It had been scheduled to enter service in mid-August from Piraeus, alternating two weeklong itineraries: 'Adriatic Sea & Greek Gems,' (Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Argostoli) and 'Greek Island Glow' (Santorini, Rhodes Chania/Souda Bay, Mykonos).
Instead, Resilient Lady will remain in Genoa getting onboard work completed. It is due to begin sailing from Greece in the spring.
Also missing Puerto Rico season
That means the ship will not be going to Puerto Rico for its winter Caribbean program.
In making the decision to delay, Virgin Voyages said it is not immune to global challenges including supply chain obstacles, regional uncertainty for international travelers to countries in Eastern Europe, crewing challenges based on government regulations and 'restrictive COVID entry requirements' back into the US.
'... We remain focused on delivering brilliant vacations, and this pause will ensure we will be ready to go on Resilient,' said Tom McAlpin, CEO, Virgin Voyages.
He added: 'As a new brand that is just getting started, we’ve accomplished so much this past year, and the future for us is exciting, The momentum that we’re seeing with Scarlet and Valiant Lady is incredible,' with positive reviews and awards.
Next funding round
'The travel industry is recovering well and this month, we’ve seen record bookings, a significant increase in onboard spend, and we’re currently seeking to close out our next round of funding, which sets us up for continued growth.'
Brilliant Lady to come
After Resilient Lady joins early next year, Virgin's fourth ship, Brilliant Lady, is expected 'soon thereafter.'
Options for impacted travelers
First mates (travel advisors) and sailors (passengers) are being contacted with options including a 200% future cruise credit or a full refund plus a 25% FCC. Those who choose the 200% credit and rebook in 2022 will get the option of another free voyage, excluding taxes and fees.
The company will be assisting with travel changes and penalties, and commissions for travel partners on funds paid will be protected.