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Why Virgin Voyages won't be using LNG

Why Virgin Voyages won't be using LNG

Elsewhere TTG quizzed Branson and McAlpin as to why Virgin Voyages ships were not being built to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), perceived by many to be a greener fuel.

 

“We’re using scrubbers [an exhaust gas cleaning technology]. We looked at LNG but it didn’t fit for us,” McAlpin explained. “It’s an up and coming fuel but it’s not available in ports around the world. We couldn’t have ships that you can’t take around the world.”

 

Branson added that Virgin Voyages was also working in partnership with Virgin Atlantic which is exploring turning waste steel gases into jet fuel. “If we get enough then we will use as a fuel on our cruise ships as well”, he said.

 

Meanwhile Branson confirmed he expected to see the second Virgin Voyages ship placed in the Mediterranean.

 

However he and McAlpin remained tightlipped when asked by TTG what sort of excursions – and their pricing - would be offered.

 

“Our ships will be more inclusive than what we see in the market”, McAlpin said, but suggested excursions wouldn’t be included in the price, adding: “I think excursions are personable and the experience needs to be different and unique for each person”.

 

He also refused to reveal the line’s plans for WiFi and whether it would be an additional cost, adding news of this would be revealed at a later date.

'No average age of passenger'

'No average age of passenger'

Elsewhere Branson dismissed questions as to whether the line was aiming to attract an average age of passenger, insisting only that the line’s customers be “young at heart”.

 

“If you’re getting on our ship and you don’t want a good time then don’t come on. We want the young at heart – and those who can dance on tables!”

 

On the company’s focus on championing women as part of its Scarlet Squad programme, McAlpin said: “We are looking to step in and do things differently – we want to attract more women.”

 

“If there was a female captain and a male captain, and both were equally qualified, we would choose the women,” Branson added. “That’s the only way things are going to change.”

 

Meanwhile Branson didn’t mince his words when asked by TTG if he was concerned about launching a new cruise line at such a time of uncertainty in the UK as the country braces for Brexit. “I’m worried about the UK generally, because of Brexit. Personally I think it’s a dreadful mistake, and for people’s earning power going forward.

 

“We had the biggest GDP in Europe - now we have the weakest. But it is what it is. And if people can’t afford to come on our cruises because of Brexit, then at least there is a whole world market out there we can look to.”

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