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Sir Richard Branson greeting Resilient Lady into Sydney Harbour.In a spectacular celebration of style and seafaring elegance, Virgin Voyages, the acclaimed cruise line spearheaded by Sir Richard Branson, marked the arrival of its latest marvel, the Resilient Lady, in Sydney. The event, graced by the charismatic presence of Sir Richard Branson himself, unfolded at the iconic Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, heralding a new era in luxury cruising in Australia.



Dubbed ‘Scarlet Night,’ this exclusive soiree lived up to its name as a night to remember. The guest list read like a who’s who of the entertainment world, with celebrities like Hugh Sheridan, Natalie Imbruglia, and Sonia Kruger joining the festivities. The event was a gathering of stars and a showcase of Virgin Voyages’ commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences.

Having completed an epic 44-night journey from Athens, the Resilient Lady stood proudly at the harbour, ready to embark on its summer sailing season. This tech-savvy vessel is a testament to Virgin Voyages’ dedication to innovation and luxury. Its arrival in Sydney, a city known for its vibrancy and allure, seemed fitting for a brand that epitomizes these qualities.

More than 1,200 Australians seized the opportunity to be part of this exclusive event, getting a taste of what Virgin Voyages offers. From unlimited access to the ship to a culinary preview of Michelin-inspired restaurants, the experience was nothing short of extraordinary. The highlight of the evening was the Australian debut of ‘Persephone,’ followed by a poolside party that set the tone for the kind of high-energy, luxurious experiences Virgin Voyages promises.

In his address, Sir Richard Branson expressed his affection for Australia, a sentiment reciprocated by Australians’ longstanding admiration for the Virgin brand. “Our celebration last night was just a glimpse of what it is like to sail the Virgin Voyages way,” he remarked, encapsulating what the brand aims to deliver – unparalleled sailing experiences infused with fun and elegance.

Virgin Voyages CEO Nirmal Saverimuttu, who has roots in Sydney, shared his excitement about bringing this new venture to his hometown. He emphasized the uniqueness of Virgin Voyages’ ships, highlighting their superyacht design, exceptional culinary offerings, wellness amenities, and sustainable practices.

The Resilient Lady’s presence in Sydney is brief but impactful. After two days, she will set sail for Melbourne, her new homeport, embarking on the Aussie MerMaiden voyage. This five-night journey will showcase Tasmania’s beauty, with stops in Burnie and Hobart, offering travellers an exclusive taste of Virgin Voyages’ unique approach to cruising.

With itineraries expected to sell out quickly, Virgin Voyages invites travellers to secure their spot and avoid missing out on this extraordinary experience. For more information, interested parties can visit Virgin Voyages’ website at https://www.virginvoyages.com/.

This event marks a significant milestone for Virgin Voyages, expanding its reach to the Australian market and setting a new standard in luxury cruising. As the Resilient Lady embarks on her journey Down Under, she promises unforgettable experiences, setting the stage for a new chapter in the world of luxury travel.




Written by: Michelle Warner