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Virgin Voyages pushed back startup in U.S. yet again

There has been another delay in Virgin Voyages sailing from the United States.

Virgin has struggled to offer cruises because the line was scheduled to debut right at the beginning of the global health crisis.

The new cruise line announced on Wednesday that it has canceled all sailings from Miami scheduled for late September and early October on Scarlet Lady.

Virgin Voyages will require all passengers to have a Covid-19 vaccine

Over the last few weeks, a lot of people have been wondering whether or not vaccines are going to be required on cruise ships here in the U.S. and there's one cruise line that just recently said, yes.

Virgin Voyages has come out and announced that vaccines will be required to sail on their ships and they're aiming for a July 1st restart.

The CEO of Virgin Voyages, Tom McAlpin, was on Good Morning America and he stated that all of the Virgin Voyages passengers and crew members are to be vaccinated for covid-19.

Virgin Voyages cancels cruises though mid-October

Virgin Voyages announced today it is pushing back its debut until October 16, 2020.

The new cruise line was scheduled to begin in the spring, but opted to cancel all sailings through October 15, 2020.

Virgin is offering affected cruisers options to make rebooking easier. 

Passengers who booked travel on impacted Scarlet Lady sailings would be eligible for a 100 percent refund. To make up for the inconvenience, customers who cancel will also receive a 25 percent future cruise credit.

Virgin Voyages delays launch of its cruise line until August

Virgin Voyages announced it will delay its inaugural season until July 15, 2020, with the Scarlet Lady's maiden voyage pushed back to August 7, 2020.

Top 10 Things You Should Know about Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is one of the newest cruise lines out there, and you might be curious what it's all about. 

Richard Branson's newest venture has turned a lot of heads, with its first ship Scarlet Lady about to begin service.

1. Sailing from Miami

When Virgin Voyages first ship, the Scarlet Lady, arrives in North America, she will call PortMiami home.

In fact, Virgin Voyages built a brand new cruise terminal that was inspired by the palm trees of Miami Beach. The new terminal opens in 2021.

First Virgin Voyages cruise ship delivered by shipyard

The first cruise ship for Virgin Voyages, Scarlet Lady, was delivered by shipbuilder Fincantieri today at the shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente.

The ship recently completed its sea trials, and was delivered to the cruise line.

Scarlet Lady is the first of four ships ordered by Virgin Voyages.

Scarlet Lady is scheduled to set sail on her inaugural maiden voyage on April 1.

Virgin Voyages announces Deck DJ Schedule

Virgin Voyages announced the lineup for its On Deck DJ sailings.

The 2020 Resident On Deck DJ program will feature decorated musicians Mark Ronson (July 9), Diplo (May 7), DJ MK (September 3) and Sofi Tukker (December 10).

Guests on Virgin Voyages will be able to enjoy performances at the Beach Club at Bimini, with the 2020 lineup of world-famous DJs set to perform as part of the specialty sailings, which are now available for booking.

Tickets for the specialty sailings and concerts in the Bahamas are now on sale.

Virgin Voyages will let you order champagne by shaking your phone

Virgin Voyages cruise line announced a new on-demand champagne delivery service, Shake for Champagne, which will allow passengers on its cruise ship to request champagne with a shake of their phone.

When the Virgin Voyages Sailor App is shaken, a secret Virgin Voyages Champagne button is revealed and, with just one press, a bottle of Möet & Chandon Impérial will be delivered to the guest.

Delivered in a red champagne bucket, the service includes a 750ml bottle of Möet & Chandon Impérial with two glasses. 

April Fools: Virgin Voyages offering private jet transfers to cruise ship

Virgin Voyages "announced" on April 1 that its cruise passengers staying in RockStar Suites on Scarlet Lady will now arrive and depart via private jet transfer.

“From the sky to the sea, our RockStar Suite Sailors will truly live the glamorous life of a rockstar icon from the moment they begin their holiday. Why walk aboard the ship when you can fly,” said Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages.

Virgin Voyages announces on-board music experiences including record shop and karaoke lounge

Virgin Voyages announced today its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, will feature an onboard record shop, karaoke studio, and artfully selected music.

Due to set sail for its inaugural season in 2020, Scarlet Lady will be equipped with an on ship record shop called Voyage Vinyl, The Groupie, a private karaoke and gaming lounge, and perfectly curated music and performances by up-and-coming artists as well as music trendsetters for Virgin Voyages’ Sailors to enjoy.

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