Virgin Voyages Cancels Australia Itineraries

Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady

Virgin Voyages has announced today that all Australia itineraries for Resilient Lady’s second Australia season will be postponed due to safety and security concerns in the Red Sea. Instead, Resilient Lady will be redirected to San Juan, Puerto Rico, offering 7, 8, 10, and 11-night voyages with stops at St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Colombia, and Dominica.

The following statement was issued by Virgin Voyages via email on February 26, 2024.

With the safety of our passengers and crew as our number one priority, Virgin Voyages recently shared a change of course for our early 2024 repositioning voyage from Australia to the Med. On the heels of these recent changes and based on the regional and government advice we have received, we remain very concerned about potential escalations in the Red Sea over the next 12 months. This significant and ongoing conflict puts unacceptable risks for safe passage through the region for our Sailors, crew and vessel (Resilient Lady). As a result, we have been left with no choice but to cancel our 2024/25 voyage season plans for Resilient Lady, impacting the late 2024 and early 2025 repositioning voyages between Europe and Australia and a second sailing season in Australian waters. 

Resilient Lady will now complete her Mediterranean sailing season on October 20th, 2024 and divert course sailing to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a new Caribbean season offering 7, 8, 10 and 11-night voyages visiting St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Colombia, and Dominica. We are currently reviewing Resilient Lady’s repositioning routes from Athens to San Juan, and we will share these as soon as they’re ready, but they will feature stunning ports including Catania, Casablanca, and Tenerife. 

Virgin Voyages was embraced by the Australia and New Zealand markets with a warm welcome and celebrated an extremely successful inaugural season – the love was mutual. To say that we are disappointed to have come to this tough conclusion is an understatement. These adjustments are happening now in order to minimize potential future disruption to our passengers’ holiday plans knowing there is a high likelihood that changes would need to happen in the future. Our customers and travel agent partners asked us to ensure we give them as much time as possible to make alternative plans. We appreciate the time and energy that goes into planning a holiday, and we are focused on your safety as well as giving you certainty. 

We are currently working through options to return to Australia and the Asia Pacific region once regional repositioning opportunities become more tenable. We will share updates on future itineraries across the fleet as soon as possible, and in the event that we return for the 25’ season, existing booked Sailors will have priority to move onto these sailings. In the meantime, we know how much Aussie and New Zealand tourists enjoy visiting Europe and with two ships taking in standout destinations from our home ports in Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece) and Portsmouth (UK) we look forward to welcoming sailors to Europe so they can experience it the Virgin way.

Impacted Sailors will have the option to rebook another voyage or opt for a full refund given the change in plans.

https://www.virginvoyages.com/travel-advisories/stories/resilient-lady-2024-25-voyage-season-updates

If you have been impacted by this regrettable and unforeseen change, kindly reach out to your designated travel agent or fill out the contact form to facilitate necessary arrangements. Rest assured, Pride Travelers remains committed to ensuring you experience an exceptional vacation, even amidst unexpected circumstances.


To view a list of current sailings, please visit virginvoyages.com.

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