Virgin Voyages delays third Resilient Lady ship due to pandemic challenges

Virgin Voyages announced on Wednesday that its third ship, Resilient Lady, will debut in the second quarter of 2023.

The ship was originally scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2022, joining her sister ships Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady. According to Virgin, which said it “did not take this decision lightly”, supply chain issues, as well as crewing issues resulting from the continuing war in Eastern Europe , and COVID-19 entry requirements elsewhere, will delay this until next year.

The delay is another supply chain issue plaguing cruise ships and has the potential to disrupt an entire industry struggling to gain traction after a two-year hiatus.

Despite the delay, the line is still optimistic about what it has achieved so far. CEO Tom McAlpin said on Wednesday that the brand was currently seeing record bookings and a “significant increase in onboard spending”.

“As a new brand just getting started, we’ve accomplished so much over the past year, and the future for us is exciting. The momentum we see with Scarlet and Valiant Lady is incredible. The fantastic reviews and awards that our ships and crew have won are very encouraging, so we thank our guests for sailing with us. This is why we remain focused on delivering brilliant holidays, and this pause will ensure that we are ready to continue on Resilient,” he said.

Virgin is in the process of contacting all travel advisors and customers who are affected by the delay. The line said it would offer a 200% future travel credit (FVC) or a full refund plus 25% FVC for everyone affected. He also said he would protect the travel advisers commission from any monies paid.