VIRGIN VOYAGE x MELANIN VOYAGE2023

MELANIN VOYAGE IS HITTING THE SEAS WITH VIRGIN VOYAGES.

Dates: April 14-19, 2023

Join Melanin Voyage as we hit the seas on this 6-day & 5-night sailing experience to the Dominican Republic & Bimini, Bahamas! We will venture to the snow-white shores of the Dominican Republic, with plenty of time to lay by the beach and explore the city streets. Add a full day and night spent at the exclusive Beach Club in Bimini, Bahamas (completely exclusive to Virgin Voyages sailors only), with a bonfire party under the stars as the finale to an amazing experience.

 

When we tell you this experience is going to be unforgettable, WE MEAN IT.

*Passport Required*

 

Don't miss out on this experience on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady with Melanin Voyage!

 

YOU MUST BE VACCINATED AT THIS TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXPERIENCE.

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PUERTO PLATA

THE

DESTINATIONS

 

PUERTO PLATA​

Tucked between the Cordillera Mountains and the Atlantic coast, Puerto Plata embodies geographical duality at its best. A day here can include vegging out on the snow-white beaches of Playa Dorada, or hiking through the jungle to the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua and careening down via natural slides. Or you can jump right in. We won't tell you how to live.

BIMINI

Full of stunning beaches, rich marine life, delicious local food, and ties to history and legends, Bimini in the Bahamas might just become the next "it" destination. Though small, the islands have had a big impact on history. Being the closest of the Bahamian islands to the U.S., it's an ideal destination for a long weekend in lavish tropical surroundings.

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BIMINI
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What's INCLUDED

6 Days & 5 Nights on Virgin Voyage Scarlet Lady

Stay on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady in boutique accommodations at sea. Live the high life on the seas with Virgin’s sleek, chic, and ultra-luxe cabins fit for a Rockstar. 

 

Wifi included

Browse, post, and stay connected with wifi — whenever you want, and wherever you are on the ship.

 

Adult-by-Design 18+ (Adults Only Experience Onboard)

No kids, no kidding. But your inner-child is highly encouraged to come along.

 

Private Welcome Dinner 

Bond with your newly-found travel fam for the first time during our private dinner at one of the restaurants on board. Feast on a Michelin-star curated menu to get the experience started right!

 

Onboard Credit (Sailor Loot) -- A Gift From Us 

Depending on what type of cabin you register for to participate in the experience, you will receive onboard credit as a thank you from us. The amount of onboard credit you will receive will be outlined in the portal during registration.

 

Photography Package (Images Delivered Daily)

If you didn’t take a picture it didn’t happen, right? Our lead photographer will be there every step of the way to capture the moments during your experience. Images will be delivered daily via our online secure photo-sharing platform so that you can make your family and friends jelly back home with your fire vacation pics!

 

Limited Edition Melanin Voyage Travel Box

Every experience receives a travel box in the mail with goodies from us. BUT, this box is going to get you super excited to be hitting the seas with us. This experience is one of a kind. Think ULTRA EXCLUSIVE merch! 

 

Admission To The Beach Club at Bimini, in Bimini, Bahamas

When we tell you the vibes at this beach club exclusively for Virgin Voyage’s sailors are top tier, we mean that. You’ll have the chance to relax, explore, and party in the Bahamas at the club. 

Dedicated Private Group Chat 

Get to know your future travel fam prior to your trip with a private group chat with all the attendees participating in the experience. Make plans, coordinate shore things, and more in the chat! 

Essential Drinks included

Stay hydrated with still and sparkling water, non-pressed juices, sodas, teas, and even drip coffee all included in your experience on Virgin Voyages. 

 

Tips included

Virgin has taken care of your servers, so Virgin covers the gratuities for your onboard experiences.

 

Group workouts included

Yoga, meditation, cycling, HIIT classes, and more — all your group fitness classes are covered.

 

All food included

From refined dining to relaxed casual, any and all of the 20+ eateries are yours to enjoy on Virgin. There is a restaurant or eatery for everyone, from relaxed & casual to top-tier Michelin-star cuisine. The sky is the limit.

NOT INCLUDED: Anything not mentioned above.
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ITINERARY

DAY 1.

Miami

 

Our experience begins in the lively city of Miami, affectionately called the “Magic City”. Miami is home to Virgin Voyage’s brand-new cruise terminal and the architecture and onboarding experience will not disappoint. Bring yourself, luggage, and “The Band” you received in the mail 45 days prior to departure to fast-track your onboarding process. Get settled in and meet up with your favorite black travel crew at our welcome dinner later that night to get things started right!  

 

Scarlet Lady departs at 07:00 PM, local time.

DAY 2.

At Sea

You should spend this day truly enjoying all the amenities that Virgin Voyages has to offer including the made-to-order cuisine curated by Michelin-star chefs, spa treatments, morning meditation yoga, a dip in the pool + so much more! Virgin Voyages has a lot to offer, and we’re sure you’ll get into something around the ship.

Later tonight, meet up with the travel crew at the Korean karaoke spot, The Groupie for a private karaoke session. Let’s set the tone for the night and sing all the musical hits to our heart’s content and have some amazing food and laughs. After karaoke, you never know what we will get into at sea ….

DAY 3.

Puerto Plata

Dock Hours: 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

 

It’s our first stop on our voyage! Get into the beautiful snow-white beaches of Playa Dorada and explore one or more of the 27 waterfalls at your disposal during your visit to this Dominican paradise. There will be plenty of shore things (excursions) to choose from to enhance your experience in Puerto Plata from relaxing to daring & once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It’s completely up to you how you want to spend your time in this pristine paradise.

DAY 4.

At Sea

 

We’re back at sea, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops. Virgin Voyage’s entertainment sets the bar with immersive experiences, impromptu performances by the Happenings Cast and so much more. If you need any recommendations, Pre’Knechia (the founder of Melanin Voyage) is a certified gold tier agent (the highest level of certification you can achieve) with Virgin Voyages and she knows exactly what to recommend to get you going. 

 

Meet up with the crew for a cocktail hour at The Sip onboard for an interesting conversation & cocktails.

DAY 5.

Bimini

DOCK HOURS:
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM

 

Let’s hit the beach club and turn up for our final full day at sea! The Beach Club at Bimini boasts some of the most delicious cocktails, thrilling shore things (excursions), and relaxed vibes a beach club could possibly offer. Exclusivity is a top priority to Virgin, so only Virgin Voyages sailors will be allowed admission to the beach club (sooooo VIP right?)! Virgin has completely nailed the vibe in this beach club to make you feel like you’re sipping cocktails on the beach in Ibiza, but you’re definitely in the Bahamas. Rent out a beach cabana and get bottle service to take your VIP experience at the beach club over the top. 

 

Enjoy your time lounging, participating in shore things that pique your interest, or sipping a few cocktails and taking a dip in the lagoon pool available at the beach club. The day is yours.

DAY 6.

Miami

 

RETURN TO PORT:
06:30 AM, local time 

 

The time has come for us to bring this experience to an end. We can guarantee that you won’t want to disembark from the boat, but all good things must come to an end. We say goodbye and plan to see each other on another Melanin Voyage experience.

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EXPERIENCE INVESTMENT

Payments Begin

August 1st, 2022

Installment Options

4 PAYMENTS/MONTH OR 8 PAYMENTS/BI-WEEKLY

All packages will be land-only. We have options for single, double, triple, and quadruple occupancy cabins for this experience. Depending on the type of cabin you select, pricing may increase or remain consistent according to the time that you register. Please review the investments carefully to make an informed decision and select the right package for you. Please note, anyone that who is not registered with us during this experience, will not participate in our exclusive events curated with Virgin Voyages, nor will they be included in our VIP experiences on shore. If you do not register with us, unfortunately, you will not be able to join our group regardless if you travel on the same itinerary. Virgin Voyages will be making exclusive accommodations for our group that do not allow tagalongs.

 

The (?) with a number inside indicates the number of individuals allowed in the cabin for that particular investment price. 

INSIDER CABIN

DEPOSIT: $250.00 per person

 

About The Cabin: 

 Are you the nightlife type who prefers to catch Z’s without the morning sun peeking through the blinds? Then this window-free cabin will be perfect. Add in all the amenities of other cabins, just subtract the pesky glare.

INVESTMENT PRICING PER PERSON:

Single Occupancy

$1,900.75 per person

Double Occupancy (2)

$1,612.25 per person

Triple Occupancy (3)

$1,291.50 per person

4 PAYMENTS

PAYMENTS BEGIN ON:

August 1, 2022

SEA VIEW CABIN

DEPOSIT: $250.00 per person

 

About The Cabin: 

 Views on views minus the messy hair. This cabin has all the amenities of cabin life with a window seat that’s the closest Sailors can get to the ocean without getting wet (save that for the pool party) – Port Hole View

INVESTMENT PRICING PER PERSON:

Single Occupancy

$2,131.75 per person

 

Double Occupancy (2)

$1,727.75 per person

 

Triple Occupancy (3)

$1,368.50 per person

4 PAYMENTS

PAYMENTS BEGIN ON:

August 1, 2022

SEA TERRACE CABIN

DEPOSIT: $250.00 per person

 

About The Cabin: 

 Epic ocean views, whether Sailors are inside on the European queen, transitional Seabed, or dangling from the sustainably sourced, hand-woven terrace hammock (that almost all of the Sea Terraces offer). Complete with nautically inspired brass and leather finishings, Sailors will enjoy this sensory and responsive clever cabin. Pick up the personal tablet to adjust the mood lighting, music controls, movie streaming, or order one-touch room service. Sea gaze outside or head into the Roomy Rainshower in the upgraded bathroom experience.

INVESTMENT PRICING PER PERSON:

Double Occupancy (2)

$1,881.75 per person

 

Triple Occupancy (3)

$1,471.16 per person

 

Quadruple Occupancy (4)

$1,265.87 per person

4 PAYMENTS

PAYMENTS BEGIN ON:

August 1, 2022

Rockstar Quarters By Request

Want to go all out? Request a suite in the Rockstar Quarters by reaching out to us at support@mvexperiences.com.

 

Rockstar Quarters includes some of the most indulgent living at sea! Amenities include access to Richard’s Rooftop (exclusive to Rockstar Quarter suites only), a curated in-room bar on Virgin, priority access for shore things, first-in-line for all activities & experiences onboard, and 24/7 access to the Rockstar agents (concierge) onboard to enhance your experience with Virgin Voyages who will be at your service during your voyage. 

 
Suites begin at a minimum of $2,000 per person.
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY! 
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NEXT STEPS

How To Register

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS - READ CAREFULLY

 

We’re glad that you are ready to register for your experience with us! Let’s talk about how you will register for this particular experience at sea.

 

First things first, all individuals participating must be ready to submit a deposit at the time of registration. We will make cabin assignments immediately and will need to place each individual in the correct cabin at initial registration. Each person must create an account and make payments towards their experience, NO EXCEPTIONS

 

Here’s How You Register: 

 

  1. Your whole crew is deposit ready and will register on the same day around the same time. You head to the registration link at the bottom of this page to book.

  2. You register yourself in the system. Everyone in your crew creates an account and you get to the “travel selection area” this is where you need to make the correct selection. 

  3. If there are 3 people in your group, you will select the desired cabin type and the correct number of occupants next to the cabin description. So if there are 3 of you, please select “Sea Terrace (3)” as your option. 

  4. You and your crew complete the other forms required. You get to the “travel follow-up area” and it will ask you if you are rooming/traveling with anyone. You type in all the names in your crew. Every last one.

  5. Reconfirm your travel selection and submit your deposit accordingly. 

  6. After the deposit is submitted and your whole crew has registered, you will receive an email from us confirming roommates and room type. 

  7. That’s it. Happy Sailing!

 

If everyone does not register at the same time or within the same day, we will adjust your occupancy on our behalf in the system which will result in a higher balance. Please register correctly. 

All deposits & payments are non-refundable, but all experiences are eligible for purchase protection which can reimburse you should you have to cancel due to medical reasons.

Travel insurance is still HIGHLY RECOMMENDED even if you obtain purchase protection for an additional fee. Payments are set to begin on the date listed above.

 

If the date has passed, your deposit or payments may fluctuate to catch up with the payment cycle and may DIFFER from the investment pricing listed above.

 

Payments are due monthly on the 15th and are considered late on the 16th. A travel disclosure and photography release are REQUIRED to be signed to proceed with registration for your experience. If the experience is not open for registration, we have either hit capacity or late registration has closed. To proceed with the registration, click the “register” button below and it will take you to our registration portal. Please read our FAQ for registration HERE if you have any questions or email us!

READY TO hit the seas WITH THE GANG?