HAVANA — Virgin Voyages has announced two major developments for its inaugural season in 2020: a fourth ship and a new destination.
The new cruise line has ordered a fourth ship from Fincantieri, set for delivery in 2023 and accommodating 2,770 passengers. Valued at US$800 million, the new vessel will be similar to the three already confirmed for Virgin’s fleet, including its first ship, the Scarlett Lady.
In addition, a new destination has been announced for the Scarlett Lady in 2020: Cuba. The decision to sail to the island was influenced by customer and travel partner research that the new cruise line conducted in North America and the U.K. Both groups consistently rank Cuba as one of the most desired and interesting destinations to cruise to.
“Virgin Atlantic has been visiting Cuba for 13 years, and I cannot wait to see our iconic Scarlet Lady gleaming in the Havana Harbor,” said Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. “Havana is the perfect place for our sailors to go and experience a city that exudes an irresistible energy and passion.”
The 18+ Virgin Voyages will offer sailings to Cuba from Miami that include an overnight stay. OFAC-compliant shore experiences are currently in developments, and details will be released later in 2019.
The announcement was made at the Havana International Fair (FIHAV), which is taking place in Havana from Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
“We have a longstanding relationship with Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group and are pleased to announce this new partnership with Virgin Voyages,” said Manuel Marrero Cruz, Minister of Tourism for Cuba. “The Cuban people look forward to welcoming Virgin Voyages’ first ship, its crew and passengers to our shores in 2020.”
Specific sailing dates to Cuba will be released when the company opens up bookings for sale next year.
For more information go to virginvoyages.com.