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Virgin Voyages

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V Cruises US, LLC[1]
Virgin Voyages
Virgin Cruises
LLC Subsidiary
FoundedDecember 4, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-12-04)
Key people
  • Tom McAlpin
  • (President and CEO)

Virgin Voyages is a cruise line headquartered in Plantation, Florida and a joint venture between the Virgin Group and Bain Capital.[2][3]

As of June 2020, Virgin Voyages has one ship in the fleet, with three more on order, all with an expected capacity of approximately 2,700 passengers each. The first ship, Scarlet Lady, is scheduled to begin operating from PortMiami in October 2020,[4] sailing mainly four-to-five night cruises in the Caribbean.[5][6][7]


In 2011, Nirmal Saverimuttu, a Virgin Group executive, and Tom McAlpin, then-CEO of The World, conceptualized the idea for a cruise line inspired by the Virgin brand housed under the Virgin Group umbrella.[8] Saverimuttu later collaborated with Bain Capital to begin market research and found that there was potential in the cruise industry for a new line to emerge and also identified a large, young demographic yet to experience cruising that could become the brand's target market.[8] Over the next three years, Saverimuttu and McAlpin raised US$700 million from Bain Capital, which had become lead investor, and other institutional and private investors, and also borrowed an additional US$1–1.5 billion.[8] After the financial backing, on December 4, 2014, Virgin Group announced the establishment of Virgin Cruises. The cruise line would be led by Tom McAlpin, who was named president and CEO.[9]

At time of establishment, Virgin announced the new cruise line's fleet would consist of two ships and its headquarters would be based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.[2][9] In July 2015, the Miami-Dade County Commission granted Virgin Voyages approval to berth at PortMiami,[2] and the company's first contract for three cruise ships was finalized on October 18, 2016, the same day that Virgin Cruises rebranded as Virgin Voyages, in an effort to strengthen its marketing aimed at the younger demographic and new cruisers.[10][6]

In February 2018, Virgin Voyages debuted its headquarters in Plantation, Florida.[11] In November 2018, Virgin Voyages expanded its commitment to Miami by announcing it would build Terminal V, a new 100,000 square-foot terminal at PortMiami estimated at US$150 million, with a scheduled completion in November 2021, and also sail the cruise line's first two vessels from Miami through 2022.[12][13] In February 2019, Virgin Voyages announced it would design a new private destination called The Beach Club, located on the Bahamian island of Bimini. The resort would be developed in partnership with Genting Group's Resorts World Bimini and would feature a variety of local cuisine offerings and scheduled activities for guests.[14] In September 2019, Virgin Voyages had been granted a 30-year berthing rights agreement at PortMiami.[15]

Virgin Voyages' official debut had originally been scheduled for April 1, 2020, with the maiden voyage of Scarlet Lady,[16] but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the cruise line's launch, having had to initially postpone the voyage until August 7, 2020,[17] and ultimately, October 16, 2020.[4]


On June 23, 2015, Virgin announced that it had signed a binding letter of intent with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of three cruise ships to be delivered in 2020, 2021 and 2022—mid-sized vessels of 110,000 GT each with 1,150 crew, and 1,430 guest cabins capable of hosting a total of more than 2,800 passengers.[3][18] The final contract for the construction of the ships was signed in October 2016, with the total cost expected to be under US$2 billion.[19][10] McAlpin explained the ships would be designed differently from existing ships in the market, targeting the "young at heart."[20] A fourth ship was ordered in October 2018 for delivery in 2023.[21]

In November 2016, Virgin Voyages announced it had partnered with Climeon for its clean energy system to be deployed on its ships to generate energy from the engines' cooling water to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.[22] In February 2019, Virgin Voyages also revealed it would ban all single-use plastics from its fleet.[23]

Current fleet

Name Yard number Entered service Gross tonnage Guest capacity Shipyard Flag Notes Image
Scarlet Lady[24] 6287 2020 110,000 GT 2,700 Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente[25]  Bahamas Commencement delayed until October 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic[4]

Future fleet

Name Yard number Enters service (scheduled) Gross tonnage Guest capacity Shipyard Flag Notes Image
Valiant Lady[26] 6288 2021 110,000 GT 2,700 Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente  Bahamas Steel cut on 20 July 2018[27][28]
Laid down on 8 February 2019[29]
Floated out on 20 May 2020[30]
TBA 2022 110,000 GT 2,700 Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente
TBA 2023 110,000 GT 2,700 Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente


  1. ^ "Detail by Entity Name". Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Sampson, Hannah (June 23, 2015). "Virgin Cruises to base first 2,800-passenger ship in Miami". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Cox, Martin (June 23, 2015). "Virgin Cruises To Build Three Ships With Fincantieri". Maritime Matters. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Simms, Richard (May 21, 2020). "Virgin Voyages Won't Set Sail Until October 16". Cruise Radio. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Cripps, Karla (January 21, 2019). "Scarlet Lady: Cruise like a rock star aboard Virgin Voyages' first ship". CNN. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Virgin Cruises will now be Virgin Voyages, with promise to shake up cruise industry". Miami Herald. October 18, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Virgin Voyages Will Sail 4 and 5 Night Cruises to the Caribbean". Cruise Fever. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Garcia, Jason (April 27, 2016). "Virgin berths: Creating a cruise line for Virgin Group". Florida Trend.
  9. ^ a b Stieghorst, Tom (December 4, 2014). "Richard Branson to enter cruise business". USA Today. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Sheivachman, Andrew (October 18, 2016). "Virgin Cruises Rebrands as Virgin Voyages, Finally Signs Deal for Three Ships". Skift.
  11. ^ Lyons, David (February 14, 2018). "Virgin Voyages unveils Plantation HQ, pledges to create 300 jobs". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on February 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Leposa, Adam (November 28, 2018). "PortMiami To Build New Terminal For Virgin Voyages". Travel Agent Central.
  13. ^ Hanks, Douglas; Dolven, Taylor (September 19, 2019). "PortMiami creating 'Terminal V' for Virgin Voyages cruise ships". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on September 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Virgin Voyages designing beach club on Bimini: Travel Weekly". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Arrojas, Matthew (September 27, 2019). "Virgin Voyages releases more renderings of its first ship, coming in 2020". South Florida Business Journal.
  16. ^ Saunders, Aaron (November 15, 2019). "Virgin Voyages to Offer Pre-Inaugural Preview Cruises on New Ship Scarlet Lady". Cruise Critic.
  17. ^ Kalosh, Anne (March 12, 2020). "Virgin Voyages postpones inaugural season until July 15". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  18. ^ Gibson, Rebecca (June 23, 2015). "Virgin Cruises signs Fincantieri to build three new mid-size ships". Cruise & Ferry. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  19. ^ Satchell, Arlene (June 23, 2015). "Virgin Cruises plans to launch in early 2020". Sun-Sentinel. Broward County, Florida. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  20. ^ Golden, Fran (June 23, 2015). "First Virgin Cruises ship to sail from Miami in 2020". USA Today. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  21. ^ "Fincantieri Will Build Fourth Ship for Virgin Voyages". Fincantieri. October 31, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "Virgin Voyages embraces Swedish Climeon as one step to reverse climate change". Climeon. November 15, 2016.
  23. ^ Zhang, Benjamin (February 21, 2019). "Virgin Voyages CEO explains what makes Richard Branson's new adults-only cruise line stand out from the crowd". Business Insider. Archived from the original on February 24, 2019.
  24. ^ "Ship shape: we've named our leading lady". Virgin Voyages. July 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  25. ^ Drescher, Cynthia (March 23, 2017). "Virgin Voyages Begins Construction of First Cruise Ship". Condé Nast Traveler. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  26. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (November 19, 2019). "Virgin Voyages Unveils Valiant Lady; 2nd Ship to Sail in Europe". Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  28. ^ "Virgin Voyages Celebrates Dual Milestones on New Cruise Ships". Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  29. ^ "Scarlet Lady Floats Out, Second Virgin Ship Construction Well Underway". Cruise Industry News. February 8, 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  30. ^ "Fincantieri Completes Float Out of New Cruise Ship Valiant Lady". The Maritime Executive. June 4, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

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