We have won a contract to supply onsite and offsite COVID-19 testing services to Virgin Voyages, ahead of the launch of its two new vessels, Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady, into UK waters.
This partnership will see us elevate the safety of cruises from Portsmouth, Tilbury, and Liverpool between March and May 2022, including the final departure heading to Barcelona and Athens, where the new vessels will anchor in Europe.
Our CEO, Mark Philpott said: “It’s fantastic to see Virgin Voyages truly put health and wellbeing first. It’s what we strive to work toward with all of our partners.
“Despite the end of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, the virus is still present, and I don’t think anyone wants to see another surge in cases. The onus to keep people safe is now in the hands of businesses and individuals.
“There will be around 22,000 Sailors aboard the ships, and we have to keep everyone safe. It will hopefully help ease passenger worries knowing that all aboard have been tested so they are safe and able to enjoy an amazing holiday.”
Sailors will be able to utilise our postal and supervised self-testing kits and mobile technology to reduce the risk of contracting Covid and becoming unwell while onboard or bringing the virus home upon their return.
This is the second time Virgin Voyages has chosen us to provide its testing services. In 2021, we were contracted to supply rapid lateral flow tests to a site near Portsmouth International Port, which allowed passengers boarding Virgin Voyages’ owned ship, the Scarlet Lady.