Miami, FL (May 16, 2023) – Poker players from around the world will have a new destination in spring of 2024 as the World Poker Tour® takes over one of Virgin Voyages’ award-winning ships for a WPT® event not to be missed. WPT Voyage features six days of action $1.5 million in guarantees, a WPT Main Tour event and a WPT Prime event intermixed with incredible onboard dining, world-class entertainment, and an extensive off-the-felt calendar of events.
“Virgin Voyages has totally re-imagined the cruising experience, and their ideals perfectly align with the evolution of WPT in our commitment to build unique memories for poker players across the globe,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “The WPT Voyage will elevate an already amazing onboard experience with world-class poker and entertainment, creating one of the most fun and sought after events on the calendar.”
The 1,400-cabin Valiant Lady, catering to Sailors age 18+, sets sail from Miami on March 31, 2024 with stops in Grand Cayman and Bimini, Bahamas before returning to port in Miami on April 6, 2024.
“Hosting the World Poker Tour at Sea is an industry first and bringing the Main Tour experience to Valiant Lady is very exciting,” said Tom McAplin, CEO of Virgin Voyages. “This partnership fits nicely into our adult-only experience, and we’re honored to have one of our ships as the main stage for this exciting tournament.”
With more than 80 poker tables on board, players can expect a robust tournament schedule including the $5,000 Main Tour event, with a $1,000,000 guarantee, and a $1,100 WPT Prime event, with a $500,000 guarantee. Players will also be able to play in an array of side events including a $25,000 High Roller event, Ladies event, and the ever-popular Mystery Bounty event as well as cash games.
Along with the quality poker offerings, Sailors will be presented with endless entertainment and plenty of drink and dining options. The onboard entertainment includes Virgin Voyages’ first-to-sea, modern and immersive shows, developed by industry-leading directors, choreographers and artists. From alluring night clubs to private karaoke rooms, getting inked at the tattoo parlor, or playing pub games and trivia nights, there is something for every adventurous Sailor, away from the tables. The Valiant Lady is equipped with more than 20 boutique restaurants with delicious, made-to-order meals.
Since the brand’s launch in 2021, Virgin Voyages has earned a number of top awards in the consumer travel and cruise industry categories. Most recently, the brand took home all five awards in its category for this year’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards with Cruise Critic. This includes Best Overall Cruise Line, Best Dining, Best Cabins, Best Service and Best Value for Money. On top of this awards sweep, Virgin Voyages was recently named on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2023 Hot List, a curated list of the world’s best new cruises.
While docked in the Caribbean, numerous land and sea-based excursions will be available to experience, such as kayaking, snorkeling, cultural tours, and even a golf tournament in Grand Cayman hosted by WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. A massive pool party at Bimini Beach Club, featuring an elevated performance, will serve as an epic culmination of the six-day WPT Voyage.
Players interested in attending the WPT Voyage events must book through WPTVoyage.com. Another way to lock in your spot on the WPT Voyage is through satellite tournaments occurring at the WPT at Sea Poker Room on Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady.
For more information regarding this and all World Poker Tour events, visit WPT.com.
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About the World Poker Tour®
World Poker Tour® (WPT®) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 21st season, which airs on Bally Sports in the United States. Season XXI of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 43 states and territories across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. For more information, go to WPT.com.
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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.