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Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« on: Feb 28, 2014, 04:57 PM »
It appears there is to be a new entrant into the cruise sector.

The development of Virgin Cruises, which is expected to be the name of the new venture, is at an early stage.  Virgin executives and their advisers have already held detailed talks with banks about raising an estimated $1bn (£598m) of debt to finance the acquisition of the company's first vessels.

There is a pretty decent ship which I'm sure could be had for the right amount and would add plenty of early kudos to the venture as well as upset the competition!


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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #1 on: Feb 28, 2014, 05:08 PM »
Here, here !! No doubt about it !
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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #2 on: Mar 01, 2014, 12:08 PM »
More information here

http://news.sky.com/story/1218963/bransons-virgin-to-pilot-new-cruises-venture

Maybe he wants a classic old flagship to promote his new line... as has been said in the past, all he'd have to do is make the funnel a slightly brighter red :)
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 01, 2014, 12:33 PM »
Well he did look at Cunard and QE2 in 1996.

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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #4 on: Mar 01, 2014, 01:16 PM »
Well he did look at Cunard and QE2 in 1996.


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« Reply #5 on: Mar 01, 2014, 02:56 PM »
A team from Virgin inspected her during her Southampton dry dock - as did a team from P&O and the Prudential.

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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #6 on: Mar 01, 2014, 11:09 PM »
Is this indicative of an attempt to sell QE2 back then?
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 02, 2014, 06:43 AM »
Everything was for sale.

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 02, 2014, 12:51 PM »
Ah, so this was one of the instances where Cunard itself was changing hands?
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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #9 on: Mar 05, 2014, 08:43 PM »
Imagine the name..Virgin Queen...
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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #10 on: Mar 05, 2014, 09:16 PM »
Does anyone know if Sir Richard has been to Dubai lately ?
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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #11 on: Mar 05, 2014, 10:52 PM »
Funnily enough, not only is he heading out there, he's talking to every single leader in the region in one go...

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/economy/2014/02/10/Dubai-Crown-Prince-Richard-Branson-to-speak-at-UAE-Government-Summit.html

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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #12 on: Mar 06, 2014, 09:38 AM »
Imagine the name..Virgin Queen...

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

or even more fittingly... Virgin Queen 2
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 06, 2014, 09:44 AM »
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

or even Virgin Queen 2

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« Reply #14 on: Mar 06, 2014, 01:39 PM »
Funnily enough, not only is he heading out there, he's talking to every single leader in the region in one go...

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/economy/2014/02/10/Dubai-Crown-Prince-Richard-Branson-to-speak-at-UAE-Government-Summit.html

Hi Peter - Thank you very much for posting this link and comment.  It is certainly very interesting and makes one wonder a little if perhaps he would take a look at our QE2 again and maybe decide to use her as a floating hotel with only upkeep restorations as a starting point for his new cruise venture.  If Sir Richard wanted QE2, he would be able to obtain her.
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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #16 on: Mar 09, 2015, 01:41 PM »
Announced on WCBS New York radio today and here's an article from a couple of days ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/11457096/Sir-Richard-Branson-to-order-two-giant-ships-as-Virgin-plans-to-gatecrash-cruise-market.html

Thoughts anyone ?

I wonder how he would like to work with Dubai and bring around QE2 as an hotel for the guests going on his cruise ships ?
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Re: Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture
« Reply #17 on: Mar 09, 2015, 02:43 PM »
Wow.

I rather suspect carnival wouldn't be very happy about a new rival acquiring their famous old flagship!
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« Reply #18 on: Mar 09, 2015, 03:12 PM »
Do you think Sir Richard could do it if he set his mind to it ?  But if Cunard have a say in it, he might have to wait until the 10 year clause expires.  That fits right into the time frame when his new ships will go into service. 
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