Virgin Voyages will now launch its new line July, with its maiden voyage in August.

The line announced that it will unveil its first ship, Scarlet Lady, on July 15th. The maiden voyage will be August 7th. The announcement follows news that Virgin would delay its inaugural festivities from March, over concerns about the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Scarlet Lady promises to be the first in a new breed of luxury cruise ships.

Passengers booked on cruises that have now been cancelled are being offered a full refund. Plus a 25% credit on a future sailing. If they forgo the refund, they will get a 200% credit toward a future sailing. Those who rebook before June 30th will also get a $500 onboard credit.

“At this time, much of our attention is focused, rightly, on the current global health crisis. We understand that this is affecting us all in different ways and making many people rethink upcoming cruise plans.” Wrote Virgin.

“We re working with relevant parties to research new technologies that will help to expedite health screenings and make people feel safe. Developments are ongoing and the hope is to identify this opportunity over the course of the next month.

“We want to assure you that we have absolutely no health issues aboard our ship and have elevated protocols in place as we continue to put your well-being first. This is a once in a lifetime launch and a once in a lifetime customer experience, and we will do it together when we can all feel free to enjoy ourselves.” The statement read.

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