Virgin Voyages’ first ship Scarlet Lady has successfully completed its first sea trials.

The ship sailed round trip from Genoa to Marseille at the end of last month.

Sir Richard Branson was taken on a tour of Scarlet Lady in Marseille with his wife Joan and children Sam and Holly, alongside the line’s chief executive Tom McAlpin, chief commercial officer Nirmal Saverimuttu, senior vice president of design Dee Cooper and Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss.

During the visit, Branson painted the outline of the Virgin flag on the ship’s hull where the Virgin Voyages logo will appear.


McAlpin said: “We’re thrilled to have completed such a significant milestone with our sea trials and have our amazing crew to thank for their passion and tenacity in this achievement.
“We’re one step closer to getting our sailors [passengers] on the Scarlet Lady and are grateful for all that have chosen to join us on this adventure.”

Sir Richard Branson 1, Virgin Voyages, December 2019

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Voyages, December 2019

Scarlet Lady’s maiden voyage on April 1, 2020, will feature celebrity appearances, exclusives surprises and other special events, the yet-to-launch line said.

There will be two preview sailings from March 26 to March 29 and March 29 to April 1, 2020. Both sailings will include a day visit to the line’s The Beach Club on Bimini Island, Bahamas.

British travel agents will be among the first guests to stay on board when the ship docks in Dover and Liverpool in late February.


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