Everything you need to know about the arrival of Virgin Voyages to Sydney

Adults-only cruise line Virgin Voyages’ newest ship Resilient Lady arrived in Sydney Harbour yesterday afternoon and this is how it unfolded.

The Resilient Lady’s grand entrance

As she entered Sydney Harbour through the heads, Resilient Lady was already catching the attention of on-lookers. Helicopters flew above whilst other spectators watched from boats as the uniquely shaped grey cruise ship converged on Sydney. A classic wooden speedboat sped out infront of her, manned by none other than Sir Richard Branson himself, proudly leading his ship into Sydney for the first time. Once safely in the harbour, Branson disappeared to prepare for his next stunt.

After a few moments of pausing for iconic photos alongside Sydney’s famous landmarks, attention was turned away from the ship and instead to the Harbour Bridge where drones began to circle. In true Sir Richard Branson style, the tycoon had managed a dramatic takeover of the BridgeClimb experience, all in the name of welcoming his newest vessel from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. “To stand at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and watch Resilient Lady come into Circular Quay was one of the most exciting moments since we founded the Virgin brand” he said.

The Resilient Lady then completed her journey into Sydney Harbour as passengers cheered from above, met by a party of cruise enthusiasts at Circular Quay, making her arrival nothing short of memorable.

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A new chapter in the relationship between Australia and Virgin

Virgin Voyages is the first travel brand in the Virgin Group to reach Australia since Virgin Australia launched (as Virgin Blue) in the year 2000. Branson spoke on the success of the airline saying “Australians’ loyalty to Virgin brands over the years has been a testament to the thousands of people who make Virgin what it is, and we know you’re going to love Virgin Voyages, the latest brand to come Down Under”, he further promised a unique approach to cruising with the very best in food, wellness, entertainment and of course, fun.

Resilient Lady in Sydney Harbour

Why cruise with Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is an exclusively adults only cruise line, with the vision to create an elevated, boutique hotel at sea. The ships themselves are inspired by superyachts and this is carried through to the interiors with chic, modern cabins and onboard spaces.

What’s included on a Virgin Voyage?

  • All food – From refined dining to casual, all 20+ eateries
  • Essential drinks – still/sparkling water, non-pressed juices, soft drinks, tea and drip coffee
  • Wi-Fi – stay connected on board 24/7
  • Tips – all gratuities for onboard experiences
  • Group Fitness Classes – including yoga, meditation, cycling and HIIT.
  • Shows & entertainment – developed by the world’s most-talked-about producers
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Resilient Lady‘s upcoming departures in Summer 2023/24


  • 11 December – Aussie MerMaiden – Melbourne > Melbourne (5 nights)
  • 16 December – Melbourne to Hobart (and back) – Melbourne > Melbourne (5 nights)
  • 21 December – Melbourne to Burnie (and back) – Melbourne > Melbourne (2 nights)
  • 23 December – Resilient Pacific Island Holidays – Melbourne > Melbourne (6 nights)
  • 29 December – Resilient Pacific New Year’s Ahoy – Melbourne > Auckland (14 nights)


  • 12 January – Maori & Australian Shores – Auckland > Melbourne (11 nights)
  • 23 January – Mel-Burnie Getaway – Melbourne > Melbourne (4 nights)
  • 27 January – Melbourne to Hobart (& back) – Melbourne > Melbourne (5 nights)
  • 1 February – Melbourne, Sydney & Hobart – Melbourne > Melbourne (6 nights)
  • 11 Febraury – Sydney to Hobart (& back) – Sydney > Sydney (4 nights)
  • 15 February – Sydney to Burnie (& back) – Sydney > Sydney (4 nights)
  • 19 February – Sydney, Melbourne & Burnie – Sydney > Melbourne (3 nights)
  • 22 February – Melbourne to Tasmania (& back) – Melbourne > Melbourne (5 nights)
  • 27 February – Melbourne & Hobart Holiday – Melbourne > Melbourne (4 nights)
  • 2 March – Melbourne to Melbourne (& Burnie) – Melbourne > Melbourne (3 nights)
  • 5 March – Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand – Melbourne > Auckland (10 nights)
  • 15 March – New Zealand Fjords & Australia Shores – Auckland > Sydney (12 nights)

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