Virgin Voyages first ship, Scarlet Lady, setting sail in US after 18 month delay amid COVID-19COVID-19: Reporter information time on cruise liner with favorable casesMorgan Hines, a USA TODAY Travel Reporter, detailed her time aboard a cruise liner with positive COVID-19 cases on board.Staff video, USA TODAYMore than 18 months after Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady was indicated to set sail, the ship will set sail with guests Wednesday, departing from Miami. The ship was initially indicated to sail its first trip in U.S. waters from PortMiami on April 1, 2020. Due to the fact that of COVID-19, its launch was pressed back numerous times and completed a short series of cruisings during a “sneak peek season” in the U.K. that started in August. “After lots of years in the making, we are thrilled to formally launch Scarlet Lady and welcome Sailors in the U.S. aboard for a memorable experience,” Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Richard Bransons Virgin Voyages, said in a release. The adult-only cruise line announced in March that it would need all team and passengers to be totally vaccinated to board. While the Scarlet Lady can bring 2,770 travelers, it will cruise at 50% capacity to start, spokesperson Michelle Estevam, told USA TODAY. The ship can also bring 1,160 crew members and will cruise with 1,153 Wednesday. ► Come explore with us: Subscribe to our Travel newsletter ►We havent recovered yet: Short-term outlook stays grim for cruise industryThe cruising dubbed among the Scarlet Ladys “Fire & & Sunset Soirées” is a four-night cruise with drop in Nassau and Bimini. “During her inaugural season, Scarlet Lady will cruise a mix of Mexican and Caribbean trips befitting of any curious tourists tastes, with five-night Riviera Maya sailings to Cozumel/Playa Del Carmen; five-night Mayan Sol trips to Costa Maya, Mexico, and five-night Dominican Daze trips to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic,” Virgin stated in its release.The ship features 1,330 cabins and 78 suites also called “Rockstar Quarters.” Virgin Voyages third and 2nd ships are set to debut next year. Valiant Lady is now scheduled to debut in March and Resilient Lady is on track to debut in July, Estevam said.This content was originally published here.