Virgin Voyages has opened its new home at PortMiami, at Terminal V. To celebrate the opening, Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson, joined the Virgin Voyages team in Miami.
With a street address of 718 N Cruise Boulevard, chosen to celebrate Branson’s birthday of 18JUL, the opening of Terminal V is a milestone for the brand and the first time the cruise line's first ship, Scarlet Lady, sailed from its new home. Terminal V is an three-storey building on the northwestern corner of PortMiami, with skyline views of Biscayne Bay, downtown and Edgewater.
“Coming to this beautiful new terminal and seeing Scarlet Lady in her home port here in Miami has been such an incredible experience. The team at Virgin Voyages has created a stunning building that delivers on our commitment to being better stewards of the earth with its LEED Gold Certification,” said Branson.
Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin said: “We’ve always strived to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and Terminal V gives us greater opportunity to elevate the Sailor experience from the moment you see the AHOY sign to the time you disembark. Scarlet Lady deserves a home as beautiful as she is, and we cannot wait for our Sailors to begin their voyage at Terminal V.”
The geometric design was inspired by Miami's palm trees and the area’s history as a place where coconuts were once harvested. Terminal V’s interiors give a nod to mid-century design, with jewel tones accenting throughout. The space also features local artwork by the nonprofit organisation "Art in Public Places," and an alfresco terrace for passengers to enjoy the sea breeze before embarkation.
For the terminal's design, Virgin Voyages worked with architecture and design firm Arquitectonica, who previously worked on the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami, Brickell City Centre Complex in Brickell and the Miami City Ballet in South Beach.
Passengers who are booked with a suite accommodation will get access to Terminal V’s VIP entrance, expedited security screening and an exclusive pre-boarding lounge.
Scarlet Lady will call Terminal V its home year-round, with sister ship Valiant Lady joining in the winter 2022. Both ships will sail on a mix of multi-night itineraries to destinations in the Caribbean.
For more information on Virgin Voyages, visit its web site.