Virgin Voyages, a partnership between Virgin Group and Bain Capital has just announced its first cruise ship sail and what we can expect from the duo venture. Founder Richard Branson, and President, and CEO Tom McAlpin came together to announce the development and details of the start-up cruise.
The duo arrived in typical Richard Branson flair, via a 200-foot crane drop. Recognising the partnership and construction of the cruise line, Richard Branson alongside Tom McAlpin appeared at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy where they announced that the expected cruise will be for adults only. The minimum age allowed for passengers on board would be 18 and over. To weld the ceremonial coins into the keel, they were joined by Alberto Maestrini from Fincantieri and Bain Capital chairman Stephen Pagliuca.
Holiday travelers with families can sail on the 2,860 passenger vessel which will not include children. When asked for clarification, the duo responded with the feedback from the public and travel sellers for a demand of an adult only cruise line.
McAlpin and Branson also revealed an artist’s drawing of the first Virgin ship’s exterior, which showcased the classic red and white logo with a mermaid inspired by historic vessels. The design for the ship would be unique and 86% of the cabins in the ship are said to include balconies. The three Virgin vessels, referred to as “Lady Ships” will debut in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The company is also said to be taking $500 deposit for access to an exclusive pre-sale booking period for the first ship, which is reportedly set to sail from Miami. For such an exciting new venture we can only say ‘Full Steam Ahead!’