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Celebrating One Year of Resilient Lady

VV Insider celebrates Resilient Lady's one-year anniversary since her MerMaiden voyage from Athens to Sydney and upcoming Caribbean and European itineraries.


Resilient Lady docked in Athens
Resilient Lady docked in Athens © Photo by Virgin Voyages

Last week marked a significant milestone for Virgin Voyages as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Resilient Lady’s MerMaiden voyage. Launched from Athens, Greece on May 14th, 2023, Resilient Lady has quickly become a favorite among Virgin Voyages fans with new entertainment and ports all across the globe.

Following the delivery in late 2022, the ship embarked on her inaugural season in May 2023. Departing from the port of Piraeus, adjacent to Greece’s capital city Athens, Resilient Lady presented a selection of seven-night cruises to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Croatia. These itineraries continued until October 2023. Find out more ship information about Resilient Lady here.

Resilient Lady Mermaid
Resilient Lady Mermaid© Photo by Virgin Voyages

A Grand Voyage to Australia

On October 22nd, 2023, Resilient Lady embarked on a historic 45-day journey from Athens to Sydney, kicking off the summer season in Australia. This epic voyage, divided into three legs, saw the ship visiting some of the world’s most exciting destinations. The final leg culminated in a grand celebration in Sydney on December 4th, marking Virgin Voyages’ debut in the region. The celebrations continued with the open ship night inviting Austrlian guests and media on board on December 5th.

Exploring Ports Around the Globe

Throughout this journey, Resilient Lady offered passengers the opportunity to explore over 15 ports, including overnight stays in Mumbai, Port Said (Cairo), Kuala Lumpur, and Sydney. This allowed for deeper cultural immersion and unforgettable experiences.

  • Greece: Starting from Athens, the journey included stops in Santorini and Rhodes, showcasing Greece’s rich history and stunning landscapes.
  • Egypt: Passengers marveled at the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and sailed through the Suez Canal.
  • Dubai: Known for its opulence, Dubai offered attractions like the Burj Khalifa and desert safaris.
  • India: Stops in Mumbai and Goa highlighted India’s vibrant culture and diversity.
  • Sri Lanka: An overnight stay in Colombo allowed travelers to experience the island’s ancient temples and lush landscapes.
  • Thailand: A stop in Phuket provided serene beaches and lush scenery.
  • Malaysia: Port Klang offered a gateway to Kuala Lumpur, with its iconic Petronas Towers.
  • Singapore: The vibrant city-state of Singapore enchanted visitors with its gardens, street food, and modern architecture.
  • Indonesia: Bali’s stunning beaches and vibrant arts scene were a tropical haven.
  • Australia: Stops in Darwin, Cairns, and Airlie Beach showcased Australia’s unique wildlife and breathtaking coastlines.
Resilient Lady Docked in Sydney Harbour
Resilient Lady Docked in Sydney Harbour© Photo by VV Insider

Adjusting to Global Events

In early 2024, escalating tensions in the Red Sea region led to a significant rerouting of Resilient Lady’s planned voyages. Instead of passing through the Suez Canal, the ship embarked on a unique journey around Africa. This new route included stops in Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Cape Verde, Morocco, Spain, and Greece, offering sailors an unexpected adventure. New routes were announced from San Juan to fill the season.

Meetup with her Sister, Scarlet Lady

As Resilient Lady and Scarlet Lady concluded their latest crossings, they met near Spain on May 3rd, 2024. Resilient Lady sailed from Sydney, while Scarlet Lady completed a Transatlantic journey from Miami.

Scarlet Lady from Resilient Lady
Scarlet Lady from Resilient Lady© Photo by Patrick Calderon

Looking Ahead

As Resilient Lady completes her first year, she continues to offer exciting new itineraries. After another season out of Athens, the ship is set to debut in the Caribbean later this year following the cancellation of the 2024/2025 Australian season. Sailing from Miami and San Juan, she will visit destinations like Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Cartagena de Indias.

Additionally, Resilient Lady will explore Northern and Western Europe, with a return of the brand to Portsmouth, UK. By October, she will embark on a transatlantic journey to Miami, introducing new onboard entertainment to the US market.

A cruise ship in port under an overcast sky
Scarlet Lady in Portsmouth in 2021© Photo by Portsmouth International Port

As we celebrate Resilient Lady’s first year, we look forward to many more itineraries ahead. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from one of our favorite ships!

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Co-Founder and Editor. An iOS developer and writer with a passion for theme parks and extensive cruise experience, blending technical know how with a love for Virgin Voyages nearing 15 sailings around the world.


  1. Sue Black says:

    We loved sailing on RL. We did both the Athens to Sydney and Sydney to Barcelona cruises have booked the San Juen to Barcelona in 2025. 28 days.
    Would love a VV ship based in Aus to save the long flights again.

  2. Mike Anderson says:

    We did the big trip on RL Athens to Sydney. Fab Fun & memories of a life time

  3. Maree Max says:

    Resilient Lady was my introduction to the wonderful world of Virgin Voyages and will always have a special place in my heart, by name and nature. She was embraced by Australia and New Zealand and we want her (or any of the ladyships) back!

    1. Rob Sammons says:

      Hopefully soon. We loved her in Australia too !

  4. Mike says:

    Great ship, you forgot that she also sailed to New Zealand! 🇳🇿 😀

    1. Rob Sammons says:

      She’s been to so many amazing places !

  5. Gary says:

    She’s my fav ship because of the sea horses and curtains 😂. Would have loved to have experienced arriving in Cape Town on her, but can’t wait to spend 26 nights on here later in the year!

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