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Ink and Ocean: The Ultimate Tattoo Experience on Virgin Voyages

Picture this: a tattoo needle buzzing to the rhythm of the ocean waves, inked memories intertwining with the salty breeze...... Michelle Sharp of Coaters & Castles Travel is our guest for this edition and she is going to tell us about a unique experience she just had. Welcome aboard the wild ride of getting ink aboard a Virgin Voyages cruise!


There are few experiences as memorable as getting inked with a view of the vast ocean stretching out before you. My sister and I recently embarked on a journey with Virgin Voyages, and we knew right away that we wanted to commemorate our adventure with matching tattoos. And where better to do it than on a ship that celebrates the freedom of the open sea?

As soon as we stepped foot on the ship, we made a beeline for the Squid Ink tattoo parlor. With spots filling up quickly, we didn't want to miss our chance. The anticipation only added to the excitement of what was to come.

We quickly learned that scheduling our tattoo session for the night before disembarkation was crucial, especially if we wanted to take a dip in the ocean during our trip. Keeping the tattoo dry is essential for proper healing, so planning ahead ensured we could enjoy every aspect of our voyage without worry.

At Squid Ink, the options were endless. We could choose from their designs or work with the artists to create our own. Being ocean lovers, my sister and I decided on matching tattoos that symbolized our connection to the sea.

The moment we sat down in the tattoo chair, we were greeted with an incredible view. A massive porthole allowed us to watch the ocean glide by as we were inked. The serene atmosphere was perfect for bonding as my sister and I shared stories and laughs throughout the session.

The tattoo artists at Squid Ink were not only skilled but also incredibly attentive. They took the time to understand exactly what we wanted and made sure every detail was perfect. Their humor and warmth put us at ease, turning what could have been a nerve-wracking experience into one filled with joy and excitement.

Cleanliness and sterilization were top priorities at Squid Ink, which was reassuring when it comes to something as important as getting a tattoo. The facilities were pristine, and we felt confident knowing we were in good hands.

As we left Squid Ink with our fresh tattoos, we couldn't help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude. Not only did we have a beautiful reminder of our voyage, but we also shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience that strengthened our bond as sisters.

For anyone considering getting a tattoo while onboard Virgin Voyages, I can't recommend it enough. It's not just about the ink; it's about the memories made and the stories shared. So, if you're ready to sail into the sunset with a piece of art to remember it by, head straight to Squid Ink and prepare for an unforgettable experience.


Hey there, fellow travel enthusiast! 👋 Are you ready to embark on unforgettable adventures

and create memories that'll make you smile for years to come? Hi, I'm Michelle, and I'm here to sprinkle some magic into your vacation plans!

Growing up, I used to think vacations were all about sandy shores and sunny skies in South Carolina or Florida. But oh, how wrong I was! As I ventured into adulthood, I discovered the endless possibilities of exploring the world.

From saying "I do" amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Smoky Mountains to chasing thrills with my kiddos in Disney and Universal, my journey through travel has been nothing short of exhilarating. And let's not forget my love affair with cruising – once I set sail, I was hooked! There's something truly magical about cruising, isn't there? The freedom to explore multiple destinations while being pampered onboard is simply unbeatable.

Oh, and let me tell you about the time I whisked away to an all-inclusive paradise in Mexico with my sister! Picture-perfect beaches, majestic whales putting on a show – it was pure bliss.

Now, as a therapist by trade, I bring a listening ear and a knack for understanding your vacation dreams. Whether you're planning a girls' getaway, a dreamy honeymoon, a family escapade, or a romantic retreat, I'm here to tailor-make the perfect experience just for you.

Consider me your personal vacation guru, dedicated to making your travel dreams a reality. Let's craft an adventure that feels like home away from home and leaves you with a heart full of joy and a camera roll full of cherished memories. Because with me, you're not just a client – you're family. 🌟 Let's make your next vacation extraordinary!

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