NEWS + 8 PHOTOS: Virgin Voyages Valiant Lady featured on “The Bachelorette”. Get your roses ready, Bachelor Nation, as the latest season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” hits the high-seas on one epic journey to find love.
Bachelorettes Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey will set sail and find themselves in an incredible two-on-one situation with Virgin Voyages, the award-winning new cruise line founded by billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Filmed aboard the bold and stunning Valiant Lady, the upcoming episodes will feature romantic and adventurous dates, all with some of the Mediterranean’s most alluring backdrops. This episode of “The Bachelorette,” currently in its 19th season, airs Monday, August 1, 8/7c on ABC.
The jaw-dropping cruise line, Virgin Voyages, knows a thing or two about making a good first impression, having already won best ship awards from Travel + Leisure, Cruise Critic and Condé Nast Traveler. Valiant Lady, the second ship in the fleet, proves she’s here for all the right reasons, ready to take Gabby and Rachel on the adventure of a lifetime. After unwavering support of each other through a devastating dual breakup in the season 26 finale of “The Bachelor,” these fan favorites are standing by each other’s side once again.
Valiant Lady is stealing the men and Bachelorettes away for an incredible jaunt around the Med. From thoughtful convos over cocktails at On the Rocks to one-on-ones at Pink Agave, the elevated ship spaces are sure to stun Bachelor Nation. Like the rockstars they are, Gabby and Rachel stayed in the two on-board massive suites.
These stunning spaces designed by Tom Dixon feature an expansive outdoor deck perfect for morning sun salutations, loungers for stargazing, a hot tub, cozy rockstar robes and peek-a-view showers with iridescent windows that look out onto the sea. They also have glam stations and vinyl turntables to spin the Spice Girls or JLo when warming up for a night on the town ship.
The Manor – the ship’s signature nightclub that traces back to Richard Branson’s first Virgin music studio – makes a special appearance during one of the season’s most competitive dates, while Redemption Spa’s relaxing thermal suite and mud room doubles as a merman hideaway and hangout for the guys.
When not on dates, the men have their run of Valiant Lady, enjoying the outdoor daybeds of The Dock, playing air hockey at The Social Club and kicking back at the Loose Cannon, reminiscent of the British seaside bars and the likeliest place for an impromptu sea shanty.
“Rachel and Gabby couldn’t have a better wingwoman than Valiant Lady, and we’re thrilled to play a role in their journey to find the one,” said Virgin Voyages’ President Nirmal Saverimuttu. “The Bachelorette has never been filmed on a luxury ocean cruise line before, and I think fans will be intrigued and realize that the incredible experience we offer on-board extends beyond the show. They too can embark on a luxurious and relaxing couple’s getaway or guys/girls trip and have an amazing time setting sail the Virgin way.”
Virgin Voyages is taking the cruising industry by storm with its four-ship fleet and exclusively adult cruising experience. Scarlet Lady sails out of Miami, offering four- and five-night trips through gorgeous Caribbean waters with each itinerary including a sun-soaked day in Bimini, Bahamas. Valiant Lady departs from Barcelona on a series of seven-night voyages to the most irresistible coastal destinations in Spain, France and Italy, each with an overnight stay in Ibiza. Virgin Voyages’ third ship, Resilient Lady, will make her debut in Athens next May, offering Sailors seven-night itineraries through the Greek Isles; and Brilliant Lady’s itineraries will be announced soon.
So, Bachelor Nation, can we steal you away? Because an elevated and unforgettable vacation awaits. Setting sail the Virgin way means giving Sailors an all-encompassing experience with gratuities covered, free Wi-Fi, essential drinks and unlimited group fitness classes – $600 in value all included in the voyage fare. Starting Aug. 1, 2022, buy one Sailor and snag 50% off the voyage fare for a second Sailor. Solo travelers will also receive 50% off. This offer also comes with a $100 Bar Tab Bonus when you purchase a $300 Bar Tab and is valid for any cabin category, excluding suites. Book by Aug. 31, 2022 for sailings August 2022 – March 2023.