Virgin Rumor Mill: Yard, Launch Dates, Ship Sizes

With the official announcement coming that the Virgin Group will enter the cruise business with funding from Bain Capital, Cruise Industry News has collated some rumors surrounding the start-up:

  • Funding: Said to be well over $2 billion, which if true, would indicate the cruise line plans to build huge vessels.
  • Delivery: Rumors persist that ship designs are well underway, or in fact, already done. With these in place, and a yard decision imminent, a vessel could be delivered as soon as late 2017.
  • Shipyard: If Virgin intends to big build, there are three yards with the space and slots available in the above time frame: Fincantieri, Meyer-Turku and STX France.

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