Travellers from the UK and Ireland are flocking to the Caribbean to escape the winter chill, as Virgin Voyages reveals a 31% increase in Brits booking winter Caribbean voyages. The cruise line, led by Sir Richard Branson, has witnessed a remarkable surge, with the number of sailors from the UK and Ireland doubling from 4.9% in 2021 to 10.6% in 2022.
Shane Riley, Vice President of UK/International Sales, expressed enthusiasm about the resurgence in cruising confidence, stating, “We’re thrilled that British sailors are swapping winter blues for the Caribbean blues.” He highlighted the popularity of Virgin Voyages’ Caribbean itineraries like the “Eastern Caribbean Antilles” and the “Western Caribbean Charm.”
Riley emphasized the changing travel landscape, noting, “In the last year alone, our repeat Sailor rates have tripled,” and announced the launch of the “Seachange Series,” featuring over two dozen new itineraries, including winter sailings and repositioning voyages.
To sweeten the deal for those yearning for sunshine, Virgin Voyages is offering an exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. Book a voyage between November 16 and 30 to receive a 30% discount and a Bar Tab ranging from $125 to $600, depending on the length of the stay.
The cruise line invites travellers to explore a variety of winter sun itineraries, including the “Eastern Caribbean Antilles” and the “Western Caribbean Charm.” The latter offers a six-night sailing from Miami, providing opportunities for divers in Roatán, Honduras, and relaxation on the serene beaches of Costa Maya, Mexico.
For those with a penchant for longer journeys, Virgin Voyages presents a fourteen-night transatlantic voyage from Miami to the Mediterranean, stopping at picturesque destinations like Funchal, Madeira, Málaga, and Palma de Mallorca.
Additionally, the “French Daze & Ibiza Nights” voyage, launching from Barcelona, promises seven nights of exploration with stops in Marseille and Cannes, late-night stays in these French Riviera gems, and an overnight stay in vibrant Ibiza.
Virgin Voyages encourages travellers to trade the winter cold for warmer horizons and embark on unforgettable cruises.