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  • Dragonlady 38 posts

    Now confirmed that Virgin Voyages are not returning to Australia in the autumn and that Resilient Lady will be heading off to San Juan instead.

    Dragonlady 38 posts

    Now confirmed that Virgin Voyages are not returning to Australia in the autumn and that Resilient Lady will be heading off to San Juan instead.

    https://www.virginvoyages.com/travel-advisories/stories/resilient-lady-2024-25-voyage-season-updates?fbclid=IwAR0A5qSlERGJ0FpmDmY5pbzJFPMlGio3QkNgvRWwfg531J0VeYcgzV-Jblw

    JenT 149 posts

    Sad not to get to do our booked Singapore-Perth for this year, but very glad we managed to fit in Singapore-Sydney last year! Thankfully the decision has been made far enough in advance for us.

    Peeps 26 posts

    Yes, I saw this news last night but it looks like the UK to Barcelona cruise is still sailing – fingers crossed!

    Dragonlady 38 posts

    Yes, I saw this news last night but it looks like the UK to Barcelona cruise is still sailing – fingers crossed!


    @Peeps
    The same with Barcelona to Athens sailing (hopefully).
    Not sure it was purely a decision made on ‘ safety ‘ either….
    I do feel for the hundreds / thousands of people who’d already booked/ paid for voyages ( and costs associated such as flights,hotels etc).

    stevenhp1987 330 posts

    Yes, I saw this news last night but it looks like the UK to Barcelona cruise is still sailing – fingers crossed!



    @Peeps
    The same with Barcelona to Athens sailing (hopefully).
    Not sure it was purely a decision made on ‘ safety ‘ either….
    I do feel for the hundreds / thousands of people who’d already booked/ paid for voyages ( and costs associated such as flights,hotels etc).

    Of course it’s a decision based on safety.

    They cannot sail through the suez canel atm. They could wait longer to cancel which would frustrate more customers as the cruises sell out. Better to send the ship another direction than to sail around Africa empty through very rough seas. That would result in several weeks with no passengers, or several weeks with passengers sick from said rough seas. That’s a lot of lost income.

    They are also far from the only cruise line avoiding sending their ships east. MSC for example are doing the Canary Islands over Winter instead of the Middle East.

    Dragonlady 38 posts

    @stephenhp1987
    Yes there’s a safety component but they ‘could ‘ have returned in the autumn if they’d wanted to . Commercially this hasn’t been a huge success overall. Lots of cruises have had moderate numbers of passengers and to be honest some of the itineraries have been hopeless ( I’d hardly call a 3 night trip to Burnie a cruise …) Numbers on board have been swelled by ‘ influencers ‘ , free cruises being given away etc etc .

    Tracy 315 posts

    Yes, I’ve got my fingers crossed for the Barcelona to Athens too lol. Got such a bargain on it I’d be gutted if it was cancelled…especially as I’ve booked flights, hotels etc

    Yes, I saw this news last night but it looks like the UK to Barcelona cruise is still sailing – fingers crossed!



    @Peeps
    The same with Barcelona to Athens sailing (hopefully).
    Not sure it was purely a decision made on ‘ safety ‘ either….
    I do feel for the hundreds / thousands of people who’d already booked/ paid for voyages ( and costs associated such as flights,hotels etc).

    Bervios 34 posts

    The Barcelona – Athens will go ahead on 11/10/24 – Upon arriving at Athens it will sail to San Juan on a transatlantic repositioning cruise.

    Relevant paragraphs from the below article are :

    ”Resilient Lady will now complete its summer season in the Med on October 20 and sail to San Juan for the new Caribbean season”

    ”“We are currently reviewing Resilient Lady’s repositioning routes from Athens to San Juan, and we will share these as soon as they’re ready, but they will feature stunning ports including Catania, Casablanca, and Tenerife,” the company added”

    See : Travelweekly Virgin

    Dragonlady 38 posts

    The Barcelona – Athens will go ahead on 11/10/24 – Upon arriving at Athens it will sail to San Juan on a transatlantic repositioning cruise.

    Relevant paragraphs from the below article are :

    ”Resilient Lady will now complete its summer season in the Med on October 20 and sail to San Juan for the new Caribbean season”

    ”“We are currently reviewing Resilient Lady’s repositioning routes from Athens to San Juan, and we will share these as soon as they’re ready, but they will feature stunning ports including Catania, Casablanca, and Tenerife,” the company added”

    See : Travelweekly Virgin

    She’s then sailing back to Barcelona over 7 nights and from there will then head to San Juan . Prices for the Athens -Barcelona and Barcelona San Juan sailings will be released on March 14th apparently.

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