Blistering barnacles, Cap'n… we're bigger than Portsmouth!

Blistering barnacles, Cap’n… we’re bigger than Portsmouth! Richard Branson launches Virgin’s first ever cruise ship – an enormous 110,000-ton liner that dwarfs the Navy’s largest aircraft carrier

  • Virgin’s Scarlet Lady was the biggest ship ever to dock in Portsmouth on Monday
  • The 110,000-ton liner dwarfs even the Royal Navy’s carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • The liner will make several three and four-night trips around the UK in August

He is battling fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to be the first to crack space tourism, so Sir Richard Branson isn’t afraid to dream big. 

But he’s initially conquering the seas with Virgin’s first ever cruise ship. Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady became the biggest ever ship to dock at Portsmouth International Port yesterday. 

The 110,000-ton liner dwarfs even the Royal Navy’s largest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, and it made the historic port look like a toy town. 

The 909ft ship boasts more than a dozen restaurants, night clubs, a tattoo studio, spas and even its very own high street. 

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady became the biggest ever ship to dock at Portsmouth International Port yesterday

He is battling fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to be the first to crack space tourism, so Sir Richard Branson isn’t afraid to dream big

The Scarlet Lady won’t be travelling very far for now due to Covid, making several three and four-night sailings around the UK in August. 

Prices for a three-night stay in a twoperson cabin start at £998. 

Sir Richard said: ‘Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing and we’re excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK.’

Passengers on the 277-metre ship can choose from more than a dozen restaurants and enjoy nightclubs and even a tattoo studio. 

Across 17 decks, the vessel boasts spas, pools, gyms, not to mention its very own high street.

While there is space for 3,000 passengers, she will operate at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and guests will have to wear face coverings at times.

Sir Richard added: ‘Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our sailors and know this is a holiday they will love.’

Passengers on the 277-metre ship can choose from more than a dozen restaurants and enjoy nightclubs and even a tattoo studio

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