Resilient Girl overview: Virgin Voyages’ third cruise ship

Editor’s word: TPG’s Ashley Kosciolek accepted a free journey from Virgin Voyages to attend the maiden voyage of Resilient Girl. The opinions expressed beneath are totally hers and weren’t topic to overview by the road.

Resilient Girl, the third ship within the Virgin Voyages fleet, debuted in Could 2023, and it is a doozy — in a great way. With almost all-new leisure and an adults-only vibe that is equal components nostalgic, fashionable and interesting, the ship presents quite a bit for fun-loving adults.

It is uncommon for me to get pleasure from any ship a lot that I wrestle to provide you with issues to dislike, particularly with brand-new vessels, which just about all the time have kinks to work out. However right here I’m stretching to seek out even minor niggles and reflecting on what makes Resilient Girl so particular.

Resilient Girl anchored off the coast of the Greek Isles. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

On the floor, it isn’t a lot totally different from its two older sisters, Scarlet Girl and Valiant Girl. A few of what units it aside are little particulars just like the paintings, the placement of the onboard tattoo parlor — sure, you learn that appropriately — and the destination-specific choices like Opa Hour, which incorporates Mediterranean fare on the onboard mezze venue as a nod to the ship’s Greece itineraries.

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However the principle differentiator is the leisure, most of which is model new to the fleet. The exhibits have been developed in partnership with well-known manufacturers like famed Brooklyn nightclub Home of Sure and Weiner Leisure Group, whose proprietor helped to convey the favored experiential present “Sleep No Extra” to New York Metropolis.

There’s quite a bit to like about this intriguing new ship. Comply with alongside whereas I share my expertise with its bars, lounges, exhibits, cabins, eating places, actions and extra.

Overview of Resilient Girl

The Roundabout atrium on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Able to carrying as much as 2,770 passengers at max capability, the 60,000-ton vessel rises 17 decks. To place that in perspective, Resilient Girl is barely barely greater than one-third of the dimensions of the biggest cruise ships afloat.

Meaning it is large enough to deal with a number of eating places with scrumptious meals, quirky bars and lounges, outside sunning and exercise areas, and groundbreaking efficiency areas whereas managing to keep up a considerably intimate really feel that is not overwhelming.

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Virgin Voyages is taken into account a premium cruise line, which implies that, though it isn’t fully price-inclusive, it does roll sure facilities — primary Wi-Fi, gratuities and various eating, which value further on mainstream traces — into its fares.

Like different corporations throughout the Virgin household of manufacturers, Virgin Voyages is stylish and stylish, bringing passengers an ideal steadiness of over-the-top enjoyable that does not veer into cheesy. Its ships solely enable cruisers who’re 18 and older, and so they entice a wealthier crowd. In addition they have a big contingent of LGBTQI+ regulars.

All balcony cabins on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl are geared up with hammocks. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Resilient Girl’s ethos can greatest be described as “come-as-you-are elegant.” There are not any gown codes, however most passengers desire to be comfy but by no means sloppy, informal whereas additionally fashionable.

Moreover meals and leisure, that are each very good, Resilient Girl’s standout options are prone to make you say, “Effectively, I’ve by no means seen that on a cruise ship earlier than!” They embrace parts like drag exhibits, secret pub crawls, espresso tastings and extra childhood-favorite board video games than you can probably play in a single crusing.

What I cherished about Resilient Girl


A gay model of the Seven Dwarfs inexplicably makes an look in “Lola’s Library” on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Virgin Voyages isn’t any stranger to leisure. With roots within the music business, the model, backed by enterprise mogul Richard Branson, had quite a bit to dwell as much as when it determined to launch a cruise line. It began sturdy with Scarlet Girl and Valiant Girl, however it had a couple of kinks to work out.

Fortunately, it broke the mildew on Resilient Girl with a bunch of next-level new exhibits that, I really feel, have put the road squarely on the high of the checklist relating to performances. My common feeling about each I noticed was “I do not know what the heck is occurring, however I am right here for it.”

Associated: Here is why Virgin Voyages’ leisure is now the most effective on any cruise

Leisure just isn’t an afterthought on this ship. The road sought out — or, in a number of circumstances, created — the most effective exhibits doable, sprinkled in a ton of innuendo and constructed a ship round it.


Drag queen Miss Titty Kaka performs in The Manor on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Virgin Voyages prides itself on pushing boundaries, and it has a historical past of providing progressive merchandise which might be forward of their time. Fittingly, the road is exceptionally inclusive of all shapes, sizes, colours and existence, incomes it a loyal fan base of repeat passengers, significantly throughout the LGBTQI+ group.

Resilient Girl has its personal resident drag queen, generally known as The Diva, and he or she pulls no punches. She does, nevertheless, pull off some unbelievable excessive kicks and sufficient off-color jokes to fill a number of exhibits’ price of fabric. Look ahead to her to host bingo and a few different gatherings all through every cruise.

Dancers carry out throughout “Persephone,” a brand new present on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

You will additionally discover a much more various group {of professional} singers and dancers than you are prone to discover wherever else at sea. It is refreshing that they are not all tall, skinny and white — though these members of the forged are improbable, too.

Nevertheless it is not nearly pores and skin shade, physique measurement or sexual orientation. Regardless of who you might be, the ship has a usually accepting air. Your fellow passengers will not blink when you have rainbow hair, are coated in tattoos, determine to decorate as a mermaid, put on a tutu to dinner or present as much as Scarlet Night time in nothing however a Speedo. Variations and quirkiness are welcomed on this judgment-free zone.


Popcorn is free on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl, and the ship additionally has a small arcade. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

What’s higher than a ship that makes you are feeling like a child once more? A ship that permits you to do it with out consistently reminding you that you just’re really an grownup.

Resilient Girl is full of enjoyable actions that allow you to play like a child through the day and keep up late to get pleasure from extra adult-themed leisure by night time. On the schedule, you may discover pastimes like ’80s-themed cardio exercises, ’90s boy band dance courses, dodgeball tournaments and summer time camp arts and crafts. You may as well take pleasure in free sweet, popcorn, pretzels and ice cream, in addition to board video games like Sweet Land, Mouse Entice and Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Dozens of board video games, each basic and up to date, can be found for passenger use on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

At night time, toss in some glam face artwork (sticky, music festival-style jewels), a visit to the arcade (or on line casino) and selfies with carousel-style sea creatures, and you have got the makings of an grownup playground. (No, critically. There are even swings, seesaws, a Tornado board and a jungle gym-like construction on the outside decks.)

One of the best half, although, is that Virgin Voyages is completely for adults. (You may’t sail should you’re youthful than 18.) On an adults-only vessel, you are not an grownup who’s lowered to sheepishly participating in actions meant for youths. As an alternative, every part on board is supposed for you, which reduces among the stigma related to chopping free.

Round each nook, I discovered issues that not solely had been enjoyable but additionally helped me reconnect with my childhood self. I loved a number of “I forgot all about this” and “I have never accomplished this in years” moments.

What I did not love about Resilient Girl


The closet in a balcony cabin on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

I do like Virgin’s lodging for his or her simple-yet-funky decor and technological developments (temperature, lighting and curtains are managed by a pill, which can be what passengers use to request contemporary towels and order room service). Nevertheless, there are some design decisions I nonetheless do not totally perceive.

Regardless of some enhancements that had been made as a consequence of buyer suggestions, cabins nonetheless have curtains as a substitute of closet doorways and beds which might be lower than comfy, due to their convertible sofa-to-bed setup.

In Resilient Girl’s normal cabins, the beds can convert to sofas through the day. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

At night time, two twin beds may be arrange in an L form or pushed collectively to type a single queen mattress. Throughout the day, the beds may be transformed into a settee to offer further seating and extra ground house. I discovered the system so cumbersome to request that I stored my mattress as a mattress all through the crusing, aside from someday once I requested for it to be modified over so I might take a photograph.

Bogs are additionally painfully small in normal rooms. In truth, the one in my Sea Terrace (balcony) cabin felt concerning the measurement of an airplane toilet with a bathe added. I ended up with a number of bruises on my elbows after banging my arms on the bathe door whereas making an attempt to do my hair or make-up. (There was a conceit in the principle cabin house, however the lighting was horrible, which meant I utilized my make-up within the toilet.)


A paper schedule of occasions from Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

It is troublesome to make sense of what is taking place all through the ship every day with out investing important time into utilizing the cruise line’s app. Printed schedules can be found on the Sailor Providers desk or at The Grounds Membership cafe; in any other case, yow will discover every part in your cellphone.

The variety of actions is dizzying, and so they usually overlap, which implies you may possible have to select and select. Be warned that likelihood is good you will not be capable of see and do every part you need to in a single crusing, however that is by design. Virgin Voyages has a excessive fee of repeat cruisers, and it is easy to know why. The road’s ships are improbable, and folks need to come again to take a look at the issues they weren’t capable of do the primary time round.

An instance of how chosen actions present up on the Virgin Voyages app. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

So, why is that this a nasty factor? For those who do not schedule your self rapidly, you can miss out on snagging slots at standard exhibits or actions — like espresso tastings, arts and crafts, and pub crawls — that require you to enroll upfront.

Dinner reservations are even worse, significantly at among the hottest eating places and the dinner theater expertise. For those who do not reserve occasions as quickly as you board the vessel, you can end up relegated to the meals courtroom or consuming at much less fascinating occasions that lower into the nightly leisure.

Whereas I perceive the necessity for scheduling, I discover that having to select what you need to do forward of time can severely take the spontaneity out of your trip.

Meals service

Beet pierogi from Razzle Dazzle on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Earlier than I tackle this as one thing I did not love, I need to make it clear that the Resilient Girl crew was exceptionally pleasant, useful and approachable once I sailed.

Nonetheless, I used to be pissed off by service points all through my crusing. Maybe these could possibly be chalked as much as the truth that it was an inaugural cruise the place employees had been nonetheless acclimating to the move and timing of issues like meals prep and supply. My largest criticism was that it persistently took method too lengthy to obtain meals all through my crusing.

One night time, once I ate at Razzle Dazzle, the ship’s vegetarian-forward restaurant, I waited almost half-hour to obtain my predominant course after I had completed my starter. That meant I had time to take precisely two bites earlier than I needed to rush off to the present. I requested my apologetic waitress if I might have the meals wrapped as much as take to my room or have it delivered, however she instructed me that wasn’t doable. Not solely did I depart hungry and disillusioned, however I wasted meals I’d have in any other case consumed.

Banana Nutella toast from The Galley on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

One other day, I ate at The Wake, Resilient Girl’s tackle a Sixties upscale steakhouse. The girl subsequent to me ordered a steak, which arrived in an inexpensive period of time. When one other girl at a close-by desk noticed it present up, she walked over to ask the way it was. She stated she had ordered her steak greater than 40 minutes prior and nonetheless hadn’t acquired it. She was so offended that, not lengthy after she returned to her desk, she and her companion bought up and left with out consuming.

Towards the tip of the voyage, I made my method into The Galley — a meals court-style setup with a number of forms of delicacies — and ordered an open-faced banana Nutella sandwich and a drink for lunch. The drink arrived with no points, however after a half-hour await my meal, I flagged down a waitress who knowledgeable me my order had been misplaced. I needed to place it once more and wait one other quarter-hour.

Resilient Girl cabins and suites

A Virgin Voyages Huge Suite. VIRGIN VOYAGES

Resilient Girl presents a regular number of lodging, albeit with cutesy names. They embrace the Insider (105 inside cabins with no window), the Sea View (95 outdoors cabins with home windows), the Sea Terrace (1,130 balcony rooms) and a wide range of RockStar Quarters (78 suites) with names just like the Candy Aft Suite, the Critically Suite, the Cheeky Nook Suite and the ship’s two TPG Award-winning, 2,147-square-foot Huge Suites, plus a couple of others in between.

The Huge Suites every provide two bedrooms, a regular one with a king-size mattress and one other with a pullout sofa, in addition to a wide range of actual working guitars and an amp, in case you are feeling like a jam session. In addition they have document gamers with an intensive music library; personal solar decks with eating tables, scorching tubs, loungers and outside showers; premium linens; butler service for issues like categorical swimsuit drying and stocking the complimentary minibar; luxurious toiletries; temper lighting; two full-size closets; and precedence embarkation and disembarkation, plus transfers.

The vessel’s 78 RockStar Quarters, together with the Huge Suite, give their occupants entry to the unique keycard-protected Richard’s Rooftop. The stylish however enjoyable outside bar and lounge space presents a free every day Champagne completely satisfied hour, in addition to personal scorching tubs and comfortable couches for lounging.

Of the ship’s cabins, 93% have ocean views (which means solely 7% are insides), and 86% have balconies. That is a powerful quantity. There are additionally 46 solo cabins unfold throughout the within (40) and outdoors (six) classes.

So far as accessible staterooms, there are 29 unfold throughout almost all classes. They’re divided into two varieties: absolutely accessible cabins (for customers of wheelchairs) and ambulatory accessible cabins (for customers of canes, walkers and scooters).

Every FAC presents wider doorways, further house for turning, emergency pull cords, switch house subsequent to beds and lowered cabin parts, equivalent to closet bars, mild switches and thermostats. AACs have the identical quantity of house as their normal counterparts, however they’re outfitted with seize bars within the bathe and close to the bathroom, bathe seating and lowered room options like mild switches and coat hooks.

Individuals with Disabilities Act-compliant hoists can be found to be used on request on the ship’s swimming pools and choose scorching tubs. The spa’s plunge swimming pools even have hoists.

My cabin was a 185-square-foot Central Sea Terrace balcony room, and though it had every part I wanted, it was pleasantly spartan. The road dialed again the purple, blue, pink and crimson decor present in earlier cabin iterations, as a substitute choosing neutrals with pops of the model’s trademark crimson right here and there.

The desk and vainness space in a balcony room on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

I stored my mattress as a queen setup and skipped the every day couch configuration. The room additionally had a small wire and leather-based chair that primarily served to carry my purse once I wasn’t utilizing it, in addition to a nightstand that doubled as a lap desk, a conceit/desk combo with an ottoman stool, a metallic and wicker desk lamp, a home cellphone, a TV with a restricted number of channels and free on-demand motion pictures, a minibar (unstocked besides in RockStar and Mega RockStar suites) and two carafes of free consuming water (with glasses) replenished as wanted.

Bogs in normal cabins on Resilient Girl are painfully small. Mine was bare-bones however practical. It featured a white counter, a single bowl sink, a mirror, a rest room, a glass-walled bathe with each rainfall and hand-held showerheads and fluffy, white towels. (The one washcloths supplied stated “make-up” on them, indicating they had been face cloths. I journey with my very own physique cloths since European entities usually do not present them, however I am not sure what different passengers did.)

Toiletries consisted of a single bar of cleaning soap for handwashing and wall-mounted bathe gel, shampoo and conditioner from the Crimson Flower model, which was initially developed for Virgin Lodges.

If you bathe, be sure the hand-held head is going through away from you and the bathe door earlier than you flip the water on. I ended up spraying myself within the face not less than as soon as once I forgot to verify.

The balcony in a regular terrace room on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Outdoors, the balcony was tiny however nice, that includes two metallic chairs, a small drinks desk and — my absolute favourite characteristic of the whole room — a crimson hammock from Yellow Leaf Hammocks. Their merchandise are handwoven by girls of the Mlabri ethnic group in Thailand, permitting them to assist their households and finish the poverty cycle.

Storage, particularly within the teeny-tiny toilet, would have been troublesome with two folks sharing the room. Due to the bizarre furnishings setup, under-bed storage for baggage is a no-go should you’re planning to transform the mattress to a settee every day. For those who do not put your suitcases below the mattress, they take up helpful closet actual property.

Within the closet, a large hanging bar was impressively excessive, which means my lengthy clothes did not bunch on the bottom like they do on most different ships, in order that was a win. Nevertheless, the hangers had been low cost wire ones coated in what seemed to be shiny black rubber, and so they left bumps within the shoulders of my shirts.

Drawers and shelving had been accessible within the closet, too, however a few storage baskets — which I discovered to be an odd selection — took up among the house. I did not discover them helpful. Different closet accoutrements included a code-operate protected and life jackets, in addition to an order type for laundry companies.

A pill in every room on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl permits cruisers to manage curtains, lights, the TV and extra. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

One of the spectacular points of Virgin Voyages’ rooms is that they are techy. As an alternative of a keycard, you may have a reasonably nondescript wearable that adjusts to suit your wrist like a friendship bracelet. It means that you can unlock your cabin door, cost purchases to your onboard account and scan your self on and off of the ship in port.

If you open the door to your room, the system is alerted to activate sure lights and even to open the curtains at sure occasions of the day. I by no means did determine set all of that, although, and I usually discovered the curtains opening once I did not need them to. Anybody who desires to manage them can seize the in-room pill, which additionally means that you can flip lights on and off, management the TV, order room service, join with the entrance desk and even request issues like contemporary towels out of your room steward.

Buttons that point out whether or not you need privateness or for the room steward to tidy your cabin on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Talking of room stewards, each of mine had been pretty, however I hardly noticed them. I found by day three that, if I wished them to straighten my room, I needed to particularly activate the “make up room” indicator — a black button with a spilled drink on it that turns blue once you push it — to request it. Above it was the “don’t disturb” button, which turns crimson when it is on. Each are, oddly, discovered contained in the closet.

The port aspect “A” hallway on Deck 10 of Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Cabin numbers may be complicated since they exist on either side of the ship. They’re numbered in keeping with the deck they’re on and the body line on which they’re positioned. (Body traces are the beams utilized in ship development, and so they’re all numbered.)

Tacked onto the tip of every cabin quantity is a letter — both A for port (left when going through the entrance of the ship) or Z for starboard (proper when going through the entrance). So, for instance, my cabin was 10166A; that meant I used to be on Deck 10 at body line 166 on the port aspect. I needed to be cautious as a result of there was additionally a 10166Z — the identical cabin quantity however on the other aspect of the vessel.

One different word: There are three units of elevators on Resilient Girl, that are positioned ahead (on the entrance of the ship), mid and aft (on the again). For those who’re making an attempt to determine the place you might be, simply have a look at the inside shade of the elevator you are in. Ahead is purple, mid is crimson and aft is blue.

Resilient Girl eating places and bars

There are many locations on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl for passengers to seek out grownup drinks. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

As is the case with most of its cruise-related endeavors, Virgin Voyages would not do meals and drinks like the opposite traces do. First, it scrapped the thought of an onboard buffet and changed it with a complimentary meals courtroom. Then, as a substitute of a predominant eating room, it developed greater than a dozen free eating places that includes all sorts of delicacies, in addition to a for-fee dinner theater — all of that are completely knowledgeable at catering to dietary restrictions like vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.

Consider Resilient Girl’s eating venues like eating places ashore. The atmosphere and theme are totally different at every, and so they all serve totally different specialties. One different similarity: You will want reservations, and you will need to make them ASAP. In any other case, you can miss out, as standard occasions are likely to replenish rapidly.

Relating to alcohol, gone are the times of drink packages. On Virgin sailings, you prepay your bar tab earlier than you set sail, and the quantity is debited out of your closing onboard invoice. For those who go over it, you pay per beverage like at any shoreside bar. Though you do not have to prepay, the road will usually offer you further funds should you do.

Eating places

Further Virgin, Resilient Girl’s Italian restaurant and bar. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

For those who’re within the temper for a multicourse meal, there are a number of eateries to select from. Seven provide a conventional “sit down and take your time” environment, however the vibe in every is way from strange.

Further Virgin, Resilient Girl’s Italian restaurant, is a comfortable house with a barely upscale really feel. Be sure to point out up hungry as a result of, in true Italian type, there are 5 menu sections: antipasto, affettati misti (an Italian cured meat platter), secondo, pasta and dessert.

A meatball appetizer from Further Virgin on Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

To start out, I ordered an Aperol spritz and braised miniature meatballs; they had been improbable, complemented by smoked mozzarella, tomato sauce and pancetta. I adopted them up with the affettati misti cheese board of Parmesan, Romano and Gorgonzola and an order of vegetarian Brussels sprouts with polenta, chiles and hazelnuts. I wasn’t a fan of the latter, however you possibly can by no means go improper with cheese. For my pasta, I chosen potato gnocchi with mushrooms, spinach and truffle butter sauce; it was magical.

I used to be stuffed, so I skipped dessert, however the affogato cart the waiters introduced round to every desk had me wishing I had room for extra. There’s additionally an intensive wine checklist, however I did not partake.

A desk setup at Gunbae, Resilient Girl’s Korean barbecue restaurant. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Gunbae, a Korean barbecue restaurant created by famend New York Metropolis chef Sohui Kim, can accommodate six to eight folks per desk, relying on the group measurement, with seating in a round sales space that surrounds a central grill the place waiters cook dinner your meals proper in entrance of you.

Starters at Gunbae, the Korean barbecue restaurant on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Choices embrace small bites like nori rice crisps, seaweed salad, kimchi and mung bean pancakes and a combined seafood corndog; bowls that characteristic rice or noodles combined with greens or kimchi stew with pork stomach; and mains that encompass grilled gadgets like a mushroom and seasonal veggie combo, squid and octopus with shrimp, marinated beef quick ribs or a chef’s combo of quick ribs, pork stomach and shrimp. Comfortable serve in sikhye (a candy taste made with malt and rice) and black sesame varieties can be provided with black sesame granola, miniature marshmallows and miso caramel for dessert.

The disco ball cup that is used to serve the Okay-Pop Disco Water drink at Gunbae on Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Whilst you get pleasure from your starters — a collection of small bowls of seaweed-style salad that everybody receives — your waiter will lead you in consuming video games, full with complimentary sake. Different specialty drinks can be found for a payment; I selected (and cherished) the Okay-Pop Disco Water, which options Jinro grapefruit, watermelon juice and Pop Rocks served in a disco ball cup.

Gunbae stunned the heck out of me, breaking me of my typical “I do not like most meat, and I am stingy with my meals” habits. Not solely did I spring for the Wagyu beef possibility, which comes with Miyazaki ribeye and tenderloin for a $45 surcharge, however it was so scrumptious I ended up ordering a second serving to. The meat was wealthy and filling, main me to share it with the desk. The crispy hen small plate was additionally phenomenal.

The foyer of Pink Agave, the Mexican restaurant on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

What would a classy ship be with out a Mexican restaurant? Enter Pink Agave via a lit-glass archway, and you will find a darkish and swanky house that feels a bit like one thing out of previous Miami. The eatery presents upscale Mexican fare with a mezcal-heavy drink menu, all designed by famed chef and Phoenix meals scene legend Silvana Salcido Esparza of the Barrio Cafe.

Guacamole with chips and hen enchiladas at Pink Agave on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

The alternatives are divided into three sizes: small plates, medium plates and enormous plates. Begin easy, and take a look at the completely out-of-this-world guacamole. Then, transfer on to the black bean soup and hen enchiladas when you await the cochinita pibil (marinated smoked pork with bitter orange habanero pico de gallo). Or, as a substitute go for dishes like grilled corn with spicy aioli and lime, seared shrimp with mole and new potatoes, a vegan roasted corn- and russet potato-stuffed poblano pepper or roasted duck with mole and smoked yam puree.

A part of the seating space at Razzle Dazzle, Resilient Girl’s vegetarian-forward new American restaurant. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Vegetarians, rejoice. Razzle Dazzle — named for the complicated black-and-white paint type discovered on World Battle I ships — is the veggie-forward brainchild of Eric Kim Haugen, a decide on Meals Community’s “Large Restaurant Wager.” Providing brunch and dinner, the restaurant’s menus have inventive decisions for cruisers who keep away from meat.

An Unimaginable burger from the brunch menu at Razzle Dazzle on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

For brunch, I cherished the avocado toast with sriracha, watermelon radish, finger lime and toasted seeds; the nutty gazpacho with cucumbers, peppers, marcona almonds and roasted garlic croutons; and the Unimaginable burger with poblano salsa, paprika veganaise, avocado and fries. (You may substitute a salad, however the fries are scrumptious and cutely served in a vessel designed to appear like a crushed black Solo cup.) I additionally ordered a for-fee smoothie, however in keeping with among the poor service I discussed above, it by no means arrived.

Fried inexperienced tomatoes from the Razzle Dazzle dinner menu on Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Razzle Dazzle is the one restaurant on the ship that was so intriguing I ate there twice. For dinner, I had the avocado inexperienced goddess salad and the fried inexperienced tomatoes and okra with chili lime spice and chili herb sauce as starters.

I additionally chosen two mains: Nashville scorching cauliflower with plant-based ranch sauce and beet-stuffed pierogi, each vegan. I am Polish and grew up on pierogi full of nearly each sort of fruit, vegetable and starch conceivable, however I had by no means tried them with beets. I used to be so disillusioned when the dish took perpetually to reach, because it meant I did not have time to totally get pleasure from it earlier than I needed to sprint to a present.


Feeling naughty? There are not-so-secret meat dishes on the menu, together with snapper, slow-cooked lamb shank and an extra-charge seafood boil for $50. This restaurant can be residence to the Crimson Bar, which mixes drinks created in partnership with Cocktail Cartel.

For an ideal Instagram alternative (and a tasty tipple), order A Pop of Attraction — tequila, ginger, grapefruit, lime and bitters topped with a handful of popcorn and served in a small popcorn bucket.

Check Kitchen on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

I’ve a particularly unsophisticated palate, so fancy meals is usually misplaced on me. Nevertheless, I used to be really impressed by Check Kitchen, a lab-like restaurant that focuses on presentation with some molecular gastronomy parts combined in. The unique menus, which alternate to offer totally different experiences on every voyage, had been designed by chef Matt Lambert of New York Metropolis’s The Musket Room.

Once I ate there, our menu consisted of simply six gadgets — corn, salmon, beetroot, selection of shrimp or lamb, asparagus and strawberry — with a dish ready round every. What got here out was the next: cornbread with spreadable garlic and onion corn custard; sugar-marinated salmon with cucumbers; beetroot ravioli with pesto and cashews; lamb and eggplant with zucchini or shrimp tagliatelle pasta with jumbo shrimp and tomatoes in lobster broth; asparagus sorbet with a sauce product of egg yolk, cream and Champagne, topped with ginger; and a strawberry dessert.

A beet dish that was one in every of six programs throughout dinner at Check Kitchen on Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Vegetarian choices are additionally accessible. A fellow traveler at my desk would not eat meat or fish, so she was introduced with pumpkin jus with pumpkin and carrot risotto as a substitute of the lamb or shrimp choice.

To me, Check Kitchen is essentially the most spectacular free possibility on board, particularly given that there have been six programs, the components had been top quality and something this frou-frou usually prices a bunch of additional cash on different cruise traces. It is solely open for dinner, however through the day, it additionally hosts mixology courses for a payment; they not solely train you make drinks but additionally {photograph} them for social media. #Millennial.

The Wake, a Sixties-style steakhouse on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

For seasoned cruisers lacking a extra conventional predominant eating room expertise, The Wake hits closest to the mark, providing a Sixties steakhouse vibe. Meat and seafood are on the menus for each brunch and dinner, though some dishes carry an additional cost.

Avocado Benedict from the brunch menu at The Wake on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

I did not have sufficient time to eat at The Wake for dinner, however for brunch, I loved the brioche French toast with caramelized bananas, toasted pecans and whipped creme fraiche. I additionally ordered the avocado Benedict, which did not impress me, however that is possible as a consequence of my aversion to sure textures relatively than the standard of the dish. Different menu choices included clam chowder, fennel and citrus salad, poached shrimp, steak and eggs, and Benedicts that includes soft-shell crab and crispy pork stomach.

“One other Rose” on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl ends with a metaphorical threesome. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Resilient Girl’s solely for-fee eating possibility is a dinner theater present referred to as “One other Rose,” which takes up residence in The Manor nightclub on a few nights every cruise. For $50 per particular person, passengers can select from one in every of three seating choices: balcony, ground or ground close to the stage. For that value, they obtain a 90-minute present that unfolds throughout them as they take pleasure in a four-course set meal (together with three drinks) that was completely my favourite of the entire journey — not too bland, not too spicy and with simply the correct quantity of taste.

The menu presents cruisers two appetizers (candy potato chaat with tamarind, cilantro-mint chutney, yogurt and pomegranate seeds; and a tuna bomb with avocado inexperienced goddess dressing, spicy soy and semolina puri), a predominant course (a selection of pan-roasted sea bass with moilee sauce, basmati rice grit and roasted okra; or braised quick rib with Kashmir chili-coconut sauce, basmati rice grit and scallions) and a dessert.

The vegetarian celery apple bomb appetizer at “One other Rose” on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

I left feeling simply the correct quantity of full, though I solely took one chunk of the dessert — the world’s tiniest piece of cheesecake. There’s additionally a vegetarian menu accessible. (I don’t eat uncooked tuna, so I ordered the vegetarian celery apple bomb for my second appetizer, and it was improbable.) The timing of the service was additionally impeccable, coinciding flawlessly with the present. There wasn’t an excessive amount of time between programs; as a substitute, there was simply sufficient for attendees to look at a little bit of the efficiency with out consistently being distracted by meals.

Free late-night pizza is a staple on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

One other of my favourite meals experiences on Resilient Girl was The Pizza Place. This late-night hang-out was excellent for ordering a pie or two after some dancing and drinks. The pies are barely bigger than a private measurement, and so they are available varieties like a basic pie with tomato sauce and mozzarella, hen pesto with crimson onions and contemporary tomatoes, a white pie with three sorts of cheese, pepperoni and a vegan possibility with “cheese,” black pepper and arugula. Nevertheless, the most effective by a mile was the white truffle with egg — a pie with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, cracked black pepper and truffle oil topped with a runny egg.

A salad from The Galley meals courtroom on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

For those who’re searching for different informal choices or grab-and-go fare, The Galley is for you. Designed to imitate a meals courtroom, The Galley is the closest factor the ship has to a buffet minus the self-serve setup (excluding the prepackaged grab-and-go gadgets). You will both stomach as much as one in every of a number of counters getting ready alternatives like sushi from Bento Child, salads from The Every day Combine and tacos from Let’s Taco Bout It, or sit down so a member of the waitstaff can come to you to take your order.

Desserts from The Galley on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Need breakfast all day? Your go-to will probably be Diner & Sprint, which is able to cook dinner up made-to-order eggs and omelets with bacon and different trimmings. Craving a noodle bowl, burgers, a panini, a for-fee specialty espresso or a dessert that is as beautiful as it’s delectable? You will discover all of that, respectively, in The Galley’s Noodle Round, Burger Bar, Sizzling Off the Press, Grounds Membership Too and The Candy Facet.

Nothing exhibits the push and pull between appearing like an grownup and appearing like a child higher than ice cream with an innuendo for a reputation. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Talking of sweets, the ship’s Lick Me Until … Ice Cream presents free scoops in flavors like espresso chip, butter pecan, key lime pie, raspberry beet and, after all, vanilla. Cones embrace basic, in addition to chocolate and crimson velvet choices.

If that is not sufficient, The Social Membership doles out free popcorn, comfortable pretzels, scorching canine, fudge, cake pops, cereal bars, Swedish fish, gummy bears, saltwater taffy and different sweet that is sufficient to maintain you on a carb excessive for days. (I communicate from expertise.)

Different nice choices for between-meal snacks embrace Opa Hour at The Dock Home, the place you possibly can snag a drink and complimentary night mezze plates with a Greek theme that ties into the ship’s itineraries, and afternoon tea, hosted at Sip, the ship’s Champagne bar, for an additional payment a few occasions per crusing.


The Draught Home on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Virgin Voyages has partnered with specialists within the mixology enterprise to create among the greatest bars at sea, with menus to match.

Discovered alongside The Roundabout on the second deck of Resilient Girl’s atrium, Draught Home pours pints of beer in a location that is equal components central and tucked away. On-tap choices embrace Heineken, Strongbow Onerous Cider and Lagunitas IPA. Among the many sizeable number of bottled brews are Amstel Gentle, Corona, Dos Equis, Newcastle Brown Ale, Goose Island IPA, Duvel Belgian Robust Blond, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Miller Excessive Life, Guinness, Berry Noir Bitter Ale and Rekorderlig onerous ciders, in addition to onerous seltzers and canned combined drinks from Quirk and Ketel One.

One in all two pool bars (the opposite being the Aquatic Membership Bar), Fitness center & Tonic serves the smaller of the ship’s two swimming pools. Discovered subsequent to the Muscle Seaside-style outside health gear, it is an excellent place to hunt an added-fee smoothie after your every day exercise. If you do not know fairly what to order, ask the bartender to shock you. Mine did, and the outcome — a mix together with spinach, berries and peanut butter — was wonderful.

The Unfastened Cannon bar on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Hidden two turns off the principle drag between The Roundabout and The Dock Home on Deck 7, Unfastened Cannon is a nautically themed bar accented by classic diving helmets, rope accents and a jukebox. It is mild and ethereal and sometimes the location of a number of trivia challenges hosted by the leisure employees. Make sure to poke round, or you can miss it totally.

The Grounds Membership espresso bar on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

The ship’s predominant spot for espresso is The Grounds Membership on Deck 7, and a morning cease there rapidly grew to become a part of my every day routine. It sells scorching and iced specialty espresso drinks, made with Intelligentsia Espresso, that run the gamut from espressos, lattes and cappuccinos to macchiatos, mochas and flat whites.

There are additionally extra attention-grabbing concoctions, such because the Black Cat Fizz — a mix of Black Cat espresso, tonic and orange served over ice. The style wasn’t my favourite, however general, it was an oddly refreshing drink. Tea and scorching chocolate are additionally on the menu. A second espresso outpost, Grounds Membership Too, is positioned in The Galley meals courtroom on Deck 15. Each have nondairy milk alternate options available.

Inside The Manor, the ship’s den-like nightclub, there is a central bar on the primary ground that serves beer, wine and cocktails. It may be crowded on nights when there’s an occasion within the house, however should you head to the higher deck, you may discover a second bar that is usually much less mobbed. Loads of seating going through the stage and dance ground space is out there on each ranges, so you will not miss a minute of the motion.

In your method in, cease to take a selfie in what the crew calls essentially the most Instagrammed house on board — a mirrored hallway inlaid with hundreds of glowing white lights.

On the Rocks, the atrium bar on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

One of the central and, due to this fact, busy bars and lounge areas on the vessel, On the Rocks serves because the atrium bar. Positioned on the backside of The Roundabout, it hosts dwell music performances and has loads of large-group, alcove-style seating for passengers to get pleasure from. It is also the place the crew hosts a marriage between passengers on Scarlet Night time. (You will see; simply go together with it.)

Sip, the Champagne bar on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Feeling bubbly? Head to Sip, the ship’s elegant however extremely trafficked Champagne bar, which can be a typical spot for nightly dwell music. It serves up bottles, in addition to afternoon tea for an additional value.

Need Champagne however do not feel like venturing to Sip? Simply open the Virgin Voyages app and shake your cellphone to have a bottle delivered to wherever you might be on board.

A diner with popcorn, comfortable pretzels and spiked milkshakes is positioned proper subsequent to the video games space on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Not fairly a conventional bar, The Social Membership is a diner-style house that serves up spiked milkshakes alongside free nibbles like scorching canine, comfortable pretzels and sweet. It is ideally positioned close to Resilient Girl’s huge board recreation assortment, the arcade and The Unfastened Cannon bar, making it the hub for actions like gaming, karaoke and trivia. (Word that there is additionally a devoted karaoke lounge referred to as The Groupie, which has personal rooms you possibly can reserve totally free for events of various sizes.)

Along with these stand-alone bars, most eating places even have their very own devoted bars and drink menus. Notable ones embrace the Pink Agave bar, which encompasses a host of mezcal-based drinks, and Razzle Dazzle’s Crimson Bar, which whips up among the ship’s prettiest drinks, engineered by Cocktail Cartel.

Additionally price mentioning are Check Kitchen’s mixology courses, the place you may discover ways to create a social media-worthy cocktail, and the Grog Stroll, a hosted bar crawl that may take you to the vessel’s hottest watering holes.

Word: There is no such thing as a consuming allowed in The Crimson Room theater. You’ll have to end all drinks or dump them earlier than you might be allowed to enter.

Resilient Girl actions

A espresso tasting at Grounds Membership on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Resilient Girl places its personal spin on typical cruise ship actions. Trivia is scheduled a number of occasions a day, however it goes for greater than an hour, and individuals spin a wheel to find out the subject. Bingo is hosted by a drag queen. Afternoon tea is obtainable for a payment and comes with a aspect of Champagne.

Extra distinctive pastimes accessible on board embrace bar crawls, espresso tastings and mixology courses (all for a payment). Free actions vary from board recreation play, dodgeball and summer time camp arts and crafts to karaoke, ’90s boy band dance courses and stargazing.

A view over the principle pool deck on Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

In fact, there’s all the time the choice to excellent your glow in one of many ship’s two swimming pools or on the open solar decks. Attempting to keep away from these pesky tan traces? Deck 17’s The Perch permits topless sunbathing.

Oddly, there are not any scorching tubs by the principle pool. Nevertheless, there are two on the close by Fitness center & Tonic pool, two on Deck 16 aft close to The Web (a lounge internet that permits you to lie above the water) and two at Richard’s Rooftop outside lounge, which is unique to suite passengers.

One in all a number of desk video games on the on line casino on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

For those who’re prepared to pay for enjoyable, it’s also possible to go to the onboard on line casino, which has 115 slot machines and 10 tables for video games like blackjack, roulette and poker. Or, make an appointment for a service on the spa, nail salon, hairdresser or barber. (The final two are positioned close to The Roundabout within the ship’s Excessive Avenue purchasing space, which has shops promoting high-end jewellery, clothes, alcohol and Virgin Voyages branded gadgets.)

Feeling further daring? Schedule a tattoo or piercing session on the onboard Squid Ink physique artwork parlor.

A Muscle Seaside-style jungle health club close to the Fitness center & Tonic Pool on Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

One factor you will not pay further for on Resilient Girl is health courses. Not solely does Virgin Voyages differ from different traces in that its sweat classes are free, however it hosts a bigger number of choices than different traces do (suppose: yoga, bungee courses, spin and HIIT, full with a devoted HIIT space that is outfitted with rowers, leap containers, kettlebells, battle ropes and different gear, together with some which might be outdoor). A Muscle Seaside-style body weight class makes use of jungle health club gear on the pool deck, and an ’80s-themed aerobics class options Shake Weights and encourages cruisers to decorate up.

The jogging monitor on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

B-Advanced is a sizeable health middle the place passengers can do their very own exercises. It is break up into two components: Deck 15 port is Bike and Burn, which focuses on cardio (train bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and rowers), whereas Deck 15 starboard is Construct and Steadiness, which supplies weight machines, free weights and areas for yoga (full with mats).

A jogging monitor is positioned on Deck 17. Moreover The Perch, which typically presents outside yoga courses, there’s nothing else up there, so you will not need to dodge unwitting fellow passengers or rogue deck chairs.

It goes with out saying, however I am going to say it anyway: Virgin Voyages’ ships are for vacationers who’re 18 and older. As such, there are not any youngsters’s services on board.

Resilient Girl exhibits

A view of the brand new “Persephone” present from above on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

On the primary night time of my crusing, I discovered myself in The Crimson Room, the ship’s two-deck theater that may be configured in a wide range of methods to accommodate a number of sorts of exhibits. On this explicit event, I noticed “Persephone,” a narrative concerning the Greek goddess’ torrid love affair with Hades, the Greek god of the underworld.

To mesh with Resilient Girl’s Greece itineraries, Virgin’s leisure executives labored with Home of Sure and Kaleidoscope to create the present, which has passengers bellying proper as much as a number of phases, with performances happening throughout the room. They’re cohesive, although. As a staff of phenomenal singers and dancers takes to the principle stage, you may discover aerialists and pole dancers performing to both aspect whereas a gaggle of demons climbs the partitions of “hell” close to the again of the room.

Leather-based-clad dancers carry out throughout “Persephone” on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Regardless of the place you look, there’s one thing that may drop your jaw. In truth, the present was so good that I went again to see it once more on the ultimate night time of the voyage. If you wish to attend, it is best to order a spot forward of time on the Virgin Voyages app.

Dewey, Lola’s assistant, breaks out of his shell in “Lola’s Library.” ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Then there’s “Lola’s Library,” a cabaret-style selection present created by Ceilings Leisure, which runs the Mayfair Supper Membership on the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Be part of attractive librarian Lola, her assistant Dewey and cleansing woman Mary, who maintain the library open after hours for some off-color enjoyable whereas they attempt to foil a e book bandit who retains stealing tomes. Alongside the way in which, you may encounter pole dancers, aerialists, Jack the Stripper and a band of homosexual dwarfs.

Held in The Manor, this three-hour nightclub activation is split into three consecutive one-hour chunks provided a couple of occasions per crusing so passengers can come and go as they please.

Singers carry out throughout “One other Rose,” a for-fee dinner theater present on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

A 3rd new possibility is “One other Rose,” a dinner theater expertise the place passengers could be whisked away to get pleasure from one in every of 4 programs in a non-public room, as designed by one of many creators of the New York model of “Sleep No Extra.” Resilient Girl’s solely for-fee meal possibility, the present presents an excellent efficiency and scrumptious meals. In true love-triangle trend, a younger girl is pressured to decide on between two males she loves. After she marries, her husband falls in love with the opposite man, leading to a steamy (metaphorical) throuple — with sides of chaat and braised quick rib.

The fourth and closing new resident present, “Thoughts Mangler,” blends magic with comedy, drawing from a personality developed by Mischief Comedy, the corporate accountable for “The Play That Goes Improper” and “Magic Goes Improper.” This is likely one of the few exhibits Virgin Voyages has licensed, relatively than creating one thing new. The result’s that the Thoughts Mangler, a personality from a land-based present, can now be discovered on board Resilient Girl. Though he is a magician, the efficiency is extra about comedy than magic, taking part in on tropes like magicians’ planting of viewers members to assist them with their methods.

The “Miss Behave” present on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Cruiser-favorite holdovers from the road’s first two ships embrace drag exhibits and bingo hosted by resident drag queen Miss Titty Kaka; the “Miss Behave” present, a chaotic reminder that nothing actually issues until we are saying it does; and signature theme events just like the first-night PJ Celebration, ’80s-themed Klub Rubiks and red-focused Scarlet Night time, the place a completely made-up love story a few sailor and an octopus goddess results in rave-style debauchery on the pool deck.

As a part of a brand new idea referred to as Competition Stage, the vessel additionally has a collection of limited-time engagements that, on my voyage, included exhibits by Irish performer Abandoman. This musician and comic selected viewers members to interview after which created freestyle raps about their lives, on the spot, which had everybody in stitches. Upcoming acts embrace comedy-magic hybrids, acapella singing teams and Tape Face — an “America’s Bought Expertise” finalist who does a whole comedy routine together with his mouth taped shut.

Because the line retired controversial present “By no means Sleep Alone,” which debuted on Scarlet Girl and had dwell music, there’s now room for dwell music performances elsewhere all through Resilient Girl. A gifted duo and trio are present in varied bars and lounge areas to offer nightly tunes.

Resilient Girl itineraries and pricing

Crimson binoculars mounted on the solar deck of Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

On the time of publication, Resilient Girl was crusing a wide range of seven- and 10-night cruises from Athens, Greece, via December 2023, calling on the Greek Isles, in addition to ports in Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro. Costs begin from $157 per particular person, per night time ($1,099 per particular person for a seven-night crusing) for an inside cabin, not together with taxes and charges.

Beginning in December, the ship will reposition to Australia, providing two- to 14-night voyages from Sydney all through Australia and New Zealand. Costs for these cruises begin at $120 per particular person, per night time for an inside cabin.

What to know earlier than you go

Required paperwork


For those who’re a Resilient Girl passenger who’s additionally a U.S. citizen, you will want a passport that is legitimate for not less than six months from disembarkation day as a way to cruise as a result of ship’s worldwide departures.

Inexperienced card holders and non-U.S. residents might want to verify necessities primarily based on locations visited.

Additionally, you will need to do some on-line prep forward of time as a way to verify in and choose a time to reach on the embarkation port on the day of your crusing.


Virgin Voyages’ fares embrace gratuities. Meaning you will not see a every day service cost in your onboard invoice, nor ought to you must really feel it’s worthwhile to tip the crew further until somebody has really gone above and past.

You may need to come ready with some small payments to tip porters on the pier after they take your suitcases. It is also applicable to tip anybody who delivers room service (or Champagne), in addition to tour guides on shore excursions.


A cruiser utilizing a cell phone. D3SIGN/GETTY IMAGES

Primary Wi-Fi entry for 2 gadgets per particular person is free for Resilient Girl passengers. The connection speeds are respectable, however if you would like to do extra than simply go to web sites and verify your e-mails (suppose: streaming and video calling), you may must pay to improve to the ship’s premium Wi-Fi possibility.

I had the premium model on my crusing, and it was quick sufficient for me to stream TV exhibits and flicks and add photographs and movies.

Carry-on drinks coverage

Every passenger crusing on Resilient Girl is permitted to convey as much as 12 sealed 12-ounce (or smaller) cartons or cans of nonalcoholic drinks, equivalent to soda, water, juice and sports activities drinks. Every particular person of authorized consuming age (see beneath) may additionally convey two 750-milliliter bottles of wine. Cruisers aren’t allowed to convey their very own liquor or beer on board.

You have to transport any drinks in your carry-on baggage. Drinks detected in your checked luggage will probably be confiscated and returned on the finish of your crusing.

Any liquor purchases made ashore may even be held for you till the conclusion of your voyage. Pay particular consideration to customs limits should you plan to buy massive portions.

Smoking coverage

The smoking room on Deck 6 of Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl is outfitted with chairs and slot machines. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Passengers could solely smoke or vape within the Deck 6 smoking room outdoors the Crimson Room and in a delegated outside space on the starboard aspect of Deck 16 by the doorway to Richard’s Rooftop.

Smoking just isn’t permitted in passenger cabins or on stateroom balconies; anybody who would not adhere to that coverage will obtain a $500 effective and could possibly be topic to early disembarkation with out a refund.


Virgin Voyages’ ships don’t have self-service laundry rooms. Nevertheless, passengers can ship clothes out for urgent, washing and folding, or washing and urgent. Particular person gadgets value $4 every for press solely, $5 every for wash and fold, and $6 every for wash and press. Or, you are able to do a whole bag of washing and folding for $30.

Eco-cleaning (moist washing however with much less water and eco-friendly detergent that is simpler on materials) can be accessible for $7 per piece. Categorical turnaround (returned by 5:30 p.m. the identical day when picked up earlier than 11 a.m.) is $20 further for each common washing and dry-cleaning. Non-express gadgets will probably be returned the next day by 5:30 p.m.

Electrical retailers

Many public areas on Resilient Girl — equivalent to Grounds Membership and The Galley, pictured — have ample retailers for charging. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

All cabins are outfitted with a mixture of retailers, together with North American, USB and common (for European locations, the UK and plenty of different nations).

In my balcony cabin, I had two USB ports close to the mattress, together with a North American outlet. The desk and vainness space added two extra USB ports (one in every of which was taken up by the charging cable for the cabin’s pill, which controls the TV, curtains and temperature), two extra North American retailers and one common outlet.

The loos haven’t any retailers, so you may have to make use of electrical razors and magnificence your hair on the vainness.

It is also price mentioning that if, like me, you end up working remotely from the ship, lots of the public areas — together with The Grounds Membership espresso bar and The Galley meals courtroom — have tons of retailers accessible for charging.

Foreign money


The foreign money on all Virgin Voyages ships is the greenback. Earlier than you board, you may hyperlink a bank card to your account (which you are able to do through the app previous to embarkation day) or put up a money quantity from which you’ll be able to debit for purchases made on board.

Passengers is not going to obtain keycards until they’ve entry to Richard’s Rooftop, an unique solar deck reserved for cruisers booked in Rockstar Suites. The Band — an adjustable wire bracelet with a scannable gadget connected — serves as your room key and cost “card” once you sail. It is also used to scan you on and off the ship once you go ashore, and it permits the crew to find you once you use the shake for Champagne supply service.

Consuming age

One in all three drinks served throughout “One other Rose,” a dinner theater present on Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Though Virgin Voyages’ ships enable anybody 18 and older to sail, the consuming age on board is 21 years when ships are docked within the U.S. In worldwide waters and in locations like Europe, the place the consuming age is eighteen, the onboard consuming age is eighteen.

Gown code

Virgin Voyages has no official gown code and advises passengers to come back as they’re, whether or not it is a sparkly gown or denims and a T-shirt. Nevertheless, the common passenger enjoys wanting stylish and classy, even when dressed down. There are not any formal nights on board, however most individuals do grow to be one thing just a little nicer for dinner.

Make sure to convey one thing crimson for Scarlet Night time — a mix atrium spectacle, pool get together and nightclub rave that occurs as soon as per crusing. Different themed nights embrace a pajama get together and an ’80s bash, so pack accordingly.

Backside line

Virgin Voyages’ Resilient Girl. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

Though Resilient Girl is sort of similar to its sister ships in structure, inclusivity and quirkiness, it has discovered methods to distinguish itself with contemporary, new leisure. From jaw-dropping acrobatics and side-splitting comedy to performances that may have you ever singing and dancing together with the forged, you will not be disillusioned with the choices whereas crusing on this vessel.

Along with stellar leisure, you possibly can count on comfy lodging, top-notch meals and drinks, distinctive every day actions — critically, pack your legwarmers and scrunchies for the ’80s exercise — and a sense of nostalgia that may render you unable to do something however have a good time.

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