Ever since I found that Virgin was getting into the cruise industry, I was very excited with the idea. Competition especially from innovative companies, is always good for the industry. Also taking into account the fact that Virgin has a history in the travel industry, and the success of the company. Richard Branson has a way of turning each company he touches into gold.
Keeping in mind that these renderings are nothing more than concepts for the final product. I have to say I enjoy seeing something unusual in the industry. Sure, I see flaws. One being that the ship seems to be very enclosed and disconnected from the ocean. However, something tells me that the final product will not be as such. Another thing that I noticed on the rendering is that there seems to be some traits of the Oasis class in there. If you look closely at the rendering, you can see the split structure concept, allowing them to have balconies looking at the inside of the ship.
It’s also quite interesting to see an inverted bow on a large modern cruise ship for the first time. This design is better for fuel economy, permitting the ship to cut through to the water rather than pushing it out of its way. However, it is not without its flaws. I wonder how they are going to deal with the splash at high speeds, or rough seas.
Now we play the waiting game. Not only to see the final cruise ship, but also the overall position of the cruise line. Will it be a budget friendly or a luxury cruise line?
I for one wish that the company is aimed at the average consumer :).