Virgin Voyages has announced Melbourne, Australia as the brand’s new homeport in 2023.
Resilient Lady, the latest addition to the company’s four-strong cruise ship fleet, will make her way Down Under via an epic 44-night trans-continental voyage beginning October 2023, travelling from Athens to Sydney.
The trans-continental stint comprises three different itineraries. The first 14-night stint takes Sailors to Dubai, stopping at Santorini and Rhodes, before visiting Cairo and the Great Pyramid of Giza (starting price per cabin £3,228). From Dubai, Resilient Lady sails to Singapore via Mumbai and Goa (£4,176), with the final 15-night voyage taking her to Sydney, via the South Pacific including an overnight in Bali (£4,816).
After which, Resilient Lady will arrive at her new home at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Victoria.
Sister ships Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady sail from the Caribbean and Mediterranean respectively. Read our Scarlet Lady review here.
The trans-continental voyage to Australia comprises three different itineraries, taking in Dubai, Mumbai and Singapore…
Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson said: “Australia and New Zealand have a very special place in my heart and we can’t wait for them to meet our Resilient Lady and experience all that she has to offer in true Virgin style.”
Virgin Voyages hopes to tempt cruise newbies with a mix of itineraries, Michelin starred chef-driven culinary offerings at six signature restaurants, and more than 14 other eateries, all included.
New Zealand itineraries feature port stops in cities such as Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch, with destinations across Australia including Hobart and Burnie and Sydney.
Resilient Lady will sail through New Zealand and Australia from December 11 2023 to March 27 2024. Reservations are now open, and Sailors can save up to 30% off voyage fares.
If you’re keen to get away earlier, Resilient Lady will be sailing in August from Piraeus , stopping off at Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos, Dubrovnik and Corfu. For details visit VirginVoyages.com.
Think you know cruising? Think again. With Scarlet Lady, and her sister Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyages has ripped up the cruise playbook and thrown it overboard. From the moment you board, this Virgin Voyages cruise feels different. Part of it is down to the Scarlet lady’s design, which doesn’t comprise cookie cutter deck destinations (aContinue Reading
Virgin Voyages’ second ship, Valiant Lady, has arrived at the London International Cruise Terminal ahead of her maiden voyage, and some UK-based sailings. From May, Valiant Lady will operate from her new homeport in Barcelona offering late night and overnight stays in the likes of Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Lisbon, Belgium andContinue Reading
Sail the French Riviera on an authentic luxury tall-ship this summer with this new no-fly offering from the UK
Bordeaux wine tastings, cruising in luxury along the French Riviera – and never setting foot inside an airport. If that sounds like your dream way to travel this summer, then you need to know about the new vineyard and rail package which has just been launched by Star Clippers. The authentic tall-ship sailing company, whichContinue Reading