Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the first vessel in Richard Branson’s new Virgin Voyages fleet.
The vessel, named Scarlet Lady, was delivered Friday, February 14, at Fincantieri’s Genoa Sestri Ponente shipyard.
The adults-only Scarlet Lady comes in at about 110,000 gross tonnes and is 278 meters long by 38 meters wide, with 1,400 guest cabins for a capacity of 2,770 passengers and another 1,160 crew members.
Scarlet Lady is the first of four vessels being built by Fincantieri for Virgin Voyages. The second ship, “Valiant Lady”, is currently under construction at the same yard and will be delivered in 2021, while the third and the fourth units, still unnamed, will set sail in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
“It’s wonderful to welcome Scarlet Lady,” said Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. “I’m so proud that as we start this exciting journey, we also bring to life Virgin Voyages’ commitment to preserving the ocean and the first of many steps towards a net zero carbon future.”
Scarlett Lady is currently en route to Miami where it will make its official debut ahead of its inaugural voyage planned for March 18.
South Florida-based Virgin Voyages was launched in 2014 as Virgin Cruises and is backed lead investors Bain Capital Private Equity and London-based Virgin Group, whose founder and CEO is billionaire Sir Richard Branson.