Virgin Voyages has finally launched its third cruise ship, Resilient Lady, following an 11-month wait. The ship was completed in July 2022 and delivered to Virgin Voyages in December the same year. It was built by Fincantieri at the Sestri Ponente shipyard near Genoa, Italy, as the third ship in its class out of four identical vessels, which leverage Fincantieri’s Mille design concepts. Each cruise ship is 912 feet long and approximately 110,000 gross tons.
Virgin Voyages planned to launch the Resilient Lady across the Mediterranean from Greece in August 2022, followed by a season from Australia. However, the pandemic forced a delay in the launch until May 2023. The startup’s first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, was delivered to the same fate. Virgin Voyages faces additional challenges operating in the cruise sector, with the added pressure of being a new cruise brand. However, CEO Tom McAlpin points out that while it’s been a challenging startup for the brand, 40% of passengers had already rebooked on board a future cruise.
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