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Virgin Cruises reveals launch plans

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has announced more details around the launch of Virgin Cruises, which is due to launch its first ship in 2020.

The company has signed a deal with Italian shipyard Fincantieri for the construction of three mid-sized ships, which will be delivered in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The first vessel is due to sail out Miami.

Branson was joined for the press conference by the president and CEO of Virgin Cruises, Tom McAlpin.

“This is a very exciting day for Virgin and travellers around the globe,” Branson said. “We now have the right partners in place to build a world-class cruise line that will redefine the cruising experience for good.

“The Virgin Cruises approach will appeal to cruisers and non-cruisers alike, and we look forward to being in Miami and delivering an experience for people who want a new way to cruise.”

The three ships will feature 1,430 guest cabins to host more than 2,800 guests. There also will be 1,150 crew on board.

The company will begin by operating seven-day Caribbean cruises.

Branson also highlighted that the company is looking for recommendations from future cruisers, who can do so through the Virgin Cruises website.

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