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AMAZING DEAL: 7 nights Virgin Voyages full board cruises for two for 115,000 Virgin Points

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If you missed this amazing offer earlier in the year, it is back.

You can get a seven night European cruise on ‘Valiant Lady’, the 2nd ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet, for just 115,000 Virgin Points for two people.

The cruise is full board. All your meals, soft drinks, fitness classes, entertainment etc are included – even tips.

Virgin Voyages has also added bargain priced cruises to the Caribbean, departing from Miami.

Valiant Lady Virgin Voyages

Note that, since Virgin Voyages last had this deal, the Barcelona cost has gone up from 95,000 points to 115,000 points, albeit that is still laughably good value. The Miami cruises have been reduced by 5,000 points to either 110,000 or 120,000 points.

A lot of HfP readers jumped on this redemption when it was offered earlier in the year. The feedback in our forum has been fantastic – from young and old, from those who wanted a bit of a party to those who simply wanted a quiet break after a tricky couple of years.

Have a read at this forum thread and this forum thread, for a start. There is also a Virgin Voyages master thread in our forum for your Q&A.

Here are the three options for a holiday in Europe:

The Irresistible Med

Departs 21st August, 4th September, 18th September, 2nd October

  • Day 1 – Barcelona. Departs at 1800
  • Day 2 – Toulon. Arrives at 0830, departs at 1800
  • Day 3 – Marina di Carrara. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2000
  • Day 4 – Ajaccio. Arrives at 0800, departs at 1800
  • Day 5 – Cagliari. Arrives at 0900, departs at 1800
  • Day 6 – Ibiza. Arrives at 1900
  • Day 7 – Ibiza. Departs at 1800
  • Day 8 – Barcelona. Arrives at 0630

French Daze & Ibiza Nights

Departs 14th August, 11th September, 9th October

  • Day 1 – Barcelona. Departs at 1800
  • Day 2 – Marseille. Arrives at 0800, departs at 1800
  • Day 3 – Cannes. Arrives at 0800
  • Day 4 – Cannes. Departs at 1400
  • Day 5 – Olbia. Arrives at 0800, departs at 1800
  • Day 6 – Ibiza. Arrives at 1900
  • Day 7 – Ibiza. Departs at 1800
  • Day 8 – Barcelona. Arrives at 0630

Spanish Obsession

Departs 28th August, 25th September

  • Day 1 – Barcelona. Departs at 1800
  • Day 2 – Palma de Mallorca. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2200
  • Day 3 – Sailing
  • Day 4 – Gibraltar. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2200
  • Day 5 – Malaga. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2000
  • Day 6 – Ibiza. Arrives at 1900
  • Day 7 – Ibiza. Departs at 1800
  • Day 8 – Barcelona. Arrives at 0630

Here are a few things to note:

  • you need to fly to and from Barcelona at your own expense
  • it is adults only
  • you must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus
  • the cost is 115,000 Virgin Points for a Sea Terrace or Limited View Sea Terrace cabin, which sleeps one or two people – there is no discount for single occupancy
  • each member can book up to four cabins

How much do these cruises cost for cash?

Take a look – you’re getting almost €3,000 of value for your 115,000 Virgin Points on peak dates:

Virgin Voyages points deals

Here is what the Virgin Red site has to say:

“Ahoy there! This is a limited-time special offer, and there is only a limited number of cabins available. Choose ANY 7-night sailing from Barcelona on Virgin Voyages’ Valiant Lady between now and 16/10/2022 – just as long as you complete your booking by 30/09/2022.

We repeat: you must complete your booking by 30/09/2022. There isn’t a moment to waste!

Not only does this offer present jaw-dropping value – you also get to pick your preferred route and sail dates! Our cousins over at Virgin Voyages have curated three itineraries featuring some of the most idyllic islands and effervescent cities in Europe. All journeys begin and end in Barcelona, with an overnight finale in Ibiza.

It gets even better… When it comes to additional costs, Virgin Voyages has you covered – all food, soft drinks, tips, group fitness classes, entertainment and Wi-Fi are always included.

With menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs, the responsibly sourced food makes it easy to strike a balance. From their first-to-sea Korean BBQ and elegant steakhouse to the 24/7 diner perfect for satiating those late-night cravings, Virgin Voyages take food, and the experience around it, seriously.

This is your holiday and they’ve made it a point to ensure that you get a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea… This means there are no kids on board. From workout classes and gym facilities to luxe spa treatments, the adults-only voyage gives you plenty of chances to relax, rejuvenate, and restore. And if you want to sit back and do nothing, fresh-pressed juices served poolside will make “nothing” feel like everything.

And when you’re done with whatever self-care looks like for you, the one-of-a-kind, I’ve-definitely-never-seen-anything-like this-before entertainment awaits your arrival. Between modern, larger-than-life retellings of Romeo and Juliet (with a circus twist) and immersive pop-up acts that happen organically throughout the voyage, you’ll see the ship brought to life in new and unexpected ways.

As for digs, you’ll be kicking back in The Sea Terrace (or Limited View Sea Terrace, depending on availability). Designed to give sweeping views of the horizon from the front and back zones of the ship, these cabins boast a configurable bed and high-tech mood lighting, allowing you to transform the space and create your own vibe. To top it all off, the hammock on the terrace is perfect for a little ‘me’ time, while the 24-hour food delivery service is on hand to thwart any pesky 2am cravings.

Word of advice: don’t pay for any flights or transfers until your place on board is confirmed by Virgin Voyages! Spaces are filling up quickly, so pick your jaw off the floor and make a splash by booking your spot today. Hurry, these cabins will be gone faster than you can say “cannonball”.

Virgin Voyages Miami

I fancy a Caribbean cruise instead …..

And why not? (Apart from the need to fly to Miami.)

There are also cruises on Scarlet Lady, the first Virgin Voyages ship. The timings are the same – book by 30th September (or until cabins run out) for travel by the end of the year. Look on the Virgin Voyages website to see which cruises operate on which dates.

Here are your options:

Fire & Sunset Soirées (110,000 points)

  • Day 1 – Miami. Departs at 1900
  • Day 2 – Key West or Nassau. Arrives at 0800, departs at 1900
  • Day 3 – Beach club at Bimini. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2000
  • Day 4 – Sailing
  • Day 5 – Miami. Arrives at 0630

Riviera Maya (120,000 points)

  • Day 1 – Miami. Departs at 1900
  • Day 2 – Sailing
  • Day 3 – Cozumel, Playa del Carmen. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2200
  • Day 4 – Sailing
  • Day 5 – Beach club at Bimini. Arrives at 0800, departs at 2000
  • Day 6 – Miami. Arrives at 0630

Dominican Daze (120,000 points)

As above but Day 3 is in Puerto Plata

Mayan Sol (120,000 points)

As above but Day 3 is in Costa Maya

The Caribbean cruises are poorer value for UK residents, of course, because you are using more points per day and will need flights to Miami.

Note that there is no guarantee that you can book the exact cruise you want, although in reality – with loads reportedly low – it shouldn’t be a problem. No-one who booked when this offer ran a couple of weeks ago had any trouble getting the dates they wanted.

If you want to find out more about Virgin Voyages, here is our report from an afternoon on ‘Scarlet Lady’, the first ship in the fleet.

You can book via the Virgin Red app or online. Filter the ‘Spend’ options by ‘High To Low Points’ to find them quickly.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (83)

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  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    It’s certainly a spectacular deal. Does someone want to take our kids for a week so we can go? Can pay you to take them in a variety of reward currencies…. 😀 😀

  • Andyf says:

    It makes me sad that it’s adults only what a great redemption. I’d book this straight away if they’d let babies onboard!

    • Amy C says:

      Being adults only with no babies on board is the only thing appealing to me about it. 😅

  • YH says:

    I’ve got a bunch of points tied up in a cancelled VS award booking on ANA.

    I can’t seem to request a refund for this online – is there a way I can get the points redeposited back into my account without having to wait till the morning to call up?

    • BrotherLehman says:

      Yeah same thing – I got the tax component refunded but the points never made it back to my account despite filling out some online form a few times grrr

    • JW says:

      When I had the opposite problem (points came immediately, cash portion never came) solved it

    • YH says:

      Quick update… I called up this morning to sort this out. Got the points back in my account – took about 45mins. Tax refund is being processed but I’m in less of a rush for that.

      Redeemed for the cruise and awaiting the email with the voucher to select my dates – it says up to 5 days for someone to contact me. Does anyone have experience how long this actually takes?

  • Thomas says:

    I went on the initial 12 day cruise from Pompey: unbelievably fantastic experience as a solo traveller. I’ll be signing up again – maybe see you aboard…

    • Nick says:

      @Thomas can you share any more detail about how/why you thought it particularly good for solo travellers? It really doesn’t seem ‘me’ but given the feedback I’m tempted to give it a go.

      If anyone knows someone who works at Virgin, they can often get enormous F&F discounts if you can travel at shortish notice.

  • Dave B says:

    Can book 2 back to back? 2 weeks in the Med.

    • Rob says:

      No reason why not but I assume they’d make you pack and reboard half way through for security reasons.

      • TimM says:

        Cruise lines generally have arrangements for those booking B2B. If you don’t have the same cabin, they let you know what time to visit reception to pick up the new key card in order to move. They usually offer help but I have always preferred to do it myself to ‘maintain order’. If you have the same cabin, it is totally transparent. You can watch guests leaving in the morning and then arriving in the afternoon. The formal eateries are usually closed for lunch so you have to slum it at the buffet. You are never asked to disembark and re-embark.

      • JohnG says:

        Virgin don’t. You have a meeting on the changeover day onboard (in Sip), where you had to get retested for COVID previously (I think this is gone now), but unless you specifically did something to change cabin then you didn’t have to leave the boat or move your stuff. I imagine most people do go into Barcelona though given there’s not much to do on changeover day.

  • Fraser says:

    Why does the Virgin Red site seem to indicate you need to “Redeem” and have the points deducted from your account before you know which dates are available? Surely, like with flights, you would only want to commit to spending the points once you know the dates are suitable!

    • Rob says:

      The terms do say that this is how it works. In reality you are 99% sure of getting the date you want and if not I think we could persuade VR into refunding you. I don’t know of a single reader who did not get the date they wanted – as long as cabins are being sold for cash on your dates it will be fine.

    • Rhys says:

      It’s not an automated process. But from previous experience I think everyone got their preferred dates.

  • stevenhp1987 says:

    One thing to note that was wrong in previous articles and in this one.

    The cruise arrives in Ibiza at 19:00 not 07:00.

    It’s essentially a sea day.

    • TimM says:

      easyCruise (remember that?) always arrived in port in the evenings and left early morning. Every day was a sea day for ‘chillin’ before the next night’s ‘clubbin’. Thank heavens it went bust.

    • Rob says:

      Thanks, will fix

  • Grimz says:

    Slightly OT, I transferred 20k membership rewards points to virgin flying club over a week ago and nothing has arrived in my flying club account. I have contacted Amex on the chat and they are directing me to Virgin. It was a first time transfer from Amex but this shouldn’t take that long? Is there an easy way of contacting Virgin to raise this query? I never received an email either from Amex confirming the transfer.

    • dmm27 says:

      I had the same issue. I think I resolved it by ringing Amex and asking them to manually do the transfer. It ended up going through in the end but initially Amex & Virgin both said it was an issue at the other end. I got the impression they have a “flow chart” to follow when you 1st point out the problem so you need to get them to manually intervene.

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