Exclusive: Virgin Voyages announces Resilient Lady, third cruise ship of four-vessel fleet

Virgin Voyages has announced the third ship in its four ship fleet: The Resilient Lady is scheduled to be complete on July 1, 2022, joining sibling ships Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady. 

The Richard Branson-owned cruise company has had a slow start thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which squashed Virgin’s plans tolaunch in April 2020. Now, after multiple delays, its first ship, Scarlet Lady is scheduled to debut in July. Its second, Valiant Lady, which was supposed to debut this May, had its launch pushed back to November.

In spite of those delays, Virgin Voyages president and CEO Tom McAlpin told USA TODAY that Resilient Lady is still on track.

“We clearly see a light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines on the rise and hopefully by summertime, everyone will have a vaccine,” McAlpin said, adding that the ship’s launch is still more than a year away and that bookings haven’t yet begun.

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