Virgin Voyages now hopes to supply its inaugural sailings from Portsmouth this summer time.
The brand new line had deliberate to debut in spring 2020, earlier than the date was initially pushed again to October final yr within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nonetheless, with vaccination numbers rising within the UK, the corporate now plans to supply UK-residents a collection of staycation-at-sea journeys this August.
The collection will embody two-, three- and four-night itineraries, with a complete of six sailings.
“Virgin Voyages has been wanting ahead to crusing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK,” stated Richard Branson, founding father of Virgin Group.
“Our group has curated such a improbable expertise for our Sailors and know this can be a vacation they are going to love.”
Crusing the southern coast of England, the ‘Sneak-a-Peek’ sailings will supply a style of the Virgin Voyages expertise on board Scarlet Girl.
“After greater than a yr of ready and a serious emphasis on a protected return, we’re ecstatic to announce these new sailings and convey Sailors onboard to expertise what it’s prefer to set sail the Virgin Method,” stated Tom McAlpin, chief govt of Virgin Voyages.
“We have a look at our UK summer time voyages as a homecoming to pay homage to our British roots, and what a wonderful method to kick-off our crusing season earlier than heading again to PortMiami.”
As cruise operations within the US stay unsure, earlier than heading residence to PortMiami, Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Girl is taking this chance to do a homecoming tour, heading again to the place the Virgin model started.
Right now, solely residents of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire will likely be permitted to sail – with passengers aged 18+ needing to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.
Journeys go sale subsequent week.