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VIRGIN VOYAGES - INTERIORSIn an event that transformed the iconic Sydney Harbour into a stage of maritime marvel, Virgin Voyages’ newest gem, the Resilient Lady, concluded a sensational first day in Australia’s most picturesque city.

The Resilient Lady, the third crown in Virgin Voyages’ fleet, arrived spectacularly at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay. This arrival marks a new chapter in luxury cruising down under. The ship, boasting a fusion of boutique hotel opulence and the grandeur of a super yacht, has been the talk of the town since dawn.

Nirmal Saverimuttu, the charismatic CEO of Virgin Voyages, greeted the media with the flair synonymous with the brand. He epitomized the blend of luxury and tech that defines the Resilient Lady by demonstrating the innovative’ Shake for Champagne’ feature. This feature, a marvel in itself, allows passengers to summon champagne to their side with a mere shake of the Virgin Voyages Sailor App.

Sir Richard Branson, the visionary behind Virgin Group, took centre stage at a poolside press conference that soon morphed into a celebration resembling a carnival. The atmosphere electrified as the Happenings Cast performed a reimagined version of the 80s hit “Karma Chameleon,” a song that catapulted Virgin Records into the limelight. The performance was a nod to Virgin’s heritage, blending nostalgia with the avant-garde.

The press conference delved into the ship’s unique offerings, the upcoming summer sailings across Australia and New Zealand, and future regional plans. Branson and Saverimuttu’s plunge into the pool at the event’s conclusion was a fitting metaphor for Virgin Voyages’ deep dive into the Australian cruise market.

“Witnessing the Sydney welcome of Resilient Lady from a speedboat was a moment of pure joy,” expressed Branson. “The attention to detail on this ship is unparalleled, truly embodying the spirit of Virgin Voyages.”

Describing the Resilient Lady, Saverimuttu remarked, “She is more than a ship; she’s a floating boutique hotel, where luxury meets whimsy. No stuffy traditions, no rigid schedules – just the freedom and elegance our passengers desire.”

The evening escalated into a Scarlet Night soiree, a star-studded event graced by Australian celebrities like Natalie Imbruglia and The Veronicas, hosted by Branson. This red carpet-event was more than a party; it was a statement of luxury and exclusivity.

The Sydney community also got a taste of this extravagance, with tickets to board the ship and experience its Michelin-star-level dining and immersive shows selling out rapidly.

In a demonstration of corporate responsibility, Virgin Voyages raised AUD $120,000 from events in Sydney and Melbourne. These funds are dedicated to the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, reflecting a commitment to environmental conservation.

With the Resilient Lady setting sail on various itineraries, ranging from short getaways to 14-night adventures, travellers still have a chance to be part of this exceptional journey.

For more information or to book a cabin on the Resilient Lady, visit www.virginvoyages.com.




Written by: Jason Smith