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

    $99 per person


    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:



    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.”

    Latest News

    • Tourism

    Tour Guides Australia backs Queensland Government Department of Tourism’s $2 million business capability subsidy

    Tour Guides Australia has offered its full support for the Queensland Government Department of Tourism and Sport’s $2 million Tourism Business Capability Subsidy. The subsidy program is designed to boost the growth of Queensland’s tourism industry, offering up to $2,000 per eligible business to undertake targeted training and accreditation programs. “It is a significant opportunity […]

    • Tourism

    Club Med Musandam is newest addition to the resort group and a first for the Middle East

    Club Med has announced the newest addition to its Exclusive Collection portfolio with the opening of Club Med Musandam, the first Club Med resort in the Middle East. Set to be unveiled in 2028, the development of Club Med Musandam marks a significant investment milestone, surpassing the $100 million mark. A ground-breaking development as a […]

    • Luxury
    • Products

    Louis Vuitton champions travel in campaign featuring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

    Louis Vuitton has relaunched its iconic Core Values Campaign with a new chapter that sees tennis champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Shot by industry legend Annie Leibovitz, the campaign features the tennis icons summiting a mountain together in the Dolomites of Italy with the tagline ‘There are Journeys that turn into Legends’. Together, they […]

    • Aviation

    Garuda and Singapore Airlines to offer reciprocal benefits to frequent flyers, plus explore revenue sharing arrangements

    Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines will deepen their commercial partnership and offer reciprocal benefits to their frequent flyer program members, plus explore revenue sharing arrangements for flights between Indonesia and Singapore, subject to regulatory approvals.  The frequent flyer program agreement was signed by Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra and SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong in […]

    • Hotels

    My Fiji announce an exclusive deal with new Crowne Plaza Fiji Nadi Bay Resort & Spa

    My Fiji have announced an exclusive deal with the new Crowne Plaza Fiji Nadi Bay Resort & Spa, Fiji’s newest premium resort experience, offering exclusive packages for a limited time. Situated along the shores of Wailoaloa Beach, the resort offers 324 modern rooms, immersive amenities and world-renowned Fijian hospitality, Crowne Plaza Fiji Nadi Bay Resort […]

    • Cruise

    Sydney Swans greats announced for Crown Princess cruise

    Princess Cruises has partnered with the Sydney Swans to offer fans the first-ever AFL Member cruise aboard Crown Princess. This four-night voyage to Tasmania departs January 25, 2025 and guests will be able to immerse themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime Sydney Swans experience featuring special events and activities dedicated to fans. The cruise will feature Sydney […]

    • Destinations

    Listening to whales, followed by Ales and Prawn Tails on the Sunshine Coast

    Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is preparing to welcome more than 40,000 humpback whales that are making their way up the Australian east coast on their annual migration. The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s premier whale tourism destinations, built on its long-established whale watching cruises and Sunreef’s pioneering Swim with Whales experience, which celebrates its 10th […]

    • Aviation
    • Travel Agents

    Webjet relaunches partnership with AirAsia with a huge Asia flights sale

    Online travel agency Webjet has have relaunched their partnership with AirAsia with a huge Asia flights sale, available until 2 June. To give customers a greater breadth of choice and price point, hundreds of new flight options to Aussie favourite destinations have been added, including Bali, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok via AirAsia, AirAsiaX, Thai AirAsia […]

    • Luxury

    Why luxury clients are opting for immersive experiences over material items

    The Luxury Travel Collection’s (LTC) inaugural business owners Soiree took place on Hayman Island last week. The event saw luxury leaders gathering to find out more about the key trends shaping the industry. The Immersion Day, held on Thursday 16 May 2024, followed the growing luxury client trend of valuing immersive experiences over material items. […]

    • Conferences

    Empowering underserved communities: Expedia Group’s drive for more inclusive travel

    Expedia Group has used the EXPLORE conference at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas to highlight initiatives that empower underserved communities worldwide.   In a groundbreaking move towards fostering diversity and inclusion within the travel industry, Expedia’s Global Social Impact and Sustainability Team is dedicated to shaping a travel landscape that is safe, welcoming, and accessible […]

    • Cruise

    P&O rescues Rotary volunteers after collapse of Air Vanuatu

    P&O Cruises Australia has answered a plea for help from a group of young Australian Rotary volunteers, stranded in Vanuatu following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The students, many of them teenagers from Albury, NSW, were volunteering for a youth project run by the Hive Rotary Club Australia when the airline abruptly cancelled all flights, […]

    • Destinations

    Intrepid continues expansions with launch of first DMC in Jordan

    Intrepid has increased its presence in the Middle East with the opening of its first destination management company in Jordan. Based in Amman, the local team will operate Intrepid’s range of nine experiential small group tours in Jordan from this summer, with a view to expanding the range for 2025 and beyond. Zina Bencheikh, managing […]

    • Appointments

    Minor hotels appoints Puneet Dhawan to key Asia role

    Global hotel owner and operator Minor Hotels has appointed Puneet Dhawan as head of Asia as the group plots its growth in Asia and India. From July, Dhawan will be responsible for the performance of all Minor Hotels properties in Asia, working in close collaboration with the Minor Hotels senior leadership team and will report […]

    • Appointments

    Abercrombie & Kent and Crystal appoint Evon Ler to director of sales, Asia

    Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group have announced that Evon Ler will join them in the new role of director of sales, Asia. She will work closely with Tony Archbold (VP, Sales, APAC, Crystal) and Susan Haberle (VP, Sales & Partnerships, APAC, A&K) with trade support across the region. Ler comes to the A&K family with more […]