The Resilient Lady cruise ship is Virgin Voyages’ third of four sister ships ordered to shipbuilding company Fincantieri.
Virgin Voyages’ fleet of Lady Ships includes the Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady, Resilient Lady, and Brilliant Lady. The company’s Lady Ships are exclusively for adults and offer services for those over 18 years old.
Fincantieri was awarded the contract worth €700m to build the ship in 2018. The company delivered the Resilient Lady to Virgin Voyages in December 2022 at the Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
The cruise ship began its maiden voyage in May 2023 from Athens, Greece.
Resilient Lady design and features
The 110,000 gross tonnage (gt) Resilient Lady cruise ship can accommodate 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew members. It has an overall length of 278m, a width of 38m, and 17 decks. The cruising speed of the ship is 20 knots, with a maximum speed of 22 knots.
The Resilient Lady features a Central/South American mermaid mural on its port and starboard sides, which is considered to be both an emblem and guardian of the ship. The mermaid was designed by oil painter and muralist Jodie Herrera.
The hull of the ship features a hydrodynamic design, which supports performance with consequent fuel saving. The ship is equipped with an energy production system of approximately 1MW that uses waste heat from its diesel engines.
The vessel is equipped with a scrubber system and a catalytic converter to further reduce its environmental impact. It is also furnished with LED lights to further minimise the energy consumption.
The Lady Ship series features 1,330 cabins and 78 RockStar Quarters on its vessels.
The Mega Rockstar Quarters offer the biggest and most exclusive suites on the Lady series of vessels, with accommodation for up to four guests. The suites are available in four types, namely the Massive Suite (2,147ft2), Fab Suite (950ft2), Posh Suite (833ft2) and Gorgeous Suite (570ft2). Features of the suites include prime access to onboard services, 24/7 dedicated room service, an unlimited in-room bar, complimentary parking at Port Miami’s Terminal V, and complimentary Thermal Suite access. The suite also grants access to Rockstar members-only sundeck.
The Rockstar Quarters are available in four categories with accommodation for up to four guests. They are available in four types, namely the Brilliant Suite (482ft2), Cheeky Corner suite (615ft2-857ft2), Seriously suite (352ft2) and Sweet Aft suite (416ft2-661ft2). Features include 24/7 dedicated room service, prime booking access to onboard services, and access to the Rockstar members-only sundeck.
The Sea Terrace can accommodate up to four guests with living space ranging from 185ft2 to 225ft2. Features include a rain shower, hand-woven terrace hammock, and views of the horizon.
The Sea View with a porthole view is designed for solo and group travellers, with accommodation for up to three guests with living space varying from 130ft2 to 190ft2. Guests can opt for super large single beds, or duos perched on window seats.
Finally, the Insider cabins offer accommodation for up to four people and are suitable for group, solo, and duo travellers with living space ranging from 105ft2 to 177ft2.
Dining and bar options
The Resilient Lady cruise ship offers multiple cuisines from multiple restaurants, including The Wake, Razzle Dazzle, The Test Kitchen, Pink Agave, Gunbae, Extra Virgin, The Galley, The Dock, and The Pizza Place.
Guests can enjoy a wide variety of dining and drinking options from these restaurants, ranging from seafood specialities, Mexican to traditional Italian culinary, burgers, pizzas, and more.
Virgin Voyages also introduced a Greek-inspired food and beverage menu known as Opa Hour on the launch of the Resilient Lady.
The Resilient Lady offers multiple bars and lounges for guests, including an outdoor lounge known as The Dock, The Manor nightclub, the Athletic Club sports bar, and the Sip, a lounge offering champagne and signature high teas. The Draught Haus on deck seven offers brewed beers.
The VIP exclusive outdoor lounge meanwhile, Richard’s Rooftop, is available on deck 16.
Entertainment and other amenities
The Resilient Lady cruise ship offers spaces for events and gigs such as The Red Room theatre, an on-board record shop called Voyage Vinyl and The Groupie, and a bookable karaoke, gaming, and movie lounge.
The cruise ship also features sports and fitness facilities such as a training centre at the Athletic Club, space for yoga known as The Perch, and a running track known as The Runway. B-Complex is another fitness and well-being venue with yoga and bike rooms.
The well-being pool features a large whirlpool, two plunge pools, and MyBeast, an artistic adult playground and fitness apparatus. The venue also hosts the Gym and Tonic bar, which serves cold-pressed juices and handcrafted cocktails.
The ship offers grooming areas such as the Redemption spa equipped with a hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds, and spa treatments. The Stubble and Groom barber shop offers shaves, haircuts, beard trimmings, and what is claimed to be the only male pedicure spa at sea.
Other amenities include The Dry Dock beauty bar, The Tune Up nail salon, and the Squid Ink tattoo studio.
Engine and propulsion
The Resilient Lady is powered by two 8L46F and two 12V46F Wartsila diesel engines providing a power output of 2 x 9,600kW and 2 x 14,400kW respectively. The propulsion system features two 16,000kW units for a combined installed electrical power of 48,000kW on the vessel.
The Resilient Lady cruise ship debuted in May 2023 on a seven-night maiden voyage, calling ports at Santorini, Rhodes, Bodrum, and an overnight stay in Mykonos during its journey.
The ship will embark on a transcontinental voyage from December 2023 to March 2024, arriving at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to set sail through that country and New Zealand.