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Virgin Voyages Will Allow Cruisers to ‘Shake for Champagne’



On-demand champagne delivery will be a featured amenity onboard Virgin Voyages sailings when the cruise brand launches their first ship, Scarlet Lady, in 2020.

Cruisers (or “Sailors” in Virgin parlance) need only open the Virgin Voyages app and shake their phone to reveal a “secret” Virgin Voyages “Save Water Drink Champagne” button. Sailors then need only press the button, and location tracking does the rest, delivering a bottle of Moet Chandon Imperial—in whatever location they may find themselves in need of Champagne onboard.

“There’s nothing more luxurious than having champagne at your beck and call or even a shake. We are committed to creating the world’s most irresistible travel brand, so we thought long and hard about how to help our Sailors effortlessly get a sip of bubbly during their voyage, and presto Shake for Champagne was conjured up!” said Nathan Rosenberg, CMO Virgin Voyages.

A smartphone with a button reading Save Water Drink Champagne
PHOTO: Virgin Voyages “secret” Champagne button (Photo courtesy Virgin Voyages)

With an onboard price of $95 (which will be displayed on the app before sailors press the button to purchase), the 750ml bottles will be delivered in style in a Virgin-red Champagne bucket with two glasses. Moet Chandon Imperial Champagne is a blended Champagne of over 200 crus, resulting in a complex, layered profile.

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Virgin Voyages also announced details of Sip, the onboard Champagne Bar. In addition to Champagnes from Moet Chandon—the featured Champagne house of Virgin Voyages—sailors will be able to select from a variety of Champagnes by the glass starting at $9 all the way up through vintage bottles.

Sip will also be the location for an afternoon high tea, a nod to Virgin’s British heritage.

Through November 30, cruisers booking an April or May departure during Scarlet Lady’s inaugural season will receive a complimentary Virgin Voyages limited-edition bottle of Moet Chandon Imperial in the cabin upon embarkation, in addition to a reduced deposit.

Travelers who aren’t fans of champagne will enjoy other Virgin Voyages value from the inclusion of soft drinks and every onboard restaurant in the cruise fare.

Purpose designed for adult cruisers, Scarlet Lady’s inaugural season will kick off with Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami in Spring 2020.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak



An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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