Coronavirus: Virgin Voyages makes shore-side redundancies

Virgin Voyages has confirmed redundancies have been made within its shore-side team in the US.

The new cruise line was forced to postpone its maiden programme earlier this month as coronavirus spread across the globe and travel restrictions were put in place.

Ship Scarlet Lady will now sail its first revenue sailing in July.

In a statement, released on Wednesday (March 25), Virgin Voyages said: “When Virgin Voyages was founded nearly seven years ago, we never dreamed the world and our industry would be facing the type of challenges we all are today.

“These are especially hard times for hospitality and travel. We have strong stakeholders who are completely behind us and supportive of Virgin Voyages, but there is a need to make some tough decisions in the interim.

More: Virgin Voyages postpones Scarlet Lady launch events in Miami

“Our goal right now is to take care of our crew as much as we’re able to despite the global challenges, as Virgin has always been a people-first brand. Until we set sail in July, we wish health and wellbeing to all and we look forward to when we can travel together again.”

The line showcased its first ship Scarlet Lady to the UK trade at two events in Liverpool and Dover earlier this year.

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