Virgin Voyages repositions sailings

Virgin Voyages repositions sailings

Virgin Voyages has announced an itinerary change amid tensions in the Middle East.

The Resilient Lady cruise, which was originally slated for next month, will now take place on March 27.

Virgin Voyages’ Sea Change repositioning voyages from Australia to Athens abroad the Resilient Lady will now be departing from Sydney and embark on a sailing around the coast of Africa.

The new route will stop in Eden and Fremantle in Australia; Port Louis in the Mauritius Islands; Durban and Cape Town in South Africa; Walvis Bay in Namibia; Praia in Cape Verde; Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain; Casablanca in Morocco; Barcelona in Spain and Valetta in Malta, before heading to Santorini and Piraeus in Greece. There will also be extended time at sea.

All passengers on the former three legs of the repositioning voyages will have guaranteed spots on the sailings at no additional cost, with a price protection commitment in place. 

If the dates are not convenient, travellers will receive a Future Voyage Credit based on their paid balance or a full refund. Any commissions earned by Virgin’s partner First Mates will be protected, too.

Virgin Voyages said: “The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. Like many other cruise brands, we have been watching the current conflict in the Middle East closely, connecting regularly with global security experts to consider the impacts to the repositioning voyages planned for Resilient Lady in 2024. 

“We remain concerned about potential escalations in this part of the world over the next 12 months and the risk that this presents for safe passage through the region. We know that based on our conversations with passengers and travel partners, they understand the complex geopolitical challenges that have arisen making this change necessary.”

Virgin Voyages is currently conducting a full review of other geographically similar repositioning voyages and linked sailings. Further updates will be announced in due course.

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