Passengers aboard Virgin Australia flight VA 1316 from Melbourne to Hobart were in for a pleasant surprise on Thursday morning. As the aircraft cruised at 30,000 feet, Sir Richard Branson, via FaceTime from his private island in the British Virgin Islands, announced that each passenger was being gifted a Virgin Voyages cruise valued at up to $7,000. In total, over 150 passengers, as well as the cabin crew, baggage handlers, and pilots, were part of this unexpected giveaway, amounting to more than $1 million in gifts from the company's founder.
The chosen flight was significant as it mirrors the same route that the maiden voyage of Virgin's cruise ship, Resilient Lady, will embark on. The much-anticipated cruise line is set to launch in Australia next month, offering unique voyages around Australia and New Zealand. The surprise gifts were given to celebrate this important milestone for the company.
Upon hearing the exciting news, the travelers erupted into cheers and applause. The generous gesture was followed by the distribution of personalized vouchers by the cabin crew, individually handing each passenger their free cruise ticket. The recipient passengers are now eagerly looking forward to their upcoming voyages aboard the Resilient Lady.
The adults-only cruise ship, Resilient Lady, is renowned for its luxurious amenities and unique features. With an onboard tattoo parlor and the ability to request a glass of champagne from anywhere on the ship via a smartphone, the vessel offers a one-of-a-kind experience for its passengers. The ship has already sailed through various destinations, including Greece, Croatia, Dubai, Bali, and Singapore.
The Resilient Lady is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage from Melbourne to Tasmania on December 11. The recipients of the free cruises will have the opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of Australia and New Zealand, thanks to the unexpected generosity of Sir Richard Branson. This unexpected gift is sure to create unforgettable memories for the lucky passengers, making their journey even more special.