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Sir Richard Branson Officially Christens Virgin Voyages’ New Scarlet Lady Cruise Ship

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Virgin Voyages welcomed the Scarlet Lady cruise ship at the Port of Dover in England on Friday. Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson was present to officially christen the first ocean liner in Virgin Voyages’ fleet.

Scarlet Lady will make her maiden voyage from April this year. From Dover, the ship will sail to Liverpool before making its way across the Atlantic to New York.

Scarlet Lady will then set out for Miami, where passengers will be welcomed aboard for the ship’s maiden voyage to the Caribbean.

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Scarlet Lady is Virgin Voyages’ latest initiative to set the brand apart by offering a sophisticated adults-only cruising experience with upscale amenities, state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to energy efficiency. The cruise line will also be launching three more cruise ships within the next four years.

“The Scarlet Lady is truly special and we’ve worked with some of the world’s most sought-after designers, artists and architects to craft an extraordinary experience,” said Branson. “The benefit of our five decades in business in so many industries is that we can offer a voyage like no other.”

Able to carry 2,770 passengers, the Scarlet Lady is unique with its “rock star-style” atmosphere. Features include late-night parties, a tattoo studio, comedians, drag artists and festival-inspired onboard entertainment. Celebrity DJs Diplo and Mark Ronson are due to perform on future sailings.

Other features include 20 eateries, 1,330 cabins, 10 staterooms and several gyms, pools and spas.

The ship will also be incorporating sustainable technology with Climeon. Virgin Voyages will be one of the first cruise lines to use heat-utilizing technology generated from the ship’s engines to produce electricity, which decreases the demand for fuel.

Upcoming sailings for the Scarlet Lady include excursions to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Key West and the Bahamas.

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Coral Princess Docks in Miami with Two Dead, Others Ill

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Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess has finally docked in Miami after having been denied permission to disembark its passengers at ports in multiple countries, although no one aboard had actually tested positive for COVID-19 until this week. Onboard medical staff noticed a higher-than-usual number of ship’s occupants coming down with flu-like over a week ago and, starting March 30, guests were asked to stay in their rooms.

CNN reported that the ship arrives with two dead and several others sick with the novel coronavirus. While it’s unclear exactly how many of Coral Princess’ 1,000-plus passengers and 878 crew will be cleared to disembark in Miami, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told CNN that the most seriously ill will be transported off the ship first, bound for local hospitals. Two guests, in particular, who require immediate medical attention were to be taken to Miami’s Larkin Community Hospital, said the mayor.

Gimenez also explained that about fifteen coronavirus-positive passengers who don’t need immediate hospitalization will remain aboard to receive care in the ship’s medical ward until they are cleared the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Reportedly, those passengers who are deemed fit to fly home will begin disembarking tomorrow, although the process, Princess Cruises said, “is expected to take several days, due to limited flight availability,” Mayor Gimenez disclosed that over 990 passengers and 840 crew members have thus far been deemed fit for travel.

The Coral Princess was about halfway through its itinerary when, on March 12, Princess Cruises announced that it would end underway voyages as soon as possible as worldwide concern grew regarding the spread of COVID-19. The cruise, which departed from Chile on March 5 and was scheduled to finish March 19 in Argentina, lasted more than two weeks longer than originally planned.

The vessel tried to disembark on March 19 in Buenos Aires as originally scheduled, as many passengers had air travel booked home from that point. When it did dock, the government would only allow Argentine passport holders and others who had confirmed same-day flights off the ship. The Argentine government warned that, if the Coral Princess did not cast off again that same night, it would be required to remain there indefinitely with no passengers disembarking.

The Coral Princess afterward appealed to authorities in Uruguay, where it was able to resupply, and in Brazil, but was denied disembarkation by both. Heading towards Florida, the ship picked up supplies once more in Barbados before finally finding safe harbor in Miami.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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