UNITED WAY MIAMI AND VIRGIN VOYAGES RAISED MORE THAN $500,000 TO BENEFIT MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

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UNITED WAY MIAMI AND VIRGIN VOYAGES RAISED MORE THAN $500,000 TO BENEFIT MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

Miami, FL [December 19, 2022] – Thanks to a donation of more than 500 cabins from Virgin Voyages, the new, award-winning cruise line based in South Florida, United Way Miami has raised over $500,000 through the organization’s “Cruise for a Cause” promotion. All proceeds generated from the offer will benefit United Way’s mission by supporting 100+ local programs and services in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

“We are grateful to Virgin Voyages for this partnership and for offering the local community a chance to set sail on the Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady while doing their part to build a stronger Miami,” said Symeria Hudson, President & CEO at United Way Miami. “Because of organizations like Virgin Voyages, we are able to continue our efforts of building a thriving and equitable community for all.”

The Cruise for a Cause promotion included four-to- eight-night voyages for two onboard Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady or Valiant Lady in a high-tech and stylish cabin with a balcony at a special voyage fare, available only to United Way supporters. With this offer, cruise passengers enjoyed an exclusively adult experience complete with incredible dining at six signature restaurants, immersive entertainment, a mixture of group fitness classes ranging from bungee to barre and stops at some of the most authentic coastal destinations. Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady depart from PortMiami and sail to St. Croix, San Juan, Roatan, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Puerto Plata, and Key West. Additionally, every itinerary includes a stop at Virgin Voyages’ signature Beach Club in Bimini.

“We are always seeking opportunities to uplift and support our local community,” said Jill Stoneberg Senior Director of Social Impact & Sustainability at Virgin Voyages. “It’s been a privilege to collaborate with United Way Miami and further its mission of giving back in South Florida while also offering people an incredible vacation experience.”

About United Way Miami
United Way Miami is a driving force in the community, successfully responding to emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. Since 1924, we have worked together with our network of donors, volunteers, and partners, to generate and amplify resources, and advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for all. We leverage our unique role as convener, strategic funder, service provider, awareness builder, and influencer so that everyone in Miami-Dade has access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives — the building blocks of a thriving community.

About Virgin Voyages
Set Sail the Virgin Way with Virgin Voyages, the irresistible travel brand founded by Sir Richard Branson. Delivering epic vacations at sea, Virgin Voyages launched at the end of 2021. The brand’s four Lady Ships – inspired by 50+ years of Virgin history — include Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady, Resilient Lady and Brilliant Lady. Designed for discerning travelers, Virgin Voyages offers relaxing, exclusively adult (18+) sailings. Working with a Creative Collective of the world’s most sought-after designers, performance artists and architects, Virgin Voyages delivers an enchanting boutique hotel at sea with fresh, elevated spaces that strike the perfect balance of nautical chic and glamour. Currently departing from the sun-soaked cities of Miami and Barcelona – and soon to include Athens, San Juan and Melbourne – the fleet offers itineraries to more than 100 awe-inspiring destinations across four continents. Virgin Sailors are spoiled for choice with 20 eateries offering Michelin-star culinary experiences all included, a festival-like line-up of entertainment, stylish and comfortable cabins, Rockstar Quarters, authentic and locally inspired shore excursions, and a dose of Vitamin Sea with well-being naturally intertwined throughout the experience. Promising to Create an Epic Sea Change for All, Virgin Voyages also puts sustainability front and center.

December 19, 2022