The first of Virgin Voyages' four cruise ships, the Scarlet Lady, commissioned to Fincantieri by Virgin Voyages, was presented yesterday (Feb. 13) in the Sestri Ponente (Genoa) plant in Italy.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by the president and CEO of Virgin Voyages Tom McAlpin, the president of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti, the Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, and welcomed by the president of Fincantieri Giampiero Massolo and the CEO Giuseppe Bono.
Scarlet Lady has a gross tonnage of approximately 110,000 tons, is 278 metres long and 38 metres wide. Its twin, Valiant Lady, is currently under construction at the same shipyard, and will be delivered in 2021, while the third and fourth units, still unnamed, are scheduled to sail the sea in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
About the Scarlet Lady
They will all have more than 1,400 cabins that can accommodate more than 2,770 passengers on board, assisted by a crew of 1,160 people to ensure Virgin's distinctive style. The quality of life on board is guaranteed by the "comfort class" certification, which certifies minimum levels of perceived noise and vibration, and by an extensive use of home automation, thanks to which guests are able to manage a wide range of functions of the cabin (air conditioning, lighting, opening and closing of curtains, music and television) through an app to be installed on your smartphone.
The new unit is characterized by its original design and by the particular attention paid to energy recovery thanks to the use of alternative technologies and cutting-edge in the sector capable of reducing the overall environmental impact. "Scarlet Lady" is equipped with an electricity production system of about 1 MW which uses the waste heat of diesel engines. In addition to a scrubber system for the disposal of sulfur oxides, a catalytic converter capable of breaking down nitrogen oxides is also installed. The ship is entirely equipped with LED lights to reduce energy consumption, while the hydrodynamic design of the hull can ensure excellent performance, with consequent fuel savings.
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