With the safety of our passengers and crew as our number one priority, Virgin Voyages recently shared a change of course for our early 2024 repositioning voyage from Australia to the Med.

On the heels of these recent changes and based on the regional and government advice they have received, they remain very concerned about potential escalations in the Red Sea over the next 12 months.

This significant and ongoing conflict puts unacceptable risks for safe passage through the region for their Sailors, crew and vessel (Resilient Lady).

As a result, they have been left with no choice but to cancel our 2024/25 voyage season plans for Resilient Lady, impacting the late 2024 and early 2025 repositioning voyages between Europe and Australia and a second sailing season in Australian waters. 

Resilient Lady will now complete her Mediterranean sailing season on October 20th, 2024 and divert course sailing to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a new Caribbean season offering 7, 8, 10 and 11-night voyages visiting St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Colombia, and Dominica.

Virgin Voyages are currently reviewing Resilient Lady’s repositioning routes from Athens to San Juan, and will share these as soon as they’re ready, but they will feature stunning ports including Catania, Casablanca, and Tenerife. 

Virgin Voyages was embraced by the Australia and New Zealand markets with a warm welcome and celebrated an extremely successful inaugural season – the love was mutual.

These adjustments are happening now in order to minimize potential future disruption to passengers’ holiday plans knowing there is a high likelihood that changes would need to happen in the future.

Customers and travel agent partners asked them to ensure we give them as much time as possible to make alternative plans.

Virgin Voyages appreciate the time and energy that goes into planning a holiday, and they are focused on your safety as well as giving you certainty. 

They are currently working through options to return to Australia and the Asia Pacific region once regional repositioning opportunities become more tenable.

Virgin Voyages will share updates on future itineraries across the fleet as soon as possible, and in the event that we return for the 25’ season, existing booked Sailors will have priority to move onto these sailings.

In the meantime, they know how much Aussie and New Zealand tourists enjoy visiting Europe and with two ships taking in standout destinations from our home ports in Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece) and Portsmouth (UK) and look forward to welcoming sailors to Europe so they can experience it the Virgin way.

Impacted Sailors will have the option to rebook another voyage or opt for a full refund given the change in plans. If you have further questions, please direct them to media@virginvoyages.com.

Source: Virgin Voyages Public Relations

Image: ©2024 Virgin Cruises Intermediate Limited

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