Richard Branson’s Resilient Girl cruise ship, which has spent the summer time in Australia for the primary time, will head again to Europe on a distinct route as a result of security considerations.
Virgin Voyages mentioned it had been “watching the present battle within the Center East carefully” together with international safety specialists and have been “left with no alternative” however to make adjustments to the repositioning voyage starting on March 27.
“We stay involved about potential escalations on this a part of the world over the following 12 months and the chance that this presents for secure passage via the area,” an organization spokesperson mentioned.
The ship will now sail across the coast of Africa and has eliminated three Australian stops from its itinerary.
It is going to depart Sydney and make stops in Eden and Fremantle in Australia, Port Louis in Mauritius, Durban and Cape City in South Africa, Walvis Bay in Namibia, Praia in Cape Verde, Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain, Casablanca in Morocco, Barcelona in Spain, Valletta in Malta, and Santorini and Piraeus/Athens in Greece.
The unique voyage was Sydney, Airlie Seashore, Cairns and Darwin in Australia, Bali in Indonesia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Phuket in Thailand, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Mumbai in India, Dubai within the UAE, Safaga and Alexandria in Egypt, Rhodes, Santorini and Athens in Greece.
“All passengers on these former three legs of the repositioning voyages may have assured spots on these sailings at no extra value and a value safety dedication in place,” the spokesperson mentioned.
If the brand new dates will not be handy, passengers can get a future voyage credit score or full refund.
The cruise line additionally promised to guard journey brokers’ commissions.
“We all know that primarily based on our conversations with passengers and journey companions, they perceive the advanced geopolitical challenges which have arisen making this transformation vital,” the spokesperson mentioned.
They continued: “With the very doubtless continuation of this escalated regional battle top-of-mind, and in an effort to minimise additional disruptions to our passengers’ future vacation plans, Virgin Voyages is now conducting a full evaluation of different geographically related repositioning voyages and linked sailings.
“We are going to present an replace within the coming weeks on any additional adjustments we might want to make.”
Virgin Voyages’ latest ship Resilient Girl arrived in Australia for its first season Down Underneath in December.
The corporate’s British billionaire founder, Sir Richard Branson, additionally made an look for the launch.
Virgin Voyages has already introduced it’ll return to Australia subsequent season and can add 10 ports.
This summer time, Resilient Girl had itineraries stopping at Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Burnie – in addition to New Zealand ports.
However within the 2024-25 summer time, Broome, Albany, Adelaide, Newcastle, Mooloolaba, Port Douglas, Willis Island, Brisbane, Eden and Kangaroo Island will be part of the listing.