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Virgin Voyages reroutes Resilient Lady to avoid Red Sea, assesses other cruises

Resilient Lady's March 27 repositioning cruise from Sydney to Greece will now go around Africa, instead of via the Red Sea
Virgin Voyages altered Resilient Lady's March 27 repositioning cruises from Sydney to the Mediterranean to avoid the Red Sea.

Instead, the ship will sail around the coast of Africa, first calling at Eden and Fremantle (Perth) in Australia, then Port Louis (Mauritius), Durban and Cape Town (South Africa), Walvis Bay (Namibia), Praia (Cape Verde), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), Casablanca (Morocco), Barcelona, Valletta and Santorini before arriving at Piraeus. The voyage will also have extended time at sea.

Resilient Lady had been scheduled for three repositioning legs: Sydney-Singapore, Singapore-Dubai and Dubai-Piraeus.

The new itinerary will put Resilient Lady in position to begin its series of Greek Islands and Adriatic-Greece cruises starting in May.

Options for impacted passengers

Passengers who were booked on the former repositioning voyages will have guaranteed spots on these sailings at no additional cost. Or they may opt for a future cruise credit or a full refund.

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Full review of other voyages

In a statement, the line said: 'With the very likely continuation of this escalated regional conflict top-of-mind, and in an effort to minimize further disruptions to our passengers’ future vacation plans, Virgin Voyages is now conducting a full review of other geographically similar repositioning voyages and linked sailings. We will provide an update in the coming weeks on any further changes we will need to make.'