Virgin Voyages which is one of the newest cruise lines will open its new headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Not just that but Virgin Voyages will invest millions into the local community and also create 300 new jobs serving the cruise lines new upcoming cruise ships and passengers.
Virgin Voyages to operate from Fort Lauderdale
It was first thought that the cruise line would be based out of Miami but now the main headquarters will be in Fort Lauderdale, a major cruise hub with ships sailing from the busy Port Everglades. The announcement was made by Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Enterprise Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
Governor Scott said:
“I am proud to announce that Virgin Voyages has selected Florida to locate their new headquarters, which will create more than 300 new jobs for families in South Florida. As a top tourism destination, the gateway to Latin America and one of the most business-friendly states, Florida is the best place for Virgin Voyages’ new headquarters.”
The new Virgin Voyages headquarters will be located in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Plantation in Broward County and the complex will be a total of 60,000 square feet. From the facility, Virgin will make waves through the industry changing the way we cruise with new-class adult only cruise ships.
Thomas McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages said:
“Virgin brands have a long history of raising the bar in every industry we enter. We are proud to bring that mindset to the South Florida community and introduce new jobs and business opportunities to the area.”
The first Virgin Voyages ship is already under construction by Fincantieri in Genoa, Italy. There has been much hype around the new cruise line and what will be brought to cruisers when the first 110,000 gross ton ship arrives in 2020. With a capacity of 2,700 sailors (not guests or passengers in Virgin terms) and 1,150 crew members, there will be brand new features and experiences as the first ship sails Caribbean cruises from Miami, Florida which is 45 minutes away from the newly announced headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.
You can discover more about Richard Branson’s new cruise venture with all of the featured posts on Virgin Voyages. More details will be released as we build up to the first ever Virgin cruise ship in 2020.