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Virgin Voyages is giving away 2,021 cruises — even though it hasn't officially launched yet

Feb. 14, 2021
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Virgin Voyages is giving away 2,021 cruises — even though it hasn't officially launched yet
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Starting today, you can nominate a person you love for the chance to win a free cruise.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, the Richard Branson-backed cruise company Virgin Voyages is launching its "Shipload of Love" giveaway. The line is committing to giving away 2,021 voyages this year, with 1,000 free cruises set aside for nominees who have "taken care of us and our loved ones and ... brought positivity into this world," according to a statement from Virgin.

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Sure, the cruise line hasn't even had its official inaugural sailing yet — and the cruise industry remains largely shut down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — but if you have a diehard cruise fan in your life, now's your chance to give them an unforgettable getaway.

Related: When will cruising resume? A line-by-line guide

You can nominate an essential worker, first responder, teacher, grocery store associate, a family member, a friend, or any "person who has inspired you, cared for you and helped you to navigate this past year for the vacation of a lifetime." And no, sorry, you can't nominate yourself.

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In the spirit of Valentine's Day — and in honor of the one-year anniversary of the delivery of the line's first ship — Virgin Voyages is asking for video submissions explaining why your nominee should receive a free, adults-only cruise on the Scarlet Lady. Submissions will be accepted until 8 p.m. ET on March 16, 2021, so you have more than a month to put together your entry.

There will be additional giveaways in the future until the line reaches 2,021 free vacations (be sure to watch the line's social channels for a chance to win a cruise for yourself). Hopefully, by then, cruising will actually resume so the lucky winners can go enjoy that free cruise.

Virgin Voyages also teased that new information is forthcoming about its third ship.

Related: The 5 best new cruise ships of 2020 that we can’t wait to try

At this time, Virgin's official debut sailing of the Scarlet Lady is scheduled for May 9, 2021. Its second vessel, the Valiant Lady, now won't be unveiled until Nov. 14.

When it does finally sail, the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady promises to shake up the industry with a new, hip interpretation of cruising. Passengers will find onboard amenities such as a tattoo parlor, drag-queen brunches and a colorful karaoke lounge. Its inaugural season is expected to focus on four- and five-night trips out of Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean, with stops at The Beach Club at Bimini, the start-up line's answer to cruise line private islands.

Featured image by The new Virgin Voyages ship Scarlet Lady. (Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages)
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023