Shiptease: Richard Branson launches adults-only cruise ship

Only guests aged 18 years and older will be allowed to board. Source: Virgin Voyages

VIRGIN VOYAGES, Richard Branson’s new cruise line, will be devoid of running children and stressed parents catching after them.

When the cruise sets sail in 2020, only guests aged 18 years and older will be allowed to board, a conscious decision spurred by feedback from future sailors and travel professionals who were looking for a more elevated and premium cruise experience.

“Let’s face it, even parents could use a holiday from their little ones,” the promotional material reads.

“To relax, order a glass of wine and dedicate all of their attention to the voyage at hand. That’s why we’ve taken great care to design a place where you, your friends or your significant other can have the best possible experience, sans the unpredictability of kids.”

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According to AFP, the ship will feature a silvery-grey hull and smoked glass accompanied by Virgin’s signature splash of red. 86 percent of cabins will feature a sea terrace while 93 percent will see an ocean view.

“The entire ship will be built with an attention to detail, reflecting the craftsmanship and materiality inspired by super yacht,” Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin said in a press statement.

Virgin Voyages’ new line is not the first adult-only cruise to hit the high seas. British cruise liner P&O Cruises doesn’t allow kids aboard three of their ships: Arcadia, Oriana and Adonia.