Virgin Voyages Delay Launch Of Third Ship, Resilient Lady Until Spring of 2023

Virgin Voyages has decided to delay the upcoming launch of its third Lady Ship to Q2 2023. The cruise line said the was decision was rooted in guaranteeing the delivery of brilliant guest and crew experiences. Initially scheduled to set sail from Athens mid-August of this year, Resilient Lady will remain in Genoa getting on-board work completed, hitting the high seas next spring. As part of an ambitious launch sequence, Virgin Voyages is now operating two ships, its first, Scarlet Lady in the Caribbean and second, Valiant Lady in the Med. Despite challenges stemming from the pandemic, the new brand introduced two ships in the span of a year, including the launch of its new Terminal V at PortMiami in February. 

Virgin Voyages PortMiami Terminal
Virgin Voyages PortMiami Terminal

As an experience-led brand with strong ties to the Virgin legacy of disrupting industries, Virgin Voyages did not land on this decision lightly, and despite making tremendous strides alongside the cruise industry as a whole, the brand is not immune to the global challenges the world is facing. This includes supply chain obstacles, a level of regional uncertainty for international travelers in countries in East Europe, crewing challenges based on government regulations and restrictive COVID entry requirements back into the US. 

“As a new brand that is just getting started, we’ve accomplished so much this past year, and the future for us is exciting. The momentum that we’re seeing with Scarlet and Valiant Lady is incredible. The fantastic reviews and awards our ships and crew have won are very heartening, so we thank our guests for sailing with us. That is why we remain focused on delivering brilliant vacations, and this pause will ensure we will be ready to go on Resilient. The travel industry is recovering well, and this month, we’ve seen record bookings, a significant increase in on-board spend, and we’re currently seeking to close out our next round of funding, which sets us up for continued growth. There’s so much to be proud of, and I also send my thanks to our amazing crew for all they do everyday.” said, Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.

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Valiant Lady is the 2nd lady ship from Virgin Voyages. Virgin Voyages has decided to defer the upcoming launch of its third Lady Ship, Resilient Lady to Q2 2023

Virgin Voyages, Resilient Lady

While this delay was not anticipated, Virgin Voyages is successfully operating its first two Lady Ships and looks forward to welcoming Resilient Lady to its fleet early next year, with its fourth ship in the fleet, Brilliant Lady, soon thereafter. 

Virgin Voyages Says No Kids On The Ocean

Over the next several days, all passengers and First Mates (travel advisors) impacted by this updated launch schedule will be contacted by Virgin Voyages directly with generous make good options, subject to applicable terms and conditions, including: 

  • 200% Future Voyage Credit (FVC) or a full refund of the amount paid, plus 25% FVC  
  • If you choose the 200% FVC and rebook in 2022,  you will get the option of another free voyage (*excludes taxes and fees)
  • Assistance with travel changes and penalties
  • Commission protection for travel partners on funds paid
Valiant Lady Mermaid
Valiant Lady Mermaid

Who is Virgin Voyages?

Virgin Voyages is a new lifestyle travel brand focused on delivering irresistible cruise vacations. Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady – the first and second ships in the fleet – were designed to reflect a yacht’s sleek luxury, offering the intimate, elevated experience of a boutique hotel at sea. Featuring spaces designed by some of the top names in contemporary interiors, our Lady Ships are exclusively adult, a sanctuary at sea for the 18+ traveler. A dose of Vitamin Sea is naturally intertwined across the entire ship, with well-being, relaxation and rejuvenation at the forefront.

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John Shallo
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John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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