Virgin Voyages has followed some other cruise lines and decided to cancel cruises for its only cruise ship the Scarlet Lady.
Virgin Voyages Cancels All Cruises
The cruise line has just announced it is canceling Scarlet Lady’s inaugural season. Virgin Voyages has decided to make the decision in light of the current travel situations around the world and understanding that cruisers rethink their cruise bookings. This comes as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world and impacts the cruise industry.
Richard Branson posted a message detailing the cancellation via social media, the cruise line posted the following on its web site:
Based on that feedback, our team has made the very difficult decision to postpone our inaugural sailing season until July 15, 2020, with our Maiden Voyage taking place on August 7, 2020. We are just as disappointed as you are about these changes, so we are offering several options to Sailors booked on these impacted sailings.
So the cruise line posted that the inaugural sailing season has been cancelled until July 15, 2020. To make up for the disappointment Virgin is offering a range of options. Guests can receive 200% in Future Voyage Credit which is double the value of the original cruise and can be used easily to book a future one.
If guests decide to use the Future Voyage Credit before June 30, 2020 they will receive up to $500 in onboard spending money. The onboard credit depends on the type of cabin booked. There will be $150 for Sea Views or Insiders, $300 for Sea Terraces and $500 for Suites. A full refund can also be offered along with a Future Voyage Credit of 25%.
All these options are pretty good compared to other cruise lines as Virgin Voyages delays the party for one of the newest and most anticipated cruise ships of the year.
Scarlet Lady just recently arrived in Miami, Florida for the very first time and the celebrations and inaugural events have also been postponed including in New York City. The 110,000 gross ton vessel was originally set to sail Caribbean cruises including calls to the exclusive Bimini resort in the Bahamas.
This news comes as Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises announced the suspensions of all sailings due to the growing travel restrictions and the announcement from President Donald Trump on banning all travel from Europe.