Virgin Voyages has announced that bookings for the inaugural season of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, will go on sale on 14 February 2019.
Cruise itineraries are still yet to be announced but Virgin Voyages has confirmed that the ship will home port from Miami and cruise to Havana, Cuba. The ship will sail from a custom-built state-of-the-art cruise terminal to be construction at PortMiami.
Virgin Voyages has revealed plans for its very own custom-built cruise terminal at PortMiami, which will be home for its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady.
The announcement was made on 28 November 2018 at PortMiami LIVE on Facebook, with Sir Richard Branson and Tom McAlpin, CEO, Virgin Voyages present. The state-of-the-art cruise terminal will be named Palm Grove. The new terminal is inspired by the history and heritage of Miami Beach.
The bridge section for Virgin Voyages first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady has been lifted into place atop the ship at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy where the ship is currently under construction.
Scarlet Lady is the first of three new-build cruise ships for Virgin Voyages and is set to enter service in 2020. The second ship is due for delivery in 2021, whilst the third ship is expected to be delivered in 2022.
The cruise ship Thomson Majesty is to transfer to the Celestyal Cruises fleet in January 2018 and will become Celestyal Majesty.
The ship has been on charter to Thomson Cruises since 2012 but will leave the Thomson Cruises fleet on 26 November 2017. Before transferring to the Celestyal Cruises fleet, the 40,900 gross tonne ship will undergo a refurbishment.
Following months of research, Voyages to Antiquity is to offer cruises in the Caribbean and Cube in Winter 2017 on board the 350-passenger Aegean Odyssey.
Voyages to Antiquity are known for cruising lesser-known and lesser-explorers regions of the world but this will be the visits first the cruise line have offered cruises to this part of the world.
Viking Cruises latest ocean cruise ship Viking Sun was floated out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, marking a milestone in the construction process.
Viking Sun will become the fourth ocean cruise ship in the Viking fleet and is set to launch in November 2017. The third ship, Viking Sky is currently also still under construction and is set to launch in February 2017, joining the two other ships, Viking Star and Viking Sea.
Royal Caribbean International’s Empress of the Seas is to homeport in Tampa in summer 2017, whilst also offering cruises to Cuba.
The ship will make its first visit to Cuba on 19 April 2017, a five-night cruise from Miami. Following this cruise Empress of the Seas will be repositioned to Tampa and offer a further two calls to Cuba, comprising of a seven-night cruise departing on 30 April and a five-night cruise on 20 May.