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MV Scarlet Lady – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9804801

MV Scarlet Lady

ex Fincantieri Sestri 6287

Scarlet Lady © Virgin Voyages

Steel hulled twin ‘azipod’ motor vessel built in 2020 by Fincantieri S.p.A. (Sestri Ponente, Italy) (Yard No 6287) as a Passenger Vessel – Cruise Ship.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: EUR 600 million (USD 710 million)
  • Length: 277.2 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 38 m
  • Depth:  m
  • Draught: 8.05 m
  • Tonnage: 110000 gross/ net/t deadweight
  • Propulsion: 2 × 16,000 kW (21,000 hp) ABB Azipod units
  • Power Plant: 2 × Wärtsilä 8L46F Diesel generators producing 9,600 kW (12,900 hp) each and 2 × Wärtsilä 12V46F Diesel generators producing 14,400 kW (19,300 hp) each
  • Total Installed Power: 48,000 kW (64,000 hp)
  • Speed: 20 knots (Service) 22 knots (Max)
  • Decks (Total): 17
  • Passenger Decks: 13
  • Passenger Cabins: 1408
  • Crew Cabins: 813
  • Capacity: 2770 passengers
  • Crew: 1160
  • Call Sign: C6DX2
  • IMO Number: 9804801
  • MMSI Number: 311000807
  • Port of Registry:Italy, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: Valiant Lady + 2

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March 2017: Steel cutting.

October 31st 2017: Keel laid.

July 2018: Hook up.

July 20th 2018: Christened.

© Carlo Martinelli

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 01/11/2018)

© Carlo Martinelli

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 12/02/2019)

February 8th 2019: Floated out at Trieste and fitting out commenced.

© Carlo Martinelli

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 24/02/2019)

November 15th – 18th 2019: Sailed from Genoa to Marseille. She was docked to carry out the traditional careening (in order to expose one side of its hull for maintenance and repairs below the water line) of the hull.

November 27th – 30th 2019: Returned to Genoa. The return journey was the first round of sea trials, which were successfully completed. “Since the Fincantieri Palermo basin was occupied, the Italian shipyard opted to use the Marseilles plant”.

© Carlo Martinelli

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 04/12/2019)

© Carlo Martinelli

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 03/01/2020)

January 19th 2020: Second phase sea trials.

© Carlo Martinelli © Carlo Martinelli  

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 19/01/2020)

2020: Registered Owner; VC Ship One Ltd. Registered Manager; Virgin Voyages.

February 13th 2020: Delivery ceremony at Fincantieri S.p.A. (Sestri Ponente, Italy)

February 14th 2020: Left Genoa for Dover.

© Carlo Martinelli

Scarlet Lady – © Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 14/02/2020)

February 20th 2020: Called at Dover.

© Nigel Thornton

Scarlet Lady – © Nigel Thornton (“Welcome to sunny Dover”)

© Nigel Scutt © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt © Nigel Scutt

Scarlet Lady – © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping, Facebook)

February 23rd 2020: Departed Dover for Liverpool.

February 25th 2020: Arrived Liverpool.

© Ian Collard © Ian Collard

Scarlet Lady – © Ian Collard (Liverpool, 25/02/2020)

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

Scarlet Lady – © Robert Foy (Liverpool, 26/02/2020)

February 26th 2020: Departed Liverpool for New York.

Virgin Voyages Cancels New York Introduction

March 01, 2020

Virgin Voyages has cancelled its March introduction events of the Scarlet Lady in New York and the ship will instead sail straight to Miami, its homeport.

Said Virgin in a prepared statement: “In light of the current news headlines, we want to ensure everyone feels it is the right time to celebrate with us. We understand people may want to focus on other things at the moment, so we have made the decision to reschedule our upcoming Showcase Tour stop and events in New York City. We plan to sail back to New York soon for you to visit her.

“We have absolutely no health concerns or issues onboard and elevated our health protocol and processes when we took delivery of the Scarlet Lady to keep our crew and visitors well and happy.

“With no other events scheduled in New York at this time, we will instead sail Scarlet to her new home in Miami, where we will continue our plans for launch and welcome our Sailors for the first time.”

Cruise Industry News

March 26th and 29th 2020: Two “Shakedown” cruises.

April 1st 2020: Scheduled inaugural maiden voyage and she is set to sail from Miami to destinations in the Caribbean on four- and five-night itineraries.

June 16th 2020:

“….due to be named in Miami in March and start a series of short Caribbean cruises, including calls at the line’s beach club in Bimini.

But as the coronavirus pandemic swept Europe and North America, Virgin had to postpone sailings until mid-July. Its Maiden Voyage had, at the time, been rescheduled for August 7.

However, as the situation grew worse and the CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) put in place a 100-day no-sail order in April, Virgin put the launch date back to October 16th and the official naming until March 2021.”

Cruise Critic

June 23rd 2020: Left bound for Genoa, Italy to repatriate crew members. She was then laid up in Civitavecchia and Genoa

April 8th 2021: 

Virgin Voyages will make its long delayed debut along the English coast instead of the Caribbean.

Six short UK cruises in August have been confirmed by the new line’s first ship Scarlet Lady – which was originally due to make its debut more than a year ago before the Covid pandemic shut down all global cruises.

The itineraries start on August 6 with the first of three long weekend departures, while four-night weekday trips start on August 9.

The final UK cruise runs during the week of August 23-27, prior to the bank holiday weekend.

The sailings along the south coast of England will be restricted to UK residents aged 18 or over who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.


June 14th 2021: Left Genoa.

June 16th 2021: Arrived in Barcelona before continuing to Portsmouth.

June 21st 2021: Arrived at Portsmouth port ahead of starting her maiden season on August 6

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Ian Collard, Robert Foy, Carlo Martinelli and Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping, Facebook) for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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