Cruise line’s newest team member is pop star Jennifer Lopez

March 11, 2022

Cruising newcomer Virgin Voyages has announced its newest hire – pop star Jennifer Lopez is joining the cruise line as an investor and the chief entertainment and lifestyle officer.
“My artistic and social mission is to empower, inspire and entertain,” Lopez said in a statement. “Any opportunity that I get to combine all these attributes into a partnership and collaboration is exciting for me. I admire Sir Richard and all he has built.”
Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s latest business venture using the Virgin brand name, couldn’t have had worse timing. The line was set to launch in March 2020, just as the pandemic began. Due to the coronavirus, the first ship, the Scarlet Lady, sat dormant for over a year, before carrying passengers on a series of
voyages in the UK in August 2021 and fully launching from its home port in Miami in October 2021.
Virgin Voyages said in a statement that JLo’s role as chief entertainment and lifestyle officer is a modern take on the cruise ship “godmother”,a ceremonial nautical tradition that usually involves cracking a bottle of champagne on the ship’s hull during its debut.
The company said that that her role will include developing the cruise line brand’s emphasis on well-being, design collaborations and onboard entertainment. Also, the ship will have an exclusive deal with JLo Beauty products.
“As an investor and advisor, she turns the godmother tradition on its head and makes it powerful and limitless,” Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages, said in the statement. “From the moment we launched this brand, we knew we wanted to make waves and bring changes … to have the most epic vacation ever.
“After the last two years, vacations have never been more needed, so we searched for someone very special to join us on this voyage,” McAlpin said. “Jennifer is a trailblazer and embodies the spirit that lives inside of Virgin Voyages and our people.”
Branson launched Virgin Voyages in an attempt to redesign cruises for younger travellers. His adults-only ship is targeting millennials and first-time cruisers. The company swapped the traditional huge, formal dining rooms for smaller, individual restaurants on the ship where passengers reserve tables on an app and have
non-traditional amenities onboard like a tattoo parlour.
Virgin has three more cruise ships on order that will be delivered by 2023.
Officials with Virgin did not respond to the Herald’s questions about JLo’s compensation, how much time she’d be committing to her new role and how much she had invested in the cruise line.

– Input from Miami Herald was used in this article

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