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Virgin Voyages announced today that the line will start sailing to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 aboard Resilient Lady, the newest ship in Virgin Voyages’ four-ship fleet.

After a season sailing around Greece, Resilient Lady will set off on a trans-continental voyage, giving Aussies the chance to sail from Athens to Sydney. Included in the 44-night haul are three individual itineraries: Ancient Athens to Modern Dubai, Dubai Delights to Singapore Sights, and Singapore, Bali and Australia. After this journey home, the ship will arrive at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Victoria. Resilient Lady will then set off on a journey of exploration, taking guests to destinations across Australia including Hobart and Burnie in Tasmania, along with Sydney in New South Wales. She’s also set her sights on New Zealand with itineraries that include ports of call in Picton, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Resilient Lady will depart from Melbourne, offering a mix of itineraries, ranging from two to 14 nights. Travelers can enjoy culinary offerings at six signature restaurants and food from more than 14 other eateries (all included), to HIIT and bungee classes to fuel the day. Virgin Voyages also brings entertainment with its line-up and the Redemption Spa. On shore, guests will experience authentic, locally driven experiences.

“Australia and New Zealand are without question the most beautiful countries in the world, and we knew that these destinations, paired with the Virgin Voyages experience, will make it the most incredible holiday for our Sailors, said fellow Australian and Virgin Voyages’ president and chief experience officer, Nirmal Saverimuttu, in a press statement. “The Virgin brand is known and adored by Australians and New Zealanders, and we are committed to delivering a holiday experience you will love and memories that will last a lifetime.”

Resilient Lady
Resilient Lady to set sail to Australia & New Zealand. (Photo credit: Virgin Voyages.)

Designed exclusively for travelers 18+, Virgin Voyages’ ships feature intimate spaces, plus bars and restaurants with menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs, as well as live music and theatrical productions throughout the voyage. In addition, moments of detox are built into the experience so guests can completely recharge.

“Australia has a very special place in my heart, and we can’t wait for Australians & New Zealanders to meet our Resilient Ladyand experience all that she has to offer in true Virgin style,” said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder, in a press statement. “For more than 50 years, Virgin companies have been innovating and making industries better for our customers. Virgin Voyages is very much charting its own path, offering a fresh perspective on cruise travel with all the elements of the Virgin experience that people love.”

Resilient Lady will sail through Australia and New Zealand from Dec. 11, 2023 – March 27, 2024. Reservations are now open, and guests can save up to 30 percent off voyage fares.

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