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EXTENDED TO AUGUST: 7 nights Virgin Voyages full board cruises for two for 80,000 Virgin Points

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If you missed these amazing offers last year, they are back. You will not find a better points redemption in 2023.

Due to strong demand (mainly from our readers I think!) Virgin Voyages has now opened up dates in August too. The final departure date allowed is now 27th August.

You can get a seven night European cruise on ‘Valiant Lady’ or ‘Resilient Lady’, the 2nd and 3rd ships in the Virgin Voyages fleet, for just 80,000 Virgin Points for two people.

If you don’t have 80,000 Virgin Points in your account, you can buy the extra here. You should still come out ahead.

(If you are looking for the original article from last week, which had a couple of hundred useful comments under it, click here.)

Valiant Lady Virgin Voyages

What’s included with your cruise?

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

The following are not included:

  • alcoholic drinks, although package deals are usually offered before departure allowing you to prepay for drinks credit at a discount if you wish
  • flights and transfers to Athens or Barcelona
  • someone to look after your children back home – these are adults only trips

A lot of HfP readers jumped on these redemptions last 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. There is a Virgin Voyages master thread in our forum for your Q&A.

If you are short of Virgin Points, options include:

  • transferring Tesco Clubcard points (should happen overnight)
  • transferring American Express Membership Rewards points (should be instant)
  • transferring Heathrow Rewards points (not clear about timeframe)

Where can you go on a Virgin Voyages 80,000 points cruise?

Here are your options:

Greek Island Glow

Departing 4th June, 18th June, 25th June, 9th July, 16th July, 30th July, 6th August, 20th August, 27th August

  • Day 1 – Piraeus (Athens). Departs at 7:00pm.
  • Day 2 – Santorini. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 10:00pm.
  • Day 3 – Rhodes. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 4 – Bodrum. Arrives at 8:00am, departs at 8:00pm.
  • Day 5 – Sailing.
  • Day 6 – Mykonos. Arrives at 9:00am.
  • Day 7 – Mykonos. Departs at 2:00pm.
  • Day 8 – Piraeus (Athens). Arrives at 6:30am.

Adriatic Sea & Greek Gems

Departing 11th June, 2nd July, 23rd July, 13th August

  • Day 1 – Piraeus (Athens). Departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 2 – Sailing.
  • Day 3 – Split. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 9:00pm.
  • Day 4 – Dubrovnik. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 10:00pm.
  • Day 5 – Kotor. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 07:00pm.
  • Day 6 – Corfu. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 09:00pm.
  • Day 7 – Sailing.
  • Day 8 – Piraeus (Athens). Arrives at 0630.

The Irresistible Med

Departing 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July, 16th July, 30th July, 13th August, 27th August

  • Day 1 – Barcelona. Departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 2 – Toulon. Arrives at 9:00am, departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 3 – Marina di Carrara. Arrives at 8:00am, departs at 8:00pm.
  • Day 4 – Sailing.
  • Day 5 – Ajaccio. Arrives at 8:00am, departs at 5:00pm.
  • Day 6 – Ibiza. Arrives at 7:00pm.
  • Day 7 – Ibiza. Departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 8 – Barcelona. Arrives at 6:30am.

French Daze & Ibiza Nights

Departing 11th June, 25th June, 9th July, 23rd July, 6th August, 20th August

  • Day 1 – Barcelona. Departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 2 – Marseille. Arrives at 8:00am, departs at 7:00pm.
  • Day 3 – Cannes. Arrives at 8:00am, departs at 9:00pm.
  • Day 4 – Palma de Mallorca. Arrives at 6:00pm.
  • Day 5 – Palma de Mallorca. Departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 6 – Ibiza. Arrives at 7:00pm.
  • Day 7 – Ibiza. Departs at 6:00pm.
  • Day 8 – Barcelona. Arrives at 6:30am.

Here are a few things to note:

  • you need to fly to and from Athens or Barcelona at your own expense
  • it is adults only
  • the cost is 80,000 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

How much do these cruises cost for cash?

Take a look – you’re getting up to £2,900 of value for your 80,000 Virgin Points on peak dates. Here is a ‘Greek Island Glow’ quote for the 30th July sailing:

Virgin Voyages 80000 Virgin points offer

This is a ludicrous 3.6p per Virgin Point. That’s 3.6x more than you’ll get for a premium cabin flight in most cases, and 7x more than you’ll get for any other redemption via the Virgin Red site.

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 a seven-night sailing departing from either Athens on Resilient Lady or Barcelona on Valiant Lady between 01 June and 31 July 2023 [now 27th August 2023].

The price is per cabin (one or two persons). There is no single sailor supplement available.

Virgin Voyages has curated four glamorous itineraries that allow you to experience some of the most picturesque islands and coastal cities in the Mediterranean. Thanks to late-night departures or overnight finales, you’ll have plenty of time to explore each stop in addition to the ship itself (a destination in its own right). It’s called having your cake and eating it too.

Speaking of cake… Virgin Voyages takes food, and the experience around it, very seriously. With a-la-carte menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs, you can munch your way through countless unique eateries, from the Korean BBQ and elegant steakhouse to the red hot Mexican and 24/7 diner.

This adults-only voyage is designed to give you plenty of chances to relax, with workout classes, gym facilities and luxe spa treatments to name but a few. 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. With immersive pop-up acts that could happen anywhere on board, 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). 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 will be at your beck and call in the unlikely event of hunger pangs.

Wait. 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.

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 make a splash by booking your spot today. Hurry, these cabins will be gone faster than you can say “cannonball”.

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 has had an issue so far.

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.

If you want to top up your balance by buying Virgin Points, the link is here.

You can book via the Virgin Red app or online. Read the instructions carefully before booking – you need to check there is still a relevant cabin available for cash before ordering your booking code, and once it arrives you should book ASAP before the availability disappears. Codes now seem to be arriving within 24 hours after a slow period over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Based on last year, you should be offered the chance to upgrade your cabin for cash nearer the time of departure if you want something larger.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 & four 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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (84)

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  • Sophie says:

    Any ideas if they will bring out for September and when this might be? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      No idea, sorry.

    • Ryan says:

      Last year the offer was only on for Jun-Aug sailings

    • Andy says:

      I booked a points cruise on May 18th last year for an October 22 sailing – French Daze & Ibiza nights. The offer wasn’t limited to Jun-Aug sailings.

      • Sophie says:

        I thought so, and if you google it this article from 2022 days from now until Oct 2022. So I think you are right. I’m just worried we won’t get it and I don’t know whether to panic buy august now.
        Would you recommend the cruise in general though? Thanks

        • Andy says:

          It was our first ‘voyage’ with any cruise line – and it was great. I wouldn’t hesitate to go again if the timing was right.

      • Howard0181 says:

        We went using points in September.

  • John says:

    Impressed with it so far. Bought most of the points on Friday and the access codes came through today (Monday.) I slightly more than half expected the only date we could find Avios flights for, to have become unavailable over the weekend……but it hasn’t, so all booked and confirmed! Best Avios I could find was club Europe (with soon to expire 241) to and from Valencia (for Barcelona) with an overnight hotel in Spain at both ends of the cruise. I expected the train links to be much better than is the case, but 2 sets of (one day one way) car hire shouldn’t break the bank?

    • Bervious says:


      I’m also doing Valencia , looking at the train connections it appears that renfe don’t always load their trains so far in advance, i’m seeing much better availability with 30 days or less to go, than 60 days or less to go. Credit to for their explanation ”When does booking open? In theory, tickets should go on sale 60 days ahead for all trains other than AVE trains which should open 90 days ahead. However, this isn’t exact – Renfe is a law unto itself, and loads dates in large blocks as and when it feels like it, often significantly less than 60 days and often loading some trains before others. If you go online and don’t see the complete train service which you’re expecting to see, and it’s more than a month to go before departure, the chances are that all trains are not yet loaded. Renfe is particularly lax in opening bookings for dates after the timetable changes at midnight on the 2nd Saturday in June and 2nd Saturday in December when the booking horizon can shrink to as little as 30 days.”

      • John says:

        Many thanks. A useful read. Looking at the train times back from Barcelona, I suspect there may be major track works in the offing? I’ve decided to book two lots of car rental with Avis, and add a few more Avios to the bucket.

  • Harry says:

    Can you pool points from 2 Virgin Flying club accounts?

  • EXJetDriver says:

    I continue to be impressed by this!

    Booked 2 weeks ago, and sent details of our status match (Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean.) No fuss, they sent an email confirming our deep blue benefits and a “thank you for giving us a try” message. Today another email and the app confirms $100 in our “sailor loot” account plus an invoice for $300 bar tab, which they will apply another $100 bonus to upon receipt. It’s all been very positive (if slightly less than instantaneous) so far. My only concern now is that this cruise is clearly marketed towards the “young and the beautiful people,” so I am just hoping all the other “sailors” are as well!

    Saved so much money that I can now afford a new set of teeth and a better ear trumpet and will surprise the Mrs with a new set of red granny pants for scarlet night!

  • Moji Alade says:

    I am checking l have 40000 points and my sister has the same. Would we be able to pull them together. To make the 80000 points.

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