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#1
Northern Michigan & Key West
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Joined Jan 2002
Hello everyone, I will be your new host for this section of the message boards and I wanted to say hi! Happy cruising!
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#2
Winter Garden, FL
524 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Hello Joe - looking fwd to all the information this thread will bring. Also what new and exciting difference Mr Branson will bring to the cruising industry....
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#3
Puget Sound
8,999 Posts
Joined May 2010
Welcome, Host Joe! As you can see, the Virgin Board is NOT the liveliest place, right now. But, we are hoping that will change, once Virgin Voyages starts announcing more details about their new ship (including itineraries, dates, pricing, and cabin categories)!
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#5
Sarasota, FL
176 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
Welcome Joe, hopefully you can breathe some life into this rather dead forum...
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Gary
10 Future Cruises booked:
Aug 2018-Seabourn Encore- Mediterranean
Nov2018-Silversea Muse Singapore-Vietnam-HKG
Dec 9 2018- Celebrity Edge - Maiden Voyace Western Caribbean
Jan 2019- Regent Seven Seas Voyager- Cent. Amer
March 2019- Celebrity Solstice - NZ/South Pacific
June 2019- Celebrity Reflection- Ireland/Iceland
Oct 2019- Crystal Esprit Yacht- Cyprus/Israel/Egypt/Jordan
Dec 2019- Crystal Symphony- CR/Nicar/El Salv/Mex/San Diego
Feb 2020- Celebrity Solstice-Sydney to New Zealand
Sep 2020- Azamara Journey- Black Sea Voyage
#6
Sarasota, FL
176 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
So I was just on virgin’s website looking at the press release today for the naming of the ship. In there they said they are getting ready for the “jumboization” of the ship?? They are adding a huge section. Does this mean they have decided to make the ship larger than originally planned ?
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Gary
10 Future Cruises booked:
Aug 2018-Seabourn Encore- Mediterranean
Nov2018-Silversea Muse Singapore-Vietnam-HKG
Dec 9 2018- Celebrity Edge - Maiden Voyace Western Caribbean
Jan 2019- Regent Seven Seas Voyager- Cent. Amer
March 2019- Celebrity Solstice - NZ/South Pacific
June 2019- Celebrity Reflection- Ireland/Iceland
Oct 2019- Crystal Esprit Yacht- Cyprus/Israel/Egypt/Jordan
Dec 2019- Crystal Symphony- CR/Nicar/El Salv/Mex/San Diego
Feb 2020- Celebrity Solstice-Sydney to New Zealand
Sep 2020- Azamara Journey- Black Sea Voyage
#7
Monterrey
3,084 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
Hi Joe, you are going to have an arduous task to convince us
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#8
Miami - Ft. Lauderdale
2,182 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by Tarwood3
So I was just on virgin’s website looking at the press release today for the naming of the ship. In there they said they are getting ready for the “jumboization” of the ship?? They are adding a huge section. Does this mean they have decided to make the ship larger than originally planned ?
Not exactly. The aft section of the ship (the section that has the diesel engines) was constructed at a shipyard in Romania. It is on a barge en route to the shipyard in Italy, where it will be joined together with the current section.
#9
Sarasota, FL
176 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
Originally posted by brunello22
Not exactly. The aft section of the ship (the section that has the diesel engines) was constructed at a shipyard in Romania. It is on a barge en route to the shipyard in Italy, where it will be joined together with the current section.

Thanks..yes, I saw a video of that right after I did the post...love watching these big ships all come together.
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Gary
10 Future Cruises booked:
Aug 2018-Seabourn Encore- Mediterranean
Nov2018-Silversea Muse Singapore-Vietnam-HKG
Dec 9 2018- Celebrity Edge - Maiden Voyace Western Caribbean
Jan 2019- Regent Seven Seas Voyager- Cent. Amer
March 2019- Celebrity Solstice - NZ/South Pacific
June 2019- Celebrity Reflection- Ireland/Iceland
Oct 2019- Crystal Esprit Yacht- Cyprus/Israel/Egypt/Jordan
Dec 2019- Crystal Symphony- CR/Nicar/El Salv/Mex/San Diego
Feb 2020- Celebrity Solstice-Sydney to New Zealand
Sep 2020- Azamara Journey- Black Sea Voyage