Virgin Voyages third ship, Resilient Lady

Virgin Voyages delays launch of Resilient Lady

Virgin Voyages has deferred the launch of Resilient Lady to spring 2023.

The line’s third ship was initially scheduled to set sail from Athens in August this year.

However, it will now remain in Genoa for final on-board work to be completed.

Virgin Voyages stated: “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.

Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin added: “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.”

Passengers impacted by the changes will be offered a 200 per cent future voyage credit or a full refund of the amount paid.

Those who choose the credit and rebook in 2022 will also get the option of another free voyage.

Virgin Voyages will also protect commissions for agent partners.

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