More than 18 months after the scheduled departure of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady, the ship will embark with passengers on Wednesday from Miami.
The ship was originally intended to make its maiden voyage in US waters from PortMiami on April 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19, its launch was pushed back several times and completed a short series of crossings during a UK “preview season” which began in August.
“After many years of preparation, we are delighted to officially launch Scarlet Lady and welcome Sailors to the United States on board for an unforgettable experience,” said Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Richard’s Virgin Voyages. Branson, in a statement.
Adult-only cruise line announced in March that it would require all crew and passengers to be fully vaccinated to embark. While the Scarlet Lady can carry 2,770 passengers, it will sail at 50% of its capacity on departure, spokeswoman Michelle Estevam told USA TODAY. The ship can also carry 1,160 crew members and will sail with 1,153 on Wednesday.
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The sailing dubbed one of Scarlet Lady’s “Fire & Sunset Evenings” is a four-night cruise with stops in Nassau and Bimini.
In its inaugural season, Scarlet Lady will be on a mix of Mexican and Caribbean trips to suit the tastes of any curious traveler, with five-night ‘Riviera Maya’ crossings to Cozumel / Playa Del Carmen; ‘Mayan Sol’ trips from five nights to Costa Maya, Mexico; and five-night “Dominican Daze” trips to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, ”Virgin said in its statement.
The ship has 1,330 cabins and 78 suites also known as “Rockstar Quarters”.