Virgin Voyages announced further details about its cruise ships during the keel laying ceremony of the first of the three new cruise ships at the Fincantieri shipyard.
The three ships will be part of the Lady-ship class and the first ship will be named via a contest. Each of the three 110,000 gross tonne ships will accommodate 2,800-passengers, although Virgin Voyages prefer to refer to passengers as ‘sailors’.
The construction of the first cruise ship for Virgin Voyages is set to commence later today at the Fincanteri shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
The new cruise line, which is promising to "change cruising forever", is to live stream the steel cutting for its first cruise ship on its Facebook page later today at 18:00 GMT.
Virgin Voyages and the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy have finalised the contract for the construction of three new-built cruise ships, worth approximately €2 Billion.
Each of the three cruise ships will be 110,000 gross tonnes, have an overall length of 278 metres and a beam of 38 meters. The ships will feature over 1,400 cabins and accommodate more than 2,800 passengers, accompanied by 1,100 crew members.
Previously known as Virgin Cruises, Virgin Voyages are building three identical 110,000 gross tonne cruise ships, with the first to launch in 2020.
The new name Virgin Voyages was announced at a press conference in Miami earlier this week. Virgin unveiled the new branding platform, promising to "change cruising for good" and travel "should celebrate your curiosity and not force you to follow one itinerary."