(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, Fla. - Nov. 29, 2022 - Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s newest travel brand and internationally acclaimed cruise line, celebrates Giving Tuesday by paying it forward and honoring local healthcare heroes with the vacation of a lifetime. For the second consecutive year, the South Florida-based travel and lifestyle brand is partnering with Baptist Health South Florida and donating 2,023 complimentary voyages – totaling an estimated $5.9 million – for deserving employees to ring in the new year with their friends and loved ones.
“For the past three years, our local healthcare workers put everything on the line to care for the community, and now it's our turn to pay it forward,” said Jill Stoneberg, Virgin Voyages’ Senior Director of Sustainability and Social Impact. “We’ve turned a corner, and we’d love to offer our frontline workers a much-deserved break. The Virgin Voyages team is honored to give our friends at Baptist an incredible vacation on the high seas where they can unplug and escape for a few days.”
In celebration of the new year ahead, the 2,023 gifted sailings will recognize employees in the Baptist Health network who have made a positive impact in the local healthcare community, from patient-facing employees to those in behind-the-scenes roles that keep the hospitals, clinics and offices running smoothly.
Winners will receive a voyage for two in a Sea Terrace, a trendy balcony cabin with fun mood lighting, rainfall showers and a signature red hammock. The 2,023 winners will select from one of six incredible Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami between Jan. 2 and April 28, 2023. From visiting ancient ruins in Costa Maya to snorkeling the world’s second-largest reef in Roatán, Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady offer a mix of four-, five-, six- and eight-night itineraries to some of the most irresistible warm-weather destinations. Every voyage also includes a day trip to Virgin Voyages’ private Beach Club in Bimini, an oasis marked by freeform pools, swaying palm trees and glimmering turquoise waters.
“At Baptist Health, we want our employees to thrive in their careers and all areas of their lives,” said Adriene McCoy, senior vice president and chief people officer at Baptist Health. “That includes prioritizing their well-being and time off, since our people are the key to the essential and high-quality care we provide to our community. We are excited to partner with Virgin Voyages and grateful for their generosity in offering our dedicated employees an opportunity to vacation, rest and recharge.”
In addition to the voyage, the winners will also receive the brand’s always included luxury elements, valued at more than $600. Michelin-inspired menus, food from 20+ eateries, essential drinks, wifi, gratuities, group fitness classes and immersive, live entertainment is included for every Sailor.
As ensuring guest safety is Virgin Voyages’ No. 1 priority, Baptist employees and all Sailors can count on the brand’s continued health & safety protocols that include extensive cleaning measures, a high-tech air filtration system and a fully vaccinated and boosted crew. For more information on the line’s Voyage Well protocols, please visit here.
To learn more about Virgin Voyages’ community partnerships and brand purpose, visit www.virginvoyages.com.
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