The keel laying ceremony of the first ship for Virgin Voyages was held Tuesday in Sestri Ponente (Genoa), where the three ships will built.
Each ship will weigh about 110,000 gross tons and measure 278 meters long and 38 wide. The ships will feature over 1,400 guest cabins for an overall capacity of more than 2,700 passengers along with 1,150 crew.
Delivery of the three cruise ships is scheduled for 2020, 2021, and 2022, respectively.
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson made an appearance at the keel laying ceremony, which was also attended by Tom McAlpin, President and CEO of Virgin Voyages, along with local officials and representatives from the shipyard.