Virgin Voyages Breaks Guinness World Records Title

Virgin Voyages breaks a Guinness World Records title for the largest gathering of merpeople during Valiant Lady's MerMaiden voyage.

Virgin Voyages Breaks Guinness World Records Title

Virgin Voyages Breaks GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title, Celebrates Valiant Lady’s MerMaiden Voyage

Richard Branson’s newest travel brand sets record for largest gathering of people dressed as merpeople on the glimmering shores of Bimini

MIAMI, FL – November 8, 2022 Perched on the powdery white sands of the Virgin Voyages Beach Club in Bimini, 457 Sailors gathered in a kaleidoscope of vibrant mermaid tails, setting the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest gathering of people dressed as merpeople.

In true Virgin fashion, this mer-mazing attempt on Nov. 4, 2022 included lively music, epic makeup, shelfies, a few stadium-style waves and Champagne showers once the adjudicator announced that the record was officially beaten. 

Virgin Voyages Breaks Guinness World Records Title

As part of Valiant Lady’s unforgettable MerMaiden voyage from her new winter home in Miami, Sailors were invited to partake in the incredible attempt to set a world record and to enjoy a collection of mermaid beauty pageants both on-board and at the Beach Club.

This past Friday, Virgin Voyages officially broke the previous record, a gathering of 378 merpeople set in the UK in June of 2022. Following the voyage, everyone who embraced their mersona and participated in the world record attempt will receive a photo and digital certificate marking the achievement.

“What a fantastic time,” said Virgin Voyages’ CEO, Tom McAlpin. “Our Sailors really showed up and supported this fun and exciting world record attempt that ties into this legendary brand. Each of our ships have a mermaid that guides our Sailors on their journeys, so what better way to celebrate another brand milestone than in sunny Bimini with so many of our Sailors tapping into their mermaid personas.”

Valiant Lady, the fleet’s second ship, made her Miami debut on Oct. 30 before departing for Cozumel, Bimini and Roatán, the first time the brand has called on Honduras. The ship was greeted with local celebrations and music, and guests had the opportunity to explore the island’s beautiful and lush landscapes on immersive shore excursions.

From now through April 2023, Valiant Lady will offer a mix of six- and eight-night voyages to some of the Caribbean and Mexico’s most interesting locales. November also marks the brand’s first-ever Eat & Drink Month in which every cabin will receive a $300 Bar Tab. Sailors can also take advantage of the Dreamy Getaway offer and snag 25% off and a Bar Tab Bonus on 2022 and 2023 sailings. 

For more information or to book, visit or call your First Mate (travel advisor). 

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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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