Sir Richard Branson has announced that the Virgin cruise line will move forward as Virgin Voyages, as well as that it will be the first cruise line to partner with the clean energy system Climeon Ocean.
The company has already signed a contract with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, to build three cruise ships, which is a process that will begin in 2017. All three ships will be equipped with the Climeon Ocean system, which works by turning low-grade energy into clean electricity. The addition will save 5,400 tons of carbon dioxide per ship each year.
Richard made the announcement at the revealing event which was held at the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach.
“Thousands of future sailors and travel professionals shared their thoughts with us and tasked us with delivering the most irresistible vacation at sea and that our name alone should leave them dizzy with anticipation. I’m excited to reveal we are now Virgin Voyages, and while we have lots of work ahead to build our three ships, we can’t wait to welcome you aboard the ship of things to come.”
The first ship is expected to be ready in Miami in 2020.