COVID-19 vaccine required for all Virgin Voyages' passengers and crew

   March 16, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Tom McAlpin (Virgin Voyages' President and CEO) announced today that the company would require all of its passengers (Sailors) and crew to be fully vaccinated before sailing.

He said in an interview on Good Morning America that the vaccination stance was to ensure they were providing "the safest travel experience”.

Virgin Voyages hopes to set sail from PortMiami Florida in July 2021 with Scarlet Lady, depending on the CDC's guidance.

In a statement, Tom McAlpin said:

"Our goal is to ensure that we're providing the safest travel experience which means vaccinations for both our crew and passengers. This is a step towards the safe return to sailing and is the right decision for Virgin Voyages.

"We're really encouraged by the latest rollout plans in the May time frame from the new administration, and we know the future is about vaccinations."

The Virgin line has 2 liners in its fleet - Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady, with the third (Resilient Lady) scheduled for inauguration in 2022.

Scarlet Lady, which debuted in the United Kingdom in 2020 just before the start of the pandemicis still waiting to start sailings from Miami FL.