Virgin Voyages announced that the first ship in development for the cruise line will be adults-only.
The official keel-laying ceremony for the first Virgin ship, which has yet to be named, was held on Tuesday, October 31, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa Italy.
President and CEO Tom McAlpin, appearing along with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, said the minimum age to sail onboard the 2,860-passenger ship will be 18.
Virgin's first ship is scheduled to debut in 2020 with 2 more arriving in 2021 and 2022. 86% of the cabins onboard will have balconies, or "sea terraces". The three Virgin newbuilds will be known as “Lady Ships”, which is a play on the ‘your ladyship’ term and a nod to the British heritage of Virgin. The first Virgin ship will sail out of Miami FL.