Sir Richard Branson has announced Virgin Voyages

Virgin are on a mission to change cruising for good.

Sir Richard Branson is aiming more at the American market than the UK market with his new cruise business. Avoiding the word Cruises, or the title Virgin Cruises he has branded it Virgin Voyages. He says that he wants to transform the experience and make his cruising ‘the most irresistible holiday at sea’, he is making quite a statement.  That does infer he wants to be seen as better than the rest. That is a tall order given some of the ships at sea but Tom McAlpin (a former president of the Disney Cruise Line), the president and CEO of Virgin Voyages claimed. “This is anything but just another cruise or holiday, it will be a transformational experience delivering a very ‘Virgin style’ of adventure.” As a young man choosing the name virgin was bold, but mixed with cruising or voyage and there are half a dozen romantic novels with any version of the title. Virgin Voyage is a favourite of ours and there are two of them, the romantic and raunchy Virgin Voyage and the romantic only Her Virgin Voyage released as a light version in July 2017. They are the first episode in the Solo Cruiser book series that has Perfect Storm, American Portrait and other episodes in the book series. Each covers a story over the duration of a cruise.

Virgin Voyages have a video on their web site which is a concept commercial.

It is a tall order considering all the main cruise ship operators are expanding and upping their game. I am particularly enjoying the Friday night Channel 5 program which has the slightly cumbersome title BUILDING THE WORLDS MOST LUXURIOUS CRUISE SHIP. With the £8,000 per night state room being designed last week Branson’s claims have a lot to meet up to. However, he is using this very ship builder and I would bet good money on there being a second series of the TV show based on the Virgin build, that is how he rolls. The series takes place at the Italian ship builder Fincantieri who have built most of the worlds Cruiser Class cruise ships including the Azura. The program is fascinating and a must for any cruiser. Last weeks episode on the detail of the propellor to stop it producing bubbles as that is the main cause of vibration was an education in detail these designers go to. They don’t want you to need the sea sickness bands that we suggest you carry just in case in our cruise tips. Please if you have additional tips leave them in the comments section. If you missed the first episode, go here.

Virgin Voyages first ship, a 2,700 passenger size cruiser, will arrive in Port Miami in 2020 to operate from there as it’s home. That is the year so many new ships are being launched including P&O and MSC’s biggest yet. Branson’s second ship will be ready in 2021 and the third in 2022. Sir Richard claims that, “thousands of future sailors and travel professionals shared their thoughts with us and tasked us with delivering the most irresistible vacation at sea and that our name alone should leave them dizzy with anticipation.” He went on to say,  “I’m excited to reveal we are now Virgin Voyages, and while we have lots of work ahead to build our three ships, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard the ship of things to come.” This is why ports like Tortola as we show in two films just months apart, are expanding their ports and docking areas as fast as they can.

Virgin Voyages has set up a website at virginvoyages.com and social media accounts @virginvoyages on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook. We have every confidence that Doris Visits will have a film up here in 2021.

 

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