Virgin Reschedules Voyages
Virgin Voyages announced the cancellation of four cruises onboard the new Resilient Lady, scheduled for January to March of next year.
The decision was made based on feedback from guests and travel partners, who expressed a preference for more round-trip sailings in Australia from Melbourne and Sydney.
Guests booked on the affected cruises will have the option to receive a Future Voyage Credit with a bonus credit based on their cabin category or a full refund.
The shift towards shorter, round-trip sailings within Australia is expected to offer operational cost advantages for Virgin Voyages, including reduced fuel consumption.
Resilient Lady is currently sailing around the Greek islands and will later reposition to Australia in October.
Cruise Line Auction Fell Flat
The auction of a former cruise line fell flat.
The auction held as part of the liquidation process for Pullmantur Cruises ended without any successful bids. A company that Royal Caribbean held a 49 percent stake.
Despite potential buyers approaching the insolvency administrator, no binding offers were officially made, resulting in no winner for the auction.
The good news, it’s going up for auction again, per the administrator.
Pullmantur Cruises, founded in Spain in the early 2000s and operating with a fleet of three ships, filed for reorganization in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite efforts for a comeback, the decision was made to close and liquidate the cruise line in 2021.
Pullmantur was known for its all-inclusive concept, offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as part of the basic cruise fare.
Viking Saturn was Christened in New York City
Viking held a naming ceremony for its latest ocean ship, Viking Saturn, in New York on Tuesday.
The 930-guest vessel was christened by Ann Ziff, a Viking guest, philanthropist, and the chairman of the Metropolitan Opera.
As part of the maritime tradition, Ziff used a steel sword from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore to cut a ribbon, allowing a bottle of Norwegian aquavit to break against the ship’s hull.
Following the naming ceremony, the Viking Saturn embarked on its inaugural season, embarking on voyages to Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and Norway.