passengers who don't cruise.  Casual attire and an emphasis on active excursions (white water rafting, quad bikes etc).  Whatever the outcome the cruise line will have to cater for USA passengers meaning large casinos, limited (if any) guest speakers and the company may offer cheaper or even free WiFi as an inducement to book a vacation with their ships. Being aimed at the USA market I would assume that most of the cruises offered would be 3, 4 and 7 night holidays (USA passengers have less paid leave than Europeans). 

Back to your original question the innovation I would like to see is the introduction of tips included in the fare and more time in ports with a overnight stay in some ports. Smaller atriums and use the space for more intimate bars/lounges with the introduction of a better range of beers (the USA does have some really great micro-breweries producing great ales) and not the dreadful tasteless gassy lagers brewed by the big corporations.

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