Virgin praised for painting a black mermaid on the side of its state-of-the-art cruise ship

Sir Richard Branson’s cruise line is being praised for painting a black mermaid on the bow of its brand new liner in a bid to be ‘inclusive’ – saying it’s ‘just a drop in the bucket’ an ocean of change”

  • Time-lapse video released by Virgin Voyages shows the helm of its brand new cruise ship, Valiant Lady, decorated with a black mermaid
  • The giant mural on the Valiant Lady ship is the work of American illustrator Hilary D Wilson
  • The brand said it wanted “an inclusive group of mermaids to reflect the real, beautiful and vibrant world we live in”
  • The company has been praised for the move, with one Instagram user saying, “…and that’s how you show performance not just for a month”

The cruise line owned by Sir Richard Branson has been praised for painting a black mermaid on the side of one of its cruise ships.

A time-lapse video released by Virgin Voyages shows the bow of its newest cruise ship, Valiant Lady, decorated with a black mermaid carrying a brand name flag.

On Instagram, social media users praised the company for its more inclusive approach, saying, “That’s how you show representation.”

The giant mural is the work of American illustrator Hilary D Wilson and the video shows it being deployed on the ship by workers using an aerial lift.

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A new time-lapse video released by Virgin Voyages shows the bow of its brand new cruise ship, Valiant Lady, decorated with a black mermaid

In an Instagram post, the adults-only cruise line told its followers that its inclusive mermaids are a real, beautiful and vibrant world we live in.

In an Instagram post, the adults-only cruise line told its followers that its inclusive mermaids are a real, beautiful and vibrant world we live in.

At the end of the video, the complete mural is revealed, showing a black “Valiant Lady” mermaid in the company’s red branding carrying a waving flag with the brand’s logo on it.

On Instagram, the adults-only cruise brand said of the new artwork, “We always knew we wanted an inclusive group of mermaids to reflect the real, beautiful and dynamic world we live in.

“Thanks to the talented @hillarydwilsonart, we created a strong and beautiful mermaid that would represent and tell a story that is not usually told.”

The post added: “While this is just a drop in a sea of ​​change, we couldn’t be more excited for the world to meet our valiant lady and experience the beautiful ones. and unique stories it will tell.”

The mural was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, with many praising the company for embracing inclusivity.

Simplyynae wrote: “& this is how you show a performance not just for a month.”

Jenniferhardycruiseplanners added: ‘Couldn’t love this more. A black mermaid for my black daughter to admire.

Letsgoexploretravel added: ‘Love it! She’s like me and my sisters!

The video shows workers in a boom lift sticking to the artwork

The giant mural features a black mermaid carrying a waving red flag with the brand's logo on it.

The video shows workers in a cherry picker tackling the artwork, which features a black mermaid carrying a waving red flag with the brand’s logo on it.

The design was met with a warm response;  one Instagrammer wrote: 'Couldn't love this more.  A black mermaid for my black daughter to admire.

The design was met with a warm response; one Instagrammer wrote: ‘Couldn’t love this more. A black mermaid for my black daughter to admire.

‘Virgin cruises are for people who hate cruises’: Sir Richard’s company, which launched its Scarlet Lady liner in March last year. steers the image of the cruise vacation in a fresher direction

British cruise enthusiasts will be able to board the ship when it sets sail from Portsmouth to Bruges in March on its maiden voyage.

The Virgin Voyages fleet was launched last spring, with Valiant Lady being the latest addition.

Sister ship Scarlet Lady has more than a dozen restaurants, nightclubs and even a tattoo studio.

On 17 decks, the ship has spas, swimming pools, gyms, not to mention its own main street – and can carry 3,000 passengers.

Speaking at the launch last year, Sir Richard said: ‘Virgin cruises are for people who hate cruises’, adding: ‘Our team have curated a fantastic experience for our sailors and know this is a holiday. that they will love.”

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