Virgin Voyages newest ship Resilient Lady has said ‘Yamas’ to its first ever homeport in Athens, embarking on its first ever itinerary on May 14. Sailing seven-night roundtrips out of Athens, the ship is finally in operation following nearly a years worth of construction delays.

Guests will visit Santorini, Rhodes and Bodrum, as well enjoying a special overnight in Mykonos, before returning back to Athens.

Following its inaugural season in Greece, Resilient Lady will sail across the world in pursuit of Melbourne, before kicking off an Australia season from December 11, 2023 to March 27, 2024.

Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin says guests are getting hooked on the Virgin experience, with 40% of them becoming return guests.

“Since our launch just a few years ago, we have received the travel industry’s top awards and have experienced a very high rate of return with up to 40% of our Sailors rebooking their next cruise while they’re still on board with us.

“I know people are going to love voyaging with Resilient Lady as much as they have with Scarlet and Valiant Lady, and I look forward to sharing this 5-star experience with even more Sailors this summer.”

CEO of Virgin Richard Branson said: “Virgin Voyages breaking into the cruise world is a true example of taking something ordinary, and making it extraordinary.

“The incredible experience that our Crew delivers on each voyage has really raised the bar, and it’s something we’ve been recognised for by thousands of happy Sailors and with the awards we’ve won for our service, food, design, entertainment and more.

“We have shown the world all that we have to offer when it comes to experiencing the holiday of your dreams and I can’t wait to showcase this incredible experience in Greece, visiting some of my favourite places in the world.”

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