Virgin Voyage's Scarlet Lady is the biggest ship to ever dock in Portsmouth - all you need to know

A giant new luxury cruise liner has arrived in Portsmouth for the first time.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 2:32 pm
The Virgin cruise ship Scarlet Lady arriving in Portsmouth taken by Daniel Haswell
The Virgin cruise ship Scarlet Lady arriving in Portsmouth taken by Daniel Haswell

Virgin Voyage’s Scarlet Lady sailed into the city this morning, passing the Round Tower at around 9am.

She then docked at Portsmouth International Port a little while later, becoming the biggest ship to have ever docked in Portsmouth.

Here is what you need to know:

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How big is Scarlet Lady?

The cruise ship is a 110,000-tonne liner – making her bigger than even both of the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales which are 65,000-tonne each. She is 277 metres long.

How many passengers does she have space for?

Scarlet Lady with space for 3,000 passengers and her voyage into Portsmouth will mark a milestone moment in the city’s ambition to bounce back following the financial hit of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Virgin Voyage's luxury liner Scarlet Lady arrives in Portsmouth

The no-expense spared ship will also have styling from renowned designer Tom Dixon to ensure she dazzles in and out of Portsmouth.

She is arriving in Portsmouth to gear up for the first ever commercial passenger sailings for the company.

For three weeks from August 6, Scarlet Lady will be operating at reduced capacity to make at least six sailings of either three or four nights around England.

How much does it cost to sail on the Scarlet Lady?

For a three night UK long weekender on the cruise ship prices start at £499 per person.

That is for a balcony cabin, while a suite will cost you back a lot more with prices starting at £2,199 per person.

Is the Scarlet Lady family friendly?

The cruise ship is adult only, meaning people who are 18-plus can take a stay on the ship.

Virgin Voyage’s says it ‘has pulled out all the stops’ to make the ship ‘a floating design icon’.

What can you do on the Scarlet Lady?

You will not be short of things to do on the Scarlet Lady.

From getting a tattoo at the ship’s very own onboard tattoo studio Squid Ink, to meditating at the beach club or go for a swim in a pool and visit the gym.

There is also a two-storey nightclub, sports bar or pamper yourself at the spa.

Scarlet Lady has a range of restaurants including vegan options.

What benefits will the arrival of Scarlet Lady have for Portsmouth?

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, has previously said it could pump millions of pounds into the island’s economy.

‘People will start and end their cruises here which means people will be getting on and off so when people disembark from their cruise they will visit the city,’ he said.

‘It means potentially lots of jobs with it possibly worth £1m to the city each time there is a cruise turnaround here, which is what they say Southampton earns each time.’

Mike Sellers, Portsmouth International Port’s director, said the luxury liner’s visit was ‘fantastic news for the city and the wider travel industry.

‘It will be a spectacle like no other as the distinctive Scarlet Lady sails through the spectacular harbour entrance, we can be sure sailors and crew will experience a warm Portsmouth reception,’ he added.

‘It is a huge opportunity for the city to be Scarlet Lady’s home port for the summer and we are thrilled to work with global brand Virgin Voyages on their showcase sailings.

‘The future won’t wait, and we are confident that following the government’s announcement domestic cruising can take place there is an appetite to explore once more.’

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, added: ‘Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK.

‘Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our sailors and know this is a holiday they will love.’

Are you planning on going to see the Scarlet Lady arrive this morning? Let us know in the comments below!

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