Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages welcomed his new ship, valiant lady. She is the cruise line’s second ship. valiant lady will perform a promotional tour of the UK before setting sail with guests on her maiden voyage in March from Portsmouth.
Virgin Voyages welcomes you valiant lady
The Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa has completed the construction of valiant lady earlier this month, and the ship has now been officially handed over to Virgin Voyages. The second of four cruise ships ordered for the cruise line, she will sail several times from the UK before returning to the Mediterranean to begin sailing from her home port of Barcelona, Spain.
In the coming weeks, the ship will travel to the UK from its current position in Civitavecchia, Italy, in time for a promotional tour which will see the ship call at Tilbury and Liverpool. After that, she will make her first cruises with guests from Portsmouth.
Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages, said, “Following the success of our First Lady ship, Scarlet Lady, we are delighted to launch Valiant Lady in March and begin our European tour. The lifting of UK travel restrictions has already shown promising signs with an increase of 70 % of bookings since December – and we look forward to welcoming sailors on board!“
“We’ll be showcasing our new lady in Tilbury and Liverpool, where fans are welcome to wave her over before we launch our bookable European crossings from Portsmouth in March and our new home base of Barcelona in May. Our epic cruises have curated incredibly accessible itineraries for those in Europe who want to sail differently, and we can’t wait to take to the high seas and show budding and passionate sailors how to travel the Virgin way.
Since the launch of scarlet lady guest operations in 2021, Virgin Voyages has received rave reviews from the thousands of guests who have sailed her so far; in fact, the ship has the most five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, which Sir Richard Branson hopes to emulate with Valiant Lady:
Sir Richard Branson said, “Virgin Voyages has been a dream in the making since I was 20, and today is a momentous day for the launch of our second lady, Valiant Lady. It’s exciting to be able to celebrate our continued growth as a brand with a mission to travel like no other.In our five decades of business, Virgin has always sought to offer its customers something special, and Virgin Voyages has worked tirelessly to achieve this.
Sailing in the UK and the Mediterranean
After the short promotional tour across the UK, valiant lady will depart from Portsmouth for a 3 day trip, it will stop over in Zeebrugge and return to the UK.
On April 4, she will make her first longer trip from Portsmouth to Spain and Portugal. The 11-day voyage will call at ports including La Coruña, Funchal, Madeira, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas and Lisbon.
From May 15, valiant lady will begin a series of 7-day cruises from her home port of Barcelona, Spain. The 7-day Mediterranean voyages include several longer stays in port and overnight stays in iconic locations such as Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.
The brand’s newest 110,000 gross ton cruise ship can accommodate 2,770 passengers and offers first-class entertainment, state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities and restaurants from Michelin-starred chefs. The cabins on board valiant ladylike his sister scarlet ladyhave a newly designed warm and sophisticated feel.