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May sail date for Scarlet Lady, Valiant Lady to miss Med season

Scarlet Lady now set to sail May 9
Virgin Voyages set new sailing dates for Scarlet Lady, May 9, and Valiant Lady, Nov. 14.

This means Valiant Lady will miss its planned Mediterranean season from Barcelona and instead will join Scarlet Lady in the Caribbean next fall sailing from their new PortMiami terminal.

Valiant Lady to the Med in 2022

Valiant Lady will then return to Europe for the 2022 Mediterranean season.

A message from Sir Richard

'Thank you for sticking with us. We promise it will be brilliant, and it will be worth the wait,' Sir Richard Branson said in a video message, adding that he's looking forward to celebrating his birthday 'on the boat.'

Although these are delays, Virgin Voyages said it's strongly encouraged by the positive developments surrounding vaccines in the US and abroad, while also recognizing the current significant challenges in combating the spread of the virus on land.

Virgin promised 'the most generous and flexible options' for impacted sailors (passengers) and to protect first mates' (travel agents') commissions.

Wave season optimism

The line added that its stakeholders at Bain Capital and the Virgin Group remain excited and committed to the future and are 'incredibly optimistic about the new sail dates in 2021 as well as the upcoming wave season.'

There have been mixed opinions about the 2021 wave season from some quarters. 

Virgin Voyages, however, expects to see a 'significant increase in consumer spending on travel well into 2021' as people look to make plans and finally take their much-delayed vacation.

PortMiami terminal progress

 In addition, Virgin said it continues to make great strides on the construction of its new PortMiami terminal, Terminal V.

Lady Ship 3

The brand promised to soon share an update on Lady Ship 3, unveiling its name and new itineraries early in 2021 as well as news on the fleet Guardian and Spirit.