Sir Richard Branson’s cruise line, Virgin Voyages, is giving the cruising public everything they’ve ever wanted in a cruise ship, including the port of calls they want to make.

After conducting research among future customers, the adults-only cruise line has decided that its first itineraries will be to the historically rich Caribbean island of Cuba.

Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages’ first ship, will take some 2,700 passengers from Miami to Havana in 2020 when she makes her inaugural itinerary.


In a blog post, Branson, revealed that guests will be given ample time to explore the classic city on the “special” maiden voyage, thanks to an overnight stay.

“I cannot wait to see our iconic Scarlet Lady gleaming in the Havana Harbour.”

Sir Richard Branson

“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.”

Branson said more details of the itinerary and onboard features will be revealed next year, when Virgin Voyages bookings open.

In the meantime, the cruise line is so sure of its launch success that it has placed an order for a fourth ship. The unnamed vessel will arrive at the end of 2023, after Scarlet Lady in 2020, a second ship in 2021 and a third ship in 2022.


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