Virgin Voyages has celebrated two major milestones: the delivery of Valiant Lady and the float out of Resilient Lady. The vessels join Scarlet Lady as second and third ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet.
Virgin Voyages, Richard Branson’s game changing cruise line, has celebrated two major milestones. While the delivery of Valiant Lady took place yesterday, earlier today Resilient Lady was floated out at the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard. Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady are respectively the second and third of four ships which Virgin Voyages ordered at Fincantieri.
Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady as well as their sistership Scarlet Lady which was delivered last year, weigh about 110,000 gross tons, are 278 meters long and 38 wide. The ships feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,160 crew members on board to deliver the famed Virgin service.
The quality of life on board is guaranteed by the ‘comfort class’ certification, testifying minimum levels of noise and vibration, as well as by an extensive use of home automation. Thanks to this, by installing an app on their smartphones, guests are able to manage a wide range of cabin functions (air conditioning, lightening, opening and closing of blinds, music, and television).
This class of ships stands out for the design, as well as for the particular attention paid to energy recovery, featuring cutting-edge alternative technologies that reduce the ship’s overall environmental impact. For example, the ships are equipped with an energy production system of approximately 1 MW, which uses the diesel engine’s waste heat. In addition to a scrubber system for the waste management of sulfur dioxides, the units are also fitted with a catalytic converter, which reduces nitrogen oxides. They are entirely equipped with led lights to reduce energy consumption, while the hydrodynamic design of the hull provides excellent performance with consequent fuel saving.