Virgin Voyages has revealed the first official rendering of the first ever cruise ship during the ships keel laying ceremony.

During keel laying event at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Virgin Voyages revealed the rendering of its first ever cruise ship. The new class vessel will be 110,000 gross tons, carry 2,800 guests and 1,150 crew members. The vessel will be based out of Port Miami, Florida and offer Caribbean cruises year-round when it enters service in 2020.

The ship will be like no other and only for adults at 18 years and over. Virgin Voyages is also offering cruisers to get ahead with $500 deposits. Putting down the deposit will get cruisers on the pre-sale list and be among the first to secure a cabin.

With a modern new look, the first ever Virgin Voyages ship will also feature the mermaid guide. The mermaid will showcase the Virgin brand at sea and located on the ship hull. The mermaid is set to inspire and excite sailors the explorer more according to Virgin.

Virgin Voyages Mermaid
Image By: Virgin Voyages

During the keel laying event, the ship tease was unveiled which the cruise line had been building up to through the month. The event was attended by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin. Singer Boy George also was invited by Branson to celebrate the keel laying event in style.

We posted the live Facebook coverage on our site but sadly it didn’t all go to plan with Virgin Voyages not being able to offer most of the live event with sound. The event did look good and fun and readers can take a look here.

What’s a “Keel”? Well it’s the first part of @VirginVoyages ship which we lower into the dry dock at Fincantieri…

Posted by Virgin Voyages on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The new Virgin cruise ship still has many construction milestones to come including the float out onto the water for the very first time, the start of the fitting out phase and sea trials. The cruise line will be releasing further details on the ship over the coming months which we are really looking forward to.