Virgin Voyages, today, announced that it has partnered with a leading brand in the poker industry, the World Poker Tour (WPT). Together they will deliver a world-class poker experience during every sailing aboard Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady, which offers four and five-night cruises departing from the brand’s homeport in Miami.
As an industry first, Virgin Voyages has established a standing poker venue, the exclusive “WPT at Sea” Poker Room (wptatsea.com). Utilizing eight custom poker tables and staffed with professional dealers in an incredible space on the ship, the room offers beginner training, cash games, satellites and WPT Prize Package tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $80 to $320.
“As a new brand with an innovative spirit, we’ve been fortunate to introduce many industry firsts, including our partnership with the World Poker Tour and WPT at Sea,” said Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages. “Our adult-only, premium experience offers an incredible backdrop, not only for a great vacation, but also as an oasis for the WPT in a way never seen before.”
The $320 buy-in “WPT at Sea” main event will be held during each sailing. Based on the number of participants, the marquee event may award a WPT prize package (valued at $5,000), which may be used on any future voyage or WPT event.
With another first, the WPT at Sea Poker Room has established a seamless experience, with cashless participation, allowing all transactions to be easily handled on Sailors’ wearable devices.
“After witnessing the magic of cruise-line poker with Virgin Voyages last season, we instantly sought to establish a permanent fixture,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “Scarlet Lady provides the perfect residence for WPT at Sea, which will bring the WPT poker experience to the high seas.”
Recently named the top recipient of Cruise Critic’s 2023 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, securing the No. 1 placement across all categories, Virgin Voyages continues to win travelers over with its unrivaled value and unique approach inspired by the modern romance of sailing.
For more information on Virgin Voyages, its new itineraries, and its stunning fleet of Lady Ships, visit www.virginvoyages.com.
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