HM Government of Gibraltar announced the arrival of the Valiant Lady cruise ship on her first inaugural call.
Minister for Tourism, Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, was in conversations with Virgin Voyages for a while, with the COVID crisis delaying the start.
The ship was greeted by a water salute on her arrival at the Gibraltar Port at 09:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, and departed later that day to her next port of call in Malaga (Spain Granada) at 06:00 p.m.
With 110,000 GT and measuring 278 metres long, the adult-only cruise ship boasts a maximum capacity of 2,860 passengers across 17 decks. On this occasion, Valiant Lady carried a total of 753 passengers and 1086 crew members.
Minister Daryanani was invited onboard the cruise ship by Capt. Aris Medina Morales where they both engaged in the exchange of plaque ceremony followed by a tour of the vessel.
Minister for Tourism, Vijay Daryanani, commented that was great news for Gibraltar PLC. It was important that they attracted the new cruise companies to their port.
"We have been working very hard for this to happen and hopefully there will be more new companies to follow. Virgin Voyages are an exciting entrant to the cruise market and are already making positive news so we are delighted that they will be calling at our port this year. I met with them last month in Miami and we look forward to building a fruitful relationship with them for the benefit of all”.