Virgin Voyages’ first ship has successfully completed its sea trials ahead of its launch next year.
The Scarlet Lady sailed from Genoa to Marseille from 15 to 18 November, and then back from Marseille to Genoa from 27 to 30 November.
It was a smooth, stable and quiet journey through various weather conditions.
Richard Branson, Virgin’s founder, boarded the ship in Marseille with his wife Joan and children Sam and Holly, alongside the company’s chief executive Tom McAlpin, chief commercial officer Nirmal Saverimuttu, senior vice-president of design Dee Cooper and chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, Shai Weiss.
“We’re thrilled to have completed such a significant milestone with our sea trials and have our amazing crew to thank for their passion and tenacity in this achievement,” said McAlpin.
“We’re one step closer to getting our Sailors [passengers] on the Scarlet Lady and are grateful for all that have chosen to join us on this adventure."
Branson also ceremoniously painted the Virgin flag onto the hull of the ship, where the Virgin Voyages logo will appear.
The Scarlet Lady will set sail on her maiden voyage on 1 April, with celebrity guest appearances, special events and exclusive surprises onboard.
Virgin Voyages’ second ship, Valiant Lady, will debut in May 2021. It will have a home port in Barcelona.