Vir­gin or­ders fourth ship

Cruise Weekly - - News -

VIR­GIN Voy­ages con­tin­ues its strong drive into the cruise market by sign­ing on for the con­struc­tion of a fourth ship.

The new player in the sec­tor headed by the flam­boy­ant busi­ness­man Richard Bran­son has agreed to terms with ship builder Fin­cantieri, sign­ing a con­tract worth an es­ti­mated €700 mil­lion.

De­liv­ery of the new ves­sel is sched­uled for the end of 2023 and will be a sis­ter ship of the three ves­sels al­ready on or­der, in­clud­ing the first ar­rival Scar­let Lady in 2020 ( CW 24 Jul).

The lat­est ves­sel to be an­nounced will fea­ture 1,400 guest cab­ins and cater for 2,770 pas­sen­gers, em­ploy­ing ap­prox­i­mately 1,100 crew.

Vir­gin Voy­ages’ first three ships will en­ter ser­vice in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 re­spec­tively.

MEAN­WHILE Vir­gin Voy­ages has an­nounced that Scar­let Lady will fea­ture itin­er­ar­ies to Cuba as part of her in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 2020.

“Vir­gin At­lantic has been vis­it­ing Cuba for 13 years, and I can­not wait to see our iconic Scar­let Lady gleam­ing in the Ha­vana Har­bor,” said Vir­gin Group Founder Richard Bran­son.

The adult-fo­cussed brand de­cided to add Cuba af­ter con­duct­ing market re­search which ranked the Caribbean is­land as one of the most de­sired cruise des­ti­na­tions.

Dates for the Cuban sail­ings will be re­leased next year.

Pic­tured top is a ren­der­ing of Scar­let Lady and inset an ex­u­ber­ant Richard Bran­son.

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