Virgin Voyages confirms return to Portsmouth

Virgin Voyages is making a return to the UK with a series of sailings from Portsmouth.

The adults-only line made its debut from the port with first ship Scarlet Lady instead of Miami in summer 2021 following cruise industry disruption caused by the pandemic. 

A number of new sailings have now been confirmed, including debut calls to Bilbao and Bordeaux, with dates so far unspecified. 

The itineraries feature short breaks to Amsterdam and Zeebrugge for Bruges and a longer cruise between Portsmouth and Barcelona via La Coruna, Lisbon, Casablanca, Malaga and Ibiza. 

Virgin Voyages vice president of UK/international sales, Shane Riley, said: “The rumours are true, we’re returning to our British roots, and we couldn’t be more excited.

“Portsmouth was where we set sail on our maiden voyage and introduced what it means to set sail the Virgin way, so it has a very special place in our hearts. 

“The best part is these series of ‘Portsmouth Shorts’ itineraries are just a fraction of the news we have to share. 

“All I can say is stay tuned for epic news – we’ve got more sailing your way next week, and the new itineraries will be available to book starting Sept. 7.”

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