Virgin's ship Scarlet Lady departs on a Transatlantic crew repatriation voyage

   June 24, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Virgin Voyages' cruise ship Scarlet Lady departed from PortMiami Florida on Tuesday, June 23, on a Transatlantic crossing to Europe/Mediterranean. The vessel is scheduled to arrive on July 6 in Port Genoa, Italy.

There are 270 crew onboard waiting to be repatriated. All of them have been tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite the negative test results, the USA's CDC agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) didn't change the liner's status which prevents Virgin Voyages to repatriate crew via commercial flights from the USA. The crew will be repatriated on flights once the liner arrives in Europe.

Re-launching of Scarlet Lady is planned for October 16. The vessel is due to sail back to PortMiami at the end of August 2020.

Scarlet Lady cruise ship

The first ship of Virgin Voyages debuted at Port Dover UK on February 21, 2020. The next stop of Scarlet Lady was Liverpool UK where she docked for a couple of days before setting sail to NYC New York and down to her homeport Miami FL. 

Virgin Voyages had to cancel New York's arrival on March 1, shortly after the first Coronavirus case was discovered in New York State. The liner set sail to Miami Florida where the company was planning a welcome celebration.

However, Virgin Voyages cancelled the PortMiami launch celebration citing recent developments. The cruise company emphasized that there were no health concerns among all people onboard. 

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