Virgin Down Under

Virgin Voyages celebrates its launch in Sydney.

14 December 2023


Virgin Voyages, the acclaimed cruise line under the wing of Sir Richard Branson, orchestrated a stellar Scarlet Night soiree in Sydney to herald the arrival of cruise ship Resilient Lady to Australian shores.

The Scarlet Night bash, synonymous with Virgin Voyages’ extraordinary sailing escapades, unfolded aboard Resilient Lady, currently stationed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay as a prelude to its upcoming summer sailing season.

The tech-savvy vessel made a grand entrance into Sydney after an impressive 44-night journey from Athens, Greece.

Playing host to the festivities was none other than Sir Richard Branson, the visionary behind the Virgin Group.

A slew of familiar faces graced the occasion, with the likes of Hugh Sheridan, Natalie Imbruglia, Sonia Kruger, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, and the dynamic duo Lisa and Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas, among others.


The star-studded event marked the first taste of the Virgin Voyages experience for over 1,200 Australians who snagged exclusive tickets for the one-night extravaganza.

The fortunate attendees not only gained unprecedented access to Virgin Voyages’ newest ship but also indulged in a culinary preview of the cruise line’s six signature, Michelin-inspired restaurants. The evening unfolded with the first Australian performance of Persephone, followed by the Scarlet Night poolside revelry.

Sir Richard Branson expressed his sentiments about returning to Australia, a place with a special spot in his heart: “Australians have been loyal fans of the Virgin brand for more than two decades, and we know you love to cruise, so it’s only natural we introduce Virgin Voyages Down Under.”

Virgin Voyages CEO Nirmal Saverimuttu, a Sydney native, reflected on the pinch-me moment of celebrating in his hometown. He shared insights into the unique features of their ships, emphasizing superyacht design, exceptional value, scratch-made delectable food, wellness amenities and sustainable practices.

The 110,000 gross tonnage Resilient Lady cruise ship can accommodate 2,770 passengers and 1,160 crew members. It has an overall length of 278 metres, a width of 38 metres, draft of 8.05 metres and 17 decks. The cruising speed of the ship is 20 knots, with a maximum speed of 22 knots.

Resilient Lady graced Sydney’s docks for two days before embarking on its journey south to its new homeport in Melbourne.

The Aussie MerMaiden voyage on December 11 promises sailors a delightful taste of Tasmania with stops in Burnie and Hobart.

For those eager to secure a spot aboard the unique Virgin Voyages experience, the time to act is now to avoid the inevitable FOMO.



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