Virgin Voyages to host special in port ‘pop-up’ dinner and party fundraiser onboard Resilient Lady

Virgin Voyages to host special in port ‘pop-up’ dinner and party fundraiser onboard Resilient Lady
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s multi- award-winning cruise line, is calling all Aussies for a one-night sneak peek into what it means to set sail the Virgin Way. Before the ship officially sets off on its much-anticipated MerMaiden voyage in mid-December, the brand is summoning all foodies, travel lovers, social butterflies and everyone in between to come aboard its newest ship, Resilient Lady, for a taste of the brand’s acclaimed restaurants… all without ever leaving the dock.

    On Tuesday 5 December in Sydney and Sunday 10 December in Melbourne, Aussies are invited to Australia’s hottest pop-up for $99 per person – inclusive of food, cocktails and entertainment – with all proceeds benefiting Citizens of The Great Barrier Reef. The night kicks off with a multi-course, Michelin-inspired culinary experience and live shows before attendees paint the town red during Virgin Voyages’ signature Scarlet Night.

    The Must-Know Details:
    Sydney – Tuesday, 5 December, 2023
    Melbourne – Sunday, 10 December, 2023

    Cost:
    $99 per person

    Inclusions:

    Dining on a special, set menu (inclusive of drinks) at either Pink Agave, The Wake, Razzle Dazzle, Gunbae, Extra Virgin or Test Kitchen; ship access; live entertainment and entry to the Scarlet Night party.

    Tickets are limited and go on sale on Wednesday 1 November. As a brand committed to “Creating an Epic Sea Change for All,” 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Citizens of The Great Barrier Reef, an organisation dedicated to conserving coral reefs across the world.

    To book a ticket to the exclusive on-board events, please visit:

    Sydney: https://vvopenshipsyd.splashthat.com/tickets

    Melbourne: https://vvopenshipmel.splashthat.com/tickets

    The dining experiences onboard Virgin are amazing. (Supplied)

    Curated, Michelin-Inspired Dining

    Awarded best dining in Cruise Critic’s 2023 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, Virgin Voyages has set an industry benchmark by ditching buffets and stuffy formalities, instead elevating its culinary experiences to rival those you’d expect at on-shore, world-class restaurants.

    For one-night-only, the public is invited to come aboard and secure a table at one of Resilient Lady’s six signature restaurants. The curated menus, inclusive of drinks, were designed by acclaimed chefs including New York City’s Brad Farmerie (of PUBLIC), along with Sohui Kim (of Gage & Tollner and Insa), who helped bring to life the world’s first Korean BBQ at sea.

    For $99 per person, guests will be able to journey to the vibrant streets of Mexico City on an immersive odyssey of local cuisine at Pink Agave; be transported to the classic steakhouses of the mid-20th century at The Wake; be dazzled with daring, veggie-forward dishes at Razzle Dazzle; try their hand at Korean BBQ grilling at Gunbae; indulge on regionally-inspired Italian food at Extra Virgin; or expand their palette with an Insta-worthy, molecular gastronomy experience at The Test Kitchen.

    In addition to being recognised for its exceptional dining, Virgin Voyages also received top awards for Best Overall Cruise Line, Best Cabins and Best Service.

    Awe-Inspiring Entertainment

    Guests are also invited to explore the ship and its stylised spaces to see why Virgin Voyages has been voted the best cruise line in the world by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

    On deck for the night is the first Australian performance of the acclaimed show, Persephone, a larger-than-life retelling of the classic Greek myth. Then the night kicks on with the hottest ticket in town: Scarlet Night. A celebration unlike any other, the exclusive party, awash with red, will commemorate Resilient Lady’s highly awaited arrival into Australia.

    Virgin Voyages’ Chief Executive Officer, Nirmal Saverimuttu said: “We’ve been excited about coming to Australia for over a year now, and the time has finally arrived. Before we kick off our first sailing season, we wanted to find a way to give Aussies a little taste of what they can expect on-board. Our hope is that they step aboard in Sydney and Melbourne, fall in love with the spaces, the food, the vibe and the undeniable energy Virgin Voyages creates, then paired with the incredible scenery of Australia and New Zealand, find their new favorite way to vacation.”

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