The Points Guy: There’s good news this week for cruisers eager to try Virgin Voyages, the new, Richard Branson-backed cruise line that’s scheduled to debut in October. Virgin Voyages in recent days has been marketing an “up to 30% off” sale on inaugural season trips that includes discounted cabins and extra onboard credit, to boot.
Richard Branson-backed Virgin Voyages on Thursday unveiled a list of anti-coronavirus measures it planned to implement when cruising resumes that included “rapid and effective COVID-19 testing for all sailors and crew prior to embarking.”
Maritime Executive: Fincantieri recently completed the float out of a new cruise ship. It was a milestone for the company returning to work after a long suspension while Italy fought the coronavirus. Fincantieri began to scale up production in May while also taking steps to maintain the safety of its employees.
Sir Richard Branson has built a global empire and a widely recognized brand through charisma, brains and sheer guts, reports CNBC.
But the future of that empire depends heavily on travel and leisure businesses, which the coronavirus pandemic is now threatening.
Branson has been scrambling to save his airlines Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, which are both struggling as planes remain largely grounded around the world.
A fledgling cruise line was supposed to make its maiden voyage this spring, but has been delayed. Virgin’s boutique hotel chain, which had already been beset by delays, is suing the owner of one of its properties and has had to shut down or reduce traffic at the few hotels open.
The Points Guy: You’ll now have to wait until at least October for a getaway on what some have called the hottest new cruise ship of the year. Start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages on Wednesday pushed back the official debut of its first vessel, Scarlet Lady, by two more months, to Oct. 16. The Richard Branson-backed cruise operator cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.