Virgin Voyages Launches Travel Agent Portal for First Mates

by Daniel McCarthy
Virgin Voyages Launches Travel Agent Portal for First Mates

Virgin Voyage's first ship, Scarlet Lady, is currently in construction in drydock, and is expected to debut in 2020. Photo: Virgin.


Ahead of its 2020 debut, Virgin Voyages, the new cruise line from Richard Branson, has officially opened registration for its travel agent partners, which the new line has dubbed its “first mates.”

Agents can register with Virgin on its new website, FirstMates.com, starting on Feb. 5, the same day that those holding pre-sale deposits can book the line’s inaugural sailings (the inaugural season will officially open for sale for the general public on Feb. 14, 2019).

Aside from booking capabilities, the website will offer agents marketing and learning materials, including an online education course, called Cabin Fever, that will start on Feb. 6 and aims to introduce agents to the line’s cabins and suites.

All agents registered on FirstMates.com before Feb. 14 will be entered for a chance to have tea with Branson.

Virgin Voyages made waves in 2018, slowly revealing details of what’s to come when the line officially launches, including a preview of its onboard spaces for its debut ship, Scarlet Lady; and news that it will launch a new PortMiami Terminal.

The line has already expanded its plans to include four ships built with Fincantieri shipbuilders, with one debuting for each of four consecutive years starting in 2020.

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