Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2020

6 2 P erched atop the bridge of Virgin Voyages’ first-ever cruise ship are two ‘Massive Suites’, each with a king-sized bed, large seating area, a full bar, a vinyl turntable, a music room with guitars and an amplifier, and a wraparound marble bathroom with a dressing room, bath and a Peek-a-Boo shower with dichroic glass windows. Outside, each suite has an expansive terrace with a shower, hot tub, a conversation pit, hammocks and a table for dining and dancing. Created by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, the suites are inspired by Virgin Group’s rock and roll heritage and provide a glimpse into the “rebellious luxe” sailors can expect to find onboard Scarlet Lady. The adults-only vessel has been designed to introduce an “epic sea change for all” and bring the “modern romance of sailing” to life via a collection of innovative onboard spaces that are akin to some of the boutique hotels and hospitality venues found in cosmopolitan cities. These spaces have been designed by a Creative Collective of 10 design and architecture firms from around the world, which was put together by Dee Cooper, Virgin Voyages’ senior vice president of product design. “I purposely chose designers who had never worked on a ship before because I knew they wouldn’t be constrained by traditional views of ship design or afraid to experiment,” she said. “Although we wanted each space to have its own distinct vibe, we also needed to ensure a flow and consistency throughout the ship, so we brought all of the agencies together in Miami. This enabled us to define a common interpretation of the ‘modern romance of sailing’ and develop a palette of colours and materials that could be used across the entire ship.” According to Cooper, Scarlet Lady has been designed for a specific attitudinal demographic. “We’ve created onboard spaces and experiences for adults who are young at heart and appreciate great food, great design and the opportunity A NEW SUITE OF SHIPS Boasting a name inspired by an early Virgin Atlantic airplane, Scarlet Lady is the first of four cruise ships to join the Virgin Voyages brand. The vessel will homeport in Miami, Florida, offering four- and five-night itineraries to destinations such as Key West in Florida, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, and Bimini in The Bahamas. Design note: When Virgin Voyages debuted its first-ever cruise ship in the UK this February, Rebecca Gibson stepped onboard to ask Dee Cooper about the vessel’s much-anticipated interiors INTERIOR V IEW Scarlet Lady