Virgin Voyages said it will launch operations on Oct. 16 with a sailing to the Dominican Republic and its private destination on Bimini.

Virgin took delivery of its first ship, the Scarlet Lady, in February and was originally supposed to enter service in April. After initially suspending operations through August, the line said it is no longer possible to launch this summer.

"We've been working hard to find a way to set sail by August, but that hasn't turned out to be possible," the line said in a statement.

Virgin says it will launch service on Oct. 16. Its website indicates the cruise will visit Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, as well as the line's beach club destination on Bimini in the Bahamas. 

CEO Tom McAlpin said that it would soon release details on innovations focused on protecting the "well-being of both our sailors," the line's term for its passengers, and "our incredible crew."


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