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Hitting the high seas in September 2025, the ship has already added to the awards given to the world’s number one cruise line (*).

She was voted the best, large ship liner in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards and the best mega-ship liner in Travel + Leisure’s 2023 World’s Best Awards.

The final vessel in Virgin Voyages’ current fleet of ‘Lady Ships’, Brilliant Lady will embark on the ultimate cross-country sea trip with a series of longer itineraries up to 14 nights, unlike anything Virgin Voyages has offered before.

For her inaugural season, Brilliant Lady’s North American Tour will feature highly requested homeports, iconic ports of calls and fantastic sailings, like New York City to Bermuda and Canada, Los Angeles to Mexico, Miami to the ABC Islands, and Seattle to Alaska, along with one epic voyage through the Panama Canal.

The new ship will carry through many of the signature touches Sailors have grown to know and love.

Making their return are Virgin Voyages’ thoughtfully designed interior spaces, red balcony hammocks, 20+ award-winning eateries – everything from Korean BBQ to red hot Mexican food – a Happenings Cast in lieu of a traditional cruise director and a collection of high-end wellness spaces ranging from a yoga perch with sweeping ocean views to a mermaid-inspired spa.

What’s new, however, is the adapted frame, meaning Brilliant Lady is designed to sail through the Panama Canal and to navigate rugged new landscapes including the vast glaciers and fjords of Alaska.

Like her sisters before her, Brilliant Lady will feature a beautiful new mermaid. Designed by Toronto-based illustrator Janice Sung, Brilliant Lady’s mermaid takes inspiration from both historic Renaissance paintings as well as traditional Japanese and Chinese art, fashion and beauty.

Along with Brilliant Lady’s stunning and courageous new guardian, Virgin Voyages will slowly release details on all new dining and entertainment options available on its newest vessel.

Commencing in September 2025 from New York City, Brilliant Lady’s epic inaugural season includes routes from:


New York City || September 2025 – October 2025

Five voyages from five to 13 nights || MerMaiden: September 5, 2025

Bringing it back to where it all started, Virgin Voyages kicks off the Brilliant Inaugural Season tour in the city that never sleeps.

Following a premiere showcase for New Yorkers, Brilliant Lady will sail from Manhattan Cruise Terminal with itineraries ranging between five and 13 nights.

The glittering archipelago of 100+ islets and cays await in Bermuda while Canada’s Quebec City shines for its charming European ambience, rich history and incredible architecture.

Other new ports of call include Maine, Charleston, Boston, Halifax and New Brunswick.


Miami || October 2025 – April 2026

17 voyages from seven to 12 nights || MerMaiden: October 17, 2025

Brilliant Lady will embark on a collection of extended Caribbean getaways with options between seven and 12 nights.

Sailing from the company’s LEED-gold Terminal V in Miami, the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao) in the Southern Caribbean, along with Cartagena, are standouts.

Sailor favourites like Turks & Caicos, Antigua and Grand Cayman are back to delight, along with newcomer Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Its lush tropical rainforests, pearly shores and cascading waterfalls turned this small fishing village into Jamaica’s most coveted port.


Panama Canal Crossing || March 2026

One epic voyage for 16 nights

This crossing from Miami to Los Angeles spanning 16 nights is just one of several options in the brand’s Sea Change Series, what Virgin calls its legendary, bucket-list repositioning voyages.

Departing on March 21, 2026, Brilliant Lady will say adios to Miami, sailing south towards Colombia and Panama before her eight-hour passage through the iconic Panama Canal.

After a day at sea, Sailors can discover pura vida amid Costa Rica’s lush jungles before immersing themselves in the culture of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site overlooking Guatemala’s acclaimed Lake Atitlán. One final stop in Los Cabos takes Brilliant Lady to LA, arriving April 6th.


Los Angeles || April 2026 – May 2026

Four voyages from five to eight nights || MerMaiden: April 7, 2026

While sunset used to refer to Virgin Voyages’ sailaway times and daily Moët happy hours at Richard’s Rooftop, now Sailors can cruise down Sunset Boulevard or catch Santa Monica’s famous orange skies when Brilliant Lady docks in LA.

Five- to eight-night itineraries along Cali’s West Coast include calls in Baja California, Puerto Vallarta and San Diego.

California’s coastal gems like Santa Barbara and Catalina Island put the classic Spanish architecture, golden beaches and waterfront promenades on full display.


Seattle || May 2026 – September 2026

Voyage details coming soon || MerMaiden: May 2026

Summer 2026 will take Brilliant Lady to the vast landscapes of Alaska’s woody shores. Wildlife is abundant, giving Sailors ample opportunities to spot some of America’s most elusive animals including bald eagles, orca, seals, bears and humpback whales.

Departing from Seattle, Virgin Voyages will offer a mixture of itineraries from May through September.


Alaska Front(ier) of the Line Pass

Given the anticipated high demand for Alaskan voyages, Sailors can submit an early deposit to secure their priority window to book one of the limited Alaskan itineraries before they open to the public.

Placeholders are $US500 for Sea Terraces, $US1,000 for RockStar Quarters and $US2,500 for Mega RockStar Quarters.

(*). Voted No 1. Mega-ship Ocean Cruise Line of 2023 by Travel & Leisure.