(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Fla. Nov. 30, 2021 - Virgin Voyages, the newest cruise line to set sail from Miami, is waving hello to the holiday season and showing its appreciation for the community’s healthcare heroes. This Giving Tuesday, Virgin Voyages is teaming up with Baptist Health South Florida and donating 500 complimentary cabins for employees to ‘Set Sail the Virgin Way’ this festive season with their friends and loved ones.
“The past two years have tested our community, and we wanted to find a small way to express our deepest gratitude to all of the healthcare professionals who went above and beyond to keep us safe,”said Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages. “We hope a voyage on our beautiful Scarlet Lady allows the Baptist team to enjoy some much-needed R&R this season.”
Dedicated to creating an “Epic Sea Change for All” and making a positive impact in the local community, Richard Branson’s new cruise line launched “Shipload of Love” earlier this year, committing to offer 2,021 complimentary cabins to philanthropic causes and deserving Sailors in need. As an extension of that promise and commitment, every Baptist employee was eligible to win a four- or five-night “Fire & Sunset Soiree,” “Dominican Daze,” or “Scarlet Caribbean Holidays” voyage, embarking December 15-29. In celebration of Giving Tuesday, the 250 winners will be announced today, and each employee will receive two complimentary cabins to enjoy the voyage with up to three additional travel mates.
“Throughout this pandemic, our caregivers have embodied the true meaning of sacrifice and heroism, always putting themselves before others,” said Bo Boulenger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “We are thrilled with this opportunity to show them our community’s heartfelt appreciation for their selflessness and dedication with this fantastic trip, thanks to our friends at Virgin Voyages.”
Starting from her homeport in Miami, Scarlet Lady will make her way to Puerto Plata or Nassau, with each voyage including a stop at the signature Virgin Voyages’ beach club in Bimini. On-board, Sailors can live it up with sun-kissed pool days, Michelin-star-inspired culinary experiences, invigorating or restorative fitness classes, dance parties under the stars, and immersive entertainment.
As sailing safely remains Virgin Voyages’ first priority, the five-star experience comes without compromise, leading with health and well-being at the forefront. Every Sailor must be fully vaccinated and complete a complimentary COVID-19 test prior to boarding.
For more information on the sailing experience, visit www.virginvoyages.com.
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