First steel cut for Virgin Voyages new cruise ship
Virgin Voyages cut the first piece of steel on their new cruise ship at the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa on March 22. President and CEO Tom McAlpin was joined by Fincantieri team members to watch the event. McAlpin said: “Today is the moment when our intrepid, romantic and irresistible vision for Virgin Voyages starts to become tangible. I’ve been inspired by the passion from all those involved, it’s so exciting as we continue to work together to bring true sea change to the cruise industry”
Virgin Voyages also announced it would collaborate with a variety of creative agencies. Each of these 10 companies is responsible for different aspects of the ship’s various public and crew spaces:
- Roman and Williams
- Concrete Amsterdam
- Design Research Studio
- Gem SRL
- HL Studio
- HKS inc.
- Pearson Lloyd
McAlpin added: “The design collective includes some of the world’s most stylish firms who are creators of design trends not followers. Together they are imagining a vessel unlike anything sailors have experienced before that will be a complete departure from the ordinary. With this group, we have a depth in creativity that brings a different perspective to space design at sea, that will change cruising for good.”
Virgin Voyages’ first ship will be 110,000 gross registered tons and will arrive at the Port of Miami in 2020, with two sister ships set to join the fleet in 2021 and 2022 respectively. The first ship is sent to sail on a range of Caribbean cruises that deliver typically Virgin experiences. Each vessel will be 278 metres long, 38 metres wide and will accommodate 2,700 passengers in 1,400 cabins, looked after by 1,150 crew.
Virgin Voyages Steel Cutting
Virgin Voyages Steel Cutting LIVE. Sparks are bound to fly. #makeshiphappenPosted by Virgin Voyages on Wednesday, March 22, 2017