Virgin Group has entered the cruise ship business. The company teamed with Bain Capital to create Virgin Voyages, an adults-only cruise line set to launch its first ship in 2020 from Port of Miami in Florida.
Two more ships will launch, in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The ships are all as yet unnamed, but each is expected to accommodate 2860 guests in luxury. Virgin Group announced that 86 percent of cabins will feature balconies overlooking the sea. Renditions of the finished vessel show a sleek silver ship with a plumb bow adorned with a mermaid logo.
While most cruise lines cater to families, Virgin is going its own way. The new line is strictly for adults-only. No one under 18 is welcome.
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson stated that the new cruise line is committing to “creating the cleanest fleet on the sea,” and noted that it signed an agreement with wastewater management company Scanship to develop technology that could turn waste into energy. Virgin Voyages earlier partnered with Swedish company Climeon to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Basically, the ships will be built “around the needs and desires of the customer.
More information will be posted on the new line’s website, www.virgincruises.com