Portsmouth International Port
Scarlet Lady will be the largest ship to visit Portsmouth International Port
Virgin Voyages has announced that Scarlet Lady will sail from Portsmouth, UK, in her maiden voyage on 6 August.
The ship will make six sailings around the UK coast from Portsmouth International Port, varying between three and four nights. She will operate with reduced capacity in line with guidelines set by the UK government. At 277 metres in length, she will be the largest ship to visit the port, following an extension to the cruise berth completed in July 2020.
“This is fantastic news for the city and the wider travel industry,” said Mike Sellers, director of Portsmouth International Port. “Recognised for their pioneering spirit, we are privileged to support Virgin Voyages as they embark on their first ever commercial sailing. We are in no doubt eyes of the world will be on Scarlet Lady’s debut, but there is no better harbour than this one, famous for its legendary maritime journeys.”
Virgin Voyages has introduced several safety measures for the sailings, coordinating with public and port health teams. A thermal imaging scanner will check the temperatures of crew and passengers, while the terminal has been reconfigured into a one-way system with reduced capacity and space for social distancing. Face coverings will be mandatory for anyone travelling through the terminal, and cleaning practices have received additional investment.
“Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. “Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our Sailors, and we know this is a holiday they will love.”
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