Richard Bran­son’s Vir­gin Cruises to Be­gin Sail­ing in 2020

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - By the Caribbean Jour­nal staff

Vir­gin Cruises is a go. Sir Richard Bran­son’s cruise brand launch is now of­fi­cial, with plans to be­gin sail­ing out of Port Mi­ami in 2020, he an­nounced this week. “Start­ing a cruise line has been a dream of mine since I was 27. At the time I wanted to op­er­ate a cruise line for un­der 30s,” he wrote on Vir­gin.com. “Once I turned 30, I de­cided that we’d have to add a clause that would still al­low the owner aboard! While the un­der 30s cruise line didn’t come to fruition, we’re ex­cited to be mak­ing waves in the in­dus­try by de­liv­er­ing an in­no­va­tive and new cruis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Bran­son an­nounced that Ital­ian ship­build­ing firm Fin­cantieri would be build­ing three mid-size ships for Vir­gin, to be de­liv­ered in con­sec­u­tive years be­gin­ning in 2020.

Each ship will have 1,430 guest cab­ins, mean­ing a ca­pac­ity of more than 2,800 guests.

The cruises will of­fer seven-day Caribbean itin­er­ar­ies sail­ing on Sun­days, ac­cord­ing to Vir­gin Cruises.

“We now have the right part­ners in place to build a world-class cruise line that will re­de­fine the cruis­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for good. The Vir­gin Cruises ap­proach will ap­peal to cruis­ers and non-cruis­ers alike, and we look for­ward to be­ing in Mi­ami and de­liv­er­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who want a new way to cruise,” Bran­son said.

Richard Bran­son at a cer­e­mony in Mi­ami this

week.

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