Virgin Voyages is raising its travel advisor pay to 16%, which the line said is not a limited-time offer but will be available on an ongoing basis.

This is on top of Virgin’s no noncommissionable fees policy.

Additional 10% pay for pre-voyage sales

In addition to the 16% pay, Virgin will offer ‘the perfect 10,’ an additional 10% commission on pre-voyage sales. This includes shore excursions, hotel, a bar tab, spa treatments and more. The 10% is paid on everything sold before the voyage, with the exception of taxes and fees.

President and CEO Tom McAlpin called travel advisors — which the line refers to as ‘first mates’ — ‘a true extension of our team,’ adding: ‘We recognize how important their role is.

‘We have listened to our first mates and they have told us what they need in order to be successful during this time,’ he continued.

Scarlet Lady ‘soft open’ in October

Leading up to Scarlet Lady’s ‘soft open’ in October, first mates will earn commission on the voyage fare, which includes dining at more than 20 eateries, all gratuities, Wi-Fi, basic beverages and unlimited group fitness classes. According to Virgin, this is a combined value of more than $600 per sailor (passenger).

En route to Genoa to repatriate crew

Scarlet Lady departed PortMiami last week for Genoa in order to repatriate crew.