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Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages, formerly Virgin Cruises, is a cruise line with an office in Plantation, Florida, USA. It was formed as a joint venture between the Virgin Group and Bain Capital; the latter have a majority shareholding.

Virgin Cruises planned to targeting non-cruisers as Bain's research indicated that 85% would give it a try.

History

Virgin Group announced the establishment of Virgin Cruises on December 4, 2014 with financial backing from Bain Capital. The cruise line would be led by CEO Tom McAlpin, would have two new large ships built and be based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. In March 2015, the company was sued by former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Colin Veitch over accusations of design theft for two 4,200-passenger “ultra ships.”

On June 23, 2015, Richard Branson announced that three new ships were intended to be built by Fincantieri. The cruise line is scheduled to begin operations in 2020 out of Port of Miami with the delivery of its first ship. By July 3, 2015, the... Read more

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages, formerly Virgin Cruises, is a cruise line with an office in Plantation, Florida, USA. It was formed as a joint venture between the Virgin Group and Bain Capital; the latter have a majority shareholding.

Virgin Cruises planned to targeting non-cruisers as Bain's research indicated that 85% would give it a try.

History

Virgin Group announced the establishment of Virgin Cruises on December 4, 2014 with financial backing from Bain Capital. The cruise line would be led by CEO Tom McAlpin, would have two new large ships built and be based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. In March 2015, the company was sued by former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Colin Veitch over accusations of design theft for two 4,200-passenger “ultra ships.”

On June 23, 2015, Richard Branson announced that three new ships were intended to be built by Fincantieri. The cruise line is scheduled to begin operations in 2020 out of Port of Miami with the delivery of its first ship. By July 3, 2015, the county commission was expected to vote on a five-year preferential berthing agreement with an optional five-year extension with the cruise line.

On October 18, 2016, Virgin Cruises was rebranded as Virgin Voyages as "cruises" seemed "pretty dull and boring" for Branson. A finalised contract was also recently signed for ship construct. On March 22, 2017, Fincantieri began construction on the company's first ship.

Virgin Voyages has commissioned three mid-sized cruise ships, with an expected capacity of approximately 2700 passengers each. The first ship is expected to debut in 2020, operating week-long cruises in the Caribbean.

Management

Virgin's inaugural President and CEO is Tom McAlpin, a founding member of the launch team for Disney Cruise Line and later its president. Prior to being appointed to head Virgin, McAlpin had most recently served as CEO of The World, a residential cruise ship.

Fleet

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.

The final contract for the construction of the ships is expected to be signed by the end of 2015, and the total cost of the project would be under US$2 billion.

According to Tom McAlpin, the three ships will be a premium product, with a high percentage of balcony staterooms. They would differ from other cruise vessels by their "design, size and program onboard" and be targeted to the "young at heart."

Virgin's first ship will be home ported initially at PortMiami, Florida, and it will operate a range of seven-day Caribbean Sea itineraries departing each Sunday.

Virgin was the first major cruise line to purchase Climeon Ocean clean energy system for its ships that generates energy using heat from the ship engines to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In 2016, McAlpin announced that Virgin had signed a building contract with Fincantieri, an Italian shipyard, that included three 110,000-ton, 2,700-passenger ships.

A fourth ship was ordered for delivery in 2023 in October 2018.

Future fleet

  • Scarlet Lady. Year (planned) - 2020. Gross tonnage - 110,000 GT. Passengers - 2,700. Construction started on March 22, 2017. Keel laid on 31 October 2017.
  • TBA. Year (planned) - 2021. Gross tonnage - 110,000 GT. Passengers - 2,700. Construction started on 20 July 2018.
  • TBA. Year (planned) - 2022. Gross tonnage - 110,000 GT. Passengers - 2,700.
  • TBA. Year (planned) - 2023. Gross tonnage - 110,000 GT. Passengers - 2,700.
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