A Virgin cruise liner will soon be a familiar site off Monaco, as Virgin Voyages will introduce a second ship to join Scarlet Lady, which starts its voyages in the spring of 2010. While Scarlet Lady will cruise from Miiami to the Caribbean, Valiant Lady will cruise the Med, from Barcelona, calling at Ibiza, Monaco, Marseille, and Olbia, Italy.

The Med cruises will start in May 2021 and last seven days, the company announce on Tuesday, November 20.

Virgin Voyages has banned children from its ships and is targeting a young, millennial audience. On board entertainment is expected to be more sophisticated than the usual offer. There is no information available about how ‘green’ Virgin’s cruise ships will be.

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, an analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment revealed. Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest, is second, yet four times worse than the European car fleet. SOX emissions form sulphate (SO4) aerosols that increase human health risks and contribute to acidification in terrestrial and aquatic environments, according to www.transportenvironment.org.

ORIGINAL SOURCES: thepointsguy.com, www.transportenvironment.org, Virgin Voyages