Meet Virgin Voyages' captain

Virgin Voyages has appointed Captain Wendy Williams as Master of its first ship, Scarlet Lady.

When Captain Williams takes the helm of Scarlet Lady in spring 2020, she will become the first Canadian woman to be captain of a ship for a major cruise brand.

Richard Branson and Captain Wendy Williams

“Captain Wendy’s extensive maritime background makes her an excellent choice to lead the Scarlet Lady, but it is her spirit and drive to approach life at sea differently that make her the perfect fit to join the Virgin Voyages family,” said Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages.

Tom McAlpin, Richard Branson and Captain Wendy Williams

Originally from the coastal city of Sept-Îles, Quebec on the Northeastern coast of Canada, Captain Williams has more than 28 years of experience working on ships at sea. Her extensive background includes more than a decade as a deckhand in commercial fishing off the western coast of Canada, as well as working as a ferryboat captain. Although she has spent more than 15 years working on the bridge of mega cruise ships, her role with Virgin Voyages will be her first promotion to Master.

Captain Wendy Williams in the Virgin Voyages office

“I have salt water in my veins and nothing brings me more joy than being at sea. It’s a dream come true to be working with Virgin Voyages,” said Captain Williams. “[It is a] company that is focused on creating an incredible experience not only for our Sailors but for our Crew as well; while also taking action to minimise our footprint on our oceans.”

Virgin Voyages has also announced a new, exciting lineup of itineraries. Find out more and book your voyage on the Virgin Voyages website.


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