Virgin to offer Seven Day Caribbean Cruises from 2020

Following our news update in March, where we first announced Sir Richard Branson was setting up his own cruise line, the entrepreneur has taken another step in his stride to rule the waves. Virgin Group has signed a deal with Italian shipyard Fincantieri for the construction of three mid-sized ships – the first of which will launch in 2020 and sail out of Miami. The other two ships will be launched in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Each of the three ships will provide a capacity of 2,800 guests across 1,430 guest cabins and all passengers will be seen to by an onboard crew of 1,150. All three of the ships will weigh in at 110,000 GRT.

Sailing out of Miami, the very first passengers on board the new ship will be able to enjoy seven-day Caribbean cruises.

"This is a very exciting day for Virgin and travellers around the globe," Branson said. "We now have the right partners in place to build a world-class cruise line that will redefine the cruising experience for good."

"The Virgin Cruises approach will appeal to cruisers and non-cruisers alike, and we look forward to being in Miami and delivering an experience for people who want a new way to cruise."

Branson was joined at a recent press conference by president and CEO of Virgin Cruises, Tom McAlpin, who held high confidence in the firm’s future success.

"We are committed to making waves in the cruise industry, and partnering with Fincantieri and PortMiami sets Virgin Cruises up to do just that."

"Today’s announcement brings together important ingredients in our future success – Miami’s vibrant culture paired with the excellent port infrastructure and port team; and Fincantieri’s expertise in prototyping, their creativity and understanding of our vision."

Branson’s ever-expanding Virgin Group has enjoyed success in many fields from music festivals and Formula E racing; to air and rail transport. The firm has enjoyed much success over the years, which many customers enjoying the chic experience that the Virgin group offers. Mood lighting, luxury, speed and comfortability are all features that have become synonymous with the brand in recent years.

He first announced his plans for Virgin Cruises in December 2014 and has since launched Virgin Hotels – with its first property in Chicago.

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