Virgin Voyages to Have New Palm Grove Home Terminal at PortMiami in 2021

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President
and CEO Tom McAlpin were joined today by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos
A. Gimenez, Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Economic Development and
Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa and other local government officials to
announce plans to build a new cruise terminal for Virgin Voyages. With
this new terminal and a long-term commitment to PortMiami, Virgin
Voyages also announced that its first ship, the Scarlet Lady, will
continue to sail to the Caribbean from Miami throughout 2021. The
company’s second ship will sail from Miami during the fall/winter cruise
season of 2021/22.

Sir Richard Branson also proudly announced that bookings for Virgin
Voyages’ inaugural season will open for sale on February 14 for the
general public and February 5 for those currently holding pre-sale
deposits.

The new Virgin Voyages Terminal will be located on the northwest side of
the port. Pending the Board of County Commission’s approval of the MOU
for construction of a new cruise facility; along with the subsequent
berthing agreement, this project will start next year and is slated for
completion by November 2021, the beginning of the year’s cruise season.
This new terminal will have a significant positive economic impact on
the entire region and solidifies a vital homeport for Virgin Voyages as
the company continues to grow.

“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favorite places to work and
play,” said Branson. “From our headquarters for Virgin Hotels,
Virgin Voyages and now Virgin Trains USA, South Florida has quickly
become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”

“South Florida is our home, and with our fleet now growing to four
ships, we’re humbled and thankful to soon have a gorgeous new terminal
overlooking the Miami skyline, an incredible view that will set the
stage for the alluring journey that we will take our sailors on,” said
McAlpin.

The new 100,000 square foot terminal will be a palm grove inspired
design concept developed by the Miami-based designers from
Arquitectonica. This new concept encompasses a design that builds on
Virgin Voyages’ design ethos of the Modern Romance of Sailing, a
thoroughly new take on the formal grandeur and opulence of the ocean
liner heyday that heroes ocean views with a thoughtful root in history
and tradition.

The palm grove design is inspired by Miami Beach’s iconic palm trees and
the island’s historical origins as an area intended for harvesting
coconuts. The terminal’s rooftop is designed to resemble a palm tree
grove with rooftop pockets that allow natural light to flow into the
building by day, and uplighting by night that will light up the
company’s iconic Virgin Voyages red logo and allow the facility to shine
bright, mirroring the city’s skyline. The two-story storm-proof glass
facility will be replete with lush landscaping giving the terminal a
plaza-like feel with designated areas for drop-offs of VIP’s,
ride-sharing and provisioning, designed to provide a seamless shore to
ship experience.

“It’s gratifying to see Virgin Voyages expand its presence in Miami-Dade
County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “By
constructing a new cruise terminal at PortMiami, Virgin Voyages is
signaling its confidence in our thriving community, which is not only
the Cruise Capital of the World but also the Gateway to the Americas.”

As a part of Virgin Voyages’ sustainability efforts, the new Virgin
Voyages PortMiami Terminal is targeting a LEED Gold Certification from
the U.S. Green Building Council.

Virgin Voyages is committed to creating an epic sea change for all by
playing a significant part in securing a healthy future for the ocean
and having a positive impact on the communities and ports it visits.
Working hand-in-hand with Ocean Unite and Sir Richard Branson, Virgin
Voyages is sponsoring Sir Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau’s Aquatica
submarine dive to Belize’s Blue Hole, part of a UNESCO World Heritage
site, on December 2. Virgin Voyages intends to support ocean research
and conservation projects like the Blue Hole Expedition in an effort to
raise awareness and gain insight into the issues facing the ocean today.
The company aims for these efforts to help guide them in making better
business decisions for its oceans and port communities.

Future sailors and travel partners are invited to check out Virgin
Voyages by visiting www.virginvoyages.com
or following @virginvoyages on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

ABOUT VIRGIN VOYAGES

Virgin Voyages is a global lifestyle brand committed to creating the
world’s most irresistible holiday. With operations in the US, UK and
Europe, Virgin Voyages currently has four ships on order with master
shipbuilder Fincantieri.

With its inaugural season scheduled for 2020, Virgin Voyages’ first ship
the Scarlet Lady was designed to reflect a yacht’s sleek luxury.
Featuring spaces designed by some of the top names in contemporary
interiors, the Scarlet Lady will be Adult-by-Design, a sanctuary at sea
for the 18+ traveler. A dose of ‘Vitamin Sea’ will be naturally
intertwined across the entire ship, with well-being activated through a
mix of high-energy moments coupled with relaxation and rejuvenation. The
Scarlet Lady will also feature alluring entertainment and 20+
world-class intimate eateries onboard. Putting a twist on luxury, which
the company refers to as Rebellious Luxe, Virgin Voyages will offer
incredible value for its sailors with all restaurants, group fitness
classes, soft drinks, and many more Virgin surprises included within the
voyage fare. The Scarlet Lady will sail from Miami to the Caribbean in
2020, hosting more than 2,770 sailors and 1,160 amazing crew from around
the world. Keep watch on virginvoyages.com
for more updates.

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