Bookings open for some Virgin Voyages sailings

An oceanview cabin with sea terrace.

New entrant Virgin Voyages opened booking for a limited window of cruises in the spring of 2020, showing prices on its website that in a few cases exceed $2,000 per person for a four-day cruise.

The new brand, which likes to describe itself as cheeky, has posted a $4,100 price tag on a Sea Terrace accommodation for a four-day "Havana After Dark" itinerary departing April 5, 2020.

The line's first "Mayan Sol" itinerary, a five-day cruise departing Miami on April 10, was listed at $3,800 per cabin.

But listed prices go down on later departures. A cabin on the five-day Mexico cruise departing May 8 is listed at $2,700 and the Havana cruise goes down to $2,350 per cabin on the May 13 departure.

Virgin opened bookings for cruises departing April through October 2020, and listed four itineraries: "Havana After Dark" in four- and five-day versions, "Mayan Sol" and a five-day "Dominican Daze."

All cruises include a stop at Virgin Voyages' Beach Club in Bimini. The Mayan Sol cruise sails between Miami and Costa Maya, Mexico. The Dominican Daze cruise visits Puerto Plata.

Although Virgin's first ship, the 2,700-passenger Scarlet Lady, is comparable in size to ships in the industry's premium segment, Virgin Voyages includes a lot of complimentary items in its fare, such as free Internet and premium restaurants without an upcharge.

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