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Summer is in full swing and with it the return of international travel, especially after overseas travel was disrupted due to the pandemic. And while a relaxing stay at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or a popular European city may call your name, Cruise Critic reports that demand for reservations for cruises around the world is growing. higher than ever – especially on cruise lines that offer a unique experience, like a vacation at a cruise line’s own private island.
One of the travel agencies that has been making waves in the industry is Virgin Voyages, which now has newlywed Jennifer Lopez as its investor and new lifestyle and entertainment director. The adults-only route carries the parent company’s “work hard, play hard” mentality when it comes to cruises and is currently circumnaviating the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, with plans to expand into the Greek Islands. Greece and the Tasman Sea (around Australia and New Zealand) later this year and beyond.
Virgin Voyages’ ships are currently sailing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Greek Cyclades in addition to hubs like Miami, Barcelona and Athens, and they have plans to expand into the South Pacific (outside of Melbourne or Sydney) and transatlantic voyages in the years to come. 4-day Caribbean cruises start at $1,430 per two-person cabin, while select European cruises start at $3,300.
Whether you’ve booked your own trip or are looking to create your own J Lo approved stay experience for a fraction of the cost, we’ve rounded up a few ways to make your stay a a celebrity oasis (or helping you extend the life of your excursions long after your skin fades).
From spa-ready beauty treatments from the singer’s own luxury skincare brand, to stylish home decor and gourmet kitchen staples, here’s how to take a yacht Virgin Voyages home with you.
1. JLo Beauty That Blockbuster Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
Nothing says “I went on vacation” quite like Jennifer Lopez-inspired lighting, and if you’re returning from a Virgin Voyages cruise, you’ll have all the more reason to buy a JLo Beauty product. This rich moisturizer hydrates, leaving skin looking plump and smooth thanks to hyaluronic acid, a yeast-derived ferment, and the brand’s signature JLo Beauty Olive Complex, which contains squalene, Fermented and ultra-virgin olive oil and leaf extract.
OTHER BUYING OPTIONS: JLo Beauty | Sephora
JLo Beauty That Blockbuster Cream
2. Gold Leaf Hammock
One of the most memorable parts of being in the ocean-facing VIP cabin aboard Virgin Voyages is the hammock chair on the room’s balcony. While those particular hammock chairs are custom-made for ships, this stylish chair by Yellow Leaf is pretty much the same. Thanks to its innovative design, you will get all the relaxation while lying in the hammock without ever worrying about tipping over.
The Shark Tank-famed brand offers different mounting options based on your needs: permanent hang with Indoor/Outdoor Installation Kit, place it anywhere in your space with Adjustable Hammock Base Adjust or keep it portable with the “Go Anywhere” Strap. If you’re feeling particularly uncomfortable, The Hammock Throne makes your Yellowleaf a statement piece in your home and durable enough to keep outdoors.
OTHER BUYING OPTIONS: Amazon | Yellow leaves
Gold leaf handwoven hanging chair
3. Intelligentsia Coffee House Blend
Caffeine is an absolute must when you’re recuperating from a late-night dance party on board The Manor, and luckily, Intelligentsia Coffee’s House Blend is available to everyone aboard Virgin Voyages. With beans sourced from Brazil, Colombia and Rwanda, and flavors of milk chocolate, citrus and apple, their signature blend will make a beautiful addition to your home coffee rotation.
OTHER BUYING OPTIONS: Amazon | Intelligentsia
Intelligentsia House Blend Coffee
4. Kérastase Potentialiste Hydrating & Soothing Scalp Serum
In case you forgot to apply sunscreen and missed the trip with a sunburned scalp, this serum will help heal the wound. The serum fights flaking and dryness while protecting the scalp with fractions of bifidus prebiotics, which strengthen the scalp’s microbiome, and vitamin C, which acts as a protective antioxidant. Virgin Voyages’ onboard Dry Docks offer services using only Kérastase products, so this serum can also act as an extension to your stay.
OTHER BUYING OPTIONS: Kerastase | Amazon | Sephora
Kérastase Potentialiste Hydrating & Soothing Scalp Serum
5. Marc Jacobs Large Tote Bag
A versatile tote bag is a must-have on any holiday, which is why the iconic Marc Jacobs Tote Bag is always available for purchase at Virgin Voyages’ High Street stores. Made of thick canvas, the bag is sturdy to withstand any adventure you carry. The large version is roomy enough to carry a 15-inch laptop – or better yet, to tuck in an extra pair of shoes on your next trip.
OTHER BUYING OPTIONS: Marc Jacobs | Amazon | Bloomingdale’s | Neiman Marcus | Nordstrom | Swing
Marc Jacobs Large Tote Bag
6. Philips Hue Gradient Ambiance Base
Watching movies in the Virgin Voyages cabin is even more relaxing thanks to “Cinema Mode,” a dimly lit, bluish-lit scene reminiscent of a spacious, luxurious movie theater. With the Philips Hue Gradient Lamp, you can customize the lighting of your home and activate it with the smart home device of your choice. Configure the strips to suit your space by clipping the strips or adding in an extension and setting up your own version of “Cinema Mode” in any of the 16 million available colors in the Philips Hue system.
Philips Hue Gradient Ambiance Base
7. Hustle Butter Deluxe Luxury Tattoo Care & Cream
Virgin Voyages has the only tattoo parlors at sea, so getting a tattoo on board is a fun way to bring a little bit of your trip home – permanently. On-board artists offer TSA-friendly sample sizes of Hustle Butter’s Luxury Tattoo Care Cream so you can maintain care while you’re still traveling, but you can order it with larger size so it waits for you when you get home. Hustle Butter is a plant-based oil alternative for tattoo care, packed with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, mango, aloe and coconut oils, sunflower and rice bran. After the tattoo heals, you can continue to use the dry skin cream anywhere on your body.
Hustle Butter Deluxe Luxury Tattoo Care and Maintenance Cream
8. Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial . Champagne
Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial Champagne is the unofficial drink on board Virgin Voyages – it’s offered as a bottomless selection during the afternoon happy hour at Richard’s Lounge and available at all celebratory events on the train. You can even get air bubbles delivered to you on demand: look for a star in the ceiling anywhere on the boat, open the Virgin Voyages app and shake your phone and a crew member will bring a bottle straight to you. If you want to continue your celebration on land, consider investing in a few bottles for your wine collection.
OTHER BUYING OPTIONS: Moët | Drizly | Total Wine | Wine.com
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial . Champagne
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