Virgin Voyages has already delighted cruise enthusiasts with a sneak peek inside new ship Scarlet Lady, but now the cruise line has given future sailors plenty more to get excited as it unveils her first port of call.
The first of Virgin Voyages‘ ships, Scarlet Lady will make her debut in style with a glamorous sailing to Havana, Cuba in 2020.
Sir Richard Branson made the announcement in a short video shared on the cruise line’s Twitter page, revealing that it would be just one of the destinations on offer, and he was delighted Havana was top of the list because it is one of his “favourite cities in the world”.
With Havana being a port of call, it could be indicative of Scarlet Lady’s future itineraries, with more Caribbean destinations now strong contenders for future port of calls. (Although Virgin Voyages has yet to reveal further details).
Of course there’s a plethora of exciting things to see and do in Havana which is famous for its retro cars, beautiful historic buildings, cigar shops and bustling salsa bars where you’ll find revellers dancing well into the night.
In fact, we’ve got a handy insider’s guide to Havana on what not to miss even if you’re only there for a short period of time.
Scarlet Lady will be the first of four ships in the new Virgin Voyages fleet, setting sail in 2020. The other ships are expected to set sail in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
In fact, the cruise line put in the order for a fourth ship just this week entering a new €700million contract (approximately £621million) with Fincatieri, who are building all four of the ships.
The fourth ship will be approximately 110,000 gross tons, 278 meters long and 38 meters wide.
It is expected to host more than 2,770 passengers in over 1,400 cabins, as well as 1,100 crew members.
A spokesperson for Virgin Voyages said: “We’re delighted to confirm that we’ve entered into a contract with Fincantieri to build the fourth ship in our fleet, and we will be sharing additional details soon.”