Virgin Voyages makes further changes to Resilient Lady sailing plans

Virgin Voyages is cancelling the 2024-2025 voyage season plans for the Resilient Lady. The company had previously announced changes to the ship’s early 2024 repositioning cruise from Australia to the Mediterranean.

The comes following regional and government advice that Virgin Voyages has received, with the company indicating that “we remain very concerned about potential escalations in the Red Sea over the next 12 months.”

It notes that the significant and ongoing conflict puts unacceptable risks for safe passage through the region for our Sailors, crew and vessel (Resilient Lady).”

And, in a statement, it continues: “As a result, we have been left with no choice but to cancel our 2024/25 voyage season plans for Resilient Lady, impacting the late 2024 and early 2025 repositioning voyages between Europe and Australia  and a second sailing season in Australian waters.”

Resilient Lady will now complete its Mediterranean sailing season on October 20, 2024 and divert course sailing to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a new Caribbean season offering 7, 8, 10 and 11-night voyages visiting St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Colombia, and Dominica.

Virgin Voyages said that it is currently reviewing Resilient Lady’s repositioning routes from Athens to San Juan, and we will share these as soon as they’re ready, but they will feature stunning ports including Catania, Casablanca, and Tenerife.

Virgin Voyages was embraced by the Australia and New Zealand markets with a warm welcome and celebrated an extremely successful inaugural season – the love was mutual. To say that we are disappointed to have come to this tough conclusion is an understatement. These adjustments are happening now in order to minimize potential future disruption to our passengers’ holiday plans knowing there is a high likelihood that changes would need to happen in the future. Our customers and travel agent partners asked us to ensure we give them as much time as possible to make alternative plans. We appreciate the time and energy that goes into planning a holiday, and we are focused on your safety as well as giving you certainty.

It also indicated that it is working through options to return to Australia and the Asia Pacific region once regional repositioning opportunities become more tenable.

Virgin Voyages said that impacted Sailors will have the option to rebook another voyage or opt for a full refund given the change in plans.

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