Virgin Voyages, the new adults only cruise line that was originally scheduled to debut this spring, will now sail its first cruise on October 16, 2020.
Virgin Voyages has canceled all cruises through October 15, 2020. The cruise line has also rescheduled the Richard’s Birthday Bash sailing for July 14th, 2021. This sailing will still be a once in a lifetime experience, while also continuing Virgin’s tradition of doing business for good.
For first-time canceled Sailors, Virgin be auto-crediting double the amount you’ve paid to date toward your voyage fare. And if you book your next sailing before June 30th, Virgin will give you up to $500 to spend on board. If you’d prefer a refund, you can call or email Virgin anytime between May 21st and December 31st, 2020. Please know that if a Sailor contacts the cruise line directly, they will honor their request and their travel agent will still be tied to their booking.
For Sailors who have already received the full 200% in Future Voyage Credit, they will get to keep it. But, if they’d prefer, instead of the 200% Future Voyage Credit, Virgin can refund the full paid amount along with a Future Voyage Credit equal to 25% of the paid voyage fare that can be used on a future sailing.
In addition for sailings through December 16th, 2020, Virgin is moving final payment dates to 60 days (from 120 days) before the cruise, and you can cancel up to 48 hours before their voyage and receive a 100% voyage credit. This is part of the cruise line’s Smooth Sailing program.
In addition, they are lowering the fares for their RockStar Quarters while making the decision to remove some of the previously offered perks. The world is changing, so they are, too — and they want to make sure that you can still experience the brilliance and spacious luxury of traveling as a RockStar. Changes will be updated in the coming weeks.
Virgin was hoping to begin sailing in August but said in an email that it just wasn’t possible to begin cruises at that time.