Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady heads to Melbourne in 2023 with epic trans-continental cruise

Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady at sea as the sun sets

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 Voyages founder Sir Richard Branson on the bridge of Scarlet Lady
“Yes, a table for two in Gunbae. Make it so!”

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

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