'Our goal is to ensure that we're providing the safest travel experience which means vaccinations for both our crew and passengers,' President and CEO Tom McAlpin said. 'This a step towards the safe return to sailing and is the right decision for Virgin Voyages. We're really encouraged by the latest rollout plans in the May time frame from the new [Biden] administration, and we know the future is about vaccinations.'
McAlpin continued: 'We're an adult-only cruise line which allows for us to offer a highly controlled, safe environment for everyone on board. Our business makes us uniquely set up to do this with testing and vaccine travel requirements. There’s a huge pent-up demand for travel and Virgin Voyages will be ready to welcome [travelers] aboard soon.'
Details about how the company will facilitate vaccinations for crew are still being worked out, a spokesperson said.