Virgin Voyages is sailing all ahead full as the luxury, adults-only line has now taken delivery of its third new vessel since its first ship, Scarlet Lady, was delivered in February 2020. Now, Resilient Lady is one step closer to welcoming guests as she joins the Virgin fleet.
Resilient Lady Delivered
New cruise lines typically grow slowly, perhaps first using older ships bought from more established lines as they build their brand and eventually have their first newbuild ship constructed. Virgin Voyages, however, is showing that it can break that expectation, with the third newbuild ship for the new cruise line now delivered to Virgin ownership.
Built by the renowned shipbuilder Fincantieri at their Sestri Ponente shipyard in Genoa, in northwestern Italy, Resilient Lady has completed construction and now joins Virgin Voyages for supplies and finishing details before her planned debut in May 2023.
Like her sister ships Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady, the “ladyship” weighs in at 110,000 gross tons and can welcome as many as 2,700 guests per sailing, with 93% of her cabins offering an outstanding ocean view and 86% of her cabins featuring spacious balconies.
Resilient Lady continues the high-tech features already popular aboard her older sisters, including touchscreen tablets to control stateroom temperature, blinds, music, television, and even mood lighting.
Onboard, guests can indulge their taste buds at six Michelin-inspired restaurants and more than 20 eateries showcasing a wide range of authentic tastes. Live, edgy entertainment, conversational spaces for relaxation, wellness pampering in the spa, and much more await all Virgin Voyages sailors.
MerMaiden Voyage in the Mediterranean
Resilient Lady will set sail on her “mermaiden” voyage on May 14, 2023, a 7-night roundtrip sailing from Athens, Greece, exploring throughout the Greek Isles with calls in Santorini, Rhodes, and Mykonos, as well as a stop in Bodrum, Turkey.
The ship, which completed her sea trials in April, was originally planned to set sail in August 2022, but was delayed due to multiple challenges, including supply chain issues and staffing concerns.
After her first celebratory voyage, Resilient Lady will remain homeported from Athens until late October, offering a range of Greek Isles and Adriatic cruises, stopping in amazing ports of call not only in Greece and Turkey but also in Croatia and Montenegro.
After her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, Resilient Lady will embark on a 44-night repositioning voyage on October 22, 2023, sailing across the world for a winter season in Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, the ship will visit exotic ports from Dubai and India to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Once Down Under, the new ship will offer sailings from both Auckland and Melbourne, before returning to the Mediterranean in May 2024 for another summer sailing from Athens.