Steel has been cut on the first of Virgin Voyages’ three mid-sized cruise ships being built by Fincantieri.
Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin said: “Today is the moment when our intrepid, romantic and irresistible vision for Virgin Voyages starts to become tangible.”
The first ship will arrive at PortMiami in 2020. The ship will host more than 2,700 passengers and 1,150 spirited crew members. The first ship in the fleet will offer a range of Caribbean itineraries.
The three ships will be built at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente (Genoa) with delivery scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Each ship will weigh about 110,000 gross tons, be 278 meters (912 feet) long and 38 meters wide (125 feet).
In addition to the steel cutting, Virgin Voyages also announced the firms that comprise cruising’s first creative collective responsible for different aspects of the ship’s various public and private sailor spaces:
Roman and Williams, Concrete Amsterdam, Design Research Studio, Gem SRL, Softroom, WORKac, Knibb, HL Studio, HKS inc. and Pearson Lloyd.
More information about Virgin Voyages’ plans is available here.