Virgin Voyages makes plans for January

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Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady ship, which was delivered earlier this year and now plans to begin sailings in January.
Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady ship, which was delivered earlier this year and now plans to begin sailings in January.

Virgin Voyages canceled its sailings through December and currently plans to resume sailing from Miami in January.

The line's first ship, the Scarlet Lady, was delivered in March and is slated to begin service with a five-day Dominican Daze cruise departing Jan. 3 and calling at Puerto Plata and the line's private Bahamian destination, Beach Club at Bimini, where the ship will stay from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offer a bonfire party under the stars.

"We remain excited for the future of Virgin Voyages and the epic sea change it will bring to cruising," the cruise line said today. "Right now we are working closely with the industry and the CDC on the right time to start sailing again and at this time have made the decision to cancel our December sailings."

In June, Virgin said its ships would be outfitted with an air purification system that kills 99.9% of viruses, as part of a health and safety program called Voyage Well that also includes virtual queues and other contactless technology, reduced ship capacity, virus testing for passengers and crew and thermal monitoring cameras.

The CDC's No Sail Order is set to expire in less than a week, but most cruise lines are paused at least through December and some into 2021.

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