It seems that Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson prefers to go on a sea-going voyage rather than an ocean cruise.
Originally, Sir Richard named his latest venture – a cruise line – as Virgin Cruises. Of late, he has ditched “cruises” and replaced it with “voyages”. Apparently, Virgin Voyages better matches “the daring, unexpected adventures” the new fleet plans to deliver.
australiancruisingnews.com understands the good knight is on a mission to change cruising for good, and “create something that is really fun.”
Virgin Voyages has just announced a contract for three ships to be built by the Italian ship builder Fincantieri, featuring a futuristic design, and adopting a new clean energy system that will save thousands of tons of carbon dioxide annually.
The plan is for this bold new fleet to offer an irresistible holiday at sea. There are also reports that passengers on board the new fleet of ships will be known as “sailors”.
Steel cutting for the first Virgin Voyages’ ship will begin early next year, with the keel laying later in the year. The yet to be named vessel is expected to sail into Port Miami in 2020 for voyages in the Caribbean, and will accommodate 2700 passengers and 1150 crew, virginvoyages.com