Delighted to share that Cuba will be the first destination for Virgin Voyages, our new cruise line. When Scarlet Lady sets sail for her inaugural season from Miami in 2020, Havana will be one of the destinations we visit.
Virgin always listens to our customers, and this decision was no different. We used research from customers as well as travel partners in the US and UK to learn that Cuba is one of the places voyagers would most like to visit.
Having got the chance to enjoy a fascinating trip to Cuba myself last year, I can certainly see why. Virgin Atlantic has been flying to Cuba for 13 years and I’ve got to visit before. But it was a huge pleasure joining Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin in Havana to develop the plans we’re announcing today, taking time to enjoy local landmarks like the famous Hotel Nacional while we were there.
I cannot wait to see our iconic Scarlet Lady gleaming in the Havana Harbour. Havana is the perfect place for our sailors to go and experience a city that exudes an irresistible energy and passion. All sailings to Cuba from Miami will feature an overnight stay, so our sailors will have time to really explore and experience Havana’s unique atmosphere.
Scarlet Lady will set sail to the Caribbean with more than 2,770 sailors and 1,150 wonderful crew from around the world on board – it’s going to be one special maiden voyage.
We’ll share more and more details, from onboard features to designs and experiences, as we get closer to opening up Virgin Voyages bookings next year. In the meantime head over to Virgin Voyages on social for more shipteases.