The Resilient Lady of Virgin Voyages arrived in Sydney Harbour, where Sir Richard Branson greeted it.
According to a news announcement, the Virgin Group founder came upon the Resilient Lady while cruising aboard a traditional wooden speedboat.
Sir Richard Branson then climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of Virgin Voyages’ exclusive takeover of the historic Bridge Climb event. He greeted the Resilient Lady when it entered the Overseas Passenger Terminal for the first time.
Virgin Voyages is the Virgin Group’s first travel brand to enter the Australian market since Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue) started in 2000.
“Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world, and we wanted to ensure our arrival as spectacular as Sydney Harbour.” “Standing at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and watching Resilient Lady enter Circular Quay was one of the most exciting moments since we founded the Virgin brand,” Branson said.
“Over the years, Australians’ loyalty to Virgin brands has been a testament to the thousands of people who make Virgin what it is, and we know you’ll love Virgin Voyages, the latest brand to arrive Down Under.” We’re less than a week away from our Australian MerMaiden cruise, and we can’t wait to welcome Sailors aboard our ship, where they’ll have a great time and experience our unique approach to cruising with the greatest cuisine, health, entertainment, and fun.”
“Australians love to go on vacation, and they’ve shown how much they love cruising,” said Nirmal Saverimuttu, CEO of Virgin Voyages. We’re excited to make our mark here in Australia with the newest ship in our fleet. We celebrate being different and decided to push the envelope and do things freshly and excitingly. Richard challenged us to create a cruise line he’d want to take his mates on, and we’ve succeeded.
“We have some incredible destinations lined up for our first summer sailing season, including Sydney, Hobart, and Burnie, along with other brilliant ports of call in New Zealand like Auckland, Wellington, Napier and Picton.”
The Resilient Lady will spend two nights in Sydney before sailing to Melbourne, its new summer homeport. The ship will make its Australian MerMaiden journey to Tasmania on 11 December, calling in Burnie and Hobart.