Today saw the first steel cut for the first ship for Virgin Voyages which is scheduled for delivery in 2020. The steel cutting ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa.
In a ceremony that was broadcast live on Facebook, proceedings were led by shipyard director, Paolo Capobianco and Virgin Voyages CEO and President, Tom McAlpin.
After a pre-recorded message from Sir Richard Branson, in which he led the countdown, the cutting process began. Those who were present to witness the event don their builders hard hats and then witnessed the pyrotechnic display as the cutting machine kicked into action.
There are three vessels for Virgin Voyages and they will be 110,000grt with capacity for 2680 passengers, with scheduled deliveries in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The first new ship will be homeported in Miami and will embark on seven night itineraries to the Caribbean.
Still, Virgin Voyages have yet to release renderings of what the design of the new ships are going to be like. It is a rather safeguarded secret that they don’t want their competitors to see.
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